Oil and gas exploration in the Opal and Tita blocks

Learn more about the exploration process at Opal and Tita

Opal e Titã Blocks Exploration | ExxonMobil

In 2018, ExxonMobil acquired the concession bid for oil exploration blocks known as Opal and Tita, located in the Campos and Santos basins. These blocks are currently in the exploration phase. The blocks C-M-753, C-M-789, S-M-536, S-M-647 and Titã blocks, in the Campos and Santos basins, hereinafter referred to as BM-C-753, BM-C-789, BM-S-536, BM-S-647 and Titã, respectively, while the Tita block was acquired in the 5th pre-salt production sharing bidding round.

Up to six exploratory wells may be drilled, two firm and four which will depend on the results of the first, in addition to the possibility of conducting well tests.

West Saturn Drillship | ExxonMobil
Credit: Seadrill, 2019

We invest in state-of-the-art equipment to maintain the safety and quality of our operations. Our drilling will be done by the West Saturn drillship, considered one of the most innovative in the market. The unit has well-control equipment, general equipment for operational safety and pollution prevention.

How and when will Opal and Tita be explored?

The drilling campaign started in January 2021 and will be carried out through a mechanical system that seeks to reach the full depth of the oil and gas reservoirs. The drilling system has BOP (Blowout Preventer) technology, a security system that allows the well to shut off in case of uncontrolled conditions. This system also makes it possible to monitor a series of specific parameters that help us quickly detect any problems related to drilling.

How will we get to the drillship?

The transport of the workers to the drillship will be done by helicopters from the air support bases indicated on the map.

The maritime support base of the Opal and Tita blocks will have logistical functions, including fuel supply, as indicated in the map.

Opal and Tita blocks logistics map | ExxonMobil