Brazil’s Petrobras is set to conduct a pre-operational simulation as the final step to obtaining environmental permits to drill a landmark wildcat in the northern Brazilian offshore play known as the equatorial margin.

The wildcat location is 160 kilometres off the coast of Amapa state, in the Foz do Amazonas basin, at a water depth of 2500 metres, according to Petrobras exploration and production director Fernando Borges.

The block is denominated as FZA-M-57 and is in a play known as Amapa deep water.