Milbank Represents Mitsubishi and Marubeni in Major Offshore Oil Transport Project in Brazil
NEW YORK, NY, March 4, 2005 – Brazil’s federal energy company Petróleo Brasileiro (“Petrobras”) has signed contracts totaling US$ 910,000,000 for the development and financing of the PDET oil transport project in the Campos Basin off Brazil. The project, sponsored by Mitsubishi and Marubeni, involves the development of fixed offshore oil platforms, mono-buoys and sub-sea oil lines that will gather oil from five Campos Basin platforms for either use in Brazilian refineries or directly for export. The financing was provided by Japanese government financial institutions (JBIC), international banks (led by Mizuho Corporate Bank) with NEXI coverage, and Mitsubishi and Marubeni.
The international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP acted as lead counsel and represented the project sponsors and equity investors Mitsubishi Corporation and Marubeni Corporation of Japan. The Milbank team was led by global project finance partner Dan Bartfeld, lead associate Daniel Michalchuk, and associates Edward Kayukov, Roland Estevez and Melinda Creasman.
Milbank’s Dan Bartfeld, who has particular expertise in Latin American energy projects, commented, “The PDET project is a landmark transaction for Brazil’s oil industry, and marks a highpoint in relations between Japanese investors and Petrobras. We worked with Petrobras, Mitsubishi, Marubeni, Mizuho and JBIC over several years to structure a financing package that meets the needs of all the parties involved.”
About the PDET Project:
The $910,000,000 financing for the PDET project will ultimately result in facilities that increase the oil flow capacity from the Campos Basin by up to 630,000 barrels a day. The project is forecast to start commercial operations in December 2006. The commercial bank lenders that are insured by NEXI include Mizuho Corporate Bank (as lead arranger), ABN Amro Bank, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, UFJ Bank, HSBC, Hypo Vereinsbank, Santander/BANESPA, ANZ Banking Group, West LB, Calyon and Sumitomo Trust.
About the Company:
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (“Petrobras”), Brazil’s federal energy company, is the country’s largest industrial corporation. Publicly held, but government controlled, the company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: PBR/PBRA [ADR]) as well as on Bovespa and Latibex; the government owns 32% and controls 56% of its voting shares. Petrobras engages in exploration for oil and gas and in production, refining, purchasing, and transportation of oil and gas products.
About the Project Sponsors:
Mitsubishi Corporation (TSE: 8058) (UK: MBC) (US: MSBHY) is one of the world’s most diverse enterprises, and Japan’s largest sogo shosa, or trading company. Mitsubishi Corporation has decades of experience doing business around the world and is a leader in international trade. The company’s seven business groups are: new business initiatives, IT & electronics, fuels, metals, machinery, chemicals and living essentials, and its activities include project coordination, sourcing of raw materials, capital investments and development of sales channels.
Marubeni Corporation (TSE: 8002) was established in 1858, and is a core company of Marubeni Group, one of Japan’s leading general trading houses. Operations encompass domestic import, export and offshore trade. Activities range from the development of natural resources to the retailed marketing of finished products. Marubeni Group has been establishing and enhancing its worldwide information and communications business and continues to invest in the development of comprehensive IT services.
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