A grassroots diesel hydrotreater
unit (Prime-D), licensed by Axens, was
successfully put into production at Saudi
Aramcos Ras Tanura refinery. The 105,000-bpsd
unitreportedly one of the worlds
largestproduced ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) containing
less than 10 ppm of sulfur.
Axens designed Prime-D unit
uses HR 600 series catalyst and EquiFlow reactor internals,
enabling the 550,000-bpsd Ras Tanura refinery to comply with
the highest environmental standards.
Grimley Smith Associates
Ltd. (GSA Ltd.), consultant process engineers in North
Lincolnshire, UK, has a contract to engineer, procure and
construct site utilities at an existing refinery in Basra,
Iraq. The South Refineries Co. (SRC) of Iraq,
part of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, awarded GSA
the approximately $50 million contract with an operable letter
of credit in May 2011.
The turnkey project is to upgrade
the refinery site utilities over a
two-year period. GSA has taken on the role as turnkey
contractor and will undertake all aspects of the design,
procurement and project management, while working
with an Iraqi construction company to deliver the
project at the site. The construction period is anticipated
to be six months.
SOFCON, an unincorporated consortium between a
subsidiary of Foster Wheelers
Engineering and Construction Group and A.
Al-Saihati, A. Fattani & O. Al-Othman Consulting
Engineering Co. (SOFCON) has been awarded a contract
by Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco) for
the front-end engineering and design (FEED) and project management services for the
Clean Transportation Fuels Project at the Riyadh Refinery, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The company expects to receive the main release of work in the
third quarter of 2011.
The companys FEED scope
includes new isomerization, naphtha splitting and sulfur
guard-bed units, as well as the addition of new equipment,
including a diesel hydrotreater reactor, in existing units. The
FEED also includes the debottlenecking of the hydrocracker and
gas concentration units, and replacement of crude and vacuum distillation tower internals.
Saudi Arabian Oil
Co. (Saudi Aramco) and ITT Corp. have
signed a comprehensive seven-year strategic partnership
agreement for ITT to provide products and services to the
worlds largest oil producer for oil, gas and petrochemical projects in Saudi Arabia and
internationally. Under this agreement, which comes into effect
immediately, ITT and its partner Aswad Group
will provide products and services through ITT Saudi
Co. Ltd., ITTs local manufacturing and service
operation, located in Dammam Second Industrial City.
ITT Saudi will provide professional
expertise to support startup and commissioning of all types of
pumping systems. It will also provide expert aftermarket
services to support Saudi Aramcos operations.
Davy Process Technology and
Johnson Matthey Catalysts (JM) have announced
the startup, process performance test and plant acceptance of
the 3,600-metric tpd EMethanex methanol plant, located in Damietta,
Egypt. The plant has met all the design requirements for
production rate, product quality and environmental emissions, and its success is due to
the excellent teamwork and cooperation between Davy and JM as
technology licensors and catalyst suppliers, EMethanex, the
owner and operator, and Techint Compagnia Tecnica
Internazionale, the EPC contractor who had overall
responsibility for delivering a fully commissioned and
operational methanol unit.
The plant uses the Davy/JM combined
reforming technology, whereby the natural gas
feed is converted to synthesis gas by a combination of steam
methane reforming and oxygen-blown auto thermal reforming. The
advanced methanol synthesis technology used by
the plant is jointly developed and marketed by Davy and JM.
Co. (SRC), a subsidiary of the Iraqi Ministry
of Oil, awarded Axens the basic
engineering design and license contracts for constructing the
new refinery in Maissan, Iraq. Axens will supply a naphtha
hydrotreater35,100 bpsd; a CCR reformer (Octanizing) for
gasoline production24,500 bpsd; a vacuum gasoil (VGO)
hydrotreater56,300 bpsdproducing a moderate sulfur
feedstock for the fluid catalytic
cracker (FCC); a deasphalted oil hydrotreater based on Hyvahl
technology27,600 bpsd; a
saturated liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) treatment unit
(Sulfrex)278,000 metric tpy; and an unsaturated LPG
treatment (Sulfrex)399,400 metric tpy.
The refinery will have a capacity of
150,000 bpsd and will deliver high-quality products mainly for
the domestic market. HP