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Ethanol Collection Terminals, Uberaba and Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Ethanol Collection Terminals

Biofuel Infrastructure

Brazil is the world’s second-largest producer and exporter of biofuel, specifically ethanol made from sugarcane, which is blended with gasoline or used by itself in bi-fueled automobiles to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Petrobras established Logum Logística S.A. to implement a multimodal ethanol transportation and storage system that will streamline and reduce the cost of transporting ethanol throughout the country. This complex system will include more than 1,300 km (800 miles) of pipeline through 45 municipalities.

Parsons CT Main, a pioneer in pipeline projects for ethanol, is performing preliminary, basic, and detailed design for ethanol collection terminals at Uberaba, in the state of Minas Gerais, and Ribeirão Preto, in the state of São Paulo. We also perform site engineering support and procurement support.

The Uberaba collection terminals will have annual capacity of 2 million m³, and the Ribeirão Preto collection terminal will have annual capacity of 3 million m³. These collection terminals will receive anhydrous and hydrated alcohol from tanker trucks and feed it into the hydrocarbon pipeline system, which will transport it to key distribution terminals and to marine ports on the coasts of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Uberaba and Ribeirão Preto terminals shown in purple.

In addition to economic benefits, pipeline distribution increases the security and flexibility of ethanol distribution compared to truck distribution by allowing customers to easily send varying quantities to multiple destinations. The pipeline system will also benefit the environment and the road network by reducing truck traffic that currently transports the ethanol.

Parsons CT Main has a long history of providing a wide range of engineering and management services for industrial and infrastructure customers throughout Brazil. We are proud to deliver projects that build a safer, healthier, and more sustainable world.