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Shell Evaluating Brazil Block

Oil & Gas Journal (Houston): Shell Evaluating Brazil Block

“Shell is investing $200 million in Brazil this year.”

Wednesday 14 Sept 2005

Offshore staff

(Brazil)-Royal Dutch Shell has begun drilling a new evaluation well at its Brazilian BC-10 block and hopes to declare it commercially viable by the end of 2005. In an interview with Reuters, Shell Brazil Vice-President John Haney said that two wells will be drilled by November at a cost of $15 million per well. The BC-10 block has recoverable reserves of some 400 mmbbl of heavy oil.

Haney went on to say that the general concept of the project will likely include a floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) with an artificial lifting system, risers for ultra-deep recovery and an onboard heavy oil processing system. The capacity of the FPSO is still under discussion, although the field is expected to produce between 60,000 and 100,000 b/d beginning in 2009.

Shell, which is the only foreign company producing any sizable amount of oil in Brazil alongside state oil company Petrobras, also expects to make a short-term production test next year at the BS-4 block in Santos basin. Although the BS-4 is a heavier crude than that at BC-10, Shell is confident that continuing technological advances will allow the extraction of the crude, which could reach 300 mmbbl.

Shell is investing $200 million in Brazil this year.


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