Açu Port wants to become main hub for oil exports

Açu Petroleo wants to make its terminal (T-Oil) in Açu Port (RJ) the main option for exporting oil to private oil companies in Brazil, says company president Victor Snabaitis Bomfim. The executive bet on the capacity to receive larger ships as a differential of the project, which carried out its first transhipment operation with a VLCC on the 15th. “Today, more than two-thirds of the oil exported from Brazil is destined for the Far East, demanding high capacity ships,” he explains.

In addition to the Açu Port, only the Petrobras terminals of Angra dos Reis (Tebig) and São Sebastião (Tebar), can accommodate VLCCs, the former is aimed at supplying its refineries.

According to Bomfim, the oil company is currently responsible for half of the 1 million b / d exported by the country – a volume that should exceed 2 million b / d in the next five years. Following Petrobras, the main oil exporters are Galp (Petrogal) and Shell, the Petrobras partners in Lula and Sapinhoá, the largest Brazilian fields in activity.

Both companies are using Açu to carry out these operations. Started in 2015, the Anglo-Dutch contract lasts for 20 years, while the agreement with Petrogal, which began in March, is three years.

With three berths of attraction, T-Oil has the capacity to move 1.2 million barrels / day, and today the volumes that go through the terminal turn between 4 and 5 million barrels / month. “We certainly have other oil companies on the radar, as Brazil becomes an important exporter of oil,” says Bomfim.

Until the beginning of 2019, Açu Petroleo intends to make the final investment decision to build an oil treatment unit with storage tanks in the port. According to the president of the subsidiary of Prumo Logística, the plan is that the enterprise has the capacity to store between 5 million and 10 million barrels.


Source: Brazil Energy

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