UOP LLC, a Honeywell
company, will provide technology to produce propylene at
Dow Chemical Co.s production site in
Texas. Dow Texas Operations will use Honeywell
UOP C3 Oleflex technology in a new propane dehydrogenation unit
to convert shale-gas-derived propane to propylene. The facility
will produce 750,000 metric tpy of polymer-grade propylene.
The unit is scheduled to start up in 2015. It will
reportedly be the first of its kind in the US and the largest
single-train propane dehydrogenation plant in North
Since the technology was commercialized in
1990, Honeywells UOP has commissioned nine C3 Oleflex
units for on-purpose propylene production, with the 10th unit
scheduled to start up in Russia in 2012.
KBR will provide construction services for
ExxonMobils new synthetics lubricant
base-stock facility to be built at ExxonMobils refinery and chemical plant complex
in Baytown, Texas. When completed in 2013, the facility will
produce ExxonMobil Chemicals high-viscosity SpectraSyn
Elite metallocene polyalphaolefin (PAO) base stock.
KBRs scope of work for the Baytown plant includes site
work, civil, structural, pipe, electrical, instrumentation and
mechanical installation, as well as test and checkout services.
The award by Technip USA, the prime contractor
responsible for this new facilitys engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC), follows the
construction of ExxonMobils Flare Gas Recovery Project in Beaumont, Texas, for
which KBR and Technip successfully collaborated to execute a
complete EPC package.
HollyFrontier Corp. (HFC) plans to expand
capacity at its 31,000-bpd Woods Cross, Utah, refinery to
45,000 bpd with an expected completion in late 2014.
The expansion includes the
relocation/revamp of crude, fluid catalytic-cracking and
polymerization units from a subsidiary of Western Refining Inc.s
Bloomfield, New Mexico, refinery to Woods Cross. It also
comprises an expansion of the Woods Cross diesel hydrotreater
and investment in associated utilities and offsites. HFC has an
agreement with Western Refining to purchase the Bloomfield
HFC expects incremental yields from the expansion project to
be approximately 60% gasoline and 40% diesel. The expansion
cost is estimated to be approximately $225 million, with an
expected payback period of less than two years.
In conjunction with the expansion, HollyFrontier signed a
10-year, 20,000-bpd crude-oil supply agreement with
Newfield Exploration Co. This
agreement, which begins once the expansion is complete, will
supply black- and yellow-wax crude oil produced in the nearby
Uinta Basin region to the Woods Cross refinery, which has
capacity to process approximately 10,000 bpd of these crudes.
When the expansion is complete, the Woods
Cross refinery will be able to process
approximately 24,000 bpd of waxy Utah crudes. This expansion,
crude-oil supply agreement and expected completion timeline are
subject to HollyFrontier successfully obtaining the necessary
permits and regulatory approvals.
ONEOK Partners, L.P.s new 100
million-cfd natural gas
processing Garden Creek plant in eastern McKenzie County,
North Dakota, is now operational and serving producers in the
Bakken Shale region. The company plans to invest approximately
$1.5 billion to $1.8 billion for growth projects in the Bakken Shale between
now and 2014 in its natural
gas gathering and processing, and natural
gas liquids (NGL) businesses. In addition to the Garden
Creek plant, these investments include the construction of the Bakken pipeline,
an approximately 500-mile NGL pipeline and two additional 100
million-cfd natural gas
processing facilitiesthe Stateline I and
Stateline II plants in western Williams County, North
The Bakken pipeline is expected to be completed by the first
half of 2013. The Stateline I and Stateline II plants are
anticipated to be completed by the third quarter of 2012 and
the first half of 2013, respectively.
CB&I has been awarded a contract,
valued in excess of $750 million, by Imperial Oil
Resources Ventures Ltd. for work on the Kearl
Expansion Project in Alberta, Canada.
CB&Is work scope on the expansion project includes the
engineering, procurement, module assembly and construction of a
second bitumen-extraction plant, along with froth tank farms,
multiple storage tanks and six froth-settling units.
Methanex Corp. is planning to move one of
its idle methanol plants in Chile to some land that it has
secured in Geismar, Louisiana. Site-specific engineering has
begun and the plant is expected to be operational in the second
half of 2014.
Renewable Manufacturing Gateway (RMG) and
Aither Chemicals LLC have agreed to
collaborate to finance and build a large chemical plant using
Aithers ethane catalytic-cracker technology. With an investment of
$750 million over the next five years, the project is expected to create over
2,000 construction jobs, 200 permanent
direct production jobs, and many thousand indirect jobs in the
Tri-State Region (western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and
northern West Virginia). It is anticipated to generate $463
million in annual sales by 2016.
Today the production of ethane-derived petrochemicals utilizes
steam-cracking technology developed in West Virginia by
Union Carbide Corp. in the 1920s. The birth of
this technology reportedly helped Union Carbide become one of
the worlds largest producers of ethane-derived chemicals,
and a leading manufacturer of polyethylene. Aither, also a West
Virginia company, was formed in 2010 by accomplished former
Union Carbide and Dow technologists and
Aithers mission is to convert ethane to high-value
chemicals. Its technology uses a patent-pending
catalytic-cracking method instead of steam cracking to make
ethylene. The company will then convert the ethylene to
higher-value chemicals that are easier to ship to customers
locally and worldwide. HP