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03.01.2012  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [petrochemicals] [TDI] [aromatics] [refining] [EPC] [hydrocracking]

BASF will build a single-train 300,000 metric-tpy production plant for toluene diisocyanate (TDI) at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. It will also expand additional plants for TDI precursors by constructing a new hydrogen-chloride recycling plant, as well as expanding plants for nitric acid, chlorine and synthesis gas at the Ludwigshafen site. The company also plans to expand the site’s aromatics complex for the supply of toluene. Total investment, including the Ludwigshafen site’s required infrastructure, will be approximately €1 billion. Approximately 200 additional jobs will be created.

Production will start at the end of 2014. When this new plant goes onstream, BASF plans to close down its 80,000 metric-tpy TDI production plant in Schwarzheide, Germany.

Technip was awarded a lump-sum turnkey contract, worth more than €900 million (Technip share around €600 million), by Lukoil Neftochim Burgas AD, a subsidiary of OAO LUKOIL. The contract includes Phase 1 engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a heavy-residue hydrocracking complex for the Lukoil Neftochim Burgas refinery in Burgas, Bulgaria.

This contract covers the detail engineering, procurement of equipment and material, construction, pre-commissioning and commissioning of a 2.5 million-tpy vacuum-residue hydrocracker based on the Axens H-Oil process, as well as an amine-regeneration unit, a sour-water stripper, hydrogen production units, and utilities and offsite upgrading.

The contract, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2015, follows the successful execution of the front-end engineering design (FEED) completed by Technip in the first quarter of 2010, and the detailed engineering and procurement-services contract won at the beginning of 2011.

A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a feasibility study by Albanian Refining & Marketing of Oil Sh.a. (ARMO) relating to the modernization of two refineries, located at Ballsh and Fier in Albania.

ARMO intends to modernize the existing refineries to restore production to the original design capacity and produce transportation fuels in line with current European Union regulations. The study is expected to be completed by mid-2012.  HP

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