Petrobras Touts 100% Drilling Rate Success in Pre-Salt Santos Basin

Santos Basin, Campos Basin
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Petrobras, regarding the news published by the Brazilian press titled "In the pre-salt, 32% of the wells drilled are economically viable," wishes to clarify that the rate of success has been 100% in the drilling activity at the Santos Basin's pre-salt region.

Petrobras also clarifies that the blue area in a map that is included in its corporate material, shows the location of the microbial carbonate reservoirs (Pre-Salt), which ranges throughout the Santos and Campos Basins, but does not correspond to a single oil field. In addition to the existence of the reservoir rock, the discovery of an oil field results from the simultaneous identification and presence of a series of geological factors, which define the position of the exploratory wells in a given sedimentary basin.

During the history of exploration in the Campos and Santos Basins, several wells have reached the mentioned carbonate reservoirs; however, they were not drilled under ideal geological situations and their specific purpose was not to seek discoveries in pre-salt reservoirs.

As of 2006, when the pre-salt carbonate rocks were actually proven to be potential oil accumulation reservoirs, Petrobras drilled 11 wells in the central area of the Santos Basin with these reservoirs as their main objectives. All of these wells resulted in discoveries (a 100% success rate) and the Evaluation Plans of the blocks are currently under development, as approved by the ANP (National Petroleum Agency) and widely announced by the Company. As divulged on Form-20F filed at SEC (Security Exchange Commission), through late 2008, a total of 30 wells were drilled in the pre-salt region, which ranges from the Campos to the Santos Basin, and a success rate of 87% has been attained in proving the presence of hydrocarbons.

Regarding the well 6-BG-6P-SPS, which is also known as Corcovado-1 and is located in Block BM-S-52, the Company reasserts the information announced by the operator (BG Group) and Petrobras on 04/08/2009, which reported the existence of evidence of hydrocarbons.

An announcement made by BG Group yesterday stated that the drilling of the second well has not been completed yet and that it cannot comment on the results as of yet. BM-S-52 is explored by the consortium formed by Petrobras (60%) and BG Group (40%, the operator during the exploratory phase).

Petrobras believes that the occurrence of dry wells is unlikely in this pre-salt area of the Santos Basin, outside of the oil industry's normal standards. This belief is based on the extensive seismic data program undertaken by the company to date, and on the exploratory wells that have been drilled successfully.

Petrobras ratifies the information announced on October 01 and 15 2008, in which it clarifies that although the notification of evidence of hydrocarbons is a positive indication, it does not imply in a commercial oil or gas discovery. The commerciality can just be declared trough a commerciality statement approved by the ANP and thus far no statement has been sent to the ANP for the Santos and Campos Basins' pre-salt area.


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