RIO DE JANEIRO, April 3 Brazil's government
expects to raise at least 24 billion reais ($7.7 billion) in oil
and gas auctions through 2019, Energy Ministry Executive
Secretary Paulo Pedrosa said on Monday.
The auctions, which include presalt exploration areas,
should raise at least 8.5 billion reais in 2017, Pedrosa said.
Proceeds from the sale of distribution companies held by state
energy holding company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA
, may be divided between the company, known as
Eletrobras, and the federal Treasury, he said.
($1 = 3.11 reais)
(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by Ana Mano; Editing
by Jeffrey Benkoe)