LNG to rescue Brazil’s drought-hit northeast

Brazil is weaning itself off LNG, but one region needs the fuel more than ever: the semi-arid northeast Brazil is weaning itself off LNG, but one region needs the fuel more than ever: the semi-arid northeast.
By Chris Noon 17 November 2017 0 28430
Itaipu dam in Brazil The Itaipu hydroelectric project in Brazil. (Itaipu Binacional)

Brazil may need to dial up LNG imports at its Pecem terminal in 2018 to cover for weak hydroelectric generation in the country’s drought-stricken northeast.

The region’s reservoirs are currently just 4.8% full, according to data from the ONS, Brazil’s power market coordinator. The situation is critical in the Sobradinho reservoir, which is just over 2% full. The reservoir accounts for 58% of the northeast’s hydropower capacity.  

The low fullness levels have reduced the level of ‘stored’ power available in the region’s reservoirs to...

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