Petrobras (PBR) Stock Higher on Possible Changes to Brazil's Oil Rules
Brazil energy minister Eduardo Braga said the government is in talks to change its oil regulations, but new rules would take effect after the October auction of exploration and production concessions, Reuters added.
Brazil's government is also discussing a 2010 law requiring Petrobras to be the operator and own a minimum of a 30% stake in all new exploration and development in an offshore region known as the Subsalt Polygo, Reuters noted.
Last week, Vale (VALE) CEO Murilo Ferreira became chairman of the beleaguered state-owned energy company.
My Newest Predictions for Oil Prices Dr. Kent Moors
Expectations are changing. The support for slowly rising prices is being built in.
Don?t expect a frantic run to triple-digit-per-barrel prices. But I?ve got a revised estimate.
Previously, my estimate for West Texas Intermediate (WTI, the New York crude oil futures contract benchmark) had been $60-$65 and $70-$75. For Dated Brent (the London benchmark), I gave $70-$73 and $78-$82. Brent is the more widely used benchmark internationally and is more sensitive to international unrest (such as the Arab Spring II underway in the Middle East). It trades as a premium to WTI.
But now I am predicting that WTI should be $65-$68 per barrel by the end of July and $73-$78 by the end of 2015. Brent should come in at $75-$78 for July and $82-$85 by December 31.
Now, it is not necessary for these prices to rise quickly for us to make some nice money by investing in selected stocks. As I told my Energy Inner Circle members this morning, there are currently 27 stocks on my tracking and trigger lists that are up double digits for the month.
Oil?s trajectory is shaping up to be in a ?ratcheting? pattern. This is the term I have used for years when referring to a pricing adjustment that is moving up overall but with intermittent declines and bouts with volatility.
Crude prices are rising, albeit along this restrained path. That?s fine with us. A stable rise is always a good way to make money.
Petrobras says it plans lawsuits to recoup $440 mln in graft
May 8 Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA plans to sue five construction and engineering firms and their senior executives to recover about 1.3 billion reais ($440 million) lost in a corruption scandal, the company said Friday.
"In addition to these suits there will be other suits against other companies and other contracts in concert with advancing investigations," she said.
The lawsuits will be part of a plan to win back at least 6 billion reais ($2 billion) written off against Petrobras' 2014 earnings.
Der von einem Korruptionsskandal erschütterte brasilianische Ölkonzern Petrobras kommt langsam wieder auf die Beine. Das staatseigene Unternehmen wies am Freitag für das abgelaufene Quartal einen überraschend hohen Gewinn aus.
Nachdem im Schlussvierteljahr 2014 noch einen Rekordverlust von fast neun Milliarden Dollar angefallen war, stand nun ein Überschuss von 1,8 Milliarden Dollar zu Buche. „Das Ergebnis war sehr positiv“, erklärte Finanzchef Ivan Monteiro....
Brazil's Petrobras expects stable fuel imports in Q2 on biofuel use
Brazilian state-led oil company Petrobras expects second-quarter fuel imports to stabilize at first-quarter levels due to greater use of biofuels....
In Q1, imports of oil products fell 19% on the year to 345,000 b/d, Petrobras said....
Imports are lower because of sluggish economic activity in Latin America's largest economy and increased use of biofuels
"The trend for gasoline imports is expected to continue to fall because of the increased consumption of ethanol, but it will also depend on consumers' appetite for buying ethanol,"
The increase in biodiesel mandate is also reducing the need for diesel imports to power Brazil's massive agriculture sector...
Reduced imports should have a positive affect on Petrobras' balance sheet.
Petrobras' refining division lost more than $20 billion in 2011-2014 because it subsidized fuel imports for the government, which is the company's controlling shareholder.
RNEST OUTPUT STILL LIMITED !
The new Refinaria do Nordeste, or RNEST, is also still running at reduced capacity as the company awaits bids to install anti-air-pollution equipment at the new processing unit...
Petrobras needs to complete installation of the so-called SNOX unit, which removes sulfur, nitrogen and other oxides.
RNEST's first processing train has installed capacity to produce 115,000 b/d of refined products.
A decision on completion of the second 115,000 b/d processing train, which would bring RNEST's capacity to 230,000 b/d, will be announced when Petrobras completes work on its 2015-2019 investment plan in thefirst half of June, Ramos said.
Rnest is a key cog in Petrobras' efforts to reduce imports, especially of diesel and gasoline. About 70% of RNEST's 230,000 b/d capacity will be diesel.
Petrobras had estimated that imports would drop by 100,000 b/d when the refinery reached full capacity.
Wo und wieviel von was bereits verkauft wurde weiß ich nicht genau.
Weiß nur daß die ihre pre-salt Vorkommen weiter ausbauen wollen,
die südlich vor der bras. Küste liegen und wo geschätzte 50 Milliarden barrel
drauf warten gefördert zu werden.
Auch lesenswert diese Pressekonferenz von gestern, wo alle wichtigen Köpfe von Petrobas
verteten waren um Fragen von Analysten zu beantworteten :
....between 2010 and 2014, we’ve had a reduction of 54% in the time needed for well drilling and completion.....
.....we see the lifting cost, $9 per barrel in the pre-salt layer, way below Petrobras’ average and again below the average of other world-class producers, about $15....
....As you can see, in 2012, we were able to interconnect 42 wells. In 2014, we doubled the number. And now in 2015, in the first quarter, we were able to interconnect 22 wells, 14 producing wells and 8 wells. And we will interconnect another 47 until December, adding up to 69 wells interconnected in 2015....
Operating highlights in this quarter, our total oil and natural gas production reached 2.8 million boed, 11% therefore higher than the average in the first quarter 2014. Let me also highlight,our pre-salt layer production in March reached a record level of 672,000 bpd. But in April, we hit a new record, 715,000 barrels per day.
Kann man so einen brasilianischen Bluechip bereits als Junk bezeichnen, wie manche es tun?
ich habe mich eingelesen. Viele haben Bedenken und meinen, es könne zur Enteignung der Aktionäre kommen, wenn die brasilianische Regierung interveniert. Das ist schon fast ein Endzeit-Szenario. Aber genau deswegen ist es auch ein heißer Tipp.
Brazilian construction tycoon sentenced to 19 years in prison for Petrobras corruption scandal
The federal judge handling the Petrobras corruption cases sentenced the former vice president of Brazilian engineering firm Mendes Junior to 19 years and four months in prison for his role in the massive kickback scheme.
Wünschte die würden solchen korrupten Hunden hier in Deutschland, wenn sie verurteilt würden auch so hohe Strafen geben. Bei uns hätte der Mann max. 5 Jahre bekommen....und wär dann wegen guter Führung nach 3 1/2 Jahren draußen. Jedenfalls räumen die gut auf da drüben. Respekt Brazil !