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    Ecopetrol launches pilot project for natural gas imports


    August 3, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Ecopetrol and Cenit, a subsidiary of the Ecopetrol Group, launched a pilot project to import liquefied natural gas on a small scale to the district of Buenaventura, in order to ensure a reliable alternative gas supply and provide greater autonomy in the supply of this fuel for some areas in the west of the country.

      This operation, according to the oil company, will provide an alternative supply plan, thanks to the logistical facility offered by a satellite regasification plant, which can be located anywhere under a safe, flexible, efficient and fast execution scheme.

      "In this case, the regasification plant will be located in Buenaventura and its function is to convert from liquid to gaseous state the imported product that arrives in a ship at the port, to later deliver it to the local distributor and this in turn to the final consumers," Ecopetrol informed.

      During the six months that this proof of concept lasts, 0.320 Gbtud (gas measurement unit) will be imported to meet about 60% of the current demand of the district of Buenaventura. In the next few hours the gas will be delivered to the distribution system.

      "The development of this type of innovative initiatives allows us to reach more Colombians with natural gas, which is a low-emission energy source. Micro LNG gives us the option of having small volumes that in the future will allow us to serve remote communities and ensure market growth in municipalities such as Popayán, Pasto, Florencia and Tumaco, among others," said Yeimy Báez, vice president of Low Emissions Solutions.

      For his part, the president of Cenit, Héctor Manosalva, said that "with the start-up of a satellite liquid natural gas regasification plant in Buenaventura, we corroborate our commitment to the energy transition and, in turn, generate positive social impacts as Ecopetrol Group in non-interconnected areas of the National Transportation System".

      Ecopetrol is advancing this initiative with Cenit, which developed a collaboration agreement with Invercolsa, through its subsidiary company Progasur, Promotora de Gases del Sur S.A E.S.P., to carry out the regasification during the duration of the pilot.

      This project is part of Ecopetrol's 2040 'Energy that Transforms' strategy, which aims to develop new alternative energies to advance towards the goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.

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