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Essar group places bid for Brazil's Petrobras refinery in Bahia: Report

In a recent note to clients, analysts from Bradesco BBI valued the RLAM refinery, based in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, at $2.5 billion

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Essar Group | Petrobras

Carolina Mandl Tatiana Bautzer & Sabrina Valle | Reuters  |  Sao Paulo/Rio De Janeiro 

Employees walk past an Essar Group logo outside their headquarters in Mumbai.Photo: Reuters
Employees walk past an Essar Group logo outside their headquarters in Mumbai.Photo: Reuters

Indian conglomerate made a binding offer to Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA to buy the country's second largest oil refinery, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

Petrobras, as Brazil's state-controlled oil producer is known, has received at least two offers for the 323,000 barrels per day Landulpho Alves refinery in Bahia, known as Rlam. The other is from Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Investment Company .

If Essar's bid is successful, it would mark the group's debut in Brazil. Essar has invested roughly $28 billion in assets in energy, infrastructure, mining and services, according to the company's website. It is still unclear if the third pre-qualified group, China's Sinopec, has also delivered a bid.

In a recent note to clients, analysts from Bradesco BBI valued the RLAM refinery, based in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, at $2.5 billion.

According to Petrobras' asset sale rules, the top bidder must enter into an extended round of negotiations, usually lasting several weeks, to finalize contract terms. Depending on the outcome, it may require a final round of bidding which could potentially change the result of the competition, a third source said.

declined to comment. Essar did not immediately reply a Reuters request.

First Published: Tue, June 30 2020. 23:41 IST
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