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Petrobras starts binding phase of biofuels unit sale

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Petrobras has announced the beginning of the binding phase regarding the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary Petrobras Biocombustível S.A. (PBIO).

PBIO was founded in 2008 and is one of the largest producers of biodiesel in Brazil, with 5.5% of market share in 2019. It has three biodiesel plants located in: (a) Montes Claros, in the state of Minas Gerais, with a production capacity of 167 000 m3/yr; (b) Candeias, in the state of Bahia, with a production capacity of 304 000 m3/yr, and (c) Quixadá, in the state of Ceará, mothballed, with a production capacity of 109 000 m3/yr.

The three plants are capable of using a mixture of up to five different raw materials (soy, cotton and palm oil, animal fat and waste oils) to produce biodiesel, capturing advantages of seasonal price dynamics.

This transaction consists of the sale of 100% of Petrobras' shares in PBIO, including the three biodiesel plants, and does not include the sale of PBIO's stake in BSBios Indústria e Comércio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil S.A. (50%). As disclosed to the market, on 10 July 2020, PBIO concluded the sale of its 8.4% stake in the company Bambuí Bioenergia S.A. to Turdus Participações S.A.

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