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

Keywords: [construction] [engineering] [elastomers] [refining] [diesel] [catalytic cracker] [petrochemicals] [olefins]

CB&I’s Lummus Technology business sector has been awarded two separate contracts by a client in Russia. The combined value of the contracts is approximately $120 million. The first contract was awarded in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the second was awarded in January 2012. The work scope includes detailed design, engineering and material supply for numerous heaters for a refinery-modernization project.

Sibur and Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) have formed a joint venture (JV) named Reliance Sibur Elastomers Private Ltd. to produce 100,000 tpy of butyl rubber in Jamnagar, India. Reliance’s share in the JV will total 74.9%, while Sibur will account for 25.1%. The JV will invest $450 million to build the facility, which is expected to be commissioned by the middle of 2014.

The company has also signed a technology license agreement facilitating Reliance Sibur Elastomers Private Ltd.’s use of Sibur’s proprietary butyl-rubber production technology at the new facility. Sibur will develop the facility’s basic engineering design and also train the JV’s personnel at its production site in Togliatti, Russia. The JV will reportedly be the first manufacturer of butyl rubber in India and the fourth largest supplier of butyl rubber in the world.

KBR has been awarded a contract by the TAIF Group to provide licensing and engineering services for the Veba Combi Cracker (VCC) to be implemented at the Nizhnikamsk refinery in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.

Under contract terms, KBR will provide the license, basic-engineering package and other services for TAIF’s VCC-based Deep-Conversion Complex. The complex will process 2.7 million tpy of refinery vacuum residues and 1.6 million tpy of distillates into high-value petrochemical feedstocks and Euro 5 diesel. This award marks the third VCC license and KBR’s largest VCC project award since the acquisition of the rights to the technology in January 2010.

ITT Corp. has an enterprise framework agreement with Shell Global Solutions in which ITT’s Goulds Pumps brand will provide American Petroleum Institute (API) centrifugal pumps to support Shell operations worldwide.

Under the agreement, Goulds Pumps will supply these pumps in several configurations to Shell operations and affiliates worldwide.The agreement is for five years with an option for an additional five years. Shell applied a comprehensive process in selecting ITT Goulds Pumps, and this agreement includes the development of common specifications, terms and conditions, as well as pricing.

ZAO Far East Petrochemical Co. (FEPCO), which is implementing OJSC NK Rosneft’s project for the construction of a petrochemical complex in the Primorsk region of Russia, has selected Axens’ AlphaButol and AlphaHexol technologies for producing high-purity linear alpha-olefins. It is foreseen that the AlphaButol and AlphaHexol units, with a cumulative linear alpha-olefins capacity of 50,000 tpy, will be included into this complex.

AlphaButol will supply high-purity 1-Butene by ethylene dimerization, while AlphaHexol will produce high-purity 1-Hexene by ethylene trimerization. Based on homogeneous catalysis and associated low-investment cost, both technologies are designed and optimized to ensure a flexible and reliable source of high-quality co-monomers for downstream polyolefin applications.

A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group has a contract from a subsidiary of JSC LUKOIL for the supply of a waste-heat boiler for the LUKOIL Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez refinery, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

The waste-heat boiler will be installed downstream of a fluid catalytic-cracking unit, producing gasoline to meet European Union Euro-5 standards.

Foster Wheeler’s scope of work is scheduled to be completed by March 2013. HP

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