17 May 2013 23:04 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Petrobras has received a preliminary decision to resume work at its Comperj project, the Brazilian company said on Friday.
Earlier this week, the company's environmental permit for the project was revoked, causing Petrobras to stop construction.
Petrobras lost the permit following a lawsuit by Brazil's Public Ministry (MPF), a body of independent public prosecutors.
The ministry alleged that the initial permit was not issued correctly and that it should have come from a different environmental agency.
Regional federal court judge Eduardo de Assis Ribeiro Filho ruled that work at Comperj should be halted immediately until a new environmental license is issued from the other agency.
The Comperj project is expected to include two refineries and a number of downstream petrochemical units that will produce ethylene, propylene, polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and other chemicals.
Its first 165,000 bbl/day refining train at the site is due to start operations by 2015, while a bigger 300,000 bbl/day train is slated to come on stream by 2018.
Additional reporting by Leo Siqueira
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