• 5 minutes Malaysia's Petronas vs. Sarawak Court Case - Will It End Up In London Courts?
  • 9 minutes Sell out now or hold on?
  • 16 minutes Oil prices going down
  • 32 mins Oil prices going down
  • 13 hours After Three Decade Macedonia End Dispute With Greece, new name: the Republic of Northern Macedonia
  • 2 hours Sell out now or hold on?
  • 3 hours Malaysia's Petronas vs. Sarawak Court Case - Will It End Up In London Courts?
  • 17 mins Oil and Trade War
  • 12 hours Two Koreas Agree To March Together At Asian Games
  • 4 hours When will oil demand start declining due to EVs?
  • 3 hours What If Canada Had Wind and Not Oilsands?
  • 2 hours Russia and Saudi Arabia to have a chat on oil during FIFA World Cup - report
  • 4 hours Correlation Between Oil Sweet Spots and Real Estate Hot Spots
  • 3 hours venezuala oil crisis
  • 2 hours Trump Hits China With Tariffs On $50 Billion Of Goods
  • 12 hours Geopolitical and Political Risks make their strong comeback to global oil and gas markets
  • 35 mins Germany Orders Daimler to Recall 774,000 Diesel Cars in Europe
  • 22 hours No LNG Pipelines? Let the Trucks Roll In
  • 22 hours China & India in talks to form anti-OPEC

Breaking News:

Egypt Raises Fuel Prices By Up To 50%

$2.5 Billion Petrobras, Statoil Deal Halted By Courts

Petrobras

A Brazilian court has suspended the $2.5-billion sale of Petrobras’ stake in the giant Carcara field to Norwegian Statoil after the National Federation of Oil Workers filed a lawsuit arguing that Petrobras should have held an open tender for the interest.

The Brazilian state giant agreed with Statoil to sell it its 66 percent in the Carcara field last summer. Half of the deal’s price tag was paid at the closing of the acquisition, which took place in November, and the other half is subject to the reaching of certain milestones. Petrobras said it has already used up the $1.25 billion paid on completion to repay debts.

The plaintiffs insist that Petrobras, being a state-owned company, should have invited more bids for Carcara, although it remains unclear why they did not act before the deal was finalized.

Petrobras, according to Reuters, will now take the necessary legal steps to protect its interests, after it reported in a regulatory filing yesterday that the Carcara deal had been greenlit by regulatory authorities.

The acquisition was the first major deal in Brazil’s presalt layer—the most promising part of its continental shelf that has attracted a lot of attention. This attention has been welcomed by the troubled state giant, suffering under the burden of the biggest debt pile in the oil industry—still above $100 billion—and the fallout from the major corruption scandal that shook Brazil’s political class and eventually led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff and a government change.

Related: Why Oil Markets Are Not Recovering Much Faster

The new government prioritized fresh foreign investment in the country’s oil industry, and as part of efforts to attract investors, it relieved Petrobras of its obligation to take up a 30-percent interest in all new projects and become their operator.

The Carcara deal was the first big one in the presalt layer. The deposit is estimated to hold as much as 700 million to 1.3 billion barrels of crude.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News