Petrobras Baptizes New Platform P-53 at Rio Grande Shipyard

Petrobras has baptized platform P-53, which will operate in the Marlim Leste field, in the Campos Basin. More than a new oil and gas production unit, this platform is the milestone of a new achievement of the Brazilian naval industry: 75% of its content is composed of goods and services provided by the Brazilian industry. The event will take place at the at the Rio Grande shipyard (Rio Grande do Sul).

The president of the Republic, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and the president of Petrobras, Jose Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, attended the baptism ceremony. Included in the Federal Government’s Growth Acceleration Plan (GAP), the construction of the P-53 generated some 4,500 direct and 15,000 indirect jobs.

Strategic for the maintenance of Brazil’s self-sufficiency, the P-53 will be capable of producing 180,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) and of compressing 6 million cubic meters of gas per day. Oil production will be transported to shore via autonomous repumping platform PRA-1.

The first platform to be installed in the Marlim Leste field, the P-53 will be anchored at a depth of 1,080 m and installed 120 km off the coast. Built from the conversion of Portuguese vessel Setebello, it will be interconnected to 21 wells (13 oil and gas producers and eight water injectors) and produce heavy, 20 degree API oil. The platform is expected to set sail this month to the Campos Basin and to go on line late this year.

Peak production is slated for the second half of 2009. Of the 6 million cubic meters of gas that will be produced, a part will be used for internal platform consumption, as fuel to generate power, while the rest will be exported to platform P-26, to be incorporated to the Campos Basin’s gas network. Petrobras’ Gas & Energy director, Maria das Gracas Foster, will be the platform’s godmother.

Technological innovation

The P-53 is equipped with the turret system (a tower that receives the flexible production and injection lines, the oil pipeline and gas pipeline, in addition to the anchoring lines), which measures 26 m in diameter and is capable of receiving up to 75 flexible lines. The construction of the new platform, segmented in modules, was contracted from Keppel Shipyard, which was in charge of converting the hull and of assembling the turret; SBM, which designed and supplied the turret; Rolls-Royce, responsible for the generation module; DRVA, in charge of building the compression module; and QUIP, which built the oil separation, gas treatment, and utility modules and integrated all of the vessels modules.

P-53 Data

Location: Marlim Leste field, 120 Km off the coast
Production capacity: 180,000 barrels of oil per day
Gas compression capacity: 6 million cubic meters per day
Water injection capacity: 245,000 barrels of water per day
Power generation: 92 MW
Length: 346 m
Lodging: 240 people