El Paso in February spudded wells Acai and Cacau in its Pinauna project, which has "significant reserve potential," Smolik said.
These two wells could add another 100-130Mb to Pinauna's proved reserves, which reached 12Mb at end-2006, he said.
Although El Paso has a 100% working interest in these two wells, the company may reduce its interest - pending assessment results - as a "prudent approach to managing its E&P portfolio," the executive said.
Brazil's Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) operates the other well, dubbed the Bia prospect, which Petrobras estimates is a 280Mb structure that straddles El Paso's block boundaries, he said.
El Paso has a 35% working interest in this well.
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