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Middle East

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

Keywords: [construction] [refining] [insulation] [automation equipment] [sour gas] [chemicals] [FEED] [polymers] [technology licenses]

Morgan Thermal Ceramics has a contract to supply Superwool 607 HT Pyro-Bloc Modules as part of a world-class refinery being constructed by the Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Co. (SATORP), a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and TOTAL S.A. Morgan Thermal Ceramics received the order from KTI Corp., supplier of the fired heaters for a portion of the project. SATORP will be installing prefabricated panels of Thermal Ceramics Superwool 607 HT Pyro-Bloc Modules into six fired heaters at the facility, located in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Delivery on the fast-track project is expected to be completed by early 2011.

SATORP specified that insulation used for this portion of the 400,000-bpd refinery and petrochemical project be composed of non-refractory ceramic fiber (RFC) material in response to workplace environmental control concerns.

ABB has an order worth more than $30 million, from Saipem S.p.A. and Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd., to provide a range of power and automation equipment for a natural gas processing plant in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The plant is located in the Shah natural gas field 180 km southwest of Abu Dhabi, and has a production target of one billion cfd of sour gas. Abu Dhabi is developing its sour or high-sulfur gas reserves as domestic power consumption soars. The hydrogen sulfide (H2S) content of the gas must be reduced to acceptable levels before it can be used.

For this project, ABB Italy and ABB South Korea will supply low-voltage switchgear, intelligent motor-control units and variable-frequency drives.


The boards of directors of both the Dow Chemical Co. and the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco) have approved the formation of a joint venture (JV) to build and operate a world-scale, fully integrated chemicals complex in Jubail Industrial City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The authorization for the new JV, named Sadara Chemical Co., comes after an extensive project feasibility study and front-end engineering and design (FEED) effort that began in 2007.

Comprising 26 manufacturing units, building on Saudi Aramco’s project management and execution expertise, and utilizing many of Dow’s industry-leading technologies, the complex will reportedly be one of the world’s largest integrated chemical facilities, and the largest ever built in one single phase. It will possess flexible cracking capabilities and will produce over 3 million metric tons of high-value-added chemical products and performance plastics.

Construction will begin immediately and the first production units will come online in the second half of 2015, with all units expected to be up and running in 2016.


BASF will expand its presence in the Middle East region by building a state-of-the-art plant for customer-specific antioxidant blends (CSB) in Bahrain. CSBs are key additives for the production of polymers for the plastics industry, especially for the Middle East region.

Construction of the new facility will start in September 2011. It will reportedly become one of the world’s largest CSB plants with a capacity of about 16,000 metric tpy. The new plant will be operational by the end of 2012.


Shell Global Solutions International B.V. has an agreement with the South Refineries Co. of Iraq to provide technology licenses to a refinery in Basrah, Southern Iraq.

Shell Global Solutions will provide a license for a sulfur-recovery unit and visbreaker unit as part of the agreement. Together with the refinery expansion, these technologies will contribute to optimized operations at the Basrah refinery, significantly boosting capacity. The sulfur-recovery unit is likely to enable the refinery to meet and exceed world standards for emissions, while the visbreaking unit will help increase overall upgrading, building a future-proof solution for the long term. The upgrading of the refinery with Shell Global Solutions’ leading technologies will contribute to fulfilling Iraq’s expected future demand for oil products.  HP



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