Petroleo Brasileiro operates the Paulinia refinery, which is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is an integrated refinery owned by Petroleo Brasileiro. The refinery, which started operations in 1972, has an NCI of 6.9.

Key processes of the refinery

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 434
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 225
Coking (mbd): 75
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 101
Reformer (mbd): 16
Hydrotreater (mbd): 240

The capacity of the refinery is expected to remain the same as 434mbd by 2030.

During the period 2021-2025, the Paulinia refinery is expected to witness an estimated capex of $458m.

Maintenance activities at Paulinia refinery

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

Upcoming expansion projects at Paulinia refinery

Diesel Hydrotreater, Hydrogen Unit

Contractors involved in the refinery

Some of the key contractors for the upcoming projects at the Paulinia refinery include the following.

Main EPC: Toyo Engineering, TOYO-SETAL Empreendimentos.

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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