Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras, reported a slight increase in its April crude oil and natural gas production thanks to increased volumes in the pre-salt Santos Basin, Kallanish Energy reports.
Its latest monthly data show total production, domestically and abroad, reached 2.68 million barrels of oil-equivalent per day (MMBOE/d), compared to 2.66 MMBOE/d in March.
The firm pumped 2.07 million barrels per day (MMBPD) of crude in Brazil – 1% higher than the volume produced in March. The improvement reflects the end of a maintenance stoppage in the Lula field and the start-up of a platform in the Buzios field.
Natural gas production, excluding the liquefied volume, was up 1.2% month-to-month, to 79 million cubic meters per day (MMcm/d). In March, Petrobras produced 78.1 MMcm/d from its gas fields.
Official data for total Brazilian hydrocarbons output in April won’t be available until later in the year, but Petrobras’ figures indicate a slight increase in the country’s oil and gas production last month.
The company operated production totaling 3.20 MMBOE/d in Brazil alone, compared to 3.17 MMBOE/d in March. This volume includes shares of both Petrobras and its partners.