Technip has been awarded an engineering,
procurement services and construction-management contract by
Total to increase hydrocracker capacity at the
Normandy refinery located in Gonfreville, France. This project, which is part of a larger
investment plan for the refinery, is valued at more than
100 million (of which Technips share is 20%).
Technips scope includes debottle-necking of the
hydrocracking plant and debottlenecking of the hydrogen unit
needed to operate the hydrocracker. This extension will
increase hydroconversion capacity to 10,000 tpd from the
current 8,000 tons, thereby enabling production of more diesel
fuel and kerosine.
BASF plans to expand its existing
superabsorbent polymer-production capacities at its sites in
Antwerp and Belgium, and at its Freeport, Texas, site. Gradual
debottlenecking and technical expansion measures are to raise
annual capacity by 70,000 tons to a total of 470,000 tons by
2012, with each site contributing an additional 35,000 tons
A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AGs Global
Engineering and Construction Group has been
awarded a contract by Kuwait Petroleum International
Lubricants to provide detailed engineering services
for a brown-field lube-oil blending plant to be built at Kuwait
Petroleums facility in Antwerp, Belgium.
The lube-oil blending plant will substantially enhance the
Antwerp facilitys ability to operate at European scale by
increasing production capacity from 125 million lpy to 250
million lpy. The detailed engineering activities will be
completed by mid-2011.
The State Oil Co. of the Azerbaijan
Republic (SOCAR) and TURCAS Rafineri
A.S. (STRAS), the joint venture of SOCAR and
TURCAS Petrol A.S. (TRCAS), have awarded
Fluor Corp. a project-management consultant (PMC)
contract for a new refinery to be built in Aliaga,
Turkey. The new planned refinery will be integrated at the
Petkim petrochemicals site on the Aegean
coast. As PMC for the SOCAR and TURCAS Aegean Refinery (STAR) project, Fluor will
assist STRAS in selecting and managing the engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) contractor(s) and provide
overall project and construction management.
Project work is underway, with the
start of site preparation. EPC work is estimated to be in
mid-2011, and construction startup is scheduled to
begin in the first quarter of 2012.