Petroleos Brasileiro SA has started up the first gas processing plant in the Amazon region of Brazil. Propak Systems Ltd., Airdrie, Alta., under an $8.8 million Petrobras contract, installed the plant to handle liquids associated with natural gas produced from Rio Urucu oil and gas field. Start-up operations began Jan. 11, and the plant was commissioned at the end of January. Petrobras found the field in 1986 in the Solimoes basin of Amazonas state, about 600 km southwest of Manaus, and has spent more than $150 million on exploration and development and related facilities (see map, OGJ, Feb. 12, 1990, p. 19). ...

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