This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed May 23, 2006.
Financing of REVAP Modernization Project
(Rio de Janeiro, May 23, 2006) - PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S/A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA, BCBA: APBR/APBRA], a Brazilian international energy company, announces that it will sign today in New York contracts to implement the construction of new units in the Henrique Lage Refinery (REVAP) and to obtain a finance amounting up to US$ 900 million to this project (the REVAP Modernization Project). REVAP is the Petrobras fourth largest refinery and it is located in the region of Vale do Paraíba, in the city of São José dos Campos, 90Km from São Paulo.
The REVAP Modernization Project is in line with the Strategic Plan of the Company, which indicates that Petrobras will adjust its refineries to increase the capacity of processing national oil. Moreover, the purpose of the REVAP Modernization Project is to increase the quantity of conversion of fuel oil in lighter petroleum derivates, to adjust the diesel oil output to the new domestic specifications, to initiate the refinerys coke trading business and to reduce emissions.
The funding will be used for the construction of a delayed coking unit, of a coke naphtha hydrotreater unit and of other auxiliary units. The works will begin in the second quarter of 2006 and the start-up is being scheduled to the first quarter of 2009. The company in charge of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction activities for those units will be Toyo Engineering Corporation.
The main lender of the project will be the Japan Bank for International Cooperation JBIC, being responsible for 54% of the credit facility granted (US$ 486 million). The project will also be funded with US$ 378 million granted by a syndicate of commercial banks established by Santander Banespa, Caylon Corporate and Investment Bank, Societe Generale, BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation SMBC, and with US$ 36 million provided by the Japanese Trading Companies Mitsui & Co, Ltd. and Itochu Corporation.
It is estimated that the implementation of the project will create around 11,500 direct jobs and 14,500 indirect jobs in Brazil, emphasizing PETROBRAS social commitment to sponsor the local workmanship qualification during the projects implementation in addition to the hiring of medium size companies to carry out the infrastructure works. In relation to the goods and services supplying, PETROBRAS and Toyo agreed in achieving around 80% of Brazilian content.
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A PETROBRAS
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Date: May 23, 2006
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