Petrobras starts oil production from Lula field

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has started oil production from well 7-LL-22D-RJS in the Santos basin’s presalt Lula field.

This well, which the company says has a production potential of 26,000 b/d, is connected to the Cidade de Paraty floating production, storage, and offloading vessel via a platform-connection system deployed for the first time in the field. The wellhead lies in 2,130 m of water.

Six additional wells will be connected to the platform during the year, of which four will be production wells and two injection wells, ramping up Cidade de Paraty to full production capacity of 120,000 b/d in the third quarter.

Connection of well 7-LL-22D-RJS to the FPSO was completed on May 5, when flexible pipelines were deployed. Cidade de Paraty began operations in June 2013. Well 7-LL-11-RJS was connected directly to the platform and produces 30,000 b/d (OGJ Online, June 10, 2013).

Lula field, where oil was discovered in 2012, is operated by Petrobras with 65% interest (OGJ Online, Apr. 13, 2012). Partners are BG E&P Brasil Ltda. 25% and Petrogal Brasil SA 10%.

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