Brazil’s Petrobras announced that, on February 25, 2012, production started at Cascade Field, U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Cascade 4 well is connected to the FPSO BW Pioneer, located approximately 250 kilometers of coast of Louisiana in water depth of 2500 meters.
The BW Pioneer is the first FPSO to produce oil and gas industry in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and is capable of processing 80,000 barrels of oil per day. The ship has a disconnectable mooring system that allows moving to sheltered areas during hurricanes and storms.
Petrobras is the first company to develop an oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico with the use of a FPSO model already successfully applied systematically in Brazil.
Offshore Energy Today Staff, March 2, 2012; Image: Petrobras