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Brazil to ease Petrobras pressure with offshore oil bill

Brazilian government may end Petrobras’ monopoly by opening way to foreign and private investment. Intended to pass this September, the bill recently presented to congress aims to attract big oil players and re-position Brazil’s oil industry. by Joe Leahy, Financial Times, July 05, 2015 Brazil’s congress is likely to pass a landmark bill that could ease…

Petrobras cuts investment plan

Petrobras cuts investment plan

Seeking to cut expenses and pay off its debt, Petrobras will invest 130 billion USD between 2015 – 2019, a decrease of 41% from what was initially planned for 2014 -2018. The oil company also reduced its 2020 production plan for oil and natural gas, lowering it from 5.3 millions to 3.7 per day. by…

Sinopec, Cnooc Said Readying Bids for Petrobras Field Stakes

Sinopec and Cnooc Ltd. are looking to buy Petrobras’ assets in the pre-salt offshore exploration  block. Other interested companies include Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Statoil ASA. by Cristiane Lucchesi, Bloomberg Business, July 01, 2015 Two Chinese companies that entered Brazil’s giant deep-water oilfields two years ago are now looking to increase their presence as state-run…

Petrobras sets new records for pre-salt production

Brazil’s Petrobras set a new record last month when it reached 726,000 bopd of pre-salt production, an increase of 1.6% compared to April. Experts say that production increased due to a higher number of scheduled maintenance stoppages and the start-up of the early production system in Atapu field. by World Oil, June 15, 2015 Petrobras’…

Petrobras To Help Pemex Explore For Oil

In 2000, Pemex and Petrobras started conversations around a possible collaboration, now 15 years later, such collaboration might come to pass. On late May, Brazilian President Rouseff expressed her interest and offered technical support to Pemex. Although Petrobras is in the middle of a big scandal, it possesses great deep water expertise and Pemex, with  the…

Latin American Energy: Issues and Prospects

UT’s Jorge Piñon and other experts from the energy sector, were brought in to  The Wilson Center’s Regional and Global Energy series in Washington, D.C., to discuss challenges in Latin America. Keynotes and panels were formed by experts from public and private sector, each bringing up topics in different countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela and the…

China: Latin America’s Financier

China: Latin America’s Financier

 After Brazil’s Petrobras was caught in a corruption scandal, China came to the rescue. A loan of 3.5 billion is on the table along with a two-year cooperation agreement between both countries. This is not the first time for China invests in Latin America’s growth. In a period of 13 years, the country has invested…

Petrobras suppliers negotiate $3.5 billion Chinese credit deal

Brazil’s top crude producer is in the middle of a big corruption corruption scandal, but some countries seem to se past that. According to the Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry, both countries are negotiating a loan of 3.5 billions. China believes it is a good opportunity to invest in the country. by Peter Millard,…

Petrobras and Indian partners find more oil in Brazil

In a securities filing on Thursday, Petrobras and its Indian partners have reported that they have found more light crude oil in the Sergipe Basin off the northeast coast of Brazil.  The drilling found a 28 meter column of oil and the discovery also includes a presence of light crude oil with a density between…

Presalt oil and natural gas provide an increasing share of Brazil’s production

Brazil’s exploration and development of it’s presalt layer began over a decade ago with its first production starting in 2008.  In 2013, Brazil’s presalt crude oil production was 15% of total production, this being a sufficiently greater increase from 0.4 % in 2008. The presalt natural gas productions also had a significant rise with 14%…

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