|Headquarters||Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil|
Pedro Parente, CEO|
Ivan de Souza Monteiro, CFO
|2.3 million barrels of oil equivalent (14,000,000 GJ) per day|
|Revenue||US$ 98.2 billion (2015)|
|-US$6.963 billion (2014)|
|-US$7.367 billion (2014)|
|Total assets||US$298.687 billion (2014)|
|Total equity||US$116.978 billion (2014)|
|Owner||Brazilian Government (64%)|
Number of employees
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. — Petrobras, more commonly known as simply Petrobras (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˌpɛtɾoˈbɾas]), is a semi-public Brazilian multinational corporation in the petroleum industry headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The company's name translates to Brazilian Petroleum Corporation — Petrobras.
The company was ranked #58 in the most recent Fortune Global 500 list.
- Refining, Transportation & Marketing – refining, logistics, transportation, trading operations, oil products and crude oil exports and imports and petrochemical investments in Brazil
- Exploration and Production – crude oil, NGL and natural gas exploration, development and production in Brazil
- Distribution – distribution of oil products, ethanol, biodiesel and natural gas to wholesalers and through the Petrobras Distribuidora S.A. retail network in Brazil
- Gas & Power – transportation and trading of natural gas and LNG, and generation and trading of electric power, and the fertilizer business
- International – exploration and production of oil and gas, refining, transportation and marketing, distribution and gas and power operations outside of Brazil
- Biofuels – production of biodiesel and its co-products and ethanol-related activities such as equity investments, production and trading of ethanol, sugar and the excess electricity generated from sugarcane bagasse
Production and reserves
As of 31 December 2014, the company had 8,112.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (4.9633×1010 GJ) of proved developed reserves and 4,599.7 million barrels of oil equivalent (2.8140×1010 GJ) of proved undeveloped reserves in Brazil. Of these reserves, 62.7% were located in the offshore Campos Basin. The largest growth prospect for the company is the Lula oil field in the Santos Basin.
Reserves held outside of Brazil accounted for 8.4% of production in 2014. The majority of these reserves are in South America; the company has assets in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
The Brazilian government directly owns 54 percent of Petrobras' common shares with voting rights, while the Brazilian Development Bank and Brazil's Sovereign Wealth Fund (Fundo Soberano) each control 5 percent, bringing the State's direct and indirect ownership to 64 percent. The privately held shares are traded on BM&F Bovespa, where they are part of the Ibovespa index.
Corporate social responsibility
Petrobras was created in 1953 during the government of Brazilian president Getúlio Vargas under the slogan "The Oil is Ours" (Portuguese: "O petróleo é nosso") and was given a legal monopoly in Brazil.
Petrobras began processing oil shale in 1953, developing Petrosix technology for extracting oil from oil shale. An industrial size retort began processing shale in the 1990s. In 2006, Petrobras claimed that this industrial retort had a design capacity to process 260 tonnes/hour of oil shale.
The company's growth was halted by the 1973 oil crisis. The entire country was affected, and the "Brazilian miracle", a period when annual GDP growth exceeding 10%, ended. Petrobras nearly went bankrupt.
In 1974, the company discovered an oil field in the Campos Basin. This discovery boosted its finances and helped it restructure nationwide.
In 1975, the Brazilian Government temporarily allowed foreign operators in Brazil and Petrobras signed contracts with foreign companies to explorate for more oilfields in Brazil.
The company was also affected by the 1979 energy crisis, although it was not nearly as bad as in 1973.
In 1994, Petrobras placed into service Petrobras 36, the world's largest oil platform. The platform sunk after an explosion in 2001 and was completely lost.
In 1997, the government approved Law N.9.478, which broke Petrobras's monopoly and allowed for competitors to develop Brazil's oilfields. The Brazilian government also created the National Petroleum Agency (Agência Nacional do Petróleo, ANP), responsible for the regulation and supervision of activities in the petroleum industry, and the National Council of Energy Policies, a public agency responsible for the development of public energy policy.
Also in 1997, Petrobras reached the mark of producing 1 million barrels (160,000 m3) per day. The company also executed agreements with other Latin American governments and began operations outside of Brazil.
In 2002, Petrobras acquired the Argentine company Perez Companc Energía (PECOM Energía S.A.) from the Perez Companc family and its foundation, for $1.18 billion. This acquisition included assets in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. The company had 1.1 billion barrels of crude oil reserves and production of 181 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (1,110,000 GJ) per day.
In 2003, on its 50-year anniversary, Petrobras surpassed 2 million barrels of oil equivalent (12,000,000 GJ) of daily production.
On 1 May 2006, after the Bolivian gas conflict, Bolivia's president Evo Morales announced the nationalization of all gas and oil fields in the country and ordered the occupation of all fields by the Bolivian Army. On 4 May 2006, Petrobras cancelled a major future investment plan in Bolivia as a result of the nationalization. The Bolivian Government demanded an increase in the royalty payments made by foreign petroleum companies to 82%, but wound up settling for a 50% royalty interest.
In 2007 and 2008, Petrobras made several major oil discoveries including the Lula oil field (formerly known as the Tupi field), the Jupiter field, and the Sugar Loaf field, all in the Santos Basin, 300 km from the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The oil fields were discovered by partnerships that include Petrobras, Royal Dutch Shell, and Galp Energia. However, estimates of reserves in these new fields varied widely.
In January 2009, the P-51 Platform, the first semisubmersible platform built entirely in Brazil, started production in the Campos Basin. The platform is capable of producing up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day.
In February 2009, China agreed to supply Petrobras with US$10 billion in loans. In exchange, Petrobras agreed to supply 60,000-100,000 barrels of oil per day to a subsidiary of Sinopec and 40,000-60,000 barrels of oil per day to PetroChina.
In 2012, Petrobras handed back permits that it had to explore offshore New Zealand.
In July 2013, a worker strike action shut down production at several of the company's oil platforms.
It emerged in September 2013 that the US government had been allegedly spying on Petrobras after Organizações Globo reported the claims on national television. The information was reportedly provided by US journalist Glenn Greenwald. Petrobras announced that it was investing R$21 billion over five years to improve its data security.
In 2014, Petrobras set a new company record for average daily production of 2.863 million barrels of oil equivalent (17,520,000 GJ).
Operation Car Wash and related protests in Brazil
In 2014, the largest corruption scandal in the history of Brazil, centered around Petrobras, was uncovered. According to the investigation, a small number of top Petrobras officials colluded with an organized cartel of 16 companies to overcharge Petrobras for construction and service work and these top officials received bribes and kickbacks. Petrobras officials have pegged the total of all bribes at nearly $3 billion. As of August 2015, 117 indictments have been issued, 5 politicians have been arrested, and criminal cases have been brought against 13 companies. Brazilian president Dilma Rouseff, who promised to reduce corruption during her election campaign, and former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, both of whom served on the board of directors of Petrobras during the scandals, have both been blamed. This has sparked protests in Brazil.
In 2008, the Spanish consultancy firm Management and Excellence acknowledged Petrobras as the world's most sustainable oil company.
|March 1975||6 million||Guanabara Bay|
|October 1983||1.5 – 3 million||Bertioga|
|August 1989||690,000||São Sebastião|
|January 1994||350,000 – 400,000||Campos Basin|
|May 1994||2.7 – 3.1 million||São Sebastião|
|March 1997||600,000 – 2.8||Guanabara Bay|
|October 1998||1 – 1.5 million||São José dos Campos|
|January 2000||1.3 million||Guanabara Bay|
|March 2000||7,250||São Sebastião|
|July 2000||4 million||Barigui Iguaçu Rivers|
|August 2000||1,800||Rio Grande de Norte|
|August 2000||4,000||Angra dos Reis|
|November 2000||86,000||São Sebastião|
|March 2001||1.4 million||Campos Basin|
Petrobras in popular culture
- In the Speed Racer live-action movie, one of the cars featured is the "Green Energy", a biodiesel fueled racing car sponsored by Petrobras.
- Petrobras is the main sponsor of the Brazilian Série A.
- Petrobras was a secondary sponsor for the AT&T WilliamsF1 Team from 1998 to 2008 and has signed with Williams F1 again from 2014 onwards.
- Petrobras was a sponsor for Flamengo in Brazil from 1984 to 2009.
- The sauropod dinosaur Petrobrasaurus is named after this company.
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- Ethanol fuel in Brazil
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