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January 16, 2013
A joint venture (JV) consisting of JGC Corp. (, with Chiyoda Corp. (Chiyoda Corp. (both Yokohama, Japan;, Technip (Paris France;, GS Engineering & Construction ( and SK Engineering & Construction (both Seoul, South Korea:, has received notification of the award of a contract for the Nghi Son petroleum-refinery...
January 16, 2013
KBR (Houston; has been awarded a contract to provide a license and basic-engineering-design package as part of the Ammonia Plant Revamp for capacity increase at reduced energy consumption by Nitrogenmuvek in the city of Petfurdo, Hungary. KBR will...
January 16, 2013
Praxair China Shanghai; has signed a new contract to expand supply with its existing customer, Jinlong Copper Co. (, the largest copper-smelting joint venture (JV) in China, located in Tongling, Anhui in...
January 16, 2013
SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada; has been awarded a contract by Opinaca Mines Ltd., a company owned by Goldcorp Inc., to provide project management, detailed engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the...
January 16, 2013
KBR (Houston; says it was selected by CRI Catalyst Co. (CRI; Houston; as the preferred engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) partner supporting licensed design of IH2 technology commercial scale facilities, having greater...
January 15, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; announced today it has been selected by Reliance Industries Ltd. (Mumbai, India...
January 15, 2013
The chemical company Oxea GmbH (Oberhausen, Germany; has developed several innovative continuous processes to expand its production at its site in Bishop, Texas, USA. The optimizations will add significant further volume, beyond the already announced capacity increases for potassium formate and trimethylolpropane (TMP). Potassium formate is used, among other applications, as a...
January 11, 2013
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; is further expanding its market lead in C4-based products and investing in the expansion of its production facilities. The Group’s 1-butene capacity in Marl (Germany) Chemical Park will be expanded by 75,000 tons, making Evonik the number one provider of 1-butene worldwide, the company says. In Antwerp, Belgium, the production of butadiene will...
January 10, 2013
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has agreed with Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB) on the design and turnkey delivery of a gas-cleaning plant to LKAB's iron-ore pellet plant in Malmberget, Sweden. The order value is approximately €38 million and it has been booked in Outotec's order intake in the fourth quarter of 2012. LKAB is a leading producer of processed iron-ore...
January 9, 2013
Watlow (St. Louis, Mo.;, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of complete thermal systems, announced today that it acquired Semiconductor Tooling Services, Inc. (STS; San Jose, Calif.) as a wholly-owned subsidiary. The terms of the agreement will not be disclosed. STS is a leader in ion implant refurbishment, elastomer bonding and high-precision cleaning...
January 9, 2013
Technology, engineering and project-management company Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; and the South African plasma fractionation company National Bioproducts Institute (Pinetown, South Africa; have signed a service agreement...
January 9, 2013
White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda., the Brazil-based subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has started up a new air separation unit (ASU) in the state of Alagoas, in Brazil´s northeast region. As part of the long-term contract, Praxair will supply nitrogen and oxygen to Braskem, the...
January 9, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland: has acquired Yonkers Industries, Inc. (Cary, N.C.;, a 30-year-old firm that specializes in the management of construction and commissioning of pharmaceutical and biotech facilities, with capabilities to also manage the full EPCm (engineering, procurement and construction management) of such facilities. With offices in...
January 9, 2013
SNF Group (Andrézieux, France; has begun production of its first Chinese quaternized-monomer plant in Taixing. The plant has a monomer capacity of 15,000 metric tons (m.t.) per year and a quaternized-monomer capacity of 25,000 m.t./yr This new unit will feed two lines of cationic polyacrylamide of 15,000 m.t./yr each. One line will be devoted to industrial and municipal water-treatment...
January 8, 2013
Lonza (Basel, Switzerland; plans to invest CHF14 million (about $15 million) to expand Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) manufacturing capacity in Visp, Switzerland. Oncology therapeutics including ADCs represent one of the fastest growing segments of the pharma and biotech industry and the deployment of ADC targeted therapies has intensified in recent years.  Because cGMP manufacturing of...
January 3, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; was awarded by The Mosaic Co. ( the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract, as well as preparation of the corresponding engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) proposal, for a new ammonia plant under consideration by the global crop nutrient company. Mosaic’s preference is to locate the proposed plant adjacent to the...
January 3, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; will increase its annual global capacity for manufacturing the chemical intermediate 1,6-hexanediol (HDO) by more than 20% to more than 50,000 ton/yr by 2014. For this purpose, the company will further optimize its production processes, carry out various infrastructure projects and enhance its logistical processes. BASF will invest more than...
January 2, 2013
     Metso Corp. (Helsinki, Finland; has acquired U.S. software company ExperTune Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisc.). ExperTune's products are widely used as software tools to analyze and monitor the performance of industrial processes and to identify the associated maintenance and improvement opportunities. ExperTune's acquisition is in line with Metso's strategy to deliver customer...
January 2, 2013
In over two decades since it entered the market, Endress+Hauser Endress+Hauser (Reinach, Switzerland;, a global leader in instrumentation and process automation solutions, has established itself in Indonesia as a supplier of high-quality measuring instruments and solutions. To strengthen this position, its long-time sales partner in Jakarta will join the Endress+Hauser Group as an...
January 1, 2013
Plant Watch Stamicarbon wins contract for urea plant in China December 6, 2012 — Stamicarbon B.V. (Sittard, the Netherlands;, the Licensing and IP Center of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (Milan, Italy;, has been awarded a contract for a new urea plant with Inner Mongolia Erdos Chemical Industry Group Co. in China. The plant will have a capacity of 2,860 metric...
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