JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration has signed an agreement with the Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás do Brasil (Ecopetrol Brasil), the Brazilian subsidiary of Ecopetrol ro acquire 30% interest in Block FZA-M-320 located offshore in the Foz do Amazonas Basin.

The deal is subject to Brazil’s National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels ("ANP") approval.

JX Nippon has been studying offshore basins in Brazil for a number of years as one of its potential new exploration venues with high petroleum prospectivity, and the Foz do Amazonas Basin surrounding the Block FZA-M-320 is recognized as an area with good future expandability of oil exploration opportunities. JX Nippon will further aim to upgrade the oil potential of this block by investigating a new 3D seismic dataset to be acquired in due course, and in parallel with this acquisition as JX Nippon’s first entry into Brazil, JX Nippon will further study opportunities for E&P business development in this country.

JX Nippon will endeavor to continue to expand its exploration, development and production activities for petroleum and natural gas in the high potential areas around the world.