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Brazil Plans To Change Oil Laws

Brazilian President Lula da Silva will soon get a report from the government panel about possible changes in the country oil laws

Brazil Plans To Change Oil Laws

Dow Jones Wires reported that Marcio Zimmerman, executive secretary at the Mines and Energy Ministry, said "the working group is finalizing its report and will submit it to the president in coming weeks."

Zimmerman made the comments at the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency's 10th round auction of oil and natural gas exploration and production blocks.

Zimmerman was acting as mines and energy minister while Minister Edison Lobao is at a meeting in London.Earlier this week, Lobao had said that the panel would conclude its work this week.

The panel is studying possible changes to Brazil's oil laws, including a greater take of profits from production at the country's promising offshore subsalt oil reserves.

The government panel will then forward its proposals to Lula, who has pledged to use proceeds from the subsalt oil deposits to diminish the country's crushing poverty and improve the educational system.

Author: Ksenia Kochneva

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