Alfa Laval has won an order to supply its
Packinox heat exchangers to a refinery in Kazakhstan. The order
value is approximately SEK 55 million, and delivery is
scheduled for 2012.
The Packinox heat exchangers will be used in the catalytic
processing section in the production of mixed xylenes used for
synthetic nylons and more.
UOP LLC, a Honeywell
company, has been selected by Fujian Meide Petrochemical Co. Ltd. to
provide key technology to help meet the growing Chinese demand
for propylene. The new propane dehydrogenation unit at the
facility will use UOPs C3 Oleflex technology to produce propylene. UOP
will provide engineering design, technology licensing, catalysts,
adsorbents, equipment, staff training and technical service for
the project at Fujian Meides
facility in Fujian City, Fujian Province, China. The unit,
expected to start up in 2014, will produce 660,000 metric tpy
of propylene. It will reportedly be the largest propane
dehydrogenation unit in the world to date.
Cellier Activity of ABB France
Process Automation Division has a contract with
PT Krakatau Engineering for the supply of a
new lube oil blending plant (LOBP) for PT
Pertamina, Indonesia. The plant will be located in
Tanjung Priok, sub-district and harbor of North Jakarta.
Cellier Activity will be responsible for the engineering
studies, procurement, installation, commissioning and
after-sales services. As technology provider, Cellier
Activity will supply the core blending equipment and transfer
systems for a cost-effective and environmentally friendly production.
The plant will be fully automatedfrom metering of raw
materials, blending and transfer to fillingand will be
controlled by the Lubcel supervisory system to guarantee
process reliability, flexibility and
Three years ago, Cellier Activity successfully completed PT
Pertaminas Gresik LOBP project in Surabaya. The future
LOBP will have the biggest blending and filling capacities of
the groups facilities, and will enable PT
Pertamina to broaden its export market shares with high-quality
products. The project startup is scheduled by the end of
INEOS Technologies has licensed its
Innovene PP process for the manufacture of polypropylene
homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers to the
Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group Co., Ltd., in
Ningxia, China. The 300-kiloton/yr Innovene PP plant will
produce a wide range of polypropylene products to serve the
growing market in China.
The polypropylene plants olefin feedstock will be produced using
locally sourced coal via the methanol-to-olefins (MTO)
processan increasingly important route to olefins in
China. INEOS Technologies participates in this new sector by
offering state-of-the-art process technologies to make
polyolefins and other chemicals from olefins. It is the fourth
license acquired by Chinese companies building MTO plants.
Praxair India Private Ltd., a
subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., plans to
construct a new state-of-the-art air separation plant in the
Pune-Mumbai industrial corridor of Western India. The plant,
with a capacity of 300 tpd, will be located 60 km from Mumbai,
at an industrial estate near Kalyan. It will supply liquid
oxygen, nitrogen and argon to customers in the Maharashtra and
Gujarat regions, the largest and fastest-growing merchant
market in India. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and
Suhail Bahwan Group (SBG) have established a
joint-venture engineering company named MHI Engineering
and Industrial Projects India Private Ltd. (MEIP) in
India. MEIP will undertake business development, design,
engineering, procurement, construction management, after-sale
services and other functions for various industrial and
infrastructure projects handled by MHIs Machinery and
Steel Infrastructure Systems Division, which is also
responsible for the construction of fertilizer plants,
methanol plants, petrochemical plants, and oil and
gas production plants.
To start with, MEIP will develop businesses related to
chemical and environmental plants (including carbon-dioxide recovery systems and
flue-gas desulfurization plants), and transportation systems in
the fast-growing Indian market. Future plans call for
MEIP to expand its business coverage to include the Middle East
The initial capital of MEIP is about $20 million, with MHI
holding 51% and SBG owning 49%. Its head office is located in
Gurgaon, Haryana State, near Delhi.
Petron Corp. has selected
Axens to supply technologies for its Bataan Refinery Upgrading (RMP-2) Project. The projects aim is
heavier crudes processing for higher-quality products and
propylene production. Axens technologies concern the
following units: a 15,700-bpsd mild hydrocracker for processing
heavy coker gasoil; a 35,900-bpsd fluid catalytic cracker (FCC)
unit; a 19,000-bpsd C4-cut purification system
(Alkyfining); a 19,000-bpsd C4 olefins
oligomerization unit (Polynaphtha); two FCC gasoline selective
desulfurization units (Prime-G+)8,000 bpsd and 17,600
bpsd; a 5,800-bpsd coker naphtha hydrotreater; and unsaturated
LPG treatment units (Sulfrex)25,000 bpsd and 3,600
The 35,900-bpsd FCC unit will convert heavy vacuum gasoil
into higher value products: olefins, gasoline and diesel. The
FCC unit will maximize propylene production at over 250,000 tpy
through a FlexEne integrated scheme. This solution enables the
C4 olefinic streams issued from the FCC unit to be
further converted to propylene through an Alkyfining unit
(purification step) and a Polynaphtha unit (oligomerization
The complex is due to come onstream in 2014. With a
processing capacity of 180,000 bpsd, the upgraded refinery will reinforce
Petrons position on the domestic market for clean
fuels and propylene.
Evonik Industries will build a plant in
Marl, Germany, for producing functionalized polybutadiene. With
this plant, which should go onstream in the fall of 2012,
Evonik will be able to offer hydroxyl-functionalized
polybutadiene for the first time to its customers in the
adhesives and sealant industries.
Evonik will market liquid polybutadiene (HTPB) as
POLYVEST HT, thus rounding off its polybutadiene
product range to include one more functionalized type.
India has a contract to set up a
poly-butadiene rubber plant (PBR) for Reliance
Industries Ltd. at Hazira, Gujarat, India. The scope of work includes
residual basic and detailed engineering and procurement
Japan Synthetic Rubber Corp. is the process
licensor. This 40,000 tpy-capacity PBR production facility
includes eight process units and other associated units. The
plant is scheduled for completion in 2012.
Grupo KUO, S.A.B. de C.V. has formed a
50/50 joint venture with Jiangsu GPRO Group Co.
Ltd. (GPRO). This agreement stipulates that Grupo KUO
and GPRO will establish a company named INSA
GPRO (Nanjing) Synthetic Rubber Co.
Ltd. and will jointly invest $60 million in a new
plant located in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, with an
initial production capacity of 30,000 metric tpy in its first
phase. Grupo KUOs wholly owned subsidiary,
Industrias Negromex, S.A. de C.V. (INSA), will
be the new joint ventures technologist.
The Nanjing plant will create 100 direct jobs and is
expected to begin operations by the beginning of 2014. Construction will begin after
approval by Chinese authorities. Nitrile rubber (NBR) is used
in a wide array of industries, and Grupo KUO, through INSA,
already sells NBR to China.
Chevron Corp. has welcomed Australian
Commonwealth Government approval for its Wheatstone Project in
Western Australia. The foundation phase of the project will
consist of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains with a
combined capacity of 8.9 million tpy and a domestic gas plant.
It is scheduled to start production in 2016. The environmental approval allows the
project capacity to increase to 25 million tpy.
The plant site is located in the Western Australian State
Governments Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area,
approximately 7.5 miles south of Onslow on the Pilbara coast.
The Wheatstone onshore foundation project is a joint venture
between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (operator
73.6%), Apache (13%), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co.
(7%) and Shell (6.4%).
GE Oil & Gas has an agreement with
Technip to supply two steam-turbine-driven
compressors for the Shell Prelude Floating
Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project. The facility, which is to
be based offshore Australia, will reportedly be the largest
floating offshore facility in the world. Shell has tasked
TSC, a consortium formed by Technip and
Samsung Heavy Industries, to engineer,
procure, construct and install the Prelude FLNG facility.
The GE compression trains will be vital elements of the
liquefaction process, which cools natural gas to a liquid
state. In addition to the supply of the steam turbines and
compressors, GEs agreement scope with Technip
France includes startup and two years of training,
operation and spare parts.
The Shell Prelude FLNG facility will measure 488 meters from
bow to stern and will weigh around 600,000 tons when fully
loaded. It will contain 260,000 tons of steel, and its deck
area will be longer than four football fields. The capacity of
the onboard storage tanks will be equivalent to 175 Olympic
Air Products will build, own and operate an
air separation unit (ASU) and integrated liquefier in the
Nanjing Chemicals Industrial Park in Nanjing, China. Air
Products has won a long-term contract to supply oxygen and
nitrogen to Wison (Nanjing) Clean
Energy Ltd., Inc.s coal-to-syngas gasification
facility in Nanjing. Air Products will also operate a liquefier
and increase argon production to supply the growing regional
merchant liquid industrial-gas market. The new operations are
to be commercial in 2013.
The new ASU will produce over 1,500 tpd of gaseous oxygen
and over 1,900 tpd of gaseous nitrogen. The liquefier will more
than triple Air Products current production of liquid
oxygen and liquid nitrogen, and argon production will be
increased by over 40% for the merchant market in the region.