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May 1, 2012
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (The Woodlands, Tex.; announced yesterday that the two polyethylene facilities planned as part of the company’s U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) Petrochemicals Project, would be located on a site nearby the Chevron Phillips Chemical Sweeny facility in Old Ocean, Texas.   In March 2011, Chevron Phillips Chemical announced that it planned to pursue a project...
March 1, 2012
Already, in the first two months of this year, the unpredictable and winding road of the so-called Boiler MACT, has taken yet another set of hair-pinned curves. Now industry groups are pushing even harder for an act of Congress that would put on the brakes and allow more time for the regulations to be reshaped. At stake, says Robert Bessette, president of the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO...
April 23, 2010
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ChemInnovations, the only major CPI show in North America in 2010, announced today that the International Society of Automation (ISA) Houston Section,, will be hosting its annual exhibition in conjunction with the ChemInnovations Conference & Exposition, presented by Chemical Engineering, on October 19-21, 2010 at Reliant Park in Houston. In addition...
July 23, 2008
DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC (DDCE) and the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Foundation, through its Genera Energy LLC, announced a partnership to construct an innovative pilot-scale biorefinery and state-of-the-art research and development facility for cellulosic ethanol in Vonore, Tenn.   The pilot-scale biorefinery will develop the commercial package for DDCE’s leading...
July 15, 2008
A Low Parts Count Makes this CO 2 Monitor Economical Boasting an in-house design and accurate CO 2 detection between 0 – 10,000 ppm, the ZG106A-M has a uniquely low parts count, making it an economically competitive option for determining indoor air quality, safety, and other monitoring criteria. The device comes standard with a data logger, a CO 2 level alarm, and an extreme level indicator. —...
June 15, 2008
Device Modulates Capacity in R-410A Refrigerant AC Systems The APR-410 Control (photo) provides full-capacity modulation for direct-expansion air-conditioning systems that use R-410A, a non-ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant. The APR-410 Control continuously and automatically matches air conditioning system capacity and output to changing load conditions. As a result, it provides improved...
June 15, 2008
In Poorly Lubricated Conditions, Try this Diamond Seal... Over 50% of pump lifecycle costs result from energy and maintenance; and applying the low-wear and low-friction attributes of diamond to mechanical seals can yield significant energy savings for fluid pumps. Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) seals provide the benefits of diamond at expenses comparable to silicon-carbide (SiC) face seals. In tests...
May 29, 2008
Swagelok Co. (Solon, Ohio; today announced that it has completed its acquisition of the assets of Coreflex LLC (Bowie, Md.), a manufacturer of high-quality hose products used mostly...
May 27, 2008
Emerson Process Management (Bredbury, Stockport, U.K.; has been selected, by the Zhejiang Changxing Glass Co., Ltd. and the Zhejiang Pinghu Glass Co., Ltd., to engineer and install PlantWeb digital architecture with DeltaV automation systems and Emerson’s intelligent field devices in new glass plants in the Zhejiang Province. The projects will be the first for plant-wide use of...
May 22, 2008
Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; and Rockwood Holdings Inc. (Princeton, N.J.; have agreed to form a joint venture (JV) that includes both parties’ titanium dioxide businesses and the functional additives business owned by Rockwood. The transaction values Kemira’s TiO2 business in excess of 250 million euros and will result in a small capital gain for Kemira. In...
May 15, 2008
Hand-Truck Design is Available for Cold-Water Pressure Washers This firm, the largest manufacturer of pressure washers, has introduced a commercial line of cold-water pressure washers using a hand-truck design for easy maneuvering (photo). The four models deliver cleaning pressure of up to 3,600 psi with a flow rate of up to 4 gal/min. The pressure washers feature rugged steal frame, tubed-pneumatic tires...
May 15, 2008
A Pump Intended for Non-API Processes The Sunflo P-2500 high-pressure centrifugal pump features distinctions from previous models in the P-2000 Series including: upgraded seal-housing drain cavities, enhanced seal design, numerous seal flush plans, labyrinth gearbox seal, and heavy duty bearings with more than 25,000 h of L10 life. However, the device also uses the same proven hydraulics with capacities to...
May 15, 2008
    U.S. petroleum companies are investing in new domestic refining capacity on a scale not seen in decades. Over the next five years the industry will add more than one million bbl/d of distillation capacity (see table), according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA, Washington D.C.; "It’s a step change in expansion,"...
May 15, 2008
The Jiashan Yao-chuang wastewater treatment plant in China’s Zhejiang Province has successfully pilot-tested a three-stage, biologically active reactor system that reduces effluent levels to within the nation’s Class 1A standards. (The standards require < 10 mg/L for biological oxygen demand (BOD), < 5 mg/L for ammonium-nitrogen and < 15 mg/L for total-nitrogen in effluent discharges.)...
May 15, 2008
A process in which sulfur is extracted from natural gas in the field and converted to sulfur dioxide, which is then injected into the gas reservoir and reacts with hydrogen sulfide in situ to produce elemental sulfur, has been developed by Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.; and Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd. (Calgary, Alta.; The partners have formed a...
May 15, 2008
Verenium Corp. (formerly Celunol; Cambridge, Mass.; is starting up a 1.4-million gal/yr demonstration-scale facility at Jennings, La., which will produce ethanol from regional feedstocks (including sugarcane bagasse and specially bred "energy cane") via proprietary cellulosic-ethanol technology. The technology was originally developed at the...
May 15, 2008
A new roll-to-roll manufacturing process promises to overcome the major cost barriers impeding the widespread adoption of high-performance organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) for lighting, e-paper and display applications. The culmination of a four-year, $13-million research partnership between GE Global Research (Niskayuna, N.Y.;, Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD; Rochester...
May 15, 2008
This month, the newly released Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) was demonstrated at Shell Global Solutions (Amsterdam, Netherlands) — one of several demonstrations planned by the Fieldbus Foundation (FF; Austin, Tex....
May 15, 2008
Photovoltaics manufacturer Konarka Technologies, Inc. (Lowell, Mass; has successfully performed the first use of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for the fabrication of organic solar cells. Using a Dimatix Materials Printer (DMP) provided by Fujifilm Dimatix...
May 15, 2008
BP (London; and ConocoPhillips (Houston, Tex.; have combined resources to start Denali — the Alaska Gas Pipeline. The pipeline will move approximately 4 billion ft 3 /d of natural gas to markets, and is said to...
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