Construction

Dow completes construction of ethylene production site in Texas

FREEPORT, Texas – The Dow Chemical Company announced the completion of the construction phase of its new ethylene production facility in Freeport, Texas. The Company reached this milestone within one week of the originally planned date, which was set approximately two years ago. Dow’s ethylene unit is now progressing through the commissioning phase, with start-up expected by mid-year.

Total enters JV, plans ethane cracker and polyethylene unit builds in Texas

PARIS -- Total is entering a partnership with Borealis and Nova to form a JV with the aim of building an ethane steam cracker and a new Borstar polyethylene unit on the US Gulf Coast. Total is expected to hold a 50% interest in the new JV.

Taiwan's CPC to start trial runs at new refining units in May

SINGAPORE/TAIPEI (Reuters) -- State-run Taiwanese refiner CPC Corp said on Monday it plans to start trial runs at new refining units located in the south of the country in May, delayed from earlier this year.

TransCanada gets presidential permit for Keystone XL pipeline

(Reuters) -- TransCanada Corp said on Friday the US Department of State issued a presidential permit for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama.

Oxea awards Jacobs contract for propanol expansion project

DALLAS -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a construction management contract from Oxea Corporation for a Propanol Expansion project at its manufacturing site at Bay City, Texas. Propanol is used to manufacture products such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, printing inks, coatings and adhesives.

Gazprom Neft building a hydrogen production facility at its Omsk refinery

Gazprom Neft has begun construction of a standalone 12,300 tpy-capacity hydrogen production unit at its Omsk Refinery. This processing facility will provide high-purity (99.9%) hydrogen for new and reconstructed hydrotreatment facilities, intended to reduce the sulfur content of motor-fuel components (blending agents).

HES International signs contract with BP to develop tank terminal at Rotterdam refinery

HES International is developing a tank terminal for the storage and transhipment of petroleum products and biofuels at the Hartelstrook, on the south side of the Mississippi harbour at Maasvlakte.

Venezuela indicts two PDVSA subcontractors in Jose port graft case

CARACAS (Reuters) -- Venezuela has charged the presidents of two subcontractors with corruption for overbilling in equipment sales at the OPEC country's main oil-exporting port, the public prosecutor's office said on Monday.

CH2M, Shell sign framework agreement providing global engineering services

DENVER -- CH2M has signed a framework agreement with Shell to provide engineering, procurement, construction and project management services across upstream, integrated gas and downstream projects globally.

Trelleborg inaugurates new polyurethane facility in Retford, England

Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation inaugurated its new purpose built facility in Retford, England, further enhancing its polyurethane manufacturing capabilities.