Days after going back online, Brazilian field offline again

Days after going back online, Brazilian field offline again

Brazilian oil and gas firm Enauta has initiated a preventive interruption of production at a field offshore Brazil after detecting issues with the hose. This comes a little over a week after the field returned to production following a scheduled shutdown for maintenance, which is drawing to a close.

Petrojarl I FPSO; Source: Enauta

Enauta revealed last Friday that it had decided to preventively interrupt production at the Atlanta field, after problems were detected during the inspection of the hose in some of its sections. The inspection was carried out as part of the process of concluding the shutdown for maintenance on the field. The Brazilian player confirmed that the production at the Atlanta field was expected to return to normal by September.

To remind, the field’s scheduled downtime started in July 2022, as part of Enauta’s aim to comply with the Ministry of Labor’s normative requirements and prepare the floating, production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) to be recertified by DNV (Det Norske Veritas), in regards to a two-year extension of chartering, operation & maintenance (O&M) agreements for the FPSO Petrojarl I, which was operating on the field.

As explained at the time, following recertification, the contractual extension would enable the FPSO’s continued operation until the entry of the Full Development System (FDS), foreseen by mid-2024. In regards to its FDS plans, Enauta inked a purchase deal with Malaysia’s Yinson for the FPSO OSX-2, based on the Letter of Intent (LoI) from December 2021. The deal was closed in February and the vessel is currently being converted at Dubai Drydocks World. After the conversion, the vessel – named FPSO Atlanta – will be operated under ABS Class and it will be deployed at the Atlanta field.

At the start of August, the Brazilian firm revealed its plans to restart production at the field with expectations for it to return to normal production by September and a few days later, the company disclosed that production resumed at the Atlanta field. 

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Located in block BS-4 in the Santos Basin, at a 1,500-metre water depth, the Atlanta field – with estimated reserves of 106 MMbbl – is operated by Enauta Energia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, which also has a 100 per cent interest in this asset.