Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) has announced that its Paulínia refinery (Replan) broke its monthly production record for IMO 2020-compliant very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) in June – for the second consecutive month.
The Replan facility, which is located in the state of São Paulo, produced 148,000 cubic metres (cbm) of VLSFO in June, compared to 123,000 cbm in May.
Petrobras added that June also saw the restart of a distillation unit (U-200A) and catalytic cracking unit (U-220) at the Replan plant. ‘With the return of these units,’ said Petrobras, ‘the refinery will once again have the capacity to process 69 thousand m³ of oil per day, the largest in Petrobras' refining park.’
As previously reported by Bunkerspot, Petrobras believes that the new IMO 2020 global sulphur cap has presented the company with a ‘unique opportunity’ because it ‘produces oil and fuel oil with low sulphur content’.