Regulatory News
September 02
The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has identified a number of breaches of regulations in the March incident investigation on the Åsgard B platform operated by Equinor. At the time, a forklift operator was hit by an 83-pound trolley while dismounting a winch. The technician survived.

The investigation concludes that there was inadequate safety equipment and lack of communication between the employees performing the work. Based on the report, PSA made a series of recommendations to Equinor on operations at the Åsgard B facility, which should be in place by October 1.
August 26
The National Petroleum Agency (ANP) participated in the launch of the new Revitalization Program for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Activities in Land Areas. The president of the regulator, Décio Oddone, said that the initiative has the potential to open great opportunities for Brazil and for companies in the oil and gas sector.

Oddone also cited advances made for land areas in the last two years, such as the Permanent Offer, Reserved Based Landing, the creation of a Land Area Coordination at ANP and the sale of Petrobras assets.
July 30
A resolution published by the National Oil and Gas Agency (ANP) sets out regulatory guidelines related to the New Gas Market program, launched by the Brazilian government last week. With the objective of promoting free competition for the sector, the agenda of measures is expected to be completed by 2023.

Check below the ANP calendar for the New Gas Market:


- Resolution on criteria of autonomy and independence of carriers
- Resolution on interconnection between transport pipelines
- Review of ANP Resolution No. 15/2014 (which establishes the criteria for the calculation of transportation tariffs for the firm, interruptible and extraordinary natural gas transportation services, and the procedure for the approval of proposals for natural gas transportation tariffs submitted by Transporters for the Authorized Transport Pipelines)


- Guidelines for Jointly Developing Common Access Codes
- Review of ANP Resolution No. 51/2013 (which regulates the authorization for the practice of natural gas loading activity, within the Union's sphere of competence)
- Review of ANP Resolution No. 52/2011 (which regulates: the authorization of the practice of
natural gas trading activity, within the Union's sphere of competence, the registration of seller agent, provided for in Decree No. 7,382 / 2010, and the registration of natural gas purchase and sale agreements)
- Review of ANP Resolution No. 37/2013 (establishes criteria for the characterization of the expansion of the transport capacity of transport pipelines, composed of all its pipes and auxiliary installations)
- Revenue Transfer Mechanisms among Interconnected Natural Gas Transporters


- Review of ANP Resolution No. 11/2016 (which regulates: the provision of transportation services by carriers, the assignment of capacity contracted under the firm mode, the operational exchange of natural gas, the approval and registration of transportation service contracts); and the promotion of public call processes for the contracting of natural gas.)


- Conflict Resolution Concerning Access to LNG (Conciliation and Arbitration) Terminals
- Characterization of the Natural Gas Transport System

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