Evonik Industries has started up a new
facility to produce high-purity isobutene at its site in
Antwerp, Belgium. The new plant, which involved investment of
tens of millions of euros, can produce up to 110,000 metric tpy
of isobutene, and it forms part of the sites integrated
C4 production platform. The investment has tripled
Evoniks production capacity for isobutene, which is
Petroplus Holdings AG has announced the
conclusion of the formal information and consultation process
with the Reichstett Refinery Works Council to propose
terms to cease refining operations and convert the
site to a terminal. Following the end of this process, the
Company has decided to discontinue refining operations and convert the
site to a terminal.
Petroplus expects to stop processing crude oil at the refinery in April and will sell
product inventories to satisfy contractual commitments to its
customers or in the spot markets. A safe and orderly shutdown
of the refinery will commence when the
crude oil inventories have been liquidated. Petroplus will seek
to sell the terminal after the shutdown.
AMEC has been appointed by BP Oil
UK Ltd. to carry out the engineering, procurement and
construction management (EPCm) of
capital investment projects for existing facilities at its UK oil storage
terminals in 2011. The EPCm contract, the value of which has
not been disclosed, covers all of BP Oils mainland UK and
Northern Ireland storage terminals, and is in addition to
AMECs recent onshore and offshore global agreements with
The 2011 contract, which has the option of two one-year
extensions, will see AMEC provide engineering and project
management expertise, feasibility studies, front-end
engineering design, detailed design and installation work on
process plant and equipment at the Belfast, Hamble, Hemel
Hempstead, Isle of Grain, Kingsbury, Northampton and
A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AGs
Global Engineering and Construction Group has received a
pre-FEED contract from Statoil Petroleum AS
for the Snøhvit Future Development Project at Statoils
Melkøya-based liquefied natural
gas (LNG) facility on Melkøya Island approximately
450 km north of the Arctic Circle, Hammerfest, Norway. Statoil
has informed Foster Wheeler that further releases of pre-FEED
work to Foster Wheeler under the existing contract are likely
to be made during 2011, depending upon the development
option(s) selected by Statoil.
Foster Wheelers scope of work will include concept
design activities to support the finalization of the
development concept and of the plant capacity for the expansion of LNG
production at the Melkøya LNG
facility, as well as energy optimization investigations. Foster
Wheelers involvement through this contract will continue
Bayer MaterialScience is to expand
production of polycarbonate at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site in
Germany through an investment of about 90 million. The
plants current annual capacity is to gradually reach
400,000 tons over the next four years in stepped increases. The
current nameplate capacity is 330,000 tpy.
In addition to the polycarbonate expansion at the site, Bayer
MaterialScience is also rebuilding chlorine-production facilities to increase energy
efficiency. The new facilities will utilize
state-of-the-art membrane technology and the innovative
companys oxygen depolarized cathode (ODC) technology.
Compared with the membrane technology, ODC will reportedly
reduce both electricity use and indirect CO2
emissions up to 30%.
Japan Far East Gas Co., Ltd., a company
newly established by ITOCHU Corp., Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd.
(JAPEX), Marubeni Corp., INPEX Corp. and
ITOCHU Oil Exploration Co., Ltd.
(CIECO) has signed an agreement on the implementation of a
joint study for the natural
gas utilization project in the Vladivostok area with
Russias state-own gas company
The joint study consists of pre-FEED for the construction of a liquefied natural
gas (LNG) plant with production capacity of 10 million tpy, a
preliminary feasibility study on the compressed natural
gas (CNG) pilot project, and a preliminary study on a gas
chemical complex project. The joint study is
scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011.
Avantium has announced the successful
startup of its polyester pilot plant at the Chemelot site in
Geleen, the Netherlands. The polyester plant is the first part
of the pilot plant that Avantium is building at its new site to
demonstrate its YXY technology for green materials and
fuels. Avantiums monomer pilot plant is scheduled to
become operational in the second half of 2011.
The YXY polyester pilot plant will produce bioplastics based
on Avantiums YXY technology.