Drilling licenses jump in 2018


Ibama issued 20 drilling licenses in 2018, a significant jump over the previous year when only one license was granted – for Equinor to drill in the BM-S-8 block in the Santos Basin.

The Norwegian oil company and Petrobras were granted six licenses each, in the first case to conduct activities in Carcará, in the Santos pre-salt, and in the latter to drill in the Campos, Santos and Espírito Santo basins.

PetroRio has received licenses to drill in the Polvo field, in the Campos Basin; to conduct activities in the areas of the Sul do Gato do Mato and Alto de Cabo Frio Central in the Santos Basin and Total to drill in the Lapa field in the same basin.


In 2018, Ibama issued 22 seismic data acquisition licenses, three fewer than the previous year. They included five companies: PGS (7), Petrobras (7), Spectrum (5), Polarcus (2) and CGG do Brasil (1).

The PGS licenses are for the acquisition of 3D seismic in the basins of Foz do Amazonas and Sergipe, and Petrobras, for 4D seismic in Parque das Baleias, and 3D with nodes in Libra and Búzios.

Spectrum was granted licenses to conduct 3D seismic surveys in the Potiguar and 2D in Pernambuco-Paraíba Basins, while PGS and CGG were authorized to acquire 3D data in the Santos and Espírito Santo Basins, respectively.


Ibama also issued a larger number of production licenses in 2018: 42 in the course of the year, compared to 31 in 2017.

Petrobras obtained 28 licenses contemplating the development of the pre-salt and the LTD of Libra; of the fields of Tartaruga Verde, Barracuda, Caratinga and Tire and Sidon; besides the gas flow system of Cabiúnas, among other projects.

PetroRio (Polvo), QGEP (Atlanta), Shell (Bijupirá and Salema), Total (transfer of ownership of the Lapa field) and Raízen (Conchas Park) also obtained licenses.

Source: Brazilian Energy Magazine

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