Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has a
contract from Methanex Corp. to provide
engineering, procurement and construction services for a
methanol production facility in Louisiana. Officials estimate
the construction value to be $550 million.
Jacobs is already executing site-specific engineering and
construction management for the 225-acre location in Geismar,
Louisiana, from its offices in Baton Rouge, with support for
the disassembly from its Santiago, Chile, office. The plant is
expected to be operational in the second half of 2014.
KBR has a general works contract for
phase-two construction at a raw gas-processing
and compression facility near Dawson Creek, British Columbia,
Canada. KBRs Canadian subsidiary, KBR
Wabi, will execute construction and related site
support for the facilitys expansion, increasing the existing
capacity to 100 million scfd. The award follows KBRs
recent workdelivering pipe-rack fabrication and module
assembly for phase one of the Dawson Creek plant.
A joint-development agreement, focusing on bio-based
butadiene, has been signed by INVISTA and
LanzaTech to develop one-step and two-step
technologies for converting industrial waste-gas
carbon-monoxide (CO) into butadiene. Initial commercialization
is expected in 2016.
Initially, the focus will be on producing butadiene in a
two-step process from LanzaTech CO-derived 2,3-butanediol (2,3
BDO). A direct single-step process will also be developed to
produce butadiene directly through a gas-fermentation
INVISTA and LanzaTech will also jointly collaborate on
developing tools that will extend this technologyonce
developedto directly produce other industrial chemicals.
These include nylon intermediates, from CO containing waste
gases, using LanzaTechs gas-fermentation technology and
proprietary biochemical platform. INVISTA is building internal
biotechnical capability to develop biological routes to its
products and feedstocks.
Praxair, Inc., has broken ground on its new
air-separation unit in Memphis, Tennessee. With a capacity of
600 tpd, the new plant is scheduled to start up in the second
quarter of 2013.
INVISTA has selected its production
facility in Orange, Texas, as the initial location to install
its next-generation adiponitrile (ADN) technology. ADN is a critical
intermediate chemical used in the manufacture of nylon 6,6.
The project to convert the Orange site
to the new technology is well underway, and INVISTA is expected
to invest more than $100 million at the facility in the next 18
The technology, a new butadiene-based chemistry, is said to
improve product yields and ease of operations, while requiring
a lower annual-maintenance investment compared to
existing technology. Evidenced through operation of a
pilot-scale facility, also located in Orange, the technology also delivers significant
air emission and waste reductions. The company hopes to be in
full production by mid-2014.
Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. has
completed all milestones and has issued Bechtel Oil,
Gas and Chemicals, Inc., with a full notice to proceed
on construction of the Sabine Pass
Liquefaction Projects first two
liquefaction trains. The first liquefaction train is expected
to start operations as early as 2015. The second liquefaction
train is expected to commence operations six to nine months
after the first trains startup.
Flint Hills Resources is considering
spending more than $250 million to enable its West refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas,
to process more Eagle Ford crude oil, while extending its
ability to reduce criteria air emissions. The company operates
two Corpus Christi refineries: the West refinery, with a capacity of about
230,000 bpd, and the East refinery, with a capacity of about
Flint Hills Resources expects to submit the permit
applications to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
and the US Environmental Protection Agency in the coming weeks.