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03.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [refinery] [heat exchangers] [propylene glycol] [engineering] [polyester]

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 world’s 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 refinery’s distillation process, where the crude oil is preheated for further refining into high-value products such as gasoline. By using Alfa Laval’s 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 plant’s 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, Stamicarbon’s extensive licensing, innovation and customer-service experience are combined with Noy Engineering’s polyester and polymerization technologies.

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 plant’s long-term modernization and upgrading project, follows Lummus Technology’s successful completion of two previous heaters.

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