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Asia Pacific

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

Keywords: [construction] [petrochemicals] [aromatics] [controls] [LNG] [EPC] [refining] [cokers] [bioethanol]

Total is consolidating its positions in petrochemicals in Asia with a new expansion and upgrading project for the Daesan complex in South Korea, which the group owns with Samsung as part of the Samsung Total Petrochemicals 50/50 joint venture.

With costs approaching $1.8 billion, the project calls for the construction of a second aromatics unit and an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer unit. The new aromatics unit will produce around 1 million metric tpy of paraxylene and 420,000 metric tpy of benzene. The new EVA unit will produce 240,000 metric tpy of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers.

With the completion of the aromatics unit in September 2014 and the upgrade of existing paraxylene capacity in 2012, total paraxylene production capacity will be increased to 1.76 million metric tons.

Technip has a services contract with BP Zhuhai Chemical Co. Ltd., a joint venture of BP and Zhuhai Port Co. Ltd., for the front-end design of a new world-scale purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at their Zhuhai site in Guangdong Province, China.

This contract will be developed by an integrated Technip/client team. The new plant (Zhuhai 3) will have a capacity of 1,250,000 tpy. It will use BP’s latest proprietary technology and is expected to come onstream during 2014, subject to final approvals from shareholders and related government authorities.

Technip’s operating center in Rome, Italy, will execute the contract, which is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2012.

KBR has a contract to perform a dynamic simulation study for the complete steam system at Matix Fertilizers and Chemicals, Ltd.’s grassroots Panagarh Fertilizer Complex in West Bengal, India. KBR will also deliver an operator training simulator (OTS) for the ammonia plant system to validate the plant’s controls and safety logic design, and provide initial and ongoing training to operators.

For the dynamic simulation study, KBR will develop a detailed model of the complex’s steam system, perform agreed cases and scenarios, and provide a final study report inclusive of all results and recommendations. This simulation will enable Matix to validate the design of critical plant systems, including auxiliary boilers, letdown valves and controls. It will also validate operating procedures, such as startups, turndowns and the handling of process upsets. KBR will also deliver an OTS system for one of the largest-capacity ammonia units at Matix to ensure a safe, fast and efficient startup. The OTS system will ensure best energy consumption in the ammonia process unit and support continued profitable and sustained ammonia plant operations.

INPEX CORP. and Total S.A. (Ichthys owners) have notified the joint venture formed by KBR, JGC Corp. and Chiyoda Corp. (JKC JV) that the final investment decision for the Ichthys LNG project has been achieved. As part of this notification, the Ichthys owners have issued a notification of award to the JKC JV for the Ichthys LNG project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).

The Ichthys owners and the JKC JV have executed a formal letter of award for the project’s initial EPC activities. The completion and execution of the formal EPC contract is expected in the coming weeks.

A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler’s Global Engineering and Construction Group has a contract with Petron Corp. for the Petron Refinery Master Plan-2 project in Bataan, Philippines. Foster Wheeler will execute detailed engineering and procurement services for the delayed coker unit (DCU), including the engineering and material supply of two double-fired terrace wall coker heaters. The DCU will have a design capacity of 37,500 bpsd. It is a key part of this significant refinery upgrade.

This award follows an earlier award for the process design package and technology license for the DCU, which will use the company’s leading Selective Yield Delayed Coking (SYDEC) process.

Foster Wheeler’s SYDEC process is a thermal conversion process used by refiners worldwide to upgrade heavy residue feed and process it into high-value transport fuels. The SYDEC process can be designed to maximize clean liquid yields while minimizing fuel coke yields from high-sulfur residues.

Toyo Engineering & Construction Sdn. Bhd. (Toyo-Malaysia), a Malaysian subsidiary of Toyo Engineering Corp., has a contract to build a 10,000-tpy bioethanol production facility for a joint-venture company between GlycosBio Asia Sdn. Bhd. and Malaysian Bio-Xchell Sdn. Bhd., located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. GlycosBio Asia Sdn. Bhd. is a subsidiary of Glycos Biotechnologies Inc., an international biochemical company in the US, focused on commercializing renewable, high-value specialty chemicals.

This plant is to produce industrial-grade bioethanol from crude glycerin. Toyo-Malaysia will execute the project under a turnkey contract covering engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC). The project is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2013. The plant will be developed in several phases, with a total production capacity rate up to 30,000 tpy being reached by 2014.

A new process technology from UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected by National Refinery Ltd. (NRL) to maximize diesel and lubricant production in Pakistan. UOP’s Uniflex processing technology was developed to help refiners processing the bottom of the barrel, the heaviest portions of a barrel of crude (also known as vacuum residue), into higher-value transportation fuels.

NRL will use the Uniflex technology to upgrade its heavy residue into high-value distillate products. Of particular value to NRL is the high yield of diesel from the Uniflex technology, which is said to be nearly double that of competing residue-conversion technologies. The technology will be integrated with UOP Unionfining hydroprocessing solutions to process distillates into high-quality diesel fuel and naphtha into high-quality feedstock used for gasoline production. Vacuum gasoil from the facility will also be converted to diesel and lube base oils using UOP’s Unicracking technology and fuels dewaxing technology provided by an alliance between Honeywell’s UOP and ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co. (EMRE). The alliance, formed in 2011, brings together EMRE technology, for lube base oils production, with UOP hydroprocessing solutions, which produce the high-quality feedstocks needed for lubricant production.

The NRL facility, which is scheduled for startup in 2016, will produce 40,000 bpd of diesel fuel and 4,500 bpd of lube base oils.

A Marubeni and Black & Veatch consortium has completed the Glow Phase 5 combined-cycle cogeneration plant in Rayong, Thailand, for the Glow Energy Public Co., Ltd.

The low-emissions natural gas plant delivers a clean, reliable source of steam and electricity to Thailand’s growing industrial sectors, particularly the petrochemical industry.

Black & Veatch served as the project’s technical manager. The company was responsible for engineering, balance-of-plant (all equipment except for the steam-turbine generator, combustion turbine and condenser) equipment procurement, construction management, startup and commissioning. Marubeni was the commercial manager, responsible for procurement of the power train and the construction subcontract.

When operating in full condensing mode, the plant produces approximately 382 MWe of electricity. The plant can also produce 160 tph of steam in cogeneration mode, with an electricity output of 342 MW.

Methanex Corp. plans to restart the second methanol plant at its Motunui site in New Zealand. The plant is expected to commence production in mid-2012 and will add up to 650,000 tpy of incremental capacity.

Methanex has signed a 10-year agreement with New Zealand-based Todd Energy to supply natural gas for up to half of the 1.5 million-tpy capacity at the Motunui site. The plant has been idle since 2004 and the estimated future capital cost to restart is $60 million.

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, will provide technologies for producing key petrochemicals and high-quality diesel and jet fuel at Samsung Total Petrochemicals Co., Ltd.’s complex in Daesan, South Korea. The integrated aromatics complex will reportedly be the first to use UOP’s latest energy-efficient designs, allowing Samsung to reduce energy consumption by 33% and offering significant savings in greenhouse-gas emissions compared with earlier designs.

The facility will use several integrated UOP technologies to produce 1 million metric tpy of paraxylene and 500,000 metric tpy of benzene. UOP will provide engineering design, technology licensing, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment and technical service for the new units, which are expected to start up in 2014.

The integrated aromatics complex will use the UOP Parex, Sulfolane, Tatoray, Isomar and CCR Platforming processes to produce high-purity paraxylene and benzene.

The UOP Distillate Unionfining and Merox processes will be utilized to produce 2.6 million metric tpy of high-quality distillate products, including diesel and jet fuels.

Toyo Engineering Corp. has a contract for a caprolactam plant from DSM Nanjing Chemical Co., Ltd. (DNCC), a joint-venture company between Royal DSM N.V. and SINOPEC Group. The project aims to install a 200,000-tpy caprolactam plant in Nanjing, China, in addition to the existing 200,000-tpy caprolactam plant. After the project completion, DNCC will reportedly become the largest caprolactam producer in the world with a 400,000-tpy capacity.

Toyo Engineering Corp. will engage in engineering, procurement services and construction management on a lump-sum basis. The client will invest approximately $300 million into the project, which is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2013.

Foster Wheeler AG’s Indian subsidiary, Foster Wheeler India Private Ltd., part of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, has been awarded a contract for a new LNG receiving terminal to be built in Ennore, Tamil Nadu, India. The contract was awarded by Indian Oil Corp., Ltd. (IOCL).

Foster Wheeler’s scope of work includes basic design, front-end engineering design (FEED) and preparation of capital and operating cost estimates for the new LNG import, storage and regasification terminal. Foster Wheeler’s scope also includes marine studies to enable IOCL to finalize the jetty location, utilities and regasified LNG send-out facilities. The LNG terminal facilities, which will be designed to process 5 million tpy of LNG, are planned for completion by 2015–2016. HP

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