ANP 13th Bid Round scheduled for October of this year. 

In a conference today at the Brazilian Embassy in London, the Director of the Brazilian Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (Agência N​acional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis – "ANP"), Magda Chambriard, released more information in connection with the 13th bid round of upstream exploration areas to take place in October of this year. 

Ms. Chambriard disclosed a tentative schedule (the Brazilian Energy Policy Committee - "CNPE" will confirm the schedule within the next few days) for the 13th bid round as follows: 

  • Publication of the preliminary tender protocolol: June 11, 2015;
  • Pre-qualification: from  June 12, 2015 to August 18, 2015;
  • Bid-day: October 7, 2015; and
  • Related agreements: either November 30 or December 1, 2015.​​

Pursuant to the announcement, the bid will include both onshore (new frontier and mature fields) and offshore (deep and shallow waters) areas located along the Brazilian eastern coast:

Onshore (conventional onshore gas):

  • 7 blocks in the Amazonas basin; and
  • 22 blocks in the Parnaiba basin.

Mature onshore:

  • 71 blocks in the Potiguar basin; and
  • 85 blocks in the Recôncavo basin.

Offshore:

  • 10 blocks in the Sergipe-Alagoas basin (deep water);
  • 4 blocks in the Jacuipe basin (deep water), also referred to as "Sergipe-Alagoas South basin" since it's deep water geological profile is similar to the Sergipe-Alagoas basin;
  • 9 blocks in the Camamu-Almada basin (deep water);
  • 7 blocks in the Espírito Santo basin (deep water); ANP expects the geological profile to be similar to the Girassol field in Angola;
  • 3 blocks in the Campos Basin (shallow water); and
  • 51 blocks in the Pelotas basin (shallow and deep water) located in a frontier zone close to the Brazilian border with Uruguay.

​Qualification:
Pursuant to ANP Resolution No. 18/15, the review of bidders´ qualifications will take place after the bid winners have been announced. The 13th bid round will inaugurate this new procedure and, therefore, interested bidders are only required to provide documentation as to their identification on the day of the bid. Although not required, bidders must be ready to present all documentation on the bid day or shortly afterwards. Further details on the process for qualification will be provided in the tender protocol. 

Pre-salt areas - Future perspectives:

The Brazilian government did not include pre-salt areas in the 13th bid round. However, Ms. Chambriard indicated that the ANP and the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy are considering a pre-salt bid for late 2016 or early 2017. This bid round may include the Saturno, Pau-Brasil and Peroba prospects.