Brazil’s Northeast Set to Get a New Fuels Terminal
12.06.2021 By Ricardo Perez - NEWS

December 6, 2021 [BnAmericas] – Brazilian waterways regulator Antaq will launch a call for expressions of interest in building and operating a fuels terminal in Pitimbu municipality, Paraíba state, a source close to the subject told BNamericas.


The motivation for the announcement is a request filed by Destilaria Tabu to install a private terminal in Pitimbu for handling, storing and distributing fuels in the country’s northeast.

By law, a public announcement must be made following such a request to enable potentially interested parties to present a project for the same area.

If others express interest in Pitimbu, a tender will be launched by federal authorities to find the best option in terms of investments, jobs creation, and others.

Potential investors may express interest within 30 days after the call was published in the federal gazette.

Destilaria Tabu’s project involves an investment of around 880mn reais (US$157mn) and the implementation of a floating offshore terminal using a monohull to serve ships. The monohull will be connected to an underwater pipeline that will interconnect to an onshore tank farm for petroleum products, biofuels, and chemicals.

The planned infrastructure’s main elements are 25 tanks to initially store gasoline, biofuel, and diesel.

Products will be moved between the tanks, trucks, and loading and unloading points with the help of five onshore pumping stations, built as each project phase advances.

The onshore tank park will be divided into three phases. The first will include 10 tanks with total bulk liquids capacity of 80,000m3, the second phase has seven tanks with capacity of 75,000m3, and the last has seven more tanks totaling 90,000m3.

The offshore terminal is sized to handle Aframax class vessels within up to 36 hours, bringing total terminal capacity to around 5Mt per year.

The company estimates it will handle 1.8Mt of oil products by the end of phase 3. The expectation is to act as a complementary terminal to the Suape port and industrial complex, in Pernambuco state, increasing the handling capacity of bulk liquids in the northeast.

The onshore area of the undertaking, considering the tank farm and support buildings, is expected to receive investments of 176mn reais, 146mn reais and 173mn reais, respectively. The conclusion of the work is scheduled for 2022, 2025, and 2030.

Total investment in offshore infrastructure, considering a Suezmax ship of greater size and draft, is 371mn reais.

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