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Statoil acquires operated interest in Brazil’s Santos basin

Statoil and Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) have agreed that Statoil will acquire Petrobras’ 66% operated interest of the BM-S-8 offshore license in Brazil’s highly prolific Santos Basin. The acquisition includes a substantial part of the Carcará oil discovery, one of the largest discoveries in the world in recent years.

Carcará was discovered in 2012, on the geological trend of the nearby Lula field and Libra area. It is a world-class discovery of high-quality oil of around 30° API and with associated gas in a thick reservoir with excellent properties. It straddles both BM-S-8 and open acreage to the north, which is expected to be part of a license round in 2017. Statoil is well positioned for operatorship of a unitized Carcará field following this transaction and the license round will provide an opportunity to scale up the position in the field. Statoil estimates the recoverable volumes within the BM-S-8 license to be in the range of 700 to 1,300 million barrels of oil equivalent.

In addition to the Carcará discovery, BM-S-8 holds exploration upside that may significantly increase its resource base. The license is in its final exploration phase with one remaining exploration commitment well to be drilled by 2018.

“Through this acquisition we are accessing a world class asset, and we strengthen our position in Brazil, one of Statoil’s core areas due to its large resource base and excellent fit with our technology and capabilities,” Eldar Sætre, President and Chief Executive Officer of Statoil, said. “The Carcará field will significantly enhance our international production volumes in the 2020s and beyond. We are developing a strong Brazilian business with a broad portfolio, material production, high impact exploration opportunities and excellent potential for long-term value creation and cash flow.”

The total consideration for the acquisition is $2.5 billion. Half of it will be paid upon closing of the transaction, with the remainder being paid when certain milestones have been met. These are partly related to the license award, but mainly to the future unitization of Carcará. The effective date for the transaction is 1 July 2016. Closing is subject to customary conditions, including partners’ and government approval.

Statoil and Petrobras are also in discussions regarding a long-term strategic cooperation. The focus will be in the Campos and Espírito Santo basins, as well as new cooperation within gas and technology projects in the Santos basin. 

Statoil assets offshore Brazil:

Location Interest Status
Peregrino Campos Basin 60% (Operator) Production at 100,000 barrels a day, reserves of 300-600 million barrels of oil
Peregrino Phase II Campos Basin 60% (Operator) Construction, Production from 2020 at c. 60,000 barrels a day, reserves-255 million barrels of oil
License BM-C-33 comprising the Pão de Açúcar, Gavea and Seat discoveries Campos Basin 35% Evaluation/development gas approximately 1 bn BOE in recoverable reserves
Eight exploration blocks Espírito Santo Basin Four operated by Statoil, four by Petrobras Exploration
License BM-S-8 comprising the Carcará discovery and exploration prospects Santos Basin 66% and operator after transaction

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