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Brazil chief justice postpones voting on Petrobras refineries privatization

September 25/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Brazilian Chief Justice Luiz Fux postponed voting on the sale of state-controlled oil company Petrobras'  refineries without setting a new deadline. Initially, the Supreme Court had until Friday to rule on the matter, reported Reuters.

Three justices on Brazil's Supreme Court have voted against the sale of the refineries, in a setback for Petrobras, which is counting on asset sales to reduce its debt.

Despite these three votes against the privatizations, XP Inc's analyst Debora Santos said in a note to clients that the Supreme Court is likely to support the assets sale, adding that last year most justices had adopted a more flexible position regarding privatization of state-controlled companies' assets.

Preferred shares in Petrobras were up 0.8% in the morning trading, almost in line with the country's stock exchange index.

As MRC reported previously, Petrobras may need more than a year to divest its stake in Braskem, said Andrea Almeida, Petrobras CFO, in early July. She said during the company�s recent webinar that Petrobras plans to give more time for potential investors to make offers for the company"s assets, including for its refineries and stakes at its petrochemical and fuel distribution affiliates. The divestment of Petrobras"s stake in Braskem in 2020 would be desirable but "might not be possible" as the COVID-19 pandemic has changed market conditions, she said. The company plans to close part of its refinery sales in 2021. In December, Roberto Castello Branco, CEO of Petrobras, said that he wants to sell the company�s stake in Braskem within a year. Petrobras owns 32.15% of Braskem.

We remind that Braskem is no longer pursuing a petrochemical project, which would have included an ethane cracker, in West Virginia. And the company is seeking to sell the land that would have housed the cracker. The project, announced in 2013, had been on Braskem"s back burner for several years.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PE production totalled 1,712,400 tonnes in the first seven months of 2020, up by 58% year on year. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) accounted for the greatest increase in the output. At the same time, overall PP production in Russia increased in January-July 2020 by 24% year on year to 1,063,700 tonne. ZapSibNeftekhim accounted for the main increase in the output.

Headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Petrobras is an integrated energy firm. Petrobras" activities include exploration, exploitation and production of oil from reservoir wells, shale and other rocks as well as refining, processing, trade and transport of oil and oil products, natural gas and other fluid hydrocarbons, in addition to other energy-related activities.


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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, crude and gaz condensate, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Braskem, Petrobras, Brazil, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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