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Brazil 11th Block Bidding Round

The Brazilian federal government has decided to offer 117 additional exploration blocks in the 11th bidding round of the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), which will take place in Rio de Janeiro on May 14-15. Among those now included are 65 blocks in shallow and deep waters of the Foz do Amazonas Basin, 36 in the Tucano Sul Basin, 10 in the Pernambuco-Paraíba Basin and 6 deepwater blocks in the Espírito Santo Basin.

With this change, there will now be a total of 279 exploration blocks up for bid, covering a total area of 155,712 km². The government is expected to raise between R$ 1 billion and R$ 10 billion (US$ 491.135MM and US$ 4,911.350 MM) through signing bonuses that will be paid as a result of the auction.

During the same meeting at which the bid round expansion decision was made, a date was set for the first pre-salt bidding round. That auction has been scheduled for November 28-29, with areas up for bid yet to be defined by the Brazilian National Council for Energy Policy (CNPE).

Areas offered in the Eleventh Round

The Eleventh Bidding Round will offer blocks in seventeen sectors, totaling 121.2 thousand km² in basins of new borders and mature basins.

The area being offered covers nine sedimentary basins:

Barreirinhas, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Foz do Amazonas, Pará-Maranhão, Parnaíba, Potiguar, Recôncavo and Sergipe-Alagoas. 172 blocks will be offered both onshore and offshore.

Data Package

After the publication of Pre-Bidding Notice of the Eleventh Bidding Round, the companies may pay the participation fee and have access to the data package.

The release of the data package is subject to proof of payment of the participation fee and approval of documentation on the expression of interest. The data package contains technical data (wells, seismic, gravimetric and magnetometry geochemistry), geological summaries and other information about the basins and sectors offered in this round.

The payment of the participation fee will be by sector or set of sectors.

The seventeen sectors offered in Eleventh Bidding Round were grouped into twelve Data and Information Packets. Click on the links below for maps with the location of seismic data and wells available in the packages offered.

Remote Access

The preferential access to the Data Package will be by means of an online connection (link). The remote access will be done through password granted by ANP. The user may access, via the Web, data and information pre-selected by ANP on the sectors of interest.

Qualification to Participate

The participation in the Eleventh Bidding Round will be permitted to individually qualified companies in compliance with the following requirements:

a) Approval of documentation on the expression of interest;
b) Payment of the participation fee;
c) Obtain the technical, legal and financial qualifications and attest the tax regularity;

For the qualification it is also necessary to submit the supply guarantees at an amount corresponding to the intended offers.

Foreign companies may participate in the Eleventh Bidding Round, however, they must submit a commitment agreement, if they win, incorporate a company according to the Brazilian laws, with headquarters and administration in Brazil, or indicate a controlled and already incorporated Brazilian company to sign the contract on their behalf.

All documents must be submitted in a single copy certified and notarized by notary. The documents issued abroad should be consularized and translated into Portuguese by a certified public translator.

Companies interested in participating in the Eleventh Bidding Round may obtain further details with the publication of Pre-Bidding Notice.

The qualification process begins after the publication of the Pre-Bidding Notice.