Petroleo Brasileiro operates the Cubutao refinery, which is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is an integrated refinery owned by Petroleo Brasileiro. The refinery, which started operations in 1955, has an NCI of 10.2.

Key processes of the refinery

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 170
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 81
Coking (mbd): 33
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 63
Reformer (mbd): 14
Hydrotreater (mbd): 208
Alkylation (mbd): 6

The capacity of the refinery is expected to remain the same as 170mbd by 2030.

Maintenance activities at Cubutao refinery

The Cubutao refinery witnessed three incidents during the period 2015-2020.

About Petroleo Brasileiro

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) is an integrated oil & gas company. Its major businesses include exploration and production, refining, marketing, trade and transportation of oil and gas. The company also conducts biofuel, natural gas, petrochemical, electricity and chemical businesses, and oil product distribution. It is a major crude oil producer and refiner in Brazil and the South American continent. It also participates in the domestic power market through investments in thermoelectric power plants and renewable energy. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, Petrobras markets its products in North America, South America, Africa and Asia. Petrobras is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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