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12.01.2012  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [refinery] [distillation] [petrochemicals] [polymers] [engineering] [catalysts] [lubricants] [fuels]

Alfa Laval has won an order for compact heat exchangers from a refinery in Russia. The order, valued at approximately SEK 70 million, was booked late September 2012, and delivery is scheduled for 2013.

The Alfa Laval compact heat exchangers will be used in the vacuum section of the crude-oil distillation, where they will preheat the feed stream reusing heat from other parts of the process, thereby resulting in an energy-efficient process solution.

Victrex Polymer Solutions plans to increase its production capacity of Victrex Paek polymers by adding 2,900 metric tpy of polymer output. After completion in early 2015, the total annual production of Victrex Paek polymers will stand at more than 7,000 metric tpy, an increase of around 70% on Victrex’s current capacity of 4,250 metric tpy.

This new, stand-alone and independent third Victrex plant will be located at the company’s headquarters in the UK. In addition, to support this expansion of polymers, Victrex will also update its integrated supply chain for the key raw material for manufacturing Victrex Paek polymers.

Hi-Bis GmbH, in Bitterfeld, Germany, has decided to invest approximately €50 million in a second BP-TMC plant, since the first plant has been successfully operating for eight years.

As was the case with the first plant, producing the base material to make Apec (an extremely heat-resistant, high-performance plastic), both EDL Anlagenbau Gesellschaft (as the plant engineering company) and Toyo Engineering Corp. (as supplier of the plant) have been awarded the associated contracts. EDL will perform all detail engineering services for the Hi-Bis2 project. According to the time schedule, the engineering work will be completed by July 2013. Commissioning is scheduled for the spring of 2014.

Solvay and SIBUR have agreed to establish Ruspav, a 50/50 joint venture for producing surfactants and oilfield process chemicals in Dzerzhinsk, Russia.

Ruspav will be located near SIBUR’s petrochemicals operations, 400 km east of Moscow, and is expected to be operational in 2015. Demand for surfactants in the CIS is growing at more than 6% annually.

SIBUR will contribute its raw materials, production and logistics capabilities to the joint venture. It will also support the development of the surfactants business in oil and gas markets in Russia and the CIS. Solvay’s Novecare will provide its expertise in surfactant technologies, its knowledge of formulations and market applications, and its customer network, including key global accounts with a strong presence in the region.

Uhde Inventa-Fischer will build a 432,000-tpy polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant for JBF Industries Ltd. in Geel, Belgium. The plant will produce high-quality PET for bottling and packaging applications. BP Chembel N.V. will produce and supply feedstock purified terephthalic acid (PTA) on the same site.

JBF Industries Ltd. will produce top-quality PET pellets based on Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, patented Melt-To-Resin (MTR) technology. Integration of a 54,000-tpy Flakes-To-Resin (FTR) recycling line will also allow 25% of the PTA required for the production of PET to be replaced with recycling material.

Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s scope of supplies includes the know-how license for the MTR and FTR technologies, the basic and detail engineering, supply of all plant components, and supervision of the construction and commissioning activities. The operating personnel will also be trained by Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s experienced specialists. The detail engineering for the project will be carried out by Uhde Inventa-Fischer and Uhde India Private Ltd.

Ube Industries, Ltd. will build additional manufacturing capacity for nylon 6 at its subsidiary, Ube Engineering Plastics S.A. of Spain, to meet growing demand for high-value-added nylon in the European and North American markets. The expansion will add 10,000 tpy of production capacity, and it is expected to start operating in March 2015.

Ube Industries is producing specialty nylon 6 copolymer resins in Japan for export to European and North American markets. By the additional capacity in Spain, which is closer to these markets, Ube will achieve better responsiveness to meet the needs from customers.

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co., Inc. (MGC) and JGC Corp. have announced that performance testing has been successfully completed and commercial operation has started at a licensed dimethyl ether (DME) production plant commissioned by Grillo A.G., using a process owned jointly by MGC and JGC. The plant is located in an industrial park in Frankfurt, Germany.

This process uses high-performance catalysts developed by MGC, and the process has been optimized to ensure high-purity DME product with minimal impurities. Furthermore, it has been established that the process can be used to manufacture DME on a scale as large as 1 million tpy, making DME feasible for use as fuel, and contributing to the expanding potential for the global use of DME.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s sole oil refinery, Rafinerija Nafte Brod, has selected the technology of UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (EMRE), to improve the quality of refined lubricants and fuels. The licensing agreement is the first under a joint licensing alliance formed by Honeywell UOP and EMRE last year.

The new technology will allow Rafinerija Nafte Brod to improve its product quality and environmental performance. The refiner will combine Honeywell UOP Unicracking hydroprocessing solutions with EMRE’s distillate and lubricant-dewaxing technologies to produce ultra-clean jet and diesel fuels, and high-quality lubricant base stocks.

The Unicracking complex will include Honeywell’s UOP two-stage Unicracking process integrated with EMRE’s MSDW process for selective dewaxing lubricant feedstocks and EMRE’s MIDW processes for dewaxing diesel feedstocks. The complex will upgrade more than 45,000 bpsd of kerosine, diesel and vacuum gasoil feedstock into high-quality diesel and jet fuels. It will also produce high-quality base oils that will be used for producing Group II and Group III lubricants at Refineria Ulia Modricha, which is part of the oil refining production chain in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The new complex is scheduled to start operations in 2016. HP

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