(PetroNoticuas) Petrobras notified the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) this week about signs of natural gas in the ES-M-669 offshore block, in the Espírito Santo Basin. The discovery was made in a water depth of 2,366 meters. Drilling of the 1-BRSA-1379D-ESS well, where the evidence was found, began in April, as reported.
Block ES-M-669 was acquired by Petrobras during the 11th Bidding Round, held in 2013 by the ANP. The Brazilian state-owned company is the operator in the area, with a 40% stake, in partnership with Equinor (35%) and Total (25%). Petrobras and its partnerships in the project have an expectation of exploring the pre-salt layer in the area.
In addition to block ES-M-669, Petrobrás also operates another five concessions acquired during the 11th Round: ES-M-598 and ES-M-673 (with 80% of the state-owned company and the remaining stake in Enauta); and ES-M-671, ES-M-596 and ES-M-743 (100% operated by Petrobrás).
This was the second important news in terms of exploration this week. Earlier, as we reported, ExxonMobil also announced an oil and gas discovery in the Campos Basin, in a water depth of nearly 2700 meters.