Regulatory Framework of Upstream and Onshore Unconventional Gas in Brazil

  • Hirdan Katarina de Medeiros CostaEmail author
  • Marcos Cintra
  • Eduardo G. Pereira
  • Edmilson Moutinho dos Santos


This chapter aims to provide a brief overview of onshore unconventional resources in Brazil. In this task, it analyzes the shale gas potential on Brazilian sedimentary basin. In addition, we described the regulatory framework related to shale gas as well as the currently concession agreement. Then we address the challenges that we consider crucial to realize the unconventional in Brazil: exploration deadlines, chain supplier of goods and services and environmental licensing. We conclude that the exploitation of unconventional resources in Brazil, could be a strategy to join forces to ensure a stable supply of natural gas in the long term, but the operationalization of this path suffered a series of setbacks regulatory, legal and economic that denounce certain fragility of the attractiveness of the Brazilian Upstream.


Unconventional Resources Concession Agreement Permissive Environment Unconventional Exploration Hydraulic Fracturing 
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Institute of Energy and Environment of the University of São Paulo, the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, CAPES (Process n.23038.003802/2014-53) and RCGI - Research Centre for Gas Innovation, hosted by University of Sao Paulo (USP) and sponsored by FAPESP - Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP Process n. 2014/50279-4), without which the present study could not have been completed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hirdan Katarina de Medeiros Costa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marcos Cintra
    • 1
  • Eduardo G. Pereira
    • 2
  • Edmilson Moutinho dos Santos
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Energy and EnvironmentUniversity of Sao PauloSao PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Law SchoolUniversity of East FinlandJoensuuFinland

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