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09.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [petrochemicals] [polymers] [LNG] [engineering] [oxygen] [engineering] [propylene] [chemicals]

Stamicarbon, the licensing and IP center of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., has signed a license agreement with Hengang Huahe Coal Chemical Industry, Ltd. for a urea plant with a capacity of 1,860 metric tpd. The plant will be built in Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province, Peoples’ Republic of China.

The urea plant will use Stamicarbon Urea2000Plus Technology, which features a pool reactor, minimum equipment and minimum plant height. By using Safurex stainless steel for the high-pressure synthesis section, low oxygen intake can be obtained.

Stamicarbon will deliver the process design package, related services and all proprietary high-pressure equipment, pool reactor and piping. Startup is planned in 2014.

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., has a framework agreement with Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (FPCC) that sets forth the major terms and conditions that will, upon completion of the necessary definitive agreements, govern the formation of a 50/50 joint venture (JV). This JV will construct and operate a 30-kiloton hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer (HSBC) plant to be located in Mailiao, Taiwan.

The agreement governs all commercial, operational, technical and management aspects of the planned JV company. Kraton and FPCC expect to finalize documentation by December 31, 2011, and plan to have the plant operational in the second half of 2013. The cost of the plant is expected to be in the range of $165 million to $200 million.

As proposed in the framework agreement, the design of the JV plant will incorporate Kraton’s proprietary polymerization technology, and the plant will produce Kraton’s high-value-added HSBC polymer grades. The plant will be operated by the JV and Kraton will undertake the global marketing of all products manufactured at the facility.

CB&I has a contract, valued in excess of $500 million, for the engineering, fabrication and construction of two160,000 m3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks, as well as additional work for a LNG liquefaction project in the Asia-Pacific region. CB&I’s contract is expected to be completed in 2015.

A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group has an understanding to form a jointly owned company with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) in the Republic of Azerbaijan. The new jointly owned company will focus on providing process, engineering, procurement, construction supervision and project management services associated with the development of the new oil, gas processing and petrochemical complex.

The new entity will provide the same services for upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas projects developed by SOCAR both in the Republic of Azerbaijan and in other countries.

Foster Wheeler and SOCAR will prepare a joint action plan for establishing and incorporating the new company, with its headquarters in Baku.

The Linde Group has been commissioned to build and operate two large air separation plants to supply gases onsite to Yantai Wanhua in Shandong, East China. The project contract will involve investment of around €130 million. The two plants, which are to be built by Linde’s Engineering Division, each have a capacity of 55,000 Nm3h of oxygen. They are expected to come onstream between the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, when they will supply oxygen and nitrogen to Yantai Wanhua’s production plants. In addition, Linde will produce liquefied products for the open market in the Shandong region. The project includes the construction of a 20-km pipeline in the Yantai Economic and Technology Park.

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected by Zhejiang Julong Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (ZJLPC) to provide key technology for a new unit to produce propylene at its facility in Pinghu City, Zhejiang Province, China. Honeywell’s UOP will provide engineering design, technology licensing, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training and technical service for the project. The unit is expected to start up in 2013 and to produce 450,000 metric tpy of propylene.

The new propane dehydrogenation unit at the facility will use UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology to convert propane to propylene, which is used in producing chemicals and materials such as films and packaging. Compared to competing PDH processes, Oleflex technology is said to provide the lowest cash cost of production and the highest return on investment, enabled by low operating and capital costs, high propylene yield and reliability, and maximum operating flexibility.

BASF has chosen Fluor Corp. as an engineering partner for chemical and petrochemical projects across Asia and Europe. BASF has awarded Fluor umbrella services agreements in these regions for undisclosed contract values. The partnering agreements will cover capital investment projects with separate service orders throughout Asia and Europe. Services provided on projects covered by the agreement will include front-end engineering and design (FEED), project management services and/or detailed engineering, procurement and construction management services. 

Fluor’s Haarlem office in the Netherlands will lead efforts for the European partnership agreement and will interface with BASF’s global headquarters. Multiple other Fluor operations centers will also be utilized as necessary for project execution. HP

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