2014-03-17 05:26:01 - Brazil Oil and Gas Report Q1 2014 - a new market research report on companiesandmarkets.com
Brazil´s massive pre-salt fields, such as Lula, Iracema and Franco, suggest substantial growth potential over the long term, underpinning our view that crude, natural gas and other liquids output will rise from an estimated 2.3mn b/d in 2013 to 3.9mn barrels per day (b/d) by 2022. That said, this is a modest downward revision from previous quarters, reflecting our view that the above-ground environment remains a considerable obstacle to both the country´s upstream and downstream sectors. Indeed, muted interest in the country´s first pre-salt round, such that there was ultimately only one consortium that bid, underscores the potential impact of Brazil´s unfavourable licensing terms and burdensome regulatory environment.
Meanwhile, following the volte-face by the government on a new fuel pricing mechanism,
imported fuel costs will likely continue to act as a significant burden on state-owned Petrobras´ already weak financial position.
We maintain our bullish long-term outlook for Brazil´s crude production. While post-salt fields will support robust production in the short term, we believe that it will be pre-salt developments such as the massive Lula or Franco fields that drive the country´s long-term production potential. We expect oil production to keep growing throughout the forecast period, from 2.3mn b/d in 2013 to more than 3.9mn b/d in 2022.
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