Pasadena Refining System

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Pasadena Refining System, Inc. (PRSI) is a refinery company.[1] The company has its headquarters in Pasadena, Texas, United States.[2] As of 2008 it was a 50-50 partnership between Petrobras and Astra Holding USA, the USA subsidiary of NPM/CNP, and it is Petrobras's only American oil holding.[3] The other half interest of Pasadena Refining System was acquired by Petrobras in 2012.


According to an article published in the Daily Oil, the market[who?] suspected that company owner Henry Rosenberg was preparing to sell the company. The refinery reported a loss of 829.4 million dollars in 1998, partially due to a union boycott. Rosenberg was also facing credit issues.[citation needed]

An August 2000 document from the Golnoy Barge Company[citation needed] showed $66.6 million in net sales (EBITDALL) in the first six months of 2000 and $5.6 million net income in the first half of 2000, compared to a loss of $22 million a year earlier. This document also stated that "anyone who wanted to purchase the Central Crown in 2000 should be prepared to refinance the debt of $125 million." In 2003, this debt had risen to $200 million[citation needed].

Members felt that in 2000 these values could be $83 million higher than what was officially reported[citation needed]. The refinery had a capacity to store more than 6 million barrels, so the value of these stocks could even exceed $1 billion.

In 2004 Astra bought Pasadena's stocks of oil and its derivatives for $42.5 million and made investments of nearly $100 million to modernize the refinery[citation needed].

In November 2005, Petrobras signed an MoU with Astra Oil Company with the goal of establishing a joint operation of refining and marketing in the US. The acquisition was completed in September 2006. The total amount paid was $360 million: $190 million for 50% of the shares and $170 million for the refinery stocks[citation needed].

Disagreements among the partners led to Astra requesting the right to sell its remaining 50% to Petrobras. This right only existed because the Brazilian state had the final say about the direction and future investments in the refinery. If the Astra did not agree, they would have the option to sell and Petrobras would have the option to buy[citation needed].

An arbitration confirmed this right in April 2009 and set the value of the second half of the refinery at $296 million, plus $170 million for its share of the stock, totaling U.S. $466 million[citation needed]. This amount was supplemented by an additional $173 million corresponding to a refund of part of a bank guarantee by partners, interest, fees and court costs. The total arbitration value was $639 million[citation needed]. On March 10, 2010, the Federal Court in Houston, Texas, USA, confirmed the judgment, finding that PAI would be the holder of the Pasadena refinery and trading company.[4]

In June 2012, an extrajudicial agreement that provided for the termination of arbitration and other lawsuits, plus interest and legal costs, totaled $820 million. Part of this amount, $750 million had already been accrued for payment in the financial statements of Petrobras, leaving the additional provision of $70 million to be recognized in the income statement in the second quarter of 2012.

Petrobras acquired the Pasadena refinery as well as Astra Trading, the commercial arm of the refinery. The debt inherited in the acquisition is unknown.


  1. ^ "Fluor selected by Petrobras Affiliate for refinery study in the U.S." Scandinavian Oil-Gas Magazine. February 4, 2010. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Pasadena Refinery System. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Woodall, Bernard. "INTERVIEW-Petrobras to slowly expand role in U.S." Reuters. Friday May 16, 2010. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  4. ^ US Court reassert the decision about Pasadena Refinery

External links[edit]