Voting for direct sale of ethanol is delayed

The draft Legislative decree (PDC) 978/18, which releases the direct sale of ethanol from mills to petrol stations, returned to the request of Congressman Charles Fernandes (PSD/BA). The project was catalogued in the Mine and Energy Commission (CME) of the House of Deputies, with a report against its approval by Deputy Edio Lopes (PL/RR). The text will return to the agenda at the next week’s meeting.

The bill was presented by the Senate Otto Alencar (PSD/BA) and is being processed in the House of Deputies since June 2018. In this week’s vote, Fernandes said he asked for a view to present and include a vote aside, but favorable to the text. During the debate, the vast majority of parliamentarians positioned themselves in favour of the vote of Lopes.

The PDC 978/18 aims to repress part of the resolution 43/09 of the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), which limits the trade of ethanol fuel only to one distributor authorized by the Agency and the external market.

According to Otto Alencar, the proposal has no purpose to withdraw the market from authorized distributors, but also to enable the commercialization by producers of ethanol plants.

For the Director-General of the ANP, Décio Oddone, the release of the direct sale of ethanol by the producers will create a “vacuum” in the collection. “These issues need to be all equated and why it is more complex than it seems and is being discussed under the ANP and the Ministry of Economics,” said Oddone.

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