Brazil: FPSO BW Cidade de São Vicente Starts Testing at Iracema Area
Petrobras announces the start up of FPSO BW Cidade de São Vicente in the Iracema area (Block BM-S-11), in the pre-salt layer of the Santos Basin.
The FPSO was connected to well RJS-647, at a water depth of 2,212 meters. The vessel will operate in the area for approximately six months, with the goal of gathering technical data on the behavior of the reservoirs and the oil flow in the subsea lines, along with other data.
The information gathered will support the development of the final production system, expected to start operations in the area at the end of 2014 with the installation of FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba.
During the test period, the well is expected to produce at a restricted flow of approximately 10,000 barrels of oil per day. The project is being developed by the consortium formed by Petrobras (the operator, with a stake of 65%), BG E&P Brasil Ltda. – BG Group (25%) and Petrogal Brasil S.A. (10%).
Source: Petrobras, March 4, 2012