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05.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [renewable diesel] [FEED] [LNG] [polymers] [project engineering] [licensing] [petrochemicals] [methanol ]

Fluor Offshore Solutions, a unit of Fluor Corp., has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract by Woodside for the Browse liquefied natural gas (LNG) development. The Browse fields are located in the Browse Basin about 425 km north of Broome off the western coast of Australia. Fluor will be responsible for the offshore central gas-processing facility’s FEED services including the steel jackets, a compression platform and a utilities accommodation platform. Fluor has teamed with McDermott International, Inc., to design the steel jackets and float-over installation.

Fluor will staff the FEED with more than 150 offshore experts from its Perth, Houston and Manila offices, and the FEED is expected to be completed in late 2011. The Browse joint venture is scheduled to take a final investment in mid-2012.

INVISTA plans to construct a manufacturing facility at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in China to meet the region’s demand for nylon 6,6 intermediates and polymer. The company is engaged in project engineering, which will include an environmental impact assessment to be completed by the end of 2011.

INVISTA expects to begin plant construction in 2012 and commence production in phases beginning in 2014. When the new plant is complete, it will reportedly be the most energy-efficient and technologically advanced nylon intermediates plant in the world. Using INVISTA’s latest advances in its proprietary butadiene-based technology, the state-of-the-art plant will produce hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and adiponitrile (ADN), along with various specialty chemicals and nylon 6,6 polymer.

Bayer MaterialScience has inaugurated a manufacturing facility for polyisocyanates at Ankleshwar, in the state of Gujarat, India. With the investment of approximately €20 million, the company wants to expand its business in India and to participate in the strong growth of this local market for coatings and adhesives.

The plant will produce Desmodur N grades based on aliphatic hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI). The initial capacity amounts to 15,000 tpy. It will be increased in stages in the coming years in accordance with the predicted growth for polyurethane coatings and adhesives.

The Performance Products division of Huntsman Corp. is going ahead with the engineering design for a 40,000-ton-capacity expansion program at its world-scale polyetheramine facility in Singapore. Huntsman plans to invest more than $70 million at its Jurong Island plant in a move that will more than double the site’s manufacturing capabilities, help satisfy increasing global demand for polyetheramines and strengthen the company’s leadership position in this technology.

Clough Ltd. has announced that the Clough Curtain Joint Venture (CCJV) has received work orders worth AU$209 million associated with the PNG LNG Upstream Infrastructure contract. The PNG liquefied natural gas project is an integrated development that includes gas production and processing facilities, and onshore and offshore pipelines and liquefaction facilities. Participating interests are affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corp. (including Esso Highlands Ltd. as operator, 33.2%), Oil Search Ltd. (29.0%), National Petroleum Co. PNG (PNG Government, 16.6%), Santos Ltd. (13.5%), Nippon Oil Exploration (4.7%), Mineral Resources Development Co. (PNG landowners, 2.8%) and Petromin PNG Holdings Ltd. (0.2%).

Asahi Kasei Chemicals will construct a new plant for acrylonitrile (AN) in Korea as part of a strategic reinforcement of its AN business. With a capacity of 245,000 tpy, the new plant will enable highly competitive production through application of the company’s latest technology.

The company’s total AN production capacity now stands at 750,000 tpy, with 450,000 tpy in Japan (300,000 tpy in Mizushima and 150,000 tpy in Kawasaki) and 300,000 tpy in Korea. An additional plant of 200,000 tpy is now being constructed in Thailand by PTT Asahi Chemical Co., Ltd.—a joint venture between Asahi Kasei Chemicals, PTT Public Company Ltd. and Marubeni Corp.—with startup scheduled for mid-2011.

KBR has been awarded a contract by Inner Mongolia Connell Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (Connell) to provide licensing, basic engineering and related training and field services for its grassroots aniline plant in TongLiao, Inner Mongolia Province, China.

The aniline technology is offered by KBR through a licensing alliance with DuPont. KBR will license the leading process for Connell’s 360,000-metric-tpy aniline plant. This follows an award of the aniline technology to KBR earlier in 2010 by Connell for its 150,000-metric-tpy plant in Jilin City, China.

AMEC, the equal-share joint venture between Clough and AMEC plc, has announced a strategic joint venture with Beca, of New Zealand, to offer integrated engineering, operations and maintenance services to the New Zealand oil and gas industry. Clough AMEC Beca (CAB) will combine the internationally renowned strengths of Clough AMEC, a leader in brownfield engineering and maintenance services, with one of New Zealand’s foremost engineering resources and project-management companies.

CAB will draw on its existing subcontractor relationships in the regions to deliver full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, from conceptual design through to commissioning, operations and maintenance, to the New Zealand hydrocarbons industry.

BASF and PETRONAS will commence a feasibility study for a new plant for superabsorbent polymers. The companies are also looking into the expansion of the existing production capacities of their joint venture BASF PETRONAS Chemicals Sdn Bhd.

The new investment will be part of BASF PETRONAS Chemicals Sdn Bhd, founded by BASF and PETRONAS in 1997. The company operates an integrated complex situated at the Gebeng Industrial Zone, Pahang. The company’s share of capital is 60% held by BASF and 40% by PETRONAS with a total investment of about RM3.4 billion for production facilities for acrylic monomers, oxo products and butanediol.

Siemens Energy has received an order for the supply of up to 10 compressor trains to Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) in Queensland, Australia. APLNG is a joint venture between Origin Energy and ConocoPhillips. The APLNG project will involve developing coal-seam gas fields in south-central Queensland over a 30-year period and includes construction of upstream gas-gathering and processing facilities, together with a 450-km main transmission pipeline from the gas fields to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility being built on Curtis Island near Gladstone. The Siemens´ compression solution will be incorporated into APLNG’s upstream gas-gathering facilities to compress low-pressure coal-seam gas for delivery via the main pipeline to the LNG facility, whereupon it will be compressed and cooled into LNG. Delivery of the compressor trains will start in early 2012.

The technology of UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected by Great Orient Chemical for a new petrochemicals complex in China that will produce key ingredient for biodegradable household laundry detergents. Great Orient Chemical expects the new complex to produce up to 100,000 metric tpy of linear alkylbenzene (LAB).

Basic engineering of the unit, which will include the UOP Pacol, UOP DeFine and UOP Detergent Alkylation processes, is underway, and the project is expected to come onstream in the second quarter of 2012.

BASF has received approval for a 400,000-metric-tpy diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) project in Chongqing, China. The investment will total approximately €860 million. The facility, which will produce a core component mainly used for polyurethane foams, is expected to start up by 2014.

The project was approved by Chinese authorities, following a stringent examination of environmental, health and safety standards; two rounds of local public consultation; and several expert reviews. This state-of-the-art facility will consist of an MDI plant, a nitrobenzene plant and an aniline plant, and will cover 40 hectares. It will form the center of an integrated chemical-production complex operated by the Chongqing (Changshou) Chemical Industry Park.

Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group has received a contract from Huntsman (Europe) BVBA to undertake the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the expansion of Huntsman’s Isocyanates facility at Caojing, in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. Foster Wheeler’s scope will include front-end engineering, technology licensor management and development of the project schedule and cost estimates. The project’s FEED phase is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2011, with the overall project scheduled for mechanical completion by the fourth quarter of 2013. HP

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