International oil companies schedule drilling campaigns in Brazil


The drilling activity in Brazil will regain momentum and new campaigns outside the scope of Petrobras, starting in 2019. After long years of fasting, IOCs such as Statoil, which already started a campaign, Shell, Total and Chevron prepare to start new drilling in offshore areas, some of which will mark the debut of these companies as operators in the Santos Basin.

The campaigns will be in Frade, in the Campos Basin, Lapa, Carcará, Carcará Norte, Gato do Mato and Gato de Mato South, in the Santos cluster. In all, according to a survey conducted by Brasil Energia Petroleum, at least 18 wells will be drilled.

Depending on the results achieved, the campaigns may be extended. In this case, the number of perforations may turn to be around 30 wells.

In preparation for its debut as Lapa’s operator, Total received in mid-April proposals from rig companies for a campaign of about three wells within a year. The plan of the French oil company is to start the activity in the first quarter of 2019.

The FZA-M-88, FZA-M-88, FZA-M-88 and FZA-M-88 blocks were used by the French group last year to charter a rig for Foz do Amazonas, and FZA-M-127/125, awarded in the 11th round of bidding in 2013. Ensco presented the best proposal, but in the face of the uncertainty regarding the release of the environmental license, the oil company opted to place the rig contracting plan in the shelf.

Shell, which is preparing to start a small intervention campaign in the fields of Bijupirá-Salema and Parque das Conchas, both located in the Campos Basin, with Petroserv’s semi-submersible Catarina, in May, analyzes the proposals for the chartering of a rig destined to areas of Gato of the Mato and Gato do Mato South.

The Santos Basin campaign is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2019. The program provides for the drilling of three firm wells, with the possibility of contract extension for up to one year.

Chevron is in the process of completing the process of hiring a rig for the Frade field. The US oil company plans to drill nine wells in assets in the second half of next year.

The market bets are that the Frade campaign should be in charge of Ensco’s DS-12 drill rig. Until the closing of this edition, Chevron had not formalized the name of the winning company, although it had already released communication to the other companies that disputed the contract, thanking for the participation.

Statoil in front

While the other IOCs plan their campaigns for next year, Statoil has been drilling wells in Carcará since late February. The work is being carried out by the Seadrill West Saturn drill rig.

The campaign provides for a short-term drill test (DST) in the area, and drilling a well in the Guanxuma prospect.

After completion of the works in Carcará, the Norwegian oil company intends to extend the exploratory campaign to the area of ​​Norte de Carcará, acquired in the second round of sharing, last year. The proposal is that the West Saturn drill two wells in the area, starting the first between June and July.

In addition to these campaigns, there is an expectation of contracting new drilling rigs in blocks of the Barreirinhas, Ceará, Potiguar, Pernambuco-Paraíba, Espírito Santo and Pará-Maranhão basins. Exxon-Mobil, Ecopetrol and Shell, Total, Chevron and Statoil are among the oil companies that are expected to start the drilling business of the 11th round.

Source: Brazil Energy

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