Brazils Petroleo Brazileiro (Petrobras) has obtained permission from Inea, Rio de Janeiros environmental institute, to build a 14 million m3/day LNG regasification facility at Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro.
The terminal will be operated by a subsidiary of Petrobras.
The facility will be Brazils second after the 7 million m3/day Pecem Port in the North of the country, which completed construction and testing in 2008.
Pecem Port, which is also owned and operated by Petrobras, received its first LNG cargo from Royal Dutch Shell in July 2009.
The licence for the new terminal, which runs until July 2014, also includes permission for a pipeline connecting the regasification facility to a forthcoming compression station in the same bay.
Petrobras concluded initial testing at Guanabara Bay in April 2009, with pipeline deliveries from Petrobrass Golar Spirit floating regasification plant being made to two gas-fired power plants in Southeast Brazil.
Petrobras plans a third terminal with up to 20 million m3/day capacity at an as-yet-unspecified location in Brazil, to be completed by January 2013.