(Brazil)- Brazilian federal energy company Petrobras has begun test-phase operations in the Golfinho field in the Espírito Santo basin with a production of 21,000 b/d.
Petrobras is utilizing the FPSOSeillean for these operations, which are designed to evaluate reservoir behavior.
TheSeillean will operate in the pilot phase of production from the Golfinho field until the FPSOs Capixaba and Cidade de Vitória are sited in the first half of 2006 and the first half of 2007, respectively. Both FPSOs will have the capacity to produce 100,000 b/d.
Initial production from theSeillean indicates that the Golfinho field yields 28.5° API light oil. These operations are particularly significant, as it represents first Brazilian deepwater oil production outside of the Campos basin.