Brazil seized 70,000 tons of illegally extracted manganese that would be shipped to China. The National Mining Agency (ANM) confiscated the ore valued at R$60 million ($11 mm). ANM reported that the seizure took place in the port of Vila do Conde, near the city of Belém, in the northern state of Pará.
Renewable energy company Omega Geração announced the acquisition of 50% in wind farms of the French company EDF Renewables in Bahia, in addition to negotiations for the possible acquisition of new projects. The deal for the complexes reaches a total of 182.6 MW in capacity and was valued at R$ 661.7 million ($120 mm).
Brazilian agribusiness exports reached US$ 61.2 billion and 131.5 million tons from January to July 2020, a new record for the period. Compared to the first seven months of last year, the growth reached was 9.2% in value and 17% in quantity exported. The analysis of the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CNA) is based on data released by the Ministry of Economy.
The Brazilian distributed solar generation market shows signs of recovery in the second half of the year, after suffering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, points out a study by Greener. Of the 2,104 companies interviewed, 25% said they had not made any sales in the first half of 2020. Of these companies, 29% began operations that year. Already 11% of the integrators declared to have sold more than 500 kW in the last 6 months.
Brazil’s sugar production in the 2020/21 season is expected to reach 39.33 million tons, a 32% increase compared to the previous season, projected by the state-owned Companhia Nacional do Abastecimento (Conab). The projection was high compared to Conab’s first estimate for the cycle, in May, when sugar production was seen at 35.3 million tons.
Araxá Energia’s business plan plans to invest R$ 450 million ($80 mm) in the construction of 150 MW of installed capacity in the remote generation mode by the end of 2022. The remote generation business model for lease is characterised by plants between 1 and 5 MW. The first 5 MW are planned to start construction in January 2021, with investments estimated between R$ 15 and R$ 20 million. ($2.6 and $3.6 mm)
The Ministry of the Environment opened a public consultation to improve the reverse logistics system of aluminium cans for beverages. One of the goals is to achieve the 95% recycling target for the material. Each recycled can saves 95% of energy consumption compared to the production cost of a new one.
The approval of the new sanitation framework should strengthen the entry of private investments in the sector. The government is studying concessions and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) projects that amount to R$ 62 billion ($11.2 bn). Of that amount, R$ 55 billion ($10 bn) are in BNDES and another R$ 7 billion ($1.3 bn) with Caixa. The largest of the projects being structured at BNDES, of R$ 33.5 billion ($6 bn) is in Rio de Janeiro.
For the first time, oil and natural gas production in the pre-salt exceeded 70% of national production, reaching about 2.738 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in July. According to Pre-Sal Petróleo S.A. (PPSA), a company linked to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, production corresponds to 70.26% of the total recorded in the country, of 3.898 million barrels per day.
The National Electrical Energy Agency (Aneel) granted to Rio Alto Energia the 35-year concession for the implementation and operation of five photovoltaic plants under the independent production regime, totalling 135 MW of installed capacity in the municipality of Coremas. The solar complex is composed of ten plants with capacity to generate 300 MWp, generating 93 MWp in an area of 300 hectares.