The companies EnP, Oil Group and Porto Central, today signed (26) a memorandum of intent to develop the project of a Refinery in Espírito Santo. The event was held in Vitória, with the presence of Governor Renato Casa Grande. RefinES is being studied to be implemented in the Porto Central area, a port industrial complex in the municipality of Presidente Kennedy. According to a statement from the consortium of companies, “this port infrastructure under development and the proximity to the Pre-salt are determining factors for installing this enterprise in this location.”
RefinES is in the study phase, where production objectives, processing capacities and technological routes are being defined. Its development follows the portal approval methodology, with scopes defined at the end of each stage for decision making. The project is for a modular refinery that may have the capacity to process 50 thousand barrels per day, with the implementation of the project in two phases. The first, with 30 thousand barrels per day and the second with 20 thousand.
This venture has an estimated investment of US$ 640 million (US$ 350 million in phase 1 and US$ 290 million in phase 2). The plant will be able to process Brazilian offshore oil, with 29 ° API, to produce gasoline, diesel oil, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and MGO (marine gasoil), meeting the demand of the Espírito Santo market. The expectation is that RefinES will start operating in 2 to 3 years after the approval of the last phase of the studies, when they should proceed to the implementation (contracting, construction and assembly) and operation phases. Thus, the forecast for entry into operation would be between 2025 and 2026.