RIO DE JANEIRO – Petrobras (PBR:NYSE) has discovered a new heavy oil accumulation (15° API) in the post-salt layer of the Espirito Santo basin.
The well was drilled on the Grana Padano structure in 1,208 m (3,963 ft) of water in the BM-ES-24 concession (block ES-M-661), 58 km (36 mi) offshore Vitória, and 64 km (40 mi) from the Golfinho field.
According toPetrobras, the discovery was confirmed by the gas detector response and profiling data for reservoirs at a subsurface depth of 2,008 m (6,588 ft).
The company operates the concession (40%) in partnership with IBV Brasil (30%) and Anadarko (30%). The partners plan to continue exploring the block and to submit a proposed assessment plan to Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency. The partners aim to delimit the discovery and assess reservoir volumes and productivity.