Better late than never. Petrojarl I FPSO reaches Brazil

FPSO getting ready at Aibel yard in Norway in 2017. Image: Aibel/Øyvind Sætre

Brazilian oil and gas operator QGEP has informed that Petrojarl I FPSO has arrived in Brazil and is now at the Atlanta offshore field, where it will start producing oil, almost two years behind the original schedule.

Teekay’s FPSO Petrojarl I entered into Brazilian waters on December 31, 2017, and arrived at the Atlanta Field in the late morning of January 8. The Atlanta field sits some 185 kilometers offshore Brazil.

The Petrojarl I had spent almost 30 years in the North Sea, when it was decided the FPSO would be upgraded and redeployed to Brazil on a five-year charter with QGEP. The FPSO was supposed to start producing oil at the Atlanta field in mid-2016, however delays with upgrade works in Damen shipyard in the Netherlands forced the operator to prolong the first oil date.

The self-propelled FPSO spent 14 months in Dock no. 8 in Rotterdam, undergoing refurbishment of its marine systems, underwater hull, seawater system, crane booms, heating coils in the cargo tanks, and specialized steelworks in the upper and lower turret areas, which needed to be completely revised and adapted to suit the 1,500 meters deep mooring location.

Teekay Offshore Partners as the operator of the FPSO, and QGEP will now proceed with the interconnection of the production and control lines. These activities are scheduled to be concluded in approximately 45 to 60 days.

QGEP expects Atlanta field production to reach approximately 20 thousand barrels of oil per day, from two producing wells. The oil produced by the Atlanta Field in the Early Production System (SPA) will be purchased by Shell.

On the arrival of the FPSO, Danilo Oliveira, QGEP Production Director said the oil would start flowing in the first quarter, helping company diversify revenue sources.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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