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Asia Pacific

04.01.2012  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [refining] [petrochemicals] [catalytic cracker] [engineering] [hydrogen] [LPG] [LNG] [polymers]

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 technology.

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.

Sumitomo Chemical 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 Group’s 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 Chemical’s 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 plant’s 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 plant’s erection site, commissioning and startup.

INEOS Technologies 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 Arkema’s proprietary suspension and emulsion technology to four of its clients in China. Arkema’s technology is being used in four new polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production plants in Hefei, Golmud, Etuoke Banner and Wu Lan Cha Bu, People’s Republic of China. Jacobs’ PVC technology experts in its office in Leiden, The Netherlands, and Arkema’s PVC technology team based in Lyon, France, are at present performing the basic engineering work.

Arkema’s 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 Indonesia’s growing downstream industry. Additionally, it extends the close cooperation between Saudi Aramco and Pertamina, and increases prospects for industrialization and economic diversification in Indonesia.

Following the signing of the MOU, a project team will work on the project’s 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 Liquefied Natural 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 PETRONAS.

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 Saipem’s office in Milan, Italy. HP

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