March 9, 2019 / 2:26 AM / 17 days ago

Petrobras plans to cut $8.1 bln in operational costs through 2023

FILE PHOTO: A man walks in front of the Brazil's state-run Petrobras oil company headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 5, 2018. Picture taken December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/File Photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, announced plans to cut $8.1 billion from its operational costs in the period from 2019 through 2023, according to a securities filing released on Friday.

Petrobras said it intends to reach that economy on costs mainly with reductions in expenses with employees — it will launch a voluntary lay-off plan soon — and with lower expenditures in advertisement and office spaces.

The company said the proposed cuts on operational costs will reduce that allocation in its 2019-2023 business plan, which originally estimated those costs at $122.6 billion for the 5-year plan.

It also said it plans to sell some mature oil fields in Brazil, a small addition to its divestment program.

Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Sandra Maler

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