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Norway’s Statoil makes major oil discovery in the Brazilian Campos basin

Saturday, April 16th 2011 - 01:53 UTC
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Tim Dodson, executive vice president for Exploration in Statoil Tim Dodson, executive vice president for Exploration in Statoil

Norway’s biggest oil and gas producer Statoil ASA, said the “significant” oil discovery made adjacent to the Peregrino field in the Campos basin off Brazil may warrant a separate installation to speed up development.

The exploration well drilled in the Peregrino South structure, has encountered a significant gross oil column of 130 metres and further work will be performed to confirm the volumes, said an official release from the company.

The drilling operation is still ongoing to penetrate deeper reservoir units and explore additional upside potential below the main reservoir unit.

“The results confirm the significant potential in the Peregrino area and underline the beliefs we have had in the upside,” says Tim Dodson, executive vice president for Exploration in Statoil.

“The well verifies the upside potential and will together with the Peregrino Southwest discovery from 2007 play an important role in further development of the Peregrino area.”

“The results will indeed be implemented into our plans for further development of the field,” says Kjetil Hove, head of Statoil’s Brazil activities and vice president in the company’s Development and Production International business area.

Following the completion of the Peregrino South well, one additional appraisal well in the Peregrino Southwest structure will be drilled to conclude the overall size of the new development.

Oil production from the Peregrino field started last week and will gradually ramp up to a plateau of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, making Statoil an important long-term operator and partner in Brazil’s growing oil and gas industry.

The initial development of the field is estimated to contain 300 to 600 recoverable million barrels of oil equivalents, and the new discovery will add additional volumes going forward.

Drilling of the well is being carried out by the Blackford Dolphin rig at a water depth of 120 metres.

Operated by Statoil, the Peregrino field is 85 kilometres off the Brazilian coast from Rio de Janeiro. In May 2010 Statoil sold a 40% stake of the Peregrino field to the Sinochem Group. Statoil holds 60% ownership and the operator-ship of the field and Sinochem the remaining 40%. The closing of the transaction is pending governmental approvals.

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  • GeoffWard

    Statoil, the most competent deep marine driller in the world hits a 'mother lode' - well done!
    Hope lots of people make money and the flow of cash into the Brasilian economy goes where it is most needed (and that's not into the pockets of politicians).

    Apr 16th, 2011 - 03:08 pm 0
  • Fido Dido

    Hey Retard,

    Statoil, The Government of Norway is the largest shareholder in Statoil with 67% of the shares. The ownership interest is managed by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

    Petrobras: Brazilian government owns 55.7% of Petrobras' common shares with voting rights. The rest is private owened.

    Apr 17th, 2011 - 02:02 am 0
  • GeoffWard

    And your point is ???

    Apr 17th, 2011 - 01:53 pm 0
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