This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed May 22, 2009.
Clarifications about news: Investments in Turkey
(Rio de Janeiro, May 22, 2009). PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S/A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA, BCBA: APBR/APBRA], a Brazilian international energy company, clarifies some news published yesterday by the Brazilian press regarding the partnership with the Turkish national oil company to prospect oil and gas in Turkey.
Petrobras informs that, by means of its Petrobras Oil & Gas B.V. subsidiary, it signed today an agreement with Turkish national oil company, Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), ratifying the contract, which had originally been signed on April 30 2009, for the assignment of the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig charter to operate in the Black Sea. Petrobras chartered the rig from Ocean Rig on April 08 2009, for a 3-year term, to drill in the Black Sea.
Via the contract, Petrobras authorizes TPAO to use the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig to drill one of its wells in the Black Sea, with the possibility to extend the services to additional wells after drilling the Sinop well, which Petrobras is the operator for. The rig is expected to arrive in Turkey in late 2009, and drilling operations are slated to begin in the Sinop well in the first quarter of 2010.
Petrobras has been in Turkey since 2006, when it acquired 50% working interest in two blocks which are in the exploratory phase: blocks 3920, Kirklareli, and 3922, Sinop. The blocks are located in the Black Sea and are being explored in partnership with TPAO, which holds the remaining 50% interest of the blocks.
In the current exploratory phase, the contractual commitment foresees the drilling of an exploratory well in each block. Drilling operations are scheduled to begin in late 2009 for the well in block 3920, which is located in shallow waters, while in early 2010 for the well in block 3922, in deep waters.
The Company hereby states that no new exploration agreements were signed, and that it does not confirm the investment amounts that were published. The investments made in Turkey are foreseen in the Companys Strategic Planning, which calls for investments in the order of $15.9 billion in the international area in the upcoming 5 years. For Turkey, specifically, the Company expects to invest $ 270 million up to 2010.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: May 22, 2009
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