In 2018, ExxonMobil acquired through the 13th, 14th and 15th bidding rounds of the National Petroleum Agency the concession of the following blocks located in the Sergipe-Alagoas Sedimentary Basin:
Up to eleven oil and gas exploration wells may be drilled in order to determine the characteristics of the reservoir, one initial well will be drilled and potential subsequent exploration wells will depend on the results of the first, in addition to the possibility of conducting well tests.
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 Sergipe-Alagoas be explored?
The drilling campaign is expected to start in the second half of 2021, depending on the current Environmental Licensing process 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 drill ship?
Helicopters will transport workers to the drill ship from the air support bases indicated on the map.
The maritime support bases of the Sergipe-Alagoas blocks will have logistical functions,including fuel supply, according to the map below.