Petrobras hits new pre-salt record

P-62 platform: BSR system helped production boost

Petrobras production from pre-salt wells hit a new height of 470,000 barrels per day on 11 May, according to the Brazil player.

The state player hit the output milestone following hookup of its third buoyancy-supported riser system on 9 May at the Cidade de Paraty floating production storage and offloading system.

The 7-LL-22D-RJS was the first well hooked up to the FPSO at the Lula field.

The new hook-up followed average production of 411,000 barrels per day attained in April.

Oil and gas production in Brazil and abroad stood at 2.506 million barrels per day, up slightly from April 2013 which was 2.552 million bpd.

Oil production in Brazil stood at 1.932 million bpd, up a hair from 1.923 bpd in the year-ago month.

Petrobras is targeting a 7.5% production increase by year-end as a raft of production units due to be installed and start up in the coming months.

Coming up next in the second half of the year will be the connection of the semi-submersible platform SS-88 at the Papa Terra field, a tender-assisted drilling support unit.

Later in the year installation is also scheduled for the Cidade de Mangaratiba FPSO at the Iracema field and Cidade de Ilhabela FPSO in the Sapinhoa field.

Maintenance stoppages cut into the overall production gains, with work at the Vitoria FPSO leaving an impact of 8600 bpd and the P-51 4300 bpd.

Despite the short-term hits to output, the maintenance programme has increased Campos basin efficiency to 81%, the best in nearly four years.

As a result the initiative will be expanded to the Espirito Santo basin as well, Petrobras said.

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