Regulatory News
July 08
Australia's National Offshore Oil Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has requested additional information from the Norwegian company Equinor on its environmental plan for oil exploration activity in the Great Australian Bay.

With the measure, the evaluation that had begun was interrupted so that the company could send the requested information within a period of 60 days. NOPSEMA technicians identified issues not answered by Equinor in the document under consideration.

The agency said it could not give details of what additional data was requested and stressed that its role is to prevent major accidents, ensure worker safety, and protect the environment.
June 14
With the seal of the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), Petrobras signed an agreement with the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade), an agency of the Ministry of Finance, to undertake selling eight oil refineries. The objective of the measure is to stimulate competition in the refining market in Brazil, now exploited almost entirely by the state, with new investors in the sector.

The ANP president, Décio Oddone, praised the initiative. "This commitment will bring investments, increase refining capacity and reduce our dependence on imports, bringing more competition, transparency and consumer benefits. It is a historic moment," he said.
May 31
The ANP hosted a technical preparatory meeting for the Brazil-US Energy Forum (USBEF) on May 23 in Rio de Janeiro, which brought representatives together from the Brazilian and US governments for cooperation in the oil and gas, energy nuclear power sectors. The idea is to discuss technical, regulatory and policy issues of mutual interest and develop goal plans.

"We are facing two major challenges, one at a global level, which is the transition to a low carbon economy, and another at the national level, which is the opening up of the sector, both upstream, with the participation of other companies in the pre- salt and the sale by Petrobras of mature fields, as well as in the natural gas segment and in the supply. This is the first time we have experienced such a transformation in our industry," Décio Oddone, director general of the National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) said at the opening of the meeting.

Oddone reinforced the expectation of resuming operations in mature fields, the permanent supply of areas and the improvement in the environmental licensing process, saying that new measures will make the gas sector more dynamic and competitive. "In supply, we are studying how to make regulation more attractive to the entire segment," he added.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the ANP, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), the Energy Research Company (EPE), the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL), Eletronuclear and Petrobras, as well as the US delegation.

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