The second day of Rio Pipeline 2021 brought important names to debate issues such as Pipeline Deployment, Integrity and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance).

In the session "Pipeline Deployment: Financing, Licensing, Construction and Operation", NTS General Manager of Operations, Lauro Campos, spoke about NTS investments in engineering projects focused on the improvement and safety of the network and also about the process of insourcing the company's operations. "The project was one of the most challenging, and we were able to carry it out safely and without any impact on supply," he explained.

Lauro also spoke about the project to build the GASIG – a gas pipeline that will connect the new gas processing plant in Itaboraí (RJ) with the NTS network – scheduled for next year, and about best asset management practices. The session also has participations from  André Pompeo and Claudia Barros, from Ibama, and André Naime, from BNDES. The mediator was Marcelino Guedes Mendes.

In the debate “Inspection Technologies for Integrity Assessment”, moderated by the NTS Industrial Maintenance and Integrity Manager, Mário Madureira, the technological evolution and the new methods used in the pipeline integrity assessment process were presented. According to him, the company's Integrity program has been following the expansion of assets.

Madureira reinforced the importance of the meeting with market leaders: Rafael Wagner Santos, from Petrobras/Cenpes; Markus Ginten of Rosen; and Pedro Hryciuk, from TGN. “We need to approach the topic from different perspectives. It's a continuous improvement for everyone!”.

In the last morning session, the General Manager of HSE, Helio Santos, participated in the ESG panel and brought data on the strategic management of incentivized resources that NTS has been doing, in partnership with Instituto da Criança, in support of social projects that serve the communities crossed by NTS pipelines. "Our strategy included the analysis of priority areas, review of the project selection process and proactive action in the search for and qualification of bidders," he explained. In all, since 2018, 75 projects have been supported in the 90 cities that the NTS pipelines crosses.

This panel also had the participation of Thais Soares, from TAG, and Sérgio Binensztok, from TBG.

In the afternoon, the session “ATGás – New pipelines for a new gas market” took place to discuss the opening of the gas market in Brazil, its benefits and how companies have been preparing for this new moment.

On the occasion, the COP (Capacity Offer Portal) platform was presented: it is shared between NTS, TBG and TAG, and allows equal access by market agents to new products and services in the natural gas transport system.

Jan Riechers, NTS Commercial and New Business Specialist, spoke about the next steps for companies: public calls, network codes – harmonization of rules between carriers; the balancing platforms – guaranteeing the safety of the network's operation and the companies' development plan – new pipelines, compression points, entry and exit points, among others.

In addition to Jan, the meeting was attended by the representative of ATGás, Eduardo Mamede; Rafael Bandeira, by TBG and Cristina Sayão, by TAG.

Wong Loon attends CEO Talks tomorrow

One of the new additions to Rio Pipeline is the CEO Talks with some of the industry leaders sharing their knowledge and giving tips. Our CEO is one of the confirmed attendees, on November 11th, at 4:10 pm.