Petrobras refineries to use UOP technologies

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has chosen UOP LLP hydrocracking and hydrotreating technologies for two refineries in plans to build in Brazil.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 10
-- Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has chosen UOP LLP hydrocracking and hydrotreating technologies for two refineries in plans to build in Brazil.

UOP LLC said basic engineering for the refineries, Premium I at Maranhao and Premium II at Ceara, is under way.

Petrobras plans to start the first Premium I train, with capacity of 300,000 b/d, in 2014, and the Premium II refinery, also with 300,000 b/d of capacity, in 2017. It plans later to start a second Premium I train with 300,000 b/d of capacity.

The refineries are designed for maximum diesel yield. They will use UOP Unicracking and Unionfining technology to produce ultralow-sulfur diesel.

They also will use Foster Wheeler Selective Yield Delayed Coking technology for optimum yields of diesel feedstock from residual oil.

UOP also is providing front-end engineering design services. Process Consulting Services Inc. is designing the crude and vacuum systems through an alliance with UOP.

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