Petrobras announces that the consortium comprised of Petrobras (10%), Shell (20%), Total (20%), CNPC (10%) and CNOOC (10%) was the winner in the 1st Pre-salt bidding round held today by the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP). With this result, the consortium has acquired rights and obligations to the Libra block.
The exploration and production contract to be executed for this block will be under a production sharing framework in accordance with law no. 12,351, of December, 2010 which authorizes the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the pre-salt and other strategic areas.
As set forth under the law, the National Council for Energy Policy (Conselho Nacional de Política Energética - CNPE) established a 30% stake to be acquired directly by PETROBRAS. Therefore, with the auction results, Petrobras total participation in the consortium will be 40% and all its rights and obligations will be proportional to this stake.
The winning consortium offered 41.65% of the profit oil for the Federal Government. This percentage relates to the surplus in oil to be paid under a reference scenario of an oil price between $100.01 and $120.00 per barrel of oil and production per active producing well of between 10,000 and 12,000 barrels per day. This percentage will vary in accordance to international oil price and well productivity, as set forth in the table provided by ANP.
A signature bonus of R$ 15 billion is to be paid by the winning consortium in a single payment. Hence, the total amount payable by Petrobras is R$ 6 billion relative to its participation in the consortium.
The contract states that the block exploration phase will last four years. The minimum exploratory program, to be carried out during this period, includes 3D seismic for the whole block, 2 exploratory wells and 1 extended well test.
There are minimum local content requirements to be carried out in each phase of the project. For the exploration phase the minimum percentage of overall local content is 37%, in the development stage this percentage is 55% for systems with first oil until 2021 and 59% for those after 2022.
The Libra block is located in Santos Basin ultra deep waters in the pre-salt polygon and is considered a prospect of high potential. The total extension of the area is 1,547.76 km2 and was discovered by well 2-ANP-0002ARJS, drilled in 2010.
Petrobras highlights that recoverable oil volume estimates, costs, investments and schedule of the production systems of this block, will be progressively released in a timely manner, as the minimum exploration program is developed.
The Company believes that the integration of expertise and experience of the partners in Libra, especially Shell and Total, with their wide international activities in deepwater areas and by their long experience in managing the design and implementation of mega projects, will contribute significantly to achieving optimal results in implementing solutions for the production of Libra. The participation of the Chineses companies, CNPC and CNOOC, complements the requirements for a strong and active consortium, presented by the financial strength and by the history of previous relationships of Petrobras in other business areas with Chinese companies.
Petrobras affirms its confidence in the success of Libra development, supported by the expertise developed since 2006, with the discovery and implementation of the projects in the Pre-salt, with total currently production of 330,000 barrels of oil per day (bbl/d), as well as believes that Libra is one of the most promising accumulations of the Pre-salt area.
The actions and strategy in the bid were successful and consistent with the fundamentals of Petrobras 2013-2017 Business & Management Plan, focusing in capital discipline, integrated portfolio management and priority for oil and natural gas exploration & production in Brazil. The operational and financial targets of the 2013-2017 Business & Management Plan remain unchanged and will be revised in due course, when the incorporation of the parameters associated with the development of Libra. Petrobras reafirms its commitment to invest in new exploratory areas in Brazil for the renewal of its portfolio in order to ensure the sustainability of its future production of oil and natural gas.
Rio de Janeiro, October 21st, 2013
Almir Guilherme Barbassa
CFO and Investor Relations Officer
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobra