Last week, Brazil’s Petrobras announced that it has begun a process to sell off 90% of TAG (Transportadora Associada de Gas). The company, operated by Transpetro (a Petrobras subsidiary), owns the largest network of gas pipelines in the country. Covering the northern, northeastern and southeastern regions, it accounts for roughly 47% of Brazil’s gas infrastructure.
Aldemir Bendine, the former CEO of state-owned oil company Petrobras and state-owned bank Banco do Brasil, was arrested last week within the context of the Lava Jato Federal Police investigations. Bendine (see our Personality of the Week) is suspected of having received $3mn reais (roughly $1mn) in bribes from business executives of the construction conglomerate
On 22 June Petrobras CEO Pedro Parente stated that he will soon ask the board to deliberate on an IPO for the company’s distribution arm, BR Distribuidora. In statements later divulged in the local press, Parente stressed that the timing seems right for the move, given the significant number of IPOs in Brazil this year.
On 8 June the FUP – Brazil’s largest organization of oil unions – and a number of other leftist groups, such as the Main Workers’ Central (CUT) and the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) protested in Rio de Janeiro against the “privatization” of Petrobras. They also called for Parente’s resignation as well as those of all
Petrobras announced this week that CEO Pedro Parente’s tenure has been renewed for an additional two years to 2019. The decision was approved in a board meeting on 26 March. Parente took over as CEO in May 2016 following Aldemir Bendine’s resignation. Bendine, who had served as the head of the state-owned Banco do Brasil,
The FUP, which comprises 13 different unions in the oil sector, accepted an offer of an 8.57% salary increase last week, to be paid retroactively back to September. The unions and Petrobras management had been in negotiations over salary adjustments since September, and a brief strike in late December (that was called off after three
Petrobras CEO Pedro Parente announced last week that the company is planning to reinitiate the construction of the UPGN at Comperj. Thirty companies – all foreign – have been invited to participate in a procurement bid. According to Parente, the invitations were sent in the first week of January and did not include Brazilian companies