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
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
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,
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 BPs latest
proprietary technology and is expected to come
onstream during 2014, subject to final approvals from
shareholders and related government authorities.
Technips 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 plants 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 complexs 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 projects engineering, procurement
and construction (EPC).
The Ichthys owners and the JKC JV have executed a formal
letter of award for the projects initial EPC activities.
The completion and execution of the formal EPC contract is
expected in the coming weeks.
A subsidiary of Foster Wheelers
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
companys leading Selective Yield Delayed Coking (SYDEC)
Foster Wheelers 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
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.
UOPs 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 UOPs
Unicracking technology and fuels dewaxing technology provided
by an alliance between Honeywells 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
The NRL facility, which is scheduled for startup in 2016,
will produce 40,000 bpd of diesel fuel and 4,500 bpd of lube
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 Thailands growing industrial sectors,
particularly the petrochemical industry.
Black & Veatch served as the projects 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
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 UOPs latest energy-efficient designs, allowing
Samsung to reduce energy consumption by 33% and offering
significant savings in greenhouse-gas emissions compared with
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 AGs 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 Wheelers 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 Wheelers 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 20152016.