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07.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [EPC] [gasification technology] [TDI] [gasoline] [petrochemicals] [refinery] [expansion] [diesel]

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has received a contract from Goteborg Energi AB for the GoBiGas project, a 20-MW biomass gasification and methanation project in Goteborg, Sweden. Officials estimate the contract value at $19 million. Jacobs is executing the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services from its offices in Leiden, The Netherlands.

Under contract terms, Jacobs is providing the local construction management services for and on behalf of GoBiGas for the new demonstration plant. The plant will produce biomethane from biomass, which is to be distributed in the existing Goteborg gas grid. The gasification technology is provided by Metso Power in cooperation with Repotec, and Haldor Topsøe is providing the methanation technology. The plant is planned to come online in 2013.

BASF will build what is said to be the world’s largest single-train toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plant in Europe. The plant will have a capacity of 300,000 metric tpy and will be fully integrated with precursor production. It will be located at one of the company’s integrated Verbund sites in Antwerp, Belgium, or Ludwigshafen, Germany, and will start production in 2014. Engineering is underway and the final site selection will be announced shortly. TDI is a key component used for polyurethane foams.

Fluor Corp. was awarded the 2010 National Prize of Industrial Engineering by the Spanish National Society of Professional Industrial Engineers. Fluor received the award in the “Engineering Project” category for its contribution to the C-10 Refinery Expansion Project for Repsol Petróleo S.A. in Cartagena, Spain.

Fluor served as the program management contractor on the project, which doubled the capacity of a heavy-oil conversion refinery. In addition, Fluor was responsible for the front-end engineering and design (FEED), as well as the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) for the utilities and offsite facilities. Fluor also implemented its Zero Incidents Safety Program on the project. The construction of the expansion project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2011.

Eni has started work on the first industrial application of the Eni Slurry Technology (EST) at its refining plant of Sannazzaro de’ Burgondi, near Pavia, Italy. EST is Eni’s proprietary technology for converting heavy-oil residues into fine products, gasoline and gasoil.

The EST technology, funded by Eni with over €1.1 billion, is said to represent the first Italian scientific and technological discovery in the oil refining sector and the biggest industrial project underway in the country. The project, which will be completed by the end of 2012 with the start of the 23,000-bpdoe-capacity plant, commenced during the 1990s by Eni at its San Donato Milanese labs. Work continued at the Taranto refinery, where a 1,200-bpdoe demo plant started operations in 2005, representing the reference point of the Sannazzaro plant. The new plant’s design, which will be carried out in accordance with the highest technological and environmental standards, began in 2008 and involved Saipem for the engineering activities.  HP

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