Washington, D.C. 20549






Report of Foreign Private Issuer

Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the month of January, 2019

Commission File Number 1-15106




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Brazilian Petroleum Corporation—PETROBRAS

(Translation of Registrant’s name into English)



Avenida República do Chile, 65

20031-912 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Federative Republic of Brazil

(Address of principal executive office)



Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

Form 20-F  ☒            Form 40-F  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Yes  ☐            No  ☒






Petrobras Starts Prequalification Stage for Fafens Lease Bidding

Rio de Janeiro, January 10th, 2019 - Petróleo Brasileiro SA - Petrobras, following the Press Release of 10/30/2018, announces that it is initiating the leasing process of the fertilizer plants located in Sergipe (Fafen-SE) and in Bahia (Fafen-BA).

Therefore, the company starts today the prequalification process, in order to qualify companies that wish to participate in future biddings for the leasing of plants, including the ammonia and urea maritime terminals in the Port of Aratu (BA).

The transfer of the operation depends on the existence of qualified parties in the stage of prequalification and the execution of the bidding process, still subject to the approval of the Petrobras Executive Board. The process will follow the rites and acts of Federal Law 13303/2016 (State-owned enterprises Law).

Information on the prequalification stage for the bidding is available on the Petrobras website (http://petrobr.as/fafen).

About the Units

Fafen-BA is a nitrogen fertilizer unit with a total urea production capacity of 1,300 t/day. It also markets ammonia, carbon dioxide and automotive liquid reducing agent (Arla 32).

Fafen-SE is a nitrogen fertilizer unit with a total urea production capacity of 1,800 t/day. It also markets ammonia, carbon dioxide and ammonium sulfate (also used as fertilizer).

The ammonia and urea marine terminals at the Port of Aratu are port units with storage and loading capacity of 20,000/t of ammonia and 30,000/t of urea.






PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S.A. – PETROBRAS | Investor Relations Department | e-mail: petroinvest@petrobras.com.br

Av. República do Chile, 65 – 10th floor, 1002 – B – 20031-912 – Rio de Janeiro, RJ | Phone: 55 (21) 3224-1510 / 3224-9947


This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements, which address the Company’s expected business and financial performance, among other matters, contain words such as “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “optimistic,” “intend,” “plan,” “aim,” “will,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “likely,” and similar expressions. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. There is no assurance that the expected events, trends or results will actually occur. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or future events or for any other reason.

The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those expressed or forecast in any forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of assumptions and factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) failure to comply with laws or regulations, including fraudulent activity, corruption, and bribery; (ii) the outcome of ongoing corruption investigations and any new facts or information that may arise in relation to the “Lava Jato Operation”; (iii) the effectiveness of the Company’s risk management policies and procedures, including operational risk; and (iv) litigation, such as class actions or proceedings brought by governmental and regulatory agencies. A description of other factors can be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2017, and the Company’s other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Date: January 10, 2019.


    By:   /s/    Rafael Salvador Grisolia        
      Rafael Salvador Grisolia
      Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Officer