Platform-Ship Carioca Leaves Shipyard Towards Sepia Field, in Santos Basin

Source: 7/5/2021, Location: South America

The FPSO Carioca platform ship left from the Brasfels Shipyard, in Angra dos Reis (RJ), heading for the field Sepia, in the ultra-deep waters of the Santos Basin pre-salt. The FPSO, a floating unit capable of producing, storing and transferring oil, will be the first definitive production system to be installed in the field. Production is scheduled to start in August 2021.

"This project reflects Petrobras' commitment to generating returns for Brazilian society and fills all employees with pride," celebrated the company's president, Joaquim Silva e Luna.

of up to R$27 billion. When added to what Petrobras has already paid the government in the past, when it contracted the Transfer of Rights, the collection of these volumes exceeds R$ 40 billion.

The unit's production capacity is 180,000 barrels of oil per day, which is equivalent to approximately 8% of the company's oil production. The FPSO Carioca can also process 6 million m³ of natural gas per day and has a 40,000-ton processing plant for treating oil, gas and injecting gas and water into the reservoirs. This will be the largest operating platform in Brazil in terms of complexity. When it reaches peak production, it will also be the largest unit in terms of oil production. Owned by Modec, the unit is chartered by Petrobras to operate for 21 years in the Sepia field.

"The design of this FPSO was conceived taking into account Petrobras' focus on safety, efficiency, lower cost over the life of the project and less emissions. From the initial design phase, the FPSO project and the development of the Sépia Field made use of technology to reduce exploratory risk and start-up time, maximize production and to reduce carbon emissions. The project has, for example, as already done for the Replicantes and Búzios units, with a CO2 removal system in the produced gas and reinjection into the reservoir, preventing the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere”, highlights Joao Henrique Rittershaussen , Director of Production Development at the company.

Construction of the FPSO started in 2017 in China. Important stages of the platform construction process were carried out in Brazil, with local content. Two modules were built at the Brasfels shipyard, in Angra dos Reis, generating approximately 400 direct jobs. These modules were transported from Brazil to China where they were integrated with all other modules and the platform's hull. In November 2020, the FPSO Carioca left China, coming to the Brasfels shipyard, where, in February 2021, the construction, verticalization and integration of the flare tower was also carried out in a special operation, given its 135 meters height . The final commissioning phase of the FPSO Carioca also took place at the Brasfels shipyard in Angra dos Reis, having generated around 600 jobs.

Petrobras plans to invest US$ 46.5 billion in oil and gas production in Brazil by 2025. Currently, the company has 21 platforms in operation in the pre-salt, which are responsible for 70% of the company's oil production. The FPSO Carioca is one of 13 new Petrobras platforms that will go into production in the pre-salt from 2021 to 2025.

This large volume of investments reflects Petrobras' focus on strategic and efficient allocation of resources, promoting more returns for the company and for society, which creates a virtuous cycle of value generation.

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