Brazilian independent 3R Petroleum is in pursuit of a drilling rig to carry out operations at a pair of offshore fields in the South American nation.

3R earlier this month became the de facto operator of the Peroa-Cangoa shallow-water natural gas field in the Espirito Santo basin after a $55 million deal with state-controlled oil company Petrobras was approved by Brazilian market regulator ANP.

3R is still in the process of acquiring operatorship of the Papa Terra field in the Campos basin, with closing expected in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to the company's chief executive Ricardo Savini.