Petrobras applied a price reduction on petroleum products in its refineries as of Thursday 6. The litre of gasoline will cost 4.3% less, diesel, 4.4%, S10 diesel for thermal power plants 4,6%, and marine diesel, 4.5%. Petrobras has not increased gasoline since December 1 and diesel since December 21. The accumulated fall in the year is R $ 0.02156 for gasoline and R $ 0.03236 for diesel.
Brazilian mining lobby group Ibram praised a government decision to speed up approvals for mining exploration. Under new rules, the National Mining Agency (ANM) will have to rule on exploration requests within 120 days, and if the deadline passes, the request will be automatically approved. This will “create a more favourable environment” for raising funds for mining in Brazil, Ibram’s Chief Executive Flavio Penido said.
Markets will see R$39.5 billion ($9.3 billion) in share sales in the coming weeks, including the biggest offer since 2010, thanks to the government’s efforts to shed assets and a rush to stocks amid a hunt for returns. Development bank BNDES is leading the charge, unloading a stake worth almost R$24 billion in Petrobras, as well as shares of meatpacker JBS SA. Brazilian equity offerings rose 213% last year to R$115.1 billion.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro sent a message to Congress saying that his legislative priorities for the year are the tax reform, the autonomy of the central bank, Eletrobras privatisation, entry to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), job creation and the enactment of a regulatory framework for public sanitation. Lawmakers returned from the Christmas break focusing on local elections in October, something that can hamper the passage of substantial laws this year.
The Brazilian Association for the Development of Nuclear Activities (ABDAN) and the Nuclear Energy Institute of the United States (NEI) signed a memorandum of understanding during the Brazil-USA Energy Forum in Rio do Janeiro. In the presence of Brazil’s Energy Minister, Bento Albuquerque, and US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, a letter of intent was also signed between Eletronuclear and the US company Westinghouse to extend the life of the Angra I nuclear power plant.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced the construction in Brazil of an Israeli factory that draws water from the air, in order to “cope with the lack of water in the northeast, desalination, artesian wells and the São Francisco River.” Technicians and officials of the Brazilian National Water Agency travelled to Israel at the end of last year to discuss a memorandum of understanding between the two countries on water resources, desalination and wastewater management.
Donald Trump government is ready to help Brazil design more effective oil auctions, the U.S. secretary of energy Dan Brouillette said during a visit to Rio do Janeiro. In November, Brazil tried unsuccessfully to sell the rights to four offshore oil producing zones in a process that could have fetched some 106.5 billion reais ($25.5 billion) for Jair Bolsonaro’s government. Only two areas attracted bidders, both of which were consortia led by Petrobras.
Brazil unemployment rate fell to 11% In the quarter ended in December last year, totalling 11.6 million people out of work, according to the National Continuous Survey of Household Samples (PNAD Contínua), published today by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). Compared to the same period last year, there was a reduction of 520 thousand unemployed people, when the rate was 11.6%. The increase in informality was the main driver of the recovery.
Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA has hired seven investment banks to sell a stake in its fuel distribution unit, Petrobras Distribuidora SA (BRDT3.SA). Petrobras is working to reduce its hefty debt load by selling some $20 billion-$30 billion in assets over the next five years, among them the 37.5% stake in BR Distribuidora about $3 billion.
Brazil’s government has raised R$1.06 billion ($252 million) from a sale of shares in state-run Banco do Brasil SA carried out last week via the BNDES national development bank. The share sale had been included in the government’s asset disposal program unveiled last August, and was concluded on Thursday, the government said.