Natural gas is the main largely available commodity in the Planet, being known for its versatility, since it can be used in various processes of heat and power generation. Its affordable price, allied to the fact that it is less polluting than most energetic inputs, has earned it the status of pathway to renewable energies, which, albeit still expensive, play a key role in the improvement of air quality and urban mobility in the cities, as well as in the social and economic development of regions. Brazil faces challenges in all infrastructure areas, and in the gas sector, it is no different. Last February, PETROBRÁS announced reducing the Bolivian gas import to 45%. As the single bearer of a public concession for the distribution of conducted natural gas in Brazil, PETROBRÁS’
New challenges to the industry
In the non-thermal market, industry is the world’s top consumer of natural gas and Brazil’s leading employment and income provider. Industries’ hurdles are in the appliance of technology and, mostly, in lowering their operational costs. Natural gas has a fundamental role in the improvement of processes, energetic efficiency and in product’s qualification. More than 230 industries are served in Santa Catarina, where almost 3.900 of them are based. That means there is latent need to expand the power serving, aiming to avoid the use of more pollutant energies such as mineral coal and firewood.
The Committee for Natural Gas Implementation (or WOC5, the Working Committee 5) gathers biannually to study and the implementation of natural gas to the end user, through the analysis of new technologies, business models and successful cases. Florianópolis shall host another meeting of the committee, whose mission is to universalize the efficient implementation of natural gas in the industry. The WOC5 meetings have already reached practical results, such as the new network design for conducted gas that SCGás shall put in place as of 2017, to serve remotest regions of the countryside, still unserved by the basic network. The new network design is an adaptation of a format already used in Portugal.