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
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, Peoples 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
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
Syntroleums 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
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
Qinghais 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
Installation at Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. is scheduled
to start in 2012, with startup expected in the second half of
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 Liquides 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
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
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 Indias 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 companyto provide license and
engineering-design services for JALs 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 KBRs
execution of a revamp study for JALs existing three
identical 450-metric tpd ammonia trains completed in late 2010.