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Pre-Salt

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Early Works
Exploration drilling
Start: 11/2007
Completion: 06/2008
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Operation
Current Stage In production - under development
Start:09/2008
Project Details

Description

The Pre-Salt is a geological formation on the continental shelf which is underneath the salt layer under the seabed. The total depth of the discoveries from the sea surface to the oil reservoir below the salt layer can reach more than 7,000m. It is located in both the Campos and Santos basins. The main blocks in the area are Libra, Lula, Florim, Franco, Sapinhoá, Carcará, Linguado, and Barracuda, among others. The pre-salt region has commercially declared reserves estimated at 16.6Bboe. The Tupi field, located in the Santos basin is estimated to have 5Bboe to 8Bboe, whereas Guará is estimated to contain 1.1B to 2B barrels of light oil (30º API) and natural gas. Given its geological challenges, the pre-salt exploration program has led to great advances in offshore technology. An example of technological innovation are the pipeline support buoys, called BSR (Buoy Support Risers), which enable the use of rigid steel pipelines at greater water depths.

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Key Specs

Full Name
Pre-Salt
Project Type
Crude oil, Natural gas and condensates, Offshore, Shallow waters, Upstream
Development Phase
In production - under development
Project Status
Active
Project Capacity
 Crude oil
 Natural gas and condensates
 Offshore
 Shallow waters
 Upstream
Location

Pre-Salt is a large formation located approximately 300km offshore Brazil's east coast, in the Santos and Campos basins, off the coasts of Espirito Santo, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina states.

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