Petrobras returns to pre-pandemic production levels

Petrobras is returning to pre-crisis production levels at its refineries. The processing of raw material increased, the product menu returned to the way it was before. Diesel and cooking gas have once again been the oil company's priorities.

The crisis in the oil industry began as early as February, when the price of a barrel plummeted to about US$20, and was due to russia's disagreement with OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries). Soon after, came the covid-19 pandemic, which, in Brazil, mainly affected the demand for fuels used in automobiles and aircraft.

April was the worst month of the crisis for Petrobras, which chose to transform the profile of its refineries to prioritize sea oil over gasoline and diesel oil. In July, returning to normality, according to data from the ANP (National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels), gasoline production went from 1.1 million m³ to 1.8 million m³, figures equivalent to January before the crisis. Diesel oil was 1.3 million m³ in April to 1.3 million m³ in July.

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