(PetroNoticias) In preparations for the start of operation of the long-awaited Route 3 gas pipeline, Petrobras launched a new nationwide tender for the provision of services and supply of goods involving the onshore stretch of the line. The activities involve commissioning, pre-operation, departure and assisted operation of the onshore portion of Route 3. The bidding will be in closed dispute mode and envelopes will be opened on the 23rd. The project is fundamental for the delivery of pre-salt gas to the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

The pre-operation and start-up services of the Route 3 section involve filling the pipeline with unprocessed natural gas and the consequent removal of the current fluid existing in the line. The assisted operation will consist of technical assistance provided by the winning bidder for a period of 30 days. According to market information, the Route 3 gas pipeline should start operating between the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022.

Routae 3 is approximately 355 km long. Of this total, about 307 km are related to the offshore stretch. The remaining 48 km correspond to the onshore part of the line. The outflow flow of the gas pipeline is approximately 18 million m³ of gas per day.

The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Santos Basin pre-salt hub to the Gaslub Itaboraí Hub (formerly known as the Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex – Comperj), in the municipality of Itaboraí, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro. There, a Natural Gas Processing Unit (UPGN Route 3) will be located.

According to the notice, the participation of companies organized in the form of a consortium will be allowed, with a limit of up to two participants. In addition to the activities on Route 3, the tender also provides services for the Gaserj 16” gas pipeline, Emissário Polo GasLub and the Ocerj 10” pipeline. Full competitive documentation (#7003529117) is available on the Petronect website.

With the start of operation of Route 3 and the interconnection of platforms P-75 and P-77, in Búzios, Petrobras will be able to export more than 9 million m³ per day of natural gas from the field to the continent. Today, the gas from Búzios is transported through platforms P-74 and P-76, through the Route 2 pipeline. Currently, the volume exported by the two platforms is up to 2 million m³/day.

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