January 9, 2019
Number of authorizations for seismic and drilling campaigns increased over previous year
Ibama authorized, last Wednesday (8/1), SpectrumGeo to carry out a 2D seismic campaign in the Pará-Maranhão Basin. In the licensing process, it is stated that the BGP Pioneer vessel, from Chinese BGP, will conduct the work.
The issuance of environmental licenses for exploratory projects has grown in the country. In 2019, the environmental agency approved 30 seismic projects, up 30% over the previous year, when 23 permits were issued.
Most of them went to projects in the Santos Basin (15), such as Petrobras’ seismic campaign with nodes, in partnership with Seabed Geosolutions, in the Buzios field, concluded in November. Activities were also licensed in the Campos (eight), Sergipe-Alagoas (three), Potiguar (one), Pará-Maranhão (one), Foz do Amazonas (one) and Espírito Santo (one) basins.
Petrobras was the company that received the most authorizations, with a total of six licenses. Seismic authorized in 2019 were Spectrum (five), TGS (five), Shell (four), PGS (four), CGG (four), Westerngeco (one) and Polarcus (one).
Already the authorizations for drilling projects grew 57% between 2018 and last year. Again, the Santos Basin was the highlight, with 19 permits, followed by Campos (12) and Sergipe-Alagoas (three).
Petrobras had 13 licensed projects, contemplating drilling in the Campos, Santos and Sergipe-Alagoas basins. Shell, OGPar, Total, ExxonMobil, Equinor, Enauta and BW Offshore completed the 2019 list, with authorizations to drill in the same three basins.