UOP, a Honeywell company, has been selected by Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) to provide all of the process technologies for two new maximum diesel refineries to be built in Brazil.

UOP hydrocracking and hydrotreating technologies will be used to produce high-quality diesel fuel from Brazilian national crude oils at the two new refineries

Petrobras plans to construct a two-train 600,000 barrel per day (bpd) facility in Maranhao, Brazil, to be known as Premium I, and a single-train 300,000bpd facility in Ceara, Brazil, to be known as Premium II.

Commissioning of the first train at the Premium I facility is planned in 2014 and at the Premium II facility in 2017.

Both facilities will utilize the UOP Unicracking hydrocracking and the UOP Unionfining hydrotreating processes to upgrade feedstocks to ultra-low-sulfur-diesel.

UOP will also serve as the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contractor to provide a firm basis for procurement and construction at the site.

Design of the crude and vacuum systems in the refineries will be provided by Process Consulting Services, through an alliance partnership with UOP.

UOP is a supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical and gas processing industries.