Topsoe and Petrobras, Brazil sign contract for new refinery

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Topsoe and Petrobras, Brazil, have signed a contract for hydrogen, hydrotreater and SNOX™ units for a new RNEST refinery. The refinery is a new 200,000 BPSD project named Abreu e Lima Refinery, which will be located in Pernambuco, Brazil.

Scope of supply
The new refinery will process Marlin crude from Brazil as well as Carabobo crude from Venezuela and is scheduled to be on-stream in 2011.

Two hydrogen and two hydrotreater units
The contract between Petrobras and Topsoe, signed in July 2007, includes supply of license and basic engineering as well as catalysts and proprietary equipment for two hydrogen units, each with a capacity of 125,000 Nm3/h and two hydrotreaters each with a capacity of 83,000 BPSD for production of ULSD with max. 10 ppmS.

Two SNOX™ units
In February 2008 RNEST signed an additional contract for two SNOX™ units for treating off-gases with SO2 and NOx from boilers fired with heavy fuel oil and petcoke. The scope includes supply of license, engineering, catalyst and proprietary equipment.

The two SNOX™ units will produce sulphuric acid, a considerable amount of high pressure stream as well as hot combustion air for the boilers.

Furthermore, the SNOX™ units treat H2S gas from amine units, NH3 containing off gas from SWS units and tail gas from Claus plants.

A long road of collaboration
Basic engineering for all units has been completed, and RNEST is now procuring equipment.

“It is with great honour Topsoe contributes to this important project of Petrobras with our extensive experience in the refining industry. We see this as the beginning of a long road of collaboration combining the competences of Petrobras and Topsoe to implement world class technologies and catalysts – all making this refinery of a very high and competitive standard, also environmentally,” says Jørgen Gøl, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Technology Division.

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