Technip, in consortium with
Tomé Engenharia, was awarded a lump-sum
turnkey EPC contract by Petrobras for five new
units at the Presidente Bernardes Refinery in Cubatão, state of
São Paulo, Brazil. This contract covers EPC,
commissioning, pre-operation and assisted operation of five new
process units, including a diesel hydrotreater and a hydrogen
plant, as well as all associated utilities.
The project, which is scheduled to be
completed by the end of 2013, will produce low-sulfur-content
diesel to comply with new Brazilian environmental regulations.
Metso and Petrobras have
signed a service contract covering the supply of spare parts
and maintenance services for
Metsos valves, actuators and positioners
for 11 refineries in Brazil. The contract also includes
intelligent tools for preventive and predictive maintenance planning developed by
Metso won the contract after the excellent performance of
one Petrobras refinery in São Paulo, which
was serving as a test pilot for two years. Satisfied with
Metsos commitment, valve quality and local service
capabilities, Petrobras decided to expand the pilot contract
for 10 of its other refineries in Brazil.
Oxford Catalysts Group PLCs
gas-to-liquids (GTL) demonstration plant has arrived in
Fortaleza, Brazil, following the timely completion of its construction in Asia last year. The
integrated GTL demonstration plant incorporates the
Groups proprietary microchannel reactor and catalyst
technologies for the key steam methane reforming and
Fischer-Tropsch steps of the GTL process. The demonstration is
fully funded and managed by the Groups partners
Toyo Engineering Corp. and MODEC,
Inc., in collaboration with
Petrobras, which is hosting the demonstration
at its Lubnor refinery in Fortaleza.
The GTL plant will be reassembled at the demonstration site,
and will then progress to the pre-commissioning and
commissioning stages. These are expected to be completed within
four months. The demonstration plant is scheduled to start up
in September, subject to successful commissioning and
availability of the required utilities from Petrobras.
Following startup, the demonstration will operate for
approximately nine months.
Braskem has launched the cornerstone of its
new PVC plant located in Marechal Deodoro in the state of
Alagoas, Brazil. Construction of the new plant has
already begun and should create around 2,500 direct jobs until
completed. With an investment estimated at R$1 billion, which
is the highest ever made by Braskem in a single project, the new industrial unit is
scheduled to start operations in the first half of 2012.
The new plant will have an annual production capacity of 200
kilotons. Braskem already has a PVC unit in Alagoas, and this
project will bring its annual PVC
production capacity in the state to 460 kilotons. The new plant
will reportedly make Alagoas the largest producer of PVC in
Latin America, which should help strengthen the PVC
manufacturing complex that already exists in the state.