Brazil to triple natural gas consumption by 2010, minister says

Brazilian energy officials expect their country to consume 117 million cu m/day (cmd) of natural gas by 2010, compared with today's average of 35 million cmd. By 2007, gas consumption is expected to reach 50 million cmd. Last August, Brazil's gas consumption reached a record-high 35.5 million cmd.Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Dilma Roussef made this forecast Oct. 4 at the Rio Oil & Gas Expo in Rio de Janeiro.In August Brazil imported 21 million cmd of gas from Bolivia and 900,000 cmd from Argentina."During August the average production in Brazil was 46.3 million cmd, but part of this total is flared or reinjected in wells, not reaching the consumer market," the minister said...

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