New Brazilian pre-salt oil discovery announced
Statoil with operator Repsol Sinopec and partner Petrobras has confirmed a high-impact discovery in the Pão de Açúcar prospect offshore Brazil. Statoil defines “High-impact” as having a total of more than 250 million bbl of oil equivalent (boe), or 100 million boe net to Statoil. The discovery is located in the BM-C-33 block in the Campos basin some 195 km offshore Rio de Janeiro State in 2,800 m of water.
The Pão de Açúcar well encountered two pre-salt accumulations comprising a hydrocarbon column of 480 m with a total pay of around 350 m. A test performed in a partial section of the pay zone flowed 5,000 bpd of light oil and 28.5 million cfd of gas. This was a choked Drill Stem Test (DST) with very limited drawdown.
The Pão de Açúcar discovery is the third find made in the BM-C-33 block after Seat and Gávea and confirms the area’s high potential.
“The development potential of the Pão and Gávea discoveries will now be evaluated by the partnership. This discovery increases our understanding of the pre-salt potential in the Campos Basin and improves our confidence in the recently acquired acreage position in the pre-salt Kwanza basin of Angola,” said executive vice president for Exploration in Statoil, Tim Dodson. “Statoil’s exploration strategy focuses on high impact opportunities and the deepening of core areas. The Pão de Açúcar success shows that we are delivering on our strategy.”
“Statoil has clear ambitions to grow in Brazil through new exploration opportunities. The Pão discovery will become an important building block in our growth ambitions,” said Kjetil Hove, country president for Statoil in Brazil.
Repsol Sinopec is operator of the exploration consortium with a 35% stake. Partners Statoil and Petrobras hold respective 35% and 30% shares.
Statoil is also the operator of the Peregrino field in Brazil, which came on stream in April 2011.
The Pão discovery is the sixth high impact discovery made by Statoil in the last 12 months. The other discoveries are Skrugard and Havis in the Barents Sea, Johan Sverdrup (former Aldous/Avaldsnes) in the North Sea, Peregrino South in Brazil and Zafarani in Tanzania.