First Reserve Corporation announced that its First Reserve Fund XII has provided an equity commitment of up to $500 million to Barra Energia Petroleo e Gas ("Barra Energia").
Barra Energia, which is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will combine its world-class technical and commercial expertise to pursue the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and gas assets in Brazil. Barra Energia will focus on building a balanced portfolio of assets in selected onshore and offshore basins in Brazil. Led by Messrs. de Luca and Bertani, both former Petrobras executives, the Barra Energia management team intends to utilize its extensive experience in Brazil to identify unique opportunities to deliver robust reserves and production growth.
"The Barra Energia team has an outstanding track record in building valuable E&P portfolios through innovative thinking and cost-effective project execution," said Will Honeybourne, Managing Director at First Reserve Corporation. "Brazil continues to emerge as an important economic power and has developed a vibrant, state of the art energy industry with significant growth potential. We are looking forward to supporting and contributing to the long-term growth of the local petroleum sector."
Mr. de Luca is currently President of IBP (Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute), where he has been closely involved with the advancement and development of a sustainable energy industry in Brazil. Mr. de Luca's expansive career in the oil and gas sector includes his position as President of Repsol YPF Brazil, an organization he helped found in 1998. Additionally, Mr. de Luca served as Director of E&P and a member of the Board of Directors at Petrobras.
Mr. Bertani is currently President and CEO of Thompson & Knight Global Energy Services, where he directs consulting engagements in a variety of geographies including Latin America, West Africa, the UK and the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to Thompson & Knight, Mr. Bertani spent over 30 years in technical and high-level managerial positions with Petrobras, including most recently as President of Petrobras Americas. Mr. Bertani is also Vice President of the World Petroleum Council.
"We are extremely excited about our partnership with First Reserve, whose commitment reflects its belief in the ability of our management and technical teams and in the sustainable growth of the Brazilian energy sector and economy," said Mr. de Luca, Executive Chairman of Barra Energia.
Added Mr. Bertani, "We have already identified various opportunities to leverage our skill set and to build a quality oil and gas portfolio both organically and through acquisitions. Our partnership with First Reserve should enable us to deploy our investment plan, and create local jobs and value for our shareholders."
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