Ecopetrol’s Acquisition of 30% in the Gato do Mato discovery in Brazil’s Pre-Salt


Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga advised on the transaction.

Ecopetrol S.A. (BVC: ECOPETROL,NYSE: EC) reports that its subsidiary Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás do Brasil Ltda has entered into an agreement with Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda. to acquire 30% of the interests, rights and obligations in two areas corresponding to the BM-S-54 Concession Agreement and the Sul de Gato do Mato Shared Production Agreement, located offshore in Brazil’s Santos basin, in the so-called Pre-Salt, where a hydrocarbon deposit known as “Gato do Mato” was discovered.

Under this agreement, Shell will reduce its stake from 80% to 50% and continue as operator, while the French company Total will retain the remaining 20%. In addition to these oil companies, the Brazilian government also participates in the Shared Production Agreement, through Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A. (PPSA). After discounting this share, the consortium will proportionally maintain the above percentages.

Three wells that have discovered light hydrocarbons have been drilled in these two blocks. The consortium will continue executing activities and operations in order to initiate production in coming years.

According to Ecopetrol’s estimates, the company could incorporate some 90 million barrels of crude in contingent resources as of 2020, which will be gradually added to its balance of reserves. Ecopetrol also estimates that its share of production could total around 20,000 barrels per day of crude in 2025.

This agreement is in line with the company’s strategy of capital discipline and sustainable growth in reserves and production and strengthens Ecopetrol’s position in the Santos basin in Brazil. The Gato do Mato stake will add to our current position at Pau-Brasil and Saturno blocks.

The agreement signed by Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás do Brasil Ltda. and Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda. is subject to the respective approvals of assignment to Ecopetrol by Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, the country’s National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels and other customary transaction conditions.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga advised Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás do Brasil Ltda. with Giovani Loss (Picture) Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres, Danielle Ludwig, Larissa de Faria Toledo, Flávia Toledo Giambroni, Fernanda de Faria Fernandes and Arthur Barbosa Maranhão Pinto.

Involved fees earner: Arthur Barbosa Maranhão Pinto – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Danielle de Aquino Ludwig Pereira – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Fernanda de Faria Fernandes – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Larissa de Faria Toledo – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Giovani Loss – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Flávia Toledo Giambroni – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga;

Law Firms: Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga;

Clients: Ecopetrol SA;