Foster Wheelers Global Engineering
and Construction Group has been released to perform the second
phase scope for an existing contract with Ecopetrol
S.A. for modernization of the refinery in Barrancabermeja (PMRB),
Colombia. This release includes additional project management consultancy (PMC)
and front-end engineering design (FEED), detailed engineering
for the crude unit revamps, assisting Ecopetrol in the
selection process for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, as
well as control and supervision of the EPC and construction contractors.
The second phase of the PMRB will add heavy-crude processing
capability to take advantage of the available domestic heavy
sour crudes, and it will provide a processing configuration to
meet the Colombian clean-fuels product specifications. This refinery upgrade will eliminate
fuel-oil production and increase overall profitability.
BASF will invest in a world-scale
production site for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and
superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) in Camaçari, Bahia,
Brazil. It will reportedly be the first acrylic acid and
superabsorbents plant in South America. With an investment
volume of more than 500 million, it is the largest
investment in BASFs century-long history in South
In addition, BASF will start to produce 2-ethyl-hexyl
acrylate in its existing chemical complex in
Guaratinguetá, São Paulo. This will be the first
plant for this product in South America.
Construction of the new acrylic-acid
complex will start in 2011, with production expected to begin
in the fourth quarter of 2014. Production for 2-ethyl-hexyl
acrylate in Guaratinguetá is expected to start in 2015
on the basis of acrylic acid produced in Camaçari.