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BPCL signs MoU with Brazil’s national oil firm to diversify oil sourcing

New Delhi: Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL), a state-run oil refiner, announced on Saturday that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Petrobras Brazil’s national oil firm to assist in diversifying its crude oil sourcing for India’s energy security.

Arun Kumar Singh, the chairman of BPCL, and Caio Paes de Andrade, the CEO of Petrobras, signed the MoU, according to a statement released by BPCL.

“The signing of the MOU will strengthen future crude oil trade relations between the two companies and explore potential crude import opportunities by BPCL, on a long term basis, especially considering the current geopolitical situations,” the oil marketing company further added.

In an effort to obtain equity oil abroad, Bharat PetroResources Limited (BPRL) intends to invest $1.6 billion to develop an oil block in Brazil. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, BPCL owns a share in the upstream portion of a Petrobras-owned and -operated ultra-deep water hydrocarbon block in Brazil. It is anticipated that the field development plan and final investment decision would be released soon.

Commenting on the agreement, Singh said, “The latest approval by honourable PM Modi’s cabinet to invest in Brazil will help diversify India’s crude oil supply and is an attempt to procure equity oil overseas. Strengthening India’s foothold in Brazil will further open business avenues in neighboring Latin American countries.”

The second-largest fuel retailer in India, BPCL runs three refineries with a total daily production capacity of 706,000 barrels (bpd).

In a choppy stock market, BPCL shares on Friday ended 1.27 percent lower at Rs 311.95 per share.

On September 23, oil prices fell for the first time since early January, with the US crude benchmark falling below the $80 per barrel level as rising interest rates globally harmed expectations for the demand for the important commodity.

 

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