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January 15, 2008
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; has partnered with the University of Southern California’s (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute (Los Angeles...
January 15, 2008
Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (The Hague, Netherlands; and HR Biopetroleum (Honolulu, Hawaii; have begun construction of a pilot facility to grow marine algae, which will be harvested for producing vegetable oil that will be converted...
January 14, 2008
Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany; and Headwaters, Inc. (South Jordan, Utah; have substantially increased production capacity for hydrogen peroxide at the facility operated by their joint venture (JV) EvonikHeadwaters in Ulsan, Korea. The JV acquired this facility from Kemira Oyi (Helsinki, Finland) in 2006. Using proprietary technology from Evonik, it has more than...
January 4, 2008
Fluor Corp. has been selected to provide integrated engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for expansion and upgrade of Marathon Oil Corp.’s Detroit, Mich., refinery. The $1.6-billion EPC contract includes services, the value of procured materials and the construction...$1-6-billion-U-S-refinery-upgrade_3589.html
December 19, 2007
Kureha Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; ) says it will invest more than $100 million to build a plant in Belle, W.Va., which will produce and sell the high-performance polymer, polyglycolic acid (PGA). Construction of the production facility, which will be at the DuPont site, is expected to start in early 2008 with polymer production to begin in early 2010. The first phase of construction will...
December 15, 2007
At the Chem Show last month (New York; Oct. 30 – Nov. 1), Resodyn Acoustic Mixers Inc. (Butte, Mont.; demonstrated its new, impeller-free mixing technology, which induces microscale turbulence through the propagation of acoustic waves. Dubbed ResonantAcoustic Mixing (RAM), the now commercially available process promises solutions for many of the complications associated with...
December 15, 2007
This redesigned screener is operator friendly Launched last year, the Apex Screener no longer has a removable top cover since all screens are accessed via drop-down doors along the side. In addition, the screening area has been partitioned to accept 760 x 1,065 mm modular panels, which have the mesh bonded onto disposable frames and weigh only 2 kg. The top and lower screen deck panels are interchangeable...
December 15, 2007
A pressure-swing-adsorption (PSA) system for hydrogen purification that operates at "tens of cycles per minute," versus one cycle every 4 – 10 min for conventional PSA, will have its first commercial-scale demonstration at an ExxonMobil refinery in France. Developed by QuestAir Technologies Inc. (Burnaby, B.C., Canada; in cooperation with ExxonMobil Research and...
December 15, 2007
Ethanol production is an energy-intensive process in which about 50% of the cost is for distillation and dehydration of the ethanol. A membrane system that does the same job, but reduces the energy consumption by up to 50%, has been developed by Vaperma Inc. (St-Romuald, Quebec; Canada; The method was described by Christian Roy, vice-president, business development, at the Annual...
December 15, 2007
The standard temperature range for waste-rubber pyrolysis has been reported as 480 – 1,740ºF. Within 480 – 750ºF, shredded tire scrap decomposes into increasing amounts of gases and oil; and above 750ºF, oil and solid char yields can decrease relative to gas production. At these higher temperatures both the gases and oil produced are high in carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic...
December 15, 2007
Traditionally, the cogeneration of steam and electricity has been restricted to plants that generate superheated steam, making the recovery of energy losses from saturated steam impossible for many industrial sites ranging from distilleries to pharmaceutical plants and pulp-and-paper mills. At the Chem Show (see first item above), Pennant International Corp. (Edison, N.J.;
December 15, 2007
A plastic membrane that allows CO2 and other small molecules to move through its pores while largely preventing the movement of larger molecules like CH4, has been developed by a team of researchers from CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering and the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship (Melbourne, Australia;; the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, the Department of...
December 14, 2007
KBR (Houston, Tex.; has been awarded a $57-million contract by MAN Ferrostaal AG (MFS) to provide basic and detailed engineering services for an 1,800 m.t./d ammonia plant for Petroquímica de Venezuela, S.A. (Pequiven). The plant will...
December 14, 2007
HPD (Plainfield, Ill.; HPD — a Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies company — has been awarded the supply of crystallization and evaporation equipment to TETRA Technologies, Inc. for their new facility located near El Dorado, Arkansas. The new plant will process brine solution from production wells to produce high-quality calcium chloride in both a liquid and a dry...
December 13, 2007
The Dow Chemical Co. (Dow; Midland, Mich., USA; and Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC; and Kuwait City, Kuwait;, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC;, today announced plans to form a 50/50 joint venture that will be a global petrochemicals company. The joint venture (JV), to be headquartered in the United States, will manufacture and...
December 11, 2007
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop,com), a Honeywell company, announced today that it will partner with the University of Southern California's (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute to develop and commercialize new technology to transform carbon dioxide into clean-burning alternative fuels. USC developed fundamental chemistry to transform CO2 to methanol or dimethyl ether, two potentially...
December 5, 2007
Newfoundland & Labrador Refining Corp. (NLRC) has selected UOP LLC (Des Plains, Ill.; a Honeywell company, to supply technology, basic engineering services and equipment for a new fuel refinery to be built in the Placentia Bay area of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Basic engineering design is currently under way by UOP, and start-up of the complex is scheduled for 2011. The facility is...
December 4, 2007
Lurgi AG (Frankfurt, Germany; has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction  (EPC) contract by North West Upgrading, Calgary, Canada, for the execution of a gasifier unit for North West's Upgrader project. This major...
December 3, 2007
Effective December 1 2007, the Grundfos Group (; Denmark) has acquired Peerless Pump Co. Peerless is a U.S.-based manufacturer of pumps and fire protection systems with...
November 30, 2007
Yesterday, Lonza AG (Basel, Switzerland; formally launched its newly acquired plant in Shawinigan, Canada. The facility is dedicated to the production of Pro-KTM — a new addition to Lonza's nutrition portfolio. The plant recently passed its ISO-9001-2000 and FAMI-QS...
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