Veolia Water and Petrobras to Design and Operate REFAP's Oil-Bearing Secondary Unit

By Chemical Processing staff

Aug 08, 2013

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Brazil and Veolia Water Americas signed a contract with Petrobras to design, build, own and operate an oil-bearing secondary material processing unit at its Alberto Pasqualini REFAP Refinery located in Porto Alegre, South Brazil.

 It is the sixth-largest Petrobras refinery with a capacity of 200,000 barrels/day. The new unit will use Veolia's proprietary processes to recycle the oil-bearing material back into the refining production processes, which is anticipated to cut costs by approximately $1.5 million annually.

The recycled oil-bearing materials from the refinery's crude processing streams will be used in the refinery's coker unit. Veolia's proprietary processes will help Petrobras increase its refining utilization, while at the same time minimizing waste generation and thereby helping the environment.

The parts and equipment for the new unit are being manufactured both in the United States and Brazil. The processing unit is expected to begin operations in November.  When fully operational, the unit is anticipated to process approximately 6,200 barrels of oil-bearing material each month, more than 74,000 barrels per year.

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