On January 30, 2015, the Brazilian Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis – "ANP") enacted Resolution No. 8/2015 ("Resolution"). Such Resolution establishes the specifications for biomethane of national origin, according to Technical Regulation No. 1/2015 ("Technical Regulation"), which is attached as an integral part of the Resolution. 

This Resolution is applicable to biomethane derived from organic agrosilvopastoral products and residues for use in vehicles, as well as in residential and commercial facilities. 

Amongst its provisions, we highlight the following: 

  • the Resolution establishes the rules for the use and quality control of such biomethane;
  • the specifications set out in the Technical Regulation must be complied with in the marketing of biomethane;
  • the biomethane may be blended with natural gas, if it meets the particular specification contained in the Technical Regulation;

It should also be mentioned that the biomethane is interchangeable with natural gas distributed in the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast and Southern regions of Brazil. The safety requirements are the same for both natural gas and biomethane in respect of compression, distribution and resale. 

On the other hand, biomethane obtained from urban solid waste and sanitary sewage waste may only be used for experimental purposes, subject to ANP's prior approval. 

This Resolution is the result of public hearing No. 28/2014, which was held from October 29, 2014 to November 24, 2014, and is the first specific regulation for biomethane in Brazil.   

For your convenience, please find the official text of the Resolution and the Technical Regulation here.