DEEPWATER ESP—1: Subsea, downhole 1,200-hp ESP produces Jubarte well off Brazil

To produce the heavy oil from the JUB-6 well in the Jubarte field off Brazil, Petrobras decided to install the highest horsepower electric submersible pump (ESP) yet installed subsea. The system has a 1,200-hp motor and a pump capable of producing more than 22,000 b/d.The well is part of Petrobras’ Phase 1 plan for the field that includes four wells producing about 60,000 b/d to the P-34 floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel.Two wells are on gas lift, one has an ESP installation on the seabed, and the fourth, discussed in this article, has a downhole ESP.New technologiesAs new deepwater discoveries enter the production phase, operators require new technologies t...

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