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Geo and Prumo Logistíca to explore RNG in Porto do Açu

Geo and Prumo Logistíca to explore RNG in Porto do Açu
Rogério Zampronha (left), CEO of Prumo Logística, and Alessandro Gardemann, CEO of Geo Biogas & Tech at the agreement signing held on August 31, 2023 (photo courtesy Geo Biogas & Tech).

In Brazil, GEO ENERGETICA PARTICIPACOES S.A. (GEO), a leading developer of the biogas value chain, has announced a partnership with Prumo Logística, the developer of the Porto do Açu multi-business platform in Rio de Janeiro, to carry out a feasibility study for the potential installation of a biomethane (aka renewable natural gas - RNG) plant within the Port complex or adjacent sites.

Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the installation of the RNG plant will be evaluated, as well as the use of the Port’s support logistics infrastructure, including purification plants, biofuel production, liquefaction, and a low-carbon hydrogen production unit.

Using technology from its subsidiary Geo Biogas & Tech, the planned unit will be the first dedicated to the production of RNG at Açu and the objective is to supply RNG to companies in the Port complex.

The ongoing discussions for the connection of the Port of Açu with the domestic gas pipeline network, through NTS or TAG, constitute an important factor for the establishment of the partnership since there is the possibility of RNG flow through these future routes.

这个新工厂是materiali的可能性zation of the plan announced to the market with a focus on expanding in renewable businesses, allowing the decarbonization in industries that are difficult to reduce emissions, such as maritime transport, mining, and steel green, commented Alessandro Gardemann, CEO of Geo Biogas & Tech.

Geo has currently three plants in operation and another five biogas and/or biomethane projects under implementation, scheduled to come online in 2024.

The location of Porto do Açu will facilitate the flow of products generated from biogas to the main consumer region of the country, the Southeast. Prumo’s business strategy is to make this Port the best platform for renewable energy projects in the country, promoting low-carbon industrialization. From the biogas generated, products such as biomethane and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) which are on our radar, can be produced from biogas as well as for industrial consumption in other facilities already here at Açu, said Mauro Andrade, Business Deveopment Office at Prumo Logística.

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