Rio de Janeiro, March 29, 2018 – Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras reports that it has signed yesterday, with the Specific Purpose Entity (SPE) formed by the Chinese company Shandong Kerui Petroleum and the Brazilian company Método Potencial, a contract in the approximate value of R$ 1.95 billion for the construction of the Natural Gas Processing Unit (UPGN) to be installed in Itaboraí (RJ).
The unit is part of the project Route 3, intended for offloading natural gas production from pre-salt fields in Santos Basin. The work will begin in the first half of this year, with expected entry in operation in the second half of 2020.
This will be the largest gas processing unit in the country, with a 21 million m³ per day capacity. The project will significantly expand the company’s pre-salt gas offloading and processing infrastructure, which will jump from 23 million to 44 million m³ per day and will contribute to reduce the need for natural gas imports.
In addition to the Natural Gas Processing Unit (UPGN), the project Route 3 includes the construction of a gas pipeline with approximately 355 km of total length, of which 307 km of an offshore stretch - already built – and 48 km of an onshore stretch. This pipeline will discharge natural gas from the Santos Basin Pre-Salt Cluster in to the UPGN.