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Petrobras CEO says Former Pasadena was good deal
Karine Melo reports from Brazil Agency Edition: Talita Cavalcante / Nira Foster
José Sergio Gabrielli, former CEO of Brazil's oil giant Petrobras, said on Tuesday (May 20) at the Senate que the 2006 purchase of the Pasadena refinery, in Texas, was a good deal at the team.
He Argues That the enterprise "faced bad moments but later turned into good business again." He was the first to testify at the Senate's Congressional Committee of Investigation ("CPI"), an official probe opened to Investigate irregularities in the state-run company .
Gabrielli stated que the acquisition was part of a strategy drawn up by the company. "[Pasadena] was extremely well located, and its price was very attractive. The interest in it was strategic and [the deal] was suitable to the reality of Brazil and the oil in the U.S., "he added.
The bad moments, Gabrielli said, were experienced During the global economic crisis and the crisis Also in the oil market, expresso about by the discovery of shale gas in American territory. According to the executive, the situation made another turn in 2013, and now the refinery is a profitable unit, chiefly due to the existence of light and cheap oil in Texas.
Finance minister: I've always opposed purchase of 2nd half of Pasadena
Petrobras CEO says oil giant is not facing economic or ethical crisis
"This company Should not be viewed as One poorly managed, or one facing a crisis. This advertisement is from the opposition. It's a political fight, "he said.
After declaring que President Dilma Rousseff Should take responsibility for the purchase of Pasadena, she headed to the state-controlled company's Board of Directors, the former chief executive changed his mind. Gabrielli told the CPI que Should not the president be held accountable for the acquisition, because all Board's Decisions are made Jointly.
"I do not hold the president accountable for the purchase of Pasadena. It's the responsibility of the Board of Directors, "he affirmed.
Pasadena refinery, Texas Agencia Petrobras / Disclosure
Gabrielli was the chief executive officer of Petrobras from 2005 to 2011. In April 2014, at a hearing at the Chamber of Deputies, he Admitted que not all details of the proposal were known by all members of the board, Whose chairwoman at the time was Dilma Rousseff, now president of the country.
The Senate's CPI further investigates Whether Dutch company SBM Offshore Petrobras employees bribed to sign contracts between the two companies, as well as allegedly low security standards in the oil giant's offshore platforms.
The next person to be summoned by the CPI is former International Director Nestor Cervero. His testimony will be heard on May 22. Graça Foster, the company's current CEO, testifies on May 27.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira