Brazil to hire new carrier for main gas pipeline

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Brazil's oil and gas regulator ANP will issue in the second half of next year a public call to contract the available capacity of the Bolívia-Brazil (Gasbol) gas pipeline, ANP's director Cesário Cechi announced.

The new contract is necessary because the current transportation contract over 18Mm3/d, held by Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolívia-Brasil (TBG) with Petrobras, ends in December 2019.

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"The carriers may participate in the public call showing their interest in the purchase of capacity and by the end of the process the winners will sign new natural gas transportation contracts with TBG," Cechi explained.

According to ANP data, the area supplied by Gasbol concentrates 50% of Brazil's GDP, spanning seven gas distributors from Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul states.

The pipeline connecting Bolívia and Brazil reaches 1.2mn residential consumers, 18,000 commercial consumers, 2,000 industrial consumers, 590 natural gas service stations and four thermoelectric plants.