France-based Technip was awarded engineering and procurement
contracts by Westlake Chemical for the expansion and modernization of ethylene cracking
furnaces and the recovery section of Westlake's ethylene plant
in Calvert City, Kentucky.
The ethylene capacity will be increased by 40%, the companies
said Tuesday, rising from 450 million lb/year to 630
million lb/year. It will use ethane feedstock instead of propane, as per
the original design.
"Technip is pleased to have the opportunity to support Westlake
with this important and strategic project," said Nello
Uccelletti, Technip's senior vice president for the onshore
"As the largest ethylene licensor and contractor, Technip looks
forward to bringing its experience and capabilities in the
revamp of cracking furnaces and modernization of ethylene plants,"
The expansion and feedstock conversion of the ethylene
plant will enhance Westlake's vinyl chain integration and leverage low-cost
ethane being developed in regional shale gas areas, according
to project officials.
Westlake is one of the major ethylene producers in the US, and
its Calvert City operation is a large integrated polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) site.
Technip's operating center in Claremont, California, will
execute the work.
"We will utilize our proprietary technology from our portfolio,
recently expanded by the acquisition of Stone & Webster
process technologies and associated oil and gas engineering
capabilities," Uccelletti said.