This week has been marked by much activity in the oil and gas exploration segment in Brazil. This time, the news comes from Shell Brasil, which has started drilling a new exploratory well in block C-M-659, in the Campos Basin. The well was called internally by the oil company Suçuarana-1 and is in a water depth of 2,940 meters. Drilling is being carried out by the Maersk Developer rig.
As a reminder, block C-M-659 was acquired by the company in October 2019, during the 16th Bidding Round, for R$714 million. Shell is the operator of the area with a 40% stake, in partnership with Chevron (35%) and QPI (25%). The environmental license that authorized the drilling of the well, issued by Ibama, says that Shell is authorized to drill up to six wells – one firm and five contingent. The oil company may also carry out up to four training tests.
The Brazilian sector of exploration services is going through days of many innovations in June. As we reported earlier this week, Petrobras started drilling the second extension well in block SM-623, where the Sagitario prospect is located, in the Santos Basin. The well received the technical name 3-BRSA-1388D-SPS and is located in a water depth of 1,867 meters.
Meanwhile, in the Parnaíba Basin, Eneva began drilling onshore well 1-ENV-42-MA, in block PN-T-102A. The exploratory area was acquired by Eneva during the 1st Permanent Offer Cycle, in 2019. This was the eighth well drilled by the company in block PN-T-102A.