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Brazil Pará-Maranhão exploration basin

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Report summary

The Pará-Maranhão Basin is an offshore basin located in northern Brazil on the Brazilian Equatorial Margin. Compared to the prolific southern Brazilian basins, the Pará-Maranhão Basin has seen minimal activity to date, and so limited success, but holds the potential for significant discoveries.The Equatorial Margin in South America has become the hottest frontier exploration play in the region and was the main attraction of Brazil's 11th licensing round in 2013. This exploration basin report provides a detailed analysis of recent exploration and future expectations including discovery and development costs, maps and details of licensing and fiscal terms. We also evaluate the yet-to-find volume and value creation potential. The report is accompanied by multiple excel downloads.

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This report includes 40 images and tables including:


  • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
  • Value creation versus investment (outlook period)
  • Location maps: Image 1
  • Location maps: Image 2
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Exploration spend per well and average well depth
  • Summary and key issues: Image 3
  • Gross exploration wells completed by operator
  • Net exploration wells completed by participant
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Cumulative exploration wells by play
  • Basin creaming curve
  • Brent and local oil price assumptions
  • Value creation, exploration spend and volume discovered
  • Breakeven price versus prospect size
  • Value creation versus investment
  • Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities


  • Play level data
  • Assumptions
  • Price Assumptions
  • Key Play Characteristics
  • Recent discovery costs
  • Key companies: Table 1
  • Key companies: Table 2
  • Key basin data
  • Frontier methodology parameters
  • Play inputs
  • Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
  • Fiscal and regulatory: Table 1
  • Full-cycle economic analysis
  • Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
  • Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
  • Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
  • Average value of future discoveries and implied acreage value

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