Shell proceeds with Phase 2 of Parque das Conchas project
Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to proceed with Phase 2 of its Campos basin Parque das Conchas project, 62 miles off Brazil.
By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Oct. 15 -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to proceed with Phase 2 of its Campos basin Parque das Conchas project, 62 miles off Brazil.
Phase 2 will develop a fourth field in Block BC-10, Argonauta O-North (OGJ, May 5, 2008, p. 54).
Shell said the full project will recover about 300 million boe at rates of about 100,000 boe/d.
Production from the first phase of Parque das Conchas started in 2009 from nine wells in three fields—Abalone, Ostra, and Argonauta B-West. Phase 2 includes seven additional development wells, which will have TDs of about 3,600 ft below the seabed.
Parque das Conchas was the first full-field development to separate and pump oil and gas from the seabed. The project has 1,500-hp electric pumps for lifting the 16-42° gravity oil from the wellheads to the Espirito Santo floating, production, storage, and offloading vessel, moored in 1,780-m of water.
The facilities on the FPSO can process about 100,000 bo/d and 50 MMcfd of gas.
Shell notes that to obtain better production rates, the fields are developed with extended reach, horizontal wells.
Operator Shell holds 50% interest in the development. Partners are Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) 35% and ONGC Videsh Ltd. 15%.