Brazil touts bidding rounds, but producers may be wary ///

On Aug. 8, a contingent of officials from Brazil’s oil and gas activity regulator, the National Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP), descended on Houston to convince producers that the country’s latest licensing rounds are a good deal for them. Yet, while the geology is certainly attractive, one has to wonder whether the licensing opportunities on offer make good financial sense for all but the largest of companies. These concerns are reinforced by requirements for the pre-salt round, one of which being that Petrobras act as operator, with at least a 30% interest, and that there is significant “local content,” with regard to provision of equipment and services.

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