Brazilian oil company Enauta has preemptively stopped production from the Manati offshore field due to a small gas leak in the inland pipeline between the compressor station and the gas processing station.
The field is operated by Petrobras, which said last year it wanted to sell its 35 percent stake. Enauta has a 45% direct stake in the Manati field, located in the Camamu basin, on the coast of Bahia.
Like Petrobras, it is looking to sell its stake in the field, but it found a client last year and made a deal for the stake in the offshore field.
In August 2020, Enauta announced an agreement to sell its entire stake in the Manati field to Gas Bridge with an effective date of December 31, 2020.
“The operator is in the process of assessing the causes of this incident. The recovery will still be estimated. The company will keep the market informed of the development of this event,” said Enauta.
“The transaction is subject to a series of conditions precedent, and all actions required to complete the deal must be completed by December 31, 2021,” the company said.
Manati was discovered in 2000 and production started in 2007. Field wells are connected by subsea lines to the PMNT-1 platform, a fixed production unit installed at a water depth of 115 feet, 6 miles offshore.
From there, the gas travels through a 22 mile pipeline to the compression plant, where it is compressed and travels another 55 miles to the processing plant. In addition to gas, the Manati field also produces condensate.
This latest issue adds to Enauta’s problems with its field entirely owned in Atlanta off Brazil. Production from one of the Atlanta field’s wells was halted in early September, and since then the field has operated with two wells, with an average production of nearly 14,000 barrels of oil per day. Normal production via the FPSO Petrojarl I is expected to resume in the first quarter of 2022.
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