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Brazil offers Argentina emergency electricty, but not gas, to stave off energy crunch

Brazil offers Argentina emergency electricty, but not gas, to stave off energy crunch

Brazil reiterated Monday that it will sell neighboring Argentina extra electricity to help stave off blackouts, despite its refusal to share natural gas needed to generate power.
"We will send electrical energy to Argentina when it becomes necessary in the winter and Argentina can help us when we need it," Marco Aurelio Garcia, an adviser to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told Argentina's independent Radio America radio station.
Garcia's comments came after Silva, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and Bolivia's Evo Morales failed to reach an agreement Saturday on how to divide scarce Bolivian natural gas shipments in the coming winter.
Argentina is hoping to import a greater share after an unusually harsh South American winter that idled some industrial plants and hundreds of natural-gas-powered taxis in 2007.
Bolivia is increasingly finding it difficult to meet delivery contracts with its energy-hungry neighbors.
The Argentine government said after Saturday's meetings that ordinary homes will not experience shortages during the coming winter, but industry could see restrictions on natural gas use.
Increasing energy demands in Argentina have become a key challenge for Fernandez's young government.
Also Monday, Brazil's Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao told the Agencia Estado news service that officials from Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia will meet next week to discuss a joint project to build five hydroelectric plants to ease the region's energy problems.
The plants _ two at the Brazil-Bolivia border and three at the Brazilia-Argentina border _ will reportedly cost nearly US$17.6 billion (euro11.9 billion).


Updated : 2021-04-10 21:58 GMT+08:00