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 sites
aromatics complex for the supply of toluene. Total investment,
including the Ludwigshafen sites 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 AGs
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