Brazil’s troubled state-run oil company Petrobras is close to selling a 81 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline network in Brazil for nearly $6 billion to a consortium led by Brookfield Asset Management Inc, said three people with direct knowledge of the matter.
The Singapore sovereign-wealth fund GIC Pte, the Chinese sovereign-wealth fund China Investment Corp. and the Greenwich, Connecticut-based private equity firm First Reserve Corp are also part of the group of buyers, said two of the people, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private. The deal is expected to be signed as soon as next month, one of the people said.
Petrobras is trying to sell the network of gas pipelines, called Nova Transportadora do Sudeste SA, as it struggles to reduce the largest debt load in the oil industry amid crude prices that stand at half the levels seen just three years ago. The transaction, if closed, could be the only divestment in Brazil for the Rio de Janeiro-based firm this year, one of the people said, given the current pace of other deals.