Petrobras breaks pre-salt production records
Petrobras’ March total oil and natural gas production in Brazil was 2,331 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), up by 0.2% from February’s production of 2,327 million boed.
In March, Petrobras’ oil production in Brazil averaged 1,926 million barrels per day (bpd), up by 0.1% from the February 2014 production of 1,923 million bpd. Including the share operated for partners, oil production in Brazil reached 2,026 million bpd, up 0.3% from February’s volume (2,021 million bpd).
Monthly and daily pre-salt records
In March, monthly oil production from fields located in the pre-salt, in Santos and Campos Basins, averaged 395 thousand bpd, up by 2.4% from the previous record established in February (385 thousand bpd).
An important contribution for this record was the production from the first well connected to a buoyancy supported riser (BSR), in Sapinhoá field, which began in February. This well has been demonstrating above average performance and is the best production well in Brazil, with an output of approximately 36 thousand bpd. The second well of this BSR was connected in the beginning of April and is producing 31 thousand bpd.
Besides the Sapinhoá field BSR, the deployment of two other BSRs has already been completed and, in the first half of the year, the deployment of the last BSR will be concluded. These deployments will enable continued pre-salt production growth, with the connection of seven new production wells on FPSOs Cidade de São Paulo and Cidade de Paraty. Therefore, the maximum production and processing capacity of these units will be reached by the third quarter of 2014.
A pre-salt daily production record of 420 thousand bpd was set on March 19. The company said that that that record was broken again, first on April 15, with 428 thousand bpd, and then on April 18, with 444 thousand bpd, due to production growth of P-58 and the start-up of the second well on the Sapinhoá BSR.
New units and connection of new wells
Another highlight was the start-up on March 17 of platform P-58, in Parque das Baleias, in northern Campos Basin. Well 7-BFR-7-ESS, located in a pre-salt reservoir, demonstrated excellent productivity, with 20 thousand bpd. Two new wells of equal potential started-up in the initial days of April, boosting the current production of P-58 to some 50 thousand bpd. In total, 15 production wells will be connected to P-58, eight of them from the pre-salt, seven from the post-salt, and nine injection wells. The unit has the capacity to produce 180 thousand bpd.
Also in March, well JUB-45, which is connected to FPSO Capixaba, in Jubarte field, started-up with a potential of 18,500 bpd. In addition, water injection began in Papa-Terra field, through platform P-63, installed in southern Campos Basin.
Decommissioning and maintenance shutdowns
On March 30, after 11 years of activity, FPSO Brasil ended its activities, in Roncador field with the locking of well 7-RO-14-RJS. With the end of operations, the wells connected to this FPSO will be redistributed to P-52 and P-54.
The production in March was not higher due to the scheduled maintenance shutdowns of the following units: FPSO Cidade de Angra dos Reis (Santos Basin), platform P-8 (Campos Basin), platform P-35 (Campos Basin), and FPSO Vitória (Campos Basin).
Platform P-20 was kept under maintenance during the month of March, however it resumed operations on April 7. P-20 has the potential to produce some 20 thousand bpd and is one of the units comprising the Marlim Field production systems, in Campos Basin.
Natural gas production
In March natural gas production in Brazil was 64,360 million cubic meters per day (m³/d), indicating a 0.4% rise from February’s production of 64,085 million m³/d. Including the share operated by Petrobras for associate companies, the volume reached 72,577 million m³/day and was 0.3% higher than the previous month’s level of 72,344 million m³/d. Worth to mention the start of gas exports from Lula NE on April 15 through the gas pipeline connected to FPSO Cidade de Paraty.
Sustained production growth
In the short-run, in the Campos Basin post-salt, platforms P-62 will start-up in Roncador field, with a capacity of 180 thousand bpd, and P-61, in Papa-Terra field, which will be connected to semi-submersible platform SS-88, Tender Assisted Drilling (TAD) support type unit, already in Brazil.
With the start-up of these units, oil production during 2014 will undergo a sustained growth of 7.5%, as outlined in the 2014-2018 Business and Management Plan, and may fluctuate by 1% up or down throughout the year.
In March, total foreign oil and natural gas extraction was 219,586 boed, up by 6.2% from last month’s production of 206,712 boed. Oil production was 126,921 bpd, up 10.1% from February’s production of 115,279 bpd.
This rise resulted from the production ramp-up of wells CA-6 and CH-5, in the Cascade and Chinook fields, in the US Gulf of Mexico. In March, these fields combined produced 33,246 bpd against 21,594 bpd in February (Petrobras’ share). The Cascade and Chinook fields are currently under development and produce through the first FPSO installed in the US Gulf of Mexico, with a production capacity of 80 thousand bpd.
Natural gas production abroad was 15,744 million cubic meters per day (m3/d), up 1.3% from February’s production of 15,534 million m3/d, due to the start-up of the Kinteroni Field, Lot 57, in Peru.
Adding the volume abroad, Petrobras’ total oil and natural gas production in March reached 2,550 million boed, up 0.63% from last month’s production of 2,534 million boed.
Total production reported to the ANP
The total production reported to the ANP was 9,512,485 m³ of oil and 2,357,316 m³ of natural gas in March, 2014. This production corresponds to the total production of the concessions where Petrobras is the operator. It does not include Shale, NGL volumes and third parties’ production where Petrobras is not the operator.