Construction began on the 530-mile ethanol pipeline Petrobras is building to link Brazil’s main ethanol-producing regions in Minas Gerais and São Paulo to the large consuming centers of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
When completed, the pipeline will have the capacity to transport 21 MMcm/a of ethanol.
Two collection centers will be built, one in Uberaba in Minas Gerais, and another in Ribeirão Preto in São Paulo, aimed at receiving the ethanol from the production plants, mainly via road transportation.
The first section of the pipeline will connect Ribeirão Preto to Paulinia and is expected to be completed by mid-2012. The second phase of the project will involve construction of pipeline northward through states in the midwest such as Goias. Plans call for the system to be extended to Barueri and Guarulhos, in Greater São Paulo and Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro.