Praxair starts up first LNG plant in Brazil
White Martins, a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., has started up the first natural gas liquefaction plant in Brazil, Business Wire reports. It is also the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant to be built and operated by the company worldwide. The plant will supply LNG to a joint venture—named GasLocal—between White Martins and Petrobras, Brazil''s state-owned oil company. Located in Paulinia in the State of Sao Paulo, the plant produces 14.5 million cubic feet (about 350 tons) per day of LNG, which is being distributed by truck to supply regions of Brazil not serviced by natural gas pipelines. Liquefaction and distribution of natural gas is similar to processes used with other gases, such as oxygen and nitrogen, which are already supplied by White Martins. Customers for LNG in Brazil include transportation companies, industrial customers and natural gas filling stations used by residential and commercial consumers. GasLocal already has a substantial volume of the plant''s capacity under contract.