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Petrobras invests 24 million reais in the modernization of the Port of Imbetiba in Macaé, RJ

07/30/2021 | 16h06

One of the company's own port facilities celebrates Macaé's anniversary with investments and resumption of operations


Investments in the order of 24 million reais for 2021 and 2022. This is the amount that Petrobras is allocating to the modernization and updating of the infrastructure of the Port of Imbetiba - Engineer Zephyrino Lavenère Machado Filho, in Macaé. The company celebrates the anniversary of Macaé, in addition to investments, with the expectation of resumption of flow in post-pandemic operations.


This injection of resources is intended to increase the port logistics service to support the company's routine and platform anchoring projects. At the same time, Petrobras also contracted and mobilized large equipment to meet these projects. These investments generate returns for society, through the generation of jobs, encouragement to the activities of other companies and consequent tax collection.


One of the company's own port facilities, the Port of Imbetiba has three piers and six berths and currently carries out around 115 berths per month. In the post-pandemic period, this number should reach 150 berthings/month.



In order to meet subsea projects, the port now uses three large cranes - one capable of handling 120 tons in a radius of 25 meters and two that move 30 tons in a radius of 35 meters. All these cranes have a raised cabin - which guarantees more safety in operations, especially for the professionals involved.


José Alves, manager of Port Operations in Macaé, highlights the relevance of the activity for Petrobras. "The anchorage, a segment of the subsea area, is responsible for the installation and maintenance of production units (eg: UEP - Stationary Production Unit, FPSO - acronym for floating oil production, storage and transfer unit), as well as anchoring drilling rigs using and moving materials and equipment with large dimensions and heavy weight.”


To get an idea of this relevance, he mentions two projects linked to the pre-salt. “We had the conclusion of the positioning of the FPSO Carioca in its definitive location and which should start production in the Sépia field in the coming months. We are currently entering the second phase of anchoring the Long Term Test in the Mero field. This activity aims to carry out the installation of eight mooring lines, which is responsible for keeping the production unit at the established point.”


Another investment is the expansion of the retro area from 16 to 24 thousand m², which represents an increase of 50%. Comparatively, with the future extension, 235 public transport buses could be parked. This additional space to the storage area can be used, for example, for customs clearance and for construction and assembly of large materials that cannot be transported by road.



The expectation of increasing the volume of up to 150 berthings per month at the Port of Imbetiba is largely linked to the expansion of the berthing window, a model in force since April of this year. It became possible for the AHTS 21000 — high-powered vessels that act as tugs, handling anchors and transporting supplies — to dock and undock without having to wait for high tide.


With this change, the gain obtained lies in the reduction of waiting time for the vessels, which, due to some environmental condition, sometimes remained idle for 12 hours, waiting for a new berthing opportunity. A vessel, even stopped, maintains charter costs. In addition, it could lead to delays in the installation and maintenance operations of mooring lines. Together, these factors could impact some production activities.


The port approval process for operation with AHTS 21000 type vessels with eight-meter drafts (measurement of the submerged part of the vessel) is being carried out in conjunction with the Navy, which assessed that the conditions of the channels are favorable to greater flexibility.


In order to further improve these conditions, signaling of the access channels is planned, as well as carrying out, in 2023, maintenance dredging and deepening of the channels and the maneuvering area of vessels (evolution basin) and piers. These actions make entry and exit maneuvers easier for vessels, in addition to increasing operational safety.


The activities carried out at the Port of Imbetiba are: mooring, unberthing, loading and unloading of vessels, as well as their water and diesel supply; group exchange activities (vessel crew), as well as storage, construction and assembly of large materials.



Social and environmental projects are also present in Macaé. An example is the Teatro das Opprimidas, which uses culture and art to discuss current and relevant issues such as violence against women and racism, and is present in the portfolio of the Petrobras Socioambiental program. In Macaé, free demonstration workshops were held on July 19 and 21, open to the local community, teenagers over 12 years of age. For these workshops and other project activities, Teatro das Opprimidas established local partnerships with the city hall; Fluminense Federal Institute (IFF); Maria José Guedes Municipal School of Arts (EMART), linked to the Macaé Department of Culture; Science; in addition to CIEMH2 - Núcleo Cultural, a non-profit sociocultural association of public utility.


Font: T&B Petroleum/Petrobras Agency
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