April 25, 2007


Description

  The Frade project is Chevron’s recently announced deepwater heavy-oil development project requiring a capital investment of approximately $2.5B.  The sanctioning of the Frade project marks a major milestone in an effort that began in 1997 when Brazil opened up its oil and gas reserves to foreign exploration.  The Frade field is located in the Northern Campos Basin, approximately 370 kilometers offshore Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1,100 meters water depth.  The one hundred fifty-four (154) Km2 Frade concession area is adjacent to Petrobras’s Albacore Leste and Roncador developments.   The field was discovered in 1986 by Petrobras, was subsequently appraised with a Petrobras well in 1989 and two Texaco wells in 2001.

Frade, being a deep water heavy oil development project, has historically been both technically and economically challenged. The inherent subsurface and surface complexities alone might have shelved the development of this asset – particularly in the early evaluation period. Moreover, the fiscal and political landscape in Brazil has proven to be less than predictable providing additional obstacles to project success.  After merging with Texaco in 2001, Chevron realized that a different approach would be required to assess the true value of the Frade asset, and initiated a systematic and standardized asset valuation process for Frade as part of its worldwide portfolio management exercise.

 A phased subsurface evaluation strategy, utilizing subsea wells, is being implemented in the development of Frade in order to manage subsurface complexity and uncertainty.  In addition, to facilitate smooth facilities startup, Chevron are applying Petrobras’ tried and true development methods in the Campos Basin and utilizing vendors and contractors with a proven track record of working in Brazil.

The structure is a low relief anticline with two main fault blocks, consists of three stacked reservoirs, and spans an area of 20 square kilometers. The field will require water injection from the beginning of production in order to maintain reservoir pressure and maximize life of field oil recovery.

The current development scenario consists of a total of 19 wells; 12 horizontal production and 7 vertical injection wells.  The production wells will utilize an open-hole gravel pack completion with gas lift, and will be tied back to a Floating, Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) vessel.  The FPSO will provide the capacity to process 100,000 barrels of oil per day, compress 106 million standard cubic feet of natural gas, and store 1.5 million barrels of oil.  The subsea architecture consists of a series of production flowlines, gas lift and water injection pipelines, and umbilicals.   The production wells will be paired together to provide pigging loops, while the water injection wells will be connected through a pipeline and umbilical loop.  The gas lift pipelines and production umbilicals will be manifolded to supply up to 4 production wells.  Surplus gas will be routed to shore via existing Petrobras pipelines in the area, while the processed oil will be sold on the world market, transported with conventional trading tankers.

All major drilling and facilities contracts were awarded in 2006.  Detailed engineering is essentially complete with manufacturing and construction activities currently underway.  Offshore facilities installation and well drilling is anticipated to take place in 2008, resulting in first production from the Frade field during the first quarter of 2009. 


Featured Speakers

Speaker MICHAEL A. MILEO
FRADE Project Manager CHEVRON Corporation      Michael A. Mileo is a Project Manager in Chevron’s Project Resource Company, based in Houston, Texas.  He joined Texaco in 1982 as a Civil Engineer in Texaco’s Offshore District Office in Morgan City, Louisiana.  During his twenty-four (24) plus years with Texaco and now …

FRADE Project Manager
CHEVRON Corporation
     Michael A. Mileo is a Project Manager in Chevron’s Project Resource Company, based in Houston, Texas.  He joined Texaco in 1982 as a Civil Engineer in Texaco’s Offshore District Office in Morgan City, Louisiana.  During his twenty-four (24) plus years with Texaco and now Chevron, Mr. Mileo has held a variety of project and facilities engineering management positions of increased responsibility.  He has been a project manager for both domestic and international upstream projects.  In his current role, as the Frade Project Manager, he has been responsible for the Frade project from initial asset evaluation and development concept screening through to project commercialization and now project execution.  His area of responsibility is subsurface evaluation, well construction and drilling, facilities design and construction, and operations planning and assurance.

    Mr. Mileo received both and BS and MS degree in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University in 1982.  He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), as well as Licensed Civil Engineer in the States of Louisiana and Texas




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Organizer

Barry Faulkner


Date and Time

Wed, April 25, 2007

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Location

Petroleum Club, 43 Floor, EXXON Bldg

800 Bell Street
Houston, Texas 77002