Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras will require a pair of extra floating production, storage and offloading vessels to fully develop hydrocarbons resources at the Atapu and Sepia pre-salt fields in the prolific Santos basin.

Petrobras started output from Atapu in June 2020 with the P-70 FPSO and has recently reached a production plateau of 150,000 barrels per day of oil from just four producing wells.

First oil from Sepia via the Carioca FPSO is expected to flow this week, but Petrobras will need two more large floaters - each with a processing capacity of 180,000 bpd - to produce fully on the two areas, exploration and production director Fernando Borges said in an interview with local news agency EPBR.