The National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) has four pre-bidding areas in the 3rd round of sharing in November. The director of the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), Felipe Kury, confirmed that the areas of the auction include Pau Brazil, Peroba, Saturn and Alto de Cabo Frio the last two adjacent areas and will be auctioned separately.
The areas were already mapped a few years ago by the ANP and will be submitted to CNPE for approval in April. One of the main blocks is Pau Brasil, which, according to estimates released by the ANP would have potential for 8 billion barrels of oil “in situ” (total oil not yet confirmed, contained in the reservoir and not necessarily recoverable).
During the April meeting, the CNPE also intends to approve and define the multi-annual calendar of rounds of the sectors that will be auctioned between 2017 and 2019.
In 2017, in addition to the third round of sharing, the government plans to bid marginally accumulated fields, the 14th round of exploratory blocks, and an auction of unitized areas of the Union that are unlicensed areas and which connect to discoveries whose reservoirs exceed the limits of the concession: Carcará, Gato do Mato, Mestiça Turtle and Sapinhoá.