Enerflex is pleased to announce that the 10-year Build-Own-Operate-Maintain (BOOM) contract for Alvopetro Energy’s (“Alvopetro”) natural gas treatment facility in Brazil is fully commissioned and delivering natural gas to the local market.
In late 2018, Enerflex was awarded the 10-year BOOM contract for Alvopetro’s natural gas treatment facility in the state of Bahia in Northeast Brazil. This facility is part of their flagship Caburé Project, which is the culmination of a conventional upstream natural gas development and gas sales agreement coupled with a natural gas commercial solution that includes highly strategic midstream assets.
Enerflex engineered, designed, manufactured, and constructed the natural gas treatment facility that consists of a mechanical refrigeration plant, which along with Alvopetro’s 11-kilometer transfer pipeline, delivers capacities of up to 17.6 MMCFPD (500,000 m3/d).
This facility is the first 100% independently owned treatment facility in Brazil, capable of delivering sales specification natural gas. Compared to fuel oil, this cleaner burning natural gas generates a 53% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for electrical power generation. As an added benefit, local natural gas is priced attractively and helps retain and stimulate industrial activity in the State of Bahia.
In May 2020, the project was fully commissioned with commercial deliveries commencing in early July and quickly ramped up to its planned daily firm delivery rate of 10.6 MMCFPD(300,000 m3/d).
Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with teams facing a challenging environment, Enerflex employees stepped up to the challenge and demonstrated their hard work and perseverance in helping Alvopetro reach their milestone. Completing the commissioning of this project and to date with zero lost time incidents, this is just another example of how Enerflex delivers on our promise to our customers with safety top of mind.
Alvopetro is the first independent company with the capability to process natural gas to sales specifications and sell it to a local distribution company. Being the first of its kind in Brazil, Enerflex is proud to be a part of this project and is excited about the future of Alvopetro, whose vision is to become a leading independent upstream and midstream operator in Brazil. Enerflex shares their vision of unlocking the onshore natural gas potential in the State of Bahia in Brazil and strives to continue to build off the development of Alvopetro’s Caburé and Gomo natural gas projects and the construction of strategic infrastructure assets.