MAN Diesel & Turbo has an order for 24
compressor units for an integrated chemical complex in
Chongqing, China. The order size is about 50 million.
Designed as a combined plant, the chemical complex will be
involved in the large-scale production of industrial gases and
chemical raw materials for further processing, e.g., to produce
plastics such as polyurethanes and PVC. MAN will deliver the
process gas screw compressor units. The total capital
investment is over 4 billion.
Thanks to their robust and low-maintenance design, screw
compressors are increasingly being used in the chemical and petrochemical industries, as here in
this process for manufacturing acetylene from natural
gas. The acetylene produced is the base product for all
downstream production facilities of the combined
The design and manufacture will be undertaken in the
Oberhausen works of MAN Diesel & Turbo, and part of the
units will be assembled at MANs Changzhou site in China.
The delivery period is between 14 months and 24 months.
SCG-Dow Group, a joint venture between
The Dow Chemical Co. and SCG,
has ramped up the new propylene oxide (PO) facility in Thailand
to stable production levels in preparation for the full
capacity run scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011. The
world-scale plant, located within the Asia Industrial Estates
(AIE) site near Map Ta Phut, Thailand, will have a name-plate
capacity of 390 kiloton/yr of PO via the innovative hydrogen
peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology jointly developed by
Dow and BASF.
In December 2010, Dow announced plans to build a propylene
glycol (PG) plant at the Map Ta Phut, Thailand, site, with a
production capacity of 150 kiloton/yr. The PG plant is in the
design process, and will use this environmentally advantaged PO
from the new HPPO plant. It will reportedly be the largest PG
plant in the Pacific area.
The AIE site also features a specialty elastomers plant,
which announced startup earlier this year, along with power
utilities and infrastructure and a new liquids cracker, also
jointly owned by SCG and Dow.
The first production facilities in BASF-YPC Co.,
Ltd.s $1.4 billion expansion are now operating. Along
with the successful completion of the steam cracker expansion,
the newly constructed butadiene extraction plant and the
non-ionic surfactants plant are now operational.
These plants are part of a $1.4 billion investment project that broke ground in
September 2009. The project includes the expansion of the
existing steam cracker, from 600,000 tpy to 740,000 tpy of
ethylene; expansion of three existing plants; and construction of 10 new plants. The
bulk of the remaining plants are expected to come onstream
around the end of 2011.
The non-ionic surfactants plant is part of an integrated
ethylene oxide derivatives value chain, which will also include
a new amines complex. Also, a superabsorbent polymers (SAP)
plant will be constructed as part of the ongoing expansion
BASF and SINOPEC also
signed a memorandum of understanding in December 2010 to
jointly explore the further expansion of BASF-YPC. The new projects under consideration will
extend the C3 and C4 value chains,
including the construction of a new acrylic acid
facility with a capacity of 160,000 tpy, a new butyl acrylate
plant, as well as capacity increases at the 2-propyl-heptanol,
styrene monomer and non-ionic surfactants plants. A new
world-scale hydrogen peroxide/propylene oxide (HPPO) facility
is also included in the new investments under consideration,
which collectively total approximately $1 billion.
CB&I has announced that Lummus
Technology has been awarded
a contract by China Coal Shaanxi Yulin Energy &
Chemical Co. Ltd. for the license and engineering
design of two light-olefins recovery units. The plants will be
located in Yulin, Shaanxi Province, China. The first unit is
expected to start up in 2013.
The recovery units, which use breakthrough technology to
recover olefins (ethylene and propylene) produced from methanol
feed, are each expected to yield 300,000 metric tpy of
polymer-grade ethylene and 300,000 metric tpy of polymer-grade
In addition, the Olefins Conversion Technology (OCT) from
Lummus Technology was selected to upgrade the byproduct
produced by the light-olefins recovery units into an additional
165,000 metric tpy of polymer-grade propylene.
CB&I has announced that Lummus
Technology has been awarded a contract by
Ningbo Haiyue New Material Co. Ltd. for the
license and engineering design of a grassroots sulfuric-acid
alkylation unit to be built near Ningbo City, Zhejiang
Province, China. The unit, which is scheduled to start up at
the end of 2013, will use the CDAlky advanced
low-temperature sulfuric-acid alkylation process to produce
600,000 metric tpy of alkylate. Alkylate is a low-sulfur,
high-octane gasoline additive used to produce cleaner-burning
KBR has a license and process design
package contract for a new olefins production unit using the
Advanced Catalytic Olefins (ACO) technology. This award
represents the first license using this innovative technology,
which catalytically cracks naphtha and other straight-run feeds
to produce olefins yields that are said to surpass those
available from traditional steam-cracking technology.
Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Yanan Energy and Chemical
Co., Ltd., will construct and operate the plant, which
will be constructed in Luoyang Village, Fucheng Town, Fu
County, Shaanxi Province, China. The ACO converter will have a
capacity of approximately 200 kiloton/yr of olefins (ethylene
ACO technology is developed jointly by
KBR and SK Innovation.
INEOS Technologies has licensed its
Innovene PP process to the Sinopec Maoming
Co., through Sinopecs international business
windowSinopec International Co.,
Ltd.for manufacturing polypropylene
homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers. The 200
kiloton/yr plant will be located in Maoming City, Guangdong
Province, China. It is the fourth PP license signed by INEOS
Technologies in China this year.
Sinopec is reportedly the largest polypropylene producer in
China, and it produces a range of premium and specialty
products using the Innovene PP platform. The Maoming PP plant,
due to start up in 2013, will bring Sinopecs total
capacity based on INEOS Technologies Innovene PP process
to 1.2 million tons of polypropylene.
S-OIL has inaugurated the expansion of the
Onsan refinery in Ulju County, Ulsan,
South Korea. The company invested 1.3 trillion Won in the Onsan
Refinery Expansion Project, with the vision of securing
an engine for future growth. S-OILs production capacity
of PX (raw material for polyester) and benzene is 1,700,000 tpy
and 560,000 tpy each, which is almost double the refiners
original production capacity.
Commercial operation of what is said to be the worlds
largest single-train PX plant and its inauguration reportedly
set a new landmark in both taking the Korean petrochemical industrys global
status and competitiveness to a higher level, and in further
vitalizing bilateral economic cooperation and exchanges in the
private sector, based on promoting mutual benefits between
Saudi Aramco and Hanjin Group
as majority shareholders of S-OIL. HP