The Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, inaugurated on Wednesday 20 August the country’s first LNG regasification terminal situated at the Port of Pecam in the Sao Goncalo do Amarante municipality of Ceara.

The new terminal, which is capable of regasifying 7 million cubic meters per day, helps build Petrobras as a pplayer in the international LNG market. Petrobras plans to inaugurate it’s second terminal, situated in Guanabara, later this year.

Through LNG, Brazil will have more flexibility and safety in supplying natural gas to the thermal and non-thermal markets. The LNG will be used, primarily, to fuel thermoelectric plants (TEPs).

In his message, the president of the Republic highlighted Petrobras’ achievement capacity: $quot;This terminal was built in record time, in eight months. This means Petrobras is slowly becoming more than an oil company.$quot;

Lula also mentioned the special moment the country is going through. In the end, he said $quot;this terminal, which is here (in Ceará), is something Petrobras and Brazil must be proud of.”

Petrobras’ president, José Sergio Gabrielli, said the new terminal is equipped with cutting-edge, innovative technology as it brings gas compressed to 600 times its original volume, at a temperature below 160ºC and in the liquid form. When the product arrives, it is once again turned into gas before being injected into the gas pipeline network

To him, $quot;this terminal is a pioneer, and it is something the Northeast and Ceará can be proud of as it will make a fundamental contribution to the Brazilian power system’s stability in the Northeast.$quot;

Unprecedented project
Petrobras’ LNG project is unprecedented in the world. The Company’s regasification terminals are the first ones to use vessels that have been adapted both to store LNG and to regasify the product on board. Brazil also pioneered the adoption of the LNG transference model from a supplier vessel to another regasifier vessel via cryogenic arms that are capable of supporting temperatures of some 160ºC below zero.