Petrobras Starts Production of FPSO Carioca in Sépia Field

Production vessel has the capacity to produce up to 180,000 B/D of oil.

FPSO Carioca

Petrobras began producing oil and natural gas from FPSO Carioca, the first platform in Sépia field, in the Santos Basin pre-salt. The FPSO is located approximately 200 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, in water depths of 2200 m. The FPSO, chartered from Modec, has the capacity to process up to 180,000 B/D and to compress up to 6 million m3 of natural gas.

Seven producing wells and four injection wells will be hooked into the FPSO. The oil production will be transported by offloading vessels, while the gas production will be moved through the pre-salt gas pipeline routes.

The project also has a system to remove CO2 from the gas produced and reinject it into the reservoir, reducing the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and improving oil recovery.

The Sépia shared reservoir comprises the Sépia and Sépia Leste fields, located in the Transfer of Rights and Concession (BM-S-24) areas, respectively, and operated by Petrobras (97.6%) in partnership with Petrogal Brasil (2.4%).