Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) signed a contract for the construction of the new Diesel Hydrotreating Unit (HDT II) and the new Hydrogen Generation Unit (UGH II) at the Alberto Pasqualini Refinery (Refap), in Canoas (state of Rio Grande do Sul), this Wednesday (01/12).
The HDT II unit will be capable of treating 6,000 cubic meters of low-sulfur diesel (10 ppm) per day and will help the company meet the environmental legislation and improve air quality. The UGH II unit, meanwhile, will be able to produce 1,250,000 normal cubic meters per day of hydrogen at 99% purity, and its distinguishing feature is the possibility of loading it with natural gas, refinery gas, butane, and naphtha.
"This undertaking is of key importance, as it will afford diesel production a quality suitable for both the domestic and international markets," said Petrobras' Downstream director, Paulo Roberto Costa.
The work will take about three years to be completed, with a nationalization index in excess of 70%. Three thousand jobs are expected to be created at the peak of construction.
Refap currently has an installed capacity of 200,000 barrels of oil per day. Its production consists mainly of diesel and gasoline, in addition to petrochemical naphtha, propene, LPG (cooking gas), jet fuel, fuel oil, and asphalt.