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).
The Brazilian government decided to include several solar energy equipment’s in a list of capital goods whose import taxes are zero-rated until the end of 2021, according to publications in the Official State Gazette. Import taxes for solar modules are usually 12%, while inverters pay tariffs of 14%.
2W Energia is another company with plans to make an initial stock offering (IPO) at B3. The company has filed an offer request with the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) for a primary issuance of shares. One of the objectives with the funds to be raised, according to the prospectus, is to invest in wind energy projects. The IPO should be in the amount of R$ 1.5 billion ($ 288 mm).
The board of directors of the New Development Bank (NDB), the Bank of Brics, approved a $1 billion (R$ 5.3 billion) loan to Brazil. The amount will be used to pay the Federal Government’s emergency assistance to about 5 million people. With the new financing, the Brazilian portfolio of projects approved by NDB in the country now reaches $ 2.55 bn.
A photovoltaic solar power plant is in the final stages of construction. The project aims to serve hospitals in the capital and interior of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and the enterprise will have 16,290 solar plates. With 5.7 MW of power, the plant will have the capacity to produce enough energy to supply around 7,000 popular homes.
Brazil’s electric power demand registered a drop of more than 3% in June compared to the same period last year, said the National Electric System Operator (ONS). According to ONS’s, the 61,602 average megawatt load registered by the National Interconnected System in June represents a drop of 3.4% in the annual comparison, but an increase of 2.5% in the following month.