Equinor should become the first non-Petrobras operator to drill in the sharing regime area


Equinor plans to start its first drilling campaign under the sharing regime in August. The plan for the Norwegian oil company is to demobilize the Seadrill West Saturn rig from the Carcará area to the neighboring block of Norte de Carcará, acquired in the second round of sharing. But this campaign still depends on the licensing of Ibama.

As there is no certainty about obtaining the license until August, Equinor is already analyzing other alternatives, such as transfering the rig to another project in the group, the realization of another well in Carcará and even the waiting for the release of the license.

The Seadrill rig is under contract with Equinor until the first quarter of 2019, with more than one possibility of renewal. The oil company is completing the drilling of the 1-STAT-10A-SPS well, in a water depth of 1,990 m, where a new oil discovery has already been made in the Guanxuma area.

The rig is expected to remain at that location for another two to three weeks until the entire well is completed. The drilling campaign in the Carcará area began in February.

In addition to this well, Equinor has already completed a short-term drill test in the reservoir area at a new exploratory well in the Guanxuma area.

Carcará has three exploratory drilled wells and more in progress. The campaign in the area of ​​Norte de Carcará should involve the drilling of two wells. Equinor tends to be the first non-Petrobras operator to drill in a sharing area.

The start-up of the Carcará system is expected to occur between the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024. The project will have an FPSO with an installed capacity of 120,000 barrels / day at 180,000 barrels / day of oil.

Source: Brazil Energy

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