Petrobras inaugurates new gas pipelines

Eric Watkins
OGJ Oil Diplomacy Editor

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 – Brazil’s state-run Petroleo Brazileiro has launched the 38-in, 179-km Cabiúnas-Reduc III (Gasduc III) gas pipeline, which is capable of carrying 40 million cu m/day.

Petrobras said Gasduc III enhances regional transportation capacity to 40 million cu m/d from 16 million cu m/d. The line can transport gas produced in the Campos and Espírito Santo basins, as well as gas imported from Bolivia and from the Guanabara Bay LNG Regasification Terminal.

Gasduc III also will be able to receive gas coming from the Santos Basin, once the Caraguatatuba-Taubaté gas pipeline has been completed later this year. Gasduc III interconnects Brazil’s main natural gas processing pole, the Cabiúnas Terminal, to natural gas Hub 2, in Duque de Caxias.

Last month, Petrobras inaugurated the 93-km Paulínia gas pipeline, which will transport 5 million cu m/d. It originates in the city of Paulínia.

In addition to the Paulínia-Jacutinga gas pipeline, Petrobras said that the transportation network that supplies the state of Minas Gerais will be further reinforced in May when the 267-km Gasbel II line is scheduled to begin operating.

With the Paulínia-Jacutinga and Gasbel II gas pipelines, Petrobras said it is boosting its natural gas transportation capacity to Minas Gerais fourfold, rising to 13.2 million cu m/d from 3.2 million cu m/d.

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