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Petrobras wins Ibama license to start drilling and oil exploration in the Equatorial Margin

May 10, 2022 11:25 am to 11:25 am
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Petrobras receives a license from Ibama for the start of oil exploration in the Equatorial Margin block, with the drilling of new wells already planned for the expansion of production and commercialization of the fuel in Brazil
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Petrobras receives a license from Ibama for the start of oil exploration in the Equatorial Margin block, with the drilling of new wells already planned for the expansion of production and commercialization of the fuel in Brazil

After the release of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), Petrobras moves forward with its oil exploration project in the Equatorial Margin block, in the Amapá region, last Monday, (05/09) . The company will drill new wells at the site in order to guarantee new reserves for its productive chain of fuel in the national territory. 

Petrobras needs to prove safety in oil exploration by drilling wells in the Equatorial Margin to IBAMA to obtain a production license 

Petrobras has a new project to expand its oil production in the national territory and is preparing for another phase of the initiative. With the objective of drilling new production wells in the Equatorial Margin, the company will undergo a pre-operational analysis process with Ibama. Thus, the state-owned company seeks authorization from the agency for the start of fuel exploration in the Amapá region during the coming months of this year. 

The pre-operational assessment inspected by Ibama is necessary for Petrobras to guarantee the agency the complete safety of operations. Thus, the state-owned company needs to prove that there is no risk of area contamination due to possible oil spills during exploration. In addition, there is also a need for control measures in the event of an accident involving the drilling of wells by the company. Only then will Ibama be able to authorize the start of oil exploration in the Amapá region. 

Following the exploration project, Petrobras stated that it is fully prepared for the analysis and that, at the end of the simulator demonstration, it will be able to start the processes for drilling the wells. The company contracted drilling rigs, support boats and helicopters so that the entire operation went as planned during the Ibama assessment. The entire announcement of the procedures was made at a meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro and company representatives last Friday (06/05), in which the preparations for the evaluation were also presented. 

The Equatorial Margin area is sensitive to the exploration and drilling of wells, but the state-owned company guarantees all the necessary measures for safe operations

The area of the Equatorial Margin, which the company aims to explore for oil, is also called by Petrobras as Amapá Águas Profundas and involves an area of the Foz do Amazonas Basin, which has a high sensitivity due to its fragile ecosystem. This is a region with a high density of important species and needs all the care possible to preserve life on the site, but the company guarantees that the drilling of the wells will be carried out following all the recommendations. 

Located in the extreme north of Amapá, the drilling would take place 40 km from the border with Guyana, in a well with a water depth of 2,500 meters and the company's Executive Director of Exploration and Production, Fernando Borges, commented that “With this we hope the return of exploration in the Equatorial Margin, which goes from Amapá to Rio Grande do Norte, given that the last well explored there is in 2015. It is a return in which Petrobras is prepared to meet all the requirements for environmental licensing”.

Thus, the company awaits the pre-operational assessment and hopes to successfully complete the simulation for the start of the next stages of exploration and drilling of the oil wells planned in the Equatorial Margin block.




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