The Shaw Group
Inc. has a contract to provide the technology license
and process design package for the revamp of Star
Petroleum Refining Co.s residue
fluid catalytic-cracking (RFCC) unit in Map Ta Phut, Thailand.
The design will upgrade the 40,800-bpd RFCC unit by
incorporating the latest advances in reactor-system
Shaw jointly developed the
proprietary RFCC technology through an alliance with
Axens and Total that began in
the early 1990s. To date, Shaw and Axens have licensed 51
grassroots units and performed more than 200 revamp projects.
held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new
solution-styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) manufacturing plant
to be constructed in Merbau area, Jurong Island, Singapore, by
its group company Sumitomo Chemical Asia PTE
LTD. In November 2010, the company decided to
construct the new 40,000-tpy S-SBR plant in Singapore because
of its geographical advantage in supplying rapidly growing
Asian markets, and stable procurement of the raw material
butadiene, as well as tie-ups with Sumitomo Chemical
Groups existing businesses in the region.
Construction work commenced in
January 2012, and the facility is scheduled for completion in
June 2013. Commercial operations are planned to begin during
the fourth quarter of 2013. The company, expecting further
demand growth, is working on a plan to build an additional
plant to increase production.
Sumitomo Chemicals S-SBR is
manufactured by its proprietary production process technology.
With its advanced polymer-modification technology, it is a key to achieving
higher product performance. The company continues to enhance
its S-SBR business globally through increased production with
the new plant in Singapore and future expansions, along with its existing
10,000-tpy plant in Japan.
By selling a new
hydrogen-generation plant to Indonesia (the fourth plant sold
to Asia in 2011), Caloric has reportedly
further boosted its market position and proven its strength.
Once again, a major chemical company has chosen Caloric´s
know-how and reliability.
The plants design capacity is
1,000 Nm3/h of hydrogen. The steam-reforming process
will be initially started with natural
gas as feedstock, but it is also prepared
to run with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). CO-Shift reaction
and pressure-swing adsorption complete the process and ensure
the highest purity of 99.9999% hydrogen.
Caloric will pre-assemble and test
the plant at its workshop, and will also supervise on the
plants erection site, commissioning and startup.
has licensed its Innovene PP process to Zhong Tian He
Chuang Energy Co., Ltd. Located in Ordos City, Inner
Mongolia Autonomous Region, the 350-kiloton/yr plant will
manufacture a full line of polypropylene resins, including
homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers. It will
serve the rapidly growing Chinese PP markets.
Zhong Tian He Chuang is a joint
venture between Sinopec and China Coal
Energy Group Co., Ltd. The final selection of Innovene
PP in their Methanol-To-Olefin Complex demonstrates a growing
appreciation for Innovene PP in the Chinese coal industry.
Jacobs Engineering Group
Inc. is executing four contracts from Arkema
France for basic-engineering services to support the
provision of Arkemas proprietary suspension and emulsion
technology to four of its clients in China. Arkemas
technology is being used in four new polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
production plants in Hefei, Golmud, Etuoke Banner and Wu Lan
Cha Bu, Peoples Republic of China. Jacobs PVC
technology experts in its office in Leiden, The Netherlands,
and Arkemas PVC technology team based in Lyon, France,
are at present performing the basic engineering work.
Arkemas PVC technology is reportedly one of the
most efficient in the world. As planned, the four new projects in China will bring the
total production capacity of facilities using Arkema PVC licenses
to more than 4 million tpy.
Saudi Aramco Asia Company
Ltd. (SAAC), a subsidiary of Saudi
Aramco, and PT Pertamina (Persero)
have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly
evaluate the economic feasibility of building an integrated refining and petrochemical project in Tuban, East
Java, Republic of Indonesia.
The project represents an
opportunity for Saudi Aramco to partner with Pertamina, and to
capitalize on investment opportunities in Indonesias
growing downstream industry. Additionally, it extends the close
cooperation between Saudi Aramco and Pertamina, and increases
prospects for industrialization and economic diversification in
Following the signing of the MOU, a
project team will work on the projects next phase, which
will include a joint scoping study comprising market research,
configuration studies and economic analysis.
Chiyoda Corp., as
joint venture leader, jointly with Saipem
S.p.A, has been awarded a contract for front-end
engineering design (FEED) and early works for the PETRONAS
Gas (LNG) Train 9 Project in Bintulu Sarawak, Malaysia,
under the dual-FEED scheme envisaged by PETRONAS.
The project is intended to add a
new ninth LNG
train with a capacity of 3.6 million tpy to the existing LNG
production complex at Bintulu. The feed gas for this Train 9
comes from various offshore gas fields developed by
Startup is set for the fourth
quarter of 2015. To attain this scheduled target, PETRONAS
adopted a dual-FEED scheme, wherein two contractors are
contracted to compete in the FEED design and EPC price proposal
as a whole. The Chiyoda/Saipem joint venture was selected as
one of the contractors for this task. Chiyoda and Saipem
concluded a cooperation agreement to develop onshore LNG
and upstream projects in 2011. Project execution will be developed
by an integrated team at Saipems office in Milan, Italy.