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Petrobras starts up Sépia field production

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Petrobras has began producing oil and natural gas from FPSO Carioca, the first platform in the Sépia field in the Santos Basin pre-salt.

The FPSO is located approximately 200 km off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, in water depths of 2200 m. The FPSO Carioca, chartered from Modec, has the capacity to process up to 180 000 bpd and to compress up to 6 million m3 of natural gas.

The project foresees the interconnection of seven producing wells and four injection wells to the FPSO. The oil production will be flown out by offloading vessels, while the gas production will be drained through the pre-salt gas pipeline routes. The project also has a system to remove CO2 from the gas produced and to reinject it into the reservoir, reducing the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and improving oil recovery.

The Sépia shared reservoir is comprised of the Sépia and Sépia Leste fields, operated by Petrobras (97.6%) in partnership with Petrogal Brasil S.A. (2.4%).

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