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Petrobras’ Oil & Natural Gas Production in February

Source: 4/1/2014, Location: South America

Petrobras announces that in February, Petrobras’ total oil and natural gas production in Brazil was 2,327,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), up 0.7% from January’s production of 2,310,000 boed. Including the output operated by Petrobras for its partners in Brazil, February’s production was 2,476,000 boed, up 1.5% from a month earlier (2,438,000 boed).

In February, Petrobras’ oil production in Brazil averaged 1,923,000 barrels per day (bpd), up 0.3% from January’s production of 1,917,000 bpd. Including the output operated for partner companies, oil production in Brazil was 2,021,000 bpd, up 1.2% from January’s production of 1,997,000 bpd.

Pre-salt records

In February, oil production from pre-salt fields in the Santos and Campos Basins reported a record average monthly of 385,000 bpd, up 7.5% from January’s previous record of 358,000 bpd. A pre-salt daily output record of 412,000 bpd was set on February 27th.

The first well, SPS-77, started-up operation in February interconnected to a buoyancy supported riser (BSR) connected to FPSO Cidade de Sao Paulo, in Sapinhoa field, in the Santos Basin pre-salt. The well has been demonstrating excellent performance and is currently the best production well in Brazil. Its output of approximately 36,000 bpd contributed to February’s monthly and daily records. Three additional BSRs are due to be installed in the first half of the year, which will enable output in the pre-salt layer to continue to rise by interconnecting eight new production wells on FPSOs Cidade de Sao Paulo and Cidade de Paraty. Therefore, these units will achieve maximum output and processing capacity by the third quarter of the year.

Temporary production stoppages

The decommissioning process of FPSO Brasil, in Roncador field, began in February and production will cease this Monday (3/31). The wells will be rearranged successively to other platforms operating in the same field (P-52 e P-54), what will be done until the 4th quarter of this year.

Also in Campos Basin, a shutdown has been in effect on platform P-20, in Marlim field, to repair fire damage to the platform’s chemical products system. This interruption accounted for a loss of roughly 22,000 bpd. Operations are expected to restart in the next days, shortly after receiving all evaluations and authorizations to resume production, what has already being granted by certifying entity DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and the Navy.

The reported rise in output was possible despite these temporary losses and the maintenance stoppages of platforms PCE-1, in Enchova field, and FPSO Cidade de Anchieta, in Baleia Azul, both in Campos Basin.

Natural gas production

February’s natural gas production in Brazil was 64,085,000 cubic meters per day (m³/d), up 2.5% from January’s production of 62,517,000 m³/d. Including the output operated by Petrobras for associate companies, natural gas output was 72,344,000 m³/d, up 3.1% from a month earlier.

Potential and Operational Efficiency

The lower decline in the output potential of Baleia Azul (FPSO Cidade Anchieta) and Jubarte (P-57) fields have contributed to the results obtained in February.

Similarly, the noted operational efficiency of production units P-53 (Marlim Leste), P-52 and P-54 (Roncador), whose efficiency rates were 99.8%, 99.1% and 99.2%, respectively, have also contributed significantly to production in February.

Rising production in 2014

Platform P-55 started-up on the last day of 2013 in Module 3 of Roncador field with an output capacity of 180,000 bpd. Operations to interconnect new wells are ongoing.

Platform P-58 started-up in Parque das Baleias, northern Campos Basin, on March 17th through pre-salt production well 7-BFR-7-ESS, producer of pre-salt reservoir. This well has been showing excellent productivity with 20,000 barrels per day. Two additional wells of similar potential are due to start-up in April. With an output capacity of 180,000 barrels per day, P-58 is approximately 85 km off the Esp?rito Santo coast, at a water depth of 1,400 meters. In the upcoming months, 15 production wells, eight in the pre-salt and seven in the post-salt, as well as nine injection wells will be interconnected to it through 250 km of flexible pipelines and two subsea manifolds (equipment that transfers oil from wells to the platform).

Also in March, well JUB-45 connected to FPSO Capixaba started-up with an output potential of 18,500 bopd. In the same month, platform P-63 began injecting water in Papa-Terra field, south of Campos Basin.

In addition, in the first half of this year, platforms P-62 and P-61 will start-up in the Campos Basin post-salt. P-62 has an output capacity of 180,000 bopd and is located in Roncador field. P-61 is located in Papa-Terra field and will be interconnected to semisubmersible Tender Assisted Drilling (TAD) platform SS-88, which is already in Brazil.

These platforms will contribute to the 7.5% (+/- 1%) sustained production growth in 2014, as provided for in the 2014-2018 Business and Management Plan.

Production abroad

In February, total oil and natural gas extraction abroad was 206,712 boed, up 2.5% from January’s output of 201,653 boed. Oil production was 115,279 bpd, up 2.5% from January’s production of 112,462 bpd.

This rose was due to the start-up of wells CA-6 and CH-5, in the US Gulf of Mexico’s Cascade and Chinook fields. Combined the output of these wells rose from 15,900 bopd in January to 21,594 bopd in February (Petrobras’ share). The development of Cascade and Chinook fields is ongoing and production takes place through the first FPSO installed in the US Gulf of Mexico, with an output capacity of 80,000 bpd.

Natural gas production abroad was 15,534,000 m³/d, up 2.5% from January’s production of 15,154,000 m³/d, due to increased demand by the Brazilian market for gas from Bolivia.

Including production abroad, Petrobras’ total oil and gas production in February was 2,534,000 boed, up 0.9% from January’s production of 2,512,000 boed.

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