Petrobras’ P-63 platform starts production at Papa Terra field
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Petrobras has started production at Papa Terra field, located at the south of the Campos basin, with platform P-63, which is connected to well PPT-12. Production started on November 11.
The FPSO platform is anchored at a water depth of 1,200 m and has the capacity to process 140,000 barrels of oil per day, compress 1,000,000 m3 of gas and inject 340,000 barrels of water. It is the first production system to be installed at Papa Terra.
The new FPSO comprises a set of production projects planned for this year as provided in the company’s Business and Management Plan 2013-2017.
Besides FPSO P-63, which will be connected to 5 production and 11 injection wells, the TLWP platform P-61 (Tension Leg Wellhead Platform) will also operate in the area. P-61, which will be connected to 13 production wells, is the first TLWP to operate in Brazil and will be towed to the location this month.
P-63 wells will be connected using flexible subsea pipes with electric heating, known as IPB (Integrated Production Bundle) and P-61 will use dry completion, which means that well controlling valves are located at the top of the platform rather than in the bottom of the sea. All 18 production wells will have centrifuge submersible pumps. The output of P-61 will be transferred in a multiphase flow to FPSO P-63.
P-61 will also have a TAD (Tender Assisted Drilling) support rig, which will be towed from China in the coming days. The oil will be offloaded through shuttle tankers and the gas not consumed on the production units will be reinjected in an adjacent reservoir.
The project is being developed by Petrobras (operator) in partnership with Chevron, with stakes of 62.5% and 37.5%, respectively, and is 110 km off the Brazilian coast, at a water depth that varies from 400 to 1,400 m.
P-63 was converted into an FPSO from oil tanker BW Nisa, at the Cosco Shipyard, China, and the last stages of construction were carried out at Canteiro da QUIP/Honório Bicalho, located in Rio Grande. Work was executed by the consortium formed by Quip (Queiroz Galvão, UTC, Iesa and Camargo Correa) and BW Offshore.