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Petrobras to contract new FPSO for Búzios field

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Petrobras has started the bidding process for the acquisition of a new FPSO for the Búzios field, in the Santos Basin pre-salt.

Named P-80, the platform will be the ninth unit to operate in the field, with the capacity to process 225 000 bpd of oil and 12 million m3/d of gas. Like the FPSO Almirante Tamandaré, currently under construction, the P-80 will be the largest oil production unit operating in Brazil and one of the largest in the world. The forecast is that the P-80 will start operating in 2026.

The Búzios field, discovered in 2010, is the largest deepwater oilfield in the world. It should reach the end of the decade with daily production of over 2 million boe, making it Petrobras' most productive asset.

Currently, there are four units in operation in Búzios, which account for more than 20% of Petrobras' total production. The fifth and sixth platform (FPSOs Almirante Barroso and Almirante Tamandaré) are under construction. The seventh and eighth units (FPSOs P-78 and P-79) are in the process of being contracted.

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