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The P-51 Goes On Stream in the Campos Basin

Posted on January 27, 2009

The P-51, the first semi-submersible platform built entirely in Brazil, went on stream in January, beginning the production of well MLS-99, in the Marlim Sul field, in the Campos Basin. Installed at a water depth of 1255 meters and 150 km off the coast of Macaé, the new unit is capable of producing up to 180 000 barrels of oil per day and is considered strategic for the maintenance of Brazil’s oil self-sufficiency.

The new platform is part of the Brazilian Federal Government’s Growth Acceleration Program (GAP) and generated 4000 direct and 12 000 indirect jobs during its construction. The total investment made in this production unit neared $1 billion. The FSTP (Keepel Fells Technip) consortium, Nuovo Pignone (gas compression module), Rolls Royce (power generation module), and Nuclep (hull) were in charge of construction.

The P-51 is capable of compressing six million cubic meters of gas. This production is part of the Natural Gas Production Anticipation Plan (Plangás), created to reduce Brazil’s foreign dependence on this fuel. Its four turbines are able to generate 100 MW of energy, enough to supply a city of 300 000 inhabitants.

The new unit will be interconnected to 19 wells (10 oil and gas producers and nine water injectors, and to 85 pipelines, which, together, add up to 335 km). Measuring 125 meters in length, 110 meters wide, and weighing a total of 48 000 tons, the P-51 lodge up to 200 people.

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