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Petrobras can now build hull abroad and Brazilian naval industry takes a heavy blow

Paulo Nogueira
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05-10-2017 17:43:48
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ANP releases Petrobras




The ANP has just exempted Petrobras from building pound hulls in Brazil because the cost here is 40% more expensive. Unions protest.

[supsystic-social-sharing id='1′]Petrobras managed to get the ANP (National Agency for Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels) to release it from the national local content rules for the libra field, in the pre-salt layer. The Brazilian naval sector soon mobilized in protests and will provide resources to try to reverse this situation, which is at the forefront of this battle is Sérgio Bacci, vice president of Sinaval.

What happens, yesterday(4), the ANP decided to release Petrobras to contract services for the construction of FPSO hulls in the Campo de Libra project anywhere in the world, that is, as building abroad is much cheaper than in Brazil because of the tax burden, naturally the state-owned company will want to build this and other projects abroad, more precisely in China, where the economy exceeds 40%.

According to Sinaval's deputy, the issue is that no body consulted any shipyards to find out if they would be able to build this hull or not. The union requested all documentation from the Libra Consortium to understand why and what was the basis that the ANP used to make this decision without consultation. After the technical evaluation, Bacci will take the appropriate legal measures to reverse this situation.


Petrobras, in an official statement, said that it is happy with the ANP's decision because, consequently, this attitude will bring competitiveness to the Brazilian oil industry.

It doesn't pay to build in Brazil

In April this year, a public hearing was held regarding the flexibility of local content, Petrobras said that if it fully complied with all the rules, producing oil in the Libra Field would be 40% more expensive. She also stressed that this is a consequence of the large tax burden that the country (Brazil) imposes on the oil companies besieged here. In China, for example, labor fines and taxes on services are much more affordable, unlike in Brazil. Source: G1

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Paulo Nogueira
With technical training, I worked in the offshore oil and gas market for a few years. Today, my team and I are dedicated to bringing information from the Brazilian energy sector and the world, always with credible and up-to-date sources.