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Petrobras postpones Mero 1 first oil due to FPSO delays

Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras has revealed that the first production from its Mero 1, through the FPSO Guanabara, has been postponed due to delays in FPSO construction.

Petrobras informed on Wednesday that the production expected to start from Mero 1 was postponed from the fourth quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2022.

The FPSO will be installed in the Mero field, which belongs to the Libra Block, in the Santos Basin pre-salt area, with a processing capacity of 180,000 barrels of oil per day.

According to Petrobras, the FPSO is being converted in China and, due to the Covid-19 pandemic scenario, there was a delay in the unit’s construction, with a consequent adjustment to the schedule.

The Mero field is operated by Petrobras (40%) in partnership with Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda. (20%), Total E&P do Brasil Ltda. (20%), CNODC Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda. (10%), CNOOC Petroleum Brasil Ltda. (10%), and Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A. (PPSA), which is the contract manager.

Japan’s MODEC is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization, installation and operation of the FPSO Guanabara MV31, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems.

A MODEC group company, SOFEC, Inc., will design and supply the spread mooring system for the Petrobras FPSO.

The FPSO will be capable of processing 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 424 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, 225,000 barrels of water injection per day and has a storage capacity of 1,400,000 barrels of crude oil.

In related news, Petrobras has recently suspended MODEC from participating in new competitive bidding for 13 months, starting from 31 March 2021.

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