Petrobras starts production on offshore rig P-61

San Francisco: Brazil’s state-run oil giant Petrobras announced on Monday it has started production on its P-61 tension leg offshore platform.

The rig is located 110km off Brazil’s coast on the southern tip of the Campos Basin and it completes the production system for the Papa Terra field where it is operating alongside the P-63 FPSO. Papa Terra is a heavy crude field in very deep waters – P-61 is moored in waters 1,200 m deep.

Thirteen production wells will be interconnected with P-61.

Petrobras operates the Papa Terra field in partnership with Chevron – Petrobras 62.5%, Chevron 37.5%. – the American multinational known for its experience with such complex deepwater projects. This field, discovered in 2003, is believed to have potential recoverable oil volumes of between 700m and 1bn barrels of oil equivalent.

The topside of the P-61 platform was built at the Keppel Felds shipyard in Singapore. Its hull and mating operation were completed at the Brasfels shipyard in Angra dos Reis in the south of Rio de Janeiro State.


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