White Martins to Start Ops of NatGas Compression Unit Dec 13

Brazilian industrial gas maker White Martins, a unit of US industrial gas manufacturer Praxair, and Brazilian engineering company Solidez plan to start operations on December 13 of a 4mn-real (US$1.8mn) natural gas compression unit in the southeast state of Espírito Santo, White Martins said in a statement.

The unit, in the city of Vitória, will compress natural gas delivered by federal energy company Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) and have capacity of 1,200 cubic meters a day.

The gas will be transported by truck to around 15 large clients. According to White Martins, natural gas is replacing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and fuel oil because it is cheaper.

In 2006 the partners will appraise whether to invest another 2mn reais in the project to expand capacity, a White Martins spokesperson told BNamericas, confirming local press reports.

White Martins and Petrobras are also investing in other compressed and liquefied natural gas projects in the country.

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