This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed May 31, 2005.
Memorandum of Understanding for Exports of Ethanol
A memorandum of understanding was also signed with Companhia Vale do Rio Doce and the Japanese corporation, Mitsui, with the purpose to study the possibility of reducing, in Brazil, the logistical costs of exporting Brazilian ethanol to the Japanese market, making it an economic and sustainable solution for reducing the Japanese dependence on oil.
The use of alcohol will allow Japan to comply with its commitments following the signature of the Kyoto Protocol. For Brazil, the implementation of this specific infrastructure for ethanol may act as a key incentive for increasing the output of this renewable fuel for the export market. It also implies considerable further possible gains for the Brazilian trade balance together with a reduction in the emissions of pollutants, which affect the ozone layer.
With this new project, Brazil will be increasing its contribution to expanding beyond its frontiers, domestically produced ethanol, the biggest initiative ever in the world of an industry already installed for producing a renewable alternative to fossil-based automotive fuels.
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A PETROBRAS
Investor Relations Department
Raul Adalberto de Campos Executive Manager
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Date: May 27, 2005
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