Brazil's Petrobras to use natgas as petchem feedstock at Comperj

30 June 2011 20:44  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO (ICIS)--Brazil-based Petrobras will produce basic petrochemicals at Comperj using pre-salt natural gas as feedstock instead of naphtha, the company said on Thursday.

According to Petrobras, the change in feedstock will help the company save up to 30% in construction costs for the complex.

The Complexo Petroquimico do Rio de Janeiro (Comperj) will have a production capacity of 1.1m tonnes of ethylene/year for the production of petrochemicals and use 15m cubic meters of natural gas/day, the company said.

The petrochemical phase is expected to start production by the end of 2016, according to Petrobras.

Comperj’s 165,000 bbl/day refinery is under construction and Petrobras plans to build a second refinery of the same size.

The capacities of the polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), styrene and monoethylene glycol (MEG) units have not yet been determined, according to the company.

Additional reporting by Leo Siqueira

By: Hellen Berger
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