Rio de Janeiro, July 10, 2018 – Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras reports that it has signed yesterday with the French companies Total and Total Eren a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to analyze the joint business development in solar energy and wind onshore energy segments in Brazil.
Based on promising initial results arising from the strategic partnership between the two companies signed on February 28, 2017, Petrobras and Total have been assessing other potential areas of cooperation. The conclusion of this agreement is part of Petrobras’ strategy to develop high-value businesses in renewable energy in partnership with major global players, to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon matrix.
The main benefits in developing a partnership of this kind are the dilution of risks related to the renewable energies business in Brazil and potential economies of scale and synergies.
The MoU is non-binding, but indicates the willingness of the companies to work together to develop projects in these segments.
Petrobras performance in the renewable energies segment
Petrobras has four wind farms in partnership, totaling 104 MW in installed capacity. These farms were traded on the Regulated Market Environment (“ACR”) in the 2009 reserve energy auction and entered into operation in 2011. The company also owns a 1.1 MW solar photovoltaic power research and development plant in Rio Grande do Norte, where the operations of four types of technology are currently under evaluation.
Total performance in the renewable energies segment
Total is active along the entire solar photovoltaic value chain with SunPower and Total Solar, from the production of photovoltaic cells to the development of solar farms or the installation of solar facilities in the industrial/ commercial and domestic segments. In 2017, Total pursued its policy of investing in low- carbon businesses by taking an indirect stake of 23% in Eren Renewable Energy. This company, which has been renamed Total Eren, will enable the Group to boost its development in solar energy and break into wind power. Earlier this month Total has finalized the acquisition of 73.04% of the share capital of Direct Energy company, whose Renewable power generation activities in France will further complement Total’s portfolio.
About Total Eren
Founded in 2012 by Pâris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, Total Eren has built up a substantial and diversified portfolio of wind, solar and hydroelectric assets representing an installed gross capacity of more than 950 MW in operation or under construction worldwide. Through partnerships with local developers, Total Eren is currently developing numerous energy projects in countries and regions where renewable energy represents an economically viable response to growing energy demand, such as in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America. Its objective is to achieve a global net installed capacity of more than 3 GW by 2022.