Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras, following up on the release disclosed on December 11, 2020, informs that it signed with Petrom Produção de Petróleo & Gás Ltda. (Petrom) a contract for the sale of its entire 50% stake in the onshore field of Rabo Branco, located in the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, in the State of Sergipe.
The signing results from the exercise of the right of first refusal by Petrom, which holds the remaining 50% stake in the field. On December 11, 2020, Petrobras signed with Energizzi Energias do Brasil Ltda. (Energizzi) a purchase and sale contract for its entire stake in the Rabo Branco field, with one of the precedent conditions to the closing of the operation being the non-exercise of the right of first refusal by the operator Petrom. In this process, Petrom communicated the exercise of its right of first refusal to Petrobras, which led to the termination of the purchase and sale contract with Energizzi and the execution of the contract with Petrom, under the same previously established conditions.
The value of the operation is US$ 1.5 million and was fully deposited today in a guarantee account in favor of Petrobras. The closing of the transaction with Petrom is subject to compliance with precedent conditions, such as approval by the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) and the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).
This disclosure is in accordance with Petrobras’ internal rules and with the provisions of the special procedure for assignment of rights on exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas and other fluid hydrocarbons, provided for in Decree 9,355/2018.
This transaction is in line with the strategy of portfolio optimization, debt reduction and improvement of the company’s capital allocation, increasingly focusing its resources on deep and ultra-deep waters, where Petrobras has shown great competitive edge over the years.
About Rabo Branco field
The Rabo Branco onshore field is part of the BT-SEAL-13 concession, located south of the Carmópolis field, in the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, in the state of Sergipe. The field’s average production in 2020 was 131 bpd. Petrobras has a 50% stake, in partnership with Petrom.
Petrom is a special purpose entity (SPE) set up to manage the activities developed in the Rabo Branco field, in which it is the operator and holds a 50% stake. The company belongs to the Ecom Group, whose activities are focused on the generation and distribution of electricity.