Porto do Açu receives a visit from the Minister of Mines and Energy

The Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, was last Friday, Day 2, in Porto do Açu, in São João da Barra (RJ). At the time, he visited the works of UTE GNA I and the LNG regasification Terminal, which GNA – gas Natural Açu builds on site. The enterprises comprise the largest natural gas thermoelectric complex in Latin America, with 3 GW of installed capacity. The visit schedule also included an overflight through the Açu port, which offers a logistics hub and services for the O&G segment.

"We are developing in the port of Açu a complete hub of oil and gas, synergistic, with connectivity to the existing dutoviary mesh in the southeast and that will be extremely strategic for the oil and gas industry in Brazil. We are talking not only of the construction of a large thermoelectric park, but also of the operation of the only private terminal in Brazil for transshipment of oil, and that will soon offer warehousing and blending services. In addition, they already operate from the Açu leading companies in the supply of goods and services to the oil and gas industry. Thanks to our strategic location, we are a real alternative to enable the movement of oil and the use of pre-salt gas, "said Tadeu Fraga, CEO of Prumo Logística, an economic group responsible for the development of Açu port.

During the overflight, the minister was able to check the entire infrastructure of the complex, which has the largest offshore support base in the world; Terminals for the movement of bulk solids, general and project loads; In addition to factories for the construction of subsea equipment and marine fuel supply services.

The field visit was initiated by the works of UTE GNA I, a natural gas thermoelectric plant in a combined cycle of 1.3 GW of installed capacity. With more than 75% evolution of the works and with all the large equipment supplied by Siemens already delivered on site, the plant is expected to start the commercial operation in January 2021.

The authorities also visited the works of the LNG Regasification terminal, which will be the first private use terminal in Brazil, and where it will be permanently positioned the floating storage unit and LNG regasification, the FSRU BW Magna, which Will arrive in Brazil in 2020. Still in 2020, the start of the construction of UTE GNA II, a natural gas thermoelectric plant in a combined cycle of 1.7 GW of installed capacity is planned.

"The minister's visit to our works was a great opportunity to present our structuring project, which will contribute to the diversification of the Brazilian energy Matrix," said Bernardo Perseke, CEO of GNA. He added that the plants under construction in the enterprise will work as an anchor project for domestic gas attraction to Açu port.

"The project of GNA, which will generate the largest thermoelectric park in Latin America, is fully reconciled with the public policy of the current government on the new gas market. It is a satisfaction and a pride as Brazilian and minister to know this terminal of LNG, which is being developed here within the complex of Açu and which is fundamental for the future of our country. I leave here with sparkle in my eyes, "said the Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque.

Currently, of the 7000 employees of the Açu port, more than 4,700 work in the projects of GNA, being a good part residents of the region. At the end of July, GNA completed more than 5 million hours without work-related accidents.

The delegation included the Secretary of oil, gas and biofuels, Marcio Felix, the Secretary of Geology, Mining and Mineral transformation, Alexandre Vidigal, as well as the Director general of the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), Décio Oddone, and three other directors, Aurélio Amaral, José Cesário Cecchi and Felipe Kury. In addition to the CEOs of Prumo and GNA, the authorities were received by the President of the exploration and production segment of BP in Brazil, Adriano Bastos, and by the president and CEO of Siemens in Brazil, André Clark, as well as other representatives of the companies.

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