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KBR awarded project-management contract for new petroleum refinery in Angola

KBR, Inc. (Houston) has been awarded a project management contract by Sonangol for the design and construction of a new 200,000-bbl/d petroleum refinery in Lobito, Angola.  Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide services encompassing the project management…

Evonik announces operational startup of biotech JV in China

Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany) announced that the newly founded joint venture Evonik Vland Biotech, based in Binzhou, China, commenced operations on January 1, 2024. The two parent companies, Evonik China and Shandong Vland Biotech, want to jointly expand the…

Schneider Electric investing $140 million to expand U.S. manufacturing presence

Schneider Electric SE (Paris) announced plans to invest $140 million into its U.S. manufacturing operations and create about 750 new manufacturing jobs across the country in 2024. The company will invest $85 million initially to transform and equip an existing…

Black & Veatch studies extraction of natural hydrogen and helium in Australia

Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) will study the exploration and extraction of natural hydrogen and helium in Australia. The development study is an engineering services agreement between Australian-owned natural hydrogen company H2EX Limited, a world leader in exploring naturally…

Trinseo commences plans to sell 50% stake in AmSty joint venture

Trinseo (Berwyn, Pa.) announced that it has commenced a sale process for its 50% ownership in Americas Styrenics LLC (AmSty), a joint venture (JV) with Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (CPChem; The Woodlands, Tex.). As part of its transformation strategy,…

EuroChem launches phosphate fertilizer manufacturing complex in Brazil

EuroChem Group (Zug, Switzerland) has opened its new phosphate fertilizer production facility in Serra do Salitre, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil.  With a total project investment of nearly $1 billion, the new phosphate mine and plant complex was constructed in…

Linde Engineering to supply ASU and nitrogen wash unit to Australia’s largest urea plant

Linde Engineering (Pullach, Germany) has signed a contract for the engineering and procurement of an air separation unit (ASU) and a nitrogen wash unit (NWU) for a urea plant in Karratha, Western Australia. Perdaman Industries is making an investment of…

Pearl Group doubles polyurethane production capacity in Saudi Arabia

Pearl Group (Formerly known as Bayer Pearl and Pearl Covestro; Dubai), a global specialist in polyurethane (PU), has significantly enhanced its operational footprint and capabilities in Saudi Arabia, doubling its production capacity in the Kingdom and significantly expanding its ability…

Salt X and ABB expand collaboration for electrification of emission-intensive industries

ABB Inc (Zurich, Switzerland) and  Salt X Technology AB (Hägersten, Sweden) have signed an agreement to enable the further development of technologies in the Electric Arc Calcination (EAC) process. ABB will also become a minority shareholder in Salt X. The…

Indorama ammonia plant in Nigeria is first deployment of Clariant’s AI-powered platform for syngas plants

Clariant AG (Muttenz, Switzerland) announced the release of CLARITY Prime, an advanced digital service for syngas plants, an upgrade of its cloud-based service portal CLARITY. Customers subscribing to the premium services benefit from automated catalyst health alerts and machine-learning-based performance…