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Andre Pepitone candidate to head Brazil's energy regulator ANEEL




By Luciano Costa

Petroleumworld 01 05 2018

Civil engineer Andre Pepitone is in line to take over as the head of Brazil's energy regulator, with the backing of two influential politicians, three sources told Reuters this week.

Former Brazilian President Jose Sarney and Senator Edison Lobão, members of the governing Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, want Pepitone to take over as director-general of regulator ANEEL, according to three people familiar with the matter. Pepitone has served on ANEEL's board of directors since 2010.

The term of current Director-General Romeu Rufino ends in August.

The move illustrates the influence that Sarney and Lobão have exercised over the energy sector for more than a decade. Both previously served as minister of mines and energy.

Representatives of Sarney and Lobão did not immediately comment, while Pepitone could not be reached.

Story by Luciano Costa; Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Rosalba O‘Brien from Reuters. 01 04 2017

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