Sapinhoa Guara Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Petrobras
  • Country: Brazil
  • Location: BM-S-9 (Guara) Block, Santos Basin
  • Production start: 2013
  • Partners: BG Group
  • Type: Oil / Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • Currently there is one FPSO on the field, the Cidade De Sao Paulo MV23 FPSO
  • The Cidade de São Paulo has capacity to process 120 000 barrels of oil per day and 176 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.
  • The oil produced from Sapinhoá is high quality and of medium density (30° API).
  • Gas not used for reinjection is transferred through the Lula-Sapinhoá-Mexilhão pipeline to the Monteiro Lobato Gas Treatment Unit (UTGCA) located in Caraguatatuba.
  • The Sapinhoá field development includes a second FPSO, the Cidade de Ilhabela FPSO, with production capacity of 150 000 barrels of oil per day and 212 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas.
  • The FPSO is connected to nine production wells and seven injection ones


  • MODEC, Mitsui and Mitsubishi: Building and chartering a floating production, storage, and offloading system (FPSO)
  • Technip: Manufacture of gas injection flexible lines
  • Saipem: Transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of gas export pipeline, as well as the engineering, procurement and construction of related subsea equipment
  • Subsea 7: Project management, engineering and installation of flowlines and umbilicals
  • Technip: Supply of approximately 100 kilometers of flexible pipes for oil production, gas lift, and gas injection for Sapinhoá Norte


  • 2000 - Block awarded in the second licencing round
  • 2008 - Sapinhoa Guara Oil Field discovered
  • 2010 - Initial Extended Well Test started
  • 2011 - MODEC, Mitsui and Mitsubishi awarded FSPO contract
  • 2011 - Declaration of commerciality
  • 2013 - First oil produced
  • 2014 - The third well goes into production



  1. Brazil Oil And Gas Licence Blocks
  2. Participation in FPSO chartering for Guara Field in Petrobras' pre-salt area
  3. New E&C Offshore contracts worth over $1 billion to be executed by the newly-built FDS 2 vessel
  4. Initial Extended Well Test for Guará discovery, offshore Brazil
  5. Declaration of Commerciality for Guará Area
  6. Technip awarded contract by Petrobras to provide high-tech solutions for the Guara & Lula Nordeste pre-salt fields in Brazil
  7. First production from Sapinhoá field, offshore Brazil
  8. Petrobras starts-up production of Sapinhoá North Early Production System (SPA), in pre-salt of Santos Basin
  9. Subsea 7 S.A. awarded contracts offshore Brazil
  10. Technip wins two contracts for ultra-deep water fields and helps Petrobras push back subsea frontiers
  11. Petrobras starts-up third well at Sapinhoá field and registers a new monthly production record in the pre-salt
  12. Petrobras starts-up FPSO Cidade de Ilhabelha in Santos Basin pre-salt Sapinhoá field

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