Terminal Gás Sul FSRU

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Terminal Gás Sul, also known by its abbreviation TGS, is an LNG terminal under construction in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil.


The proposed terminal will be a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) located in Babitonga Bay, 300m offshore from São Francisco do Sul, in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.[1]

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Project Details

  • Sponsor: Terminal Gás Sul[2]
  • Owner: New Fortress Energy[3][4][5]
  • Location: Babitonga Bay, offshore from São Francisco do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil[1]
  • Coordinates: -26.230937, -48.640791 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 4 Mtpa[3][6][7]
  • Status: Construction[3][8][9]
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2023[3][10][11]
  • Financing:

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


The project, located in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil, will consist of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) with a regasification capacity of 15Mm3 per day (5.47 billion m3 per year) and a storage capacity of 160Mm3 of LNG. The proposed unit will connect to the Gasbol gas pipeline via a 31km pipeline and will also supply gas to Engie's proposed Norte Catarinense power station[6], which has already been licensed to generate 600MW and whose proposed capacity was recently increased by Engie to 1.2 GW in response to Golar's development of the TGS terminal.[12] Other proposed markets for gas imported through the terminal include Araucária power station in Paraná state, and gas distributors in Brazil's three southernmost states, including Paraná's Compagas, Santa Catarina's SCGás and Rio Grande do Sul's Sulgás.[13]

In April 2021, New Fortress Energy acquired the TGS terminal project from original owner Hygo Energy Transition (previously known as Golar Energy).[2][5] With the acquisition, New Fortress assumed ownership of additional Brazilian LNG assets, including the Sergipe FSRU terminal in Pernambuco state, which became Brazil's first privately owned LNG terminal when it was commissioned in 2020, and the proposed Celba LNG Terminal in Pará state.[4][14]

As of November 2020, Terminal Gás Sul had applied for all necessary licenses, with construction expected to begin in late 2021, and commercial operations to follow in 2022.[7] In December 2020, Santa Catarina's state government issued the required DUP (Declaration of Public Utility), clearing the way for a final installation license to be granted by Santa Catarina's state environmental authority, IMA-SC.[15] As of April 2021, construction of the terminal was only waiting on the installation license, with Santa Catarina's governor promising a speedy resolution.[16]

In November 2021, construction of the terminal began after Brazil's national petroleum agency ANP granted final approval to New Fortress Energy for the project.[8][17] In December 2021, Santa Catarina state's Secretary of Economic Development announced that the terminal would begin operating in April 2022.[9]

As of March 2022, construction was reportedly 60% complete, and the projected start-up date had been moved back to August 2022.[18]

In August 2022, with the terminal estimated to be 90% complete[19], New Fortress Energy (NFE) announced that commissioning had been delayed to 2023, raising concerns that spiking European demand provoked by the Russia-Ukraine war might be restricting LNG supply to NFE's Brazilian operations.[10]

In October 2022, BNAmericas reported that NFE was looking to sell off its Brazilian LNG projects (Terminal Gás Sul and Celba FSRU) to a new owner.[20]

In May 2023, New Fortress Energy confirmed that the terminal was still on track to begin commercial operations in late 2023[11], although a Q1 2023 investor presentation showed that the company expected no income from its Santa Catarina state operations until 2024.[21]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Terminal Gas Sul: Localização". TGS website. Retrieved 2021-04-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Terminal Gas Sul: Nossa origem". TGS website. Retrieved 2021-04-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "2023 World LNG Report (p 155)". IGU. July 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "New Fortress bursts into Brazil LNG with Golar buy". Argus Media. January 13, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "New Fortress Energy acquires Hygo Energy and GMLP". Hydrocarbons Technology. April 16, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Brazil prepares for a new phase of investments in LNG terminals". LNG Latin America & the Caribbean. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Terminal Gás Sul (TGS) avança no cronograma em São Francisco do Sul (SC)". Correio Francisquense. November 16, 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Naval, Itajaí (2021-11-12). "Autorizada a construção do Terminal Gás Sul na Baía da Babitonga". Itajaí Naval.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Terminal Gás Sul começa a operar em abril, diz Buligon". FIESC. December 8, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 "New Fortress confirma operação de terminais de GNL de Santa Catarina e Pará em 2023". Agência epbr. 2022-08-04.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "New Fortress Energy Announces First Quarter 2023 Results". New Fortress Energy. May 4, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "Engie dobrará capacidade de projeto de térmica para viabilizar terminal de GNL em SC". CanalEnergia. February 20, 2019.
  13. "Terminais de GNL no Brasil (pp 26-28)" (PDF). EPE (Empresa de Pesquisa Energética). October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "Golar Power planning to build two other regasification terminals". Valor International. May 21, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "Governo assina Declaração de Utilidade Pública para a implantação do Terminal Gás Sul". FIESC. December 18, 2020. Retrieved 2021-04-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. "Governo do Estado se reúne com distribuidora de gás para dar continuidade a processo de instalação em SC". Governo do Estado de Santa Catarina. April 9, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. "Tenenge starts construction of Gas Terminal in Santa Catarina". OEC. November 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. "Tenenge conclui cravação de estacas no Terminal Gás Sul". TN Petróleo. March 14, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. "GIIGNL Annual Report 2023 (p 54)" (PDF). GIIGNL. July 13, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. "BNamericas - New Fortress Energy expected to offload Brazil projects". BNamericas. October 17, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. "Q1 2023 Investor Presentation (p 6)". New Fortress Energy. May 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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