HOUSTON -- The Cascade-Chinook development in the ultra deepwater Gulf of Mexico is moving ahead on schedule, said Cesar Palagi, Walker Ridge asset manager for Petrobras America. Palagi gave an overview of the project at a NOMADS meeting today in Houston.
The FPSO for Phase 1 of the development is under construction in Singapore and is expected to arrive in the Gulf in early 2010, for first production in June, Palagi said. The FPSO is designed to stay on location for up to 10 years. Heerema'sBalder is scheduled to start laying the pipe-in-pipe on the field next month, he said.
Petrobras has taken a phase-approach to developing Cascade-Chinook. The first phase calls for tieback of three subsea wells to the FPSO. The primary objective of this phase is to gather well data to study reservoir behavior. This data will be used to design subsequent phases of the development, pending the well results in Phase 1, Palagi said.
Oil processed in Phase 1 will be offloaded to tankers and the small amount of associated gas produced will be piped to shore via the existing pipeline network.