Lack of environmental permit could harm auctions

Experts believe that the environmental risk can be a crucial factor that can affect the result of the 14th round of bids from the national petroleum Agency (ANP), scheduled to happen in the day September 27. Because of the delay in dispatch of licenses, many oil companies are unable to initiate exploratory work, which has been causing obstacles in new investments in the oil sector in Brazil.

The exploration blocks in the 11th round that were carried out in 2013, for example, are with major delays in the expeditions by obtaining the approval of the not yet environmental agencies for exploitation. Companies like Total, BG Energy Holdings, owned by Shell, and even Petrobras, are having to wait months, even years, to get clearance for exploration in the fields included.

Although critical to the protection of the environment and marine life, the current bureaucracy in environmental licensing authorization have caused obstacles in the progress of investments in the sector. In the round of the last year, few have been offered blocks that had license from Ibama to start exploring. What turned out to be without prejudice to the discovery of new oil fields and the development of opportunities for jobs and investments to the country.

To get an idea of how long it takes, especially of Ibama, for releasing exploration licences has caused huge impacts on the farm and in the economic development of the country, the number of probes that currently operate in the country fell from 2012 for this year from more than 80 to just 16, as well as the wells operated were reduced to 238 for only 6 , according to ANP. Data that is really alarming.

Experts believe that the solution to the issue would be empowering new environmental body that could offer the environmental license and meet the demand for licenses, especially the vicinity of the 14th round and third of the pre-salt. Keep watching the Panorama Offshore and stay informed about everything what happens in the market of oil, gas, energy, gasoline, fuels, Petrobras, onshore and offshore. Your business goes through here. Check out: www.panoramaoffshore.com.br www.facebook.com/panoramaoffshore.

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