Brazil gets first private oil tanking terminal


Açu Petróleo negotiates VLCC charter to store 2 million b / d in São João da Barra, Rio de Janeiro.


Brazil will get its first private oil tanking terminal in the first quarter of 2019. It will be located at the Açu Petróleo terminal in Açu Port, in São João da Barra (RJ), the subsidiary of Prumo Logística.

In the first phase of the project, the storage will be done in a floating storage unit attached to the terminal. For a period of three years, the chartering of a VLCC – with a capacity to hold 2 million b / d – is in the final stages of negotiations.

It is expected that the construction of the terminals on land will start in 2020, with the aim of putting them into operation between 2021 and 2022.

New terminals

Currently, petroleum tanking logistics in the country is dominated by Petrobras, which uses terminals such as Angra dos Reis (RJ) to carry out the operations of transhipment and exports.

With new international operators expanding their share of E & P, new terminals will be needed to export production abroad – today the volume exported is around 1 million barrels per day, and the prospect is that will reach 2.5 million barrels / day in the medium term.

As a result of a partnership with Oil Tanking, Açu Petróleo has oil transhipment agreements with Shell and Galp, Petrobras’ partners in the pre-salt cluster. With the new terminal, these companies will be able to increase the efficiency of their relief (DP) and export ship fleet, explains the company’s commercial director, Eduardo Goulart.

“Today, as there is uncertainty about the frequencies of relief and STS [ship to ship] operations, there is an over-dimensioning of the fleet,” he explains.

Source: Brazil Energy

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