This excerpt taken from the PBR 20-F filed Jun 30, 2005.
Our participation in the domestic power market has generated losses and may not become profitable.
Consistent with the global trend of other major oil and gas companies and to secure demand for our natural gas, we participate in the domestic power market. Despite a number of incentives introduced by the former Brazilian government to promote the development of thermoelectric power plants, development of such plants has been slow. We have invested in 12 (ten in operation and two under construction or development) of the 39 gas-fired power generation plants being built or proposed to be built in Brazil under the program to promote the development of thermoelectric plants, known as the Programa Prioritário de Termoeletricidade (Thermoelectric Priority Program, or PPT). Demand for energy produced by our thermoelectric plants has been lower than we expected mainly as a
result of good hydrological conditions in the last years that increased the supply and lowered the prices of energy from hydroelectric power plants.
In 2002, the Brazilian Congress passed a law increasing government intervention in the domestic power market, and in 2003 the current administration proposed a new regulatory model for the energy sector. Although the new model for the energy sector creates certain incentives for investments in power generation, the changes implemented by it have not reduced our risks of losses. See Item 4. Information on the CompanyNatural Gas and PowerNew Regulatory Model.
Our participation in the domestic power market has generated losses and may not become profitable and it may continue to adversely affect our operating results and financial condition.