On April 2, 2015, the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels - ANP published the Notice of Public Hearing and Consultation No. 7/2015 in order to discuss the draft of a resolution that, among other purposes, aims to ensure actual third-party access to gas transportation pipelines, pursuant to the provisions of Law No. 9,478/1997 (Petroleum Law), Law No. 11,909/2009 (Gas Law) and Decree No. 7,382/2010 (Gas Law Regulation).

The new resolution contains some relevant innovations, including the obligation of the transporters (pipeline operators) to set up an electronic platform to allow public and free consultation on the availability and access alternatives for each pipeline, including the rates applicable to retaining firm, interruptive or extraordinary transportation services.

The new resolution also improves the procedures applicable to transfers of contracted capacity and regulates the operational exchange of natural gas (the so-called “swap”) – which was only briefly mentioned in Decree No. 7,382/2010, allowing new forms of third party access to transportation pipelines and increasing the competitiveness of the natural gas market.

Comments and suggestions in relation to the draft resolution may be submitted to ANP until May 05, 2015. The draft of the new resolution and the form for submission of comments and suggestions are available on ANP's official website (Portuguese only).

The Public Hearing will be held at ANP’s main offices (Avenida Rio Branco, 65, 13th floor, Downtown, Rio de Janeiro/RJ) on June 19, 2015, from 2PM to 5PM.