CB&I lands engineering pact for new petrochemical complex in Russia

CB&I has been awarded a contract by CJSC Vostochnaya Neftechimicheskaya (VNHK), a subsidiary of OJSC Rosneft, for the license and basic engineering of a naphtha steam cracking unit and a butadiene and benzene extraction unit for VNHK’s new petrochemical complex in Russia.

This is a third-quarter award, according to the company. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The steam cracking unit, which will be the world’s largest, is designed to produce more than 1.4 million tpy of ethylene and more than 600,000 tpy of propylene, using the latest advances in the Lummus SRT-VII heater technology.

The butadiene unit is designed to produce 230,000 tpy of benzene and approximately 200,000 tpy of butadiene. It will use the Lummus/BASF butadiene extraction technology.

Ethylene and propylene, building blocks in the petrochemical industry, are used to produce a variety of finished products, including plastics, fibers and rubber.

Butadiene, which is a co-product of ethylene, is predominantly used in the production of synthetic rubber, more than 75% of which is consumed by the global automobile and truck tire industry.

Butadiene is currently in high demand globally as a result of the move by ethylene manufacturers to lighter feedstocks that produce less butadiene, according to CB&I.

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