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09.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [ethanol] [control systems] [refining] [engineering] [terminal management] [compressors] [hydrotreaters] [desulfurization]

Süd-Chemie, a member of the Clariant Group, has started construction of what will reportedly be the largest German plant for manufacturing climate-friendly biofuel cellulosic ethanol from agricultural waste materials. From the end of 2011, the plant, which is being built very close to the Bavarian BioCampus in Straubing, will produce up to 1,000 tpy of cellulosic ethanol, primarily from wheat straw from the Straubing area. It, therefore, constitutes a key milestone on the road to the technology’s commercialization.

Since 2009, Süd-Chemie’s sunliquid process has been successfully tested on a pilot scale. This is an innovative, biotechnological process for producing bioethanol from plant waste materials such as cereals or corn stalks. Construction of the demonstration plant is the essential interim step for the planning of energy-efficient and cost-effective production facilities with optimum greenhouse-gas savings.

The total project volume is around €28 million: €16 million in investment and just under €12 million for accompanying research measures. The Bavarian state government and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have each put around €5 million into this and other research initiatives relating to the project.

Invensys Operations Management has two contracts to provide comprehensive automation solutions and services to help drive control, environment and safety excellence at TNK-BP’s Saratov oil refinery in western Russia. The 7 million tpy refinery markets more than 20 products, including high-quality gasoline, low-sulfur diesel, naphtha, vacuum gasoil, fuel oil and bitumen.

Invensys will supply its Foxboro I/A Series distributed control systems and Triconex emergency shutdown and critical control systems, as well as Foxboro measurement, instrumentation and control devices for the refinery’s hydrofining and isomerization units. The company will also provide project management, documentation development and other services, including engineering, delivery, installation, testing and startup, along with a full range of training courses for the systems, covering development, commissioning and maintenance.

Siemens Belgium is installing an integrated Manufacturing Execution System (MES) at a new tank farm on the Taman Peninsula, in Russia’s Krasnodar region. The order was awarded by the United Transport and Forwarding Company OTEKO, which intends to use the system to manage operating schedules in the tank terminal. All data collected from the MES can be called up in real time, resulting in optimized operational control. Specific components like order and access management or stock accounting cover typical terminal management needs. Delivery of the MES is scheduled for commissioning during the second half of 2011.

Siemens Russia is commissioning the electrical and automation equipment of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), crude oil and fuel oil terminal on the Taman peninsula. To further maximize the performance of the terminal complex, the transportation company OTEKO has also awarded a contract for the installation of Sitas IT, the Siemens Terminal Automation System. This industry-specific IT package is based on Simatic IT, the MES from Siemens. It will be supplied by Siemens S.A. Belgium, the competence center for tank terminals within the Industry Solutions Division.

Gazprom Neft has selected Elliott Group to build the compressor string for a new hydrogen recovery unit at its Omsk refinery. Elliott will provide a feed gas string consisting of a 15MB8 motor-driven barrel compressor. Control and buffer gas systems are included in the package.

The hydrogen recovery unit is part of an overall expansion and environmental initiative that includes a new catalytic cracking hydrotreatment plant and a diesel fuel hydrotreatment plant. The hydrogen pressure-swing recovery unit will use UOP adsorption technology to purify the product stream in the diesel hydrotreatment plant. Gasoline and diesel products produced at the new hydrotreater complex will meet Euro-4 and Euro-5 emission standards for environmentally friendly motor fuels.

The compressor will be built and tested in Elliott Group’s US manufacturing facility in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. System packaging will be completed in Elliott’s facility in La Spezia, Italy. Delivery is scheduled for late 2011.

Shell and Paques Holding B.V. have agreed to form a 50-50 joint venture (JV), Paqell B.V., to focus their efforts on the marketing of biological desulfurization in the oil and gas sector for high-pressure gas applications using THIOPAQ oil and gas (O&G) technology.

THIOPAQ has been deployed by Paques in the water business for atmospheric biogas desulfurization since the early 1990s. Paques then formed a technology alliance with Shell in 1997, and saw the successful deployment of THIOPAQ to the broader oil and gas industry, particularly in large-scale hydrogen sulfide (H2S) removal and sulfur recovery. THIOPAQ is being applied in four sites in the oil and gas industry, with seven projects under construction.

A new research and development program will be concluded by the end of next year, aiming to provide the next-generation THIOPAQ O&G technology with a step change in efficiency and capacity. Once this research program is successfully completed, Paqell will operate from the Watercampus in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, where there is a high level of expertise available in sustainable water technology. For now, Paqell operates from Leeuwarden, Amsterdam and Balk in the Netherlands. Machiel van der Schoot will be managing director of Paqell B.V.  HP

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