Air Products will
supply Valero Energy Corp.
with a combined additional 200 million scfd of hydrogen for
Valeros refineries in St. Charles, Louisiana, and Port
Arthur, Texas. As part of this award, Air Products has also
proposed developing a new world-scale steam methane reformer
hydrogen production facility to be located in St. Charles,
which is to be onstream during the second half of 2013.
Valeros hydrogen demand is
increasing at both facilities with the expansion of its hydrocracking
capacity. The facility would be connected to Air Products
Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline supply network, which supplies
multiple refinery and petrochemical companies in the
Oxford Catalysts Group
PLC has been selected to participate in a
gas-to-liquids (GTL) engineering study on behalf of a
multibillion-dollar exploration and production company. The
study (known as FEL1) will evaluate a 5,000-bpd15,000-bpd
GTL facility in a North American location, designed to convert
shale gas into finished synthetic fuels. The study is being
conducted by a major engineering firm and will last several
months with a projected seven-figure budget. The
results will be used to select the projects technology providers.
Fluor Corp. has a
contract to provide basic engineering and design services on
The Dow Chemical Co.s propane
dehydrogenation (PDH) expansion project in Freeport, Texas. The
undisclosed contract value will be booked in the second quarter
Basic engineering will be carried
out in Fluors Houston, Texas, office with support from
its office in Manila, Philippines. Once construction is complete, the
facility will produce polymer-grade propylene.
AGs Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded
a contract by Sasol to perform the technical
portion of a feasibility study for a planned gas-to-liquids
(GTL) facility in Canada, on behalf of the
Sasol/Talisman Energy partnership. The
feasibility studys technical portion is expected to be
completed during the fourth quarter of 2011.
The facility would convert shale
gas to GTL naphtha, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas using
Sasols GTL technology.
Along with the technical work on
the feasibility study, Foster Wheeler will also develop a cost
estimate to allow the joint-venture partners to assess the
planned facilitys economic viability, with a decision
expected in the second half of 2012.
Corp. plans to grow its proprietary polyethylene
technology to serve North American markets, which the company
is calling NOVA 2020. The company has begun
feasibility and engineering work for the construction of two new polyethylene
assets to be located at its sites in Alberta and Ontario,
Canada. NOVA Chemicals will also complete studies for a further
debottleneck of its low-density polyethylene line located at
its Mooretown, Ontario, facility.
The new polyethylene assets consist
of a world-scale Advanced SCLAIRTECH technology-based line and
a world-scale NOVAPOL technology-based linear-low-density
The completion of all engineering
and feasibility studies is expected by mid-2012. Startup of the
debottleneck project and polymer expansions is targeted between late
2014 and 2017. HP