JUNE 5, 2017
Petrobras has received two new operating licenses from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (Ibama). The documents were issued to regulate the environmental licensing of oil and natural gas production systems in the Albacora field, in the Campos Basin.
The licenses were granted for platforms P-25 and P-31, as well as for sub sea equipment associated with them, and are valid until April 4, 2022.
Albacora is 100 kilometers from the Cape of São Tomé, off the coast of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and was discovered in 1984 and producing to this day. In 2016, a reservoir was also discovered in the pre-salt area of the field, which may be related to the new licenses, Petrobras exploration and production director, Solange Guedes, said last year that it would be enough to connect the new wells drilled in the pre-salt field to the platforms to give vent to production, given that there is already production infrastructure in place.
“We drilled a well and it went down below the salt layer, and it was great what we found,” Solange said in October 2016, after the announcement of the discovery to the ANP.