Petrobras starts sale process for stakes in gas unit, oil fields

Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras said it has started the sale process for its 51% stake in the gas unit Gaspetro and for its stakes in the Merluza and Lagosta oil fields in Brazil’s Santos basin, according to a securities filing. Gaspetro is a holding company owning stakes in 19 firms that operate in the Brazilian gas distribution business.

Source: Reuters

Petrobras posts historic $9.2bn profit in 2019, Q4 up 287.87%

Petrobras (PETR3; PETR4) posted a net profit of R$40.137 billion ($9.2bn) in 2019, a 55.7% increase over the amount recorded in 2018. The figure also represents the highest nominal profit in the history of capital companies according to Economatica. In Q4 alone the net profit was R$8.153 billion – an increase of 287.87% over the same period the previous year. The company’s adjusted Ebitda (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was R$129.249 billion in 2019, an increase of 12.54% over 2018.

Source: InfoMoney

Brazil oil production rises 20% in January to all-time high

Oil companies produced 3.17 million barrels per day (BPD) on average in Brazil in January, a volume 20.4% larger than seen in the same month a year earlier and an output record for the country, oil regulator ANP said. Natural gas production increased 22% over January 2019 to 138.7 million cubic meters per day on average last month, also a record. The deep water, pre-salt field known as Lula accounted for a third of all oil production, reaching 1.05 million BPD of crude on average in January.

Source: Reuters

Brazil oil workers clash with Petrobras in 18-day strike

Brazilian oil workers and oil giant Petrobras are locked in a power struggle over plans to shift focus away from non-core assets, with a federation of unions saying that 21,000 employees in 13 states (60% of the company’s workforce) are on strike indefinitely. Petrobras did not confirm those numbers but said it has been able to maintain oil and gas production levels and meet fuel demand across the country by bringing in temporary workers on emergency contracts. The strike, supported by leftist political groups, was called after a recent layoffs at a fertiliser factory in the state of Parana.

Source: The Washington Post

Washington ready to help Brazil sell oil zones worth ca. $25.5bn

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.

Source: Reuters

First time Brazil hits more than 1 billion barrels of oil a year

Brazil produced 1.018 billion barrels of oil in 2019, 7.78% more than the previous year, marking the first time the South American nation passed the billion-barrel mark for annual production, the national oil regulator Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis (ANP) said. December also had a record of 3.106 million barrels per day, up 0.52% from the previous month and up 15.44% from December 2018.

Source: G1 Globo

Brazil will discuss OPEC membership with Saudi Arabia

Brazil’s Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, said in New Delhi that during his trip to Saudi Arabia next July he will begin discussing possible membership to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Brazil aims to become one of the top five exporters of oil in 10 years, Albuquerque said during an official visit to India where Brazilian oil exports fell 23% in 2019.

Soure: G1 Globo

Petrobras reduces price of gasoline and diesel in refineries

Petrobras has confirmed a 3% reduction in the price of diesel and gasoline for refineries from today. President of the National Federation of Trade in Fuels and Lubricants (Fecombustíveis), Paulo Miranda Soares, said the reduction was expected since the price of oil barrel returned to levels previous to the tension between Iran and the USA. He stressed, however, that consumers will have to wait two weeks until distributors manage the inventory.

Source: Agência Brasil