Brasil Voyager Sails to Pascagoula With First Cargo from Papa-Terra

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Brasil Voyager, image: Chevron

The first 740,000 barrel cargo of heavy crude oil from the Papa-Terra FPSO, Chevron’s largest investment offshore Brazil, was successfully offloaded last week via the shuttle tanker Brasil Voyager – a vessel purpose-built to service this new facility.

“The first offloading at Papa-Terra represents an important milestone for the company, reinforces the progress being made by the project and highlights the success of the partnership between Chevron and Petrobras,” commented Les Wood, a manager with Chevron Brazil.

Chevron says the Brasil Voyager will offload around 950,000 barrels of crude from Papa-Terra every 40 days and deliver the cargo to their refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Papa-Terra is located in the southern Campos basin in block BC-20, approximately 70 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Rio de Janeiro at a water depth of approximately 3,900 feet (1,190 meters).  Chevron achieved first-oil in November 2013, 10 years after oil was originally discovered.

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Image: McDermott

In April, McDermott International completed the installation of the field’s Tension Leg Wellhead Platform, the first such facility offshore Brazil.  Chevron notes Heavier-oil production wells will lead to the platform while lighter-oil production wells will tie back to the FPSO.  Papa-Terra has installed capacity to produce 140,000 barrels of crude and 35 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.