Brazil Petrobras invites bids for ammonia plant construction

05 March 2013 20:11  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Brazil’s Petrobras has invited for the second time an undisclosed number of companies to bid for the construction of an ammonia plant in the Brazilian municipality of Uberaba, the state-run oil major said on Tuesday.

The first bidding process was declared void last year after the proposals submitted failed to meet Petrobras’ requirements.

In a brief statement, Petrobras said the process had begun and invitation letters sent “seeking goods and services for the implementation of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Unit 5 (UFN V) project.”

Interested parties had until the end of July to submit their proposals, the company said.

The Uberaba plant is one of four new Petrobras fertilizer projects expected to be in operation by 2016 as the country seeks to reduce its dependence on imports.

According to previous government statements, the plant in Minas Gerais state is expected to have a production capacity of 519,000 tonnes/year of ammonia using natural gas feedstock.

In 2011, a joint venture between France’s Technip and Danish firm Haldor Topsoe was awarded a contract for the plant’s basic and front-end engineering services.

By: Simon West

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