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February 4, 2008
DuPont completed its purchase of Chemtura Corp.’s fluorine chemicals business.  The move is part of DuPont’s strategy to expand its fluorochemicals business offerings; enhance its presence in specialty businesses such as the fire extinguishants...
January 30, 2008
SCG-Dow Group, a joint venture (JV) of The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; and Siam Cement Public Co. Ltd. (SCG;, announced today that it is in the final stage to plan and build a specialty elastomers train at the joint venture's Map Ta Phut site in Thailand. The specialty elastomers train is expected to commence operations in 2011. "This new...
January 17, 2008
Peru Copper Syndicate has awarded Aker Kvaerner Metals, Inc. (Tuscon, Ariz.; a $11.5-million contract for the provision of technical services for basic engineering and additional...
January 17, 2008
The Energy & Chemicals Group of the Shaw Group Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.; has been awarded a contract to provide proprietary technology, engineering and procurement services for two 200,000 m.t./yr acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plants for Tianjin Dagu Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. The plants will be located in Tianjin Industrial Park, Lingang Industry Area, in the city of Tianjin...
January 15, 2008
Less "Balling" of Dry Powder with This Mixer Outfitted with three independent agitators, the Triple Action Disperser promises a low energy and fast method for mixing high-quality dry powders into liquid dispersions. Its design allows for a controllable vortex and powder wetting, preventing the "balling" typical of powders on liquid surfaces. The disperser is available in 350 to 20,000 L...
January 15, 2008
At Pollutec 2007 (Paris, France; November 27 – 30), Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (Paris, introduced the next generation of its Actiflo clarifier process for potable and process water — Actiflo Turbo. Like its predecessor, the patented Actiflo Turbo process uses microsand to enhance flocculation and settling, which makes the process quicker to startup, more...
January 15, 2008
A prototype solar reactor that will break carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen, or split water into hydrogen and oxygen, will be started up this spring by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, N.M.; The ultimate goal of the so-called "Sunshine to Petrol" project is to recycle sequestered CO2 and combine the CO product with H2 to synthesize...
January 15, 2008
Rentech, Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.; will build its first commercial synthetic fuels plant, using the company’s proprietary Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process, near Natchez, Miss. The plant will gasify locally purchased petroleum coke or barged-in coal, along with at least 5% biomass. The resultant syngas of H 2 and CO will be converted to straight-chain waxy...
January 15, 2008
Gulf Ethanol Corp. (Houston, Tex.; recently acquired an exclusive license to the vortex-implosion-disintegrator technology...
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
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
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
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 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 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...
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