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November 28, 2012
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.;, a Honeywell company, says that its technology has been selected by Petrobras to process natural gas aboard up to eight floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels. UOP Separex membrane systems will be installed on the new FPSOs that will operate in the Lula oil field. Each Separex membrane system will remove carbon dioxide and water from as much as...
November 28, 2012
JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; has received a contract from Japan CCS Co. to construct the core facilities at a carbon-dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technology-demonstration project. The site for the demonstration project is located adjacent to an oil refinery in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, owned by Idemitsu Kosan Co. The lump-sum turnkey contract calls for the engineering, procurement...
November 27, 2012
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; has received a contract from Viru Keemia Grupp AS (VKG; Kohtla-Järve, Estonia;  to provide a license package and services for a sulfur recovery unit (SRU). The SRU is part of VKG’s investment to upgrade its shale-oil refinery complex in Kothla-Järve. Officials did not...
November 26, 2012
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) contract by Lanxess Changzhou Co. for a new ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber plant to be built at...
November 20, 2012
KBR (Houston; was awarded two contracts for Syncrude Canada Ltd. (Syncrude) to execute module fabrication and field construction for its Fluid Fine Tailings – Centrifuging Full Scale Plant (FFT-CFSP) in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Syncrude, which operates a surface mining oil sands plant in northeastern...
November 19, 2012
Siemens AG (Munich, Germany; and Bentley Systems (Exton, Pa.; today announced a strategic collaboration to advance the integration of digital product design and manufacturing processes design with information modeling for facilities lifecycle design. According to the Memorandum of Understanding, the collaboration will enable the two companies to deliver intelligent and...
November 16, 2012
On November 7, 2012 the CEOs of Total Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland GmbH, Leuna and EDL Anlagenbau Gesellschaft mbH (Leipzig, Germany) signed a contract on the revamp of the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) gas-processing plant, alkylation plant and reactor conversion of the FCC plant at Leuna, Germany...
November 16, 2012
Bechtel (Houston; has signed a license agreement with JSC Pavlodar Oil Chemistry Refinery (POCR) for a major modernization and process design of a delayed coking unit (DCU) complex in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. The DCU complex will use Bechtel’s ThruPlus Coking technology, a proprietary process for upgrading heavy oil into high-value, light hydrocarbon liquids and petroleum coke...
November 16, 2012
Toyo Engineering Korea Ltd., a subsidiary of Toyo Engineering Corp. (Toyo; Chiba, Japan;, has been awarded a contract to build ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) plant with capacities of 80,000 ton/yr EO and 205,000 ton/yr EG planned by Korea...
November 11, 2012
Siemens AG (Munich, Germany; has decided to reorganize its activities in the water business. The company intends to focus in the future on automation and drive solutions for the control of water applications for municipalities and industry. The Business Unit known as Siemens Water Technologies, which offers solutions for municipal and industrial water purification and wastewater treatment...
November 9, 2012
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has signed a contract with the City of Zürich (represented by Entsorgung und Recycling Zürich), on the design and turnkey delivery of the largest and most advanced sewage-sludge thermal-treatment plant in Switzerland. Outotec's contract value is nearly €50 million, of which the first phase engineering will be included in Outotec's 2012 order...
November 8, 2012
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.;, a Honeywell company, announced today the third technology license for its breakthrough methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology, which converts methanol from coal into key plastics building blocks. China’s Shandong Yangmei Hengtong Chemicals Co. will use UOP’s advanced MTO process, which combines Honeywell’s UOP/Hydro MTO process and the Total...
November 7, 2012
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; has been awarded the contract to supply two oxygen plants at the site of a copper smelter being built in Zambia by Kansanshi Mining Plc. The scope of the agreement includes Air Products supply of two 750 metric ton (m.t.) per day oxygen plants, and all air separation unit (ASU) related equipment and design. The construction of the facility will be...
November 6, 2012
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; is investing approximately €90 million in the first step to build a mobile emissions catalysts production facility in Środa Śląska, a Special Economic Zone near Wrocław, Poland. Construction of the new 40,000 square meter facility — BASF’s largest in Europe — will begin before the end of 2012. The plant will start production in the...
November 5, 2012
ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH (Uhde; Dortmund, Germany; has, through its U.S. business partner, Uhde Corporation of America (Pittsburgh, Pa.), been selected by CF Industries, one of the world's leading fertilizer producers, to provide engineering and supply services for two fertilizer complexes in the U.S. CF Industries announced on 1 November 2012 that it will construct new ammonia and urea/UAN...
November 1, 2012
Plant Watch Novasep to build world’s largest chromatography plant for APIs October 10, 2012 — Novasep (Pompey, France; has announced an investment of €30 million to build what will be the world’s largest chromatography plant for the production of commercial active-pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The plant will be built on Novasep’s existing Mourenx site in...
October 31, 2012
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; has received a contract from Paradeep Phosphates Ltd. (PPL) to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for its sulfuric-acid plant expansion project in Paradeep, Orissa, India. Officials...
October 29, 2012
KBR (Houston; and Southern Company subsidiary, Southern Generation Technologies, today announced a cooperation agreement through which both organizations will collaborate in an effort to expand the global adoption of Transport Integrated Gasification — or TRIG — technology. Under the terms of this agreement, KBR will lead the sale and delivery of all TRIG licenses worldwide...
October 26, 2012
Technip (Paris, France; was awarded by The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract and cracking furnaces engineering and procurement services for a previously announced...
October 24, 2012
Evonik Industries AG’s (Essen, Germany; endeavor to build a new production facility for cosmetics and consumer goods in Americana in the Brazilian state of São Paulo is moving ahead rapidly. The mid-double-digit million euro investment will go on stream 2014 and will create around 80 new jobs in total. “The total production capacity of around 50,000 metric tons per year...
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