Brazil's state-run oil and gas company, Petrobras, has initiated wind measurements in collaboration with its partners in the pre-salt region, aiming to gather essential data for potential offshore wind projects in southern Brazil.
The measurements are a critical component of the BRL-8-million (USD 1.6m/EUR 1.5m) Ventos de Libra project, focusing on the Buzios and Mero fields within the Santos Basin.
Participating in this venture alongside Petrobras are Shell Brasil, TotalEnergies from France, China's CNPC, and CNOOC Ltd. Additionally, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) is actively involved in the initiative.
The primary objective of the Ventos de Libra project is to assess the feasibility of integrating offshore wind systems with oil production activities in the Brazilian pre-salt region. The initial phase involves data collection in the Buzios field, with plans to extend the study to the Mero field later in the year.
Petrobras holds the largest share in the Libra Consortium, commanding a 38.6% stake. Shell Brasil and TotalEnergies each have an equal 19.3% share, while CNPC and CNOOC both hold 9.65%. Pre-Sal Petroleo S.A. – PPSA, responsible for managing the Production Sharing Agreement in the Libra Consortium and representing the government in the non-contracted area, retains the final 3.5%.