Cosan licenses route for pre-salt natural gas/EPE estimates the construction of the route at R$4.8 billion

January 3, 2020

A 313 km long pipeline, being 294 km offshore and 19 km onshore, linking the Santos Basin pre-salt production hub to Madeira Island at the Itaguaí Port in Rio de Janeiro. This is Cosan’s new project for harnessing pre-salt ultra-deepwater gas, in a project that begins with the discovery of Carcarcá, operator by Equinor in partnership with ExxonMobil and Petrogal. The company started late last year the environmental licensing of the pipeline in Ibama.

The project, named Route 4b, also foresees the installation of a Gas Treatment Unit in the municipality of Seropédica, also in Rio de Janeiro, in an area of ​​800,000 m², where in addition to processing gas will be produce LPG and  C5 +.

The project is part of the Indicative Natural Gas Processing and Flow Plan (Pipe), prepared by the Energy Research Company (EPE), which estimates an investment of R$ 4.85 billion for the construction of the pipeline. According to EPE the gas processing unit will have a capacity of 20 million m³ / day and, would require an investment of R$ 3.5 billion.

EPE emphasizes in the planning that this alternative does not require the construction of a considerable portion of the terrestrial gas pipeline, as the port of Itaguaí touches the coast.

This is Cosan’s second project, based on Route 4 Participações, to transport pre-salt natural gas to land. The first project is Route 4, which connects pre-salt production to Praia Grande, on the São Paulo coast with a 275 km pipeline. The project would have the capacity to flow between 10 and 15 million m3 per day of natural gas.

The first project has been licensed since 2014 by Cosan, which is the parent company of Comgás, a natural gas distributor in the state of São Paulo. The company will construct both projects in parallel.

Source: epbr

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