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Petrobras launches Iracema Sul commercial production in the Santos Basin

15th October 2014

Petrobras’ platform Cidade de Mangaratiba went into operation yesterday in the Santos Basin pre-salt area of Iracema Sul, in Lula field, located on block BM-S-11

 Petrobras launches Iracema Sul commercial production in the Santos Basin
The platform, which is stationed at a depth of 2,200 metres, some 240 kilometres off the coast, will have the capacity to process up to 150,000 barrels of oil and eight million cubic metres of gas per day, in addition to storing 1.6 million barrels of oil

The start-up of the new platform was anticipated since the original expected start-up, as provided for in the 2014-2018 Business & Management Plan, had been scheduled for November 6th, 2014.

“The start-up of the Cidade de Mangaratiba FPSO marks first production from the Iracema discovery and demonstrates the excellent progress we are making in Brazil,” said Sami Iskander, chief operating officer BG Group of (joint venture partner).

“Like the Lula and Sapinhoá developments, Iracema enters commercial production only around five years after its discovery. This fast-paced development in the Santos Basin reflects the quality of the reservoir and our ongoing close working relationship with Petrobras.”

The platform Cidade de Mangaratiba is an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) type unit and was contracted in September 2011 from the Schahin-Modec consortium. The hull of the FPSO was converted at the Cosco shipyard, in Dalian, China and the integration of the process plant modules took place at the BrasFels shipyard in Angra do Reis, Rio de Janeiro.

The platform, which is stationed at a depth of 2,200 metres, some 240 kilometres off the coast, will have the capacity to process up to 150,000 barrels of oil and eight million cubic metres of gas per day, in addition to storing 1.6 million barrels of oil. Well 4-RJS-647, the first to be connected to the FPSO, has a production potential of over 30 thousand barrels per day. The oil produced at the Iracema Sul area is of high quality and of medium density (30º API) and will be transported by shuttle tankers.

The Santos Basin Integrated Gas Distribution Network will distribute the portion of the gas that is not used for reinjection in the field. FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba will be connected to eight production wells and eight injection ones over the coming months.

Production is expected to peak in the first half of 2016.

The construction and integration of the platform’s modules in Brazil involved four construction sites in Rio de Janeiro – distributed across Itaguaí, Ilha do Fundão, Niterói, Angra dos Reis – as well as Bahia.

Concession BM-S-11 is operated by Petrobras (65 per cent), in partnership with BG E&P Brasil Ltda (25 per cent) and Petrogal Brasil S.A. (10 per cent).

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