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Saudi Aramco, Total to Invest One Billion Dollars in Saudi Fuel Retail Market

Saudi Arabia: Joint Venture

Saudi Aramco, Total to Invest One Billion Dollars in Saudi Fuel Retail Market

02/15/2019 - Both the companies have entered into a 50:50 joint venture in order to develop a network of fuel and retail services in Saudi Arabia. The aim of the initiative is to offer premium fuels and retail services to motorists in the country. read...

Eni and Sabic Collaborate to Produce High Value Fuels and Chemicals

France: Technology

Eni and Sabic Collaborate to Produce High Value Fuels and Chemicals

02/14/2019 - Under the Agreement, both the companies will jointly develop a technology for natural gas conversion into synthesis gas to produce high value fuels and chemicals. The deal also includes building an industrial demonstration plant at Eni’s industrial premise. read...

Praxair Expands Production Capacity at Neosho Facility

USA: Industrial Gases

Praxair Expands Production Capacity at Neosho Facility

02/13/2019 - The move has been undertaken to support the rising demand of industrial gases and chemicals in South West Missouri and neighbouring parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. read...

Project to Explore Use of Solar Energy in a Circular Economy

Germany: Research Initiative

Project to Explore Use of Solar Energy in a Circular Economy

02/11/2019 - The European research project Sunrise pursues an ambitious scientific-technical approach for the conversion and storage of solar energy as a sustainable alternative to the fossil production of fuels and basic chemicals. Sunrise was selected as one of six Coordination & Support Actions (CSA) in the Horizon 2020 Program and is funded with $ 1.1 million over a period of one year beginning in spring 2019. read...

Kemira Invests 68 Million Dollars to Increase Production of Emulsion Polymers

USA: Engineering

Kemira Invests 68 Million Dollars to Increase Production of Emulsion Polymers

02/11/2019 - The company will be expanding production at its manufacturing site in Alabama. The move will also enable the firm to modernise into bio-based acrylamide capabilities at the designated site. read...

Articles

Was That all it Was? Why Europe's Engineering Boom Might be Short Lived

Plant Engineering Trend Europe

Was That all it Was? Why Europe's Engineering Boom Might be Short Lived

11/22/2018 - Plant engineering is making a small comeback in Europe. But how viable is the trend? — In 2018, European investment projects saw a mini-boom: 134 new plants in the first eight months show the potential in the industry. But now, thanks to trade conflicts, the Brexit and oil price rises, growth is coming to a standstill — is chemistry running out of steam? read...

NEWS

Air Products Launches Project for Certified Renewable Hydrogen

Guarantees of Origin

Air Products Launches Project for Certified Renewable Hydrogen

Air Products has announced a pilot project to generate Europe’s first Guarantees of Origin (GO) for sustainable, renewable hydrogen produced in The Netherlands, under the Certif Hy scheme. read...

Successful Start of Pre-Commercial Production of Isobutene from Wheat Straw

France: Demo Plant

Successful Start of Pre-Commercial Production of Isobutene from Wheat Straw

Global Bioenergies started the initial processing of wheat straw hydrolysate provided by its partner Clariant at its Leuna demo plant, to produce cellulosic isobutene for the first time at this scale. These first runs were part of Optisochem, a project which started in June 2017 and was granted approx. $ 11 million by the Bio Based Industry Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) as part of the H2020 program. read...

Mc Dermott Signs Contract with Woodside Energy for Floating Production Unit

Australia: Engineering and Design

Mc Dermott Signs Contract with Woodside Energy for Floating Production Unit

Under the contract, Mc Dermott will carry out front-end engineering and design activities at the FPU for the Scarborough natural gas development in Australia. The agreement also includes the option to award an EPCI contract to the firm when the project progresses to full development. read...

Petrochemicals to be Largest Driver of World Oil Demand: IEA

France: Research Report

Petrochemicals to be Largest Driver of World Oil Demand: IEA

The ‘Future of Petrochemicals’ report provides an in-depth scenario of the global petrochemicals market and aims to bring attention to this segment across the global energy policy platform. The report also recommends ten key policies for creating a sustainable industry. read...

Aker Solutions to Provide Brownfield Services for BP in Angola

Angola: Offshore Engineering

Aker Solutions to Provide Brownfield Services for BP in Angola

Aker Solutions has been awarded a five-year agreement to supply brownfield modifications, maintenance and operations support for BP's Greater Plutonio and PSVM fields offshore Angola. read...

Shell Participates in LNG Canada Project

Canada: Liquefied Natural Gas

Shell Participates in LNG Canada Project

Shell Canada Energy has taken a final investment decision (FID) on LNG Canada, a major liquified natural gas (LNG) project in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada. With LNG Canada’s joint venture participants also having taken FID, construction will start immediately with first LNG expected before the middle of the next decade. read...

BP Collaborates with Aker BP to Explore Development of Advanced Technologies

UK: Tech-Expertise

BP Collaborates with Aker BP to Explore Development of Advanced Technologies

Through this alliance, both the companies aim to investigate potential venture capital investments. It will also focus on identifying and evaluating green innovations that prove beneficial for offshore oil and gas production. read...

Oneok to Expand NGL Fractionation and Natural Gas Capacity

USA: Natural Gas Liquids

Oneok to Expand NGL Fractionation and Natural Gas Capacity

Oneok plans to construct additional natural gas liquids (NGL) and natural gas infrastructure. The measures include a new 125,000-barrel per day (bpd) NGL fractionator in Mont Belvieu, Texas, and related infrastructure. read...

Exxon Mobil Commences Operations at New Unit in Integrated Texas Facility

USA: Fuels

Exxon Mobil Commences Operations at New Unit in Integrated Texas Facility

The new unit is expected to increase production of ultra-low sulfur fuels by 45,000 barrels per day. The company also has plans to expand its polyethylene manufacturing capacity by 650,000 tonnes per year by 2019. read...

Clariant Inaugurates State-of-the-Art Laboratory at Midland Facility to Strengthen R&D Activities

USA: Facility Expansion

Clariant Inaugurates State-of-the-Art Laboratory at Midland Facility to Strengthen R&D Activities

The new laboratory comprises unique capabilities which will prove beneficial for oil and gas producers in the Permian Basin. In addition to this, a larger blending plant, tank farm and a new 10-bay fleet maintenance building will also be a part of the facility’s enhancements. read...

Johnson Matthey and Eastman Licence Ethylene Glycol Technology to Jiutai

China: Coal to Ethylene Glycol

Johnson Matthey and Eastman Licence Ethylene Glycol Technology to Jiutai

Johnson Matthey and Eastman announced that Inner Mongolia Jiutai New Material (Jiutai) has chosen their advanced, proprietary technology for the production of ethylene glycol from coal at its planned 1,000,000 tonnes per annum ethylene glycol facility. read...

Exxon Mobil Wins Additional Offshore Rights in Brazil

Brazil: Offshore Drilling

Exxon Mobil Wins Additional Offshore Rights in Brazil

Exxon Mobil has increased its holdings in Brazil’s pre-salt basins after it won the Titã exploration block with co-venturer Qatar Petroleum. read...

BASF and Letter One to Merge Oil and Gas Businesses

Germany: Business Strategy

BASF and Letter One to Merge Oil and Gas Businesses

The merger aims at establishing a leading independent European oil and gas company under the name Wintershall DEA. The new firm is expected to focus on international operations in core regions. read...