Petrobras to participate in tenders with new thermoelectric plant

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Petrobras to participate in tenders with new thermoelectric plant

Petrobras is considering participating in tenders launched by regulator Aneel with a thermoelectric plant it is building in Rio de Janeiro state. 

“We are evaluating the feasibility [of the thermal plant] aiming at participating in regulated energy auctions,” refining and natural gas director, Rodrigo Costa Lima e Silva, told a press conference Thursday. 

The plant project is part of the Gaslub pole (former Comperj), in Itaboraí municipality. It also includes a 21Mm3/d (million cubic meters per day) gas processing unit (UPGN) scheduled to come online late this year or early 2022. 

The gas will come from offshore pre-salt fields via the Rota 3 pipeline, which comprises a 307km offshore and a 48km onshore section. 

According to Petrobras’ production development director, Rudimar Lorenzatto, the offshore section is 100% complete, while the onshore stretch is 85% ready. 

And “some 5,000 men are working on the construction of the UPGN. We already are commissioning several systems,” he said. 

Gaslub will additionally have a catalytic hydrocracking unit and a new advanced lubricant plant. 

According to its 2021-25 strategic plan, Petrobras will reduce its thermoelectric park from 17 to 10 plants, with total installed capacity falling from 6.6GWm to 4.3GWm.


Lorenzatto said Petrobras has disqualified Samsung Heavy Industries' 15bn-real (US$2.75bn) bid in the tender for the construction of a Búzios field FPSO, off Brazil’s southeast coast.  

Only two other proposals were submitted, by Keppel Shipyard (12.5bn reais) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (14.1bn reais). 

“We now have two valid commercial proposals. We are analyzing them and will probably negotiate with these two bidders and define the next steps for Petrobras to take a decision,” Lorenzatto said. 

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