Petrobras: Pre-salt output falls over FPSO shutdowns

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FPSO Cidade de Anchieta; Image: SBM Offshore

Brazilian oil company Petrobras produced less oil and natural gas from the pre-salt layer in October than it did during September due to maintenance shutdowns on two FPSOs. 

The oil company reported on Tuesday that its total oil and natural gas production in October was 2.77 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), with 2.67 million boed produced in Brazil and 104 thousand boed produced abroad.

The average oil production in the country was 2.16 million barrels per day (bpd), in line with the volume produced in September.

The natural gas production in Brazil, excluding the liquefied volume, was 80.3 million m³/d, 1.5% lower than the previous month. This result was mainly due to the maintenance stoppages of FPSO Cidade de Anchieta, which operates in the Jubarte, Baleia Azul and Pirambu fields, in Campos Basin pre-salt, and FPSO Cidade de Caraguatatuba, which operates in the Lapa field, in Santos Basin pre-salt.


Pre-salt production


In October, the oil and natural gas production operated by Petrobras (wholly-owned and partner shares) in the pre-salt layer was 1.63 million boed, 2.9% lower than the previous month. This result was also due to the maintenance stoppages of FPSOs Cidade de Anchieta and Cidade de Caraguatatuba.


Oil and gas production abroad


In October, oil production in overseas fields was 61 thousand bpd, 3.6% lower than the volume produced in the previous month. This decrease was mainly due to operational occurrences in Akpo and Agbami producing fields in Nigeria and wells shutdown in the United States during the passage of the Hurricane Nate.

The natural gas production was 7.3 million m³/d, stable in relation to the volume produced in September 2017.

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