(Rio de Janeiro, December 2, 2005). PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S/A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex:
XPBR/XPBRA], a Brazilian international energy company, announces that will be signed on Monday, 5 December, the contract for
the funding of US$ 402 million for the Brazilian content of the P-51 semi-submersible platform, which is being built in Brazil.
This has been granted by the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) to its subsidiary Petrobras Netherlands
The financing will be amortized over 10 years after the end of the construction period of the platform, which is scheduled for the last quarter of 2007.
The construction of the platform is being performed through three contracts: Engineering, Supply and Construction with the consortium FELS SETAL/TECHNIP; Construction and Assembly of the motor-compressors with Nuovo Pignone; and Construction and Assembly of the turbo-generators with Rolls Royce. These three contracts amount to approximately US$ 810 million. The P-51 will be one of the company platforms with the largest processing capacity. It will produce 180,000 barrels of petroleum daily, in the Marlim Sul Field in the Campos Basin, with operations due to start in 2008. The P-51 construction project estimates a global minimum national content, including assets and services, of 60% and a minimum assets content of 40%.
The BNDES financing is the main source of funds for the P-51 construction. At the same time there are others credit lines,
already agreed, with Banco BNP Paribas, guaranteed by the credit agencies for European exports and with the Nordic Investment
Bank, for the funding of the imported equipment for the platform. BNP Paribas will also be the mandatory financing bank of
The Marlim Sul Field was discovered in November 1987 and is located approximately 120 kilometers off shore the north of the state of Rio de Janeiro, in water depths ranging from 850 to 2,400 meters and covering an area of about 600 km2 . The current development concept for the field comprises four production stages, known as Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. Module 2 includes the installation of the P-51 in a water depth of 1,250 meters. The flow of the oil will be realized by an oil pipeline to a fixed platform in shallow waters, the Rebombeio Autônoma Platform 1 (PRA-1); an oil pipeline to the P-38 platform (a Floating Storage and Offloading vessel), located in the Marlim Sul Field; and an oil pipeline to the FPSO-MLS (a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel), also situated in the Marlim Sul Field. The gas produced will flow to land using two gas pipelines: one from P-51 to the P-40 platform, located in the Marlim Sul Field; and one from P-51 to the gas pipeline in the Barracuda Field.
Currently, the Marlim Sul Field has 57 wells in production and 42 Injectors. The production peak of 390,000 bpd should occur in 2013. The average oil production in 2004 was 179,000 bpd.
Since the entry into operation of the P-43 and P-48 platforms, Petrobras is close to national self-sufficiency in petroleum.
The average in 2005 should reach 1,700,000 barrels per day for a demand of approximately 1,800,000 barrels. By the first half
of 2006, Petrobras crude oil roduction should equal or even surpass the levels of internal consumption, with an average annual
forecast of 1,910,000 barrels per day.
This level will be sustainable and will rise due to the entry into operation of the P-51 and the 35 other major projects that the company has in its portfolio. These will allow annual increases in production, arriving at 2,300,000 barrels in 2010, without taking into account any future discoveries.