Foster Wheelers Global Engineering
and Construction Group has signed a strategic umbrella
agreement with The Dow Chemical Co. to provide
project management, consulting, engineering, procurement, and
construction management and construction services. This
agreement has an initial term of three years. It provides
support by Foster Wheeler to selected Dow global capital
projects, forming part of its growth strategy across its
diversified portfolio of businesses: specialty chemicals,
advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics.
CB&I has been
awarded a contract, valued at about $300 million, by
Williams Olefins, LLC, for a petrochemicals expansion project in
Geismar, Louisiana. The award includes the license and basic
engineering for the ethylene technology; supply of the cracking
furnaces; and detailed engineering, procurement and construction of the expansion project. Plant capacity is expected
to be increased from 1.35 billion lb/yr to 1.95 billion
KBR will design
and construct an ethylene furnace for INEOS Olefins and
Polymers US. Upon commissioning, the furnace will
reportedly provide the highest achievable ethylene yields in
the industry. Agreements include provision of a technology
license, engineering, procurement, supply of equipment and
materials, and furnace construction.
The design will add a furnace
production capacity of 465 million lb/yr to the INEOS Chocolate
Bayou Works Olefins Complex in Alvin, Texas. This furnace will
use KBRs high-performance Selective Cracking and Optimum
Recovery (SCORE) ethylene technology and process natural
gas liquid (NGL) feedstocks. The furnace will also
include KBRs latest generation Ultra-Low NOx
burner technology and a Selective Catalytic
Reduction (SCR) bed to reduce nitrous-oxide emissions.
Chevron Phillips Chemical
Co. LP will build the worlds largest on-purpose
1-hexene plant, capable of producing up to 250,000 metric tpy,
at its Cedar Bayou Chemical Complex in Baytown, Texas.
Construction is targeted to commence in the first half of 2012,
and the project is anticipated to start up during the first
quarter of 2014.
The company has executed agreements
with S & B Engineers and Constructors,
Ltd., to engineer and build the plant utilizing
Chevron Phillips Chemicals proprietary,
second-generation, on-purpose 1-hexene technology, which
produces comonomer-grade 1-hexene from ethylene with
exceptional product purity.
UOP LLC, a
Honeywell company, will invest $20 million to
expand its production facility in Mobile, Alabama, to produce
adsorbents and catalysts. The investment will expand production
of Honeywells UOP IONSIV Ion Exchange adsorbents, which
remove radioactive material from liquid, and are being used in
Japan in response to last years nuclear disaster.
It will also support the production
of new adsorbents and catalysts used by petrochemical producers and
refiners. The expansion is expected to be
completed in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The Mobile, Alabama, plant also
produces Honeywell UOP ADS-47 Parex adsorbent. This latest
generation of the companys Parex adsorbent is said to
increase yields of paraxylene by more than 20% over previous technology.
CB&I has been
awarded a contract, valued in excess of $55 million, by
Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC, operated by a
subsidiary of a Canadian subsidiary of Kinder
Morgan. The scope of the contract includes the design,
fabrication and construction of storage tanks and
associated works for the Trans Mountain Pipeline ULCs
terminal located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. The project is scheduled for completion
Co. has completed a previously announced capacity
expansion of its 2-ethyl hexanol (2-EH) facility in Longview,
Texas. With this expansion and other recently
completed debottlenecks, 2-EH capacity has been increased by
approximately 37,000 metric tons.
An oxo derivative, 2-EH is used in
end products such as plasticizers, like Eastman 168
non-phthalate plasticizer, 2 ethylhexyl acrylate, and additives
for fuels and lube oils.
The Dow Chemical
Co. will construct a new world-scale ethylene
production plant at Dow Texas Operations in Freeport, Texas, as
part of Dows previously announced comprehensive plan to
further connect its US operations with cost-advantaged feedstocks available from increasing
supplies of US shale gas.
The new ethylene production
facility at Dow Texas Operations will employ up to 2,000
workers at its construction peak. Over the next five to seven
years, Dow estimates that this project, together with all other
planned projects announced as part of the companys
comprehensive US investment plan, will employ up to 4,800
workers during peak construction and support over 35,000 jobs
in the broader US economy.
The project is on track for start
up in 2017, and Dow continues to develop feedstock supply arrangements for
this new asset.
Dows board of directors has
authorized capital to finalize detailed engineering and
purchase long lead-time equipment for a new, world-scale
propylene production facility to be constructed at Dow Texas
Operations. Basic engineering work for the new on-purpose
propylene production facility at Dow Texas Operations has
commenced, and the project is on track for production start up
A subsidiary of Foster
Wheeler AGs Global Engineering and Construction
Group has been awarded an owners engineering contract for
a new liquefied natural
gas (LNG) project by Cameron LNG
LLC, an affiliate of Sempra Energy.
The project, located in Hackberry, Louisiana, is planned to
export up to 12 million tpy of LNG.
Foster Wheelers scope of work
includes technical assistance for project development; the
execution of front-end engineering to support permit
applications to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;
development of technical specifications and invitation to bid
packages for engineering, procurement and construction activities; and
technical reviews. The work will also include integration with existing Cameron LNG
facilities and may include
additional scopes of work as the project