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12.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [compressors] [refining] [gas processing plant] [petrochemicals] [ethylene] [petroleum gas]

RusTurboMash LLC, a joint venture of Siemens Energy and Iskra-Avigaz, has inaugurated a new compressor-manufacturing plant in Perm, Russia. Siemens holds a 51% stake in the joint venture and Iskra-Avigaz holds the rest. The combined investment is €60 million. The initial plan is to gradually start producing stator components for small compressors. By late 2012, the plant is expected to produce complete compressors.

The new plant will deliver compressors with drives in the rating range between 6.3 MW and 32 MW.

Statoil has exercised an option of a three-year extension of the minor modifications frame agreement contract with Aker Solutions at the Mongstad refinery, located on Norway’s west coast. Aker Solutions estimates the contract value to be approximately NOK360 million.

The original frame agreement at the Mongstad refinery commenced in January 2006 and lasts until the end of 2011. The scope of work includes studies and execution of modifications to increase operational stability, capacity and longevity. A total of 100 people at Aker Solutions’ office in Bergen will work on the Mongstad contract.

A time capsule has been laid down in Budyonnovsk, Stavropol Territory, Russia, to symbolize the launch of Phase One construction of a gas processing plant (GPP), part of a gas chemical facility to be built on the industrial site of OOO Stavrolen, an OAO LUKOIL subsidiary.

The facility, which is expected to be built in several phases, will have a primary feedstock of associated petroleum gas from the fields developed by LUKOIL in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.

In 2015, it is planned to commission Phase One of the GPP with a 2 billion-m2/yr capacity, in addition to a 135-MW unit on the base of a combined-cycle gas turbine and to upgrade the existing ethylene production unit to convert it to process liquefied gases.

In 2017, it is planned to commission Phase Two of the GPP with a 4 billion m2/yr capacity, along with an ethylene production unit with a 225,000-tpy capacity and a polyethylene production unit with a 255,000-tpy capacity.  HP

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