“Natural gas, both imported LNG and domestically produced gas, will play a vital role in Brazil’s energy future. The Açu Gas Hub will offer solutions for both gas producers and consumers in the region, starting with thermo power plant and extending to industry as whole in the short term”, said Eduardo Parente, CEO of Prumo Logistica S.A.
“The Brazilian Southeast region is the country’s energy load center. Therefore, the increase of thermal power generation availability, as well as the gas supply from Açu Port, contributes to the Brazil´s development and growth and will be a big catalyst of local development”, said Paulo Rutzen, executive vice-president of Bolognesi.
Prumo and Bolognesi starting complementary studies to jointly develop a Gas Hub within the Açu Port.The Açu Gas Hub is a private solution for LNG imports and domestically produced natural gas in the Santos and Campos Basins. It is designed to be an attractive commercial solution for producers to monetize associated gas as well as offer a competitive infrastructure for large scale industrial gas consumption.
Identified projects of the Açu Gas Hub include gas-fired thermal power generation, LNG regasification terminals, natural gas processing, LPG terminals, offshore and onshore gas transportation pipelines, LNG storage and other gas marketing services.
The Açu Gas Hub is a competitive vantage of the Açu Port. Besides having a port ready, already in operation, with capacity to receive large ships and retro-area available for installation, the port will also enable an efficient and competitive logistics solution for large-scale consumption of natural gas.
Thermo Power Plant
Combining the Açu Port competitive advantages and its existing infrastructure with Bolognesi’s expertise in energy project development, Prumo and Bolognesi have established the commercial conditions for implementation of the Açu Gas Hub’s first phase of development. The anchor project will consist of the construction of a gas-fired power plant and installation of a LNG floating storage regasification unit.
Subject to conditions, Bolognesi will lease an area of up to 400.000 m² at Açu Port for a period of 25 years with an option to renew for another 25 years. Bolognesi will be responsible for the construction of the infrastructure deemed necessary for the implementation of the gas-fired power plant, including the transmission line, substation and LNG Terminal.
The definitive contract to the thermo power plant and Açu Gas Hub developments depends of negotiations of definitive documents and further conditions that may not materialize.
Headquartered in Porto Alegre, the Bolognesi Group operates in the real estate sector, heavy construction, concessions and energy. In the energy sector the highlight is for the development and construction of hydro generating units (SHP), wind and thermals that now total a portfolio of 1.2 GW of installed capacity and operation.
About Açu Port
With 17 km of piers Açu Port is located in São João da Barra, in northern Rio de Janeiro State. Occupying 90 km² the venture is comprised of Terminal 1 (T1 – offshore) and Terminal 2 (T2 – onshore). T1 is dedicated to handling iron ore and oil. Operational since October 2014, T1 has received 15 vessels so far. The terminal can receive vessels such as Panamax and Capesize and is being prepared to receive the larger Very Large Crude Carriers – VLCC.
T2 is located around a 6.5 km long, 300 meter wide approach canal with a depth of at least 10 meters along its entire extension, reaching 14.5 meters in its deepest section. T2 will handle project cargo, containers, rocks, bauxite, grains, vehicles, bulk liquids and solids, general cargo and oil. The terminal will also house a dedicated area for the oil and gas E&P support service industry. The first commercial operation occurred at the T2 canal in November 2014. Since then the Terminal has received 5 vessels.