Repsol finds oil gusher off Brazil's coast

Jan. 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM

MADRID, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Brazil is emerging as a major player in oil and natural gas, Spanish energy company Repsol said after discovering high-quality crude oil off the Brazilian coast.

Repsol along with its partners at the China Petroleum and Chemical Corp., Brazil's Petrobras and British energy company BG Group said it made a significant oil discovery about 170 miles off the coast of Sao Paulo.

The Spanish energy company said it found an oil reservoir about 650 feet thick containing medium-grade crude oil.

"Brazil's offshore boasts one of the world's fastest-growing oil and gas reserves," said Repsol in a statement.

The discovery was made in a new well in the Santos Basin in water depths of more than 7,000 feet.

Repsol and the Chinese company last year signed an agreement to develop Brazilian assets jointly, creating one of the largest energy companies in Latin America.

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