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05.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [petrochemicals] [LNG] [FEED] [steam reformer] [process design]

Uhde has begun construction of what is said to be its first-ever skid-mounted chlor-alkali electrolysis plant in Leuna, Germany. Leuna-Harze GmbH, one of Europe’s leading producers of epoxy resin, awarded Uhde the contract to build a turnkey membrane electrolysis plant with a production capacity of 15,000 tpy of chlorine. Commissioning is planned for mid-2012.

Uhde’s scope of services includes the process licence, design and engineering, procurement, construction work and commissioning support. This, reportedly the world’s first skid-mounted chlor-alkali electrolysis plant, is to be successfully implemented for the first time in Germany. The concept was developed by AkzoNobel, UHDENORA and Uhde.

Shell has signed a sales and purchase agreement for its 270,000-bpd Stanlow refinery in the UK and certain associated local marketing businesses with Essar Oil (UK) Ltd. (Essar) for a total expected consideration of some $1.3 billion.

The proposed sale covers oil products, chemicals manufacturing and access rights to certain distribution terminal assets, plus the commercial fuels, bulk fuels and local marine fuels businesses associated with the refinery. It does not include any of Shell’s UK retail sites, the Shell higher olefins plant and alcohols units, the lubricant oils blending plant, lubricants marketing business, Shell aviation operations at airports, non-local marine business, marine lubricants, commercial road transport marketing businesses, bitumen marketing business or the Shell technology center at Thornton.

It is expected that the transaction, which is subject to certain conditions precedent, will be completed during the second half of 2011.

Bayer MaterialScience plans to invest roughly €100 million in the expansion of the high-tech production plant for diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) at the Bayer Brunsbüttel Industrial Park in Germany. The project is part of the phased optimization concept announced previously for isocyanate production in Europe. The first of the coordinated phases is the construction of a new high-tech production plant for toluene diisocyanate (TDI) in Dormagen, with an annual capacity of 300,000 metric tpy. The facility is scheduled to come onstream in 2014.

Somewhat later, the annual capacity of the existing MDI plant in Brunsbüttel will be expanded from 200,000 metric tpy to a total of 420,000 tpy. The TDI plant at the site will be converted to MDI as part of this measure. The responsible authorities are expected to initiate the first step in May 2011. The plant is scheduled for commissioning in 2015/2016, depending on the length of the permitting process and developments in the market.

CB&I has been selected by Yamal LNG LLC to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for the Yamal LNG project. The work is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2012. The Yamal LNG project consists of the production, treatment, transportation, liquefaction and shipping of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) from the South Tambey field on the Yamal Peninsula in Northern Siberia, Russia.

CB&I’s project scope includes FEED development for the 16.5 million-tpy LNG liquefaction plant, including LNG storage and loading facilities. CB&I’s FEED execution plan is based on engaging its international partners—Chiyoda and Saipem, as well as collaboration with the Russian Design Institute, NIPIgazpererabotka, to address local design and authority approval requirements. The FEED will provide a firm basis for the detailed engineering, procurement and construction phase, as well as project schedule and cost estimates to enable Yamal LNG to secure the final investment decision. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by JSC Novo-Ufimsky Refinery, a subsidiary of Russian oil company Bashneft, for the engineering and material supply of a new Terrace Wall steam reformer heater and air preheating system for the Ufa refinery in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. The steam reformer will be part of the 420-tpd hydrogen production unit being built by the JSC Novo-Ufimsky refinery and will reportedly be one of the largest steam Terrace Wall reformers for hydrogen ever built by Foster Wheeler.

The plant is based on Foster Wheeler’s hydrogen technology and process-design package. Foster Wheeler’s scope of work is scheduled to be completed in mid-2012. The balance of the hydrogen plant engineering and construction will be undertaken directly by the client.  HP

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