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FPSO chartered for fourth phase of Mero project

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Petrobras, TotalEnergies, Shell, CNOOC and CNPC have taken the investment decision for the fourth phase of the Mero project (Libra block), located 180 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, in the prolific pre-salt area of the Santos Basin.

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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