Minister: Brazil to Build 4,000km in Pipelines

Brazil will build more than 4,000km in new pipelines in the next few years, mines and energy minister Silas Rondeau said in testimony to the lower house on the proposed gas bill.

The government in general plans to award concessions to build and operate the natural gas pipelines, Rondeau said.

Pipeline infrastructure also could include fiber optic cables to carry broadband internet to hundreds of municipalities in Brazil.

The ministry does not have a timeframe for the pipeline projects, a ministry spokesperson told BNamericas, adding a project map is not yet available.

The ministry proposed the gas bill, which would regulate gas transport in order to pave the way for new investments in the sector.

Center-right PFL party senator Rodolpho Tourinho has proposed a similar bill, which could be merged with the ministry's proposed legislation.

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