The Brazilian National Council for Energy Policy
(CNPE) recommended on 3rd September, and the President of the
Brazilian Republic has subsequently approved, a 10th licensing
round offering 162 onshore exploration blocks in mature sedimentary
basins such as Potiguar, Recôncavo and Sergipe-Alagoas, as well as
in the frontier basins of Amazonas, Araripe, Paraná,
Pernambuco-Paraíba, Parecis and São Francisco.
It was decided not to offer any offshore acreage in
this licensing round despite earlier indications that some shallow
water blocks may be on offer. The Brazilian Government
explained that sufficient offshore blocks were already under
licence and that operators such as Petrobras were having difficulty
exploring them because of constraints in the local market for
The Government has also announced a 3rd licensing
round for marginal fields in which it will offer 19 dormant
discoveries in the Recôncavo basin.
Further details of the bidding procedures will be
set out in an edict (“edital”) of the National
Petroleum Agency (ANP) following a public consultation.
However, the procedures are unlikely to depart significantly from
those used in the 9th licensing round and the 2nd licensing round
for marginal fields and the same local content rules shall be
applied. Potential bidders will be required to purchase
seismic data packages, pre-qualify and submit bids to the
Government in person in December 2008.
Further information is available on the
ANP website and interested parties
should consider participating in the public consultation that will
follow publication of a draft edict and provisional timetable by