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Asia Pacific

07.01.2012  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [petrochemicals] [refinery] [gasoline] [hydrogen] [management services] [coke gasification] [LNG] [FEED]

A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place for Evonik’s new hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) plant in China. The plant is scheduled to go online, with a production capacity of 230,000 metric tpy, at the end of 2013.

Evonik Industries founded Evonik Specialty Chemicals (Jilin) Co., Ltd. (ESCJ) to run the new production facility. Evonik will supply its H2O2 from Jilin directly to the adjacent propylene oxide plant run by Jishen Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., via a pipeline that will link the two facilities. A long-term supply agreement is in place between these companies. Jishen will use the so-called HPPO process to make propylene oxide from the hydrogen peroxide. Propylene oxide is used chiefly in the manufacturing of polyurethane intermediates. The HPPO process was developed by Evonik in collaboration with ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH.


Malaysia’s largest refinery and petrochemical venture, the PETRONAS Refinery And Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project, has been launched. It reportedly has the potential of turning Southern Johor into the country’s new petroleum and petrochemical hub.

With a capacity to refine 300,000 bpd of imported crude oil, RAPID’s proposed refinery will act as the backbone of the project, which will supply feedstock for the petrochemical complex. It will also produce a host of refined petroleum products, including gasoline and diesel that meet the Euro 4 and Euro 5 fuel specifications.

To support RAPID’s development, PETRONAS is also assessing the feasibility of developing a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving and re-gasification terminal, as well as a co-generation power plant.

RAPID’s project implementation is expected to commence by mid 2013, after PETRONAS reaches its final investment decision.


AEG Power Solutions’ Chinese subsidiary has signed a contract with SINOPEC Luoyang Petrochemical Engineering Co. (LPEC) to provide all power supply equipment for the Atyrau refinery they are building in Kazakhstan. AEG PS will provide the backup system, integrating 44 new modular UPS Protect 8 systems, as well as Protect RCS industrial chargers.

The Protect 8 series, which represents the main part of this contract, includes heavy-duty, double-conversion, single-phase and three-phase AC output, industrial UPS system and stand-alone single-phase and three-phase DC/AC inverters as standard issue.


UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected by Sinochem to provide technology to purify hydrogen at a new refinery in China.

Sinochem Quanzhou Petrochemical Co. Ltd. will use two Honeywell UOP Polybed Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) systems to produce high-purity hydrogen at its new refinery. The hydrogen will be used to produce clean transportation fuels, including diesel, gasoline and jet fuel, in the new 12 million-tpy refinery.

Two Polybed PSA systems will process hydrogen from different streams throughout the facility. The system processing feed from a steam reformer will produce 140,000 Nm3/h of hydrogen, and the system processing refinery offgas will produce 110,000 Nm3/h of hydrogen. The facility, located in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China, is expected to start up in 2013.


Shareholders of Refining NZ have voted for a $365 million expansion of gasoline-making facilities at the Marsden Point refinery in New Zealand. The vote at the company’s annual meeting—required because the total cost of the investment was more than half the company’s market value—saw 64.5% of shareholders vote in favor of the proposed CCR Project. “Refining NZ is a world-class refinery with a clear vision and a talented group of people to ensure this expansion goes to plan and is up and running by 2015,” said Ken Rivers, Refining NZ chief executive.


Fluor Corp. has been selected by Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) to perform project management services for its projects to be executed at its world-scale Jamnagar Refining and Petrochemical Complex in Gujarat, India. In addition to assisting RIL in project management, Fluor will also perform engineering and procurement services for the pet-coke gasification project.

RIL’s investment in the expansion of energy and petrochemicals projects is said to represent one of the largest such investments globally. The proposed coke gasification facility is also among the largest such projects ever built.

The scope of the project management services to be provided by Fluor includes several world-scale units including petroleum coke gasification units, refinery offgas cracker and downstream petrochemical plants, a captive power plant, as well as associated utilities and offsites.

The completed gasification project will gasify petroleum coke to produce fuel and hydrogen for the expanded refinery and petrochemical complexes and captive power plant, as well as feedstock for future chemicals production.


Petronet LNG Ltd. (PLL) and Gangavaram Port Ltd. (GPL) have signed a firm and binding term sheet for developing a land-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Gangavaram Port, Andhra Pradesh, India, with a capacity of 5 million metric tpy.

The LNG terminal will include facilities for receiving, storage and regasification of LNG, and will be developed with an approximate investment of Rs 4500 Crores. This will be PLL’s third LNG terminal, the other two being an operational 10 million-metric tpy terminal at Dahej, Gujarat, and a 5 million-metric tpy terminal at Kochi, Kerela, which is expected to be operational in the next six months. The terminal at Gangavaram Port will have the provision for further expansion similar to PLL’s flagship Dahej LNG terminal.

Construction work on the terminal is expected to start within a year, and it will be ready to commence operations by 2016.


Woodside is now producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Pluto LNG Project near Karratha in Western Australia, and will soon be loading its first cargo aboard the Woodside Donaldson LNG tanker.

The initial phase of the project comprises an offshore platform in 85 m of water, connected to five subsea wells on the Pluto gas field. Gas is piped through a 180-km trunkline to the onshore facilities that include an LNG processing train with a forecasted production capacity of 4.3 million tpy.

Pluto LNG Project joint-venture participants are Woodside Burrup Pty Ltd. (90% and operator), Tokyo Gas Pluto Pty Ltd. (5%) and Kansai Electric Power Australia Pty Ltd. (5%).


Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a contract from Evonik Industries AG to provide basic engineering services for an investment in a grassroots polyamide 12 production facility in Asia.

Jacobs has been working closely with Evonik’s project team in Marl, Germany, to develop the conceptual design for the new plant, which is based on Evonik’s existing plants in Germany. Members of the integrated project team are operating from Jacobs’ office in Leiden, The Netherlands, to undertake the front-end engineering design work, supported by Jacobs’ office in Mumbai, India.

Under a separate framework contract, Jacobs is providing engineering services as the Owner’s Engineer on Evonik’s process industry projects worldwide. HP



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