Norway’s Equinor is moving forward to appraise the hydrocarbons potential of its major Bacalhau pre-salt field offshore Brazil, aiming to drill a critical well in June to determine the next step for its Santos basin development.

The company has pencilled in a drilling campaign involving an appraisal well at Bacalhau North and, based on the data, decide the next step for the field development.

“That will be a critical information point for us to define what is the next phase,” said Veronica Coelho, Equinor’s Brazil country manager, on the sidelines of CERAWeek by S&P Global in Houston last week.