Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and
Sojitz Corp., Japan, jointly with
China National Chemical Engineering Corp.
(CNCEC), have received an order from Joint Stock
Co. Ammoni of the Republic of
Tatarstan, Russian Federation, for a project to construct a
large-scale urea fertilizer plant. The contract will exceed $1
billion in total. The project will reportedly be the first
large-scale fertilizer plant construction project in Russia in 20 years.
The new fertilizer plant will be built in Tatarstan at
Mendeleevsk, approximately 1,000 km east of Moscow. It will
reportedly be one of the worlds largest plants capable of
concurrently producing ammonia and methanol from natural
gas. The plant will have a capacity to produce 2,050 metric
tpd of ammonia, or 1,382 metric tpd of ammonia and 668 metric
tpd of methanol in the case of concurrent production. It will
adopt process technologies from Haldor Topsøe
A/S, Saipem S.p.A. and Uhde Fertilizer Technology B.V. The plant
is slated to go onstream in 2015.
Alfa Laval has received an order for
compact heat exchangers from a refinery in Russia. The order value
is about SEK 70 million and delivery is scheduled for 2011. The
compact heat exchangers will be used in the refinerys distillation process, where the
crude oil is preheated for further refining into high-value products
such as gasoline. By using Alfa Lavals compact heat
exchangers, it is possible to recover heat from other parts of
the process and use it to preheat the oil, thereby achieving a
highly energy-efficient solution.
The Dow Chemical Co. has increased its
monopropylene glycol (MPG) capacity by 15%, an additional 35
kilotons/yr, in its Stade, Germany, plant after completion of
an advanced energy improvement and technology optimization project.
The Stade expansion was completed in August
2010 during planned maintenance, and it raises the
plants propylene glycol nameplate capacity to
approximately 270 kilotons/yr.
Stamicarbon, the licensing and intellectual
property center of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., has
acquired the Italian engineering company Noy
Engineering from Tecnimont. With this
acquisition, Stamicarbons extensive licensing, innovation
and customer-service experience are combined with Noy
Engineerings polyester and polymerization
Noy Engineering, established in 1983, is said to be a
leading company in the field of process engineering and plant
contracting. The company designs and builds plants worldwide,
based on proprietary technologies. It has developed an
extensive portfolio of polymer technologies and acrylic.
LANXESS is strengthening its
Krefeld-Uerdingen site by investing about 40 million in
two major projects for its basic chemicals (BAC) business unit.
It is building a production plant for the formalin needed to
make trimethylolpropane (TMP). In response to strong global
demand for menthol, LANXESS is also expanding its existing
menthol production facilities. In addition to the plant
itself, new formalin and methanol tanks will also be built on a
total area of 1,000 m2. The new formalin plant is
due to start up at the end of 2011.
Lummus Technology, a
CB&I company, has been awarded a contract
by OAO Salavatnefteorgsyntez for the
engineering, procurement and supply of materials for a third
SRT VI cracking heater at its ethylene plant in Salavat,
Russian Federation. This award, part of the plants
long-term modernization and upgrading project, follows Lummus Technologys successful
completion of two previous heaters.