Petrobras' P-52 Sets Sail for Roncador Field

Petrobras says that platform P-52 departed from the BrasFels shipyard in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday, September 9th, towards the Angra Bay, where it will undergo testing and adjustments. After this stage is concluded, the unit will set sail towards the Roncador field, in the Campos Basin, where it will be anchored and connected to the wells.

The P-52 will be capable of producing up to 180,000 barrels of oil and of compressing 9.3 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. The platform is expected to go online in October and to reach top production in the second half of 2008.

Started in 2004, one of the construction process' main highlights was the marine deck mating procedure, which consists of joining the platform's top side to its hull, an operation that had never been performed in Brazil before. Carried out only a few times anywhere else in the world due to its extreme complexity, the operation was completed in 24 hours, confirming the competency of Brazilian naval engineering. The construction of the P-52 platform generated nearly 2,500 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs.

Part of Phase 2 of Module 1 of the development program for the Roncador field, in the Campos Basin, the P-52 will be anchored at a depth of 1,800 meters and interconnected to 29 wells (18 producers and 11 water injectors). Oil and natural gas production flow will take place through subsea pipelines.

The P-52, built for a total cost of approximately $1 billion, was the first to comply with the new nationalization requirements, with an overall rate of 76%. Its main construction agreement was signed in December 2003 with the FSTP consortium, formed by Keppel FELS and Technip. Four process and utility modules were built by Keppel FELS, in Niteroi.

Rolls Royce built the power generation modules, while the compression modules were made by Nuovo Pignone, all in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The hull, made in Singapore by Keppel FELS, arrived in Brazil in March 2006.

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