Jan 17, 2020
The ANP signed a contract with Ecology to prepare the Environmental Study of Sedimentary Area in the offshore part of the Sergipe-Alagoas / Jacuípe Basin. It will also be proposed an action plan for studies and research and monitoring, in order to expand the socio-environmental knowledge of the Basin and present data to support the strategic planning of the exploratory blocks.
The Sergipe-Alagoas Basin is one of the most promising exploratory frontiers in the country after the discovery of pre-salt. The assessment may help to identify areas for supply in the forthcoming National Petroleum Agency (ANP) exploratory block auctions.
Who is affected? In addition to Petrobras, ExxonMobil, Enauta and Murphy Oil are currently active in the exploration of natural gas in the Sergipe Basin. The trend is for the number of companies to grow with more auctions.
The offshore part of the Sergipe Basin is one of the major bets of governments and markets for the development of a new natural gas market in the country. Local government has made changes to the rules for free consumers and is working to privatize Sergas, the Sergipe state gas distributor.
- Petrobras is about to begin a long-term test in the region at the Farfan reservoir, one of the discoveries made in the region. The plan foresees the installation of FPSO Cidade de São Vicente, connected to a production well.
- Petrobras’ discovery of Poço Verde in deep waters of Sergipe has 11.9 billion (P50) m³ of natural gas in place (VGIP).
- Petrobras is also already licensing a 128 km-long pipeline to drain natural gas production from the Farfan, Barra and Muriú reservoir production projects in the exploration blocks BM-SEAL-10 and BM-SEAL-11 area, in deep waters of the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin. Module 1 production in the region will be produced from a first oil FPSO scheduled for October 2023.
- The company intends to sell stakes in the deepwater project. The partial sale of the assets was announced in May as part of the company’s divestment program and will involve blocks BM-SEAL-4, BM-SEAL-4A, BM-SEAL-10 and BM-SEAL-11, where they were Six prospectuses were identified, in the final phase of delimitation.
ExxonMobil is licensing 11 exploratory wells in the ANP’s 13th, 14th and 15th bidding rounds when the company acquired the operation of the blocks SEAL-M-351, SEAL-M-428, SEAL-M-430, SEAL-M -501, SEAL-M-503, SEAL-M-573. The nearest shore well is 67 km from the town of Brejo Grande in Sergipe.