Auctions can raise R $18 billion

The Secretary of Petroleum, Natural gas and biofuels of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Márcio Félix, informed the Estadão/Broadcast that this year the government will raise at least r $18 billion with auctions of oil and gas areas, already including the R $8 billion Obtained in the 15th round of bids, held on the last 29th.

The account does not take into account the realization of the auction of the surplus of the costly transfer – area ceded by the government to Petrobras in exchange for shares of the company in an indirect operation held in 2010 – which still depends on negotiations in progress with Petrobras. According to Felix, the auction of the onerous assignment may occur in September of this year.

According to the secretary, even without the auction of the costly assignment, "this will be the best result of all time" for the government in the history of auctions carried out by the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), initiated in 1999.

Yesterday, the Secretary informed by the social networks that the MME will ask the National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) to perform another auction under the sharing scheme, in addition to the fourth round scheduled for June, to sell the two blocks withdrawn by the Court of Accounts of the Union (TCU) on the eve of the 15th round of bids and the prospectus Saturn, in the Subsalt polygon of the Santos basin.

The previous estimate of the government was to raise R $3.5 billion this year, without the auction of the costly assignment, but the success of the auction of the 29th showed a great appetite of the major international oil companies for petroleum in Brazil, which led to the revision of values Explained Felix.

The auction of the onerous assignment depends on a negotiation between Petrobras and the Union, which is underway, but comes to the value of the oil that will be used to make the meeting of accounts between the two parties. According to the Minister of Mines and Energy, Fernando Coelho, who leaves office on Thursday, Petrobras has money to receive from the government. The volume that will be sold depends on the negotiations with Petrobras, which has the right to exploit up to 5 billion barrels of oil in the area. Source: Estadão.

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