Petrobras has selected Emerson Process Management to provide
process automation technologies and services for the petrochemical complex of Rio de
Janeiro (Comperj) in Brazil.
The scope of the automation contract reflects
Petrobras confidence in Emersons industry expertise
and its significant investments in Latin America. As main
automation contractor for Comperj, Emerson will deliver
engineering services and technologies for process automation
and systems integration of the refining unit, selected utilities,
and offsite operations that are part of the Brazilian energy
Built on an area of 45 million square meters the
equivalent of about 6,000 soccer fields the Comperj
complex will be able to process 165,000 bpd of heavy crude when
its first refining unit begins operations in
2013, and the same amount in a second unit expected five years
later. This investment in Brazils refining capacity will help support
the countrys expanding oil production. The project
is also expected to generate more than 200,000 direct and
indirect jobs during construction.
The Comperj project is one of the first in Brazil to use a
main automation contractor, which improves coordination of projects involving multiple
suppliers and contractors. Emerson will draw on its
global experience in this role to provide a broad scope of
automation products and services. In addition to systems
for process control, safety, fire and gas detection, machinery
monitoring, and management of process and maintenance information, Emerson
will also supply measurement instruments, control valves, pressure regulators, and
other related products and services.
Engineering work has already begun, with hardware delivery
to begin in 2011. Automation tasks will be led by a
dedicated Emerson team in Rio de Janeiro and in Sorocaba,
São Paulo, where Emersons Brazilian headquarters
is located. In late 2009, Emerson announced a $35
million, 45,000-square-meter expansion of its Sorocaba
manufacturing and operations facility.
Emerson is honored to have been selected by Petrobras
for this highly sophisticated, complex and important project, said Steve
Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management.
Our investments in our facilities and people in Brazil
reflect our commitment to meet the needs of customers like
Petrobras that are building a more prosperous Latin