The exploratory activity in the Campos Basin gained new impetus. Petrobras started drilling the well 1-BRSA-1380D-RJS, in a water depth of 2,849 meters, in block C-M-346. The area was purchased in 2018, in the 14th Bidding Round. As a reminder, this block was the star of that bid for having received the highest bid in the entire competition. Petrobras and its ExxonMobil partnership disbursed R $ 2.2 billion for the asset.
This is a special region of the Campos Basin, due to its potential to contain reservoirs in the pre-salt section. This possibility was already considered since 2018, at the time of the purchase of this block and others in the vicinity (C-M-210, C-M-277, C-M-344, C-M-411 and C-M-413).
Blocks purchased in the 14th Round have potential for reservoirs in the pre-salt layer
The bet on these blocks has already paid off. As a reminder, in January of this year, Petrobras confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons in reservoirs in the pre-salt section in the pioneer well in block C-M-411. At that time, the feat took place in well 1-BRSA-1377-RJS, informally called Urissanê, in a water depth of 2,950 meters.
The year 2021 has been a special one for the Campos Basin, which has seen an awakening of exploratory activity. In addition to the beginning of drilling in block C-M-346, the region saw in January the beginning of drilling of the Opal-1A well in block C-M-789, operated by ExxonMobil. In the following month, it was Petrobras’ turn to start drilling the well 1-BRSA-1378-RJS in block C-M-709.