Regulatory News
September 30
Scheduled for October 10, the 16th Bidding Round of the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) already has 17 companies registered to compete for 36 exploration blocks in five sea basins. Of the total companies interested in participating in the auction, 15 are of foreign origin. The only Brazilian companies are Petrobras and Enauta.

All companies have fulfilled the requirements set out in the notice and may participate in the round by submitting individual or associated proposals in consortia.
September 02
The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has identified a number of breaches of regulations in the March incident investigation on the Åsgard B platform operated by Equinor. At the time, a forklift operator was hit by an 83-pound trolley while dismounting a winch. The technician survived.

The investigation concludes that there was inadequate safety equipment and lack of communication between the employees performing the work. Based on the report, PSA made a series of recommendations to Equinor on operations at the Åsgard B facility, which should be in place by October 1.
August 26
The National Petroleum Agency (ANP) participated in the launch of the new Revitalization Program for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Activities in Land Areas. The president of the regulator, Décio Oddone, said that the initiative has the potential to open great opportunities for Brazil and for companies in the oil and gas sector.

Oddone also cited advances made for land areas in the last two years, such as the Permanent Offer, Reserved Based Landing, the creation of a Land Area Coordination at ANP and the sale of Petrobras assets.

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