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April 24, 2013
MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (Augsburg, Germany; www.man.eu) has been awarded the contract for a major project to construct eleven turbomachinery trains in China. The contract value is in excess of €125 million. The site of the project is Yinchuan in the Ningxia region where air separation units (ASUs) are being built under the management of Linde and Hangyang for one of the world’s largest...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/MAN-supplies-compressor-technology-for-a-major-CTL-project-in-China_10498.html
April 24, 2013
Rennovia, Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.; www.rennovia.com), announced at the PCI 6th American Nylon Symposium that it has successfully demonstrated production of hexamethylenediamine (HMD) from widely available, renewable feedstocks. Coupled with Rennovia’s previously announced renewable adipic acid, this enables for the first time the production of 100% bio-based nylon-6,6 from monomers derived from...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Rennovia-launches-HMD-as-next-product-enabling-100-percent-bio-based-nylon-66_10499.html
April 23, 2013
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, announced today that it was selected by Crosstex Processing Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Crosstex Energy, L.P., to provide technology and equipment to extract valuable petrochemical feedstocks from natural gas liquids (NGLs) derived from shale gas. UOP will build and install its Russell fractionation equipment that is designed to...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/UOP-fractionation-technology-selected-for-C2C3-extraction-from-NGLs_10497.html
April 22, 2013
As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department (DOE; Washington, D.C.; www.energy.gov) today announced nearly $18 million in four innovative pilot-scale biorefineries in California, Iowa and Washington that will test renewable biofuels as a domestic alternative to power our cars, trucks, and planes that meet military specifications for jet fuel and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Energy-Department-announces-new-innovative-projects-to-develop-advanced-drop-in-biofuels_10457.html
April 22, 2013
Praxair Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; www.praxair.com) has entered into a long-term agreement with North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) to build, own and operate an air separation facility at NWR’s Sturgeon Refinery...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Praxair-to-supply-NWR-gasification-project-in-Canada_10458.html
April 19, 2013
Industrial production rose by 0.4% in March, according to data from the U.S. Federal Reserve Board (Washington, D.C.; www.federalreserve.gov) that was discussed in the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   The March industrial production...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Gas-and-utility-production-lead-industrial-output-gain-ACC-report-says_10438.html
April 19, 2013
Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) has signed a partnership agreement with the CEA (Commission for atomic energy and alternative energies in France) aiming to develop a second-generation biofuel-production pilot unit in France. As part of this partnership, the CEA will develop a chain of processes — on the Bure (Meuse) - Saudron (Haute-Marne) site, and in the CEA-Grenoble center —...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Liquide-to-develop-new-combustion-technology-for-2nd-generation-biofuels_10439.html
April 19, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; www.praxair.com) and Valero have successfully implemented Praxair’s new CONOx emissions-control technology at Valero’s petroleum refinery in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This technology has helped the refinery meet its fluid-catalytic cracking (FCC) unit oxides-of-nitrogen (NOx) reduction target without requiring a shutdown for installation. FCC units convert petroleum...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Praxair-and-Valero-successfully-implement-patented-CONOx-technology_10440.html
April 18, 2013
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; www.airproducts.com) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Russia-based Gazprom Export LLC (www.gazpromexport.com) that confirms Air Products’ long-term plans to purchase helium from Gazprom. Gazprom intends to start development of its major natural gas resources in Eastern Siberia and plans to implement large-scale helium production from...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Products-signs-MOU-with-Gazprom-for-Russian-helium-project_10436.html
April 18, 2013
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, announced today that China’s Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical Co. has licensed Honeywell’s UOP advanced methanol-to-olefin (MTO) process to convert methanol from gasified coal into key plastics building blocks. It is the fourth licensing win for Honeywell’s UOP advanced MTO process technology. The technology allows petrochemical...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/UOP-wins-fourth-license-for-MTO-technology-in-China_10437.html
April 17, 2013
Praxair Bahrain, the Middle East-based subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; www.praxair.com) has announced the start-up of its first air separation unit (ASU) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. As part of the long-term contract, Praxair will supply oxygen, nitrogen and argon to United Steel Company (SULB) B.S.C. to support the company’s ongoing expansion efforts. Praxair’s plant has the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Praxair-starts-up-first-ASU-in-Bahrain_10431.html
April 17, 2013
Parsons (Pasadena, Calif.; www.parsons.com) and a joint-venture (JV) partner, has been selected by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) to serve as the construction manager at-risk (CMAR) for its critical brackish-groundwater desalination program. This $86-million CMAR contract includes preconstruction phase collaboration with the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Parsons-awarded-SAWS-brackish-water-desalination-program_10432.html
April 17, 2013
KBR (Houston; www.kbr.com) has been awarded a contract by Incitec Pivot Ltd.’s U.S. business, Dyno Nobel, to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, as well as technology...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/KBR-to-provide-integrated-technology-EPC-services-for-grassroots-ammonia-plant_10433.html
April 16, 2013
Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) has started up — on schedule — a leather-chemicals plant in Changzhou Yangtze Riverside Industrial Park. With a capacity of up to 50,000 metric tons (m.t.) per year, the plant is the largest of its kind in China and will strengthen Lanxess’ position as a sustainable leather chemicals provider in the local market. Lanxess has invested...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Lanxess-starts-leather-chemicals-plant-in-China_10427.html
April 16, 2013
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay) says that it will build a large-scale alkoxylation facility in Singapore which is expected to start operations by 2015 and will serve the fast-growing Asian market in home & personal care, coatings, industrial, agrochemicals and oil & gas. The facility will be connected to Shell's new high-purity ethylene oxide (HPEO) unit located in the world-class...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Solvay-plans-to-build-large-scale-alkoxylation-facility-in-Singapore_10428.html
April 16, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; www.jacobs.com) has received a frame agreement from BASF Antwerp N.V., part of BASF SE (Ludwiigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) to provide engineering services at BASF’s...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Jacobs-receives-contract-from-BASF-for-Antwerp-site_10429.html
April 16, 2013
Black & Veatch (Houston; www.bv.com) announced today the availability of its standardized liquefied natural gas (LNG) production plant, Prico E-Pack. Based on Black & Veatch's successful PRICO LNG technology, the Prico E-Pack plant solution allows companies in the transportation, power generation and other sectors to realize the benefits of switching to LNG fuel. Prico E-Pack will be available for...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Black-and-Veatch-launches-new-Prico-E-Pack-natural-gas-liquefaction-plant_10430.html
April 15, 2013
Prices for chemicals rose overall 0.5% in March, following a 0.6% gain in February and a 0.9% gain in January, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Washington, D.C.; www.bls.gov) that were discussed in the most recent Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   Excluding pharmaceutical prices...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Chemical-prices-continue-rise-CLI-points-to-growth-ACC-report-says_10423.html
April 15, 2013
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; www.airproducts.com) has received an LNG heat exchanger order from Petronas for a major LNG project in Malaysia. Air Products’ SplitMR liquefaction process and technology was selected and will be supplied to the Petronas LNG Train 9 Project. This project will produce 3.6-million ton/yr of LNG and is an expansion of the existing Petronas LNG Complex in Bintulu...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Products-LNG-technology-selected-for-Petronas-in-Malaysia_10424.html
April 15, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) was awarded by the Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C. – BAPCO, a lump-sum contract for the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC), pre-commissioning as well as commissioning and start-up assistance for the modification project of the #3 sulfur...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Technip-awarded-contract-for-a-sulfur-recovery-unit-modification-in-Bahrain_10425.html
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