Petrobras Heads for Two-Month Enterprise Plan Evaluate Below Lula

(Bloomberg) — Petrobras’ new administration ought to perform a two-month assessment of the oil large’s marketing strategy to convey it extra into line with Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s wider coverage objectives, based on suggestions from Lula’s transition group.

The power specialists who labored on Lula’s transition concluded that Petrobras’ present $78 billion five-year strategic plan was inadequate to construct out priorities akin to refining and biofuels, based on an individual aware of the group’s formal coverage suggestions.

The group additionally requires congress to approve a stabilization fund to ease value shocks throughout occasions akin to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the framework prepared in about three months, the particular person mentioned. The suggestions might nonetheless be modified earlier than they’re despatched to the mines and power ministry for formal consideration, the particular person mentioned.

Mauricio Tolmasquim, the top of the transition group’s power and mining group, declined to touch upon what its formal suggestions could be.

The refinery investments are geared towards urgently lowering Brazil’s reliance on imported diesel and gasoline, and a nationwide plan might embody each Petrobras-run and personal amenities. The group additionally suggests having the Mines and Vitality Ministry, state improvement financial institution BNDES, and the Business Ministry work on a refining enlargement plan with Petrobras.

Lula has referred to as for Petrobras to take a position extra to arrange for the power transition and for Brazil to turn out to be self-sufficient in refining, a dramatic shift from present insurance policies that concentrate on maximizing earnings from large, deep-water oil fields and divesting from much less worthwhile companies.

Buyers predict Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as it’s formally identified, to spice up investments and erode what has been a document dividend funds, and shares have fallen about 30% since he was elected on Oct. 30.

Lula’s transition group for power included the 2 primary contenders to turn out to be Petrobras’ subsequent chief government — Jean Paul Prates, a senator with Lula’s Employees’ Get together, and Magda Chambriard, a former head of Brazil’s oil regulator, referred to as the ANP.

The suggestions will probably be despatched to Brazil’s subsequent mines and power minister, who Lula has not appointed but, for a choice on adopting the measures.

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