SAO PAULO – The directors of Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras are gathering for a special board meeting amid a scandal over the company’s 2006 purchase of Texas oil refinery that threatens to involve President Dilma Rousseff.
A Petrobras official confirmed Friday’s special meeting, but declined to be identified because she was not authorized to speak to the press.
Petrobras spent $1.2 billion to acquire the refinery in Pasadena, Texas, starting in 2006. A year earlier, Belgium’s Astra Oil had paid $42.5 million for it.
Rousseff was the chairwoman of the Petrobras board of directors at the time and the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported this week that she authorized the purchase.
Rousseff’s office said her decision was based on a “flawed document.”