BG Deal Lifts EIG-Backed Brazil Port Venture to 7-Month High

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June 5, 2015

Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista (L), CEO of EBX Group, gestures next to Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff during a ceremony in celebration of the start of oil production of OGX, Batista’s oil and gas company, at the Superport Industrial Complex of Acu in Sao Joao da Barra in Rio de Janeiro in this April 26, 2012 file photo. Debt-ridden Brazilian tycoon Batista is accelerating the breakup of his tottering energy, port and mining empire, ceding control to new investors as some of the companies he founded scramble for fresh capital. With cash holdings plunging and Batista’s own fortune largely earmarked to guarantee Grupo EBX’s estimated $11 billion in debt, the companies in his group face the choice of trimming capital spending or reducing their size to stay afloat. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Files (BRAZIL – Tags: ENERGY POLITICS BUSINESS)

by Juan Pablo Spinetto (Bloomberg) Prumo Logistica SA, the Brazilian port developer controlled by private equity investors EIG Global Energy Partners LLC, rose to the highest since October after signing a deal with BG Group Plc for oil operations.

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Rio de Janeiro-based Prumo rose 14 percent to 67 centavos at 11:54 a.m. in Sao Paulo on Friday, after earlier gaining 19 percent.

Prumo on Wednesday signed a 20-year contract with BG Group to ship as much as 200,000 barrels a day through Prumo’s Acu port in Rio state, the company said in a statement. Markets were closed Thursday in Brazil for a holiday.

The agreement allows the London-base crude producer to transfer oil between ships at the port beginning in August 2016. BG Group is Acu’s first client for such operations.

The 8.1 billion-reais ($2.6 billion) Acu port project, started by former billionaire Eike Batista in 2007, began operations in October after years of delays and cost overruns. Short of capital to finish his projects, Batista in late 2013 surrendered control to EIG, the $21 billion private-equity fund based in Washington, which now owns about 74 percent of Prumo.

Prumo, formerly known as LLX Logistica SA, has been seeking an oil deal since at least 2010.

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