The ceremony for the signing of contracts for the implementation of the Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex (Comperj) was held Monday in Itaborai in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state. The event was attended by Brazil's President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, by ministers of state, by the governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and other authorities. Petrobras' Downstream director, Paulo Roberto Costa, and its Gas & Energy Director, Graca Foster, represented the company.
Lula said that many jobs will be generated in the petrochemical pole region and that these jobs will generate buying power, distribute income, and qualify people. "A petrochemical industry is very important in the development of a nation. We want to stop importing and start exporting second- and third-generation products. We will keep up with scientific and technological development in order for Brazil to be definitively free and sovereign," said the president.
Downstream director and the acting CEO of Petrobras, Paulo Roberto Costa, said the company aims to secure competitive prices in all of its projects, whether refineries, platforms, or in the Petrochemical Complex. "In the Comperj, for example, in three contracts, we were able to secure savings in the order of R$2.5 billion between the first proposal and the one we signed," said Paulo Roberto Costa.
Two contracts were signed for the construction of the complex's atmospheric vacuum distillation and catalytic hydrocracking units. Additionally, a contractual amendment was signed with Cadae (the state water utility) and a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Cities, the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the National Development Bank (BNDES), the Caixa Economica Federal (CEF), and Petrobras.
With the water utility, the contractual amendment - worth R$56 million - is for the construction, by Petrobras, of a duct. In turn, and as a counterpart, Cadae will supply treated water to the petrochemical complex construction work. Under the amendment, Petrobras will build all of the facilities to supply water to the Comperj. After the work is completed, the drinking water supply will be made available to the Itaborai region.
The cooperation contract, meanwhile, aims to make it feasible for there to be coordinated efforts among the participants in planning, detailing, and organizing actions and investments that enable urban and social, sanitation, transportation, education, and habitation projects.