Petrobras announced this Wednesday (11) that it signed a contract for the construction of the new S-10 diesel production unit at Replan, the company’s largest refinery, located in Paulínia (SP). The investment will be US$ 458 million and the expectation is for the creation of 6 thousand job vacancies – 3 thousand direct and another 3 thousand indirect. The inauguration of the plant is scheduled for 2025.
The contract was signed with the Toyo Setal HDT Paulínia Consortium, formed by the companies TSE and TOYO, and the installation of the new unit will mean a change in diesel refining at Replan – in addition to expanding the production of jet fuel.
The S-500 diesel, used in agricultural machinery and corresponding to 47% of the diesel currently manufactured, will no longer be produced. All machinery at both the new plant and the existing one will be geared towards the production of S-10 diesel, with an increase in production until 2026.
“Diesel is our main derivative and Replan is characterized by a unit that has a very expressive production of diesel in the current market in Brazil”, stated Rogério Daisson, General Manager of Replan.
Paulínia concentrates the largest diesel production in the country, but adaptations will also be applied at the Reduc refineries, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), and Revap, in São José dos Campos (SP).
Regarding job vacancies, which were initially expected to be 3,000, Petrobras stated that they will be generated in companies contracted by the multinational to carry out the construction.
In the future, when the new refining unit is in operation, there is a possibility that more jobs will be generated for the operational workforce, informed the general manager.
“After the unit is operating, new job opportunities will also arise, because the unit then needs to go through a maintenance and conservation process.”
Replan currently employs a total of 3,300 people, including public servants and outsourced workers.
Petrobras replan refinery, in Paulínia (SP) — Photo: Júlio Cesar Costa/g1
The new unit will invest in hydrotreatment (HDT), which generates hydrogen from a 1,300-degree oven and 130 tons of steam per day, to remove contaminants from the fuel, such as sulfur, and reduce impacts on the environment. .
S-10 is a fuel with a lower sulfur content than S-500, and will be about 10 million liters produced per day with the new plantreported Replan. The new unit will add the structure in operation, expanding the fuel production capacity at Replan to 34 thousand m³/day.
The change will also allow for increased production of jet fuel (QAV), but the amount produced will depend on market needs.
General manager of Replan, Rogério Daisson shows diesel S-10, the focus of production at the Petrobras refinery in the coming years — Photo: Júlio César Costa/g1
Investment in artificial intelligence
In addition to the investment in the hydrotreatment unit (HDT, another US$ 90 million will be invested by Petrobras in Replan with a focus on artificial intelligence, improving energy efficiency and increasing operational availability. The program is called RefTOP. In total, the company’s contribution at the Paulínia plant between 2022 and 2025 exceeds US$ 500 million.
“These are investments that mostly aim at the efficiency of our operations, from an energy and operational point of view, and the reliability of our operations”, explained Daisson.
An example is the application of monitoring sensors for the best performance of gas burning torches – one of the stages of refining and production units – and also the use of drones to perform tasks with greater safety, such as tower maintenance.
“One of RefTOP’s focuses is to become comparable to the best in the world in terms of energy performance”, he added. Considering the other refineries in Brazil, the total investment in this program will be US$ 300 million.
Replan, Petrobras’ largest oil refinery, is located in Paulínia (SP) — Photo: Júlio César Costa/g1
Petrobras’ largest refinery, Replan has the capacity to process 69,000 m³ of oil per day, equivalent to 434 thousand barrels, and serves 30% of the Brazilian territory.
The plant produces derivatives such as gasoline, diesel, aviation kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, cooking gas), fuel oil, asphalt, propylene and bunker, among others.
the production of Paulínia is shipped to the following locations:
- Interior of São Paulo – receives most of the production, 55%
- South of Minas
- Mining Triangle
- Mato Grosso
- Mato Grosso do Sul
- Brasilia DF)