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 Energys
headquarters in Fairfield, Texas.
The LNG fueling station will fuel
Green Energys new fleet of 60 LNG-powered heavy-duty
Peterbilt trucks, which will support Green Energys 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
stations development is set to begin in August 2012, with
completion scheduled by the end of 2012. Green Energys
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
The facility is intended to scale
up a pilot process to produce liquid fuels via Joules
novel technology, which uses sunlight to
convert proprietary organisms and carbon dioxide into liquid
hydrocarbons and ethanol.
Fluors 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 LNGs 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
projects 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
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 Liquides
facility in Geismar. The first ASU became operational in
October of 1999, and the second in February of 2000.
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 companys raw and intermediate material
supplies, as well as the reliability and breadth of the
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 countrys newest LDPE
resin plant will complement the companys existing product
line of Formolene polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), and
Formolon polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and specialty PVC.