FPSO chartered for fourth phase of Mero project
Published by Nicholas Woodroof,
The FPSO Alexandre de Gusmão, chartered from SBM Offshore for 22.5 years, will have a liquid treatment capacity of 180 000 bpd and is expected to start up by 2025. The FPSO will be designed to treat 12 million standard m3/d of gas. Furthermore, the unit will have a water injection capacity of 250 000 bpd and a minimum storage capacity of 1.4 million bbl of crude oil. The unit will be spread moored in approximately 1900 m water depth.
The investment decision for Mero 4 follows investment decisions for Mero 1 (start-up expected in 2022), Mero 2 (start-up expected in 2023) and Mero 3 (start-up expected in 2024) FPSOs. All of them have a liquid processing capacity of 180 000 bpd.
"The decision to launch Mero 4 marks the last milestone in the large-scale development of the Mero oil resources. This giant project is in line with TotalEnergies' growth strategy in Brazil which is to produce oil at a competitive cost out of world class fields while limiting CO2 emissions to a strict minimum," said Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at TotalEnergies.
Bruno Chabas, CEO of SBM Offshore, commented: “The signing of this Letter of Intent is the second major project award this year by our key client Petrobras. Our industry leading Fast4Ward® programme continues to address clients’ needs to develop large-scale and complex FPSOs providing cost efficient and low GHG intensity solutions.”
The Mero field has been in pre-production since 2017 with the 50 000 bpd Pioneiro de Libra FPSO. The Libra Consortium is operated by Petrobras (40%) as part of an international partnership including TotalEnergies (20%), Shell Brasil (20%), CNOOC (10%) and CNPC (10%). Pre-Sal Petróleo manages the Libra Production Sharing Contract.
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