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Brazil’s pre-salt supplies hit capacity constraints

Brazil is reinjecting record amounts of gas, and additional infrastructure will be required in time for an expected surge in pre-salt gas production by 2025 Brazil is reinjecting record amounts of gas, and additional infrastructure will be required in time for an expected surge in pre-salt gas production by 2025.
By Ed O'Brien 22 August 2019 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 34512
Petrobras's P-52 rig on its way to the Roncador field in the Campos Basin. (Petrobras)

The key issue: A delay to Petrobras’s Route 3 pipeline has forced the company to reinject pre-salt gas “on a much larger scale than recommended”, Chief Executive Roberto Castello Branco said last week.

Interfax analysis: Brazil’s plan to take advantage of its rising gas production could be undermined by a lack of takeaway capacity at its pre-salt fields. 

Petrobras said in its annual report earlier this year that the BRL 6 billion ($1.5 billion) Route 3 pipeline, originally expected to enter service in 2017, would be delayed...