BMS-31 contains a drill-ready prospect with primary objective volumes estimated at 560MMbbls (STOIIP) of light oil. In addition, a number of follow-up prospects have been identified. Total unrisked volumes on the block are greater than 1,000MMbbls STOIIP.
Current working interest holders are Shell, the operator at 55% and Maersk at 45%. Shell is making up to 17.5% interest in BMS-31 available by farm-out to interested parties, and Maersk is making 15% available - for a total up to 32.5%.
BMS-31 is in Exploration Phase II, and carries an outstanding one-well commitment to be drilled by September 2007. Dry hole cost is estimated at approximately USD 50MM. A rig is contracted and the joint venture intends to drill the primary prospect, Jumante, during the first half of 2007.
Brazil is an attractive concession (tax/royalty) regime with "special participation" that enables investors to participate in upsides. Brazil has a strong market for consumption, and the contract enables export to ensure international pricing. Upon success, production is estimated to start in approximately 7-8 years.
This block sits to the NE of the largely untested updip Albian roller play. A series of discoveries have been made in blocks BS-400, BMS-4, BS-500, and BS-4 operated respectively by Petrobras, ENI, Petrobras, and Shell. These surrounding discoveries have proven the presence of thick Albian sandstones and charge.
The primary prospect, Jumante, is a large 4-way closure with the primary target in the Albian-Cenomanian sands age-equivalent to the Namorado in Campos. Abundant hydrocarbons are available to charge the prospect from a large mature kitchen in the pre-salt lacustrine source rocks of the Barremian Lagoa Feia. Upside exists in the Cenomanian-Turonian "subvolcanic" sands and Albian carbonates.
An Information Memorandum, including bid process rules, is available online through IndigoPool. The data-room is located in Shell's Houston offices. Bids will be accepted up to March 2, 2007.
Key Prospect: Jumante (2007 Drillsite) Objectives:
Access to the Information Memorandum, Data Room and any additional information shall only be provided to selected parties who have executed a Confidentiality Agreement. Interested parties are requested to contact the person named below to register their interest, request a copy of the Confidentiality Agreement and request a Data Room invitation and time:
Gregory Mowlds, Houston
Miles Dyton, London
Rob Singh, Melbourne
Sudha Chetty, Dubai
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