Petrobras’ Executive Board Approves Sale of Stake in Cherne and Barre Fields

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(Petrobras, 17.Apr.2024) — Petrobras said its Executive Board approved the sale of its entire stake in the Cherne and Bagre fields, located in shallow waters in the Campos Basin, to Perenco Petróleo e Gás do Brasil Ltda. Production from the two fields was interrupted in March 2020 and the respective platforms have been mothballed ever since.

The amount to be received by Petrobras from the transaction is $10mn, of which $1mn shall be paid on the date the contract is signed for the assignment of the assets and the remainder at the closing of the transaction, subject to the adjustments provided for in the contract.

The transfer of these fields to Perenco offers the prospect of production being resumed by the new operator, making it a more advantageous alternative for Petrobras compared to the option of decommissioning the facilities and relinquishment of the concessions to the ANP. At the same time, this transaction will allow Petrobras to direct its investments in the E&P segment towards assets that are more in line with the company’s strategy, which involves, among other factors, the increasing decarbonization of operations.

There will be no loss or transfer of any Petrobras employees as a result of the transfer of the assets, since the majority of individuals associated to the assets have already been relocated to other company activities. The workforce required to maintain the mothballed assets until closing, will be subsequently integrated into other Petrobras operations after the asset transfer is completed.

This disclosure is in accordance with Petrobras’ internal rules and applicable legislation.

The signing of the contracts for the assignment and the subsequent stages will be disclosed to the market in due course.

About Cherne and Bagre fields

The Cherne and Bagre fields were acquired through the National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency‘s (ANP) Zero Bid Round. The fields are located in the Campos Basin, 73km off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, in water depths ranging from 108m to 150m. Until production ceased in March 2020, the Cherne and Bagre fields produced through the PCH-1 and PCH-2 platforms, which are currently mothballing. In May 2022, the process for returning the Cherne and Bagre concessions was initiated with the ANP, and Petrobras began planning for the decommissioning of the production facilities associated with these fields.

About Perenco

Perenco Petróleo e Gás do Brasil Ltda is a subsidiary of Perenco S.A., one of the largest independent oil and gas companies, with operations in 14 countries. In Brazil, Perenco has been operating the Carapeba, Pargo and Vermelho fields, located in shallow waters in the Campos Basin, since 2019.


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