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Wison starts site preparation for major project in Venezuela

Wison Engineering Services Co. (Shanghai, China; www.wison.com), the largest private sector chemical engineering, procurement and construction management (EPC) service provider in China, says that Wison Engineering Ltd., an indirectly non wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, has commenced the site construction activities of site preparation for the... More
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Construction-Cost Indices

Cost estimation is a critical dimension of project planning in asset-heavy industries such as the chemical process industries (CPI). Construction cost indices are useful tools in cost estimation and are used to compare plant construction costs from one time period to another. Understanding them can improve the accuracy of the cost estimates, as well as the... More
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Project Optimization Through Engineering

In the face of intense market pressures, companies are increasingly requiring their engineering organizations to complete capital projects more quickly, while spending less capital and creating systems that cost less to operate over the long run. They are also asked to do this with fewer engineers. While this “do more with less” philosophy may... More
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CB&I and Clariant’s polypropylene-catalyst partnership off to a successful start

CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cbi.com) and Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) announced today its new Ziegler-Natta (ZN) polypropylene catalyst production plant in Louisville, Kentucky, is on schedule to begin production in 2015. The plant is part of a long-term strategic partnership between Clariant’s Catalysts business unit and... More
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Global CPRI was flat for second consecutive month in June, ACC says

The Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) was flat for the second month in a row in June, on a three-month-moving-average basis, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.... More
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Economic Indicators

The preliminary value for the May CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) rose 0.1% from the final April value, after a slightly larger rise the previous month. All subcategories... More
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Plan and re-plan

FRI is lucky to have survived a simple valve-tray project. A few years ago, the low-pressure (LP) test column stood empty, because there were no trays ready to be installed. The intention was to install a set of new valve trays of a very simple design, but when the column was empty, neither a design nor the actual trays existed. It took five months for the... More
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