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Petrobras has postponed first oil from its Mero 1 field via the FPSO Guanabara in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil due to delays with the production system. Startup at Mero 1 was originally expected in the fourth quarter of this year and is now expected to begin flowing during the first quarter of 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic-related delays with the buildout of the production system in China. The FPSO will be installed in the Mero field, which belongs to the Libra Block, in the Santos Basin pre-salt area, with a processing capacity of 180,000 OPD. The field is operated by Petrobras (40%) in partnership with Shell Brasil Petróleo (20%), Total E&P (20%), CNODC Brasil Petróleo e Gás (10%), CNOOC Petroleum Brasil (10%), and Pré-Sal Petróleo, which is the contract manager.
Petrobras started production of oil and natural gas from the shared deposit of Atapu, through platform P-70, in the eastern portion of the Santos Basin pre-salt, near the Búzios field offshore Brazil. The platform is the fifth floating, production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) of the series of replicants; it can process up to 150,000 B/D and treat up to 6 million m3 of natural gas. The unit will operate in a depth of 2300 m, with an interconnection of up to eight producing and eight injection wells. Petrobras holds 89.257% of the rights to the deposit in partnership with Shell Brasil Petróleo (4.258%), Total E&P do Brasil Ltda (3.832%), Petrogal Brasil (1.703%) and PPSA, representing the Union (0.950%).