FasTech Srl has licensed its proprietary
technology to manufacture high-cis polybutadiene rubber, based
on the neodymium catalyst, to a petrochemical operator in East Asia.
The license agreement includes engineering and other technical
This is the second neodymium polybutadiene rubber (Nd-BR)
technology licensed by FasTech. The first one was granted to a
petrochemical company based in the
Middle East. The engineering work for a 45,000-tpy plant to be
built in the region is in progress. FasTech, a technology and
engineering company based in Ferrara, Italy, offers several
synthetic-rubber and petrochemical technologies.
China Blue Chemical Co. Ltd. and
Davy Process Technology, a Johnson
Matthey Co., have announced the successful startup,
performance test and plant acceptance of a 2,500 metric-tpd methanol plant in Hainan Island,
China. The plant produces chemical-grade methanol that will supply the
domestic Chinese market and also be available for export.
The plant was completed in 31 months from start of the
contract. Its success is reportedly due to the excellent team
work and co-operation between Davy Process Technology and Johnson
Matthey Catalystsas technology licensors and
catalysts suppliers; China Blue Chemical Co., Ltd., the
owner/operator; and Chengda, the Chinese
Design Institute that performed the detail engineering and construction management.
Toyo Engineering Corp. (TOYO) and
Hitachi, Ltd., have been appointed by
Eastern Star Gas Ltd. (ESG) to undertake
front-end engineering and design (FEED) for ESGs LNG
Newcastle (LNGN) project upon completion of
feasibility studies that have been conducted since May 2010.
ESG plans to determine its investment by the first quarter of
2012 and to start exporting products in 2015.
FEED work will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2011
and will involve optimization, design and detailed costing of
the LNGN project, including the LNG storage tank, jetty and
loading facilities. TOYO and Hitachi will be
closely supported by Chart Energy & Chemicals,
Inc., which will provide IPSMR process technology and core equipment for
the gas-liquefaction process.
Uzbekistan is investing $1.2 billion on the
upgrade of a polyethylene gas-chemical complex at a state-owned
plant in Mubarek to 400,000 tons. It is reported that the
project, to be financed jointly with Singapores
Indorama group, will have $150 million from
national gas company Uzbekneftegaz and $600
million from Indorama, while the Uzbekistan Fund for
Development will contribute $450 million. Upgrade of
the plant, built in 1971, is expected to be completed by 2015.
This project constitutes part of the
Uzbek governments economic plan to stimulate investment
in the country.
Technip, in a consortium with
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.,
Ltd., has been awarded a front-end engineering and
design (FEED) contract for a floating liquefied natural gas
(FLNG) unit by PETRONAS and MISC
Berhad. The FLNG, which will have a capacity of 1
million tpy, will be located in Malaysia. Technips
operating centers in Paris, France, and Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, will execute the contract, which is scheduled to be
completed by the second half of 2011.
BP is proceeding with a major increase in
purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production capacity at the
BP Zhuhai Chemical Co., Ltd., site in
Guangdong Province, China, a joint venture between BP and
Zhuhai Port Co., Ltd. (formerly named Fu Hua
Group). BP is also planning to build a new world-scale PTA
plant at the same site.
The planned debottleneck at Zhuhai will increase capacity by
more than 200,000 tpy from its second unit (Z2), making the
total PTA production capacity of the Zhuhai site some 1.7
million tpy. BP has completed engineering design work for the
Z2 debottleneck and expects the expansion to be fully operational in
the first quarter of 2012.
A new third PTA plant in Zhuhai is under pre-engineering
planning. With a capacity of 1,250,000 tpy, it will be the
first to use BPs latest generation PTA technology.
Subject to approval from its shareholders and relevant Chinese
government agencies, it is expected to come onstream at the
earliest by 2014.
Evonik Industries and Gujarat
Alkalies and Chemical Ltd. (GACL) are planning a new
multimillion project. At its heart is the construction of a new hydrogen
peroxide production plant by Evonik and a propylene oxide
facility by GACL. The aim is to produce propylene oxide using
the environment-friendly hydrogen
peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) process developed jointly by
Evonik and Uhde.
Representatives of Evonik and GACL have now signed a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the proposed project in
Dahej in the state of Gujurat, India. The project is contingent upon the
approval of Evonik Industries executive and supervisory
boards. The MOU is expected to mark the start of a close and
lasting collaboration between Evonik and GACL, that intends to
acquire a license from Evonik and Uhde to use the HPPO process
to produce propylene oxide.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has
signed a license agreement for carbon-dioxide (CO2)
recovery technology with National Fertilizers
Ltd. (NFL), a state fertilizer company in India. NFL will use the technology to increase urea
production at its existing Vijaipur plant in Guna District,
Madhya Pradesh State. The recovery units can capture 450
metric-tpd of CO2, reportedly one of the
worlds largest capacities. The CO2 recovery
plant is slated for completion in June 2012. Mitsubishi Corp.
is handling the trade particulars.
The CO2 recovery plant will be constructed by
Tecnimont ICB Pvt. Ltd. at NFLs Vijaipur
plant, which already consists of two trains of ammonia-urea