Petrobras Reaches 700,000 Bpd of Production

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/23/2014, Location: South America

Petrobras reached, in December 21st, a new historical record of oil and NGL daily production, producing 2 million 286 thousand barrels. Produced volume does not take into account the share of partners and overcomes the previous record of 2 million 257 thousand barrels, reached in December 27th, 2010.

Petrobras also reached, in December 21st, a daily operated production record, producing 2 million 470 thousand bpd.

New historical record comes mainly from the contribution of nine production systems. Five of them went into operation in 2013 and had new interconnected wells along 2014. And another four were installed this year.

From the platforms installed in 2013, the ones that contributed to this record were: P-63, at Papa-Terra field, and P-55, at Roncador field, both in Campos Basin; FPSO Cidade de Itajai, in Bauna field, at Santos Basin post-salt; and FPSOs Cidade de Sao Paulo, in Sapinhoa field and Cidade de Paraty, in Nordeste Lula area – both at Santos Basin pre-salt.

P-58, in Parque das Baleias, and P-62, in Roncador field, both at Campos Basin, and FPSOs Cidade de Mangaratiba, in Iracema Sul area, and Cidade de Ilhabela, in Sapinhoa Norte area, both at Santos Basin pre-salt, were the production systems that went into operation in 2014 and also contributed to this performance.

High operational efficiency at fields located at Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo portions of Campos Basin also contributed to the record, as a result of the Operational Efficiency Increase Program (Proef). These areas have maintained a sustainable production, in face of the natural decline in reservoirs. It is also important to emphasize the high operational efficiency and production sustainability in Operational Units at North and Northeast of Brazil, which have almost compensated the total natural decline from mature fields in these areas.

With the arrival of new PLSV (Pipe Laying Support Vessel) and the reduction of unproductive time of these units – as a result of PRC-Sub actions – the company interconnected 68 new wells – production wells and injection wells – until November, 2014, which corresponds to a larger number than the 45 interconnected wells of 2013.

Production operated by Petrobras at pre-salt reaches new record and overcomes 700 thousand barrels of oil per day

In December 16th, 2014, oil production at fields operated by Petrobras, at Santos and Campos basins pre-salt reached the historical record of 700 thousand bpd. From this volume, 74% (523 thousand bpd) correspond to the company´s share and 26% correspond to its partners.

Production of 700 thousand bpd was reached only eight years after the first oil discovery at the pre-salt layer, in 2006, and only six months after the 500 thousand barrels record, achieved in June. This production represents a significant record in the oil industry, especially due to the fact that these fields are located at deep waters and ultra-deep waters.

Only 34 production wells contributed to the 700 thousand bpd record, which proves the high productivity of the fields in the pre-salt layer. Sixteen of these wells are located at the Santos Basin, which correspond to 61% of the produced volume at pre-salt – approximately 429 thousand bpd. The remaining 18 wells are located at the Campos Basin pre-salt and correspond to 39% of the remaining production – 273 thousand barrels per day.

Currently, 12 different platforms produce from the pre-salt, eight of which produce exclusively from that geological layer.

Production increase is due to the excellent operational performance of well construction and interconnection, with support from two strategic programs: Well Cost Reduction Program (PRC-Poço) and Subsea Installations Cost Reduction Program (PRC-Sub). These programs integrate initiatives that are incorporating continuous improvements in reducing duration and costs, not only on wells, but also at subsea installations of upstream projects.

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