Norwegian oil firm StatoilHydro has successfully bid on two blocks offshore Brazil, in the National Agency of Petroleum's ninth bidding round.

US-based Anadarko Petroleum will be the operator of the licenses with a 50% stake, with StatoilHydro holding the remaining 50%. The blocks, numbered CM529 and CM530, are located in sea depths of around 100 meters.

Jorge Camargo, president of StatoilHydro Brazil, said: We are pleased with the good results we have achieved. These licenses will further strengthen StatoilHydro’s long-term commitment to Brazilian offshore activities.

The blocks lie adjacent to the Peregrino field in the Campos basin, in which the Norwegian firm holds a 50% interest.