Petrobras has signed up a contract for the implementation of Premium I and Premium II Refineries

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Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras has signed up with the American company UOP LLC (UOP), which is a traditional technology supplier in oil refine field, a deal for basic project supply and pre-detailing of Premium I Refinery to be built on Maranhão state and also Premium II Refinery to be built on Ceará state.

These projects feature 2 refining trains for Premium I and 1 refining train for Premium II, each with a processing capacity of 300,000 barrels/day of national oil. As the refine trains will be alike, the project and installation costs will be reduced. Moreover, the project execution deadlines will be shortened as well. UOP was selected among other international players from a competition which the main selection criteria was the economic return of the refineries, considering the installation and operation costs and also the revenue resulting from the refineries’ production.

The main points developed by the proponent were CAPEX optimization, maximization of middle distillates and improved energy efficiency, with excellent results in all these dimensions. The projects will also have as main assumption the compliance with health, safety and environment rules.

Petrobras has established that the projects may follow the international standards and rules, following the legal Brazilian standards as well. Despite the fact that it is under UOP’s responsibilities, the pre-detailing projects (FEED – Front End Engineering Design) are going to be executed by Brazilian engineering companies, ensuring that national workforce is applied.

This model of centralized project focusing on one company alone will assure the integration of multiple technologies and processes that involves a refinery with high quality, reduced time for implementation and total costs.

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