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Asia-Pacific

11.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [heat exchangers] [lube oil] [polymers] [oxygen] [engineering] [refinery] [clean fuels] [LNG]

Alfa Laval has won an order to supply its Packinox heat exchangers to a refinery in Kazakhstan. The order value is approximately SEK 55 million, and delivery is scheduled for 2012.

The Packinox heat exchangers will be used in the catalytic processing section in the production of mixed xylenes used for synthetic nylons and more.


UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected by Fujian Meide Petrochemical Co. Ltd. to provide key technology to help meet the growing Chinese demand for propylene. The new propane dehydrogenation unit at the facility will use UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology to produce propylene. UOP will provide engineering design, technology licensing, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training and technical service for the project at Fujian Meide’s facility in Fujian City, Fujian Province, China. The unit, expected to start up in 2014, will produce 660,000 metric tpy of propylene. It will reportedly be the largest propane dehydrogenation unit in the world to date.


Cellier Activity of ABB France Process Automation Division has a contract with PT Krakatau Engineering for the supply of a new lube oil blending plant (LOBP) for PT Pertamina, Indonesia. The plant will be located in Tanjung Priok, sub-district and harbor of North Jakarta. Cellier Activity will be responsible for the engineering studies, procurement, installation, commissioning and after-sales services. As technology provider, Cellier Activity will supply the core blending equipment and transfer systems for a cost-effective and environmentally friendly production. The plant will be fully automated—from metering of raw materials, blending and transfer to filling—and will be controlled by the Lubcel supervisory system to guarantee process reliability, flexibility and safety.

Three years ago, Cellier Activity successfully completed PT Pertamina’s Gresik LOBP project in Surabaya. The future LOBP will have the biggest blending and filling capacities of the group’s facilities, and will enable PT Pertamina to broaden its export market shares with high-quality products. The project startup is scheduled by the end of 2013.


INEOS Technologies has licensed its Innovene PP process for the manufacture of polypropylene homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers to the Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group Co., Ltd., in Ningxia, China. The 300-kiloton/yr Innovene PP plant will produce a wide range of polypropylene products to serve the growing market in China.

The polypropylene plant’s olefin feedstock will be produced using locally sourced coal via the methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process—an increasingly important route to olefins in China. INEOS Technologies participates in this new sector by offering state-of-the-art process technologies to make polyolefins and other chemicals from olefins. It is the fourth license acquired by Chinese companies building MTO plants.


Praxair India Private Ltd., a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., plans to construct a new state-of-the-art air separation plant in the Pune-Mumbai industrial corridor of Western India. The plant, with a capacity of 300 tpd, will be located 60 km from Mumbai, at an industrial estate near Kalyan. It will supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to customers in the Maharashtra and Gujarat regions, the largest and fastest-growing merchant market in India. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in late 2012.


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Suhail Bahwan Group (SBG) have established a joint-venture engineering company named MHI Engineering and Industrial Projects India Private Ltd. (MEIP) in India. MEIP will undertake business development, design, engineering, procurement, construction management, after-sale services and other functions for various industrial and infrastructure projects handled by MHI’s Machinery and Steel Infrastructure Systems Division, which is also responsible for the construction of fertilizer plants, methanol plants, petrochemical plants, and oil and gas production plants.

To start with, MEIP will develop businesses related to chemical and environmental plants (including carbon-dioxide recovery systems and flue-gas desulfurization plants), and transportation systems in the fast-growing Indian market. Future plans call for MEIP to expand its business coverage to include the Middle East and Africa.

The initial capital of MEIP is about $20 million, with MHI holding 51% and SBG owning 49%. Its head office is located in Gurgaon, Haryana State, near Delhi.


Petron Corp. has selected Axens to supply technologies for its Bataan Refinery Upgrading (RMP-2) Project. The project’s aim is heavier crudes processing for higher-quality products and propylene production. Axens’ technologies concern the following units: a 15,700-bpsd mild hydrocracker for processing heavy coker gasoil; a 35,900-bpsd fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit; a 19,000-bpsd C4-cut purification system (Alkyfining); a 19,000-bpsd C4 olefins oligomerization unit (Polynaphtha); two FCC gasoline selective desulfurization units (Prime-G+)—8,000 bpsd and 17,600 bpsd; a 5,800-bpsd coker naphtha hydrotreater; and unsaturated LPG treatment units (Sulfrex)—25,000 bpsd and 3,600 bpsd.

The 35,900-bpsd FCC unit will convert heavy vacuum gasoil into higher value products: olefins, gasoline and diesel. The FCC unit will maximize propylene production at over 250,000 tpy through a FlexEne integrated scheme. This solution enables the C4 olefinic streams issued from the FCC unit to be further converted to propylene through an Alkyfining unit (purification step) and a Polynaphtha unit (oligomerization step).

The complex is due to come onstream in 2014. With a processing capacity of 180,000 bpsd, the upgraded refinery will reinforce Petron’s position on the domestic market for clean fuels and propylene.


Evonik Industries will build a plant in Marl, Germany, for producing functionalized polybutadiene. With this plant, which should go onstream in the fall of 2012, Evonik will be able to offer hydroxyl-functionalized polybutadiene for the first time to its customers in the adhesives and sealant industries.

Evonik will market liquid polybutadiene (HTPB) as “POLYVEST HT,” thus rounding off its polybutadiene product range to include one more functionalized type.


India has a contract to set up a poly-butadiene rubber plant (PBR) for Reliance Industries Ltd. at Hazira, Gujarat, India. The scope of work includes residual basic and detailed engineering and procurement assistance.

Japan Synthetic Rubber Corp. is the process licensor. This 40,000 tpy-capacity PBR production facility includes eight process units and other associated units. The plant is scheduled for completion in 2012.


Grupo KUO, S.A.B. de C.V. has formed a 50/50 joint venture with Jiangsu GPRO Group Co. Ltd. (GPRO). This agreement stipulates that Grupo KUO and GPRO will establish a company named INSA GPRO (Nanjing) Synthetic Rubber Co. Ltd. and will jointly invest $60 million in a new plant located in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, with an initial production capacity of 30,000 metric tpy in its first phase. Grupo KUO’s wholly owned subsidiary, Industrias Negromex, S.A. de C.V. (INSA), will be the new joint venture’s technologist.

The Nanjing plant will create 100 direct jobs and is expected to begin operations by the beginning of 2014. Construction will begin after approval by Chinese authorities. Nitrile rubber (NBR) is used in a wide array of industries, and Grupo KUO, through INSA, already sells NBR to China.


Chevron Corp. has welcomed Australian Commonwealth Government approval for its Wheatstone Project in Western Australia. The foundation phase of the project will consist of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tpy and a domestic gas plant. It is scheduled to start production in 2016. The environmental approval allows the project capacity to increase to 25 million tpy.

The plant site is located in the Western Australian State Government’s Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area, approximately 7.5 miles south of Onslow on the Pilbara coast. The Wheatstone onshore foundation project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (operator 73.6%), Apache (13%), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co. (7%) and Shell (6.4%).


GE Oil & Gas has an agreement with Technip to supply two steam-turbine-driven compressors for the Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project. The facility, which is to be based offshore Australia, will reportedly be the largest floating offshore facility in the world. Shell has tasked TSC, a consortium formed by Technip and Samsung Heavy Industries, to engineer, procure, construct and install the Prelude FLNG facility.

The GE compression trains will be vital elements of the liquefaction process, which cools natural gas to a liquid state. In addition to the supply of the steam turbines and compressors, GE’s agreement scope with Technip France includes startup and two years of training, operation and spare parts.

The Shell Prelude FLNG facility will measure 488 meters from bow to stern and will weigh around 600,000 tons when fully loaded. It will contain 260,000 tons of steel, and its deck area will be longer than four football fields. The capacity of the onboard storage tanks will be equivalent to 175 Olympic swimming pools.


Air Products will build, own and operate an air separation unit (ASU) and integrated liquefier in the Nanjing Chemicals Industrial Park in Nanjing, China. Air Products has won a long-term contract to supply oxygen and nitrogen to Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Ltd., Inc.’s coal-to-syngas gasification facility in Nanjing. Air Products will also operate a liquefier and increase argon production to supply the growing regional merchant liquid industrial-gas market. The new operations are to be commercial in 2013.

The new ASU will produce over 1,500 tpd of gaseous oxygen and over 1,900 tpd of gaseous nitrogen. The liquefier will more than triple Air Products’ current production of liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen, and argon production will be increased by over 40% for the merchant market in the region. HP



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