Petrobras makes oil discovery offshore Brazil

World Oil Staff May 17, 2023

(WO) – Petrobras has identified the presence of hydrocarbons in the Santos basin pre-salt, in an appraisal well in the Aram block. The discovery was announced in a brief statement from the company’s website.

map of the oil discovery in Brazil's Santos basin
Courtesy of Petrobras

Well 3-BRSA-1387D-SPS is located 260 km from the city of Santos-SP, at a water depth of 1,979 meters.

The well is in progress and the oil-bearing interval was verified through wireline logging and fluid samples, which will be further characterized through laboratory analyses. This data will allow evaluating the potential and directing the next exploratory activities in the area.

The consortium will continue operations to complete the project to drill the well to the expected depth and verify the extent of the new discovery, in addition to characterizing the conditions of the reservoirs found.

The Aram block constitutes an important asset for exploring the remaining pre-salt potential, particularly in the Santos basin. In addition, the well presented a fluid of excellent quality, confirming the low levels of contaminants. This discovery augments the possibilities of expanding the accumulation discovered by the wildcat well 1-BRSA-1381-SPS, in this block.

The Aram block was acquired in March 2020, in the 6th Bidding Round of the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), under the Production Sharing regime, with Pre-Sal Petróleo S.A. (PPSA) as manager. Petrobras is the operator of the block and holds an 80% share, in partnership with CNPC (20%).

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