Shell and partners have begun production from the second phase of their Parque das Conchas subsea project, off Brazil’s south-east coast.
The BC-10 project (Shell share 50%, Petrobras 35%, ONGC 15%) is made up of several subsea fields, all of which are tied back to floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, named the Espírito Santo.
The first phase of the project began production in 2009, when the Ostra and Abalone fields were connected, along with the Argonauta B-West. The peak production of the first phase was in 2010 with more than 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe), and is currently 35,000 boe per day. The second Phase connected the Argonauta O-North- a fourth reservoir to the vessel. At its peak, this phase is expected to produce around 35,000 boe per day.
“Boosting production at BC-10 with the completion of phase two is another great example of our successful project
development, delivery and execution capabilities,” said John Hollowell, Executive Vice President for Deep Water, Shell Upstream Americas. “It is a great day for Shell in Brazil.”
Building on an already successful proving ground for technology and innovation, a 4-D Life of Field Seismic monitoring system has been installed as part of the second Phase subsea development. This technology, comprised of a network of seismic sensors located subsea throughout the field, allows Shell to monitor the reservoir more effectively and efficiently. This is the deepest installation of its kind in the world on a full-field scale (approximately 1800m or 6000 feet).
Looking forward, Shell and its partners announced in June the decision for a third phase of the project, looking to
maximise the production life of BC-10. The third phase will look to continue the subsea infrastructure at Argonauta O-South and Massa reservoirs.