February 28, 2019
ExxonMobil began licensing 11 exploratory wells in areas of the 13th, 14th and 15th ANP bidding rounds when the company acquired the SEAL-M-351, SEAL-M- 428, SEAL-M-430, SEAL-M-501, SEAL-M-503, SEAL-M-573. The nearest well to the coast is 67 km from the town of Brejo Grande, in Sergipe.
The company divided the logistics of the project between Southeast and Northeast. In the Southeast region, it intends to use the Porto Açu bases in São João da Barra / RJ, or Nitshore and / or Brasco, in Niterói. In the Northeast, the ports of Salvador, Aracaju and Maceió are listed.
For air support, the forecast is the use of Santa Maria International Airport in Aracaju / SE.
Deep-water exploration activities are firm in the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin. Last week, Petrobras was granted permission from IBAMA to install a platform ship to test Farfan’s discovery in the BM-SEAL-11 exploratory blocks area. The license is valid until July 31, 2019 and the company must inform the end of the installation activities of the unit within a maximum of 5 days.
The company is also currently licensing a 128-kilometer pipeline to transport natural gas production from the Farfan, Barra and Muriú reservoir production projects in the exploratory blocks area BM-SEAL-10 and BM-SEAL-11, in the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin. The production of module 1 of the region will be made from a FPSO with first oil scheduled for October 2023.
Petrobras is also looking for partners for its projects in the region. In May last year, Petrobras launched a tender for the sale of 20% to 50% interest in projects, 35% of BM-SEAL-4 (75%), 50% BM-SEAL-4A (100% ), 30% BM-SEAL-10 (has 100%) and 20% BM-SEAL-11 (has 60%). Indian companies ONGC and IBV are partners in part of the projects.