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April 18, 2013
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Russia-based Gazprom Export LLC ( 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...
April 18, 2013
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.;, 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...
April 17, 2013
Praxair Bahrain, the Middle East-based subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; 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...
April 17, 2013
Parsons (Pasadena, Calif.; 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...
April 17, 2013
KBR (Houston; 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...
April 16, 2013
Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; 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...
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...
April 16, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; has received a frame agreement from BASF Antwerp N.V., part of BASF SE (Ludwiigshafen, Germany; to provide engineering services at BASF’s...
April 16, 2013
Black & Veatch (Houston; 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...
April 15, 2013
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; 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...
April 15, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; 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...
April 15, 2013
As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department (Washington, D.C.; today recognized the nation’s first commercial enhanced geothermal system (EGS) project to supply electricity to the grid. Based in Churchill County, Nevada, Ormat Technologies’ Desert Peak 2 EGS project has increased power output of its nearby operating...
April 13, 2013
The biotech companies Kultevat (Carlsbad, Calif.; and KeyGene (Wageningen, the Netherlands; have entered into collaboration for production of rubber based on the Russian dandelion. This plant has demonstrated potential as a domesticated crop for the U.S. and Europe; the origin of the species is the southeastern part of Kazachstan. Kultevat and KeyGene will invest in the...
April 12, 2013
Veolia Environnement ( and Total (both Paris, France; today inaugurated the Osilub plant at the Gonfreville l’Orcher site in Normandy, France. Completed after 20 months of construction work, the new plant expands engine-oil-treatment capacity in France and, more broadly, northwestern Europe, to regenerate used oil as high-end engine oils. “Developing innovative...
April 12, 2013
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Bedlgium; announces today that it will build a specialty surfactant plant at an industrial park in Genthin, Germany, close to Berlin. The unit will develop and produce surfactant solutions for Solvay's home & personal care and industrial customers serving Central and Eastern Europe. "This investment advances the successful execution of our...
April 11, 2013
Outotec Oy (Espoo, Finland; has agreed with Baotou Steel International Economic & Trading Co. on the design and delivery of an indurating furnace for a new iron-ore pelletizing plant to be built in China. The contract price is not disclosed, but deliveries with similar scope are typically worth approximately €30 million. The order has been booked in Outotec's first quarter 2013...
April 11, 2013
Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd. (Shanghai, China), a subsidiary of the Wison Group (, announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.; to jointly pursue barge-based natural gas liquefaction facility projects on an exclusive basis. Under the agreement, Wison will hold responsibility for barge design and engineering, and...
April 11, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; today announced the acquisition of Tri-State Carbonic’s merchant carbon dioxide business in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Financial terms of the transaction were...
April 10, 2013
Pemex Refinación (Huasteca, Mexico; has awarded to a consortium formed by Sener (Madrid, Spain; and the industrial division of the company Obrascón Huarte Lain a turnkey project for the construction of a 35-MW cogeneration plant in its Francisco I Madero petroleum refinery, located in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Pemex Refinación selected the...
April 9, 2013
The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; has been awarded a major contract by Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) to build several plants to generate and purify gases in Jamnagar, India. Part of the Reliance Group, India’s largest private...
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