Phased program lessens Marlim Sul development risks

Based on a presentation to the Deep Offshore Technology Conference, Marseille, Nov. 19-21, 2003.To lessen risks, Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) selected a four-module program for developing its large deepwater Marlim Sul oil field.Discovered in 1987 in the Campos basin off Brazil, the field has been under development since 1994. It contains 1.47 billion boe of proved reserves and an additonal 1.15 billion boe of probable reserves. It currently produces 185,000 bo/d, 13% of Petrobras' oil production in Brazil, and 2.5 million cu m/d of gas.Lying in 800-2,600 m water depths, the field contains 14 reservoir blocks in a large 600-sq km area that require various development techni...

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