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Energy source essentially composed by methane gas (>80%), which results from the decomposition of animal and plant organic matter over millions of years accumulated in natural deposits. After its extraction, the natural gas undergoes a cleaning treatment to remove impurities, before being introduced into the logistics chains to the final consumers, allowing it to be transported, compressed (high pressure) or as Liquefied Natural Gas (low pressure). It is a colourless gas, odourless and, if inhaled, it is not harmful to human health. For safety, natural gas is odorized before being distributed to final consumers.
LNG results from the transformation of the gaseous phase into a liquid phase of natural gas, through a purification and cooling process to a temperature of approximately -160 ºC. This liquefaction process reduces the gas volume by about 600 times, allowing it to be transported safely and efficiently, even over long distances, as a cryogenic liquid.
Natural gas technology, developed over more than 40 years, has made it possible to achieve a high degree of maturity and safety, as exemplified by its numerous applications, whether in the form of gas, regasified LNG or even compressed:
Sanitary hot water
Waste collection vehicles
It is the fossil fuel with the lowest emission of pollutant gases and greenhouse effect allowing, compared to fuel oil, significant reductions in emissions of Carbon Dioxide (30%), Nitrogen Oxides (95%), Particulate Matter (97%) and Sulphur Oxides (100%).
The world’s known reserves make it possible to meet today’s global energy demand and, in the medium to long term, even for customers with energy-intensive needs (e.g. heavy industry and shipping), which, together with the technological maturity achieved, makes natural gas an important alternative in the global energy transition.
The equipments used in the natural gas logistics chains guarantee safety and interoperability, being subject to demanding international and national standards.
Natural gas is a competitively priced source of energy. It allows intensive use of equipments, with high levels of efficiency and lower maintenance costs compared to other fuels.
Natural gas can be safely supplied to islands and is an economic alternative with investments and operating costs much lower than those required by LNG Terminals.