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North America

01.01.2012  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [butanediol] [oil sands] [EPC] [bitumen] [storage] [logistics] [LNG] [ green power]

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 Taylor’s Bayou; convenient access to Highway 73 and Interstate 10; and connectivity to the region’s 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 Bechtel’s previous work at Sabine Pass, where the company designed, built and expanded the LNG receiving facility.

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 GE’s innovative ORegen system. The technology will be installed at Alliance Pipeline’s 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 company’s fifth waste-heat recovery installation, it is the first to use GE’s ORegen system. Construction of the WREP will commence in May 2012.  HP



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