Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL) has chosen
Axens to supply the technology for its coker
gasoil (CGO) hydrotreating unit at its refinery in Haldia, India. With a design capacity of 1.4
million tpy, the new unit will hydroprocess light coker gasoil,
heavy coker gasoil and coker naphtha. In addition, the unit
will be able to process straight run gasoil and straight-run
vacuum gasoil. In view of the complexity of the feed, the
design of this unit will be the first of its kind at IOCL.
IOCLs Haldia refinery currently has a 7.5
million-tpy crude oil capacity. After the expansion, the unit will be
producing Euro-III and Euro-IV grade gasoline and diesel.
Uhde Inventa-Fischer and Hangzhou
Hangding Nylon Tech have signed a contract for the
delivery of a PA-6 polymerization plant to produce textile
grade chips, based on Uhde Invtenta-Fischers technology. The new plant (to be
located in Zhejiang Province, China), with a capacity of 47,000
metric tpy, will produce high performance polyamide-6 (HPPA)
textile grade chips for Hangdings modern high-speed
spinning plants. This technology improves the rate of
yield of the raw material caprolactam and optimizes the yield
increase in the FDY and POY spinning process, as well as in the
subsequent downstream processing.
Uhde Inventa-Fischers scope of supply and services
includes the license, the basic and detail engineering, the
supply of all proprietary and key equipment, as well as the
supervision of the erection and commissioning activities,
including the training of the operating personnel at the plant
site. Startup is planned before the 2012 Chinese New Year.
PetroChinas 1 million-metric tpy refinery in Qinzhou, China, recently
started operations. PetroChina had delayed the startup of the
refinery from June. The plant is designed to process crude from
Sudan and may be reconfigured to process more crude from West
Africa. The refinery is expected to supply 8.3 million tpy of
fuel and 900,000 tpy of chemical products to the southwest
China market. PetroChina has put the first phase of its crude
oil storage depot with capacity of 4.2 million cubic meters in
Qinzhou into a test run.
A plant using the combined DMTO methanol-to-olefins
technology of SYN Energy Technology Co. Ltd.
and Lummus Technology successfully started-up
in Baotou, China. It is the worlds first
methanol-to-olefins unit to be operated on a commercial scale.
The plant is owned by China Shenhua Coal to Liquid and
Chemical Co. Ltd. The technology enables licensees to
produce olefins (ethylene and propylene) from methanol. The
plant is designed to produce 600,000 tpy of olefins from
methanol. On-spec ethylene and propylene product were achieved
less than 72 hours after methanol was introduced to the unit.
The unit is the first of several that have been licensed by SYN
and Lummus Technology under a worldwide partnership to offer
the reactor and olefins recovery technologies jointly. SYN
licensed the reactor and catalyst technology used in the plant
and Lummus Technology licensed the olefins recovery technology.
China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. and
Kuwait Petroleum Corp. received government
approval to start initial work on an oil refinery and chemical project in southern China. The
proposed ethylene plant in Nansha, Guangdong Province, will
produce 1 million metric tpy of the chemical. The Nansha
complex, with a planned investment of $5 billion, would be the
largest joint venture in China, exceeding the nearby Nanhai petrochemical facilities built by Royal
Dutch Shell Plc and China National Offshore
Oil Corp. HP