A joint venture between major industry players BP, Siemens, SPIC Brasil and Prumo Logística to generate energy for six million households via a liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled power plant has received authorisation to begin operations.

The USD$1bn Gás Natural Açu (GNA) project will have a generation capacity of 1.338 gigawatts (GW), with a second phase beginning in November which will see an additional 1.681 GW capacity, making it the largest LNG-to-power complex in Latin America, according to SPIC.

Comprising of four phases, the completed plant will have the capacity to generate 6.4 GW of power.

The LNG component will involve an LNG-to-power thermoelectric plant which will contain an LNG terminal. A floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), capable of storing and regasifying up to 21 million cubic metres of gas per day will be moored at the terminal.

Commenting on GNA’s start-up of commercial operation, Bernardo Perseke, CEO, GNA, said, “We went into operation at a crucial moment for the country by bringing reliable enrgy to the system from LNG, which is a cleaner fuel and considered a catalyst for the global energy transition.”