June 17, 2019
Gas-to-power projects could be a new anchor for the development of natural gas project production in the country, estimates Thiago Teixeira, the deputy superintendent of Petroleum of the Energy Research Company (EPE).
The EPE superintendent has shown that the development of natural gas production in the pre-salt will require additional infrastructure with the creation of new routes for the flow of natural gas. He also warned that energy demand auctions will need to be reconciled with the decision processes of Brazilian upstream investments.
Teixeira also showed that it makes sense to put projects of generation of energy from natural gas in the base of the generation in the country. He cited Shell’s Marlim Azul project. The plant was the first winning project of the Brazilian pre-salt gas energy auctions. The plant will start up in 2022, providing additional energy to be sold in the free market.
Eneva is a pioneer of the model in the country, with the project of generating energy from the onshore gas that is produced in the Parnaíba Basin, in Maranhão. Now, the company will replicate the model with the 117-watt thermal Jaguatirica II, winner of the 1st auction for an isolated system. The project will generate energy for Roraima from the natural gas produced in the Azulão field, in the Amazon Basin. The investment in the project is estimated at R $ 1.8 billion.