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Saturday, October 30, 2010 7:00:11 AM (IST)  

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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Comments on this article
giridhar shetty, suratkal/mumbai
Thursday, February 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,

Edward J.R. Fernandes, Bangalore/Kuwait
Saturday, November 13, 2010

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

Paul Andrade, Jeppu, Mangalore
Saturday, November 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.

Patricia & Edmund Pereira, Mangalore, Canada
Saturday, November 06, 2010

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

Ravi Shetty, Mumbai
Thursday, November 04, 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.

Michael S Baptist, Chikmagalur
Wednesday, November 03, 2010

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

C Nathan, Mumbai / Qatar
Monday, November 01, 2010

Congratulation U Arul..Best wishes

walter & Cynthia Fernandes, Bangalore
Monday, November 01, 2010

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

Arjun and Athena , Mangalore
Sunday, October 31, 2010

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

Nico Rollorata, Phiilippines / Pernambuco Brazil
Sunday, October 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.

satish, Preetha and Neethan, Mangalore
Sunday, October 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!!

Chrispim, Brazil/Rio de Janeiro
Sunday, October 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.

Lellwyn Pinto, Mangalore
Sunday, October 31, 2010

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

Oscar DSilva, Mangalore
Sunday, October 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

Shrikant Joshi, Bhusawal/Mulund-Mumbai
Sunday, October 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.

Clifford D'souza, Taccode/São Paulo,Brazil
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Congratulations! We are proud of you Capt.Arul!
Parabéns e boa sorte!

ALWYN, Neermarga, Mangalore
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Congratulations Captain Arul Aranha.

Gerald Monteiro, Valencia, Mangalore
Sunday, October 31, 2010

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

Loyola Pinto, Mangalore / Abu Dhabi
Sunday, October 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,

Melwin D' souza /Q8, M'lor /Milagres
Sunday, October 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.

Vinola, Doha
Sunday, October 31, 2010

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

Nola and Danny
Sanjay & Nisha

Nelisha & Darene Lewis, Seattle/ Mangalore
Saturday, October 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

Denzil Goveas, Bejai,mangalore/Kingdom of Bahrain
Saturday, October 30, 2010

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

Sarika & Callen Mascarenhas, Seattle
Saturday, October 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.

Ancilla-Tony, Mangalore-Doha
Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dearest Arul,

Once again, our Congrats and best wishes.


Nelisha & Darene Lewis, Mangalore/ Seattle
Saturday, October 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

Allen R. Vas, Bijay
Saturday, October 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.

Capt Niraj Katoch, Mumbai
Saturday, October 30, 2010

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

dr.anand &Geeta Pereira, Mangalore
Saturday, October 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.

Richard Menezes, Udupi / Dubai
Saturday, October 30, 2010

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

Noel, Bajpe
Saturday, October 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.

vivekananda.m, mangalore
Saturday, October 30, 2010

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

Santosh Vas, Bejai
Saturday, October 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.

Aladdin Pais, Mangalore / Mumbai
Saturday, October 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

Thomas Valder, Bahrain
Saturday, October 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.

Hubert Martis, Kurla, Mumbai
Saturday, October 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.

Ivan C Monteiro, Urwa, Mangalore
Saturday, October 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.

Deepak D'Cunha, Bejai,Mangalore/Kuwait
Friday, October 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

Loy Frank, Mangalore
Friday, October 29, 2010

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

William, Bantwal
Friday, October 29, 2010

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

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