This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Mar 18, 2005.
(i) Acquisition of Eletrobolt Thermoelectric Plant
On August 13, 2004, the Board of Directors of PETROBRAS approved the financial conditions previously agreed with a consortium of 17 commercial banks, necessary for the definitive transfer of property to the Eletrobolt Thermoelectric plant, located in Seropédica, Rio de Janeiro State, to PETROBRAS. This plant, with nominal capacity of 388 MW, is one of the three merchant type plants with which PETROBRAS executed agreements between 2001 and 2002, containing a contingent payment clause referring to taxes, charges, operating and maintenance costs, and investment (capacity), in case the plant does not generate sufficient revenue to cover these items.
On December 17, 2004, the Board of Directors of PETROBRAS approved the terms and conditions for the completion of the acquisition of Sociedade Fluminense de Energia SFE, owner of Termoelétrica Eletrobolts assets, for R$ 164 million to be paid in one lump sum. The related documentation is expected to be signed in the first quarter of 2005, when SFEs quotas will be actually transferred to PETROBRAS and the related payment will be made.
The termination of Eletrobolt consortium and all contracts arising therefrom caused all the contingency payments in connection with Contingency Contributions to be ceased.