Petrobras plans gas-based petrochem complex

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) let a contract to a unit of Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering & Construction Group for work on a large, grassroots petrochemical complex in southeastern Brazil.

Fed by natural gas, the complex, in Linhares, Espirito Santo, will be designed to produce more than 1 million tonnes/year of ammonia and urea fertilizers, methanol, acetic acid, formic acid, and melamine.

The Foster Wheeler unit will provide basic engineering design, front-end engineering design, and technical assistance and training during the engineering, procurement, and construction phase through completion and performance testing.

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