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10.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [LNG] [licensing] [petrochemicals] [coal-seam gas] [PVC] [polymers] [refinery] [ammonia]

Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) in Queensland, Australia, has selected Meridium, Inc. as the platform for its enterprise-wide APM initiative. The GLNG plant, which began construction earlier this year, is a joint venture between Santos, Petronas, Total and KOGAS.

GLNG involves exploration and production of coal-seam gas, a 420-km gas pipeline from the gas fields to Gladstone and a gas liquefaction and export facility on Curtis Island. The Meridium software implementation project at GLNG kicked off in May. GLNG has chosen to implement almost the entire suite of Meridium technology including Risk-Based Inspection, Reliability-Centered Maintenance, and Asset Strategy Management and Implementation.

Lummus Technology, a CB&I company, has been awarded a contract by Ningbo Haiyue New Material Co. Ltd., for the license and engineering design of a grassroots propane dehydrogenation unit to be built in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China. The unit will use the CATOFIN dehydrogenation process to produce 600,000 metric tpy of propylene, and it is expected to start up in 2014.

CB&I has been awarded, through its joint venture with Chiyoda Corp. and Saipem S.p.A., the preparation and supply of the project-specification contract for the Arrow Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Plant Project in Australia. Arrow Energy Pty Ltd., the project operator, is a 50/50 joint venture partnered by Royal Dutch Shell and PetroChina.

The project, which will be designed with a production capacity of 8 million tpy (4.0 million tpy x 2 trains), is planned to be constructed on Curtis Island, off the coast of Gladstone, on the east coast of Queensland, Australia. The project plans to expand its capacity up to 16 million tpy in the future. The LNG plant will be supplied with coal-seam gas from the Surat and Bowen basins in Queensland, and will process, treat and liquefy the gas for export.

Alfa Laval has an order to supply Alfa Laval Packinox heat exchangers to a petrochemical plant in Singapore. The order value is about SEK 110 million, and delivery is scheduled for 2012. The Alfa Laval Packinox heat exchangers will be used in a catalytic processing section for production of mixed xylenes.

Qingdao Haijing Chemical (Group) Co. Ltd. has selected INEOS Technologies’ vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and suspension polyvinyl chloride (S-PVC) technologies for a project at its new site located at Dongjia-kou Pro Port Industrial Zone, Qingdao, People’s Republic of China. The 400 kiloton/yr VCM plant features production of VCM by pyrolysis of ethylene dichloride (EDC). The EDC will be produced using high- and low-temperature chlorination and INEOS Technologies’ unique two-stage fixed-bed oxychlorination process.

The 300 kiloton/yr S-PVC plant will produce a full range of suspension PVC grades from VCM using INEOS Technologies’ suspension process, including the use of INEOS Technologies’ proprietary PVC additives and recipes.

The two plants, forming part of a broader petrochemical complex, are scheduled to start up in 2013.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) and Syntroleum Corp. have announced the grand opening of the Sinopec/Syntroleum Demonstration Facility (SDF) located in Zhenhai, China. The SDF is an 80-bpd facility utilizing the Syntroleum-Sinopec Fischer Tropsch technology for converting coal, asphalt and petroleum coke into high-value synthetic-petrochemical feedstocks.

Sinopec and Syntroleum entered into a technology-transfer agreement in 2009. As part of the agreement, Sinopec relocated Syntroleum’s natural-gas-fed Catoosa demonstration facility to the Zhenhai Refining and Petrochemical Complex in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China, for joint technology demonstration and development. Upon successful completion of the Zhenhai program, Sinopec intends to build commercial-scale coal and petroleum coke-based Fischer Tropsch facilities using the Syntroleum-Sinopec technology.

The Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. has selected UNIPOL polypropylene process technology from The Dow Chemical Co. for its new 160-kiloton/yr polypropylene unit. The unit will provide polypropylene as part of Qinghai’s integrated magnesium metal project to produce homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers. As part of the magnesium metal project, it will utilize coal as feedstock to produce ethylene and propylene through coal gasification, and then use the ethylene and propylene as feedstock for the polypropylene unit.

Installation at Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. is scheduled to start in 2012, with startup expected in the second half of 2013.

Alfa Laval has received an order for compact heat exchangers for a petrochemical plant in China. The order value is about SEK 50 million and delivery is scheduled for 2012. The Alfa Laval heat exchangers will be used in the condensation phase in the production of phenol.

Air Liquide’s Engineering and Construction division has signed a contract with the Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group (SNCG) to build a 500,000-tpy methanol-to-propylene (MTP) plant, following the successful commissioning of the first industrial-scale unit built with the same client.

The contract comprises the basic engineering, license and supply of proprietary equipment, as well as services for procurement and technical advisory services at the site. This will be the third large-scale MTP plant licensed by Lurgi. SNCG, in close cooperation with the Lurgi team, played an important and constructive role in the commissioning and startup phases of the reported MTP-1 first-of-a-kind plant, thereby contributing to proving the success of Lurgi MTP technology at the industrial scale.

The unit to be built in Ningdong, in the Chinese province of Ningxia, will have the capacity to produce around 500,000 tpy of propylene from coal. The engineering phase for the contract is to be completed within about eight months.

Bathinda refinery, the producer of 180,000 bpd, started crude oil processing in trial runs on August 29th, a source with direct knowledge of the plant told Reuters. The refinery is owned by Hindustan Mittal Energy Ltd (HMEL), a joint venture between state-run Hindustan Petroleum and Mittal Energy.

Project consultant, Engineers India Ltd. (EIL), had said last month that the plant would start crude runs in August and be fully operational by November.

The land-locked refinery is in the northern Punjab state. It adds to India’s current refining capacity of close to 4 million bpd. The last refinery commissioned in India was earlier this year, when Bharat Oman Refinery Ltd. (BORL), a joint venture of Bharat Petroleum and Oman Oil Co., started its 120,000 bpd Bina plant in central India.

KBR has a contract with Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. (JAL)—a Jaypee Group company—to provide license and engineering-design services for JAL’s brownfield 2,200-metric tpd ammonia plant in Kanpur, India.

KBR is licensing its Purifier technology. Its design will reportedly enable JAL to build the ammonia unit with lower energy consumption and reduced capital costs. The new unit will be set up in an existing plant at the Kanpur site, which was recently acquired by JAL. The award follows KBR’s execution of a revamp study for JAL’s existing three identical 450-metric tpd ammonia trains completed in late 2010. HP

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