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ABB Refinery-Wide Systems Help Petrobras Grow

Posted on February 19, 2009

ABB is providing process automation and power management systems for 10 of Petrobras’s 12 refineries in Brazil to help increase production by.

The solutions are part of a modernization program to boost production capacity at Petrobras refineries in Brazil by as much as 40% and produce new high-quality, low-sulfur fuels and biofuels to meet growing global and domestic demand for cleaner forms of energy.

The scale of the modernization program is immense. In addition to building new units for distillation, hydrotreatment, cooking, desulfurization and other processes, Petrobras is constructing 50 new substations and modernizing about 40 others to the new IEC 61850 global standard for interoperable substation automation devices. ABB process automation and power management systems are already installed at six of the 12 refineries and power management systems at an additional four refineries.

Over the next five years ABB will upgrade and expand the systems to incorporate the new and revamped production units and IEC 61850 substations. The 10 refineries have a combined refining capacity of about 1.6 million barrels a day, equivalent to almost 80% of Petrobras’s total refining capacity.

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