Brazilian oil giant Petrobras opens bidding only for foreign companies

Petrobras has resumed the building work of Rio de Janeiro’s Petrochemical Complex (Comperj) and released a new bidding to build its natural gas unit, which will receive the gas produced in the bay of Santos, from 2020. According to the news outlet O Estado de S. Paulo, only non-Brazilian companies were invited to bid.

In total, 30 companies were invited to take part of the bidding. The list includes suppliers from different countries, such as China (Chalieco) and Australia (Energex Energy). Most of these companies are already operating in Brazil, but some of them don’t even have an office in the country.

According to a Petrobras spokesperson the motif came from federal departments relating to the fact that many large Brazilian construction companies are under investigation in the so called car-wash operation.

Petrobras depends on the construction of this new unit in order to transport the massive volume of gas which will be produced in Santos in three years time. Expected to be finalized by 2012, the project is well behind its scheduled. The bidding is evaluated in US$ 620 million.

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