Statoil and its partners have struck oil offshore Brazil with an estimated 4,000 barrels per day.
The Norwegian operator said it had encountered a hydrocarbon column of 175metres in a good-quality reservoir of carbonates of Macubu formation.
The discovery was made in the Gavea A1 well in the ultr-deep pre-salt block BM-C-33 in the Campos basin.
Statoil’s partners on the project are operator Repsol and Petrobras.
The appraisal well is the fourth in the licence which comprises the Seat, Gavea and Pao de Acucar discoveries.
A spokesman for Statoil said with Gavea A1 the consortium has finalised the appraisal activities in BM-C-33 and will now evaluate the sub-surface data and assess lean and cost-effective development concepts.
Repsol Sinopec Brasil (35%) is operator of BM-C-33 with Statoil (35%) and Petrobras (30%) as partners.
Statoil is expected to take over operatorship in the licence in the third quarter of the year.