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12.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [wastewater] [bitumen] [FEED] [petrochemicals] [plasticizers] [lubricants. NGL] [project management]

Alfa Laval has an order to supply newly developed equipment for cleaning industrial wastewater in Canada. The order value is approximately SEK 60 million and delivery is scheduled for 2012.

The order from CCS Corp., one of the largest oil and gas environmental service companies in North America, consists of specially developed Alfa Laval decanters for use on large wastewater-reclamation operations.

Air Liquide has placed a parts order with Wood Group GTS for the supply of Advanced Parts Manufacture (APM) GE Frame 7EA gas turbine components, to be installed at Air Liquide’s Bayou Cogen facility in Texas, and a further plant in Louisiana. This is the first North American parts purchase Air Liquide has placed with Wood Group GTS for APM hot gas-path components, demonstrating that Wood Group GTS provides a genuine alternative to the OEM.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has contracts from seven clients in the Alberta oil sands to support steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and bitumen-upgrading expansion projects. The combined total construction value of the awarded projects is estimated at more than $1.4 billion.

Project scopes include engineering procurement and construction (EPC), front-end engineering and design (FEED), fabrication and construction management on various mid- and large-cap projects. The construction values on each project range in value from $15 million to more than $650 million.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has a contract from Arkema Inc. to provide engineering procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for two projects: an acrylic-acid expansion and a methyl-acrylate project, at the company’s Clear Lake, Texas, operations.

LANXESS and BioAmber have partnered to develop succinic-acid-based plasticizers that are both renewable and phthalate free. Under the terms of their joint development agreement, LANXESS and BioAmber are developing a portfolio of renewable succinic-based plasticizers that can reportedly exceed the performance of phthalates at competitive prices.

BioAmber produces and sells biobased succinic acid in a 3,000 metric-ton-capacity plant in France and expects to bring on an additional 17,000 metric ton of succinic acid capacity in 2013 at a new facility in Sarnia, Canada, located on a site within LANXESS’ bio-industrial park.

BioAmber and LANXESS have been working together for over two years, assessing the performance and opportunities of succinate-based esters in the plasticizer market. Based on the results seen to date, LANXESS and BioAmber believe that succinic-acid-based plasticizers can deliver the sustainability, performance and safety that the global plasticizer market is seeking. Samples are now available and the companies expect to begin commercialization in 2012.

Technip has been awarded a contract by ExxonMobil Chemical for a grassroots lubricant base-stock facility to be built at ExxonMobil’s integrated refinery and chemical plant complex in Baytown, Texas. The project will provide a new synthetic lubricant base-stock plant, consisting of the process unit, associated pipe rack and product tanks, as well as a pumping and firewater system.

The contract covers project management, detailed engineering, procurement and construction. Technip’s operating center in Houston, Texas, will execute this contract, which is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has begun commercial operations of a fifth natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator at its Mont Belvieu, Texas, complex. The new unit is operating in excess of its nameplate capacity of 75,000 bpd, and increases total nameplate capacity at the partnership’s Mont Belvieu facility to 380,000 bpd.

Upon completion of the sixth fractionator, total nameplate capacity of Enterprise’s Mont Belvieu NGL fractionation facility will increase to more than 450,000 bpd. Service at the sixth fractionator is projected to begin in early 2013, at which time the unit will be fully contracted. The additional capacity provided by the fifth and sixth fractionators will allow Enterprise to process mixed NGLs at its Mont Belvieu complex that are being diverted to Louisiana, as well as incremental volumes from the partnership’s new Yoakum natural gas processing facility in Lavaca County, Texas, which is scheduled to begin operations in mid-2012.  HP

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