BG/FAPESP PROPOSAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NATURAL GAS RESEARCH CENTRE (NGRC) IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
WORKSHOP 29-30 th October, SAO PAULO
The workshop will focus on the following 4 work streams which cover (a) long term applications development and strategic issues and (b) tactical (short to medium term) development needs and opportunities facing Brazil and BG Group. It is envisaged that the tactical project agenda will be developed and executed using partnerships with Brazilian gas distributors and other local industry stakeholders where appropriate.
WORK STREAM 1: POWER GENERATION
The scope of this theme will be wide ranging and should consider new, high efficiency options for power generation from natural gas (including solutions which reduce or eliminate waste heat) and alternative technologies e.g. fuel cells, hybrid and intermittent renewable systems, and concepts featuring carbon capture. With particular reference to the Brazilian environment the scope should also address how the various power generation sources in the Brazilian system could be better integrated to offer increased reliability at commensurate costs by optimizing the use of both existing and future infrastructure.
WORK STREAM 2: NEW APPLICATIONS
This theme will focus on gas utilisation technologies which are not currently developed or in use, or have hitherto been not proven to be commercially viable, either because of capital cost, gas availability or supply chain constraints. Examples may include the more widespread use of Gas to Liquids technology, alternative uses of natural gas as a process feedstock or conversion into other fuels (e.g. hydrogen) or other “decarbonisation” options for gas.
WORK STREAM 3: FUEL SUBSTITUTION AND TRANSPORT
The work in this area should seek to identify research projects which will support the development of residential, commercial, industrial, and transport (road, rail and ship) natural gas markets through the substitution of liquid and solid fuels. The scope should also cover local technical standards (including ventilation requirements), and regulatory requirements.
WORK STREAM 4: INFRASTRUCTURE AND POLICY
The scope of this theme will address the physical, information management and policy challenges which may constrain the expanded use of natural gas. This would include critical supply chain issues (e.g. transmission and distribution network engineering, gas metering and internal pipe work installations),
IT/IS infrastructure issues and opportunities, and studies necessary to determine energy policy, regulatory changes and economic incentives necessary to promote the best use of natural gas (e.g. through “smart grid” modelling).