This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Mar 3, 2005.
Financing PDET Project
(Rio de Janeiro, March 02, 2005). PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S/A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA], a Brazilian international energy company, announces that today in New York, it signed contracts worth US$ 910 million for financing the implementation of its Director Plan for Flow and Treatment of Oil for Campos Basin (PDET), contemplating the constitution of assets for flowing the oil production of 5 of Petrobras platforms located in the Campos Basin, at Roncador, Marlim Sul and Marlim Leste fields.
The PDET project, forecast to start commercial operations in December 2006, envisages the construction and installation of a fixed jacket-type platform (PRA-1), 2 mono-buoys, connected to PRA-1 through sub-sea oil lines, and other ancillary equipment. This project will allow the supply of shuttle tankers, to be connected to PRA-1, that will deliver the oil produced on P-51, P-52, P-53, P-55 and RO-4 platforms to Petrobras coastal terminals and, from there, to the Brazilian refineries, or directly for exporting to other countries.
The financing closed today (14-year tenor, including 2 years of grace period) contemplates 100% of the demand for finance resources to implement the project (around US$ 910 million), and is provided by the following sources: Japan Bank for International Cooperation JBIC (US$ 491,4 million), a consortium between Mitsubishi Corporation and Marubeni Corporation (US$ 91 million) and a pool of commercial banks, with insurance from Nippon Export and Investment Insurance NEXI (US$ 327,6 million), comprising 12 international institutions (Mizuho Corporate Bank, ABN Amro Bank, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, UFJ Bank, HSBC, Hypo Vereinsbank, Santander/BANESPA, ANZ Banking Group, WestLB, Calyon and Sumitomo Trust).
It is estimated that with the implementation of the project, around 8,000 direct jobs will be created in Brazil during the phase of construction of the assets, including the 2 mono-buoys, the platform, its jacket and modules, and that the Brazilian content in equipment and services will be around 65% of the total cost.
Inserted in Petrobras strategy for a continuous growth of its oil production countrywide, PDET project will increase the flow capacity of the oil produced in Campos Basin up to 630,000 barrels a day, decisively contributing to allow the Company to fulfill the Brazilian oil demand and to export the surplus.
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A PETROBRAS
Investor Relations Department
Raul Adalberto de Campos Executive Manager
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Date: March 2, 2005
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