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05.01.2012  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [petrochemicals] [biofuels] [caprolactam] [engineering] [refinery] [coking] [plastics to fuels]

BASF will increase its capacity for cyclohexane oxidation at its Antwerp Verbund site by about 50,000 tpy. The total investment amounts to about €10 million. Cyclohexane oxidation products are important intermediates for caprolactam and adipic acid, starting materials for polyamide 6 and polyamide 6.6.

The expansion will be implemented as part of two long-term planned turnarounds, and is intended to be completed by the end of 2014.

Cynar Plc has awarded an $11-million contract to Rockwell Automation to design and build a new end-of-life, plastic-to-fuel conversion plant in Bristol, UK, for SITA UK Ltd., a Cynar customer and partner in the development.

Cynar has developed a technology that converts end-of-life plastics into fuel. The Rockwell Automation Global Solutions team has worked with Cynar over the past two years developing the engineering, modularization and process improvements of Cynar’s waste end-of-life, plastic-to-fuel conversion plant. With this contract award, Rockwell Automation will enter the project’s design and build phase.

A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by CJSC Antipinsky Refinery for the engineering and material supply of a new fired heater and air preheating system for the Antipinsky refinery, Tyumen, Russia.

The fired heater will be part of a new crude-distillation unit being built as part of the Antipinsky refinery’s modernization. Foster Wheeler’s scope of work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.

This award follows a previous award by CJSC Antipinsky Refinery in 2011 for the technology license and basic design package for Foster Wheeler’s Selective Yield Delayed Coking (SYDEC) technology, and the basic design package for a vacuum-distillation unit. This scope of work is scheduled to be completed during the third-quarter 2012. HP

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