Shell and partners win PSC for Libra field, offshore Brazil
HOUSTON – A consortium of companies, including Royal Dutch Shell, Petrobras, Total, CNPC and CNOOC, won today a 35-year production sharing contract (PSC) to develop the giant Libra pre-salt oil discovery located in the Santos basin, offshore Brazil. The Brazilian regulator, Agência Nacional do Petróleo (ANP), estimates Libra’s recoverable resources of between 8 to 12 Bbbl of oil.
“The Libra oil discovery in Brazil is one of the largest deepwater oil accumulations in the world. We look forward to applying Shell’s global deep water experience and technology, to support the profitable development of this exciting opportunity,” said Peter Voser, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell.
Shell holds 20% in the consortium, with Petrobras 40% as operator, Total 20%, CNPC 10% and CNOOC 10%. The consortium will work together in an integrated fashion to support Petrobras, the most experienced operator in the Brazilian pre-salt, and will incorporate each company’s deep water skills, people and technology for the success of the venture.
The production sharing contract is expected to be signed in November 2013. As part of the winning bid, Shell will pay its 20% share of the total signing bonus of $1.4 billion, and fulfill the minimum work program no later than end 2017.
The ultra-deepwater Libra accumulation is located in Santos Basin, approximately 170 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The block covers approximately 1,550 sq km in water depths of around 2,000 m. The reservoir depth is around 3,500 m below the sea floor. The ANP estimates that total gross peak oil production could reach 1.4 MMbopd. Further appraisal is required to firm up this estimate, the development concept and a first oil date.