The process is part of the auction of pipeline and storage capacity for private sector firms, the results of which will be announced on February 17.
Helder Queiroz, a former director of Brazil's hydrocarbons regulator ANP, spoke to BNamericas about the return of bid rounds. In 2017, the country will hold the 14th bid round and a pre-salt auction, which are great opportunities to attract investments, according to Queiroz.
Through its OAS unit, Odebrecht is accussed of alleged influence-peddling in two Chilean presidential campaigns, including that of current incumbent President Michelle Bachelet.
The ministry has simplified bureaucracy by carrying out measures recommended by the commission for regulatory improvement.
The government is tightening conditions for contractors in a bid to "clean house" amidst the ongoing Odebrecht corruption scandal.