September 6, 2023. The gas industry in the Brazilian state of Maranhão reached a new level with the signing of the contract for the supply of natural gas for vehicles (NGV) between the State Government, through the Companhia de Gás Maranhense (Gasmar), and the company Eneva.
For Governor Carlos Brandão, the event marked a milestone in the history of the industrialization of Maranhão, which will make gas available starting next year. Brandão foresees the use of NGV in the social field, to serve professionals who need a cheaper and less polluting fuel, such as taxi drivers. And also in the development of industrialization through service to industries such as Vale, Alumar, Susano and others.
“The fact that it is a cheaper fuel, compared to gasoline and diesel, allows natural gas to provide higher levels of competitiveness to companies, in addition to generating jobs and income,” he highlighted.
The presence of natural gas in the Parnaíba Basin elevates the state of Maranhão to a privileged position in the country’s energy sector, with this fuel being one of the main sources of energy used in the world.
The Parnaíba Basin is located in the western northeast region of Brazilian territory, occupying large areas in the states of Maranhão, Piauí and small strips of eastern Pará, western Ceará and northern Tocantins.
The wells in the Parnaíba Basin provide the production of up to 8.4 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. And from now on, Maranhão begins to prepare for the stage of commercialization and distribution of natural gas in the form of NGV for the population of Maranhão, which will take place starting in 2024.
In addition to the economy, in times of energy transition, NGV will generate jobs and income for Maranhenses with a new economic chain in the state: vehicle adaptation mechanical workshops, service stations, factories, among others.