This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Sep 6, 2007.
New light oil discovery in the Santos Basin
(Rio de Janeiro, September 5, 2007). PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S/A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA, BCBA: APBR/APBRA], a Brazilian international energy company, announces that the consortium formed by Petrobras (45% - Operator), British Gas - BG (30%), and REPSOL YPF Brasil (25%) has discovered 27º API oil at exploratory well 1-BRSA-491-SPS (1-SPS-50), located at a depth of 2,140 m, 273 km off the coast, in the Santos Basin in Block BM-S-9, (Figure below).
This new positive result reaffirms the historic moment oil exploration is going through in Brazil, particularly in this deep water area in the Santos Basin.
The formation test performed in the vertical well suggests the production of 2,900 barrels of oil and 57,000 cubic meters of gas per day, with flow limited by the test's operating facility and safety restrictions. Formation test assessments and new geological studies are now being undertaken to prove whether or not the reservoirs that have been found have good productivity characteristics and economically viable volumes under such geographical conditions.
New investments will be made, including in drilling new wells and developing new technologies that will lead to progress in Santos Basin deep waters. To do so, in compliance with the regulatory agencys norms, the Consortium must submit an Assessment Plan for this discoverys area to the NPA indicating the deadline for future investments in Exploration.
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Date: September 05, 2007
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