Petrobras refinery permit limits capacity to 45,000 barrels/day

lunes 3 de noviembre de 2014 16:50 GYT

RIO DE JANEIRO Nov 3 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA will have to limit initial crude processing at its new RNEST, or "Abreu e Lima" refinery to 39 percent of capacity until it can show that pollution-control equipment is functioning properly, according to the operating license announced on Monday.

RNEST, located at the Port of Suape near Recife, Brazil, will only be allowed to process 45,000 barrels of crude oil a day, the license said. That's less than half the 115,000 planned capacity of the first of two processing "trains" being built at the 230,000 barrel-a-day facility.

The 45,000 barrel-a-day limit will be in place until Petrobras can show that pollution control equipment needed to control oxides of sulfur, nitrogen, carbon and other pollutants are fully operational, the license said. (Reporting by Jeb Blount; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)