August 14, 2019
Shell received from Ibama environmental license for the acquisition of 3D seismic data in the area of blocks BM-S-54 and Sul de Gato do Mato, both in the Santos Basin. The license, issued on August 1, is valid for seven months and runs until March 2020.
Sul do Gato do Mato is a continuation south of block BM-S-54, where is the discovery of Gato do Mato. The main purpose of the campaign is to acquire additional information about the reservoir discovered in the original area. A training test is also planned.
Ibama’s authorization makes the work conditional on the use of the Neptune Naiad seismic vessel and the Island Enforce support boat.
The campaign aims to acquire 9,400 km² in the block area. Shell will use the Rio and Niterói port bases and Jacarepaguá Airport to carry out the campaign logistics.
Shell is currently drilling the 3-SHEL-30-RJS well in the southern area of Gato do Mato. On Aug 6, the company informed the ANP the presence of evidence of hydrocarbons at 2067 meters depth.
Shell recently launched a tender for a floating mooring FPSO charter in the Gato do Mato area, which is expected to begin production in the third quarter of 2023 with a platform vessel capable for 90,000 barrels per day of oil and 8.5 million m3 per day of natural gas.
Shell is studying two outlets for natural gas. The first is the injection. The second is the flow through a new offshore infrastructure pipeline already installed, which would be the PMXL-1 platform in the Mexilhão field, or the Urugua field production system, both in the Santos Basin.