Petrobras reports start-up of Roncador’s P-55 platform

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) reported the start-up of its semisubmersible P-55 platform in Roncador field in Campos basin offshore Brazil.

The platform is one of the company’s strategic projects in its 2013-17 business and management plan. Part of Roncador’s field Module 3 project, it will be connected to 17 wells, 11 of which encompass oil and gas production while 6 cover water injection.

The platform will rest in 1,800 m of water and is designed to process 180,000 b/d of oil, compress 6 MMcfd of natural gas, and inject 290,000 b/d of water.

Petrobras said P-55 is the biggest semisubmersible platform ever built in Brazil and one of the biggest of its kind worldwide, weighing 52,000 tons and with an area of 10,000 cu m.

The new unit will operate along with platforms P-52 and P-54 (OGJ Online, Nov. 26, 2007; OGJ, Feb. 4, 2008, p. 41), already installed in Roncador field, and with platform P-62, which has departed the Atlantico Sul shipyard in Ipojuca (Pernambuco state) for Module IV of the field.

Petrobras in 2008 canceled orders for the construction of the P-55 platform along with the P-57 floating production, storage, and offloading unit, citing excessive cost (OGJ Online, Feb. 18, 2008).

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