Foster Wheeler was awarded a contract by Petrobras for a
world-scale grassroots gas-to-chemicals complex in southeast
Brazil, project officials confirmed on Thursday.
The project, called Complexo
Gás-Químico UFN-IV, will be located at Linhares
in Espirito Santo state.
Foster Wheeler will provide basic engineering design (BED),
front-end engineering design (FEED), and technical assistance
and training during the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) phase, according
to the company.
The contract value was not disclosed. The BED and FEED work
will be included in the companys third-quarter 2012
The provision of technical assistance and training will be
booked at a later date, after the FEED is complete, when
Petrobras advises that it is proceeding with the EPC phase of
Foster Wheeler will act as integrator for the entire
complex, managing the overall BED and FEED, including managing
the process licensors and Brazilian subcontractors.
The BED/FEED phase is scheduled for completion at the end of
The complex is expected to produce in excess of 1 million
tpy of ammonia and urea fertilizers, methanol, acetic acid,
plus formic acid and melamine, helping to reduce Brazil's
imports of these products.
Our proven experience in executing large, complex
integrated chemicals projects and our ability to support
Petrobras through to start-up of this world-scale facility were
key to our success in winning this important contract,
said Umberto della Sala, chief operating officer of Foster