Biomethane pioneer gas pipeline inaugurated in Ceará

The Government of Ceará inaugurated on Monday (16), at the Caucaia Municipal Wastewater Site (Asmoc), the Gas Pipeline, the Transfer Station and the Renewable Natural Gas Production Plant, projects carried out through a partnership between the Company of Ceará Gas (Cegás), City of Fortaleza and Renewable Natural Gas Fortaleza. The state-owned grid is the first to be distributed by GNR for final use, and the second largest in the country in structure, with initial capacity of 100,000 m³ of biomethane, a renewable fuel used to supply vehicles, industries, commerce and households.

The ceremony was attended by governor Camilo Santana, accompanied by the mayor of Fortaleza, Roberto Cláudio, Cegás president Hugo Figueiredo, the financial president of the Marquise Group, José Carlos Pontes, Ecometano businessman Carlos Laranjeira , among others representatives of the private initiative, secretariat, state and municipal political leaderships.

The Chief Executive was responsible for starting the machines in the unit. During the ceremony, Camilo highlighted the success of the partnership between public power and private initiative to make Ceará a reference and pioneer in the distribution of renewable natural gas in Brazil.

"We are now the first distributor unit. This is the only one in Brazil that is delivering gas. Cegás invested more than R $ 22 million to make the gas reach the companies. This is the partnership, daring and innovation between public power and private initiative. It wins the environment, wins the population and also wins the productive sector, "he said.

The initial capacity of the distribution network is 100,000 m³ of biomethane, which makes Ceará the second largest distributor in Brazil. However, the expansion of this number is expected by state and private sector representatives involved in equipment management.

According to the president of Cegás, Hugo Figueiredo, with a small expansion, soon the network will be able to 150,000 m³. Reaching this mark, Ceará will become the largest industry in Brazil in this sector.

With 23 km of extension, the Gas Pipeline is responsible for distributing Renewable Natural Gas (GNR) from the RMF landfill to industries, vehicles, commerce and residences of the company's customer network. The structure will allow the removal of methane gas from the surface of the Landfill. This gas is generated from the decomposition of organic waste deposited at the site, the main destination of all the solid waste collected in Fortaleza. For the realization of the process, pipes have been installed that will suck all the material. The production of biomethane occurs from the separation of CO2 from methane and the removal of contaminants.

In addition to generating power, it will also be possible to prevent more than 610 tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere annually, equivalent to the daily withdrawal of more than 800,000 liters of diesel from the transport sector. This contributes to minimizing the emission of greenhouse gases, contributing positively to future generations. With the generation of renewable energy, fossil fuels are replaced, thus reducing environmental liabilities and assigning a green seal to the treatment matrix. Source: Government of the State of Ceará

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