Gáslink contributes to the reduction of 318 thousand tons of CO2


After eight years of permanent activity and with no record of accidents, Gáslink, a Grupo Sousa  company that guarantees the supply of natural gas to the island of Madeira, recently surpassed 12 thousand operations of containers unloaded in the Autonomous Natural Gas Unit of Socorridos, destined entirely to supply the electroproduction system of the Vitória Thermal Power Plant, in Funchal.

The use of natural gas in Madeira’s electricity production system, as an alternative to fuel oil, has already avoided the emission of several tons of pollutant gases, namely 318 thousand tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide), 14,800 tons of NOX (Nitrogen Oxides), 3,680 tons of SOX (Sulphur Oxides) and 171 tons of Particulates.

In addition, since the start of Gáslink’s operation in 2014, it has been possible to lower the dependence on fuel oil in electricity production from 74% to 44%, and in 2021 natural gas represented 23% of the production of the Vitória Thermal Power Plant. To date, 3,150 GWh of natural gas have contributed to these figures.

These results reflect not only Gáslink’s good practices, but also its capacity to organise and manage a logistics chain of this nature, unique on the islands and a pioneer in the country, mainly through the Group’s own resources.

The ship-owner GS Lines, the shipping agent PMAR, the port operator OPM, the transporter Opertrans Logística and the metalworking unit Metal Lobos are all involved in this operation and, in an integrated and complementary manner, have contributed to the success of this project.