(PetroNoticias) Eneva inaugurated the Azulão Gas Treatment Unit (UTG), which is part of the Azulão-Jaguatirica integrated project, in the city of Silves, in the interior of Amazonas. This is the first gas producing area in the Amazon Basin. Azulão was discovered by Petrobras in the 1990s and declared commercial in 2004, but had never produced. Eneva bought the assets from the Petrobras at the end of 2017.

Since then, the company has designed and implemented the Azulão-Jaguatirica Integrated Project, which uses natural gas from the field to generate energy at the Jaquatirica II thermoelectric plant. The plant will be responsible for around 70% of electricity consumption in Roraima, where it is located. The total investment in the integrated project was R$1.8 billion. The plant should go into commercial operation this year.

“Eneva’s natural gas reserves and thermoelectric power plants ensure reliability to the Brazilian electricity system. In the interior of the country, our projects are replacing the consumption of imported fuel oils and diesel with national LNG, bringing regional development and contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions”, said the Eneva Operations Director, Lino Cançado, during the UTG launch event.

The Azulão field holds a certified reserve (2P – proven and probable) of approximately 6.3 billion cubic meters of natural gas. Of this total, about 3.6 billion cubic meters are committed to  Jaquatirica II. Recently, Eneva started a new exploratory campaign in Amazonas, aiming to seek more natural gas and increase its reserves.

The gas extracted from Azulão goes through the liquefaction process and is transported in trucks with tanks to Boa Vista (RR). In the capital, the gas is re-gasified and used to drive the turbines of the Jaguatirica II thermoelectric plant.

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