Libra logistics bid has German and Swiss among competitors


Petrobras postponed the deadline for submitting bid proposals to contract integrated logistics services for Libra, in the pre-salt of the Santos Basin. This is the second postponement of the bid, previous date was the 14th of May.

In a circular sent to competitors, the oil company said that it needed more time to respond to all the questions raised by the companies regarding the bidding process, which were different from previous processes, with the possibility of integrating land, sea and air services.

Some of the doubts concern the formation of consortia covering the whole scope of services. One is whether Petrobras requires all companies in each consortium – not just the ones that received the invitation – to be enrolled in the CRCC, which would restrict the number of participants.

As there are basically four aviation companies operating in the Brazilian offshore market (Aeróleo, CHC do Brasil, Líder Aviação, Omni do Brasil), this would be the maximum amount of consortia integrating air support formed. Brasil Energia Petroleum found, however, that Líder aviação should enter the bidding by itself.

The scenario, however, may still change. “This formation of consortiums is very dynamic. It’s a very new and complex thing, “said one industry source.

In addition to the airlines, Petrobras invited shipping companies, airport and multimodal operators. The latter group includes Panalpina and Kuehne & Nagel. Both companies already have a history of contracts as cargo agents with Petrobras, but not as supply chain managers.

Among the port operators to participate in the process are Brasco, Edison Chouest and Triunfo Logística, which already provide services to Petrobras, and Nitshore, which serves PetroRio from Niterói (RJ). CPVV, Libra and Multiterminais were not invited.

The Edison Chouest group was, in principle, in a position to favor the dispute, since it operates maritime support vessels by Bram Offshore and a logistical support base through Brazil-Port, in the Port of Açu (RJ).

Passing through SHV Energy and Halliburton, Logistics Strategy Specialist Maurício Pacheco points out that by joining together, service providers will deliver cost savings to the chain.

“Delegation and centralization of management is an irreversible path. It is like this on many websites around the world. It remains to know which players will be able to interpret this opportunity to build partnerships as a possibility of real gain of scale and vertical logistics reorganization, “he argues.


Petrobras has not yet clarified whether its subsidiary Petrobras Logística de Exploração (PB-Log) will participate in the bid.

The possibility has worried the market, as it would be unfeasible to compete with the company’s vessels and port infrastructure.

The state-controlled company said it did not comment on the list of participants in its hiring process, but stressed that the bidding was considered “very competitive, aiming to achieve economically interesting results for the [Libra] consortium.”

Notice in detail

The scope of the bidding provides for the provision of aerial personnel and contingency logistics services, airport operations, maritime cargo support, land / cargo logistic, warehousing and support services integration, programming, optimization and benchmarking.

Three contracting models are planned. The first, by air, is divided into two subtypes, one consisting of aircraft charter according to the demand for helicopters calculated by Petrobras, and the other according to the estimated passenger demand.

The second model aims to meet the demand for transport and storage of cargo by land and sea, port operations and the management of this entire chain, while the third model aggregates all the demand described for previous cases

Companies may choose to submit proposals only for the type that is of their interest and scope of action, and there are no restrictions so that the same group can submit proposals for all types.

The minimum required local content is 50% in air and sea support and 80% in ground support. The takeoff bases should be in Cabo Frio and Jacarepaguá, in Rio de Janeiro.

For the Jacarepaguá base, Petrobras requires a large helicopter, three medium-sized helicopters and an ambulance. In Cabo Frio, a large aircraft is requested, two medium-sized aircraft and one for medical services. Contracts range from one to five years.

The deadline for mobilization is 180 days from the date of the hiring.

Source: Brasil Energia

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