Petrobras Approves Strategic Plan 2022-2026

Source: 11/24/2021, Location: South America

Petrobras informs that its Board of Directors approved, in a meeting held, the Strategic Plan for the five-year period 2022-2026 (SP 2022-26).

With the vision of "Being the best energy company in value generation, focused on oil and gas, sustainability, safety, respect for people and the environment," Petrobras reaffirms its values: (i) Respect for life, people and the environment;
(ii) Ethics and transparency;
(iii) Overcoming and trust;
(iv) Market orientation and Results.

Furthermore, the company maintains its purpose of "Providing energy that ensures prosperity in an ethical, safe, and competitive manner.

“Petrobras maintains its consistent strategy of focusing on projects with full potential to generate resources and contributions to the Brazilian society. We prioritize transforming resources into wealth for the country while following the sustainable path for the energy transition. We have expanded our investment forecast for the coming years and we are doing this with extreme responsibility and dilligence in allocating resources," said Petrobras CEO Joaquim Silva e Luna.

The SP 2022-26 presents four top metrics that quantify the attributes of the vision and provide more explicit guidance on Petrobras' main short-term goals. Life is a non-negotiable value for Petrobras and, therefore, the company continues to aim for zero fatalities. The TRI indicator (total recordable injuries per million man-hours) is one of our top metrics, but it is not used for employee variable compensation purposes. For 2022, the alert limit remains below 0.7, which reaffirms Petrobras' commitment to life and places it in the best quartile of the industry.

In order to ensure alignment of incentives for the achievement of the goals, three of these metrics will directly impact the compensation of executives and all company employees in 2022. The metrics are:
- Indicator of compliance with the targets for greenhouse gas emissions (IAGEE) of 100%;
- Volume of oil and oil products leaked (VAZO), with an alert limit of 120 m³;
- Consolidated Delta EVA® of US$ 2 billion.

The IAGEE and VAZO metrics are aligned with the low carbon and environmental sustainability commitments of the SP 2022-26, which maintained the ambition of zero leakage.

The last strategic plan’s gross debt metric was excluded due to the achievement of the US$ 60 billion target in the 3Q21. However, in order to maintain the incentives for proper leverage management, the maintenance of gross debt below US$ 65 billion will be considered as a trigger of the top metric Delta EVA®. Therefore, if this value is exceeded, the Delta EVA® top metric score will be counted as zero.

The SP 2022-26 maintains an active portfolio management, with expected divestments between US$ 15 and US$ 25 billion, which will contribute to improve operational efficiency, return on capital and cash generation needed to maintain debt at an adequate level, as well as support the best investment opportunities. Active management allows Petrobras to focus on assets that have the potential to raise the portfolio's expected return in a sustainable way.

The investments planned for the 2022-2026 period are US$ 68 billion, with 84% of this total allocated to oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P). Of the total E&P CAPEX (US$ 57 billion), about 67% will be allocated to pre-salt assets. This allocation fits the company's strategic focus, with resources increasingly concentrated on assets in deep and ultradeep waters, where it has shown a great competitive differential over the years, producing better quality oil and with lower greenhouse gas emissions.

It is important to note that the SP 2022-26 CAPEX includes the amount of US$ 1.8 billion in projects related to initiatives of decarbonization of operations, with emphasis on CO2 separation, methane detection systems, commissioning of closed flare, HISEP technology, projects to reduce carbon in refineries, among others. Most of these initiatives are related to the optimization of production and/or operational efficiency, with important effects on the reduction of emissions.

Oil, NGL and natural gas production
The oil and gas production curve projected for the 2022-2026 period indicates continued growth, even considering divestments. In line with the company's strategic focus, E&P activities are concentrated in deep and ultradeep waters in Brazil, representing 92% of its total production in 2022, with prospects of reaching 100% in 2026. Production from the pre-salt will represent 79% of the company's total at the end of the five-year period.

The production curve considers the start-up of 15 projects with new platforms in the period 2022- 2026, 9 chartered and 6 owned. The oil production target for 2022 was revised to 2.1 million barrels of oil per day, considering a variation of 4% up or down, mainly due to the impacts related to COVID and to the divestments that took place at the end of 2021. The total production target for 2022, including oil and natural gas, is 2.7 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, also considering a variation of 4% up or down.

Low carbon and sustainability commitments
Petrobras continues to strengthen its initiatives related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects, with a firm commitment to accelerate its decarbonization and to always act ethically and transparently, with safety in its operations and respect for people and the environment. The strategic model adopted remains anchored in the premise of producing oil and gas compatible with accelerated decarbonization scenarios in the society, adopting the concept of double resilience:
economic, resilient to low oil price scenarios, and environmental, with low carbon. Currently, our production is in the first quartile in carbon intensity in the offshore oil and gas industry, being a low emission and high efficiency player, especially the pre-salt fields.
In line with the ambition of achieving greenhouse gas emissions neutrality in operations under the company's control (scopes 1 and 2), a corporate decarbonization program is being developed to speed up and reduce costs in decarbonization solutions, bringing greater competitiveness to the company. The program will also involve opportunities related to scope 3 and will be supported by a dedicated decarbonization fund, with an initial budget of US$ 250 million, which may be used in initiatives involving scopes 1, 2 and 3.

Furthermore, in the SP 2022-26, Petrobras is advancing in the analysis of possible new businesses that can reduce exposure and dependence on fossil sources and, at the same time, be profitable, ensuring the company's long-term sustainability. In this sense, a governance for approval of entry into new businesses focused on diversifying Petrobras' portfolio is being created, prioritizing businesses related to the energy segment or new products that are not foreseen in the current strategic plan. The plan does not consider any CAPEX related to the profitable diversification.

The company's vision of sustainability is also based on solid commitments in the eco-efficiency of its operations and in the area of social responsibility, covering social and environmental projects, human rights and community relations.

The SP 2022-26 proposes a set of strategies that incorporate and give visibility to events and issues that are relevant to Petrobras' future, such as: (i) transparency and focus on sustainability (ESG), particularly in relation to decarbonizing operations;
(ii) maximizing portfolio value, with a focus on deepwater and ultradeepwater assets; and (iii) adding value to the refining park, with more efficient processes and new products; and
(iv) strengthening the integration of commercialization and logistics activities.

This strategic plan shows Petrobras' commitment to being a company that is increasingly focused on generating value, turning resources into wealth for the society. With the debt now stabilized, the company will continue to act with strong capital discipline, concentrating its investments in the development of the pre-salt, always focusing on carbon efficiency to remain one of the most efficient oil and gas producers in the world, while maturing new business opportunities.

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