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 Europes 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.
Uhdes scope of services includes the process licence,
design and engineering, procurement, construction work and commissioning
support. This, reportedly the worlds 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
Shells 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
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&Is project scope includes FEED development for
the 16.5 million-tpy LNG liquefaction plant, including LNG
storage and loading facilities. CB&Is FEED
execution plan is based on engaging its international
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 AGs 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 Wheelers hydrogen technology and process-design
package. Foster Wheelers 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