Petrobras CEO says Exxon expressed ‘strong interest’ in pre-salt oil

U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) expressed to Brazil’s state-controlled company Petrobras (PETR4.SA) “strong interest” in the exploration of deep-water oil fields off the Brazilian coast, Petrobras Chief Executive Pedro Parente said on Tuesday.

“Considering movements towards a strategic partnership, we have nothing concrete with Exxon, but they have certainly expressed strong interest in the Brazilian pre-salt exploration,” Parente told reporters.

Earlier on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Exxon was in talks to gain access to Brazil’s deep-water oil resources, citing people familiar with the matter.

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