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LatinNews Daily - 18 December 2020

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In brief: Brazil’s Aneel concludes power transmission auction

* Brazil’s national electricity regulator (Aneel) has successfully auctioned 11 lots of power transmission lines, the Aneel’s first auction this year and the most important tender of 2020 in the government’s investments partnerships programme (PPI). Aneel’s auction attracted widespread interest with a high number of bidders for each lot, a sign of the electricity sector’s appeal to investors, according to the Aneel’s director-general, André Pepitone. Brazilian firms Neoenergia, CTEEP, Energisa, and Mez Energia were amongst the companies to win the auction, which concerned almost 2,000 km of transmission lines across nine states. The tender is expected to generate R$7.34bn (US$1.45bn) in investments over the next five years, and lead to the creation of 15,000 jobs in the nine states concerned – Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo.