February 29, 2024

The P-32 platform has departed the Marlim field in the Campos Basin heading to the Rio Grande shipyard to undergo a recycling process, Petroleo Brasileiro SA said.  

“This is an important milestone! With the P-32 already underway to the Rio Grande shipyard, in Rio Grande do Sul, we will carry out the first green decommissioning in Brazil. And this is the first of many!” Petrobras CEO Jean Paul Prates said in a press release.

“Our Strategic Plan expects more than 20 units to be decommissioned. Our country has a strong steel-consuming industry. We are the ninth largest steel producing industry. In other words, we have the product available, a technology to be developed or under development, and the consumer market is present and safe.

“Therefore, I affirm that the decommissioning of platforms is an excellent opportunity for our local industry”.

P-32 had been sold to Gerdau SA, in partnership with the Ecovix shipyard, in a transaction completed in July this year, Petrobras said. The unit will be the first floating platform to follow the new sustainable disposal model adopted by Petrobras.

A further 11 floating units will follow the same guidelines over the next five years, it said.

The platform’s recycling plan, elaborated by Gerdau-Ecovix, was approved by Petrobras and covers everything from the first procedures for receiving the unit through the dismantling work, which will take place in a dry dock, to the final disposal of the waste resulting from dismantling.

Petrobras said it will closely monitor the execution of the plan throughout the entire recycling process to ensure compliance with safety, environment, occupational health and social responsibility practices in a sustainable and auditable way.

The P-32 platform is one of ten units deployed in the Campos Basin. Petrobras said the Marlim and Voador Revitalization project consists of replacing nine of the fields’ units with the new floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels Anna Nery and Anita Garibaldi. These new units have the joint capacity to produce up to 150,000 barrels per day.

“With these replacements, we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent. This is one of the fronts of the Campos Basin renewal plan, which foresees investment of $22 billion by 2028, with more than 200 new interconnected wells, in addition to four new FPSOs”, said general manager of the Campos Basin Exploration and Production Business Unit, Alex Murteira Célem.

FPSO P-32 was a pioneer in deep waters, according to Petrobras, with the unit treating and exporting through offloading in an integrated way since 1997. Together with FPSO P-47, the unit was able to transport large volumes produced in the northern area of the field, exceeding the original expectations. More than 130 million barrels of oil equivalent from platforms P-18, P-19, P-20 and P-27 were processed.

Under its new green policy, Petrobras is looking to minimize waste generation, prevent impacts on biodiversity, as well as reuse equipment and encourage a circular economy. The company is also aiming to use only certified shipyards equipped with a dry dock or waterproofed land with a drainage system, it said.

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