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Petrobras has not signed Brazil antitrust body deferral for refinery sales

January 20/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) - Brazilian oil producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has not signed an agreement with antitrust regulator Cade on additional commitments regarding refinery divestments, reported Reuters with reference to a securities filing, issued on Monday.

Petrobras has been trying to sell refineries in one of the world's largest fuel markets for almost a decade and it relauched its plan under Chief Executive Officer Roberto Castello Branco, who took office in January 2019.

The latest amendment, which it has not signed, would give the company more time to sign deals after the COVID-19 pandemic reduced demand for fuel and affected the valuation of the plants.

A proposal approved by Cade would postpone from Dec. 31, 2020, to April 30 the deadline for the sale of eight refineries by the state-controlled Petrobras.

As MRC informed before, Brazils state-run oil company Petrobras is seeking 800 million reais (USD152 million) in compensation from engineering group Odebrecht in arbitration proceedings over its alleged violation of the shareholders agreement in petrochemical company Braskem.

We remind that Petrobras may need more than a year to divest its stake in Braskem, said Andrea Almeida, Petrobras CFO, in early July, 2020. 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 also 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 DataScope report, PE imports to Russia decreased in January-November 2020 by 17% year on year and reached 569,900 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the greatest reduction in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia increased by 21% year on year to about 202,000 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.

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, crude and gaz condensate, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Braskem, Petrobras, Brazil, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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