As of 2013,
Braskem will reportedly have yet another
alternative feedstock source. In addition to
sugarcane ethanol, which is used to make green plastic, the
company will begin using naphtha made from post-consumption
recycled plastic. The product will be supplied by
Nova-energia, a company from the
Wastech Group located in Bahia state
specializing in waste treatment, which will build its first
advanced recycling plant along the Cia Aeroporto highway in
Braskem is expected to acquire
initially 1.4 million liters/yr of naphtha made from plastic
waste, which will be processed at its basic petrochemicals unit in the
The plant will process 450 tpd of
waste and will transform plastic waste into synthetic oil.
Every 36 tons of this waste will yield 30,000 liters/day of
light oil that will be used by Braskem to make naphtha, as well
as fuel oil and diesel oil with low-sulfur content (S < 10
ppm). The installation of Novaenergias recycling unit in
Bahia will require investment of some R$25 million, with
startup expected by the end of 2012.
A subsidiary of Foster
Wheeler AGs Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded
a contract by YPF S.A. for the delayed coker
heater for the new delayed coking unit at YPFs Complejo
Industrial La Plata in Argentina. Foster Wheelers scope
of work includes engineering, equipment supply and supervision
to construction and startup.
The fired heater, an integral part
of the new coker, uses Foster Wheelers leading Selective
Yield Delayed Coking (SYDEC) technology. Foster Wheeler is
providing the detailed engineering, procurement services and
assistance with construction and plant startup for the new
coker. The delayed coker heater for the new delayed coking unit
is expected to be completed by June 2012.
Over the past several months,
Elliott Group has won contracts from
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) to supply
compressors for expansion projects at the companys REGAP
and REMAN refineries, as well as the new northeast refinery, RNEST. The projects will
aid the companys efforts to increase domestic production
of high-quality diesel fuel.
Elliott equipment for the projects
includes a high-pressure hydrogen recycle compressor driven by
a steam turbine for the REGAP refinery expansion, a
motor-driven wet gas compressor for the REMAN expansion and duplicate coker
strings for the RNEST delayed coking unit. Elliott will also
provide auxiliary systems for the compressor packages,
including lubrication, buffer and control systems. The
equipment will be manufactured at the companys Jeannette
and Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, facilities, with staggered shipments
beginning in January 2012.
Saipem has been
awarded new engineering and construction onshore contracts in
South America and West Africa worth approximately $800 million.
In Suriname, the national oil company
Staatsolie awarded Saipem the contract for the
expansion of the Tout Lui Faut refinery, which is located 20 km
south of the capital, Paramaribo. Saipem has already carried
out 10 months of engineering activities based on a reimbursable
agreement. The agreement has now been converted into a full
engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract,
encompassing engineering, procurement and fabrication, and construction activities.
The project is aimed at achieving a
two-fold increase in the Suriname refinerys capacity to 15,000
bpd. The fabrication of the plants preassembled portion
will be carried out at the Saipem Arbatax fabrication yard in
Italy. The project will be completed in 43 months.
In Nigeria, Saipem has been awarded
the contract for the Otumara-Saghara-Escravos gas pipeline by
Shell Petroleum Development, as part of
Shells program to reduce gas flaring in the country.
The project will be completed in 18
months and will be fully executed in Nigeria, including project management and procurement
activities. Furthermore, Saipem has agreed to increases in the
scope of its work on existing onshore contracts in