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Petrobras FPSO Led by Mangalorean Captain Arul Aranha Strikes First Oil


Petrobras FPSO Led by Mangalorean Captain Arul Aranha Strikes First Oil
 
Daijiworld Media Network—Brazil 
 
Brazil, Oct 30:
The largest FPSO (oil and gas floating production, storage, and offloading system) in  the  world, Cidade Angra dos Reis run by Petrobras,  which struck its  first  oil  on Thursday  October 28 from a depth of 4.3 km,  is  commanded by Mangalorean Captain Arul Aranha.

Aranha, superintendent of the prestigious project, hails from Vas Lane, Mangalore, and is the son of Amie Aranha and late Ladislaus B Aranha. He is married to Beryl Aranha who lives on Balmatta New Road.

Capt Aranha has been in the this industry for 25 years. He passed out in 1977 from St Aloysius College, Mangalore.



Capt Arul Aranha with his wife Beryl and children


The FPSO unit is anchored in the Santos Basin in Tipi – main field of pre-salt area, at a depth water of 2200 m and is capable of storing 1 mm bbls, to produce 100,000 bopd of oil and 5,000,000 bd sm3 of gas. It is owned by Modec, Tokyo/Modec, Houston and has been hired by Petrobras for 20 years. It was constructed in Dalian,China and transported to its current location over a 46-day period under the leadership of Capt Aranha.

The facility was inaugurated by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil and has a team of 140 people from about 14 different countries all over the world. Two other Indians in the team include marine superintendent Captain P V Rajagopalan and offshore oil installation manager Sanjay Mehwala.
 


Petrobras team with President Lula da Silva


The FPSO is initially connected to the RJS-660 well, which will undergo technical testing until the Declaration of Commerciality (DC) is made for the field, slated for late December, when the process of interconnecting it to other producing wells will be completed and the Tupi area will enter the production development phase.
 
It is installed in an area near the FPSO Cidade de São Vicente, which has been performing the extended well test (TLD) for Tupi since May last year and has already produced about seven million barrels of oil. The pilot system, whose activities will begin after the DC, will complement the technical data collected by the TLD with critical information about the reservoir and the production.

These data are essential to design the future units that will operate in the pre-salt. It will also contribute both to improve the well construction and subsea production collection projects, and to assess how different recovery methods (oil extraction) perform in the reservoir.
 
The unit will produce light, high commercial value oil and will kick-off the final Tupi production system, which will collect basic technical information for the development of large accumulations of oil discovered in recent years in that sedimentary basin.

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  • giridhar shetty, suratkal/mumbai

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Dear Arul, Sorry Capt Arul Aranha Hats Off to you for your Unique & Outstanding achievement.I really commend your grit for having chosen adventurous career, even though U could've easily chosen much more comfortable career.I know how hard & strenuous life over there in the high seas.I'm also involved in the oil & gas Field for the past 27 yrs as a contractor in refineries & ONGC and am aware of risks & hazards of being part of oil & gas industry. If You remember, Prakash & I were close friends at KREC.Even after three decades I still have the fond memories I spent with the entire Aranha family.Also if U remember we have had participated in motorcycle rally once,though it was a flop show.I m really proud of you Arul & Wish you bring in more Laurels to Mangalore & scale dizzy heights in your career.With Warm Regards,
    Giridhar

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  • Edward J.R. Fernandes, Bangalore/Kuwait

    Sat, Nov 13 2010

    Dear Arul
    Another Feather in your cap.
    We are all proud of You.
    All the best
    Cheers from Irene,Ivan & Inga.

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  • Paul Andrade, Jeppu, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 13 2010

    Hearty congratulations on your signal achievement of leading strike of first oil by Petrobras. You are great and we are proud of you. For your humility and God loving nature, may He bless you with many more laurels. May His peace be with you always.

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  • Patricia & Edmund Pereira, Mangalore, Canada

    Sat, Nov 6 2010

    Wow!!! Arul...Many Congratulations. We are very happy for you. May you be blessed with many more successes in all your endeavours.

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  • Ravi Shetty, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 4 2010

    Congratulations Dear Capt. Arul Aranha,I am in FPSO industry for the past 20 years and Its always plesure to see Indians in offshore industry. Keep it up and all the very best.

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  • Michael S Baptist, Chikmagalur

    Wed, Nov 3 2010

    Congratulations Dear Capt. Arul Aranha , it is really great to know that you achived First Oil Struck. You made INDIA proud.
    Regards
    MIchael S Baptiat

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  • C Nathan, Mumbai / Qatar

    Mon, Nov 1 2010

    Congratulation U Arul..Best wishes

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  • walter & Cynthia Fernandes, Bangalore

    Mon, Nov 1 2010

    Hi Arul! That's really great achievement to all Mangaloreans. Keep it up, God bless
    Cynthia and Walter, Church Street, Bangalore

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  • Arjun and Athena , Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    Darling dada, we are so proud to have you as our dad.



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  • Nico Rollorata, Phiilippines / Pernambuco Brazil

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    We are so proud to be a part of these project. Currently i'm working here onboard Cidade de Sao Vicente, you did a great job and success. Congrats Captain. Job well done.

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  • satish, Preetha and Neethan, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    Congratulations Dear Arul. Very proud of your efforts and achievement. May you be blessed with many more feathers in your cap. God Bless!!

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  • Chrispim, Brazil/Rio de Janeiro

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    Congratulations for start up.Wish you all success for future developments. Trabalho no campo de TUPI, no FPSO BW Cidade de Sao Vicente. I am a vice-president CIPA.

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  • Lellwyn Pinto, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    "CONGRATULATIONS" on this special achievement. God bless u all for future prosperity.

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  • Oscar DSilva, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    Dearest Arul,
    Congratulations on being part of the core team that made the first oil from Brasilian deep sea possible.Your dedication to the FPSO project and hard work have been richly rewarded.You have not only made us proud but also internationalised the "Aranha Family".With your flair for adventure and dedicated hard work we are sure that you will scale new heights.
    Warm regards,
    Oscar and Malu

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  • Shrikant Joshi, Bhusawal/Mulund-Mumbai

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    I am working with BW Cidade De Sao Vicente,Tupi field.Congratulation for all startup team for achieving first oil.We are proud of that the largest of the world is with PB.Wishing you all the best for future developments.

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  • Clifford D'souza, Taccode/São Paulo,Brazil

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    Congratulations! We are proud of you Capt.Arul!
    Parabéns e boa sorte! souzacliff@gmail.com

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  • ALWYN, Neermarga, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    Congratulations Captain Arul Aranha.

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  • Gerald Monteiro, Valencia, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    Congratulations. It is a stunning achievement indeed. You have made us Mangaloreans proud.All the best for many such endeavours in future

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  • Loyola Pinto, Mangalore / Abu Dhabi

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    Dear Arul,
    As your classmate, I feel so proud reading this article! Congratulations on your achievement and may you have many many more.
    Best wishes,
    Loyola

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  • Melwin D' souza /Q8, M'lor /Milagres

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    Congratulations Captain Arul Aranha. On your great work and splendid achievement. God bless you Captain. and all the best.Regards.. Melwin and Nancy Light Hous Hill.

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  • Vinola, Doha

    Sun, Oct 31 2010

    Congrats Uncle Arul. We are proud of you. All the best to you with your future projects.

    Love,
    Nola and Danny
    Sanjay & Nisha

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  • Nelisha & Darene Lewis, Seattle/ Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Dearest U. Arul,
    Congratulations!! We are very proud to read this article of your success. We wish you good luck in your future endeavours.
    - Nelisha & Darene

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  • Denzil Goveas, Bejai,mangalore/Kingdom of Bahrain

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Congratulations Arul & your dedicated team members..Hope you achieve even more and reach greater heights...

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  • Sarika & Callen Mascarenhas, Seattle

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Congratulations Dearest U. Arul!! The article made an interesting read. We are extremely proud of your achievements and we wish you the very best! Love - Sarika, Callen, Kyle & Kelly.

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  • Ancilla-Tony, Mangalore-Doha

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Dearest Arul,

    Once again, our Congrats and best wishes.

    Ancilla-Tony,
    Sarika-Callen,Kyle,Kelly,
    Nelisha-Darene.

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  • Nelisha & Darene Lewis, Mangalore/ Seattle

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Dearest U. Arul, Congratulations!!! We are so very proud to read this article of your success. We wish you the very best in your future endeavours.
    - Nelisha & Darene

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  • Allen R. Vas, Bijay

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Dear Arul,
    Congratulations Arul, you have done us really proud. I am sure it's your parents blessings and good wishes of your family that has taken you to these heights! Well done and keep it up Arul. Wish Uncle Laddie was around to share this joyous moments. Neverthless, up above there he will be feeling pround of you.....
    Love and best wishes from Rajesh and shobha, Suresh and Marrie, Sathish and Janet, Santosh and Sheila and Dinesh and violet and all family members of Vas family.

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  • Capt Niraj Katoch, Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Sir Simply Fantastic,not the fact that you met Pres Lula but a tremendous job well done.

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  • dr.anand &Geeta Pereira, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Dear Arul,
    YOUR PIONEERING EFFORTS HAVE BEEN RICHLY REWARDED. I have seen it with my very own eyes, how meticulous and dedicated you are in anything that you do. You have been working with cutting edge technology for many years and have always come out with flying colours. we have always admired your guts to probe the unkmnown and its a great feeling to learn of your achievements. Wish you all the very best.

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  • Richard Menezes, Udupi / Dubai

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Congratulations Arul, you have made us feel very proud, wish you all the best

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  • Noel, Bajpe

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Congratulations Captain, Be proud even more bcoz Design and detail engineering of this FPSO done by Indian company Larsen & Taubro-Valdel Bangalore, where I was worked as an Piping engineer of this project.

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  • vivekananda.m, mangalore

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Hi Arul, we all ur classmates r proud of u. we Thank GOD for this.And pray for more achievment to come.

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  • Santosh Vas, Bejai

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Congratulations Dear Arul - Great Job. How nice it would have been if Uncle Ladi was with us to cherish this great moment in your career. I was at his funeral when your message was read out - while you were on the High Seas in Command of this FPSO - Duty before self - Keep it up Arul and all the Very Best in your Career - We are proud of you. Sheila, Krystle, Cadell & rest of the TerCel Vas family.

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  • Aladdin Pais, Mangalore / Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Dear Arul,
    Congratulations, you have done us really proud, both Aloysians as well as all Mangaloreans.
    Do convey my regards to your family too whose support and strength would have kept you going all through.
    Specially wishes to your team members too as they assist you in gaining more success and fame.
    Your good friend and classmate.
    Aladdin Pais

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  • Thomas Valder, Bahrain

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Congratulations Captain. You have restored lost glory of Mangalore. He is an ex-student of St. Aloysius !! Truly Aloysius College deserves compliments as well for shedding light on the path of many successful personalities.

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  • Hubert Martis, Kurla, Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Congratulations!!!! Hi this is really a great acheivement not only for the Captain but for all mangaloreans and iam proud to say iam a mangalorean. Nice to see President Lula and Captain Arul together. May god bless him and pray that he may find more success.

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  • Ivan C Monteiro, Urwa, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    Congrats! Capt. Arul for your wonderful Performance. It is nice to see you leading a big team in the Energy Sector namely Oil Exploration. We are all proud of you. Keep up the good Work. Wishes and compliments to your family........Regards, Juliara Engg Team, Mangalore.

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  • Deepak D'Cunha, Bejai,Mangalore/Kuwait

    Fri, Oct 29 2010

    Congratulations on your great work and splendid achievement!We are all proud of you.All the best!
    -Deepak, Sonia, Shaina, Bobby, Suman,Dimple,Mrs.Gretta D'Cunha "Aishwarya", Bejai

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  • Loy Frank, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 29 2010

    Congratulations, Captain, you have made us all feel proud. All the best

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  • William, Bantwal

    Fri, Oct 29 2010

    Congratulations! God bless you. Increase the production and export to India, specially Mangalore at cheaper rates!!! Regards

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