Air BP announced today the purchase of aviation fuel assets at seven Brazilian airports from Shell Brasil Holding B.V. and Cosan S.A. Indústria e Comercio for R$185 million (ca. US$100 million). The acquisition will give Air BP access to Guarulhos, Recife, Viracopos, Curitiba and Pampulha airports, as well as increasing capacity at existing Air BP operations in Galeão and Brasília. The deal is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2012 subject to regulatory approvals.
On completion, Air BP will be present at 18 Brazilian airports which together account for some 66 percent of aviation fuel demand in Brazil. The deal adds physical assets such as storage tanks, vehicles and pipelines for into-plane refuelling, allowing Air BP to market fuel direct to commercial airlines and general aviation customers at the new locations.
“This acquisition is another step forward in BP’s growth strategy in Brazil which has become a key centre of investment for us,” said Tufan Erginbilgic, BP’s chief operating officer, refining and marketing. “In addition to achieving strong growth in Air BP and Castrol lubricants, in 2008 we were the first international oil company to invest in Brazil’s biofuels industry and we recently took that investment total to well over $1 billion through acquisitions.”
In 2011, BP also gained government approvals for the purchase of significant deepwater exploration and production assets in the Campos and Camamu-Almada basins offshore and onshore in the Parnaiba basin.
For Air BP’s new investment, approximately 80 employees will be recruited at airports and the head office in Sao Paulo to manage the new business, increasing total headcount by some 70 percent over the next two years.
“Demand growth for aviation fuel in Brazil is well above the average global rates at around 16 percent. The purchase of these new assets will allow Air BP to accelerate its ambitious plans to grow its share of supply. This is a move welcomed by our customers as it will increase competition in the market,” said Ricardo Paganini, Air BP country manager in Brazil.
“BP's investments in Brazil are fundamental to our growth agenda. This year has been key to that growth with the significant expansion of BP's exploration and production business in Brazil, the acquisition of CNAA and the Tropical BioEnergia ethanol businesses and now with the expansion of our aviation fuel business. Brazil is a country blessed with natural and human resources and a growing market and we are pleased with the opportunity to be part of the country's industrial development,” said Guillermo Quintero, BP Brazil’s regional president.
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