San Francisco: Petrobras has started testing output from its Buzios offshore field off Rio de Janeiro, the company announced on Thursday.
The early production system will enable Brazil’s state-run oil giant to produce for a six-month period to assess the field’s long-term production capacity.
It will use Floating Production Storage and Offloading unit (FPSO) Dynamic Producer and output will be limited to 15,000 barrels of oil per day due to restrictions on gas use.
If all goes to plan, Petrobras expects to start permanent regular output from Buzios in 2016 using the P-74 FPSO vessel, which is in the final conversion phase from an oil tanker at the Inhauma shipyard in Rio.
The Buzios field is around 200 km off the coast, with water depths ranging from 1,600m to 2,100m.