Regulatory News
January 22
The director general of the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), Décio Oddone, delivered a letter to President Jair Bolsonaro saying that he will leave his position before the end of his term. Officially this would have come at the end of December, but Oddone has announced that he will remain only until his replacement is approved.

In the letter, Oddone stated that he never belonged to political groups and evaluated having fulfilled the mission assumed in 2016 with "honesty, transparency and public spirit for the development of the greatest transformation ever produced in the oil and gas sector in Brazil."

Among his accomplishments, Oddone mentioned the return of auctions for oil and gas exploration and production and the creation of measures for a permanent supply of areas aimed at small and medium-sized oil companies. In addition to the director general, the ANP is expected to change three more members of the board whose terms of office also end this year.
December 25
The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has accepted Equinor's environmental plan for exploratory oil drilling in the

Great Australian Barrier Reef, which is the second of four approvals required before the start of the activity.

The first approval was granted in 2011 by a federal and state government commission.
NOPSEMA’s rigorous evaluation process took almost eight months and involved a range of experts with environmental, scientific and engineering experience.

According to the agency, conditions imposed for the approval of the plan were strict so to ensure a high level of environmental protection in recognition of the region's unique values and sensitivities.
December 19
The National Petroleum Agency (ANP) will prioritize research, development and innovation projects related to accident prevention measures and the environmental impact of oil and gas production. The decision was made because of the oil spill that hit the Brazilian coast, especially in the Northeast. According to the Brazilian Environmental Institute, about 4.6 tons of crude oil has been removed since the end of August, when the first oil slicks were detected.

The purpose of the ANP is to contribute to the training and preparation of companies and research institutions for emergency situations. The regulatory agency will stimulate the development of projects with themes such as: oil dispersion modeling in maritime environments; monitoring of oil production, runoff and transportation infrastructures; methodologies for monitoring and preventing oil containment losses in offshore oil production units and subsea infrastructure; well monitoring; emergency response, infrastructure and the Incident Command System (ICS); risk analysis methodologies applied to the oil and natural gas industry.

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