KBR has been awarded a front-end engineering and design
(FEED) contract by INEOS Olefins & Polymers for one of the
largest grassroots high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plants to
be built in the Americas, the companies said on Tuesday.
The facility will produce 470,000 tpy of bimodal HDPE
using Innovene S process technology.
KBRs work on this facility will support efforts that
take advantage of the projected resurgence of US ethylene
production capacity resulting from abundant shale energy
resources in North America.
The facility is expected to be located in the US Gulf coast
KBRs scope of work includes the FEED for the inside
and outside battery limit facilities, development of an
appropriation grade cost estimate, and order of long lead
equipment for the project.
Services will be provided out of KBRs Houston world
headquarters and its high-value engineering center
in Monterrey, Mexico. Full sanction for the project is anticipated in the first
half of 2014.
A steady state of operation for this facility is targeted for
the fourth quarter of 2015.
This is an important and strategic win for KBR and
will allow us the opportunity to demonstrate our unparalleled
expertise in the downstream market, said David Zelinski,
president of KBR's downstream business. KBR is pleased to
continue our successful partnership with INEOS and support
their commitment to the HDPE market.