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Alberto Pasqualini Refinery: Main Operations | Petrobras

Alberto Pasqualini (Refap)

Homem trabalhando na Unidade de Hidrodessulfurização Seletiva da Refinaria Alberto Pasqualini (REFAP)
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General Information

The Alberto Pasqualini Refinery is located in an area of 580 hectares in the Rio Grande do Sul city of Canoas, where once stood the Brigadeira Farm. Its throughput is 32,000 m³/day and it caters mainly to the regional market, with a focus on maximizing diesel production. From 2001, it was incorporated as Alberto Pasqualini - Refap SA, being reinstated to Petrobras in August 2012.

Location: Avenida Getúlio Vargas, 11001 - Bairro Brigadeira
Canoas - RS - Brasil
CEP 92420-221

Phone: (51) 3415-2000

Terminals it is connected to

The refinery is connected, via pipelines, to the Almirante Soares Dutra Maritime Terminal (Tedut), in Osório/RS, and to the Niterói Terminal (Tenit) in Canoas/RS, from where the products are transported via waterway to the Rio Grande Terminal, in Rio Grande/RS.

Brief background:

The Alberto Pasqualini Refinery went on stream in September 1968 with an average daily throughput of 4500 m³ of oil. This capacity was gradually expanded until it reached 20,000 m³/day in the 1990s. In 2001, it became a corporation, the Alberto Pasqualini - Refap S.A., which had our Downstream Participações S.A. subsidiary as its main shareholder.

The establishment of the corporation was organized with a project for the expansion and technological upgrading of the industrial plant, an investment worth $1.28 billion and completed in 2006. With the expansion, the refinery has increased its throughput from 20,000 to 30,000 m³/day and tripled its operational complexity, enabling the processing of heavier crude oil.

In 2010, the Alberto Pasqualini Refinery secured the license to process 32,000 m³/day. Late that year, by means of Downstream Participações, we acquired the totality of the shares of Refap S.A., consolidating it as a company wholly owned by Petrobras, affording gains in logistics and optimizing the domestic processing and production of oil products, over and beyond implementing investments planned for the production of low sulfur content diesel, in compliance with current legislation. In August 2012, the refinery was reinstated as one of our operating units.

Technical Features

Total area: 5.8 km²
Atmospheric Distillation Units
Vacuum Distillation Unit
Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit
Solvent Units
Solvent Dearomatization Unit
Waste Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit
Delayed Coking Unit
Sulfur Recovery Units
Tail Gas Unit
Propene Unit
Hydrogen Generating Unit
Diesel Hydrotreatment Unit
Naphtha Hydrodesulfurization Unit
Steam Generation Boilers
Steam Co-generation
Power Co-generation
Generators - Steam Topping Let-Down and Steam Extraction
Turbo Expander
Coke Yard

Installed capacity:

Installed capacity of 201,280 bbl/day or 32,000 m³/day

Main products:

Diesel, gasoline, LPG, fuel oil, jet fuel, solvents (hexane, mineral spirits and petrosolve), asphalt, coke, sulfur, propene.

Markets it serves:

Rio Grande do Sul, part of Santa Catarina and Paraná, in addition to other states by means coastal shipping and surplus production allocated for export.