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09.01.2012  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [petrochemicals] [engineering] [polymers] [refinery] [terminal] [olefins] [compressors] [butadiene]

INEOS Technologies has licensed its Innovene G, Innovene S and Innovene PP processes to ZAO Vostochnaya Neftechemicheskaya Co. (ZAO VNHK), a subsidiary of OJSC NK Rosneft, for VNHK’s new petrochemical complex in Nakhodka, Russian Federation. All VNHK’s units will incorporate INEOS’ latest polymer technology advances and will ensure a competitive advantage for petrochemical complex customers in both domestic and global markets. Engineering work is now underway.

Royal Vopak, Greenergy and Shell UK Ltd. have reached an agreement with the joint administrators of Petroplus Refining & Marketing Ltd., to purchase assets of the former Coryton refinery, UK. The three companies plan to develop and invest in a state-of-the-art import and distribution terminal to be managed by Vopak. The initial storage capacity will be around 500,000 m3, with potential to expand up to 1 million m3 in later stages.

Vopak, Greenergy and Shell will be equal shareholders of the new joint venture (JV), which will acquire and develop the assets and the site. After reaching final agreement on the future design and operational capabilities, Vopak, on behalf of the JV, will execute the new facility’s development and will operate the terminal when the works have been completed. Greenergy and Shell will sign long-term contracts with the JV.

The conversion will involve operational, technical, safety and environmental enhancements to the refinery’s current infrastructure, including modern blending technology.

Linde Engineering, a division of the Linde Group, is set to build a new Alpha-SABLIN plant for producing linear alpha olefins (LAOs) in Nizhnekamsk, Russian Federation, which, upon completion, will be operated by OAO Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH). NKNH awarded Linde Engineering contracts for license, basic/detail engineering, and supply of equipment and materials for revamping NKNH’s existing LAO plant.

The plant is expected to come onstream by mid-2014, supplying NKNH with 37.5-kiloton/yr of LAO, with maximized production of C4 and C6 fractions. The revamp project will partially make use of the existing equipment of NKNH’s former LAO plant with implementation of Alpha-SABLIN technology.

Alpha-SABLIN is a superior and flexible full-range process for producing LAO by selective catalytic oligomerization of polymer-grade ethylene, jointly developed and owned by Linde Engineering and Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC).

BASF plans to expand its vinylformamide (VFA) plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. In addition, the company intends to increase the polymerization capacity in Ludwigshafen, and build a new polymerization line for VFA in China, to further process the feedstock from Ludwigshafen. This facility will be built at the Zhenjiang site, Jiangsu Province.

The total investment is in the three-digit million euro range and will create about 40 new jobs worldwide. Production is scheduled by the end of 2014.

Zeeland Refinery N.V., a joint venture of TOTAL and LUKOIL, has selected Burckhardt Compression to deliver one process gas compressor API 618 for the refinery expansion in Nieuwdorp, The Netherlands. The compressor will be used within the diesel-hydrotreating process as a hydrogen makeup gas compressor. The compressor is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2013.

LyondellBasell’s Spheripol process technology has been selected by ZapSibNeftekhim L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of SIBUR, for a new 500-kiloton/yr single-line polypropylene (PP) plant to be built in Tobolsk, Russian Federation. Startup is projected after 2017.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has a design and fabrication contract from INEOS Enterprises Ltd. for two gas-gas heat exchangers to be installed in a sulfuric-acid plant at Runcorn, Cheshire, UK.

INEOS Enterprises selected Jacobs’ proprietary Chemetics radial-flow gas-gas heat-exchanger design over other available designs on the basis that it provides the most appropriate design and technical solution for INEOS Enterprises’ plant. The equipment is expected to be fabricated at Jacobs’ facility in Pickering, Ontario, Canada.

BASF plans to build a butadiene-extraction plant at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The plant will have a production capacity of 155,000 metric tpy and is scheduled to start up during 2014. The investment amount will be in the high double-digit million euro range.

Energy Bio-Chemicals has selected the technology of UOP Ltd., a Honeywell company, to boost yields at Romania’s largest synthetic-rubber production facility. The Romanian company will use Honeywell’s UOP KLP process to purify butadiene, a monomer used to produce synthetic rubber, at its CAROM Onesti styrene-butadiene-rubber facility. The project is part of the company’s modernization investment program to upgrade its butadiene installation and increase production.

The KLP process increases the yield of butadiene, while also eliminating acetylene, a difficult-to-handle and unwanted byproduct, from the process. UOP will also provide a proprietary caustic Merox unit to remove sulfur from the crude C4 feedstock. The contract includes licensing, engineering, technical support and catalysts. HP

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