First extraordinary meeting of the National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) of 2023 took place, this Friday (03/17), at the MME| Photo: Ricardo Stuckert

The National Council for Energy Policy (CNPE), linked to the federal government, determined, this Friday (03/17), the revocation of CNPE Resolution No. in Brazil. According to the Minister of Mines and Energy, Alexandre Silveira, “the focus now is on energy security, expressed through the search for reducing external vulnerability in the supply of derivatives”.

The national refining park is made up of nineteen refineries with a processing capacity of around 2.4 million barrels of oil per day. Currently, Petrobras’ refineries operate below the processing capacity at which they operated in the past. With the greater use of refining capacity, the outlook is for increased operational efficiency, including increased oil product production and reduced fixed costs per processed barrel.

The national refining park is made up of 19 refineries that have a processing capacity of around 2.4 million barrels of oil per day, according to the ministry. Most of it still belongs to Petrobras, which had a plan to sell eight units, but managed to forward the sale of four parks (Mataripe, formerly Rlam; Isaac Sabbá; the Shale Industrialization Unit – SIX; and Lubricants and Petroleum Derivatives from Northeast – Lubnor), in the previous government.

This change by the current government reverses the policy of former President Bolsonaro’s management, and aligns with Petrobras’ own plans, as revealed in a report by Gazeta do Povo.

The resumption of investment in refineries in Brazil – a hallmark of previous PT administrations, which generated billionaire spending and had irregularities exposed by Operation Lava Jato and the Federal Audit Court (TCU) – was a commitment assumed by Lula during the electoral campaign .