RIO DE JANEIRO -- Petrobras launched the P-52 platform on June 13 from the Brasfels shipyard in Angra dos Reis (in the state of Rio de Janeiro).
Operating at its maximum capacity, the semisubmersible can process 180,000 b/d of oil and can compress 7.5 MMcm/d of natural gas. The semi is also outfitted with a 1.8 MMcm compressor on standby to guarantee continuous gas flow.
TheP-52 platform is a component of Phase 2 of the Roncador field Module 1 development program in the Campos basin. The semi will be anchored in 1,800 m (5,905 ft) water depth and interlinked to 29 wells – 18 producing and 11 water injection. The off-take of oil and natural gas will be made through submarine lines.
Once work is completed, the platform will undergo a phase of testing and adjustments before being towed into position in the Campos Basin for anchoring and well interconnection.
Operations startup on Roncador is scheduled for September of this year.
Petrobras signed the main construction contract for the semi in Dec. 2003 Work began in May 2004, and the platform hull arrived in Brazil in March 2006 to be integrated to the modules beginning in July 2006. Construction took 26 months.