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New FPSO comes on stream off Brazil

A new floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Petrobras’ revitalisation project in Campos Basin offshore Brazil has started production.

Malaysia’s Yinson was awarded the contract for FPSO Anna Nery by Petrobras. In June 2022, the FPSO’s naming ceremony was held.

The following month, the vessel left the Cosco Qidong shipyard in China and embarked on its journey to Brazil.

FPSO Anna Nery arrived in Brazil in September 2022 and on 8 May 2023 Petrobras stated that the FPSO started production on 7 May 2023.

She is the first of two FPSOs that are part of the Marlim and Voador revitalisation project, which is expected to expand the current production of around 30,000 bpd of oil and around 420,000 m³ of gas to more than 150,000 boepd.

Jean Paul Prates, CEO of Petrobras, commented: “This is the largest project in the world in the recovery of mature assets in the offshore industry. Through it, we will increase production, maintain jobs, and open an important learning and knowledge front for other similar projects throughout Brazil.”

FPSO Anna Nery is anchored in a water 927m deep and interconnected to 32 wells, with peak production scheduled for 2025. The vessel is capable of producing up to 70,000 barrels of oil per day and processing 4 million m³ of gas. It is expected to work on the field for 25 years.

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