Brazil projected to supply nearly a quarter of world’s offshore oil by 2025

8/12/2021

Brazil alone is expected to contribute around 23% or 1.3 million barrels per day (mmbd) of global offshore crude oil and condensate production in 2025 from key planned and announced projects (new-build projects) that are expected to start operations between 2021 to 2025, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

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The company’s report, ‘Global Offshore Upstream Development Outlook, 2021–2025’, reveals that 1.16 mmbd of crude and condensate production in Brazil in 2025 is expected from planned projects with identified development plans, while 169 thousand barrels per day (mbd) is expected from early-stage announced projects that are undergoing conceptual studies and are expected to get approval for development. A total of 29 crude oil projects are expected to start operations in the country during 2021-2025. Of these, Bacalhau, Buzios V (Franco), and Lula Oeste are some of the key projects that are expected to collectively contribute about 44% of the country’s crude and condensate production in 2025.

Effuah Alleyne, Senior Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “While Saudi Arabia dominates liquids production globally, mostly from already producing projects, Brazil leads crude and condensate production from upcoming/new projects. Brazil’s prolific pre-salt layer in the Santos Basin has produced a strong portfolio of offshore projects operated mainly by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), the main national oil company in the country. These projects have shown robust economics, such as development breakeven oil prices averaging US$40 per barrel and have significantly contributed to South America’s trend of surpassing North America’s offshore production by 2023.”

 GlobalData identifies the US as the second highest country globally with 655 mbd of crude production in 2025 or about 11% of the total global offshore crude and condensate production in the year. Norway follows with crude production of 508 mbd from planned and announced offshore projects in 2025.

Among the companies, Petrobras, China National Offshore Oil Corp, and Equinor ASA lead globally with the highest offshore crude and condensate production of 768 mbd, 371 mbd and 331 mbd, respectively, in 2025 from planned and announced projects.

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