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June 17, 2008
Lukoil Neftochim Burgas AD, a subsidiary of the Russian oil major Lukoil (Moscow;, has selected Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France;  to design and license technologies to convert Urals blend vacuum residue and gasoil (VGO) at its 165,000-bbl/d petroleum refinery in Burgas, Bulgaria. The heavy-ends upgrader combines a 47,000 bbl/d (2.5 million m.t./yr) H-Oil...
June 16, 2008
Alstom (Paris, France; signed with Dutch utility Essent a series of contracts worth up to 1-billion euro for the repowering of Claus B and the construction of Claus C, resulting in a 1,280 MW GT26-based combined-cycle (CC) power plant. These contracts also include a long-term operation support and maintenance agreement. The Claus power plant is located in Maasbracht, south east of the...
June 5, 2008
La Seda de Barcelona (LSB; Spain; has awarded the project of environmental services for the industrial plant Artenius Sines, a subsidiary of the Spanish multinational located in Portuguese city of Sines, to the French company Veolia Environnement ( The agreement specifies the provision of services for a period of 15 years. Veolia Environnement, the global leader in...
June 5, 2008
S-Oil Corp. (Seoul, Korea; has selected Axens’ (Rueil-Malmaison, France; ParamaX Technology Suite for the No.2 Aromatics complex at the Onsan refinery in South Korea. The new 1,180,000-m.t./yr plant will add capacities of 900,000 m.t./yr paraxylene and 280,000 m.t./yr benzene. Plant start-up...
June 3, 2008
Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France has been awarded a design package for the new, 400,000 bbl/d, world class, full-conversion refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The refining and petrochemical complex is scheduled to start-up in 2012. Among the units that are being designed by Axens and its Alliance partners are a 32,000 bbl/d vacuum gas oil fluid-catalytic cracker (VGO FCC) and a ParamaX...
May 19, 2008
Drax Group plc (, a power generation business, and Alstom (Paris, France;, a global leader in power generation technology, have today announced the signing of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, of some £50 million, between Drax Power Ltd. (Drax; and Alstom Power Ltd. to build the main processing works associated...
May 15, 2008
At last month’s CosmoProf exhibition (April 10 – 14; Bologna, Italy), VMI-Rayneri (Montaigu, France; introduced a new vacuum-injection process for dispersing powder-like solids into liquids or pastes during the production of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food or other chemical products. Normally, homogeneous dispersions are prepared by either circulation within the...
May 15, 2008
Carbone Lorraine (CL; Paris, France; is launching a new welded-plate heat exchanger, dubbed Heatex, which features plates made of tantalum CL-Clad. The patented CL-Clad technology involves the brazing of steel onto "reactive" metals, such as tantalum, titanium and zirconium, in order to fabricate columns, reactors and (now) heat exchangers used in corrosive service. Such...
May 15, 2008
The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and Total (Paris, France; have both confirmed their decision to invest in a 400,000 bbl/d world-class, full-conversion refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The refinery will process Arabian Heavy crude to high–quality refined products that will meet the most stringent global product specifications and...
May 8, 2008
Technip (Paris, Framce; has been awarded by Rominserv and Rompetrol Rafinare (both members of The Rompetrol Group), a lumpsum contract, worth approximately 40 million euros, for a hydrogen plant to be constructed at the Petromidia Refinery in Constana, Romania. Based on Technip's proprietary technology, the plant will have a...
April 29, 2008
Qatar Petroleum ( has awarded Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France; basic engineering design contracts for the new 250,000 bbl/d Al Shaheen petroleum refinery to be built in the Messaieed Industial City in Qatar. Axens will supply the following process technologies* for the refinery: • Hyvahl — 51,000 bbl/d fixed-bed, 100% vacuum residue desulfurization (VRDS) unit equipped...
April 25, 2008
Rhodia (Paris, France; has launched production of Rhodiasolv IRIS, an innovative  solvent with excellent eco-friendly properties, at a new unit located on the Group’s Santo Andre site in  Brazil. Rhodiasolv IRIS, designed for applications such as industrial cleaning, foundry resins, paints  and coatings formulations, is non-toxic, readily biodegradable, nonflammable and...
April 24, 2008
Alstom (Paris, France; has won a contract to supply the boilers for two 800-MW units at the existing coal-fired Westfalen Power Station, located in the North-Western part of Germany near the town of Hamm and operated by RWE Power AG. The two new bituminous-coal-fired units will be  among  the cleanest and most efficient in the world. Under the terms of the contract, the value of which...
April 16, 2008
Arkema (Colombes, France; has announced a plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its Forane 22 production plant at the Changshu industrial facility in China, by incinerating HFC 23, a by-product of HCFC 22 manufacture. The project has been registered...
April 8, 2008
Carbone Lorraine (Paris, France; has finalized its first acquisition in China by purchasing 100% of Xianda, a company specializing in the manufacturing of advanced technology equipment in steel and stainless steel for the chemicals and pharmaceuticals markets. Xianda, which is located in the suburbs of Shanghai, where it has 400 employees, has been a historical partner of Carbone...
March 15, 2008
Rohm and Haas Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.; Novasep (Nancy, France; are forming an exclusive alliance to market and sell...
March 5, 2008
Arkema (Colombes, France;, the world’s third leading hydrogen peroxide producer, announces plans to double production capacity at its Leuna, Germany, site to 80,000 m.t./yr by mid-2010. With this capacity increase, representing a € 40-million investment, Arkema reaffirms its ambition to bolster its position among the world’s leading hydrogen peroxide producers with...
March 4, 2008
Technip (Paris, France; has been awarded by KNM Process Systems Sdn Bhd a contract to provide assistance in the detailed engineering of the fatty acids methyl ester transesterification unit...
February 15, 2008
PCM (Paris, France; has introduced what is claimed to be the world’s first all-metal progressing cavity pump (PCP). PCM Vulcain is capable of pumping extremely hot (350°C) and viscous fluids, making it particularly...
February 11, 2008
On the international chemicals markets, hazardous chemistry and custom synthesis for the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients and their precursors represent an attractive combination. Besides the additional capacities, however, customers are also calling for an increasing flexibility regarding the dimensioning of the production facilities. Demand has been identified in particular in the segment...
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