Frade Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Chevron
  • Country: Brazil
  • Location: Northern Campos Basin
  • Production start: 2009
  • Partners: Chevron 51.7%, Petrobras - 30%, Inpex/Sojitz 18.3%
  • Type: Oil
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume: 79,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day


  • Frade is located in the Campos Basin at a water depth of 3,700 feet (1,128 m), approximately 230 miles (370 km) northeast of Rio de Janeiro.
  • The structure is a slope valley channel deposit with two main fault blocks and spans an area of 20 square kilometers.
  • The development plan consists of a phased reservoir exploitation using subsea wells with a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.
  • The Frade FPSO, moored by an internal turret accommodating 33 risers, is fitted with topsides for the production of 100,000 barrels of oil, treatment and compression of 106 million standard cubic feet of gas and treatment and injection of 150,000 barrels of water per day


  • Acergy: installation of a 41 kilometre flexible gas import/export pipeline between the Frade FPSO and the Roncador pipeline manifold, together with flexible risers and well control umbilicals
  • SBM Offshore: Lump sum Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract covering the provision of an FPSO
  • Wellstream International: Supply of 130 kilometres of flowlines, risers and jumpers
  • FMC Technologies: 19 enhanced horizontal subsea trees (EHXT), wellheads, pipeline end manifolds with associated structures, production control systems and other related equipment


  • 1986 - The field was discovered by Petrobras
  • 1998 - Declaration of commerciality
  • 1999 - Texaco, INPEX and Sojitz Corporation farm-in
  • 2001 - Two appraisal wells drilled
  • 2002 - Enter CPDEP Phase 2
  • 2003 - Preliminary plan of development
  • 2003 - Enter CPDEP Phase 3
  • 2004 - Award FEED
  • 2005 - FEED complete
  • 2006 - Project sanction
  • 2006 - SBM awarded FSPO contract
  • 2007 - JBIC Provides Loan for Frade Field Development Project
  • 2009 - First oil production
  • 2011 - Crude leak on the Frade field
  • 2011 - Chevron suspends operations at the field
  • 2012 - ANP concludes investigation


  • The field consists of multiple stacked reservoirs, which will be water-flooded to maintain reservoir pressure


  1. Frade Field Fact Sheet
  2. ANP Concludes The Investigation Of The Accident In The Frade Field
  3. JBIC Provides Loan for Campos Oil Field Development Project
  4. Acergy S.A. Awarded $245 million Contract in Brazil
  5. Chevron Reports Continued Success Containing and Reducing Remaining Oil Sheen; Accepts Full Responsibility for Incident
  6. Chevron Reiterates Statement Regarding Oil Seep at Project in Brazil
  7. Chevron Voluntarily Suspends Current and Future Drilling Operations Offshore Brazil
  8. New Orders For SBM Offshore Chevron Awards Frade FPSO
  9. Wellstream Secures Major Brazilian Award To Supply Flexible Pipe For Chevron Frade Project
  10. FMC Technologies Chosen By Chevron to Supply Subsea Systems for its Frade Project in Brazil

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