South America / GoM

Brazil flag
Summary | Profile

Country profile: Brazil

Location: Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean
Climate: mostly tropical, but temperate in south
Terrain: mostly flat to rolling lowlands in north; some plains, hills, mountains, and narrow coastal belt
Size: 8511965 sq. km total (Land area: 8456510 sq. km  Water area: 55455
Population: 191,908,598
Languages: Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language); note - less common languages include Spanish (border areas and schools), German, Italian, Japanese, English, and a large number of minor Amerindian languages
Government: federal republic
Capital city: Brasilia
Legal system: based on Roman codes; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Currency: real (BRL)

Country profile

Brazil is the 10th largest energy consumer in the world and the third largest in the Western Hemisphere, behind the United States and Canada. Total primary energy consumption in Brazil has increased significantly in recent years. In addition, Brazil has made great strides in increasing its total energy production, particularly oil, over the past decade. Increasing domestic oil production has been a long-term goal of the Brazilian government. The largest share of Brazil’s total energy consumption comes from oil (48 percent, including ethanol), followed by hydroelectricity (35 percent) and natural gas (7 percent). The large share of hydroelectricity in Brazil’s energy mix represents the dependence of electricity generation on hydroelectric dams. Natural gas is currently a small share of total energy consumption, but attempts to diversify electricity generation from hydropower to gas-fired power plants should cause natural gas consumption to grow in coming years.

Energy production and consumption

Oil Gas
Production: 1 million bbl/day (2006 est.) 9 billion cu m (2005 est.)
Consumption: 2 million bbl/day (2006 est.) 17 billion cu m (2005 est.)
Exports: 278,400 bbl/day (2005)  
Imports: 674,500 bbl/day (2004) 8 billion cu m (2005)
Reserves: 13 billion bbl (2007 est.) 312 billion cu m (1 January 2006 est.)
Major fields:

Brazil - recent news

07 Jun 23
Brazil: TGS announces first 2D-cubed project in Brazil
TGS has announced the Amazonia Azul 2D-cubed project, the first of its kind offshore Brazil. This project represents an expansion of TGS' multi-client data coverage in the region and aims to enhance the understanding of the Brazil Equatorial Margin area. Covering a vast area of 268,506 sq kms, the Amazonia Azul 2D-cubed project will play a crucial role in unlocking the potential of this offshore basin.
06 Jun 23
Brazil: Strohm’s TCP solutions installed at PRIO’s Frade field
The world’s leading composite pipe technology company Strohm was awarded a contract with independent E&P operator PRIO (formerly known as PetroRio) to provide its composite pipe solutions to support operations at its Frade field, located in the deepwater Northern Campos Basin off the coast of Brazil.
05 Jun 23
Brazil: MODEC’s FPSO Almirante Barroso MV32 for Brazilian 'pre-salt' region achieves First Oil and starts 21-year time charter
MODEC has announced that the FPSO Almirante Barroso MV32, deployed for production operations at the Búzios field in the giant 'pre-salt' region of the Santos Basin off the coast of Brazil, achieved First Oil production on May 31, 2023. The FPSO is leased on a 21-year time charter contract to Petrobras.
01 Jun 23
Brazil: CNOOC Limited announces Buzios5 Project commences production
CNOOC Limited has announced that the Buzios5 Project has commenced production. The Buzios oil field is located in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. It is the largest deep-water pre-salt oil field in the world, with a daily production of about 600,000 barrels at present. Buzios5 is the fifth phase of oil field development.
01 Jun 23
Brazil: TotalEnergies signs Production Sharing Contract for the Agua Marinha offshore block
TotalEnergies and its co-venturers Petrobras, QatarEnergy and PETRONAS Petróleo Brasil Ltda (PPBL) have signed the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for the Agua Marinha block, which was awarded in the Open Acreage under Production Sharing Regime – 1st Cycle held by Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP) in December 2022.

Brazil - more news

Other countries in this region

A global information service for upstream oil and gas opportunities - divestitures, farmins and farmouts and licensing rounds.

Subscriber Only Deals

Current Deals

Current Upstream Deals: 277

Completed Deals

Completed Upstream Deals: 6459

Company Profiles

Current Company Profiles: 2886

Corporate Activity

Current Corporate Activity articles: 4038

Companies Looking

Current number of articles: 463

Company Sales

Current Company Sales articles:1622


Current Geostudies articles: 920

How to subscribe

energy-pedia Jobs

RSS Feed Widget
See all jobs...

energy-pedia Databank

The energy-pedia databank contains links to information on the world financial and energy markets, including share prices, oil and gas prices and the global stock exchanges. Read more...

energy-pedia Glossary

A list of commonly used terms in the oil and gas industry. Read more...


Subscribe to the FREE
energy-pedia Daily Newsletter

Telos NRG
Rose & Assocs 180
Government of South Australia
Union Jack Oil 149
About energy-pedia

energy-pedia news is a FREE news service written and edited by E and P professionals for E and P professionals.

We don't just report the news, we give you the technical background as well, with additional information derived from our unique energy-pedia opportunities service.
Contact us

energy365 Ltd

238 High Street
London Colney
St Albans

Tel: +44(0)1727 822675