Sasol plans to construct what is said to be
the worlds first commercial ethylene tetramerization
unit, capable of producing over 100,000 metric tpy of combined
1-octene and 1-hexene at its Lake Charles production site in
Louisiana. The unit will use Sasols proprietary technology to convert ethylene to
1-octene and 1-hexene. This unique process selectively produces
alpha olefins required for the high-growth polymer markets.
Construction will commence in 2011, and the plant will reach
beneficial operation in mid-2013.
Endicott Biofuels, LLC (EBF) has an
agreement with KMTEX Ltd. to construct a 30
million-gpy biorefinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The biorefinery will use EBFs
proprietary technology for producing high-purity
G2 Clear biodiesel. KMTEX will host EBF as well as provide
certain construction and operational services. Equity funding
will come from Haddington Ventures, LLC, and
construction is expected to begin in
late January 2011.
Through an investment with Mascoma Corp., Valero
Energy Corp., Mascoma and Mascomas operating
subsidiary, Frontier Renewable Resources LLC,
jointly owned with natural resource-management company,
J.M. Longyear LLC, will support construction of what is said to be
one of the worlds first commercial-scale wood-based
cellulosic ethanol biorefineries. The biorefinery is slated to break ground
in 2011 in Kinross Charter Township, Michigan.
Under letter of intent terms, Valero would potentially
invest up to $50 million of the equity required to finance the
project through Frontier
Kinross LLC, a subsidiary of Frontier, and would enter
into an off-take agreement for the projects ethanol production. Valero would
also provide project development and construction-oversight services. The
biorefinery is planned to produce 40 million gpy of low-carbon cellulosic ethanol, to be covered by the
off-take arrangement with Valero.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has a
three-year contract with North Atlantic Refining Ltd. to provide
turnaround and small capital work services at the
companys refinery in Newfoundland, Canada.
Jacobs will provide turnaround planning and execution,
including pre-planning and post turnaround activities, as well
as delivery of small capital works at the site.