CB&I has a contract from
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. for the
license and basic engineering of a propane dehydrogenation unit
on the Texas Gulf Coast. The unit will use the CATOFIN propane
dehydrogenation process from Lummus Technology that uses
Süd-Chemies latest CATOFIN catalyst
to produce 1.65 billion lb/yr (approximately 750,000 metric
tpy) of polymer-grade propylene.
The Carlyle Group L.P. and Sunoco,
Inc., have agreed to form Philadelphia Energy
Solutions, a joint venture (JV) that will enable the
historic Philadelphia refinery to continue operating. The
refinery, reportedly the oldest continuously operating one on
the East Coast, processes 330,000 bpd of oil into various
refined products and was scheduled for shutdown in August
Under agreement terms, Sunoco will contribute its
Philadelphia refinery assets to the JV in exchange for a
non-operating minority interest. The Carlyle Groups
investment will flow directly to the refinerys balance sheet to
fund future capital projects, facility upgrades and
enhance the refinerys working capital. Carlyle will hold
the majority interest, and oversee day-to-day operations of the
JV and the refinery.
Philadelphia Energy Solutions, with economic support from
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will invest
in several capital intensive projects that are critical to the
long-term economic viability of the facility. Planned
improvements will help the environment through reduced waste
and emissions, and will also reduce reliance on foreign oil
Projects include upgrade of the refinerys catalytic
cracker and the building of a mild hydrocracker and hydrogen
plant, as well as the construction of a high-speed train
unloading facility at the refinery. The JV is also exploring
other significant capital projects, including the creation of
new businesses based on the availability and abundant levels of
gas from the Marcellus shale.
KBR will provide front-end engineering,
detailed engineering and procurement services to
DuPonts Industrial Biosciences Group for
what is said to be a first-of-a-kind plant to be constructed in
the Midwest US. The facilitywhich will reportedly be
DuPonts first cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada,
Iowawill process 1,300 tpd of corn stover and produce
27.5 million gpy of ethanol.
Used as a blending component in gasoline, the ethanol
produced will enable fuel manufacturers to meet the US
Environmental Protection Agencys (EPAs) mandated
requirements for ethanol derived from cellulosic sources.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for the second half of 2012,
with a 12-month to 18-month construction period.
Braskem has selected Jacobs
Engineering Group Inc. to provide professional
technical services for portions of the Marcus Hook refinery
near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 781-acre refinerys propylene splitter
assets were acquired by Braskem in late June 2012.
Jacobs initial scope of work includes retrofitting the
new acquisitions so Braskem can more efficiently process
propylene for use in its adjacent polypropylene plant.
Jacobs operations in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, are expected to execute the work.