February 14, 2020
Last Friday (14), Shell began the licensing process for nine new wells in the exploration blocks CM-659 and CM-713, in the Campos Basin pre-salt, and aquired by the company in the 16th bidding round of the National Petroleum Agency (ANP). The licensing process at Ibama started shortly after the signing of the concession contracts this Friday morning at the agency’s headquarters.
The company is licensing up to six exploratory wells in the area of block C-M-659, where it can also carry out up to four formation tests.
Another three exploratory wells can be drilled in block C-M-713. In the area, Shell foresees the possibility of up to two training tests.
The logistical bases for the campaigns, which should take place between 2022 and 2024, will be chosen from Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Niterói (RJ), Arraial do Cabo (RJ), São João da Barra (RJ) or Vila Velha (ES) .
Last September, Shell received a license from Ibama to drill up to three exploratory wells in the Alto de Cabo Frio Oeste block, in the Santos Basin pre-salt.
Alto de Cabo Frio Oeste was acquired by Shell in the third round of pre-salt bidding, held in 2017. The company is the operator of the area, with a 55% stake, and has partners CNOOC (20%) and QPI (25 %).
The Brava Star rig was used to drill a well in Gato do Mato, also in the pre-salt layer (2nd round of sharing), and a production well in Argonauta (BC-10), in Parque das Conchas, Campos Basin.