OCT 07, 2019
Brazil may receive investments to build at least 15 new pipelines in the coming years in this wave of expansion of the country’s gas market. All from private investments. At least that’s what the Energy Research Company (EPE) is projecting as potential for a new market. If this forecast is confirmed, it will be a considerable investment of billions to bring pre-salt production and the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin to the main consumption centers in the country. This projection was presented at Rio Pipeline this year and will again be a theme during OTC Brasil, which will be held on a smaller scale this year at Centro Sul América. The projects are in line with the forecast that the net gas supply in the country will rise from the current 59 million cubic meters per day (m³ / d) to 147 million m³ / d, in the Campos, Santos and Sergipe- Alagoas Basins – the first two in the pre-salt region.
At least three major transport pipelines are expected to be built. The first expansion of Gasbol in the South of the country, another in Uruguaiana, which may connect Brazil to Argentina, and another from Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, to Brasilia. This pipeline will focus on serving mainly agribusiness and consumers of a fertilizer factory that began to be built by Petrobras, but had the project suspended in Três Lagoas, Goiás. Only this last project, the Central Brazil pipeline, should cost about R$ 7 billion in construction.
EPE evaluates the installation of eight more sections connecting production and import regions and consumer centers, with specific demands. There are five other projects for the installation of runoff lines, between the wells producing the Campos and Santos pre-salt basins, Sergipe-Alagoas and Espírito Santo. The pre-salt runoff pipelines are routes 4, 5 and 6. Petrobras has already built with partners routes 1 and 2 and is building route 3 on its own, which will take the gas from the Buzios field to be processed in the Petrochemical Complex (Comperj) in Rio de Janeiro. Each of these outlets must require the installation of a natural gas processing unit, with an estimated cost of R $ 2.3 billion each. In the Santos Basin, where most of the pre-salt is located, two processing units may be installed, according to the EPE.