This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Mar 31, 2009.
Description of the activities of the subsidiaries
a) Petrobras Química S.A. - Petroquisa
It holds interests in companies whose purpose is the manufacture, trading, distribution, transport, importing and exporting of products of the chemical and petrochemical industries and it provides technical and administrative services related to the abovementioned activities.
b) Petrobras Distribuidora S.A. - BR Distribuidora
It operates in the area of distribution, trading and further processing of products and by products of petroleum, alcohol, energy and other fuels.
c) Petrobras Gás S.A. - Gaspetro
It holds interests in companies that operate with the transport of natural gas, the transmission of data, voice and image signals through cable and radio telecommunications systems and it also provides technical services related to these activities. It also holds interests in a number of state gas distributors, exercising shared control which is consolidated in proportion to its stake in the capital.
d) Petrobras Transporte S.A. - Transpetro
It carries out, either directly or through a subsidiary, operations for bulk transport and storage of oil and oil products and gas in general, through its own pipelines, terminals and vessels or those of third parties.
e) Downstream Participações Ltda.
It holds interests in companies that operate in the refining segment.
f) Petrobras International Finance Company - PifCo
It carries out trading activities for oil and oil products abroad; it intermediates the purchase and sale of oil and oil products and materials for companies of the Petrobras System and it raises funds abroad.
g) Petrobras Internacional Braspetro B.V. - PIB BV
It holds interests in companies that operate abroad with research, drilling, further processing, trading, transport, storage, importing and exporting of oil and oil products, as well as providing services and other activities related to the various segments of the oil industry.
h) Braspetro Oil Services Company - Brasoil
Its corporate purpose is to provide services in all the areas of the oil industry, as well as in the trading of oil and oil products.
i) Petrobras Netherlands B.V. - PNBV
It operates, directly or through subsidiaries, in the purchase, sale, lease, renting or chartering of materials, equipment and platforms for oil and gas exploration and production.
j) 5283 Participações Ltda.
It is a Brazilian limited liability company with its headquarters in the city of Rio de Janeiro and its corporate purpose is to hold interests in the capital of other companies.
k) Petrobras Negócios Eletrônicos S.A. - E-PETRO
It holds interests in the capital of companies whose corporate purposes are activities carried out through internet or electronic means.
l) Braspetro Oil Company - BOC
Its corporate purpose is to foster research, drilling, further processing, trading, transport, storage, importing and exporting of oil and oil products, as well as providing services and other activities related to the various segments of the oil industry.
m) Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário RB Logística - FII
Its corporate purpose is to make feasible the construction of four administrative buildings in Macaé through issuing through Rio Bravo Securitizadora S.A. Real Estate Receivables Certificates that are pegged to leasing credit rights with Petrobras.
Termorio S.A.; FAFEN Energia S.A.; Baixada Santista Energia Ltda.; Termomacaé Ltda.; SFE - Sociedade Fluminense de Energia Ltda.; Termoceará Ltda.; Termobahia S.A.; Ibiritermo S.A.; and Usina Termelétrica de Juiz de Fora S.A.
The corporate purpose of this group of companies is the implementation and commercial exploitation of thermal electric power stations, some of which have cogeneration processes and all of which are located in Brazil and use natural gas as a fuel for generating electric power.
They are composed of thermoelectric power stations with an installed potential, or in the final stage of installation, of 3.4 GW (unaudited), and this capacity is sold through auctions of the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL), agreements for selling power and exports.
o) Electric power traders
Petrobras Comercializadora de Energia Ltda. - PBEN; and Termomacaé Comercializadora de Energia Ltda. - TMC
These traders centralize the management of the portfolio for purchase and sale of electric power of the Petrobras System and they are responsible for the sale of electric power of the generating assets of the Petrobras System and eventual purchase of electric power from the market.
p) Alvo Distribuidora de Combustíveis Ltda.
Is a limited company, the corporate purpose of which is the importing, exporting, temporary storage, further processing, sale, transport and distribution of oil and oil products and other related products, including tires, batteries and automobile accessories, as well as the respective equipment, facilities, fixtures and machinery for this line of business in general, of local or foreign origin, and it may provide correlated services and even carry out any accessory activities.
q) Petrobras Biocombustível S.A.
Its corporate purpose is to develop the production of ethanol, biodiesel and any other correlated or similar products and the generation of electric power associated with its operations, and it may also exploit all these activities through holding interests in other companies, as well as fostering the integration of various departments of the Company around the theme of biofuels.
r) Refinaria Abreu e Lima S.A.
It is a closely held joint stock company and its corporate purpose is the construction and operation of an oil refinery in Ipojuca in the state of Pernambuco, as well as refining, processing, trading, importing, exporting and transporting oil and oil products, correlated products and biofuels.
s) Ipiranga Asfalto
Its main activity is the manufacture and trading of emulsions and products derived from asphalts in general, chemical products, anticorrosives, detergents, lubricating oils and greases and products derived from mineral coal.
t) Córdoba Financial Services Gmbh - CFS
A limited liability company with its head office in Vienna, Austria and its corporate purpose is to hold interests in the capital of other companies in Austria and abroad. Cordoba is the sole shareholder of World Fund Financial Services (WFFS), a company established under the laws of the Cayman Islands, and its corporate purpose is to operate outside the Cayman Islands in banking and financial operations.