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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...

Grace’s Unipol PP Process Technology licensed to Hanwha Total

South Korea: Petrochemicals

Grace’s Unipol PP Process Technology licensed to Hanwha Total

The specialised technology will be used for Hanwha Total Petrochemical’s new PP production facility in Daesan, South Korea. The facility is expected to commence operations in 2021. read...

Mc Dermott Awarded Technology Contract by PT Chandra Asri Perkasa

Indonesia: Petrochemicals

Mc Dermott Awarded Technology Contract by PT Chandra Asri Perkasa

Under the terms of the contract, Mc Dermott will build 8 ethylene cracking heaters at Chandra Asri Perkasa’s ethylene plant in Indonesia. Once completed, it will be the largest complex in the region which will help to satisfy the growing demand for petrochemical products. read...

Consortium Expands Research into Cellulose-Based Biofuels

Switzerland: Integrated Biodiesel Production

Consortium Expands Research into Cellulose-Based Biofuels

Clariant has signed a research agreement with Exxon Mobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG). The cooperation will investigate the potential of cellulose sugars derived from agricultural residues as a raw material for the production of biofuels. read...

Has Brazil's Oil Industry Left the Crisis Behind?

Brazil: High Expectations

Has Brazil's Oil Industry Left the Crisis Behind?

The change in the regulatory framework and the new rounds of auctions of pre-salt oil attracted not only large companies in the market and brought approximately $ 7 billion to Brazil in two years, says the Brazilian Institute of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (IBP). In the next few years, the industry is expected to create 400 thousand new jobs and bring $ 258 billion more in investment to the country. The Secretary General of the IBP, Milton Costa Filho, spoke with Rio Press Office. read...

Neste Completes PMC Project at Greenfield Fertilizer Plant

Azerbaijan: Project Management

Neste Completes PMC Project at Greenfield Fertilizer Plant

Neste Engineering Solutions has completed a PMC project for Socar, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan. The greenfield ammonia-urea fertilizer plant in Sumgayit was inaugurated on January 16, 2019. The start-up of the production plant is now completed and production is in operation. read...

How Bilfinger Profits from the Growth Market Oil & Gas in North America

Petrochemical Industry in North America

How Bilfinger Profits from the Growth Market Oil & Gas in North America

The petrochemical industry is booming in North America, and Bilfinger North America wants its share of the growth. The service provider is currently doing good business with three large projects, and the orders already received for 2019 are promising another good year. The PROCESS editorial team was able to get a picture of these projects during a press trip. read...

Saudi Aramco to Issue Bonds worth 10 Billion Dollars

Saudi Arabia: Petrochemicals

Saudi Aramco to Issue Bonds worth 10 Billion Dollars

The decision has been undertaken as the company is eyeing for funds in order to acquire a major stake in Sabic. Saudi Aramco has plans to buy a 70 % stake in the firm for 70 billion dollars. read...

Zhejiang Chooses Honeywell for Largest Petrochemicals Project in China

China: Technology Licensing

Zhejiang Chooses Honeywell for Largest Petrochemicals Project in China

Zhejiang Petrochemical (ZPC) will use a range of process technology from Honeywell UOP for the second phase of an integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province. The complex is one of several new large industrial sites that are part of China’s current national economic development plan. read...

BP and Lotte to Expand Production Capacity of Joint Venture Plant

South Korea: Petrochemicals

BP and Lotte to Expand Production Capacity of Joint Venture Plant

On expansion, the JV facility is anticipated to add acetic acid with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes per year by May 2019. Together the companies also aim to double the current 200,000 tpa vinyl acetate monomer capacity with the addition of a second Vam plant towards the end of 2020. read...

Petronas Starts Trial Runs at

Malaysia: Petrochemicals Complex

Petronas Starts Trial Runs at "Rapid" Refinery Project in Malaysia

Reuters reports that the Malaysian state oil company Petronas started trial runs at the crude distillation unit (CDU) for a joint-venture refinery with Saudi Aramco in Malaysia, quoting two sources with knowledge of the matter. read...