Monday, March 28, 2011

Brazil - sitting on a gold-mine of oil and gas reserves!!!!!

In a dynamic industry such as oil & gas, the recent discoveries in the presalt layers off Brazil could rank as the biggest in the world in several decades. Due to these significant discoveries, the Brazilian government has been grappling with how to structure and regulate exploration, drilling, and the potential for a large influx of foreign investment.


What is pre-salt?
  • The pre-salt region is located approximately 170 miles off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean. The region likely ranges from EspĂ­rito Santo to Santa Catarina State, measuring 497 miles in length and 124 miles in width.
  • The region is named “pre-salt” because the oil is held beneath deep and ultra-deep waters, around 3,000 meters of sand and rock, and an additional layer of salt that, in places, reaches thicknesses of over 2,000 meters, making extraction challenging.

 …. tip of an iceberg!!

Over the span of 10 to 15 years, the industry’s deepwater capabilities has progressed manifold along with the realization that the largest prospects lay in deeper and deeper waters. The string of discoveries in the pre-salt region have proven the same.
  • In 2006, Petrobras discovered the Tupi field in the Santos Basin which holds estimated reserves of about 5 to 8 billion barrels.
  • In September 2010, the Brazilian Government announced the discovery of the Libra field which is said to be largest oil field discovered anywhere in the world since the enormous Kashagan find (over 17 billion barrels) in Kazakstan in 2000.
  • Devon Energy, which holds 6 exploration blocks in the pre-salt, announced an discovery in the Campos Basin , quite close to the Jubarte field.
  • The  Petrobras as operator and 45% owner, has made an important discovery of very light oil in the ultra-deep waters of the Santos Basin.
  • Maersk Oil has discovered oil in the offshore Campos Basin in a license jointly owned with the Brazilian independent OGX.

As a result of recent major discoveries, oil and natural gas potential reserves in Brazil are now recognized as some of the largest in the world. . Hence, many foreign players are ready to dip their toes in the waters off Brazil.


Source: Derrick Petroleum E&P Transactions Database

The combination of vast untapped potential oil and natural gas resources with a favorable regulatory framework positions Brazil as one of the most attractive petroleum regions in the world today.

1 comment:

  1. Carioca was announced as holding 26 billion recoverable barrels of oil from the sub-salt.

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