Vale mining company is developing a 100% electric locomotive, the first in the sector in Brazil, in partnership with the American Progress Rail, of the Caterpillar group. The equipment is under construction at Progress Rail’s industrial plant in Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais. The batteries will have a storage capacity of 1.9 MWH, being able to operate up to 24 hours without the need to stop to recharge.
The Development Bank of Minas Gerais (BDMG) is preparing to raise about $100 million in green bonds, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). At the same time, environmental, social and governance-related investments (ESG) have gained increasing interest from large industrial companies, financial institutions and asset managers.
Brazil’s energy load is expected to drop 3% in 2020, with the impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic concentrated in the first half of the year, said the National Electric System Operator (ONS). In a statement, ONS said that the projection takes into account a 5% drop in Brazil’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) this year.
Brazilian electricity trader Tradener has begun exporting energy to Argentina, in operations that are expected to move around $20 million per week. The negotiations involve energy produced by thermoelectric plants operated in Brazil and by Paraná state-owned Copel.
The asset management division of the largest bank in the Nordic region reported that it has disinvested from Brazilian company JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, for deforestation in the Amazon. Nordea Asset Management, a €230 billion ($269 bn) fund, said the decision was taken by its investment committee and applies to about €40 million ($46 mm) in total that it still maintains at JBS.
The Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CNA) estimates that the conclusion of a free trade agreement between Mercosur and Canada has the potential to increase the revenue from Brazilian exports of agricultural products by $7.8 billion. In 2019, trade in agricultural and livestock products with Canada was $628.7 million.
Brazil’s sugar exports increased by 85%, with average shipments per working day totalling 146,400 tons compared to 79,800 tons in July 2019, according to federal government data released by the Foreign Trade Secretariat (Secex). As a result, the country already exported 2.63 million tons of sugar in July, a volume higher than the total of 1.82 million tons shipped in the same month of 2019.
The trade balance review for 2020, released by the Brazilian Foreign Trade Association (AEB) in Rio de Janeiro, estimates exports of $192.721 billion, down 13.9% from $223.989 billion in 2019; and imports of $145.255 billion, down 18.1% from $177.344 billion last year.
Brazilian crude steel production fell 17.9% in the first half of this year, reaching 14.219 million tons against 17.324 million tons in the same period of last year. The drop was attributed to the 13 blast furnaces paralysed as a result of the new coronavirus pandemic, said Marco Polo de Mello Lopes, executive president of the Brazil Steel Institute, in a virtual press conference.
Eneva proposed a new proposal to BNDES, which seeks to get rid of its participation in the electricity company. The offer includes another cash payment of approximately R$2 billion ($400mm), the equivalent of R$ 1.00 per common or preferred share or R$5.00 per unit. BNDES has 28.4% of AES Tietê’s capital.