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Petrobras oil and gas output up by 1.2% in November

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Petrobras has announced that in November, its total oil and natural gas output in Brazil was 2,342,000 boed, up 1.2% from the 2,315,000 boed extracted a month earlier. Including the share operated by Petrobras for its partners, the rise in relation to October was 1.9%. Oil output exclusively from Petrobras' fields in Brazil averaged 1,957,000 bpd, remaining within the range of October's output of 1,960,000 bpd. 

The new monthly and daily pre-salt output record of 339,100 bpd and 362,300 bpd, respectively, contributed to the stable oil output in November, in addition to the start-up of platform P-63 in the Campos Basin Papa-Terra field, which took place on November 11.

It is also important to highlight the start-up of new wells interconnected to the platforms P-26, in Marlim, and P-53, in Marlim Leste, as part of the complementary development of these fields, in Campos Basin. Also in November started the extended well test (EWT) of Lula Extremo Sul, in Santos Basin pre-salt, through the FPSO Cidade de São Vicente.

Continuing the actions to increase operational efficiency in Campos Basin, the company held, during the month, scheduled maintenance stoppages in the platforms of Northeast Polo, FPSO Cidade de Anchieta and P-53.

Platform P-55 in Roncador field, on Campos Basin, with daily processing capacity up to 180,000 bbls of oil and up to 4 million m3 of natural gas, is in final preparations to start-up production. Moreover, platform P-58 anchoring activities are currently underway in the complex denominated Parque das Baleias (Whales Park), in Espírito Santo portion of the Campos Basin. The platform P-62 left today, December 30, to its final location in the Campos Basin. The platform P-61 will leave tomorrow, December 31, in the morning, also for its location in the Campos Basin, while the tender assisted drilling (TAD) is currently navigating towards Brazilian waters.

Natural gas output

In November, Petrobras' natural gas output in Brazil was 61,296,000 m3/d, up 8.3% from the output of 56,581,000 m3/d a month earlier. Including the share operated by Petrobras for its partners, the volume reached 68,794,000 m3 with a rise of 8.5% in relation to October.

The end of scheduled stoppages in Merluza and Mexilhão platforms, in Santos Basin, contributed to the natural gas output increase, in addition to the interconnection of the Operation Module of Pigs-1 (MOP-1), in Espírito Santo. It is a platform with the purpose of cleaning and inspecting the internal pipelines.

Also in November, the E&P Operations Unit at Amazon reached a record in gas delivery, achieving the volume of 4,232,000 m3/d. It was the first time that this index reached levels higher than 4,000,000 m3/d, mainly driven by increased demand for gas in the thermoelectrics of the region.

Output abroad

In November, total oil and natural gas extraction abroad was 194,078 boed, down 2.8% from the output of 199,760 boed a month earlier. This decrease was due to the production shutdown on the US's Cascade and Chinook fields for the installation of power umbilicals and subsea pumps as well as to the maintenance shutdown at the Sábalo plant, on Bolivia's San Antonio field.

Of this total, natural gas output was 14,944,000 m3/d, down 3.2% from October's output. In November, oil output exclusively from Petrobras' fields abroad was 106,122 bpd, 2.5% lower than October.

Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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