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The Atyrau Oil Refinery (AOR), the oldest refinery in Kazakhstan, was built in 1945.

Ethylbenzene plant debottleneck with a high-activity transalkylation catalyst
Liu, G., Tianjin Dagu Chemical Co., Ltd.; Sundararaman, R., ExxonMobil Chemical Co.; Cao, J., ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing

Modern commercial ethylbenzene (EB) plants use liquid-phase alkylation processes with zeolite catalysts to achieve high product yields.

Editorial Comment: Optimization: Advancing the industry’s evolution and benefits to the masses
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Optimization—the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource—is not a term that the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) takes lightly: it is a way of life.

Increasing blue hydrogen production affordability
Liu, N., Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Large-scale, affordable, “blue” hydrogen (H2) production from natural gas, along with carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), is necessary to bridge the gap until large-scale H2 production using renewable energy becomes economic.

Business Trends: Attracting digital talent for petrochemicals: You need a new brand strategy
Sanches, M., Airswift

According to Deloitte, the future success of most chemical companies relies on three areas: growth and innovation, performance and cost optimization, and sustainability and the circular economy.

EPC/construction contracting—Start with the end in mind
Ogunye, S., Praxair

Large capital projects continue to be challenged by budget issues.

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Total active projects by region and sector, excluding holds

Data provided by Construction Boxscore.

After a tumultuous year, many active capital projects have been deferred, delayed or even abandoned. After excluding projects that have been put on hold, Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking nearly 1,300 projects around the world in the refining, petrochemicals and gas processing/LNG sectors. At approximately 40%, the Asia-Pacific region is the leader in active projects, followed by the Middle East and the U.S. Asia has also been the leader in new project announcements over the past year. Globally, new project announcements have increased for the past four months.

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Project: Al-Zour PRIZe project
Location: Al Zour, Kuwait
Operator: KIPIC
Cost: 8000
Capacity: 330,000 tpy
Completion date: 2026
Status: Engineering
Project: Qingzou PDH plant
Location: Qinzhou, China
Operator: Shanghai Huayi
Cost: 1300
Capacity: 750,000 tpy
Completion date: 2022
Status: Engineering
Project: Karbala refinery
Location: Karbala, Iraq
Operator: SCOP
Cost: 6000
Capacity: 140,000 bpd
Completion date: 2022
Status: Under construction
Project: Pulau Muara Besar Integrated complex-Phase 2
Location: Pulau Muara Besar, Brunei
Operator: Brunei Hengyi Industries
Cost: 13650
Capacity: 14 MMtpy
Completion date: 2023
Status: Planning/proposed