July 5, 2019
Petrobras produced between April and June about 190,000 cubic meters of low sulfur marine fuel, known as Bunker 2020, meeting a new international rule to reduce the emission of pollutants by ships.
The production took place at six refineries, including that of Abreu e Lima (RNEST) in Pernambuco, which sold its first product load of 16,000 m³ last week.
The other refineries producing the fuel are Isaac Sabbá (Reman), Amazonas, Landulpho Alves Refinery (RLAM), Bahia, Paulinia Refinery (Replan) and Henrique Lage Refinery (Revap), both in São Paulo, and Duque Refinery of Caxias (Reduc), in Rio de Janeiro.
The fuel oil was named Bunker 2020 due to the change in the sulfur limit, which will be valid throughout the world refining and fuel market starting in 2020.
The new specification, set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), reduces the sulfur content from 3.5% to 0.5%.
“The new limit complies with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (Marpol), of which Brazil is a signatory … The changes began to be debated after studies show that maritime transport is the one with the highest sulfur emission rates “, Explained Petrobras.