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Total will hire Ensco rigs to drill in Foz do Amazonas

Paulo Nogueira
06-03-2018 09:50:51
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Total will hire Ensco rigs to drill in Foz do Amazonas

After announcing its drilling schedule, Total will mobilize offshore units in 2018 to begin contracting and drilling in the following months.

THE Total presented to IBAMA a update of the schedule for the drilling project for nine wells in the area of the five exploratory blocks awarded in the Foz do Amazonas Basin in the 11th round of the ANP, held in 2013. The company plans to start mobilizing Ensco's DS-9 rig in the third quarter of this year to begin drilling the first well in the first quarter of 2019.

The oil company's plan foresees two wells in 2019, three in 2020 and another four in 2021. There is the possibility of using two rigs in the campaign, but it is extremely remote, warns the company. “The company informs that the possibility of using a second rig, for a simultaneous drilling activity, is extremely remote and it is only foreseen that it could occur at the end of the exploratory campaign. Even so, both the impact assessment and the risk analysis presented already include, when relevant, the scenario of two rigs operating simultaneously”, says the company in the document sent to Ibama.

The plan was presented by the oil company along with a series of documents after a meeting held at the environmental agency in January to present the Monitoring Program for Foz do Amazonas. The project was one of the items disapproved by Ibama in August of last year, when the environmental license for the campaign was not issued.

If Ibama does not allow the drilling of wells in the region, the natural way is for Total to return the concession of the blocks to the ANP. Total operates five blocks in Foz do Amazonas and plans to drill nine wells in the basin. In all, the oil companies that won blocks in Foz do Amazonas in the 11th round of the ANP, held in 2013, expect to drill 12 wells in the region. In addition to Total, BP and QGEP are licensing projects in the area. Authored text by E&P Brazil

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