Tupi pilot begins production off Brazil

The extended production test of the giant presalt Tupi discovery in the Santos basin off Brazil has begun to the BW Cidade de Sao Vicente FPSO, according to Galp Energia SGPS SA, Lisbon.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, May 1 -- The extended production test of the giant presalt Tupi discovery in the Santos basin off Brazil has begun to the BW Cidade de Sao Vicente floating production, storage, and offloading vessel, according to Galp Energia SGPS SA, Lisbon.

The FPSO, with a 30,000 bo/d processing capability, is moored in 2,170 m of water on Block BM-S-11 about 280 km off Rio de Janeiro.

Galp Energia says that production will not exceed 14,000 bo/d during the 15-month production test of the Tupi Sul and Tupi-1 wells.

The Tupi field, discovered in October 2006, contains an estimated recoverable 5-8 billion bbl of light 28-30° gravity oil and natural gas.

Operator Petroleo Brazileiro SA (Petrobras) has a 65% interest in the block. Partners are BG Group 25% and Galp Energia 10%.

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