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Petrobras and Raízen to evaluate potential RNG partnership

Petrobras and Raízen to evaluate potential RNG partnership
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) and Raízen S.A. have signed an agreement to jointly evaluate potential businesses involving the production, purchase, and sale of biomethane (photo courtesy André Motta de Souza/ Petrobras).

In Brazil, oil and gas major Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) and compatriot integrated sugarcane ethanol, sugar, and bioenergy major Raízen S.A. have signed an agreement to jointly evaluate potential businesses involving the production, purchase, and sale of biomethane aka renewable natural gas (RNG) generated in Raízen's Bioenergy Parks.

The biomethane would be produced by Raízen from sugarcane waste such as vinasse and filter cake generated in the agro-industrial operations of the company’s Bioenergy Parks.

According to a statement, the potential Petrobras and Raízen RNG partnership also foresees studies for the development of logistics solutions for the delivery of biomethane, to enable its use in Petrobras’ refining operations.

With characteristics similar to natural gas, the product is part of a new generation of sustainable fuels, such as R5 diesel, with renewable content, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), in line with Petrobras’ decarbonization strategy and the development of new business opportunities with lower carbon intensity.

This project is an opportunity to connect the production of renewable biomethane with the production of high-quality fuels and refinery products that will thus be obtained with lower carbon emissions, said José Mauro Coelho, CEO of Petrobras.

A substitute for natural gas, diesel, or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), biomethane has the potential to reduce direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 90 percent by replacing fossil fuels.

The initiative reinforces our commitment to seek economic and sustainable opportunities that combine value generation and low carbon, offering better quality and environmentally efficient products, José Mauro Coelho said.

For Raízen, the production of biomethane expands the company’s portfolio of renewable solutions, ensuring economy and sustainability for its customers.

We are one of the pioneers in the use of residues from industrial processes to produce renewable energy on a commercial scale, applying the circular economy model in our 35 bioenergy plants, said Ricardo Mussa, CEO of Raízen.

We believe in the potential of sugarcane to generate numerous energy solutions and the production of biomethane is an important step towards accelerating the energy transition in the country, ended Ricardo Mussa.

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