Brazil’s Porto Central Inks Deal with Petrobras
07.30.2021 - NEWS

July 30, 2021 [BNAmericas] – Brazil’s federal oil company Petrobras and Porto Central have signed an agreement for crude oil and oil products transshipment operations at the port under development in Presidente Kennedy in the southeast state of Espírito Santo, Porto Central said on Wednesday.


The liquid bulk terminal of Porto Central will have a harbor depth of 25m and four berths capable of receiving very large crude carriers (VLCCs) with capacity of 2Mb of oil.

The first stage of the port will consolidate the beginning of the development of Porto Central’s energy hub, which includes natural gas and clean energy generation through solar and wind projects that will also enable large-scale production of green hydrogen and ammonia to serve the international and domestic markets, according to a statement.

“The location of the port is extremely strategic in a region with high potential for renewable energy,” Porto Central’s business developer Jessica Saúde Chan told BNamericas.

On Monday, Canada’s AmmPower announced it had entered into an MOU with Porto Central for the development of a green ammonia production facility, storage and distribution.

AmmPower’s technology will allow Porto Central to use green hydrogen and ammonia as fuel for the large ships at its port, as well as the small tugboats and other machinery at site. “Furthermore, the ability to help provide clean power to Brazil’s national grid, and produce clean fertilizer for their large population presents a huge opportunity,” CEO Gary Benninger said in a statement.

Covering over 20Mm2, Porto Central will handle different types of cargoes, such as crude oil and gas, energy, offshore supply, grains, fertilizers, ores, containers and general cargo, with potential demand of 220Mt/y.

The port has access to major highways and will soon be integrated into the country’s new railway infrastructure that will allow transportation of iron ore, soybeans, corn, fertilizer, general cargo and containers.

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