This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Mar 18, 2005.
In addition to NTS and NTN, the MALHAS consortium also includes the wholly-owned subsidiary of PETROBRAS Transportadora Nordeste Sudeste (TNS), to which existing gas transportation assets belong, and by TRANSPETRO, which is responsible for the activities involved in the operation and maintenance of the consortium assets. Upon commencement of operations, the consortium will transport the natural gas of PETROBRAS, which will pay the consortium a fee for the services provided. Revenues arising from this project will be shared among the consortium members in accordance with pre-defined contractual terms, and NTS and NTN will receive funds in an amount necessary to fulfill their financial obligations. PETROBRAS is committed to making prepayments for transportation capacity to cover any cash shortfalls of the consortium, so that it may transfer to NTS and NTN the funds necessary for the fulfillment of their financial obligations under the agreement. Although the MALHAS consortium was not operational as of December 31, 2004, approximately US$ 290 million (R$ 769.776) had been transferred to NTS and NTN.