The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and Petrobras CEO, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, attended the work completion ceremony for the P-62 platform, last Tuesday (Dec. 17), at the Atlântico Sul Shipyard, in Ipojuca (state of Pernambuco).
Before the ceremony, Rousseff, Graça Foster and their entourages visited the construction works of the Abreu e Lima Refinery, at the Suape Port Complex, in Suape.
After unveiling the plaque celebrating the completion of the work for the P-62, the president noted that in 2003 the shipbuilding industry employed 7000 people, and is currently 79,000 strong. “With oil lifting from the pre-salt picking up speed and gaining scale, Brazil will become the largest oil platform producer in the 21st century,” she said. Six to seven drilling rigs and 19 tankers will be built at the Atlântico Sul Shipyard alone in the upcoming years, remarked the president.
Graça Foster thanked the workers involved in the work and said she was thrilled with the completion of the P-62, the ninth production unit delivered this year. “Last January, we spoke with all companies that would deliver platforms, and we showed how important it would be for us to increase the (oil) production curve. And to do that, we needed to break all records that have already been broken: deliver nine production platforms. We did that today, with the P-62,” she said. Graça Foster also stressed the importance of the platform and of the Roncador field, in the Campos Basin, to our current and future production.
The P-62 will be capable of processing up to 180,000 barrels of oil and 6 million cubic meters of gas per day. The work created about 5000 direct jobs and 15,000 indirect ones, and reached about 63 percent domestic content. The unit is expected to go on stream in the first quarter of 2014.
Also attending the ceremony were ministers Edison Lobão (Mines and Energy), Aguinaldo Ribeiro (Cities), Helena Chagas (head of the Presidency of the Republic’s Social Communications Department), the governor of the state of Pernambuco, Eduardo Campos, the CEO of Petrobras Transporte (Transpetro), Sergio Machado, and Petrobras directors José Formigli (Exploration and Production), José Carlos Cosenza (Downstream) and José Antônio de Figueiredo (Engineering, Technology and Materials), among others.
Press Release, December 23, 2013