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04.01.2011  | 

Keywords: [polybutadiene] [petrochemicals] [methanol] [license agreement] [FEED] [LNG] [construction] [debottleneck] [engineering]

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 services.

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 Catalysts—as 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 ESG’s 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 Singapore’s Indorama group, will have $150 million from national gas company Uzbekneftegaz and $600 million from Indorama, while the Uzbekistan Fund for Reconstruction and 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 government’s 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. Technip’s 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 BP’s 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 world’s 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 NFL’s Vijaipur plant, which already consists of two trains of ammonia-urea plants. HP

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