Petrobras, Cemig eye gas distribution deal

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Brazil's state-run energy giant Petrobras is in talks with local conglomerate Cemig to sell a 40% stake in gas distributor Gasmig.

In a statement, Petrobras said the proposed sale forms part of its five-year business plan, which forecasts up to US$11bn in divestments.

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Gasmig holds exclusive distribution rights for piped natural gas in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

According to Petrobras, the distributor transports 4.1Mm3/d of gas via an 850km pipeline network.

The deal would represent Petrobras' second major sale to Cemig in the past year.

Last October, a joint venture comprising Cemig and Renova bought Petrobras' 51% stake in hydroelectric generator Brasil PCH for US$310mn.

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