Petrobras Tests First Oil Platform Made 100% in Brazil

Brazilian Petrobras platform Brazilian oil multinational's Platform P-51, the first unit entirely built in Brazil, has left shipyard BrasFELS, in Angra dos Reis, on the southern coast of Rio de Janeiro, heading for Ilha Grande bay.

There, the platform should undergo tests and final adjustments before following on to Marlim Sul field, in Campos basin, where it should produce, when operating at full power, 180,000 barrels of oil a day. This volume is equivalent to almost 10% of the entire national production, which is currently at around 1.95 million barrels a day.

The test period, according to a press statement disclosed by Petrobras, should last around 15 days. Later, the platform should go to its final destination, where it should be anchored at a water depth of 1,255 meters, 150 kilometers away from the coast.

According to Petrobras, the platform should be connected to 19 wells (10 oil and gas producers and 9 injectors of water) and it should start producing in January.

P-51 has 75% Brazilian components. With investment of approximately US$ 1 billion, the platform was built and integrated by consortium FSTP (Keepel Fells e Technip) in the cities of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Itaguaí­ and Angra dos Reis. Construction generated over 4,000 direct and 12,000 indirect jobs.

Company Nuovo Pignone, also controlled by Petrobras, built the compression modules in Rio de Janeiro, and Rolls Royce the generation modules, in Niterói.

"The work pioneered in many aspects, with special attention to production of the first Brazilian semi-submersible hull and to the deck mating operation (linkage of the upper deck to the hull), seen few times worldwide. This operation was concluded in just 24 hours, confirming the Brazilian naval engineering's capacity," according to a Petrobras press statement.

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