Jun 23, 2020
Açu Petróleo carried out the first oil transfer operation using a Very Large Crude Carrier class vessel for Shell Brasil Petróleo. The transfer of approximately 2 million barrels of crude oil from the relief vessels Lena Knutsen and VigdisKnutsen, both operating for Shell Brasil Petróleo, to the VLCC Wasit. The Açu Petróleo terminal is the only private Brazilian terminal capable of receiving vessels of this size. The VLCC class oil tankers are among the largest in the world, with a maximum storage capacity of 2 million barrels of oil.
Victor Bomfim, CEO of Açu Petróleo, said that “The Açu Petróleo terminal in Porto do Açu is one of the most effective options for oil exports in Brazil, given its strategic location between the Santos and Campos basins and nominal depth of 25 meters, which allows vessels of the size of VLCCs to moor. The success of this operation for Shell Brasil Petróleo reinforces the importance of moving large volumes of oil through oil overflow in sheltered terminals, ensuring a high standard of safety and care for the environment, in addition to greater predictability, which increases the competitiveness of the Brazilian oil. ”
Partnership between Prumo and the German Oiltanking, Açu Petróleo is licensed to handle up to 1.2 million barrels of oil per day at its terminal, in addition to already having environmental authorization for the future investment in crude oil storage and treatment park. Currently, around 25% of Brazilian oil exports pass through the Açu Petróleo terminal, through contracts signed with the main world oil companies operating in the country.