Rio de Janeiro, October 16, 2018 – Petrobras informs that today it signed an Integrated Project Business Model Agreement (“IPBMA” or “Business Model Agreement”) with China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Company (“CNODC”), a subsidiary of CNPC, advancing towards their Strategic Partnership, as disclosed to the market on July 4, 2018.
The Business Model Agreement details the steps of a feasibility study to evaluate COMPERJ current technical status, its investment case and the remaining scope to conclude the refinery and the business valuation. A joint team composed by CNPC and Petrobras specialists and external consultants will conduct the studies. Once the full benefits and costs of this project are quantified, the next step is to create a JV between Petrobras (80%) and CNPC (20%) to conclude and operate the refinery.
The integrated project also includes 20% participation of CNPC in Marlim cluster, which is composed by Marlim, Voador, Marlim Sul and Marlim Leste fields. Petrobras will have 80% and will keep the operatorship of all these fields.
Marlim crude oil production perfectly fits the design crude slate to be processed in COMPERJ refinery, a world class and high conversion heavy oil refinery.
This is an important milestone of the Strategic Partnership between Petrobras and CNPC while its effective implementation depends upon the successful results of COMPERJ feasibility study with the respective investment decision by the parties, as well as the negotiation of final agreements.
Petrobras and CNPC:
Since 2013, Petrobras and CNPC are partners in the Libra area, which was the first contract under the production sharing agreement regime and is located in the Santos Basin pre-salt area. In 2017, the consortium formed by Petrobras (operator, with 40% stake), CNPC (with 20%) and BP (with 40%) was the winner for the Peroba Block, one of the most contested in the auction promoted by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).
The strategic partnership between the companies will strengthen their ties and, furthermore, contribute to deepen the Global Strategic Partnership between Brazil and China, both members of the BRICS group.
The strategic partnership is also part of Petrobras’ broader program for the revitalization of its Eastern refining and logistics park. Regarding to upstream segment the partnership will focus on the optimization of the Revitalization project of Marlim field and the other projects related to Marlim Sul and Marlim Leste fields aiming to optimize the results of mature fields.
Petrobras is an integrated energy company focused on oil and gas, recognized as a leader in deep and ultra-deep water exploration and production, operating mainly in Brazil. Currently, Petrobras produces around 2.7 million barrels of oil equivalent per day and operates a crude distillation capacity of about 2.3 million barrels per day. The values of the company are based on respect for life, for people and for the environment; ethics and transparency; market driven; resilience and confidence; and results.
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is an integrated international energy company, with businesses covering petroleum exploration, production and development, refining and chemicals, pipelining, marketing, international trade, oilfield services, engineering and construction, petroleum equipment manufacturing and financial services. Currently, CNPC produces approximately 3.3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day and operates a processing capacity of over 3 million barrels per day. CNPC develops 91 oil and gas projects in 35 countries and is present in over 70 countries, while seeking an even greater international role.