CORRECTED--Brazil oil regulator approves more firms for 13th-round oil auction
(Corrects third paragraph to read 34 instead of 35 companies; deletes Okada Servicos de Giociências from table because bid was rejected) SAO PAULO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Brazil's oil regulator ANP said on Tuesday it had approved an additional 22 companies to participate in the so-called 13th-round auction of oil exploration and production rights set for Oct. 7. The 22 approved companies announced on Tuesday include Norway's Statoil ASA, France's Total SA, Anadarko Petroleum Corp and ExxonMobil Corp, join 12 firms already approved by ANP last week, according to an e-mailed statement from the regulator. With 12 companies approved last week, the approvals announced Tuesday bring the total number of companies authorized to participate in the auction to 34, according to the ANP Web site. Here is a table listing all the companies approved for the October auction as of Aug. 25: Company Country 1 Alvopetro Ltd Canada 2 Anadarko Petroleum Corp USA 3 Azibras Exploration de Petroleo e Gás SA 4 BP Plc UK 5 BPMB Parnaíba Ltda Brazil 6 Ecopetrol SA Colombia 7 Exxon Mobil Corp USA 8 Galp Energia SGPS SA Portugal 9 Engie SA France 10 Geopar-Geosol Participações SA Brazil 11 Geopark Ltda Chile/Bermuda 12 Petro Rio SA Brazil 13 Imetame Energia Ltda Brazil 14 Mitsui & Co Japan 15 Oil M&S SA Argentina 16 OP Energia Ltda Brazil 17 Parnaiba Gás Natural SA Brazil 18 Parnaiba Participações SA Brazil 19 Petróleo Brasileiro SA Brazil "Petrobras" 20 PetroRecôncovo SA Brazil 21 Petrosynergy Ltda Brazil 22 Phoenix Empreendimentos Ltda Brazil 23 Premier Oil Plc UK 24 PTT Exploration and Production Plc Thailand 25 QGEP Participações SA Brazil 26 NK Rosneft' OAO Russia 27 Royal Dutch Shell Plc UK/Netherlands 28 Sonangol EP Angola 29 Statoil ASA Norway 30 Tek Óleo e Gás Ltda Brazil 31 Total SA France 32 TSL - Engenharia, Manutenção e Brazil Preservação Ambiential SA 33 UTC Participações SA Brazil 34 Vipetro Petróleo SA Brazil Source: ANP and Reuters (Reporting by Roberto Samora and Jeb Blount; editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Andrew Hay)
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