Total gives up exploring blocks in the North

The oil company Total reported the withdrawal in exploring the blocks in the Foz do Amazonas Basin, in the northern region of the country. The communiqué was made last Monday (7).

The reason for the withdrawal is related to the controversy generated by the since the beginning of the announcement of exploratory activity in the region, which is considered one of the richest in biodiversity in the world by many environmentalists. According to Total, the partner companies, Petrobras and BP, have already been informed the withdrawal of exploration, as well as the National Petroleum, Gas Agency and the Natural and Biofuels (ANP).

The Agency will also open a six-month period for appoint a new operator of the blocks in the region. "During this period, Total has the function of continuing to monitor all regulatory processes on behalf of partners Petrobras and BP," the company said.

It is worth remembering that in December 2018, Ibama had already denied the licences for the exploratory activity and informed to Total that it does not resources, because it was a project with "deficiencies in the techniques".

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