Petrobras’ new organization prepare probable to be modified by Lula

The new organization prepare of Brazil’s federal oil enterprise Petrobras is most likely to be modified by the incoming government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a resource shut to the president-elect instructed BNamericas. 

Between the major adjustments predicted are more refining capability and a far more intense insertion in the electricity changeover, moreover its repositioning in the normal fuel segment. 

“The plan is to monetize much more fuel by minimizing injection and growing its use onshore, which will call for new investments in offshore pipelines and processing infrastructure,” the supply reported. 

The condition-run firm’s program consists of capex of US$78bn for 2023-27, up 15% from that in the former organization plan (2022-26). 

Below the prepare, the exploration and generation section would account for 83% of the total, down one particular proportion place from the preceding prepare, while 12% would go for refining, up 3 points.

Pre-salt continues to be the concentrate, with 67% of the planned capex foreseen for the upcoming 5 yrs. 

Meanwhile, the Equatorial Margin is thanks to get 50% of the US$6bn exploration capex, when compared with 38% in the previous approach. 

In addition to the US$78bn capex, Petrobras seems to earmark US$20bn for the chartering of new manufacturing platforms. 

By 2027, the business is eyeing 18 new FPSOs, of which 11 would be chartered, six owned, and 1 non-operated. The 2022-26 plan foresaw the start of functions of 15 FPSOs, comprising 9 chartered and 6 owned. 

The new platforms planned involve the Albacora subject revitalization FPSO, the P-83 (Búzios field), the Sergipe deepwater project’s next FPSO (Seap 2) and the BM-C-33 FPSO, a challenge operated by Equinor where Petrobras holds a 30% stake. 

The two Sergipe FPSOs will be contracted beneath the constitution model and are planned to transport all-natural gasoline via a pipeline with capacity of 18Mm3/d (million cubic meters a day) – an undertaking whose complex and economic feasibility is beneath analysis. 

Right after 2027, Petrobras intends to retain the services of only electric powered FPSOs for the Atapu (P-84) and Sépia 2 (P-85) fields, with the capacity to create 225,000b/d of oil and 10Mm3/d of normal gas. 

Atapu’s unit will be connected to 13 wells, and Sépia’s to 14 wells, with the subsea engineering, procurement, development and installation (EPCI) expert services obtained by way of integrated contracts.      

The Santos basin will acquire 11 new manufacturing models, even though 5 will be mounted in the Campos basin. With this, the basins are projected to be producing 2.2Mboe/d and 900,000boe/d by 2027, respectively.  

The new business enterprise system foresees the drilling of extra than 300 generation progress wells, the installation and selection of more than 8,000km of pipes and the decommissioning of 26 platforms (12 fastened, 6 semi-submersible and eight FPSOs) and 2,500km of risers and flowlines. 

A different 27 platforms are programmed to be decommissioned among 2028 and 2030. 

The generation curve in the 2023-27 time period was decreased by 100,000boe/d in contrast with the preceding company system, achieving 3.1Mboe/d by 2027, with a probable positive or unfavorable variation of 4%. 

The extraction charges regarded in submit-salt and pre-salt tasks for the time period are US$10.7/boe and US$4.2/boe, respectively, when the generation cost thought of is US$33/boe. 


In the refining segment, the priority of the US$9.2bn capex will be strength effectiveness of Petrobras’ vegetation and bigger high-quality merchandise with a more compact carbon footprint, with an emphasis on investments in biorefining. 

The prepare foresees investments in eight new processing units, in addition to six massive-scale adaptation works in current vegetation. With these tasks finished, Petrobras’ refining processing and conversion capacity is envisioned to raise by 154,000b/d, and its S-10 diesel production ability would be boosted by extra than 300,000b/d. 

A new lubricant plant in the Gaslub hub is planned, as perfectly as a second refining train at the Abreu e Lima refinery (Rnest) and a bio-aviation kerosene facility at the Presidente Bernardes refinery (RPBC). 

The complete refining capacity of the business is projected to be 1.2Mb/d by 2027, the identical foreseen by the past approach, based mostly on 5 plants located in the Rio de Janeiro-São Paulo axis. 

This means that the new strategy maintains the Abreu e Lima (Rnest), Presidente Getúlio Vargas (Repar), Alberto Pasqualini (Refap) and Gabriel Passos (Regap) refineries in the company’s divestment software.  

“The system of protecting the key refineries and guaranteeing structural adjustments in these vegetation stays, specially aimed at growing the creation capability of S-10 diesel and the commencing of the formulation of R5 diesel, which counts on 5% of renewable diesel through co-processing,” Bruno Cordeiro, market place intelligence analyst at StoneX, explained to BNamericas. 

The analyst said Petrobras seemingly intends to keep the fuel import parity cost policy (PPI), which pairs domestic charges with international market selling prices. 

“The problem is regardless of whether they will sustain the technique seen in modern months of readjusting charges with considerably less depth, creating lags in relation to the global market place, or irrespective of whether this coverage will be reformulated,” Cordeiro extra.  

Gas AND Electric Electrical power

In the spot of fuel and electric powered power, the 2023-27 program highlights the continuity of the commercialization technique for Petrobras’ own gas, with actions aligned to the improves in potential ensuing from investments in infrastructure expansion and the provide of organic gasoline. 

Petrobras’ gas treatment ability is projected to increase from the present 66Mm3/d to 84Mm3/d, in essence through the new processing unit that will start off operations in 2024 at Gaslub. 

In the meantime, the company’s regasification ability will be decreased from 57Mm3/d to 50Mm3/d. 

In terms of thermal electrical power, Petrobras plans to have era capacity of 3.6GWa by way of high performance gasoline-fired plants by 2027 and 5.1GWa by 2030, down from the latest 5.6GWa. The 2022-26 prepare stipulated 4GWa capacity in 2026. 

Product sales AND LOGISTICS

The plan states that the commercialization and logistics spot will intensify operations in strategic marketplaces in Brazil, whilst continuing to expand and bolster its functions in international markets by attracting new prospects and trying to find the finest options to greatly enhance the worth of Petrobras’ oil and derivative solutions. 

One more focus is the optimization of logistics infrastructure with the removal of bottlenecks in the flow of products and solutions and oil, optimization of inventories, and reduction in the fleet’s emissions. The area’s capex foreseen below the approach is US$1.6bn.


In the 2023-27 small business system, investments of US$4.4bn are prepared for the company’s minimal carbon initiatives: US$3.7bn in assignments that contribute to decarbonization initiatives of the functions (scopes 1 and 2) US$600mn in biorefining initiatives (renewable diesel and aviation biokerosene) and US$100mn in investigation and improvement for new competencies.

The Petrobras carbon neutral software and the decarbonization fund were bolstered in the new system, with a funds of US$600mn, up from the earlier plan’s US$248mn.

Meanwhile, Petrobras intends to develop its reports in the new firms of offshore wind electricity, hydrogen and carbon seize, in addition to biorefining.


To make improvements to operational effectiveness, return on money and money technology to make new investments additional in line with the firm’s tactic, Petrobras intends to divest concerning US$10bn and US$20bn well worth of property in the 5-year interval.

Mahatma Santos, a researcher at Brazilian petroleum studies institute Ineep, said the announcement of the sale of the Isaac Sabbá (Reman) refinery, also on Wednesday, and the new business enterprise plan reaffirm the current strategic orientation of Petrobras. 

“Once yet again, the concentration on worth technology and big dividend payments in the small term is reaffirmed, as perfectly as the continuity of the company’s disinvestment and deverticalization approach, with a potent concentration on E&P, in particular manufacturing development,” he informed BNamericas. 

Santos claimed that in spite of the capex expansion, the US$78bn is still lessen than in the 2019-23 small business plan, which exhibits that the business has an exclusively brief-expression eyesight, prioritizing superior dividends and credit card debt reduction.  

“Between January 2021 and September 2022, Petrobras dispersed to shareholders US$53.7bn, 70% of the capex now introduced for the up coming five years,” he stressed.  

Santos also considers the US$4.4bn capex for the environmental spot as well timid and far too centered on decarbonization of its things to do. 

“The current management appears to be to be transferring the accountability of making a business prepare that has as its object the power transition to the following administration of the corporation,” he claimed.

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