Our History



10 years of production in the pre-salt cluster

We completed 10 years of production in the pre-salt cluster, reaching the mark of 1,500,000 barrels of oil lifted there per day (bpd). From the first oil extracted from the pre-salt in September 2008, in the Jubarte field, in the Capixaba portion of the Campos Basin, to the volume of 1,500,000 bpd achieved this year, we made a leap in our results in that layer. Just six years after the first oil, we reached the 500,000-barrel-per-day mark and, after eight years, the first million. (9/4/2018)




We have improved safety in our operations

To improve our security-related processes, we not only undertake preventive actions, but also reinforce the handling of deviations and incidents. Providing different types of training to our workforce is among the important initiatives we use to achieve these objectives and boost safety in our operations. This year we surpassed our top metric of the Recordable Accidents Rate (RAR), anticipating the attainment of this indicator compared with our strategic planning.



Production in the pre-salt cluster surpasses 1 million barrels per day

The production of oil operated in the Brazilian pre-salt cluster surpassed 1 million barrels per day. This result, achieved fewer than ten years after these deposits were discovered, proves both the technical and economic feasibility of the pre-salt and its high productivity. (5/8/2016).



Pre-salt output reaches 300,000 barrels of oil per day

Seven years after the first oil discovery in the pre-salt layer, we reached the 300,000-barrel-of-oil-per-day mark.(2/20/2013).

Less time than it took for the same level to be reached in other major offshore production areas around the world. (2/20/2013).



Producing nonstop

We got production underway at the FPSO Cidade de Anchieta vessel platform, in the Baleia Azul field.

This platform is capable of processing up to 100,000 barrels of oil and 3.5 million cubic meters of gas per day.

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Discovery of the pre-salt cluster

The oil and gas discoveries off the Brazilian pre-salt coast bring a new horizon for the oil industry worldwide. Parallelly, we have created a series of strategic actions that ensure the development of the entire goods and services chain, bringing technology, job training and great opportunities to the industry.




Podium Gasoline

Petrobras' Podium gasoline is launched at the service stations.

It is the same fuel used on the Formula 1 race tracks.



Creation of the General Ombudsman’s Office

Our General Ombudsman’s Office was created on May 2. At the time, it was not yet a formal body, but it already played its role: To be an independent relationship channel with our audiences. In 2005, it was linked directly to the Board of Directors and became the unit responsible for the company’s complaint channel.

It is the same fuel used on the Formula 1 race tracks.



The resumption of national cinema

Sponsorship for the "Carlota Joaquina" feature film marked the resumption of Brazilian cinema.

Since then, we have sponsored more than 500 movies, among feature films, shorts and digital media films.



Oil in the Amazon?

The Urucu Field, located in the Solimões River Basin, went on stream.

Since the onset of activities in Urucu, we have worked with entities related to environmental research and conservation in the Amazon, taking care of the region's ecosystem and helping map different areas. This work is done yet today.



The discovery of the Campos Basin

In the midst of the oil crisis, we discovered the Campos Basin.

Located off the northern coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro and ranging all the way to southern Espírito Santo. A few years later, it becomes the biggest oil province in Brazil, accounting for upwards of 80% of the domestic oil production.



Oil in the sea and the first platform

The P-I was built as a mobile drilling rig and was able to operate in water of up to 30 meters deep. It was the one that discovered the first oil field in the Brazilian continental shelf, offshore Sergipe, in 1969, giving rise to Guaricema field.




Cenpes is born

Our Research and Development Center (Cenpes) is created in Rio de Janeiro.

A few years later, it becomes one of the most important applied research complexes in the world.



An important step in refining

REDUC - the Duque de Caxias Refinery - is founded in Rio de Janeiro.

It is currently the most complete refinery in operation in our system.



The beginning

Our company is founded on October 3, 1953, as a result of a popular campaign that lasted seven years.

Eugenio Antonelli is the employee who receives badge number 1.

Awards and Certifications

Check out some of the awards we have received in recognition of our work.