CO2 management in the pre-salt
Since the beginning of operations at Block BM-S-11, located in the ultra-deep waters of the Brazilian pre-salt (Santos basin), the partners took the initiative to separate and inject into the reservoir the CO2 from the natural gas produced.
This was a win-win solution, leading to a reduction in the carbon footprint of our operation and more consistent reservoir pressure. Using a selective permeation method at the production units, we separate the CO2 from natural gas, and inject it back into the reservoir using the WAG method.
A future with LNG
As an integrated energy operator, Galp is present in the upstream segment in this area, in the midstream by extending its LNG value chain by developing support infrastructure, and in the downstream, where in 2018 we signed a 20-year LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement for 1mtpa.
Development of wind and solar power projects
Galp acquired licenses for solar power generation in Iberian Peninsula, positioning itself as a renewable energy provider.
These licenses represent Galp’s first step towards the generation of solar energy, and strengthen our low carbon power capacity, which already included 12 MW of wind power through Ventiveste. Galp continues to seek and evaluate opportunities for renewable energy generation, with a focus on projects in the Iberian Peninsula, integrating this with the marketing activities throughout the power value chain.
Production of biofuels
We are present in the development of biofuels, which represents a proven solution with immediate effects, and which can be incorporated into existing liquid fuels. Our industrial unit in Sines, Enerfuel, is focused on the production of second-generation biofuels, which we want to develop in order to leverage the production of advanced biofuels.
In 2018, we concluded the evaluation of alternatives to process a wider range of feedstock and raw materials, leading to possible new investments to reinforce our production capacity.
Galp has several projects in development to improve its current processes and integrate processes and technologies based on different raw materials and biofuels, namely:
- The co-processing of used cooking oils;
- The generation of ethanol and bio-oil through residual forest biomass;
- The production of syncrude and biomethane through municipal solid waste and refuse-derived fuels.
We also play an active role in taskforces and working groups to promote new initiatives in the biofuels field in Portugal, especially in the LNEG working group on biorefineries, biomethane for transportation and biomethane for injection into the natural gas network.