EPE, ANP Agree to Exchange Data to Help Energy Planning

Brazil's energy research company EPE will use geological plus oil and gas sector data from national hydrocarbons regulator ANP to develop studies to help plan the country's energy development, EPE and ANP said in a statement.

The two have signed an agreement to exchange the information.

EPE will create the development studies that will include estimates of Brazil's total oil and gas reserves.

In addition, EPE will create studies covering the following areas: Brazil's 2006-30 energy development plan; a master plan for pipeline development; ethanol price projections; refining demand; fiscal and tax reforms for the oil and gas sector; and demand and supply data for fuel derivatives, EPE president Mauricio Tolmasquim told BNamericas.

"The mines and energy ministry has asked EPE to develop several studies," he said. "EPE is slowly complying with laws that say it must supply the government with information for it to carry out planning."

The government will announce in December the 2006-30 energy development plan, said Tolmasquim.

"Once the studies are done, they can be used by the mines and energy ministry to plan development and set up auctions of things such as pipelines and licensing tenders."

While ANP is responsible for hydrocarbons regulations, EPE was created in 2004 to help the government plan development of its energy sector and use of its energy resources.

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