“In recent years, Sulgás has invested in actions to promote new sources of natural gas supply in the state, including the research into biogas,” Sulgás CEO Roberto Tejadas stated. The trials seek to produce a natural gas with a high methane content (over 96 %) that meets the technical specifications required by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).
The first project that could meet this requirement is being developed in the municipality of Montenegro by Verde-Brasil Consortium, consisting of Ecocitrus and Naturovos in partnership with Sulgás. The biomethane produced from chicken manure and agro-industrial residues obtained 98% methane in its chemical composition.
The feasibility of other ‘GNVerde’ production plants apart from the Montenegro facility will improve the widespread use of natural gas. “We believe there is potential for this fuel to reach a considerable participation in each state’s energy grid,” said Tejadas.
A delegation of participants of the Renex South America international fair, held on November 27-29 in Porto Alegre, took part in a technical visit to the biomethane production plant in Montenegro.