July 30, 2020
ANP presented the consolidated version of the Environmental Study of Sedimentary Area (EAAS) of the Sergipe-Alagoas / Jacuípe maritime basin. It is an assessment aimed at strategic public policy planning, with an emphasis on socio-environmental issues, for the oil & natural gas exploration & production sector. During the opening of an event to present the results of the Environmental Study, the director of ANP, Felipe Kury, highlighted that the study had the collaboration of several institutions such as MME, MMA, IBAMA and EPE. Kury said the objective is to improve the decision-making and governance process in the granting of exploratory blocks and environmental licensing and make the agency’s bids more attractive to investors. The initiative expands knowledge in the areas investigated and allows for a balance between economic development and environmental protection, according to him.
EAAS presents subsidies to be integrated into the exploratory blocks doctoral process and environmental licensing. With this, the intention is to further increase the transparency and legal certainty of the process of making areas available carried out by the ANP in the bidding rounds and in the Permanent Offer. The study will also replace the need to develop Joint Manifestations for the Sergipe-Alagoas and Jacuípe basins. The Study went through public consultation for 90 days and was also debated in face-to-face meetings and open to participation in Salvador, Maceió, Aracaju and Recife in March, reinforcing the ANP’s commitment to dialogue with society, ensuring full access, to wide dissemination of the study and community participation.
The EAAS was prepared by the consulting firm Ecology Brasil, hired by ANP, and evaluated by a Technical Monitoring Committee composed of representatives from the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Ministry of the Environment (MMA), ANP, Energy Research Company (EPE), Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) and Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio).