The National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) is the regulatory body for activities that integrate the oil, natural gas and biofuels industries in Brazil. As a federal autarchy responsible for implementing the national policy for these sectors, ANP focuses on guaranteeing the fuel supply and protecting consumers’ interests. Its purposes are to regulate (establishing the rules for the industry), to contract (organizing auctions, signing contracts on behalf of the Brazilian State with the concessionaires, and granting permits for the activities of regulated companies) and to supervise the oil, gas and biofuels sector (ensuring compliance with the rules, directly or by agreements with other public authorities). By performing its duties, ANP acts as a promoter of economic development, attracting investments and improving technology and human resources for the industry. It also functions as a reference center for data and information on the Brazilian oil & gas sector by maintaining the Exploration and Production´s Database (BDEP), undertaking studies on oil and gas potential, receiving and publishing releases on discoveries, disclosing official statistics on reserves and production, and performing surveys on fuel and lubricants quality and prices.