CB&I has been awarded an additional
project, valued at approximately $50 million, for storage tanks
at an oil-sands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta,
CB&Is scope of work includes the engineering,
procurement, fabrication and construction of 12 cone-roof tanks
at the oil -sands project. CB&Is contract is
scheduled for completion in 2013.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been
selected by both BP and Davy Process
Technology Ltd. (a subsidiary of Johnson
Matthey Plc), to help seek deployment opportunities
for the proven BP/Davy Fischer Tropsch process, on a
nonexclusive basis. Under the agreement, Jacobs is providing
engineering resources to potential licensees.
The BP/Davy Fischer Tropsch process transforms syngas into
liquid hydrocarbons, and is a low-technology-risk process for
producing diesel, jet fuel (JP8) and naphtha from natural gas,
bio-mass or coal-derived syngas.
BP and Davy have successfully demonstrated the fixed-bed technology on a semi-commercial
scale in Nikiski, Alaska, with full-scale fixed-bed reaction
tubes where the nominal 300-bpd complex met or exceeded all of
its performance targets. This process is now available for
license to third parties, and BPs and Davys
continuing development is focused on retrofit enhancements.
The Shaw Group Inc. has renewed a contract
with Albemarle Corp. to provide maintenance, engineering, construction, reliability, operations and other
labor services at Albemarles specialty chemicals
manufacturing locations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania,
South Carolina and Texas. Shaw will also provide services to
Albemarles Michigan plant starting in May 2011.
Sasol has selected S & B
Engineers and Constructors as its engineering,
procurement and construction management (EPCM)
contractor to construct its ethylene tetramerization plant at
Lake Charles, Louisiana. The pioneering plant will use
Sasols proprietary technology to convert ethylene to
1-octene and 1-hexene. Developed in Sasols R&D
laboratories in South Africa, the process selectively produces
alpha olefins required for the high-growth polymer markets.
Engineers and scientists from Sasol North America participated
with an international team to design the unit, which will
utilize the new technology on an industrial
According to André de Ruyter, Sasols senior
group executive responsible for operations, the project is targeted for start up in
mid-2013, and will produce 100,000 metric tpy of combined
1-octene and 1-hexene.
KBRs subsidiary Roberts &
Schaefer (R&S) has been selected to construct a
petroleum coker (pet coke) material-handling system for
Motiva Enterprises LLCs Port Arthur refinery expansion project in Port Arthur,
Texas. The contract is part of a larger effort by Motiva to
expand the Port Arthur refinery. The expansion is expected to increase
current capacity to 600,000 bpd in 2012, reportedly making it
the largest refinery in the US and one of the
top 10 in the world.
R&S will install, start up and test the pet coke system,
as well as provide onsite construction management and technical
support for commissioning/testing. The $9.1-million contract
award follows R&Ss execution of the projects
engineering and procurement phase.
By way of an internationally attended groundbreaking
ceremony, TransGas Development Systems, LLC,
has begun construction of what is said to be
Americas largest coal-to-gasoline complex, the Adams Fork
Energy plant in Mingo County, West Virginia. The ceremony was
conducted on the project site at Wharncliffe, West
Virginia. The plant will convert regional coal into 18,000 bpd
of premium-grade, ultra-clean gasoline. The facility was
permitted by the State of West Virginia, and is based on
Uhdes PRENFLO PDQ gasification
technology provided by Uhde Corp. of America,
which belongs to the ThyssenKrupp Group.
The plant complex will consist of coal preparation, coal
gasification, gas cleaning, methanol synthesis and a
methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology. This coal-to-gasoline
complex in Mingo County is expected to be completed by 2015.