WorldOil Mexico’s moratorium on oil auctions gives rival Brazil an edge Mexico’s moratorium on auctioning off its oil riches to foreign producers is giving a leg up to nearby rivals Brazil and Guyana. New managing director to head Wintershall Dea in Brazil Change at the top of Wintershall Dea in Brazil: Valerie Bosse is the new managing director of the Wintershall Dea Business Unit Brazil and is responsible for all previous Wintershall and DEA activities in the country. World of oil and gas Talos Energy has completed its appraisal program for the Zama discovery on Block 7, in the offshore portion of Mexico’s prolific Sureste basin. Equinor, partners fully align interests in Carcará oil discovery in Brazilá-oil-discovery-in-brazil Equinor and Barra Energia have completed their transaction announced on July 4, 2018, whereby Equinor has acquired Barra's 10% interest in the BM-S-8 block in Brazil's Santos basin for a total consideration of $379 million. Rosneft project in the Solimões basin gets priority statusões-basin-gets-priority-status The government of the Brazilian state of Amazonas assigned the priority status to Rosneft’s project in the Solimões basin. Petrobrás makes biggest gas discovery in the Sergipe basin since 2006ás-makes-biggest-gas-discovery-in-the-sergipe-basin-since-2006 Petrobras has made its biggest discovery in the Sergipe since the pre-salt in 2006. Of six fields, it expects to extract 20 MMcmd of natural gas, equivalent to a third of the total Brazilian production. Libra Consortium takes FID on Mero-2 FPSO in Brazil’s pre-salt Libra Consortium has announced the final investment decision to contract the Mero-2 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to be deployed at Mero field offshore Santos basin in Brazil. SBM Offshore awarded LOI, operate contracts for FPSO Mero 2 lease SBM Offshore has announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI), together with Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), for a 22.5 years lease and operate of FPSO Mero 2, to be deployed at Mero field in the Santos basin offshore Brazil, 180 km offshore Rio de Janeiro. Petrobras elects new officer to board of directors Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras reports that its board of directors, at a meeting recently, elected Mr. Roberto Furian Ardenghy for the position of chief institutional relations ffficer. Brazil's ANP identifies opportunity to postpone oil and gas auctions in 2019 There is room to discuss postponement of at least one oil and gas auction in 2019.