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August 29, 2013
JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; www.jgc.co.jp) announced today that, together with Marubeni Corp. and Aljomaih Holding Co., (Aljomaih; Dammam, Saudi Arabia), it has signed a contract to provide electric power and steam to three oil-and-gas complexes owned by the Saudi state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco. The complexes are located in...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/JGC-joins-power-and-steam-supply-business-in-Saudi-Arabia_10957.html
August 29, 2013
R.C. Costello & Assoc., Inc. (Redondo Beach, Calif.; www.rccostello.com) and Zeton Inc. (Burlington, Ontario, Canada; www.zeton.com) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a customized “end-to-end” solution from feasibility studies, process simulation, front-end engineering through detailed design, procurement, fabrication and factory testing. Costello has extensive...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Costello-and-Zeton-sign-MoU-for-modular-construction_10962.html
August 27, 2013
The pendulum of the U.S. economy remains on the upswing, according to the American Chemistry Council’s , released today. The economic indicator, shown to lead U.S. business cycles by an average of eight months at cycle peaks, increased 0.1 percent over July on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis, marking its fourth consecutive monthly gain. The barometer is now up 3.8 percent over a year ago, the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Fourth-consecutive-monthly-gain-in-leading-economic-indicator-ACC-says_10952.html
August 27, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; www.jacobs.com) was awarded a contract by CMPC Group’s Celulose Riograndense Ltda. for the design and supply of an integrated chlorine-dioxide plant for its pulp expansion project in Guaiba...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Jacobs-receives-contract-from-CMPC-for-chlorine-dioxide-plant-in-Brazil_10956.html
August 26, 2013
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has received orders from ETI Alüminyum A.S. a division of Turkish CENGIZ Holding, to deliver green anode plant and rodding shop technology worth approximately €15 million. The order has been booked in Outotec's third quarter order intake. ETI...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Outotec-wins-orders-from-ETI-Aluminyum-in-Turkey_10917.html
August 23, 2013
Stamicarbon B.V. (Sittard, The Netherlands; www.stamicarbon.com), the Licensing and IP Center of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (Milan, Italy; www.mairetecnimont.it) has signed a contract with Chemoprojekt, Czech Republic, covering the license and process design package (PDP) for a revamp of the existing urea melt plant of Azomures S.A. at Targu Mures, Romania, and for a new granulation plant alongside it. For the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Azomures-selects-Stamicarbon-technology-for-urea-plant-revamp_10902.html
August 22, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) today announced that its Business Unit Catalysts has signed long-term cooperation agreements with CB&I’s Lummus Novolen Technology GmbH business unit. The two companies will combine and ramp up R&D efforts to develop improved polypropylene catalyst and donor...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Clariant-and-Lummus-Novolen-Technology-to-develop-commercialize-new-polypropylene-catalysts_10900.html
August 22, 2013
The technology company —The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; www.linde.com) has been awarded a contract to build the world’s largest carbon dioxide purification and liquefaction plant for Jubail United Petrochemical Co. (UNITED), a manufacturing affiliate of SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corp.). The plant will be located in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. The plant will be designed to...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Linde-to-build-worlds-largest-CO2-purification-and-liquefaction-plant_10901.html
August 21, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com)  and Sasol (Johannesburg, South Africa; www.sasol.com) announce that they have established an alliance for front-end engineering services for future Sasol gas-to-liquids (GTL) projects. Furthermore, it also allows for Technip’s participation during the execution stage of future GTL projects. This alliance, which builds on existing relationships, aims to...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Technip-and-Sasol-form-alliance-for-GTL-facilities_10898.html
August 21, 2013
JGC Indonesia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; www.jgc.co.jp), has received a contract from the Indonesian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell for construction of a lubricating-oil blending facility, also located in Indonesia. The lump-sum...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/JGC-receives-contract-for-lube-oil-blending-facility-in-Indonesia_10899.html
August 19, 2013
Citing data from the U.S. Federal Reserve (Washington, D.C.; www.federalreserve.gov), the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) said growth in chemical production has been “uneven over the past several quarters” in the U.S. in its latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report.    Overall, Federal Reserve...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Uneven-growth-in-chemical-production-continues-ACC-says_10888.html
August 19, 2013
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has been awarded a contract by Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Co. (Pasar) for the modernization of Pasar's copper smelter in the Philippines. The contract...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Outotec-to-modernize-Pasar-copper-smelter-in-the-Philippines_10885.html
August 19, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; www.praxair.com) announced today that it has started up a second nitrogen plant at its facility in Kirtland, New Mexico to support growing nitrogen demand in the San Juan basin...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Praxair-to-expand-Kirtland-nitrogen-facility_10890.html
August 16, 2013
Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.; www.bv.com) and Kiewit (Omaha, Neb.; www.kiewit.com) have completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work and pre-construction planning activities for the Jordan Cove Liquefaction Project. Located in Coos Bay, Ore., the facility will utilize Black & Veatch’s Prico LNG technology to produce up to 6 million ton/yr of liquefied natural gas...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Black-and-Veatch-and-Kiewit-complete-first-stage-of-Jordan-Cove-LNG-facility_10884.html
August 14, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com), in consortium with its construction partner Performance Contractors Inc., was awarded a contract by the National Cooperative Refinery Assn. (NCRA). This contract covers supply of Technip’s proprietary reforming technology, as well as...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Technip-awarded-contract-by-NCRA-for-a-H2-plant-in-Kansas_10880.html
August 12, 2013
Siemens Energy (www.siemens.com) has received a contract from Indonesia to deliver a Zimpro wet-air-oxidation system. The technology will be part of the new Gundih gas processing plant where it will treat wastewater contaminated during the gas production process. The contract was awarded by a consortium consisting of PT Inti Karya Persada Tehnik and PT Adhi Karya (Persero) Tbk. As general contractors, both...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Siemens-delivers-wet-air-oxidation-system-to-treat-wastewater-in-Indonesia_10875.html
August 12, 2013
GranBio (São Paulo; www.granbio.com.br), a Brazilian biotechnology company, and Rhodia, a Solvay Group (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) company, have signed an agreement to create a partnership to produce bio n-butanol. Bio n-butanol is made from sugar cane straw and bagasse, the same raw material that is used to manufacture second-generation ethanol and which is abundant in Brazil. Under the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/GranBio-and-Rhodia-sign-partnership-deal-in-renewable-chemicals_10876.html
August 9, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) and Tasnee (www.tasnee.com), one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Saudi Arabia, today announced the signing of an agreement to establish a masterbatches joint venture (JV) in Saudi Arabia. Within the framework of the agreement, through its 100% subsidiary Rowad National Plastic Company Ltd. (www.rowadplastic.com), Tasnee will acquire a 40% stake...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Clariant-and-Tasnee-establish-masterbatches-JV-in-Saudi-Arabia_10873.html
August 9, 2013
Edwards Group Ltd.  (Crawley, U.K.; www.edwardsvacuum.com), a leading manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products and abatement systems and a global provider of related value-added services, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the business and certain assets of Gamma Vacuum, a market leader in the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Edwards-to-acquire-Gamma-Vacuum_10874.html
August 8, 2013
Endress+Hauser (Reinach BL, Switzerland; www.endress.com) is manufacturing more and more flowmeters in Suzhou, China, with the principal growth drivers being water and wastewater industry. Endress+Hauser Flowtec, global leader in flow measurement technology, has reacted by enlarging its plant in the east of the People’s Republic. The extension work was recently completed after getting underway in...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Endress+Hauser-expands-flowmeter-production-in-China_10864.html
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