UOP LLC, a Honeywell company and a leader in petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical and biofuels technologies, and Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), a provider of advanced automation controls, have opened a new office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to better serve the growing oil and natural gas sector in Latin America.
The new office will employ technical experts to provide project development, engineering services and support for process technology, catalysts, adsorbents and specialty equipment from Honeywell’s UOP as well as automation control solutions from HPS.
The Latin American economy is expected to grow more than 4 percent in 2011, which is driving a projected 6 percent growth in fuel demand and 6.5 percent growth in petrochemicals over the next several years. The Brazilian energy sector is currently planning to add an additional 1.4 million barrels per day of refining capacity by 2019.
Both UOP and HPS have been partnering with the region’s oil and gas leaders since the late 1950s. In November 2010, Petrobras selected UOP to provide all of the process technologies for its two new maximum diesel refineries to be built in Maranhão and Ceara. Honeywell’s UOP is also supporting projects to expand the use of renewable fuels in Latin America. In November 2010, it worked with TAM Airlines to provide Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™, an aviation biofuel made using UOP technology, for the first biofuel flight in Brazil.
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