Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known, said in a securities filing that it had been officially notified of preliminary orders issued by a Rio de Janeiro court blocking its price hikes for clients in the state.
State courts in Ceara, Sergipe and Alagoas issued similar orders blocking natural gas price hikes in contracts with gas distributors in those states, the filing said. The court orders were first announced on Tuesday.
“These [orders] interfere with free market practices, putting at risk the implementation of the opening up of the natural gas market in Brazil and the attraction of investments into the country.”
Petrobras has said it would try to overturn the injunctions, which block proposed price increases from taking effect in January.
Petrobras said the price hikes are justified amid high global demand for natural gas and supply limitations that caused international prices to rise by about 500% in 2021.