Brazil sees need for third re-gasification terminal

Aug 01, 2006 02:00 AM

Brazil's mines and energy ministry has identified the need for a third liquefied natural gas (LNG) re-gasification terminal in the country's south. The terminal would guarantee extra supply in the south, the ministry's planning secretary Marcio Zimmermann told at the 7th power business summit in Sao Paulo.
"These are preliminary plans," Zimmermann said, pointing out that the need for more LNG imports was identified in the 2007-30 energy plan the government aims to publish in October.

The third terminal would supply growing demand for fuel in southern Brazil now that increased supply from neighbouring Bolivia is only a long-term possibility. Southern Brazil relies mostly on Bolivian gas.
The other two re-gasification projects are in the south-eastern and north-eastern regions and are part of federal energy company Petrobras' strategic investment plan.

Petrobras has said that the south-eastern terminal would be able to process 14 mm cmpd of gas and the one in northeast, 6 mm cmpd. The third terminal, however, is still in the planning stage and capacity figures are not yet available. It could be built in Sao Francisco do Sul port in southern Brazil's Santa Catarina state.
Brazil's demand for gas is projected to top 100 mm cmpd by 2011 compared to current consumption of 42 mm cmpd, according to Petrobras figures.

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