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The Petrobras Find is Bigger Than You Think

 I ran into a couple of geologists from the Brazilian oil company Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) who knocked my socks off when they told me about the quality of the crude they were pulling out of their new deep offshore Tupi field. They are drilling at 20,000 feet and getting 15,000 barrels a day of hot, light sweet crude blasting back in their faces under its own pressure; the kind of premium crude you normally only find in the Middle East. Overall, the company plans to boost production from 2.4 million barrels/day today to 3.6 million in five years and 5.7 million in ten years, or half of Saudi Arabia’s current production. I was unable to pin them down on the true cost of the offshore production, meekly claiming they didn’t break the figures out separately. They did admit, begrudgingly, that it is well below $40/barrel compared to the $80 offered by some industry analysts, and $9.20 for the company’s own weighted average cost. This confirms my belief that the next move in crude is up to $200, and then down to $10, as it is replaced by alternatives over time. Be sure to own PBR on the up leg.