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Rio Battles Over Brazil’s Oil

March 25, 2010

The debate over Brazil’s oil riches is heating up.

The lower house of Brazil’s Congress voted last week to split the portion of the country’s royalties from oil revenues that go to Brazil’s states equally among the states. The vote is part of a broad overhaul of the nation’s oil laws being undertaken due to huge offshore oil discoveries that occurred over the past three years. This vote came as an outrageous blow to the state government of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s biggest oil-producing region.

If the bill becomes law, Rio and other oil-producing states will only earn a fraction of the royalties they once expected. Rio’s annual oil revenue would fall to about $134 million from about $4.3 billion, state officials said.

Sérgio Cabral, Rio’s governor, is not giving up without a fight. Cabral called the vote in Congress a “lynching” and contended that it was unconstitutional. He said promised public works projects for the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio could be endangered by a sudden drop in revenues, although the federal government has pledged to back Rio’s Olympic effort.

Gov. Cabral organized a large march through Rio’s streets on Wednesday afternoon to protest the move by Congress. Tens of thousands of people, many of them state employees who had been given the day off, showed up despite the heavy rains, with many arriving on buses from all over the state.

“No one has the right to take away that which nature has put within the limits of Rio de Janeiro,” Carlos Lupi, Rio’s labor minister, said in a speech at the march and rally.

The government is seeking to alter the Brazil’s oil laws to centralize control over future oil revenues in the federal government’s hands. The new region is estimated to hold more than five billion barrels of crude oil and could transform Brazil into a global oil power.

Although the bulk of the oil will not be drilled for least four years, President da Silva and his allies in Congress are pushing to get a series of four oil-related laws passed before Congress goes into recess in June or July.

The bills would attempt to make the Brazilian national oil company, Petrobras, the operator of all future oil discoveries from the new region, known as the presalt region. They would also include the capitalization of Petrobras, a stock issuance expected to be valued at more than $50 billion.

With what could be hundreds of billions of dollars at stake over decades, the proposed bills have become extremely contentious in Congress, where opposition politicians are seeking to stall a full vote on the bills until after the presidential election in October.

The proposals on oil reform and the issuance of stock in Petrobras came under a cloud last week when two members of Congress from states that do not produce oil, Ibsen Pinheiro and Humberto Souto, proposed the idea of equally distributing the portion of royalties from oil revenues that go to states and municipalities. This would include both past and future oil developments. The lower house approved the proposal 369-72.

The federal government receives about 40 percent of the nation’s oil royalties, and most of the rest currently goes to the oil-producing states.

Analysts said they expected that Mr. da Silva would eventually veto any bill that included a radical redistribution of royalties. However, faced with the presidential election in the fall, in which he is trying to transfer his huge popularity to his chosen successor, Dilma Rousseff, his chief of staff, the president has been treading softly on the proposed redistribution.

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Brazil Oil Update

February 12, 2010

Brazil OGX sees up to 900 million barrels in OGX-3 well

Brazilian oil start-up OGX (OGXP3.SA) said Wednesday it estimated recoverable oil reserves from its OGX-3 well at 500 million to 900 million barrels.

This is OGX’s second announcement of drilling tests from its offshore wells this week. On Monday, it said recoverable reserves from drilling at the OGX-4 well were seen at 100 million to 200 million barrels.

The OGX-3 well in the BM-C-41 concessionary block in the Campos basin off Rio de Janeiro’s coast has a productive potential of 3,000 barrels a day (bpd), the company said in a market filing.

The vertical well is depth reached 4,084 meters to carbonate rock layers. The sour to medium grade crude from the well is ranked at 19 to 20 degrees on the API scale.

For those in the oil industry looking to relocate to Brazil, contact Rent in Rio.

Interview with Dan Babush of Rent in Rio

December 17, 2009

A Rio de Janeiro Vacation Rental Pro Shares Recommendations and Tips

By Patricia Ribeiro, Guide

Dan Babush

Renting an apartment in Rio can be a very positive experience. However, sorting the good deals from the bad ones is a job best left to someone with a deep knowledge of the local scene, even more so if you’re a first-time visitor. Dan Babush, founder and president of Rent in Rio, a branch of Global Action Outfitters, Inc. is such a pro. Read full article.

Brazil to Become Top Property Market

December 4, 2009

Brazil is set to become one of the hottest property markets of 2010. As one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Brazil has seen a large increase in Foreign Direct Investment. With the country set to host the 2014 football World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, there will be improvements in infrastructure and huge growth in the construction industry.

Foreign investors are flocking to Brazil to view prime properties with world class views, snatching up real estate in anticipation of future capital growth.

Brazil Property Specialist, Colordarcy have seen Brazilian property enquiries increase by 60%, since the Olympic announcement. The company has responded by launching a consultancy service to help clients to source the best real estate deals in Rio de Janeiro.

Loxley McKenzie, Chief Executive at Colordarcy – is predicting an annual increase of 20% per year until 2016.

Mortgages will soon be available to international buyers and this will create a further boost to Brazil’s property market.

Investment banking firm Goldman Sachs believes that Brazil’s economic growth could outstrip that of the other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations over the next few years.

Brazil’s economy is widely expected to become the fifth largest in the world by the time the Olympic Games kicks off in 2016, and yet property and land prices still remain a fraction of those found in more developed nations.

The Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has already pledged to spend up to £11.5bn ($17.4bn) on building a million new homes in Brazil between now and 2011.

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The Rise of Rio Rentals

November 12, 2009

RENTINRIO1The apartment rental market in Rio is thriving now more than ever. Dan Babush, president of, recently returned from a one week vacation. While he was away, our vice president and chief of images were in Brazil taking photographs and finding new apartments, so the emails were not being answered as quickly as they normally would. As a result, Dan returned to find 1,800 requests sitting in his mailbox.

“There are a few factors underlying this trend,” says Dan. “One: It’s difficult for the tourists to find what they want because many of the best apartments in Rio have been absorbed by various oil service and other companies that are getting in on the gold ‘oil’ rush and relocating their employees. Two: The Olympics. Since the day that they were announced tourist interest has increased dramatically.”

“As tourists are find that hotel prices have moved up, they believe there will be savings, which there often is, in renting apartments in Rio. And then there are the people who want the ultra high luxury huge 600 sq meter (6500 sq ft) apartments with private pools overlooking the ocean.”

RENTINRIO2Babush says, “The demand for the $1500 and up apartment has exploded as has the demand for the low end one bedroom. Across the board we are inundated with requests for Rio apartments. We are also continually receiving requests from those same oil service companies and the various services that work with them such as accountants, attorneys, etc. that are placing their employees. We are currently working on over 40 such requests and relocation now makes up roughly 35 percent of our business.”

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Rio Business Update: Growth on the Horizon

November 12, 2009

Rio De Janeiro Has ‘Biggest Concentration Of Billion Dollars In Investment Per Square Kilometer’

investments by sectorA recent investment study by FIRJAN of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro found that the area is about to experience a massive influx business investment, one that could rival any other place in the world in terms of dollars per square kilometer.

Although the Olympics will obviously make a large contribution to the economy, it is not the main investor. Reports show that Rio will be driven by Petrobas investment.

The New York Times states: An August 2009 study, “Decision: Rio Investments 2010-2012,” published by the Rio de Janeiro State Federation of Industries, predicted that public and private investment would pump $60.3 billion into the state over the next three years, not counting the additional $14.2 billion budgeted for the 2016 Olympic Games.

“I would dare to say that, probably, we have the biggest concentration of billion dollars in investment per square kilometer in the world,” said Cristiano Prado, the author of the industry federation’s study. “And more will come together with the Olympic Games in the next years.”

If you are relocating to Rio as a result of a business investment and the growing economy, contact Rent in Rio to make your transition to life in Rio a comfortable and enjoyable one and find you an apartment you love.

More Oil Off the Coast of Brazil

Brazilian oil and gas company OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes SA (OGXP3.BR) went three-for-three in its drilling campaign Thursday, with another well showing signs of hydrocarbons off Brazil’s coast.

The independent driller said that its 1-OGX-2-RJS well in the BM-C-41 block showed the presence of hydrocarbons. That was OGX’s third discovery since October, a stunning success rate for an oil company that was started from scratch in 2006.

“This new evidence of hydrocarbons confirms the existence of an active prolific system in this area, and contributes to a better understanding of the geological attributes of the region,” OGX CEO Paulo Mendonca said in a statement.

Thursday’s discovery was OGX’s second successful well drilled in the Campos Basin, where more than 85% of Brazil’s crude oil is produced. brazil_oil_platform_petroba

In October, the Ocean Ambassador rig was responsible for finding the Vesuvio prospect. Consultants earlier this week pegged recoverable reserves at Vesuvio to be about 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

Vesuvio lies in the BM-C-43 block, but at shallower depths. The Ocean Ambassador rig operated in 140 meters of water at Vesuvio but the final well depth was 2,347 meters.

OGX also holds a 100% stake in the BM-C-43 block.

Also in October, OGX said its first-ever well tested positive for hydrocarbons. The 1-MRK-2-SPS well, dubbed Abacate-1, is in the BM-S-29 block.

The BM-S-29 block lies in the promising Santos Basin, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo states. Nearby blocks have recently yielded discoveries that have increased positive expectations for OGX’s drilling.

OGX holds a 65% interest in the BM-S-29 block, with partner and block operator Maersk Oil do Brasil Ltda. holding the remaining 35%.

The company’s bright outlook has caused it to review previous plans with an eye toward accelerating its already aggressive drilling campaign.

Earlier this week, OGX CFO Marcelo Torres said that the company will drill 79 wells over the next four years, up from previous plans for 51 wells. In 2010, OGX will drill 27 wells. Some 26 wells will be drilled offshore, with a single onshore well planned for recently acquired concessions in the Parnaiba Basin.

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Brazil Petrobras Reports Alagoas Oil, Gas Discovery To ANP

November 6, 2009

Brazil OilBrazilian state-run energy company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR), or Petrobras, reported an oil and natural gas discovery at an onshore block in the Alagoas Basin late Thursday.

The discovery was made at the inland BT-SEAL-2 block in the Alagoas Basin, according to data on the National Petroleum Agency’s, or ANP, Web site.

Petrobras reported the 5BRSA774AL wildcat well tested positive for traces of oil and natural gas. The well was drilled by the Sonda Convencional 109 rig to a total depth of 2,020 meters.

In recent years, the global economy has been noticeably affected by the pressure on the world’s largest oil producers to keep up with the ever-increasing demand of fuel supply. While countries such as Iran and Mexico struggle to remain exporters, the 2007 discovery of oil in the Santos Basin off the coast of South America, 170-300 miles from Rio de Janeiro, may turn Brazil into the world’s largest oil supplier and lead it to joining OPEC.

The ongoing discovery and production of oil and natural gas in the Santos and Alagoas Basin will bring a plethora of businesses looking to relocate in Rio de Janeiro. Rent in Rio provides luxury and affordable long term leases in and around Rio.

Brazil Real Estate Market Set to Boom

October 29, 2009

Brazil Real EstateBrazil is set for a major property boom when international buyers return in large numbers as upcoming international events fuel Brazil’s growing economy.

Executive chairman at construction firm Confide Brasil Javier Fernandez-Pena says that in recent years property developers have been keeping international buyers in mind. However, the current economic downturn has diminished the amount of developments. Yet the growing domestic sector has stepped into the picture and is helping the market to keep growing.

Mr. Fernandez-Pena predicts good things for the future, “International buyers will come back to Brazil as it is starting to be seen as fashionable or the location of the next real estate boom.” He suggested that 2016 Olympic host Rio de Janeiro will offer a “tremendous opportunity” to attract such buyers.

Mr. Fernandez-Pena was one of a number of speakers at the Why Brazil? Why Now? event in London.

Among the others at the event were coordinator for inward investment at the ministry of tourism Laercio Souza, who noted that thanks to the domestic market, towns such as Santa Cantarina and Florianopolis are already emerging as popular second-home destinations.

Oil off the Coast of Brazil

October 1, 2009

What it means for the economy

Gigantic oil field discovered in the Santos Basin

In recent years, the global economy has been noticeably affected by the pressure on the world’s largest oil producers to keep up with the ever-increasing demand of fuel supply. While countries such as Iran and Mexico struggle to remain exporters, the 2007 discovery of oil in the Santos Basin off the coast of South America, 170-300 miles from Rio de Janeiro, may turn Brazil into the world’s largest oil supplier and lead it to joining OPEC. The Santos Basin contains what may be two of the world’s three biggest oil finds in the past 30 years: the Tupi and Carioca oil fields. In November of 2007 Petrobras said the offshore Tupi field may contain 8 billion barrels of recoverable crude and in April of 2008 it was announced that Carioca might contain 33 billion barrels of oil (official reports have yet to confirm this claim). In mid-June 2008 BG Group Plc, the U.K.’s third-largest oil and gas company, and Brazil’s state-controlled Petroleo Brasileiro SA made another discovery in Brazil’s Santos Basin called Guara. It is still under debate whether or not Guara is part of the Carioca field, however it certainly proves that the Santos Basin contains vast amounts of untapped crude. In February of 2008 Petroleo Brasileiro SA announced the important discovery of the Jupiter field containing natural gas. According to Strategic Forecasting Inc., these fields could help end the Western Hemisphere’s reliance on Middle East’s crude. Petrobras has a 65 percent operating stake in the Tupi field, Britain’s BG Group PLC holds 25 percent, and Petroleos de Portugal holds the remaining 10 percent. Currently, Brazil’s proven oil reserves are 11.8 billion barrels, less than half of the U.S.’s 21.8 billion. These new finds could potentially surpass the total amount of U.S. reserves. The new oil discoveries have caused the market value of Petrobras to increase to $297 billion, making it the third largest company in Latin America after ExxonMobil and GE and putting it ahead of technology giant Microsoft and the Shell company. Petrobras plans to invest about $33.5 billion in projects this year to increase production and explore the offshore fields. The proposed venture be the world’s largest investment program in the oil and gas industry, followed by OAO Gazprom, which has allocated $30 billion, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc with $27 billion.

A massive endeavor

Although Tupi promises to secure Brazil’s position as a major exporter, Petrobras must first take on the difficult task of turning the oil field into major production field. Analysts forecast that Tupi could cost upwards of $20 billion to develop. The field lies approximately 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers) below the ocean’s surface. In order to reach it Petrobras will have to go through 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) of water and then drill through up to 17,000 feet of sand, rock, and then a massive salt layer that extends across hundreds of miles. Petrobras is building new refineries (in addition to its already existing nine) in Rio Grande do Norte and Maranhao that are scheduled to begin operations in 2010 and 2014. The company estimates that it will spend $8.6 billion on reducing sulfur at its refineries. The most advanced project Petrobras is scheduled to undertake is the Abreu e Lima refinery which is being built near Recife, the capital of Pernambuco state. Petrobras is also constructing the Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex, or Comperj, at a predicted cost of $8 billion. The company also plans to invest in units that will expand its production of heavy crude oil into diesel.

Looking towards the future

Oil companies are positive that there are more oil fields to be discovered in Brazil’s offshore basin. Repsol YPF SA, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Devon Energy Corp. are among the producers searching Brazil’s waters for reserves. Over the next 2 ½ years drilling companies Petrobras, Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc, and Norsk Hydo ASA will pump oil from Brazil’s eight fields. Analysts predict that efforts will produce a combined 1.02 million barrels a day. Rigs used to drill in the Santos Basin cost $600,000 a day to operate and Petrobras has already signed contracts to purchase or lease 47. Texas companies including Transocean (RIG) and its merger partner Global Santa Fe (GSF), Noble Corp. (NE), Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), and Pride International (PDE) operate these rigs. The oil boom has created hundreds of new jobs for these companies including design engineers, field service engineers, public and government relations positions, accountants, analysts, consultants, training specialists, project and marketing directors, technicians, hydraulics crew, drilling superintendents, asset development managers, and more. On June 18, 2008 Norwegian company Aker Solutions announced that it has officially opened Brazil’s only manufacturing centre for deepwater marine drilling risers located in Rio das Ostras. With the opening of the new manufacturing base for drilling risers, Aker Solutions has created a further 60 jobs in addition to 130 positions already filled.

Petrobras plans to add 14,000 engineers, geologists, and drillers within the next three years as it develops the giant crude oil discovery. The company plans to expand its workforce 23 percent to about 74,000, surpassing Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil producer. The hiring surge is part of a $112.7 billion expansion that may allow Brazil to overtake the output of all OPEC members except Saudi Arabia. The company is attempting to hire more than a dozen people a day amid intensifying competition for skilled oil workers after crude prices rose to a record. Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, and Saudi Arabia’s state oil company also are accelerating hiring as more oil production moves into Brazil’s deep ocean and harsh environment that requires more advanced technology. California-based Chevron, one of 13 companies exploring the Atlantic seabed off Brazil’s coast, employed 65,000 people at the end of 2007. Exxon Mobil had 80,800. Petrobras intends to recruit all of its new employees from Brazilian universities and technical schools.

The Booming Business and You: Relocation to Brazil

The ongoing discovery and production of oil in the Santos Basin will bring a plethora of businesses looking to relocate in Rio de Janeiro. Rent in Rio provides luxury and affordable long term leases in and around Rio. Many of their apartments are situated near the coast and downtown; convenient locations for those involved in Brazil’s booming oil industry. They have apartments in Sao Paulo for those looking to be near executive offices and headquarters. Also available are leases in Niteroi, a beautiful city located a mere 8 miles from Rio de Janeiro. Rent in Rio aims to make company relocations not simply a business move but also an enjoyable, comfortable, and memorable experience. All of their apartments are equipped with luxury amenities such as air conditioning, high-speed internet, and top quality maid service that is expected of your company’s expenses. Many of Rent in Rio’s luxury apartments come with stunning ocean and city views and we also offer penthouse apartments with gorgeous rooftop pools. The agents at Rent in Rio understand the stress of relocation and therefore take on the task of assisting their customers in every aspect of the transition. Upon arrival, clients are provided with a course on staying safe in Rio de Janeiro. Also available (depending on arrival date) are guided tours of the city. Rent in Rio also offers clients and their families the opportunity to take Portuguese language courses. If you are relocating to Rio to take part in the exciting, fast paced industry of Brazilian oil, allow Rent in Rio to assist you in making your new city feel like home. Call their offices today. 877-289-7543.

By Jennifer L. Bunin

Top South American Vacation Rental Websites

October 1, 2009

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