BioAmber and Mitsui &
Co. have partnered to build and operate a
manufacturing facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The initial
phase of the facility is expected to produce 17,000 metric tons
of biosuccinic acid, and commercial production is anticipated
in 2013. The partners intend to expand capacity and produce
35,000 metric tons of succinic acid and 23,000 metric tons of
1,4 butanediol (BDO) on the site. Bioamber and Mitsui also
intend to jointly build and operate two additional facilities. These facilities,
together with Sarnia, will have a total cumulative capacity of
165,000 tons of succinic acid and 123,000 tons of BDO. BioAmber
will be the majority shareholder in the plants.
Additionally, the partners plan to build and operate a
second plant in Thailand, which is projected to come online in
2014. They are undertaking a feasibility study for the Thailand
plant with PTT MCC Biochem Co. Ltd., a joint
venture established between Mitsubishi Chemical
Corp. and PTT Public Co., Ltd.
BioAmber and Mitsui & Co. also plan to build and operate a
third plant, located in either North America or Brazil, that
will be similar in size to the Thailand project.
SNC-Lavalin has a major contract from an
oil-sands mining producer to provide engineering, procurement
and construction (EPC) services for a
froth-treatment plant in the Fort McMurray region of Canada.
The contract value is in excess of $650 million. The
froth-treatment plant will process 155,000 bpd of feedstock from the bitumen
extraction plant in the form of bitumen froth.
The engineering phase is now underway and construction is
scheduled to begin in February 2012. Mechanical completion for
the construction is expected in September 2014.
GT Logistics, LLC (GTL) has began
installing rail lines at its OmniPort location in Port Arthur,
Texas. The OmniPort is expected to open for business in January
2012, serving as a multimodal terminal for crude oil and other
products transported via rail, ship, barge and truck.
The $95 million, 1,100-acre facility neighbors refineries
with over 1 million bpd of capacity, and multiple chemical and
processing plants, and is located less than one mile from over
4 million bbl of petroleum product-storage capacity and
pipelines serving the region.
The rail terminal, served by Union Pacific,
will be able to receive unit train traffic, with 300 acres of
rail-car storage onsite that will be capable of storing,
switching and transloading over 1,000 rail cars. The rail
terminal site also features a multibarge receiving dock on
Taylors Bayou; convenient access to Highway 73 and
Interstate 10; and connectivity to the regions extensive
network of pipelines. The initial phase of the rail, drainage
and road improvement construction began earlier in the year and
will be completed by the end of 2011.
Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. has selected
Bechtel to provide engineering, procurement
and construction (EPC) services for two
new liquefaction trains at the Sabine Pass liquefied natural
gas (LNG) terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The project builds on Bechtels
previous work at Sabine Pass, where the company designed, built
and expanded the LNG
Bechtel will design, construct and commission the two
liquefaction trains using ConocoPhillips
Optimized Cascade technology. The liquefaction trains
will be built next to the existing facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG
terminal, which include five tanks with storage capacity of
16.9 billion ft3 equivalent, two docks that can
handle vessels up to 265,000 m3 and vaporizers with
regasification capacity of 4.0 billion cfd. Construction is
expected to begin in 2012.
NRGreen Power and GE have
plans for a new recovered energy project that will produce
power without additional emissions using the first global
application of GEs innovative ORegen system. The technology will be installed at
Alliance Pipelines Windfall Compressor
Station near Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, to generate
electricity through the use of waste heat.
NRGreen Power Ltd. Partnership works to develop clean energy by
converting waste heat generated at compressor stations along
the Alliance Pipeline system to produce emission-free electric
power. The company has four waste-heat recovery units
operational at Kerrobert, Loreburn, Estlin and Alameda,
Saskatchewan. While its Whitecourt Recovered Energy Project (WREP) marks the
companys fifth waste-heat recovery installation, it is
the first to use GEs ORegen system. Construction of the WREP will
commence in May 2012. HP