Qatargas has awarded Fluor the engineering, procurement and construction management contract for the Jetty boil-off gas recovery project. This project at Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, will minimize LNG boil-off gas flaring at LNG berths by making productive use of the gas that boils off during loading of LNG carriers at the Ras Laffan Port. The planned completion date for this project is at the end of 2013 or early 2014.
Celanese Corp. and Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) announced that their National Methanol Co. (Ibn Sina) joint venture will construct a 50,000 ton polyacetal (POM) production facility in Saudi Arabia. Engineering and construction of the facility is expected to begin later this year. Construction of the facility is part of an extension of the Ibn Sina joint venture, which will now run through 2032. Ibn Sina produces methanol, a key feedstock for POM production, as well as methyl tertiary-butyl ether.