New Gas Law facilitates privatizations

Bill (PL) 6407/13, also known as "gas milestone", has aroused antagonism in opposition to the government and in entities such as the Single Federation of Oil Tankers (FUP), which are wary of the privatizing nature of the proposal. The PL, approved in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (31), now awaits a vote in the Senate.

In a context of depletion of Petrobras, which, according to 2019 data from the National Agency for Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), is responsible for 75% of the total natural gas produced in the country, the measure facilitates the entry of private companies in the sector. This is because it establishes the need for a permit, rather than a public concession, for the transportation of natural gas. This authorization shall be granted through a public call conducted by the ANP.

Opponents understand that the project marks a continuation of the dismantling of Petrobras, which since 2016, under the agenda of interim President Michel Temer (MDB), has had its participation reduced in the market of transport, logistics and gas distribution. They also question the idea that there will be an increase in competition and consequent decrease in price, stating that only companies that will invest in this segment are the ones that have already been investing. In this way, there would be no increase in competitiveness.

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