ANP approves offer of pre-salt blocks for auction

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The ANP (National Petroleum Agency) approved a public notice that verifies the permanent offer of pre-salt blocks for auction

The board of the ANP approved this Friday, April 29, 2022, the public notice and models of the contracts for the Permanent Production Sharing Offer (OPP). In this public notice, the date scheduled for the auction to take place is at the end of 2022 and provides for negotiations for 11 blocks located in the pre-salt polygon.
The aforementioned public notice has already undergone public consultation and hearing and the procedures have been forwarded for approval by the MME (Ministry of Mines and Energy), and will then be submitted to the TCU (Union Court of Auditors) for consultation.

As the website says petronews, at first the Permanent Offer was in the form of a bidding process aimed at the concession contracting regime, but this offer did not protect the possibility of including pre-salt areas. However, this fact changed with the publication of a resolution by the CNPE (National Energy Policy Council) that established the rule that fields or blocks in the pre-salt area or in underlying areas could be tendered under the Permanent Offer system.
The Ágata, Água Marinha, Esmeralda, Jade, Turmalina and Tupinambá blocks are the blocks that will be auctioned through the public notice approved by the ANP. These were scheduled to be offered for auction in the 7th and 8th production sharing rounds, in the Santos Basin. In addition to these blocks mentioned above, blocks that were not offered in sharing bidding rounds will also be auctioned. They are Itaimbezinho, Norte de Brava, Boomerangue, Cruzeiro do Sul and Sudoeste de Sagittarius, respectively belonging to the following rounds: 4th Sharing Round, Campos Basin, 6th Sharing Round, Campos Basin, 6th Sharing Round, from Santos.

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