Shell requested IBAMA to operate the offshore drilling activity in the Alto Cabo Frio Oeste block in the pre-salt of the Santos Basin. The area was acquired by the company in the 3rd Round of the Pre-salt in October last year.
The Anglo-Dutch consortium (55%), China’s CNOOC (20%) and QPI (25%) from Qatar won the auction for the area with a supply of 22.87% surplus oil for the Union, the minimum percentage established by the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), in the competition notice. The group also disbursed R $ 350 million in signing bonus for the block.
According to Shell’s statement, Ibama has ordered the company to conduct an environmental drilling study to obtain the license.
In an interview with Valor last week, Wael Sawan, senior vice president of the deepwater division of the Anglo-Dutch oil company, Wael Sawan, said the company plans to invest between $ 1bn and $ 2bn a year in exploration and production in deep waters in Brazil until 2025.