MONACO – Petrobras has signed contracts with SBM Offshore covering the 22.5-year lease and operation of the FPSO Alexandre de Gusmão at the deepwater Mero oil field in the presalt Santos basin offshore Brazil.
This will be the fourth FPSO on Mero, located 160 km (99.4 mi) from Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro State. Mero is in the Libra block, operated by Petrobras in partnership with Shell, TotalEnergies, CNODC, and CNOOC.
The vessel will have capacity to process 180,000 b/d of oil and 12 MMcf/d. It will be linked to eight oil production wells, six water and gas injectors, and one convertible well from producer to gas injector via a network of rigid production and injection pipelines and flexible service lines.
To date, four wells have been drilled and two completed. SBM Offshore will deploy a standardized hull based on its Fast4Ward approach. First oil should flow in 2025.