Petrobras’ operated pre-salt production up 50% in April

Oil and natural gas production from Brazil’s pre-salt fields surged 50% in April compared to the same period last year, operator Petrobras said earlier this week when disclosing its monthly output data.

Total production, which includes Petrobras’s wholly owned and partner shares, reached 1.50 million barrels of oil-equivalent per day (MMBOE/d) last month. The volume is pretty much in line with March’s output, but an in crease from a year ago, Kallanish Energy finds.

The beginning of production in the Cidade de Saquarema and Cidade de Caraguatatuba, along with output growth in three other platforms explain the increase, Petrobras said.

Overall, the state-run oil firm reported steady oil and natural gas production of 2.72 MMBOE/d, of which 2.60 MMBOE/d was pumped in Brazil. The average domestic oil production reached 2.10 million barrels per day (MMBPD), while production of gas, excluding liquefied volume, was 78.5 million cubic meters per day (MMcm/d).

Stoppage and platform resumption from maintenance caused a 1% drop in oil production and 1% increase in gas production, no major changes from March volumes.