Pre-salt accounts for almost 70% of national production

Pre-salt production reached 2,597 MMboe/d (million barrels of oil equivalent per day), corresponding to 69.5% of the national total in April. The data were released this week by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), through the Monthly Bulletin of Oil and Natural Gas Production.

According to the survey, the 113 pre-salt wells were responsible for the production of the 2,057 MMbbl/d (millions of barrels per day) of 86 MMm3/d (millions of m3 per day) of natural gas. The number, furthermore, shows an increase of 4.2% compared to the previous month and 31.2% compared to same period of 2019.

Despite the expansion, national oil production in all wells fell 0.5% compared to March, while overall gas production increased by 1.9%. Compared to April last year, both grew, expansions of 13.6% and 9.8%, respectively.

Moreover, the Bulletin also brings the list of fields and offshore facilities that had their activities paralyzed due to pandemic covid-19. In April, 38 fields had their respective productions temporarily interrupted – of which 21 offshore and 17 onshore – and a total of 66 maritime production facilities disrupted their activities.