Brazil in focus: competition converges on pre-salt acreage in upcoming 2018 licensing rounds
Continuing with its aggressive licensing push, Brazil has launched two high-profile bid rounds closing in late-March (Round 15) and early-June (PSC Round 4). The rounds offer 40,000 km2 of prime offshore acreage, including 22 pre-salt prone blocks. As with previous pre-salt rounds, the size of the prize is huge. Brazil's upstream regulator, the ANP, has identified 35 billion boe of prospective resources in-place in the Campos and Santos acreage. We expect the pre-salt blocks of Round 15 to drive most of the interest given the fiscal advantages of the concession regime over the profit-sharing terms of PSC Round 4.
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Brazil offers 40,000 km 2 of high-graded offshore exploration acreage
Vast resource potential at high prices
Bidding on profit share rates has a permanent impact on development economics