This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Jun 26, 2006.
(v) New projects off-shore
. Petrobras América Inc., company controlled by PETROBRAS based in Houston, Texas, acquired ten block in the American Gulf of Mexico sector in an auction sponsored by Minerals Management Service, an American regulatory agency. The block auctions include four prospects located in ultra-deep waters.
. On February 3, 2006, the PETROBRAS Administrative Council approved a purchasing and salleing agreement with Astra Oil Trading NV for the acquisition of 50% interest of the refinery Pasadena Refining System Inc. (PRSI), formerly Crown Refinery in Pasadena, Texas, for the approximate amount of US$ 370 million.
The PRSI refinery has a capacity for 100.000 bbl/day and is currently undergoing a moderization process in order to comply with the new environmental standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for gasoline.
With PETROBRAS entering as a partner in the enterprise, the refinery will be modified in order to process approximately 70.000 bbl/day of heavy oil and other batches, including production in the Marlim field. The refinerys operational modernization process should be completed in four years and all of the by-products to be produced will comply with the highest standards of quality adopted in the United States.
. PETROBRAS acquired two of the three blocks offered in the bidding process by the state-owned Company Turkýye Petollerý Anonýn Ortaklidi (TPAO) in Turkey, to explore and produce in deep waters in the Black Sea.
. The government of Equatorial Guinea in Western Africa approved PETROBRAS acquisition of 50% interest in the shared-control agreement for production in Block L located in deep waters in the Rio Muni bay.
. Petrobras Energia S.A. PESA, a company indirectly controlled by PETROBRAS, entered into an agreement together with the companies Energia Argentina S.A. ENARSA, YPF S.A. and Petrouruguay S.A. in order to establish a consortium that will have the objective of exploring, developing, exporting and commercializing hydrocarbons in two offshore areas located on the Argentine continental shelf at approximately 250 km west of the city of Mar del Plata in the province of Buenos Aires. PESA will have a 25% interest in the consortium and the companies ENARSA, YPF and Petrouruguay will have 35%, 35% and 5%, respectively.