On November 3rd, 2016, Decree no. 8.893/2013 was published, establishing the undertakings of the government programme Parcerias de Investimentos – PPI (Investment Partnership Programme) that will be considered as national priority in energy and mining sectors.
The Law no. 13.334/2016, which created the Investment Partnership Programme and aims to enlarge and strengthen the interaction between the state and the private sector for the implementation of infrastructure undertakings and others privatization measures, expressly provides the necessity of decrees to define the qualified ventures to be developed in partnership, which should be treated as national priority.
Therefore, the new Decree defines as national priority various undertakings throughout the country, specifically:
- bidding round of oil and natural gas exploration blocks under a concession regime;
- Fourth bidding round of oil and natural gas fields (onshore fields) under a concession regime;
- Second bidding round under a production sharing agreement (unitization areas);
- Amazonas Distribuidora de Energia S.A. and the public energy transmission concession it owned;
- Boa Vista Energia S.A. and the public energy transmission concession it owned and those that the company is or was designated as temporarily responsible for the service providing;
- Companhia de Eletricidade do Acre and the public energy transmission concession it owned;
- Companhia Elétrica de Alagoas and the public energy transmission concession it owned;
- Companhia de Energia do Piauí and the public energy transmission concession it owned;
- Centrais Elétricas de Rondônia S.A. and the public energy transmission concession it owned;
- Generation concessions of the following hydroelectric plants: (i) Hydroelectric Plant of Volta Redonda; (ii) Hydroelectric Plant of Miranda; (iii) Hydroelectric Plant São Simão; (iv) Hydroelectric Plant of Pery; and (v) Hydroelectric Plant of Afro Trafo.
- Assets owned by Companhia de de Pesquisa e Recursos Minerais – CPRM, which include the following projets: (i) phosphate in Miriri, in the states of Pernambudo and Paraíba; (ii) copper, lead and zinc in Palmeirópolis, in the state of Tocantins; (iii) coal in Candiota, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul; and (iv) copper in Bom Jardim de Goiás, in the state of Goiás.
Also, it designates the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES (Brazilian National Bank for Economic and Social Development) as responsible for implementing and monitoring the privatization process of the public service concessionaires mentioned in the same Decree.
Sion Advogados counts with a highly qualified team with strong experience in energy and mining sectors and remains at disposal for any further clarifications and support.