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Campos Basin

Campos Basin is the main oil area exploited in the Brazilian territory. The area covers approximately 100 thousand square kilometers and extends from the State of Espírito Santo, in the vicinity of Vitória, until Arraial do Cabo, located at the north of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Petrobras has set up one of the world’s largest maritime oil complex in this basin..

Campos Basin

Since the beginning of commercial production of oil, in 1977, the Campos Basin has played a very important role in the technological development in Brazil and in globalized scenario. In 1989, Rio de Janeiro was already responsible for 57.8% of the national production.

  • Daily Production 1.677 oil and
    LGN barrels
    28,4 Million cubic meters of natural gas. The oil and gas reservoirs of the Campos Basin exceed 11.7 billion of equivalent oil barrels (boe) according to the criteria of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). *Data from 2009
  • The production of
    Campos Basin represents
    of the National
    Oil Production
    *Data from 2012
  • Oil and Natural Gas greatest discoveries (IHS Cera – 2001 a 2010 – billion of barrels) of all the volume ranked
    BRAZIL 34 billion of barrels
    TURKMENISTAN 24,6 billion
    IRAN 22,4 billion of barrels
    *World ranking of the greatest hydrocarbon discoveries of the decade. With the largest data base of the oil industry, the international consultancy company IHS Cera registered about 35 discoveries between 2001 and 2012.
  • The GDP (gross domestic product) of the Campos Basin was estimated in approximately This GDP is higher that the state of Bahia’s and is equivalent to the GDP of all the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul put together. *Data from 2009

The technology of deep water exploration made the exploitation of wells at increasing depths possible. In 2001, the 7-RO-8-RJS well at the Roncador field (1,877 meters) was the deepest, not only in Brazil but also in the world.

At the end of 2005, 36 production platforms operated in the Campos Basin with the ability to extract and process around 2.7 million bpd and 67 million cubic meters of gas. The total number of exploited wells was 663 and the production was about 1.20 million barrels of oil per day and 17 million cubic meters of gas. In addition to these assets, there were about 4,200 kilometers of undersea pipelines.

The achievements in the Campos Basin continued over the years and in April 2006, when Brazil overcame another challenge: oil self-sufficiency with the P-50 platform.

Today, 565 production oil well and 16 gas wells are in operation. There are 181 water injection wells and seven gas injection wells.

In December of 2009, the average daily production of Campos Basin as a whole was 1,677 barrels of oil and LGN and 28.4 million cubic meters of natural gas. The proven reserves of oil and gas in the Campos Basin exceed 11.7 billion barrels of equivalent oil (boe) according to the criteria of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). This volume represents more than 80% of proven reserves of Petrobras in Brazil (14.169 billion boe).

It is often said that the Campos Basin was, and still remains, a gigantic open-air laboratory. Petrobras has tested there the main offshore technologies developed throughout its history. These were pioneering technologies in many ways, experienced in the development of production projects at depths of water (distance between the surface and the seabed) never previously tested in the world.

Some History

The first field exploited in the Campos Basin was baptized as Garoupa, in 1976. However, the start of production was from the Enchova, initially production 10 thousand barrels per day (bpd). At the same time, Namorado, Bonito, Badejo, Pargo and Pampo were discovered. As they were discovered, the fields were named after regional fish.

The idea of baptizing the oil fields after fish name emerged in 1968, with the discovery of the Guaricema field, in Sergipe. Since then it was decided to baptize the fields discovered on the continental shelf after names of fishes from the region. There were so many discoveries that the names were getting scarce and today names of other marine animals are adopted such as the Dolphin in the Espírito Santo, and the Jubarte, also in the Campos Basin.

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