Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras, could introduce a new sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for the sale of the Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) pipeline, after a Brazilian Supreme Court injunction this past July stalled the sale.
Petrobras aspires to fetch some $7 billion through the sale of its 4500-km natural gas pipeline infrastructure and invest the proceeds in deep water plays in the Atlantic, which are considered more profitable investments. Before the injunction Petrobras negotiated with a consortium of France’s Engie and Canada’s Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ).
Earlier last month, Petrobras’ board approved a five-year investment plan comprising proposed investments worth around $84bn by 2023. These mainly focused on deepwater oil and gas exploration and production assets.
The Supreme Court injunction has cost Petrobras an estimated $10 billion. The French-Canadian consortium mentioned above will now have to present a new SPA to the market and allow time for counter offers from any other parties interested in buying TAG from Petrobras, the sources said.