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Geology & Geophysics: Latin America

Joint venture tackles challenge of Brazilian presalt

Repsol has operated the Brazilian presalt block BM-C-33, located in the Campos basin, since 1997. There, the company has made the discoveries of Pao de Acucar, Seat, and Gavea, which are estimated to hold more than 700 MMbbl of light oil and 3 tcf of gas, representing the biggest discovery ever made by a private company in Brazil. The authors review the main aspects of the operations carried out in block BM-C-33 through the joint venture Repsol Sinopec Brasil.

Will new rules dim Brazil's presalt promise?

Seven years ago, Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobras, and several foreign partners, including Exxon and Britain's BG Group, discovered a huge bounty of oil in a new oil province known as the presalt, approximately 300 km (186 mi) offshore from Santos in southeast Brazil.

Karoon secures rig for Santos basin campaign

Karoon Gas Australia has contracted QGOG Constellation’s semisubmersible drilling rig Olinda Star for up to four wells offshore Brazil.

AMEC to work on design for Sea Lion platform offshore the Falklands

Premier Oil has awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract to AMEC for the TLP for the Sea Lion oilfield development in the offshore North Falkland basin.

Solan set for offshore construction phase

Premier Oil says construction and onshore commissioning of the platform for its Solan oilfield development West of Shetland are nearing completion.

Explorer sees more condensate in Darwin offshore Falklands

Borders & Southern has updated its 2012 Darwin gas/condensate discovery offshore the Falkland Islands.

ION increases ownership in OceanGeo

ION Geophysical Corp. has agreed to increase to 100% its ownership of ocean bottom seismic (OBS) acquisition company OceanGeo BV. OceanGeo recently won a survey offshore West Africa for an international oil company, having recently completed a 540-sq-km (208-sq-mi) survey offshore Trinidad for Petroleum Co. of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (Petrotrin).

Argos ready to drill offshore North Falklands

Argos Resources is seeking farm-in partners for exploration drilling in its PL001 license in the offshore North Falkland basin.

Petrobras concludes Sagitário presalt tests offshore Brazil

Petrobras has completed formation testing of its 1-SPS-98 Sagitário discovery well in the Santos basin presalt.

CGG starts multi-client survey of Espirito Santo basin

CGG has started acquiring a large BroadSeis 3D multi-client survey program in the deep and ultra-deepwaters of the Espirito Santo basin offshore Brazil.

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