Brazilian state-run energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR) will commission its second liquefied natural gas terminal by the end of May.
Brazilian state-run energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR) will commission its second liquefied natural gas terminal by the end of May, the company's director of gas and energy said Tuesday. Final testing at the Guanabara Bay plant near Rio de Janeiro will likely continue into the middle of 2009, said Maria da Graca Foster. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will visit the completed plant Wednesday.
The Guanabara terminal has installed capacity to produce 14 million cubic meters of natural gas a day, using imported LNG as feedstock. The Golar Winter regasification ship is currently en route to Guanabara Bay from Singapore, Foster said.
Petrobras, however, won't ramp up production at the terminal for some time, Foster said. "It's not expected that we'll produce electricity using gas produced at the terminal this year," Foster said.
Last year, Petrobras completed construction and testing of a similar terminal at Pecem, in northeast Brazil's Ceara state. That terminal has installed capacity to produce 7 million cubic meters of natural gas a day.
The two terminals allow Petrobras to inject as much as 21 million cubic meters of natural gas a day into Brazil's energy matrix, with the resource coming from diverse regions and different sources around the world, Foster said.
Foster also said the company continued to evaluate the possibility of a third LNG terminal, which could also include a liquefaction plant. The plant would liquefy natural gas for export or transport to other markets in Brazil.
A decision on the location of the third LNG terminal would likely be made in the next few months, with construction expected to be completed by 2012.
Petrobras was also considering an offshore plant to liquefy natural gas as part of development of the company's promising subsalt oil reserves, which are also thought to contain massive quantities of natural gas, Foster said. Such a plant would likely be planned for operation in 2017.