Project Snapshot
Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Industrial Project (COMPERJ)
Facility Type: Petrochemical
Scope: New Construction
Owner: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras)
Location: Itaborai  Brazil
Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Modified:  June 03, 2010

Project description

In March 2008, Petrobras broke ground on its new Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex (COMPERJ), an approximately $8.4-billion project that marks the Brazilian company's return to the petrochemical sector. It is located in the city of Itaborai outside Rio de Janeiro.

The new petrochemical plant, which is slated to go online in 2013, will be capable of processing 150,000 barrels per day of heavy oil from the Marlim field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. Petrobras expects the facility to save more than $2 billion per year by reducing oil derivate and petrochemical product imports.

The new facility will feature a refining and first-generation unit (basic petrochemical unit [BPU]) that will produce the basic petrochemicals ethane, propane, benzene, paraxylene, and butadiene. A set of second-generation units called associated petrochemical units (APUs) will transform the basic products into the following petrochemical products: styrene, ethylene glycol, polyethylene, polypropylene, and PTA/PET. A third component of the project is a utilities plant that will provide the entire complex with water, steam, and electrical energy.

COMPERJ will feature the Petrochemical Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) process developed and patented by Petrobras' Research and Development Center (CENPES). Called a "major technological leap forward" by an in-house Petrobras magazine, Petrochemical FCC will make it feasible to produce basic petrochemical raw materials (propylene, ethylene, and aromatic oils ) directly from Marlin heavy crude oil. The effect of this will be twofold: the FCC will not have to maximize gasoline, diesel, and LPG production, nor will the facility need to produce petrochemical products only after producing and processing petrochemical naphtha.

In early 2010, Petrobras changed the scope of the project to include a 150,000-b/d refinery. Skanska AB will handle design, detailed engbineering, and construction of the refinery facilities.

The Shaw Group Inc. is providing its proprietary ethylene technology, basic engineering, and technical services for the facility's 1,000-KTA ethylene plant. In addition, Shaw will provide similar services for the Petrochemical FCC unit. Petrobras has awarded WorleyParsons an approximately $110-million services contract for integration and project management services, front-end engineering design (FEED) for utilities and offsites, and other technical services.

  Key Stats
Major process units:
basic petrochemical unit; second-generation units; utilities plant
ethene (1.3M t/y); propane (880,000 t/y); benzene (600,000 t/y); paraxylene (700,000 t/y); butadiene (157,000 t/y); styrene (500,000 t/y); ethylene glycol (600,000 t/y); polyethylene (800,000 t/y); polypropylene (850,000 t/y); PTA/PET (500,000/600,000 t/y)
150,000 b/d
The Shaw Group Inc. (ethylene plant; petrochemical FCC unit recovery section); WorleyParsons (integration and project management services; FEED for utilities and offsites; technical assistance during detailed design, commissioning, pre-operation, start-up, and performance test of utilities and offsites); Skanska AB, crude and distillation unit (150,000 b/d capacity); Companhia de Desenvolvimento de Plantas de Utilidades (CDPU), utilities plant
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Nov 30, 2010 - Petrobras has selected Emerson Process Management to provide process automation technologies and services for the Petrochemical Complex of Rio de Janeiro (Comperj) in Brazil.
Petrobras May Double Comperj Processing Capacity
May 25, 2010 - Petrobras on Tuesday sought to clarify news published the day before in the Brazilian press regarding the Comperj petrochemical complex in Rio de Janeiro state.
Petrobras, SMU Join Forces to Develop Comperj
Apr 28, 2010 - Comperj Participações S.A. (Comperj Participações) and SMU Energia e Serviços de Utilidades executed an agreement to form a new company, Companhia de Desenvolvimento, in view to analyze the implementation of the Utilities Plant project of Comperj.
Skanska To Build Refinery Unit for Petrobras
Mar 11, 2010 - Skanska has been awarded a contract to construct the first phase of a new refinery for crude oil in Brazil.
UPDATE: Petrobras Implements Comperj Contracts
Mar 09, 2010 - 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.
Petrobras To Sign Comperj Contracts Monday
Mar 05, 2010 - Petrobras plans to sign contracts Monday for the implementation of the Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex (Comperj) in Itaborai (state of Rio de Janeiro), the company announced Friday.
UPDATE: Petrobras Set To Unveil New Comperj Plans - Report
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Petrobras To Change Scope of Comperj Project - Report
Jan 13, 2010 - Petrobras is considering a change in its Comperj refinery project to focus on heavy oil processing rather than petrochemicals, local business daily Valor Economico reported Wednesday.
Petrobras Unveils $47.8B Plan for Downstream
Feb 13, 2009 - Petrobras' 2009-2013 Business Plan calls for $47.8 billion in investments in the Downstream Area, which includes the refining, transportation, trade, petrochemicals, and fertilizer activities.
Petrobras Incorporates COMPERJ Companies
Feb 05, 2009 - Petrobras announced Thursday that, pursuant to the implementation of the Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex - COMPERJ, it has incorporated six public companies in Rio de Janeiro State as wholly owned subsidiaries.
Petrobras To Keep $8.5B Refinery In Strategic Plan - Exec
Jan 21, 2009 - Brazilian state-run energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro (PBR) will maintain its expected $8.5 billion Comperj petrochemical refinery in its strategic plan, the company's downstream director said Wednesday.
Petrobras: Decision On New Refineries At Year End
Nov 04, 2008 - Brazilian state-run energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro (PBR) will make a concrete decision on the construction of two premium fuel refineries in December, the company's downstream director said Tuesday.
Petrobras Taps Shaw for Ethylene Plant Project
Oct 27, 2008 - Petrobras has awarded The Shaw Group contracts to provide proprietary ethylene technology, basic engineering, and technical services for a 1,000-KTA ethylene plant in Brazil.
Petrobras Rolls Out Latest In String of Refinery Plans
Jun 17, 2008 - Petrobras has confirmed plans to construct a premium-quality refinery with the capacity to process 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude in the northeastern Brazilian state of Maranhao, with operations expected to start in 2013.
Petrobras Begins Comperj Construction
Mar 31, 2008 - Petrobras on Monday kicked-off the construction work for the Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex (Comperj).
Petrobras Awards WorleyParsons Contract for Rio Petchem Project
Nov 09, 2007 - WorleyParsons has been selected by Petrobras to perform various services for the largest industrial undertaking in the history of Petrobras in Brazil.

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