Court suspends Petrobras gas price readjustment in four states

The price readjustment for natural gas supplied by Petrobras would take place as of January 1, 2022. | Photo: André Motta de Souza / Agence Petrobras

The Rio de Janeiro court granted an injunction suspending the 50% increase in the price of natural gas supplied by Petrobras to the distributor Naturgy. The decision is taken by the duty judge André Felipe Tredinnick, who analyzed a public civil action filed on Tuesday (28) by the Board of Directors and the Consumer Defense Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Rio (Alerj). Besides RJ, three other injunctions also suspended readjustments for distributors in the states of Sergipe, Ceará and Alagoas. Another request made in the Holy Spirit was rejected by righteousness.

In the Rio de Janeiro decision, the judge determined that Petrobras maintains the current conditions of supply and price until the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade) appreciates the representation made by the concessionaire Naturgy and until that the conditions of access to the market are regulated. thus allowing the establishment of full competition in the supply of the input. The decision also received a favorable opinion from the State Prosecutor’s Office, believing that the proposed increase “would represent real chaos for the State of Rio de Janeiro, affecting the entire population of Rio de Janeiro”. The readjustment would take place from January 1, 2022.

Petrobras says he will appeal the decisions. The state-owned company claims that the final price of natural gas to the consumer is not determined solely by the company’s selling price, but also by the margins of distributors (and, in the case of CNG, resale stations ) and by state taxes. “In addition, the rate approval process is carried out by state regulators in accordance with specific laws and regulations,” the company says.

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