Petrobras Starts Up Taps at Urugua Field

Petrobras has commenced operation of the Cidade de Santos FPSO in the Urugua field. Three wells were connected to the FPSO, Urugua-6, Urugua-8 and Urugua-10, and production should start later this week, reaching a rate of 25,000 bopd. A fourth well will be connected in December, and Urugua's full production rate of 35,000 bopd should be reached by year-end. The vessel will also develop the Tambua field, making it the first FPSO installed for the development of two oil and gas fields in the Santos Basin. Moored 99 miles (160 kilometers) offshore in a water depth of 4,265 feet (1,300 meters), the FPSO is capable of producing 10 MMcm/d and 35,000 bpd of oil and condensate with the capacity to store up to 740,000 barrels of oil. Holding 33-degree API light oil and non-associated gas, Urugua's development calls for four horizontal oil wells and five gas wells directly connected to the vessel. Tambua will have three horizontal wells of non-associated gas connecting to the FPSO by a submarine production manifold. Produced oil will offload to shuttle tankers while gas will flow through an 18-inch, 174-kilometer long pipeline from the FPSO to the PMXL-1 platform in the Mexilhao field.

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