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04.01.2012  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX


Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, L.P. has selected Exterran to design, manufacture and construct a natural gas-processing plant in South Texas. The project includes engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a cryogenic gas-processing plant with a capacity of 150 million scfd of natural gas produced from the Eagle Ford shale.

It is expected that the equipment designed, fabricated and installed by Exterran will be capable of achieving up to 93% ethane extraction.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed a 10-year agreement with Green Energy Oilfield Services to build, supply and maintain a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station at Green Energy’s headquarters in Fairfield, Texas.

The LNG fueling station will fuel Green Energy’s new fleet of 60 LNG-powered heavy-duty Peterbilt trucks, which will support Green Energy’s oil production customers within a 100-mile radius of Fairfield, in the Freestone oil region of Central Texas. The trucks are anticipated to use approximately 1.2 million gpy of LNG.

The new Green Energy Fairfield LNG station’s development is set to begin in August 2012, with completion scheduled by the end of 2012. Green Energy’s future plans include development of additional LNG truck-fueling stations in the Barnett (Fort Worth), Haynesville (Marshall), and Eagle Ford shale (Laredo) petroleum-producing areas of Texas.

Fluor Corp. has an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract from Joule Unlimited, Inc., to design and build a biofuels demonstration facility in New Mexico.

The facility is intended to scale up a pilot process to produce liquid fuels via Joule’s novel technology, which uses sunlight to convert proprietary organisms and carbon dioxide into liquid hydrocarbons and ethanol.

Fluor’s Greenville, South Carolina office is leading the EPCM services project. Engineering, procurement and site mobilization is underway.

Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and a joint venture comprising Zachry Industrial, Inc. and CB&I Inc. have a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the engineering and design of the Freeport Liquefaction Project near Freeport, Texas. Under the FEED contract, the Zachry/CB&I joint venture will engineer and design three LNG liquefaction trains (each rated at 4.4 million tpy) and corresponding pretreatment facilities to be located near the existing Freeport LNG Regasification Terminal, which is owned and operated by Freeport LNG’s parent company, Freeport LNG Development, L.P.

Within the three-train design, the Zachry/CB&I joint venture will develop a fixed-price/fixed-schedule proposal for both a one-train initial development and a two-train initial development. This optionally enables Freeport LNG to choose the optimum size of the initial phase of the project based upon customer demand and financing considerations. In addition, the three-train project’s design will allow for expansion of additional liquefaction trains and pretreatment facilities after the initial development has commenced.

MDU Resources Group, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, WBI Holdings, Inc., and Calumet Refining, LLC, an entity owned by the existing owners of the general partner of Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P., have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to explore the feasibility of jointly building and operating a 20,000-bpd diesel refinery in southwestern North Dakota. The facility would process Bakken crude and market the diesel within the Bakken region.

Site selection, permitting, crude-oil feed procurement, marketing and engineering studies are underway. Upon successful completion of the project, Calumet Refining, LLC expects to contribute its interest in the joint venture to Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P., in exchange for cash and/or partnership interests.

Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP has started up a new air-separation unit (ASU) at its facility in Geismar, Louisiana. The Geismar facility supplies nitrogen, oxygen and argon to customers in a range of industries, including refining, natural gas, chemicals, metals and many others.

The new ASU began commercial production in October 2011, producing high-purity oxygen, nitrogen and argon. It is one of three at Air Liquide’s facility in Geismar. The first ASU became operational in October of 1999, and the second in February of 2000.

Formosa Plastics Corp. will be investing more than $1.7 billion in capital equipment and construction at its Point Comfort, Texas, site. This investment will increase the security and flexibility of the company’s raw and intermediate material supplies, as well as the reliability and breadth of the company’s products.

The investment consists of a new, grassroots 800,000-metric-tpy olefins cracker, an associated 600,000-metric-tpy propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit and a new 300,000-metric-tpy low-density polyethylene (LDPE) resin plant. The olefins cracker will take advantage of the increasingly reliable and low-cost domestic natural gas and supply feedstock both to existing production units and to the new LDPE unit. The PDH unit will produce additional propylene, increasing operational flexibility. The addition of the country’s newest LDPE resin plant will complement the company’s existing product line of Formolene polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), and Formolon polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and specialty PVC.  HP

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