|2019-11-01 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
徐蕾 摘译自 国民报
Brazil looks to join Opec on back of rising production
Brazil is considering joining Opec as South America's largest oil producer looks to ramp up upstream activity along its offshore pre-salt reserves, the country's president said.
"I personally would very much like Brazil to become a member of Opec. I think the potential is there. We have enough oil reserves, actually larger oil reserves than some current Opec member countries," Jair Bolsonaro told the audience of the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh. Brazil has received an informal request to join the group following a meeting with Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the Saudi energy minister later told Bloomberg.
Brazil, which has the second-largest reserves of oil in South America behind Venezuela, produces as much crude as Middle East producers such as Kuwait and the UAE. The country's production averaged 2.6 million barrels per day in 2018, according to the latest BP Statistical Review of World Energy.
The South American nation will launch a mega-auction of its offshore pre-salt reserves next week, from which the government expects to raise $26.6 billion (Dh96.7bn) in signing bonuses. Initial estimates by state producer Petrobras of the reserves, which lie underneath 2,000 metre layers of thick salt are said to hold some 6 to 15 billion barrels in place. Other estimates have placed reserves as high as 50 billion barrels. Petrobras also has conventional oil reserves of 5 million bpd.
Drilling for oil beneath layers of rock and salt is expensive, but there are "great opportunities" for potential bidders at the upcoming auction, Mr Bolsonaro said.
"In the next few years, Brazil would be the fifth- or sixth-largest oil producer in the world, which is very good because it will help stabilise oil prices," he said.