This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Aug 18, 2009.
This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Mar 4, 2008.
The Work Group produced the Report on the Certification of the Payment of the Special Participation in the Marlim Field, approved by the Full Board of Directors of the ANP, by means of Board Resolution 267/2006 of August 16, 2006 and circulated to Petrobras on August 18, 2006. The methodology used by Petrobras is the same as that contained in the report approved by the ANP.
In summary, the Report established the methodology to be applied with regard to the Special Participation in Marlim, and also determined that Petrobras make an additional payment in the amount of R$ 400.000, relating to underpayments by Petrobras as a result of having used the calculation method initially determined by the ANP.
Petrobras accepted the order of the ANP, on the grounds that the new methodology applied by the Work Group had not been applied retroactively, thus ensuring compliance with constitutional principles such as legal security and the perfect legal act.
A consequence of the additional payment was the settlement in full of the additional amounts charged, in accordance with the final decision at the highest level of decision-making at the ANP - its Full Board of Directors.
On July 18, 2007, Petrobras was notified of a new ANP Board Resolution stipulating the payment of further sums considered due, retroactively to 1998, annulling the earlier Board Resolution on August 16, 2006. Ordinance 10 of January 14, 1999 approved by Board Resolution 267/2006 of August 16, 2006, is legitimate and legal and therefore may not be revoked or annulled, under penalty of total violation of the above mentioned constitutional principles. Its annulment imparts total legal uncertainly, not only for Petrobras, but to all the concessionaires.
Petrobras filed a petition of writ of mandamus and obtained an injunction to suspend the charge of the differences with regard to the Special Participation mentioned in ANP Resolution No. 400/2007, until the legal proceedings, currently underway in the Federal Courts of Rio de Janeiro, are concluded. No decision has yet been handed down by the lower court.
The position of Petrobras legal counsel is that the expectation of disbursement of the amounts claimed is remote.