* Statoil No. 2 Brazil producer in July, BG Group No. 3
* OGX offshore output falls to 889 barrels a day -ANP
* OGX Maranhão gas field No. 1 non-Petrobras on-shore field
By Jeb Blount
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 2 Brazil's oil and natural
gas output fell in July as production from new offshore fields
declined, adding to more than a year of sluggish output caused
by the decline of older areas and maintenance shut-downs.
Forty-six oil companies produced an average 2.47 million
barrels of oil and natural gas equivalent per day (boepd) in the
month. Although the result was little changed from a year
earlier, it marked the 16th decline in 17 months.
Output was 5.2 percent less than in June, hurt by sharp
declines in production from the Lula and Jubarte "subsalt"
fields and from the giant Marlim Sul field in Brazil's Campos
Basin. Output at Marlim Sul, Brazil's most productive field fell
13 percent to 289,000 boepd in July compared with June.
Petrobras, which accounted for 90 percent of output in the
month, has seen production stagnate as older fields decline,
maintenance of ageing platforms forces shutdowns and project
delays have prevented giant, new "subsalt" fields south of Rio
de Janeiro from coming on line as quickly as hoped.
The subsalt, the name for a series of oil fields in the
Campos and Santos offshore basins where oil is trapped in the
earth beneath a layer of salt, is home to some of the world's
largest discoveries in the last three decades.
Norway's Statoil ASA was the No. 2 producer in the
months with 44,157 boepd of output, 20 percent less than in
June. Brazil's BG Group Plc was No. 3, with 44,157 boepd
6.7 percent less than in June.
OGX Petróleo e Gas Participações SA, the oil and
gas unit of Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista, reported 886 boepd -
its worst monthly output from its offshore Tubarão Azul field
and far below the company's expected 80,000 boepd peak. Poor
output at OGX helped cause the sharp decline in investor
confidence in Batista's EBX energy, mining, port and
OGX, though its joint venture with MPX Energia SA
, an electricity-generation company, continued to
operate the most productive, non-Petrobras on-shore field in
Brazil, with its 27,000 boepd Gavião Real field in Brazil's