April 2012, Vol. 239 No. 4


BW Pioneer: FPSO Begins Producing Oil And Gas In Gulf

Petrobras has begun production in the Cascade Field through the Cascade 4 well, which is connected to the FPSO BW Pioneer (a Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel platform), located 160 miles off the coast of Louisiana in 2,500 meters of water in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This is the first FPSO to produce oil and gas in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. With a total length of 794 feet, the FPSO will be able to separate, treat and measure fluids, store oil, export gas via a gas export pipeline, and offload the stored oil to a shuttle vessel. The FPSO will receive production through dual flow lines that connect to it via risers. The nominal production capacity of the facility

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