Regulatory News
February 08
The National Oil and Gas Agency (ANP) held a public hearing in Rio de Janeiro to debate the new version of the Permanent Offer notice for areas for exploration and production of oil and natural gas. The objective is to improve the rules and include 173 blocks.

Of the total blocks, 149 were already under study and obtained a statement regarding environmental feasibility and the other 24 were blocks offered and not awarded in the 16th Bidding Round held in October of last year.

In addition to these new blocks, the last permanent bid notice included 600 blocks, of which 33 were auctioned in September. With the new notice, the number of areas will rise to 740.
February 08
The Federal Government's Security, Energy and Environment Agency (ASEA) of Mexico is evaluating the authorization of the installation of a new gas pipeline in the Puebla and Tlaxcala valley, with 10,000 kilometers of high and low pressure pipes to transport natural gas to industrial parks, as well as to supply businesses and homes.

The project consists of the construction, operation and maintenance of a natural gas distribution network divided into two stages. In the first stage, there will be 2,626 kilometers of pipelines, 3 city gates and 7 district stations; and in the second, the remaining 7,374 kilometers of pipelines will be designed and built.
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.

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