Brazil energy body backs pipeline, power lines, oil auctions
BRASILIA Dec 9 (Reuters) - Brazil's national energy council has approved the sale of rights to build a natural gas pipeline, power transmission lines and oil exploration rights in 2015, the council, known by its Portuguese acronym CNPE, said in a statement.
The council voted to back a plan for national oil regulator, the ANP, to hold Brazil's 13th round of oil-rights auction. The sale though requires additional approval by President Dilma Rousseff.
The CNPE also approved the sale of rights to build and operate 12,963 km of electrical power transmission lines at an auction next year as well as the first-ever Brazilian auction of rights to build an operate a natural gas pipeline.
The 11-km pipeline will run between Itaboraí, Brazil near where state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA is building it's Comperj refinery, and Guapirimirim.
At Guapirimirim it will link up with a pipeline that will move natural gas from Brazil's offshore Campos Basin to the Duque de Caxias refinery in suburban Rio de Janeiro, also run by Petrobras, as the oil company is known.
Petrobras has already contracted all 17 million cubic meters a day of capacity in the new pipeline that the CNPE has authorized the ANP to sell in the first quarter of 2015. (Reporting by Leonardo Goy in Brasilia; Writing by Jeb Blount; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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