With operations scheduled to begin in the first half of 2014, Açu Port last Wednesday received a visit from Minister of Transportation César Borges. This has been the first official event on the agenda of Prumo Logística’s newly appointed CEO, Eduardo Parente. Also in attendance were the mayor of São João da Barra, José Amaro “Neco” de Souza; the mayor of Campos dos Goytacazes, Rosinha Garotinho; and the State Secretary for Transportation, Julio Lopes, and his sub-secretary, Delmo Pinho.
“The Minister’s visit to Açu Port ahead of the start of operations this year further demonstrates the Federal Government’s confidence in the project and the importance of the Port to Brazil’s logistics infrastructure,” said Eduardo Parente.
The Minister’s party visited the onshore terminal (T2) construction site, toured the sheet pile installation site and visited the breakwater works for the offshore terminal (T1).
Strategically located near the Campos Basin, which accounts for 85% of the oil currently produced in Brazil, Açu Port has already received R$ 4.7 billion in investments. Operations are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2014 with the startup of two flexible pipe manufacturing facilities operated by French-based Technip and Norwegian-based National Oilwell Varco (NOV).
Açu Port has been designed by Prumo Logística to meet the logistics and supply requirements of oil and gas production and exploration activities in the Campos, Santos and Espírito Santo Basins. With 17 km of piers accommodating up to 47 vessels, the port can handle up to 1.2 million barrels of oil per day, as well as pig iron, coal, solid and liquid bulk cargo, general cargo, and oil along 13 km of wharf line.
Açu Port can also host oil handling and treatment bases, an offshore exploration and production support base, and a metalworking cluster dedicated to the oil and gas industry. The complex will also have an Oil Treatment Facility (OTF) with capacity to handle 1.2 million barrels per day, and which has already secured an environmental permit.