Tupi Phase 1 gaining momentum

BG Group says it is making good progress in its various development programs offshore Brazil.

Offshore staff

LONDON-- BG Group says it is making good progress in its various development programs offshore Brazil.

The FPSO for the 100,000-boe/d first phase of the Tupi development is 33% complete, and orders have been issued for subsea trees, flexible flowlines, and gas export line pipe. Three ultra deepwater rigs have been chartered to give sufficient drilling capacity.

The extended well test on Tupi delivered flow rates, constrained by the facilities, of around 14,000 boe/d. Although the test has been suspended temporarily for a precautionary change-out of the christmas tree following a materials alert related to the retaining bolts, BG maintains there are no technology implications for the development as a whole.

Design capacity of the FPSOs for the Iara and Guara fields has been increased from 100,000 boe/d to 120,000 boe/d, and tenders for the vessels are under way. BG hopes both projects will be sanctioned towards the end of this year.

The company is participating in current exploratory wells on BM-S-9 (Abarea West) and BM-S-52 (Corcovado-2), both of which should reach target depth in the next few weeks. Another well spud is planned later this year on the BM-S-50 Sagittario prospect.

07/29/2009

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