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Partners Designing Autonomous Seismic Nodes

institute Senai-Cimatec to develop autonomous technology to make the monitoring of Brazil’s deepwater pre-salt oil fields more efficient.The new 4D seismic monitoring system, based on so-called On Demand Ocean Bottom Nodes, is being developed under a National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) promoted program.According to Sonardyne, the goal is to increase the autonomy of ocean bottom nodes and enable them to be deployed and remain on the seafloor for up to five years. During that period, no interventions, such as connections for data extraction or replacement of batteries

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

toward making that scenario a reality. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) received $5.7 million from ARPA-E's Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) Program for two projects that have set out to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels and bio-based chemicals.   "By focusing on the technological challenges to growing and harvesting macroalgae (seaweed) efficiently and cost-effectively, MARINER project teams are building the tools we need to fully put this resource to work contributing to our energy future," said

H38 deploying researchers (Photo: Brazil Navy)

A New Reef Biome Under the Amazon Plume

system.”   Unfortunately, Brazilian institutions have neglected to examine more thoroughly the seabed and underwater environment along the deeper shallow waters off the Amazon River basin and the EM. Knowing this lack of hard data on the EM, the ANP, Brazil’s National Petroleum and Biofuels Agency, states in its 11th round auction documents that environmental impact licenses for blocks in the EM may be impacted and even revoked depending on new data being acquired, which, with the unique reef discoveries along the Foz do Amazonas, Para-Maranhão and Barreirinha basins, may very


Ecopetrol, JX Nippon Team Up to Explore Brazil Offshore

FZA-M-320 block, located in shallow waters of the Foz Amazonas basin on the equatorial margin of the Brazilian Amazon region. Ecopetrol has held the exclusive rights for this block since May 2013, which was awarded during the 11th Round carried out by the ANP, the National Petroleum Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency in Brazil. The commercial agreement announced today, yet to be approved by the ANP, establishes that JX Nippon will undertake exploration of this block with a 30% share, for both exploration investments and potential resources that may be discovered. Ecopetrol will maintain its 70% share

The Peregrino field includes two fixed drilling platforms (WHP A and WHP B), and the floating production and storage unit FPSO Peregrino.

Statoil's Peregrino Crosses 100 Milliion Bbls

application of technology developed by Statoil, in Brazil and elsewhere. We are constantly learning and we look forward to reaching new milestones as we continue to develop this large field”, he says. According to a report published by the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) in March 2015, Peregrino is Brazil's eighth largest field, and has the second heaviest oil ever produced in Brazil. It is also the largest field operated by Statoil outside Norway and accounts for about 12% of its international production (around 720 thousand barrels per day). The recoverable

Phase II solution, with Platform C in the foreground.

Statoil Submits plan for Peregrino Phase II

  Following the sanction of the Peregrino phase 2 project in December, Statoil together with its partner Sinochem submitted the Plan of Development (PoD) to the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) in Rio de Janeiro on 30 January. The project entails a new well head platform and drilling rig (Platform C) and adds approximately 250 million barrels in recoverable resources to Peregrino field. The project entails investments of approximately USD 3,5 billion. “Over its lifetime the project will generate several positive effects for Statoil’s supply chain and

Iara and Entorno de Iara areas in the Santos Basin, Brazil

DoC for Iara Area, Brazil

; BG Group, leader in exploration and LNG, today announced that its partner Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), as the operator of block BM-S-11 in the pre-salt Santos Basin, has submitted the Declarations of Commerciality (DoC) to the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) for three separate oil and gas accumulations in the Iara area, offshore Brazil. As part of the DoC, the consortium has suggested that the new fields be designated Berbigão, Sururu and Atapú West. The Iara area is located approximately 250 kilometres off the coast of Rio de

Buzios field

Petrobras to Start Production in Búzios

Petrobras was authorized by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) to reboot early production (SPA) well 2-ANP-1RJS located in the area of Búzios (former site of Franco), in the pre-salt Santos Basin. Through this interim system, the company can produce for about seven months and, thus, obtain essential information for the optimization of the first definitive production system field. The field of Búzios, located about 200 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, at a water depth of 1600-2100 meters, had its commerciality announced by Petrobras in December

Petrobras Drills First Libra Appraisal Well

is composed by Petrobras (operator, with 40%), Shell (20%), Total (20%), CNPC (10%), CNOOC Limited (10%) and the state company Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A. (PPSA) - will proceed with the activities set forth in the Exploratory Plan approved by Brazil’s National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP).   

Petrobras sign

First Libra Offshore Oil Well Confirms Discovery

encountered. The consortium of Libra is formed by Petrobras (operator, 40%), Shell (20%), Total (20%), CNPC (10%) and CNOOC Ltd. (10%), and Pré-Sal Petróleo SA (PPSA ) the management of the contract. (PPSA). Libra was first auctioned by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) under the production sharing regime area

Chevron - First Gas from Bangladesh Bibiyana Project

. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif.  

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