Petrobras (PBR) Eyes Growth in African Hydrocarbons

Petrobras (PBR) Eyes Growth in African Hydrocarbons
Petrobras (PBR) Eyes Growth in African Hydrocarbons

Africa-Press – Guinee Equatoriale. Petrobras PBR, a Brazilian state-owned oil and gas giant, recently acquired interests in three Shell plc SHEL-operated exploration blocks off the coast of São Tomé and Príncipe, in a strategic move that marks its re-entry into Africa’s oil and gas exploration sector. This significant development signifies Petrobras’ resurgence in African exploration after its departure from Nigeria. The acquisition is a testament to the company’s commitment to diversifying its portfolio and expanding its global footprint in alignment with its long-term strategic goals.

Resumption of Exploratory Operations

The acquisition of stakes in the exploration blocks 10, 11 and 13 in São Tomé and Príncipe signifies Petrobras’ resumption of exploratory operations in the African continent. By signing amendments to the production sharing contracts (PSCs) and joint operating agreements, PBR solidifies its position as a key player in the consortia for these blocks. This move is in sync with the company’s overarching strategy aimed at restoring oil and gas reserves by exploring new frontiers and fostering strategic partnerships.

Strategic Partnership With Shell

Petrobras’ re-entry into African exploration is facilitated by a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with SHEL, outlining collaboration opportunities in the upstream sector. This partnership highlights PBR’s commitment to identifying and capitalizing on lucrative business opportunities in key energy markets. With the approval of operations in São Tomé and Príncipe by Petrobras’ board of directors, the company secures significant stakes in blocks 10, 11 and 13, thereby cementing its position as a major player in the region.

Exploration Block Ownership and Consortia Composition

The ownership and consortia composition of the three exploration blocks varies, reflecting the diverse partnerships and collaborative efforts within the industry. Block 10 is jointly owned by SHEL (40%), Petrobras (45%) and ANP-STP (15%), with SHEL serving as the operator.

Similarly, Block 11 sees collaboration between SHEL (40%), Petrobras (25%), Galp (20%) and ANP-STP (15%), with SHEL as the operator. Block 13 follows a similar pattern, with SHEL (40%), Petrobras (45%), and ANP-STP (15%) as participants, and SHEL operating the same.

Alignment With Strategic Plan

Petrobras’ acquisition of exploration blocks in São Tomé and Príncipe aligns seamlessly with its 2024-2028 strategic plan, which prioritizes investments in oil and natural gas exploration. With oil and gas earmarked for substantial investments, Petrobras aims to boost its reserves and solidify its position as a leading global energy player. This strategic focus highlights Petrobras’ commitment to leveraging traditional energy sources while embracing the transition toward greener alternatives.

Driving Growth Through Oil and Gas

PBR views oil and gas as catalysts for growth, driving both economic prosperity and technological advancement. The company’s robust production figure in 2023, totaling 2.78 MMboed, highlights its operational prowess and commitment to meeting global energy demands. Petrobras’ emphasis on sustainable growth underlines its proactive approach to addressing environmental concerns while meeting energy needs.


PBR’s return to African oil and gas exploration through the acquisition of interests in São Tomé and Príncipe’s exploration blocks signifies a milestone in its strategic trajectory. With a renewed focus on diversification, strategic partnerships and sustainable growth, Petrobras is poised to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the global energy landscape.

Zacks Rank and Key Picks

Currently, both PBR and SHEL carry a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Investors interested in the energy sector might look at some better-ranked stocks like Subsea 7 S.A. SUBCY and Energy Transfer LP ET, both sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Subsea 7 is valued at $3.89 billion. The company currently pays a dividend of 38 cents per share, or 2.98%, on an annual basis.

SUBCY offers offshore project services for the energy industry, specializing in subsea field development, covering project management, design, engineering, procurement, fabrication, survey, installation and commissioning of seabed production facilities.

Energy Transfer is valued at $43.84 billion. The company currently pays a dividend of $1.26 per share, or 9.04%, on an annual basis.

ET is an independent energy company, principally engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas.

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