Statoil, Repsol Sinopec and Petrobras confirm high-impact deepwater discovery offshore Brazil
27 February 2012
Statoil, operator Repsol Sinopec, and Petrobras have confirmed a high-impact discovery in the Pão de Açúcar prospect offshore Brazil. Statoil defines a high-impact well as offering a total of more than 250 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), or 100 million boe net to Statoil.
|Pão de Açúcar. Click to enlarge.|
The Pão de Açúcar prospect is located in the BM-C-33 block in the Campos Basin. The well, which is being drilled by the Stena DrillMAX drillship, is located some 195 kilometers (121 miles) offshore Rio de Janeiro State in 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) of water.
The Pão de Açúcar well encountered two pre-salt accumulations comprising a hydrocarbon column of 480 meters with a total pay of around 350 meters. A test performed in a partial section of the pay zone flowed 5,000 barrels per day of light oil and 28.5 million cubic feet per day of gas. This was a choked Drill Stem Test (DST) with very limited drawdown.
The Pão de Açúcar discovery is the third find made in the BM-C-33 block after Seat and Gávea and confirms the area’s high potential, Statoil said.
The development potential of the Pão and Gávea discoveries will now be evaluated by the partnership. This discovery increases our understanding of the pre-salt potential in the Campos Basin and improves our confidence in the recently acquired acreage position in the pre-salt Kwanza basin of Angola.—Tim Dodson, vice president for Exploration
|Reconstructed map of the South Atlantic. Source: Statoil. Click to enlarge.|
Statoil notes that there are analogues between the Campos basin and the Kwanza basin offshore Africa; a reconstructed map of the South Atlantic illustrates the closeness between the two basins 112 million years ago when the petroleum systems were established (and South America was adjacent to Africa).
Repsol Sinopec is operator of the exploration consortium with a 35% stake. Partners Statoil and Petrobras hold respective 35% and 30% shares.
Statoil is also the operator of the Peregrino field in Brazil, which came on stream in April 2011.
Pay no mind to Chinese offshore drilling...America is an evil country according to Obama, we must buy $40,000 Chevy Volts and pay $5 per gallon of gas.
Posted by: ejj | 27 February 2012 at 06:08 PM
OK we get it already: You're against Obama... But I ask you again: Who are you for? Which one of the idiots campaigning for the Republican ticket do you favor?
Come on, give us a name so we can get a laugh out of your rants.
Posted by: ai_vin | 27 February 2012 at 08:33 PM
Posted by: ai_vin | 27 February 2012 at 08:39 PM
US domestic oil production
If you examine the line, you see that since Obama took office, domestic oil production has increased for the first time in 25 years. What exactly are you complaining about? Or do you watch too much Fox News? ;)
Posted by: Arne | 27 February 2012 at 11:09 PM
I emailed Mike. I asked you nicely.
Posted by: SJC | 28 February 2012 at 01:48 PM
Leaving the humor value (or “humor” “value”) thing aside, I’m actually kind of stunned that a right-wing group is willing to go this negative on the U.S. auto industry — you know, the one it used to be all patriotic to support. I guess all they need is a mild indication that something might be attempting environmental friendliness, and they’ll immediately repudiate it. They’d probably throw their own grandmother under a bus if they heard she was recycling.
Posted by: ai_vin | 28 February 2012 at 01:57 PM