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 Liquides 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 companys 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
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 ExxonMobils 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. Technips
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 partnerships Mont Belvieu facility to 380,000
Upon completion of the sixth fractionator, total nameplate
capacity of Enterprises 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 partnerships new Yoakum
processing facility in Lavaca County, Texas, which is
scheduled to begin operations in mid-2012.