have signed a memorandum
of understanding to build a world-scale hydroprocessing
catalyst (HPC) production plant on the site of their existing
joint-venture Fabrica Carioca de
Catalisadores SA (FCC SA) in Santa Cruz, Brazil.
The new facility will complement existing production of fluid
catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts.
The plant will be constructed ahead of significant growth in
demand for hydroprocessing catalysts, as Petrobras begins to
introduce new hydrotreaters to existing and new refineries over
the coming years. Albemarle will provide FCC SA with its
leading technology for manufacturing HPC,
enabling production of STARS catalysts.