Westlake Chemical Corp. will perform
planned maintenance and an expansion of the Petro 2 ethylene
unit at its complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the first
quarter of 2013. This expansion will increase ethane-based
ethylene capacity by approximately 230 million lb/yr240
million lb/yr in support of the companys ethylene integration strategy. The unit is
expected to be down approximately 50 days for the work to be
Evonik Industries is undertaking an
engineering study for a new multimillion-dollar methyl
methacrylate (MMA) plant at its site in Mobile, Alabama.
The Evonik executive board authorized the basic
engineering study to evaluate the sites feasibility for a
120,000-tpy facility last month, said Gregor Hetzke, head
of Evoniks Performance Polymers Business Unit.
If approved by the Evonik executive board, the new facility
is expected to start up in mid 2015.
The Lubrizol Corp. intends to build a resin
and compounding manufacturing facility in Deer Park, Texas. The
new plant will require a total investment of approximately $125
million over a three-year period.
Lubrizol evaluated several options for the plans first
phase and determined that the most efficient and effective next
step is to build a new plant located adjacent to its existing
Deer Park additives facility, leveraging current Lubrizol
infrastructure and expertise. Additional site benefits include
its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico shipping channel and
direct access to pipeline chlorine. The world-class facility is
expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2014, and
is designed to complement the companys existing
chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) manufacturing facilities.
CB&I has been awarded contracts by
Occidental Chemical Corp. for the technology license, basic
engineering and front-end engineering and design (FEED)
services for a proposed new ethane cracker. The proposed
cracker is anticipated to have a capacity of approximately 1.2
billion lb/yr of ethylene.
The scope of work includes the basic engineering for the
ethylene technology and five short-residence-time (SRT)
cracking heaters from CB&Is Lummus
Technology business sector. Feedstock for the proposed cracker
is anticipated to be ethane derived from domestic shale
Shell has selected Fluor
Corp. as its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for
the carbon-capture facility for its
flagship Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Quest project at the Athabasca Oil Sands
project in Alberta, Canada. The project is being built on
behalf of the Athabasca Oil Sands project joint-venture owners (Shell,
Chevron and Marathon Oil),
with support from the Canadian and Alberta governments.
The Athabasca Oil Sands project produces bitumen, which is
piped to Shells Scotford upgrader. Fluor will provide
full EPC services using its patented and innovative 3rd Gen
Modular Execution approach for a 1.1 million-tpy carbon-capture
facility at the Scotford upgrader near Edmonton, Alberta.
Captured carbon dioxide will be sent about 80
km from the facility via underground pipeline to an underground
storage site. Fluor has been providing preliminary services and
front-end engineering and design for Quest since 2009.
Clariant plans to expand the production
capacity for Houdry dehydrogenation catalysts, through a
low-double-digit-million Swiss francs investment, at its plant
in Louisville, Kentucky. Production is planned to start in
The Houdry catalysts are part of the broad portfolio of
highly innovative catalyst products from Clariants
business unit Catalysis & Energy (formerly
Süd-Chemie). It is headquartered in
Munich, Germany, and has 16 catalyst production sites
Houdry dehydrogenation catalysts are used in the petrochemical industry to produce
C3 and C4 olefins from light paraffins
(including butadiene), using the CATOFIN and CATADIENE
technologies, which are exclusively licensed through
Lummus Technology, a
CB&I business sector.
ThyssenKrupp Uhde has been selected by
OCI Construction Group for an
engineering and procurement contract to construct what will
reportedly be one of the worlds largest single-train
liquid fertilizer plants to be built in the US.
ThyssenKrupp Uhde will design and supply the plant, which
will be built near Wever, Iowa, through its US business partner
Uhde Corp. of America. The liquid fertilizer
urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) is produced from ammonia and carbon dioxide, with urea solution,
nitric acid and ammonium nitrate being produced as
intermediates. Orascom Construction Industries
(OCI) is building the entire complex for its subsidiary,
Iowa Fertilizer Co. (IFCo). Commissioning is
scheduled for 2015.
This will reportedly be the first new sizeable fertilizer
complex to be built in the US in almost 25 years. ThyssenKrupp
Uhde will develop the engineering for six of the seven process
plants, as well as supply the required process equipment and
machinery. As an additional product, the plant will produce a
high-purity urea solution, also called diesel exhaust fluid
(DEF), that will be used to improve the environmental performance of diesel
engines by reducing nitrogen oxides in the exhaust. The scope
of supplies also includes a plant for manufacturing urea
granules which will be produced using the ThyssenKrupp Uhde
Fertilizer Technology (UFT) process.
ThyssenKrupp Uhdes processes are also being used in
the nitric acid, ammonium nitrate and UAN plants. The urea
plant will use the synthesis process from
Stamicarbon. From 2006 to 2008, ThyssenKrupp
Uhde successfully engineered a similar-sized plant at Point
Lisas, Trinidad, and provided the plants key equipment.
The Point Lisas plant and the new Iowa fertilizer plant, with
its production capacity 4,300 tpd, will be the largest
single-train UAN plants in the