Chevron Brazil oil-drilling permission depends on report delivery -regulator

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* Chevron hasn't filed full report on 2nd incident in offshore field -ANP

* Report needed before regulator can approve drilling, injection -ANP

By Jeb Blount

ANGRA DOS REIS, BRAZIL, March 13 (Reuters) - Permission for Chevron Corp to resume drilling and water injection at its Frade offshore field in Brazil is being held up by the company's failure to deliver a full report on the causes of a 2012 oil seepage, the head of Brazil's oil regulator said on Thursday.

"They can't get authorization until we get the report and analyze it," said Magda Chambriard, director general of the ANP regulatory agency.

The report is supposed to explore and explain the reasons for a second leak at Frade, Chambriard said. Frade was the site of a November 2011 accident that resulted in a spill of about 4,600 barrels into the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Rio de Janeiro.

Chevron did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The U.S. company has spent more than $2 billion developing Frade, which was once the largest foreign-run oil field in the country. It has a projected capacity to produce about 80,000 barrels of oil and equivalent natural gas a day (boepd). That's more than 3 percent of Brazil's oil and natural gas output or 2.56 million boepd in January, according to the ANP.

The field was temporarily shut after a second leak in the area was discovered in March 2012. At the time there was speculation that a pressure "kick" that caused the original spill may have caused fractures in rock beneath the sea-bed that led to the new leaks.   Continuación...