Portuguese LNG Virtual Pipeline with Madeira island reaches 270,000 CO2 environmental savings after 10,000 operations



Portuguese LNG Virtual Pipeline with Madeira island reaches 270,000 CO2 environmental savings after 10,000 operations

The Portuguese “LNG Virtual Pipeline” logistics operation to supply natural gas to Madeira island for electricity production, provided by Grupo Sousa | Gáslink, surpassed 10,000 containers unloaded at the LNG Satellite Plant.

This “door-to-door” logistics solution, in placed since 2014, allows for a partial replacement of: fuel oil for electricity production, presently counting with an average energy mix of fuel oil (55%), natural gas (20%), renewables (20%) and urban solid waste (5%).

Since 2014 harmful polluting emissons of carbon dioxide (CO2) reduced over 270,000 Tons. The environment benefits that comes from it, is also notorious in the reduction of 3,000 Tons of sulphur oxides (SOx), 12,000 Tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and around 150 Tons of particulate matter, equivalent to a reduction of more than 95%, compared to fuel oil emissons, still in use by public owned Electricity Company.

The environmental benefits of this pioneering and innovative operation in an island, coupled with the fact that the majority of the logistics activities are performed by Grupo Sousa companies, with a high degree of optimization, has been contributing to its success, constituting an international case study.

“The natural gas used to produce electricity reached 2.6 TWh. The efficiency gains and logistical optimization achieved by the “LNG Virtual Pipeline” allows, today, without any additional investment, the supply up to 25% of the energy matrix, compared to the current 20%, with corresponding increased environmental benefits, once electricity production based on fuel oil is likely to be reduced below 50% along with the increase of renewables” stated Pedro Amaral Frazão, Grupo Sousa Director & CSO.


LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos) tests Emergency Plan with Civil Protection


LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos) tests Emergency Plan with Civil Protection

Last Wednesday, Gáslink held the 6th Internal Emergency Plan (IEP) Implementation Exercise of LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos), aimed to train the application of this Plan and the actions of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) operators and drivers in an incident scenario involving natural gas.

This Exercise also featured the presence of the Sapadores Fire Brigade and the Municipal Civil Protection Service of Funchal, having been tested the Emergency Network communications (SIRESP), reaction times of the intervention teams and their joint action. The goals set for the exercise were fully achieved.

LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos)

LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos), managed by Gáslink Gás Natural SA, started its activity in 2014 and is intended to receive, store, regasify and treat LNG in order to guarantee a regular and continuous supply of natural gas to the Vitória Thermoelectric Power Plant in Madeira island. LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos) is classified as a SEVESO Establishment (Decree-Law no. 150/2015, August 5) and annually carries out trials to test the efficiency of its IEP.

The LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos) External Emergency Plan, recently approved by the Funchal’s Municipal Hall, the entity responsible for its development and implementation, is available for public consultation until November 13th.

LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos) renews certification


LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos) renews certification

At the beginning of this month, the LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos) in Funchal, run by Grupo Sousa | Gáslink, had its Declaration of Compliance regarding the Safety Management System for the Prevention of Major Accidents involving dangerous substances (SMSPAG) renewed following the 6th annual audit to which it was submitted.

Following audits carried out over recent years by CERTITECNA, CONSULSAFETY and SGS, this year ISQ was responsible for evaluating the Safety Management System for the Prevention of Major Accidents at LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos), and the auditor (qualified by the Portuguese Environment Agency) applied the demanding protocol arising from Decree-Law No. 150/2015 of 5 August.

Having detected no non-conformities, the auditor also recognised, among other strengths, “the high level of technical competence, in particular with regard to the safety of all employees”.

Gáslink has been operating in LNG Satellite Plant (UAG-Socorridos) since 21 March 2014, ensuring the storage, regasification and transformation of Natural Gas to supply the 3rd spacecraft of the Vitoria Thermoelectric Power Plant, for electricity production. In 2019, Natural Gas represented 19.6% of the electricity production mix in Madeira island, with Gáslink having successfully and safely carried out, to date, 8,960 LNG discharge operations at the inspected facility.