Petrobras Starts Production at P56 Platform, Offshore Brazil

Petrobras has put semi-submersible platform P-56 into operation in the Campos Basin’s Marlim Sul field, (state of Rio de Janeiro). The unit went into production from well 7-MLS-163HPRJS, which can produce up to 16,000 barrels per day.

Installed at a water depth of 1,670 meters, the new platform was designed to process up to 100,000 barrels of oil per day when it reaches full capacity, which is expected in the first quarter, 2012. In addition to heavy oil (18 °API), the P-56 is capable of processing and treating up to 6 million cubic meters of natural gas per day.

The platform will be interconnected to 21 wells, 10 of which are oil producers and 11 are water injectors. Oil will be transported by pipeline to platform P-38, an FSO (floating oil and gas storage and offloading system) unit anchored 20 km away from the P-56. From the P-38, the oil will then be transported on shuttle tankers and the natural gas will be piped to Cabiúnas terminal.

P-56 measures 125 meters in length, 110 meters in width, stands 137 meters tall and weighs more than 54,000 tons. Construction of P-56 topside modules has a high level of national content. The hull was entirely built in Brazil, which shows local industry capacity to meet orders placed by Petrobras.

Source: Petrobras, August 17, 2011;

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