The director of Industrial Processes and Products at Petrobras, William França, informs that one of the proposals is to transfer all of Refap’s diesel production to the so-called diesel s-10a less polluting fuel than S-500, which in the future should leave the market. Currently, around half of the oil processing capacity of the Rio Grande do Sul refinery, which is 33 thousand cubic meters per day, is intended for the production of diesel. Of this total, 30% is S-500 and 70% is S-10. With the improvement, the entire production will be fuel with less environmental impact.
According to França, this initiative is scheduled to take place over the next five years, and may be brought forward, depending on conditions, for 2026. Before that, the Refap should also be adapted to manufacture the R5 diesel. This process provides for mineral diesel to leave the refinery with 5% of its composition made up of vegetable oil, a renewable raw material. The plant should already operate with this product from March 2024.
Parliamentarians launch a front in defense of the Brazilian naval industry and special commission for the resumption of the Rio Grande hub
Next Monday (29), in the city of Rio Grande, two political movements will be launched to reinforce the importance of resuming the shipbuilding industry in Brazil. With the presence of the president of Transpetro, Sérgio Bacci, the Parliamentary Front in Defense of the Brazilian Naval Industry of the Legislative embly of Rio Grande do Sulchaired by state deputy Miguel Rossetto (PT), in addition to Special Committee for the Resumption of the Naval Pole of the City Council, chaired by councilor Rovam Castro (PT). Federal deputy Alexandre Lindenmeyer (PT) will announce the launch of the Parliamentary Front in Defense of the Naval Industry in the Federal Chamber in the second half of June.
The parliamentary fronts will have the role of propose and support public and private initiatives that contribute to the development and expansion of the sectorstrengthening local content, the production of science and technology and other actions that put the country back on the tracks of the great nations that control the logistics of their national and international trade.
For Lindenmeyer, “it is urgent that we expand public and private investments in this economic sector that has the potential to generate hundreds of thousands of new jobs, direct and indirect, mainly in other industrial activities”. The deputy believes that the strengthening of the Brazilian shipbuilding industry should be at the center of a policy of reindustrialization of the country.
Rossetto argues that “it is necessary to recover the naval center as a base for the reindustrialization of Rio Grande do Sul. The facilities are ready, we have qualified workers and the demand exists from Petrobras. We need public policies and, with the Lula government, there is a reopened opportunity. Rio Grande do Sul must take advantage of this and step in decisively to generate the quality jobs we need”.
The president of the Special Committee, councilor Rovam, recalls that at the time of the Naval Pole, in Rio Grande and São José do Norte, “we had a state in development, with new companies, jobs and income. This was all discarded by the previous government, and now we have the opportunity to resume these initiatives to once again leverage our economy and the well-being of our people”.