PETROGAL refining complex comprises the Sines and Matosinhos refineries which, together, have currently a crude processing capacity of 330,000 barrels a day. This equates to 20 per cent of the Iberian refining capacity. In order to optimise and maximise the utilisation of its refining complex, namely diesel production,
Today, PETROGAL group is extending its global reach in the oil and gas business, with a growing presence in Spain, in several African markets and with a dynamic Exploration and Production (E&P) business activity, which represents 60% of the company’s market value. In fact, PETROGAL is the third largest foreign operator in the Brasil off-shore, in the pre-salt area. Lula field is one of the biggest oil discoveries of the last decade. PETROGAL also is part of one of biggest natural gas discoveries of the last decade, located at Rovuma Basin, in Mozambique.
Relevant network and experience in National and European projects
Petrogal participates as an entity of demonstration on a project named GINSENG. This project of research on wireless sensor networks has focused on protocols and architectures for application domains in which network performance assurances are not considered essential.
PETROGAL Energia participates on a project named COMET – Integrated infrastructure for CO2 transport and storage in the west Mediterranean.The overall objective of COMET is to study the techno-economic feasibility of integrating carbon dioxide transport and storage infrastructures in the West Mediterranean area (Portugal, Spain and Morocco).
Principal team members involved in TOP-REF
José Manuel de Carvalho Roque graduated 1978 in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. After a brief stint as Researcher in the Nuclear Physics Department of the Laboratório Nacional de Física e Engenharia Nucleares (LFEN), joined PETROGAL, Petróleos de Portugal, a company today incorporated in PETROGAL Energia SA, working for 28 years in various positions in the Sines and Matosinhos oil refineries, including General Manager of the latter..
António Sousa Nunes graduated 1976 in Chemical Engineering from University of Coimbra and has a Master of Science in Chemistry of Catalytic Processes from the Technical University of Lisbon (1983). He is currently head of Innovation, Development and Sustainability Department of PETROGAL Energia and acquired relevant experience, during the last 25 years, in a large range of functions: business management, commercial area, technology and information systems, research and products development, quality assurance, refining and Refining projects, professional training and requalification programs sponsor, customers technical assistance.).
Ruben Eiras graduated in 2004 in Sociology at Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Technical University of Lisbon, and in 2010 completed the Executive Master in Sustainable Energy Systems at MIT-Portugal, a partnership between Instituto Superior Técnico and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.