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Alberto Pasqualini (Refap)

General Information

The Alberto Pasqualini Refinery is located in an area of 580 hectares in the Rio Grande do Sul city of Canoas, where once stood the Brigadeira Farm. Its throughput is 32,000 m³/day and it caters mainly to the regional market, with a focus on maximizing diesel production. From 2001, it was incorporated as Alberto Pasqualini - Refap SA, being reinstated to Petrobras in August 2012.


Avenida Getúlio Vargas, 11001 - Bairro Brigadeira
Canoas - RS - Brasil
CEP 92420-221
(51) 3415-2000

Terminals it is connected to

The refinery is connected, via pipelines, to the Almirante Soares Dutra Maritime Terminal (Tedut), in Osório/RS, and to the Niterói Terminal (Tenit) in Canoas/RS, from where the products are transported via waterway to the Rio Grande Terminal, in Rio Grande/RS.

Brief background

The Alberto Pasqualini Refinery went on stream in September 1968 with an average daily throughput of 4500 m³ of oil. This capacity was gradually expanded until it reached 20,000 m³/day in the 1990s. In 2001, it became a corporation, the Alberto Pasqualini - Refap S.A., which had our Downstream Participações S.A. subsidiary as its main shareholder.


The establishment of the corporation was organized with a project for the expansion and technological upgrading of the industrial plant, an investment worth $1.28 billion and completed in 2006. With the expansion, the refinery has increased its throughput from 20,000 to 30,000 m³/day and tripled its operational complexity, enabling the processing of heavier crude oil.


In 2010, the Alberto Pasqualini Refinery secured the license to process 32,000 m³/day. Late that year, by means of Downstream Participações, we acquired the totality of the shares of Refap S.A., consolidating it as a company wholly owned by Petrobras, affording gains in logistics and optimizing the domestic processing and production of oil products, over and beyond implementing investments planned for the production of low sulfur content diesel, in compliance with current legislation. In August 2012, the refinery was reinstated as one of our operating units.

Technical Features

  • Total area: 5.8 km²
  • Atmospheric Distillation Units
  • Vacuum Distillation Unit
  • Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit
  • Solvent Units
  • Solvent Dearomatization Unit
  • Waste Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit
  • Delayed Coking Unit
  • Sulfur Recovery Units
  • Tail Gas Unit
  • Propene Unit
  • Hydrogen Generating Unit
  • Diesel Hydrotreatment Unit
  • Naphtha Hydrodesulfurization Unit
  • Steam Generation Boilers
  • Steam Co-generation
  • Power Co-generation
  • Generators - Steam Topping Let-Down and Steam Extraction
  • Turbo Expander
  • Coke Yard
Installed capacity
Installed capacity of 201,280 bbl/day or 32,000 m³/day

Main products
Diesel, gasoline, LPG, fuel oil, jet fuel, solvents (hexane, mineral spirits and petrosolve), asphalt, coke, sulfur, propene.

Markets it serves
Rio Grande do Sul, part of Santa Catarina and Paraná, in addition to other states by means coastal shipping and surplus production allocated for export.

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