Brazil facing offshore gas constraint issues

June 6, 2019

Offshore staff

LONDONBrazil urgently needs investment in offshore pipelines and onshore processing facilities to develop its offshore gas resources, according to Wood Mackenzie.

The consultant expects the country to deliver close to 5 MMb/d of oil in the late 2020s, with more than 90% coming from fields in the Campos and Santos basins.

Non-flexible associated gas production from the two basins should exceed 4.2 bcf/d by the same period.

However, the country’s two offshore pipelines (Rota 1 and Rota 2) to develop Santos basin presalt gas will likely lack spare capacity until 2030. A third pipeline, Rota 3, is under construction and will have some capacity available in the early 2020s.

Wood Mackenzie expects at least one new pipeline to be laid running 160-240 km (99-149 mi) to the coast able to transport 30 MMcm/d, with further onshore processing also required.

As for the Campos basin fields, the main bottleneck is processing capacity at the Cabiúnas NGPP plant where gas from the basin’s post-salt, presalt and Rota 2 will land.

A further 14 MMcm/d will need an export solution, which could be onshore gas-to-power plants. Small FLNG projects are another possibility.

Without additional investment, the consultant warned, the start-up of more than 40 FPSOs over the next decade could be delayed, limiting Brazil’s oil production growth.