July 9, 2019
Wintershall Dea is licensing an exploratory well in the POT-M-857 block area, in deep waters of the Potiguar Basin, in Rio Grande do Norte. The company informed Ibama that it intends to use a drillship with dynamic positioning to carry out the campaign, which will use the Port of Natal as a support base.
The POT-M-857 block was purchased by the company in the 15th round of the ANP, held in 2018. The company paid R $ 57.3 million to have 100% of the concession. The company also set up two more projects in the region: POT-M-863 and POT-M-865, where the comapany paid R $ 24.5 million and R $ 16.3 million, respectively, of signing bonuses.
Wintershall Dea won the POT-M-857 concession bid with a consortium formed by Petrobras, Shell and Petrogal. In the other two areas won the bids with a consortium formed by Petrobras and Shell.
New command in Brazil
Wintershall Dea announced Valerie Bosse as the new Managing Director of Wintershall Dea’s business unit in Brazil. She succeeds Gerhard Haase (Wintershall) who retires and Christoph Schlichter (DEA) who will take over the integration in Wintershall Dea with Sierra Oil & Gas in Mexico.
Valerie is expected to lead the company’s first exploratory campaign in Brazil, which has stakes in seven exploration blocks. In addition to the areas in the Potiguar Basin, Whintershall Dea operates an exploratory block in the Ceará Basin and has participation in two blocks in the Campos and Santos basins, without operation.
“In Brazil, Wintershall Dea intends to build a broad and diversified portfolio with activities in different basins,” says a statement released by the company.