This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Jun 19, 2009.
Clarification of recent news: Premium Refineries
Rio de Janeiro, June 18 2009 PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S/A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA, BCBA: APBR/APBRA], a Brazilian international energy company, in response to written notice received from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil CVM, CVM/SEP/GEA-2/No. 174/09 wishes to clarify the news published yesterday in the Brazilian Press, titled Petrobras negotiates stakes in projects in Ceará and Maranhão with Japanese.
The Company informs that its Downstream Officer, Paulo Roberto Costa, did not announce investment figures for the Maranhão and Ceará refineries. These projects were included in the 2009-2013 Business Plan, but in the current analysis phase it is not possible to determine the investment amount and the Company just announced the aggregate investment in downstream segment.
As informed in the Press Releases issued on March 13, 2009 and May 7, 2009, Petrobras has only executed Memorandums of Understandings (MOU) with Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) and with Mitsui & Co. LTD (Mitsui) to analyze the feasibility of executing the Maranhão and Ceará Refinery projects with the participation of these companies, but no final structure has been defined neither for the financing of the projects nor for the participation of third parties.
The Press Releases also explained that the MOUs were based on the interest of Mitsui and Marubeni to act as potential partner of the projects, what includes the possibility to participate as equity investors. The Downstream Officer statement about the possibility of the companies to have a stake of 30% in the refineries is just a possibility and is not a result of a negotiation with the companies. If the final structure considers an equity participation of Mitsui and Marubeni in the refineries, what would be in line with the Company expectations, Petrobras will announce it to the market.
The Company clarifies that it did not issue a Press Release about this potential participation of the Japanese companies in the Refineries Projects because it is just one of the possibilities that is being analyzed under the MOUs scope and it is important to emphasize that the MOUs do not create any obligation to the parties or any financial obligation to Petrobras. At this way, the Company understand that its Downstream Officer statement has no relevant impact on: (I) the quotes of the securities issued by the public company or indexed by them; (II) the investors decision to buy, sell or keep such securities; and (III) the investors decision to exercise any rights that are inherent to their condition as holders of securities issued by the Company or indexed by them, as determined by art. 2 of CVM Instruction 358/2002.
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Date: June 18, 2009
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