The deadly collapse of a Vale SA's mining waste dam in Brazil was partially triggered by "a persistently high water level" that caused the structure to lose strength and stability, according to a report by a panel of experts appointed by the company's lawyers. The report, released by Vale on Thursday, said there was no warning the dam was unstable, and no seismic activity or explosions in the area were recorded before it burst in late January. The dam collapse unleashed an avalanche of mining waste on the Brazilian town of Brumadinho, killing at least 155 people.
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Brazilian state-run oil firm Petrobras will produce more than 2.7 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in 2019, with total production coming in on the upper end of the target range, an executive said on Wednesday. In its formal guidance, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the firm is formally known, predicted it would produce 2.7 million boepd in 2019, though actual production could vary 2.5% above or below the target.
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Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras SA is mulling construction of a new lubricant plant that could quadruple its production capacity by 2022, the company's refining chief said on Tuesday. Anelise Lara, Petrobras' refining and natural gas chief, told Reuters the company will invest about $400 million to build the new plant in the Comperj refinery, raising its lubricant production capacity to 225,00 cubic meters. When the Comperj plant is concluded, Petrobras plans to shut down its lubricant production unit at Reduc.
Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Monday it will begin leasing its liquefied natural gas regasification terminal and an associated gas pipeline in the northeastern state of Bahia. Petrobras said it has initiated pre-bid procedures for parties interested in taking part in the auctions, which will be comply with state law. "The lease is in line with Petrobras' strategy of improving its capital allocation and building a favorable environment for new investors to enter the natural gas sector," it said in the statement.
New global standards for mining waste dams should take into account the difficulties of making existing dams compliant, the chair of an independent panel of experts crafting the new rules said on Friday. The world's largest mining trade group - the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) - voiced concerns last month about the draft standards, especially how the rules could apply equally to new and existing facilities. "We have to differentiate what we are requiring [for new and existing dams]," Bruno Oberle, the chair of the Global Tailings Review, told Reuters on Friday.
The chief executive of Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Friday he wants to sell the company's stake in petrochemical company Braskem SA within 12 months, adding that he strongly disagreed with reported plans to delay the sale. On Monday, Reuters reported that creditors of corruption-ensnared construction conglomerate Odebrecht SA, which also has a large stake in Braskem, were in advanced talks to delay a sale for up to two years. "To me, it means they do not want to sell anything," CEO Roberto Castello Branco said during a meeting with investors in London.