The Dow Chemical Co. plans to increase
ethane-cracking capabilities on the US Gulf Coast over the next
two to three years, and improve these capabilities by
20%30% in this timeframe. In addition, Dow is also
reviewing joint-venture options for building a natural
gas liquids (NGL) fractionator to secure this ethane
Both actions are intended to capitalize on the favorable
supply dynamics in North America, and further bolster the
competitive advantage of Dows plastics franchise, as well
as its high-margin, downstream performance businesses.
Alfa Laval has received an order for its
Packinox heat exchangers to be used in what is said to be the
worlds first full-scale integrated-gasification
combined-cycle (IGCC) process for power generation with carbon
capture, which will be placed in the US. The order value is
about SEK 80 million and delivery is scheduled for 2012.
The heat exchangers will be used in a gas-treatment process
of an IGCC power-generation plant. The project has received funding from
the US Department of Energy and will, when finalized, include a
state-of-the-art gasification facility with a capacity of more
than 500 MW and an integrated carbon-capture facility.
Medicine Bow Fuel & Power LLC has
awarded Aker Solutions the front-end
engineering and design (FEED) package for its industrial
gasification and liquefaction plant located near the town of
Medicine Bow, Wyoming. Aker Solutions successfully completed a
pre-FEED study for the project in July 2010. Since then,
Aker Solutions has worked under a letter of intent to provide
services relating to design review and licensor support, as
well as additional pre-EPC engineering and design.
The facility will produce liquid transport fuels and is due
to come online in 2015. When complete, the plant will convert
coal into up to 21,000 bpd of gasoline and liquefied petroleum
gas (LPG) liquid fuels.
The Dow Chemical Co. has announced that Dow
and Mitsui & Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan,
have completed the formation of a previously announced 50/50
manufacturing joint venture to construct, own and operate a new
membrane chlor-alkali facility located at Dows Freeport,
Texas, integrated manufacturing complex.
The new chlor-alkali facility is expected to begin
operations in mid-2013, and will have a capacity of
approximately 800 kilotons/yr. The new plant will create
approximately 50 long-term jobs at the Freeport location, along
with approximately 500 construction jobs.