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Wison starts site preparation for major project in Venezuela

Wison Engineering Services Co. (Shanghai, China; www.wison.com), the largest private sector chemical engineering, procurement and construction management (EPC) service provider in China, says that Wison Engineering Ltd., an indirectly non wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, has commenced the site construction activities of site preparation for the... More
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Construction-Cost Indices

Cost estimation is a critical dimension of project planning in asset-heavy industries such as the chemical process industries (CPI). Construction cost indices are useful tools in cost estimation and are used to compare plant construction costs from one time period to another. Understanding them can improve the accuracy of the cost estimates, as well as the... More
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Project Optimization Through Engineering

In the face of intense market pressures, companies are increasingly requiring their engineering organizations to complete capital projects more quickly, while spending less capital and creating systems that cost less to operate over the long run. They are also asked to do this with fewer engineers. While this “do more with less” philosophy may... More
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Outotec to deliver minerals processing technology to Norilsk Nickel in Russia

Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has signed a contract with Norilsk Nickel for the delivery of minerals processing technology and equipment to the Bystrinskoe copper concentrator in the Chita Region... More
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Sulzer strengthens its position in the oil-and-gas market

On September 15, Sulzer Ltd. (Winterthur, Switzerland; www.sulzer.com) agreed to acquire Advanced Separation Company B.V. (ASCOM) and ProLabNL B.V., (both Arnhem, the Netherlands). These acquisitions expand the offering of the division Sulzer Chemtech for gas-liquid and liquid-liquid separation technologies and position it as a major player in the market... More
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The preliminary value for the July CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) rose 0.14% from the final June value, making it the fourth consecutive monthly gain. The Equipment... More
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Plan and re-plan

FRI is lucky to have survived a simple valve-tray project. A few years ago, the low-pressure (LP) test column stood empty, because there were no trays ready to be installed. The intention was to install a set of new valve trays of a very simple design, but when the column was empty, neither a design nor the actual trays existed. It took five months for the... More
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