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Engineering Projects KBR scoops up two contracts in Belgium and Russia

| Author / Editor: Gerd Kielburger / Wolfgang Ernhofer

KBR, the American-owned global engineering concern, pulled in two major projects in July. Buidling owner is the petrochemistry group Total and the russian Togliattiazot Corporation.

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Total and Togliattiazot commissioned KBR with big engineering projects.
Total and Togliattiazot commissioned KBR with big engineering projects.
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Houston/USA – KBR, the American-owned global engineering concern, pulled in two major projects in July. In the first, the US plant engineer won a contract from petrochemicals group Total to implement KBR’s own ROSE Solvent Deasphalted Technology in the Total refinery in the Belgian city of Antwerp. ROSE stands for Residuum Oil Supercritical Extraction. According to KBR, the ROSE technology should deliver a significant boost to the profitability of the refinery.

Once the plant goes on stream in early 2016, 48,000 barrels – equivalent to about 7.63 million liters – of waste material from a crude oil mix are to be cracked into deasphalted oil (DAO) and asphalt every day. While the DAO will be processed by mild hydrocracking, the asphalt will go into further heating oil production.

At almost the same time the group announced a contract from the Togliattiazot Corporation (ToAZ). A revamp study for seven ammonia plants is to be carried out simultaneously in Togliatti, Russia. According to the statement from KBR, the revamp project will be the world’s biggest upgrade of an ammonia complex, with seven plants at one site. In the initial phase KBR will assess the production facilities and identify bottlenecks. Both technical and economic metrics and requirements are to be developed and assessed and process plans drawn up in tandem.

The objective is to employ KBR revamp technology with the aim of delivering a significant boost to the productivity of the entire ammonia production. As can be seen from a current KBR publication, KBR engineers promise to improve capacity at ammonia plants commissioned between 1970 and 1980 by up to 50 percent while at the same time reducing energy consumption to 8 Gcal/mt. The order volumes for the two projects have not been disclosed.

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