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08.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [refinery] [FEED] [LNG] [petrochemicals] [PVC] [EPC] [FLNG]

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 2012. The heat exchangers will be used in various steps of the refinery process where crude oil is refined to high-quality products, such as gasoline. By using Alfa Laval’s compact heat exchangers it is possible to reuse heat from one part of the process for preheating another, resulting in a highly energy-efficient solution.

Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. PJSC (TAQA) has awarded MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz AG a multimillion-euro contract for delivery of compression technology for the Bergermeer Gas Storage project in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. The scope of delivery comprises six fully integrated, skid-mounted high-frequency motor-compressor systems, providing emission-free and highly efficient operation. Each 13-MW motor-compressor unit, with a weight of more than 80 metric tons, consists of a tandem compressor arrangement, generating a flow of 540,000 m3/hr of gas.

The Bergermeer Gas Storage project will reportedly create Europe’s largest open-access gas storage facility. It will provide the Northwest European gas market with 4.1 billion m3 of seasonal storage, thereby almost doubling the Netherlands’ total storage capacity.

TAQA received the final statutory approvals and permits to construct and operate the facility in May 2011. Bergermeer Gas Storage operations will start in 2013 with full commercial operations in 2014.

Karpatneftekhim, a member of the LUKOIL Group, located in Kalush, Ukraine, has launched industrial production of suspension polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The rated capacity of the new production is 300,000 tpy of PVC. The investments into the project reached $236 million and its implementation started in 2007.

The technology applied makes it possible to produce world-class PVC of six different brands. There are two completely independent lines at the plant, ensuring process flexibility and allowing the company to produce a wide range of goods.

SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas has a liquefied natural gas (LNG) contract with Dunkerque LNG, a subsidiary company of EDF, for the development of a regasification plant in the city of Dunkerque, in northern France. SENER has been awarded this engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract as part of the TS LNG consortium made up of SENER and Techint.

The Dunkerque (LNG) regasification plant will have three 190,000-m3 storage tanks and will be able to produce 13 billion m3/yr of natural gas, equalling a supply of 1.9 million m3(n)/h. Construction will take place over a period of four years, with the plant being operational in 2015.

Fluor Corp. has a contract to provide engineering and business support services for Klaipedos Nafta AB’s new floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) import terminal in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Under the contract, Fluor will provide Klaipedos Nafta, Lithuania’s state-owned oil company, with engineering, technical, risk management, safety and environmental advisory services. As the lead advisor, Fluor will prepare the technical development plan and assist in selecting technologies, as well as developing a business plan for the terminal.  HP

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