According to an AP report, Brazil's domestic oil and natural gas output dipped in September due to problems with offshore drilling rigs in the Campos Basin, the state-run oil company Petrobras indicated recently.
Combined oil and gas equivalent last month fell 2 percent from August and 1.1 percent compared to September 2006, Petroleo Brasileiro SA said in a statement. The combined production averaged 2,035,183 barrels a day last month, it said.
The problems in the oil rigs in the Campos Basin near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's richest oil-producing region, have been resolved, and production is expected to rise, Petrobras indicated without specifying what the problems were.
Two new rigs in the Campos Basin, each with a capacity of 180,000 barrels a day, will come on line by year's end
, the company stated. Another mobile rig off the coast of Espirito Santo state, north of Rio de Janeiro, is expected to produce up to 100,000 barrels a day.
On April 21, Brazil started production on the huge P-50 rig, symbolizing the country's drive for oil self-sufficiency. Brazil consumes about 1.85 million barrels a day. But the country still imports light crude oil for refined products it needs, while it produces and exports mostly heavy crude oil. [Source: AP]