According to the publication in the Official Gazette of the Union of Thursday (19), the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) decided to create a Sector Crisis Committee to articulate and coordinate measures of the folder amid the global coronavirus pandemic. The initiative would be to “guarantee the provision of energy services” and the “preservation of the production and supply chain” of oil and gas, biofuels and mineral goods.
In addition, the ministry also approved standards, procedures and recommendations for the operation of agencies, state and technical bodies of the energy sector during the epidemic, including for the National Electric System Operator (ONS), responsible for coordinate the activation of plants, and for the Chamber of Electric Energy Trading (CCEE).
The pandemic generates important repercussions not only in the oil sector, but also in the energy sector, as it impacts the prospects of demand for fuel and electricity due to government measures to combat the disease, which include restrictions on travel and even the operation of companies.
Currently, in Brazil, there are 428 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), with 4 dead, according to data from the Ministry of Health updated on Wednesday night (18).