The works of the Comperj natural gas processing unit in Itaboraí (RJ), should count with 2.5 thousand and 3 thousand workers by the end of the year, said the director of development of Petrobras’ production and technology, Hugo Repsold Júnior.
According to him, the teams are already being mobilized. The expectation is that about 90% of the workforce is made up of local staff.
Comperj’s natural gas processing units will treat the pre-salt gas. The works, led by China’s Shandong Kerui Petroleum and Potential Method, will require about R $ 2 billion.
The flow of the treated gas will be made by the Itaboraí-Guapimirim gas pipeline, which will transport the gas from the Comperj to the interconnected network of pipelines. The bidding for the project, under the concession regime, is being evaluated by the National Petroleum Agency (ANP).
Petrobras has already signed a commitment agreement to acquire the pipeline capacity in 2014. The bidding, however, was suspended due in part to delays in the work of the gas processing units.
According to Repsold, Petrobras maintains interest in hiring pipeline capacity, but also evaluates other alternatives.
“There is the possibility of reversing the flow of existing gas pipelines,” he told reporters.
Repsold also commented on the production of the company and reiterated the forecast to increase the production curve next year, as a reflection of the start-up of new platforms between 2018 and 2019.
“We are working towards this [increase in production in 2019],” he said.