RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Petrobras has found oil in the Xerelete field in the southern portion of the Campos basin offshore state of Rio de Janeiro. The new field is partially in the old BC-2 block and partially in BM-C-14, Petrobras says, 155 km (96 mi) southeast of the city of Cabo Frio and 42 km (26 mi) east of the Papa Terra field.
Preliminary geological studies indicate the accumulation's total area could cover more than 26 sq km (10 sq mi) and could hold as much as 1.4 Bboe. Additional studies are being carried out.
The 1-EPB-1-RJS discovery well was drilled in 2,483 m (8,146 ft) water depth. Delimitation well 3-RJS-648 flowed at a rate of 2,500 b/d of oil. A new world water depth record of 2,460 m (8,071 ft) was set at this well with the use of the submerged submarine centrifugal pump, Petrobras says.
The field is Brazil's deepest discovery to date, lying in 2,400 m (7,874 ft) of water.
Total and Devon are Petrobras' partners in this field.