This Monday, rumors increased that members of the federal government have been talking about a possible replacement for the president of Petrobras, Jean Paul Prates. The newspaper O Globo even reported that the Minister of the Civil House, Rui Costa, would be leading the process and would present Lula with a suggestion for a replacement for Prates this week.
Rui Costa denied it. “Despite being quoted in this article, I want to inform you that I was not contacted or heard before publication,” he said on the social network X.
In fact, Prates’ actions would be annoying President Lula himself and specifically because of the naval sector. According to the Reuters agency, Lula wants more hiring in Brazil to build vessels that will be used by Petrobras, so that the company can contribute to greater job creation in the country.
But this is also what Rui Costa wants, who would be fighting for the resumption of Petrobras’ naval contracts in order to resume operations at Novonor’s Enseada Shipyard, formerly Odebrecht, which is located in Maragojipe, Bahia. Information within the State states that the reactivation of the Shipyard would be one of Novonor’s priorities.
According to Reuters, Lula also wants Petrobras to resume work in the fertilizer sector, a product that Brazil is largely dependent on imports, despite being an agricultural powerhouse.
According to palace sources, what Rui Costa intended was to take advantage of Lula’s interest in changes at Petrobras in order to gain recognition from a person he trusts, in this case the current secretary of the Investment Partnership Program (PPI), the Bahian, Marcus Cavalcanti, who He was Secretary of Infrastructure of Bahia during his tenure as governor of the State. With information from Reuters.