Total and Petrobras join forces in ‘key areas’

Brazilian state-owned oil giant Petrobras and French oil company Total have agreed to cooperate on upstream as well as downstream projects in Brazil and internationally. 

According to Total’s statement on Monday, Pedro Parente, CEO of Petrobras, and Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total, signed on Monday, in Rio de Janeiro, a Memorandum of Understanding which sets the general framework for a Strategic Alliance covering Upstream and Downstream activities in Brazil as well as international potential opportunities.

Through this agreement, the companies undertake to join forces in some key areas of mutual interest and to evaluate opportunities in Brazil and abroad to jointly benefit from their expertise on all segments of the oil and gas value chain.

As a first phase of implementation, the companies intend to focus on Upstream and on Gas and Power.

In Upstream, Petrobras will propose Total to partner in projects in Brazil and Total will propose Petrobras to partner in opportunities outside Brazil. Total said that this new partnership will allow both companies to combine their experience and expertise in deep water development to optimize the production and jointly develop this strategic area of activity in Brazil and in other high-potential oil and gas provinces, as well as sharing costs and risks in projects with high investment and complexity.

In Downstream, the companies will be working to develop joint activities in the gas and power generation in Brazil.

The memorandum also states that the cooperation will be extended, in a second phase, to a broader cooperation in Brazil focused on all downstream segments.

Currently, Petrobras and Total are jointly participating in 15 consortiums worldwide in exploration and production, nine of which are in Brazil and six abroad. In Brazil, the companies are partners in the development of the giant Libra area which is the first production sharing contract in the Brazilian pre-salt in Santos basin.

Outside Brazil, Petrobras and Total are partners on the Chinook field in the US Gulf of Mexico, on the deep-water Akpo field in Nigeria, and on the gas fields of San Alberto and San Antonio/Itau in Bolivia, as well as in the Bolivia-Brazil gas pipeline.

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