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South America

02.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [FEED] [refinery]

Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a basic engineering design and front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for two grassroots refineries in Brazil for Petrobras. The Premium I Refinery will be a dual-train, 600,000-bpsd facility in Maranhao State, and the Premium II Refinery will be a single-train 300,000-bpsd facility in Ceara State. Foster Wheeler will be the prime subcontractor to Honeywell’s UOP, the managing process-technology licensor. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

The contract includes basic design and FEED for the main process units and auxiliary units.


Petrobras has selected Emerson Process Management to provide process automation technologies and services for the Petrochemical Complex of Rio de Janeiro (Comperj) in Brazil. As the main automation contractor for Comperj, Emerson will deliver engineering services and technologies for integration of the refining unit’s process automation and systems, and selected project utilities and offsite operations.

Built on an area of 45 million m2, 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 is expected five years later. 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.  HP



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