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Veolia Water to handle REFAP refinery’s secondary material processing unit

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Brazil and Veolia Water Americas have signed a contract with Petrobras to design, build, own and operate an oil bearing secondary material processing unit at its Alberto Pasqualini REFAP Refinery in Porto Alegre, South Brazil.

The REFAP refinery is Petrobras’ sixth largest, with a capacity of 200 000 bpd.

The new unit will use Veolia’s proprietary processes to recycle oil bearing material back into the refining production processes and is expected to be operational by November 2013.

Parts and equipment are currently being manufactured in both the US and Brazil.

Once operational, the unit will process approximately 6200 bbl/month of oil bearing material, equal to more than 74 000 bpy.

Recycled oil bearing material is to be utilised in the refinery’s coker unit. This is anticipated to generate approximately US$ 1.5 million in annual cost savings.

Ruddi de Souza, General Director of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Brazil commented that ‘the new project is based on [a] long standing partnership with Petrobras, focusing on helping the company reach its environmental goals’.

‘Based on our track record in North American refineries, we believe this new partnership with Petrobras will be very successful in providing highly sustainable process for oil bearing material recycling and help minimise waste generation’ outlined Steve Hopper, Executive Vice President of Veolia Water Americas.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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