Offshore/subsea systems

Petrobras Brings P-71 FPSO Online

The new floater is producing oil from the Itapu field in the Santos Basin

P-71 FPSO.
P-71 FPSO.

Petrobras has begun production from the Itapu field in the deepwater Santos Basin offshore Brazil via the P-71 floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit. The P-71 has the capacity to process up to 150,000 BOPD and 6 million m3 of gas per day, in addition to storing up to 1.6 million barrels of oil.

“We were able to anticipate the production of the P-71 platform, which was originally scheduled for 2023,” said João Henrique Rittershaussen, Petrobras’ chief production development officer. “We will also be able to anticipate the ramp‑up (production evolution), which is excellent news not only for Petrobras but also for the country, which will receive the royalties from this production earlier.”

Installed in 2010 m of water, the P-71 will be the only FPSO to produce in the Itapu field, fully operated by Petrobras under the Transfer of Rights and Production-Sharing regimes. The company expects the unit to reach its maximum production capacity in 2023.

The P-71 is the sixth and last of the series of replicant platforms operated by Petrobras. These units are characterized by a standardized engineering design, high production capacity, and advanced technologies for operation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. One of the unit’s low‑carbon technologies is the flare gas recovery unit system, which contributes to a greater utilization of the produced gas and reduction of emissions.