27 June 2007 18:18 [Source: ICIS news]
By John Waggoner
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Brazilian lawmakers heard on Wednesday the principal points of a substitute bill for natural gas legislation, which could require competitive bids for new pipeline concessions.
Federal deputy Joao Maia presented his substitute bill to the Chamber of Deputies special committee that was deliberating over the country’s proposed new gas law that would regulate the transport, storage, processing, import, export and sales of natural gas in ?xml:namespace>
Maia said the most controversial point of the substitute bill would be the requirement for competitive bids on build-operate-transfer (BOT) type pipeline concessions to be auctioned by the National Petroleum Agency (ANP). Currently, new pipeline projects merely require authorisation from the ANP, without the bid requirement.
State-run Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) is the principal operator of
“We are guaranteeing the Petrobras plan of investments. It would be irresponsible to submit gas pipelines operated by Petrobras to the bidding,” Maia said, according to official legislative information service Agencia Camara.
Pipelines planned for construction as part of international political agreements and those which supply a single consumer would not require the concessions, Maia said.
“The primary focus of the legislature is the use of gas for electricity generation, but the law is of interest to the petrochemical industry,” said spokesman Luiz Carlos de Medeiros of the Brazilian Petrochemical Industry Association (Abiquim) in Portuguese.
In tandem with the creation of Brazil’s natural gas law, Abiquim is seeking to ensure supply of ethane feeds in case of an interruption, through a federal contingency plan taking shape in the executive branch.
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