By LUCIA KASSAI
Petroleo Brasileiro SA will start a new diesel hydrotreater
unit in the second half of this year to increase supplies of
low-sulfur diesel after imports jumped to a record last year.
The unit can process 10,000 cubic meters (61,910 bbl) per day
and will be part of the Presidente Bernardes refinery
in Brazil, Adaedson
Costa, an official at the oil labor union Sindipetro, said.
Theyre rushing with the construction
work because of the
new regulation that calls for low sulfur diesel, Costa
says from Cubatao, Brazil.
Latin Americas largest economy phased down sulfur
limits on diesel fuel used by trucks and buses manufactured
after 2012 to 10 parts per million, the so-called S-10, since
Jan. 1, from 500 parts eight years ago. Trucks produced
before 2012 may use S-10 or S-500, according to the
countrys oil regulator.
Petrobras, as the state-controlled oil company is known, owns
12 refineries in Brazil. The Presidente Bernardes refinery
, based in Cubatao, has
the capacity to process 170,000 bpd.
An official at Petrobras didnt immediately return a
call and e-mail seeking comment.
Brazil imported 10.3 million cubic meters diesel last year,
up 29% from a year earlier, data from the countrys oil
regulator ANP show. About 40% of the imports come from the
Imports tripled since 2009 amid delays to build new
refineries and growing demand from an expanding middle class.