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Brazil approves 14 firms to bid in massive November oil auction

SAO PAULO, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Fourteen companies have been officially approved by Brazilian authorities to participate in an oil bidding round in November, in which total signing bonuses are expected to be the biggest so far, exceeding $25 billion, national oil regulator ANP said on Monday.

As widely expected, the companies participating include a broad swath of global oil majors.

In addition to Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, authorities have approved the Brazilian units of:

-BP PLC

-Chevron Corp

-China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Co (CNODC), a unit of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)

-China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC)

-Ecopetrol SA

-Equinor ASA

-Exxon Mobil Corp

-Galp Energia SGPS SA

-Petronas Dagangan Berhad

-Qatar Petroleum

-Royal Dutch Shell PLC

-Total SA

-Wintershall Dea GmbH


The so-called transfer-of-rights auction is scheduled for Nov. 6, and concerns a zone of Brazil's southeastern coast. Petrobras has already done significant exploratory work in the zone, boosting the area's value, as they are largely devoid of exploratory risk.

Another offshore oil bidding round - much smaller but still sizeable by historical standards - will be held in Brazil the following day.

(Reporting by Gram Slattery Editing by Marguerita Choy)