Prospects and challenges of the liquefied natural gas market in Brazil




Liquefied Natural Gas; Natural Gas; Energy Mix; Brazil.


The liquefied natural gas can overcome current barriers, mainly for natural gas transportation over long distances, enabling global trade and overcoming intercontinental distances. Following this trend, Brazil is entering this global market for liquefied natural gas. Therefore, this study aims to evaluate the prospects and challenges of liquefied natural gas for the Brazilian natural gas market through reports from the government and the national industry. It was possible to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of this natural gas supply option within the national matrix through the SWOT analysis. After this, the gravity, urgency, and tendency (GUT) matrix were applied and adapted to classify just one dimension, as the importance of each point of the SWOT. As a result, substantial material was gathered for analysis demonstrating positive and negative characteristics of liquefied natural gas for Brazil, besides the government's view on the subject, which can be useful mainly for the academic, commercial, and industrial.

Author Biographies

Lauron Arend, University of São Paulo

Electrical engineer, graduated at UFSM (Federal University of Santa Maria - Brazil), post-graduated in Contract Law at INSPER in São Paulo (Brazil), master’s degree at USP in Energy about LNG World Market and Best Practices to Importation to Brazil and fluent in English


Sixteen years of experience in power trading of utilities (Power, Natural Gas, Steam, water and fuels) and Project Management, including planning, implementation and maintenance of civil constructions (electric hydro plants, electric power stations, bridges, highways, building), environmental and licensing programs, negotiation and acquisition of land, electric power and natural gas contracts, electric power connection processes and migration to free-market consuming, negotiations with ANEEL and ONS. Work experience and career development in companies such as 2W Energia, Oxiteno, Votorantim, Gerdau, Parker and Braskem dealing with international negotiations in United States and Mexico with the main supplier of each country. Teacher of IPOG in the MBA course of Energy for classes in Florianopolis and Goiania.

Carlos Augusto Arentz Pereira , State University of Rio de Janeiro

Carlos Augusto Arentz Pereira is an Adjunct Professor at Rio de Janeiro State University, responsible for Energy Planning and Renewable Resources discipline at Environmental Engineering course. Carlos has previously worked at Brazilian Oil Co. Petrobras for 33 years, where he has occupied diverse managerial positions and acquired experience on utilities operation, energy efficiency projects, environmental and sustainability, business performance assessment, transfer pricing, logistics and planning for Oil &Gas. He has worked 10 years on refineries, acting as a process engineer in environmental control, energy conservation, projects, performance evaluation and operational support. Concerning natural gas and power business, he has acted on marketing, contract negotiation, logistics of natural gas, pricing policies, short-term (spot) natural gas sales and logistics operator services. He also acts as a business consultant on energy, natural gas, oil refining, distribution marketing of oil & gas, advising over projects, contracts and providing technical support to attorneys on arbitrage and disputes. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering, Extension courses in Petroleum Processing Engineering, Computing Science, Industrial Combustion, a MSc on Logistics and a DSc in Economics.


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How to Cite

AREND, L.; SILVA, Y. F. M. da; PEREIRA , C. A. A.; SANTOS, E. M. dos; PEYERL , D. Prospects and challenges of the liquefied natural gas market in Brazil. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 2, p. e11811225527, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i2.25527. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 feb. 2024.