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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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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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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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Pöyry awarded contract for nickel emissions reduction project in Canada

Vale Canada Ltd. has awarded Pöyry (Montreal) Inc. (www.poyry.com) with the detailed engineering and construction site assistance services assignment for the nickel emissions project at Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The project involves a new baghouse with auxiliaries for the... More
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BASF plans major investment in pioneering superabsorbent technology

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) today announced plans for a major investment in a pioneering superabsorbent technology platform of its hygiene business. BASF will invest up to €500 million ($625 million) over the next two to three years to establish droplet polymerization capacities worldwide by revamping existing plants. The rollout of... More
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The preliminary value for the September CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) rose 0.26% from the final August value, extending the series of monthly increases to six in a... 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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