By Roberto Samora and Rodrigo Viga Gaier
SAO PAULO, November 24 (Reuters) – Petrobras from Brazil PETR4.SA said on Wednesday he planned to invest $ 68 billion from 2022 to 2026, a sharp increase from its previous five-year plan, as the state-owned oil company seeks to increase oil production from the pre-salt submarine area.
Oil production forecasts for next year have dipped slightly, however, with Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company officially calls it, saying it expects to produce an average of 2.1 million barrels of oil per day in 2022, plus or minus 4%.
This is down from the 2.3 million bpd the company previously said it expected to produce next year. The company blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for the reduction.
By 2026, Petrobras has announced oil production of 2.6 million barrels per day.
The $ 68 billion Petrobras plans to invest over the next five years is a significant jump from the $ 55 billion the company announced last year for the period 2021 to 2025.
Of the new total, Petrobras said 84% would go exploration and production of oil and gas, the lion’s share being intended for the very lucrative submarine zone of the pre-salt.
In terms of asset sales, the company said it plans to make divestments of between $ 15 billion and $ 25 billion over the next five years.
(Reporting by Roberto Samora; Writing by Stephen Eisenhammer; Editing by Chris Reese and Peter Cooney)
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