In Brazil, renewable energy sources reached a 46.1% demand for participation in the Energy Matrix, an increase of 0.6% over 2018, according to the MME. The Brazilian indicator represents three times the world indicator. Total energy demand reached 294 million toe, showing a growth of 1.4% over 2018, above the GDP rate (1.1%), and accounting for 2% of world energy.
Santander Brasil announced a $ 1 bn line to finance projects in basic sanitation, in view of a possible increase in investments with the approval of the sector’s regulatory framework. Fees and terms will depend on the modality of the project, but the bank nods with interest reduction for customers who meet ESG metrics.
The negative impact of Covid-19 on the Brazilian diesel demand has also reduced the necessity of biodiesel, increasing the exportable surplus of soy oil, the main ingredient of the biofuel mixed in 12% in the Brazilian fossil product. Through Cattalini’s facilities are expected to export 850 thousand tons of soy oil in 2020, versus 672 thousand in 2019.
Petrobras sold the remaining 10% of the Associated Gas Transport Company to CDPQ for just over R$ 1 billion ($193mm). With this acquisition, Engie’s total shareholding in TAG increases to 65%, of which 32.5% belongs to Engie Brasil Energia and another 32.5% to GDF International, while CDPQ holds the remaining 35%.
The Brazilian mining sector’s revenues reached R$ 39.2 billion ($ 7.8 bn) in the second quarter, up 9% compared to the first three months of the year, pointed out the Brazilian Mining Institute (Ibram). Brazil’s iron ore producers, including Vale, accounted for 59.3% of the country’s total mining sector revenues in the second quarter, with R$23.3 billion ($ 4.7 bn).