BNDES finances 1st pre-salt gas-powered plant

The first thermal power plant (TeU) to use natural gas from the pre-salt will be built through a financing of the Bank National Economic and Social Development (BNDES). The loan will be in the amount of R$ 2 billion and will be granted to joint venture Marlim Azul Energia S.A.

UTE Marlim Azul will have a capacity of 565.5 megawatts (MW), and according to BNDES, it could supply about two million homes. In other overhand, it will be built in the Logistics and Industrial Complex of Macaé, in northern Fluminense of Rio de Janeiro – considered a strategic site because it is close to the Cabiúnas Terminal (Tecab), which is the destination of the natural gas of the pre-salt via rota 2 gas pipeline. Another important factor of the logistic landscape is the proximity of Macaé Airport in the Port of Imbetiba and highways BR 101, RJ 168 and RJ 106.

The plant is expected to start operating in 2022, and during the implementation of the project, more than 4,000 direct jobs will be generated and Indirect.

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