For the first time ever, oil and gas production in Brazil's pre-salt layer surpassed in more than half what was produced in post-salt exploration. In December, deep-water oil and natural gas production reached 1.685 million barrels in oil equivalent, which corresponds to 50.7% of Brazil's total production. The data was provided by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).
This result occurs at a time when the country is starting to resume drilling for new wells in the pre-salt layer, in view of new auctions in the area. In October last year, Brazil auctioned eight blocks in deep waters, attracting the interest of sector giants, which resulted in R$ 6.15 billion being raised for the public coffers.
In last year's consolidated result, ANP informed that oil production in the post-salt, as well as the pre-salt layer, came up to 967 million barrels, which means that there was a 4% increase in comparison with 2016. In the case of natural gas, the increase was of 6%, with a production of 40 billion cubic metres of raw material.