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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...

First Oil — BP Starts Up Clair Ridge Offshore Project

UK: North Sea Development

First Oil — BP Starts Up Clair Ridge Offshore Project

BP, on behalf of co-venturers Shell, Chevron and Conoco Phillips, announced first oil production from the giant Clair Ridge project in the West of Shetland region offshore UK. Clair Ridge is the second phase of development of the Clair field, 75 kilometres West of Shetland. The field, which was discovered in 1977, has an estimated seven billion barrels of hydrocarbons. read...

Air Products and Sonatrach Sign 100 Million Dollar Gas Contracts

Algeria: Gas Production and Delivery

Air Products and Sonatrach Sign 100 Million Dollar Gas Contracts

The deal has been carried out through both the companies’ joint venture firm – Helios. Under the agreement, Sonatrach will recover helium from two existing LNG facilities and supply it to Helios’ existing liquid helium plant. Two new air separation plants will also be constructed via this deal. read...

Perdaman, Woodside Sign GSPA Agreement for Perdaman’s Urea Plant

Australia: Gas Supply

Perdaman, Woodside Sign GSPA Agreement for Perdaman’s Urea Plant

Under the contract, Woodside will be responsible for supplying domestic gas to Perdaman’s urea plant which is capable of producing two million tonne per annum. read...

Versalis, Petrochem and Mazrui Energy Form JV for Oilfield Chemicals

UAE: Oil and Gas Industry

Versalis, Petrochem and Mazrui Energy Form JV for Oilfield Chemicals

The new joint venture firm was launched at Adipec 2018 in Abu Dhabi. The company intends to make use of locally manufactured oilfield chemicals to stay ahead of the competition in the region. read...

Adnoc Signs Contract with Uzbekneftegaz to Provide Strategic Advice

Uzbekistan: Upstream and Downstream Business

Adnoc Signs Contract with Uzbekneftegaz to Provide Strategic Advice

Under the agreement, Adnoc will offer strategic advice to Uzbekneftegaz’s Upstream and Downstream operations. Reports state that Uzbekistan’s proven gas reserves are recorded at 1.1 trillion cubic meters and oil reserves are positioned at 100 million tonnes. read...

Fire Breaks Out at Moscow’s Oil Refinery

Russia: Plant Shutdown

Fire Breaks Out at Moscow’s Oil Refinery

Due to the fire at Gazprom Neft’s oil refinery, an entire unit which is responsible for producing more than half of the plant’s gasoline output was shut. Also, post the incident, no casualties were reported at the plant. read...

Total Sings MoU on LNG Project with Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea: Memorandum of Understanding

Total Sings MoU on LNG Project with Papua New Guinea

Total and its partners Exxon Mobil and Oil Search have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea defining the key terms of the Gas Agreement for the Papua LNG Project. read...

Adnoc Sings Agreement with Mubdala and Expands Giant Bu Hasa Field

UAE: Investment in Downstream and Upstream Industry

Adnoc Sings Agreement with Mubdala and Expands Giant Bu Hasa Field

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and Mubadala Investment Company signed a framework agreement to explore together potential global growth opportunities that build on the partner's refining and petrochemicals assets. The oil company also announced an investment of $ 1.4 billion to upgrade and expand its Bu Hasa Field as it ramps up onshore crude production capacity. read...

Air Liquide to Provide Technology for Pertamina’s Refinery

Indonesia: Specialised Technologies

Air Liquide to Provide Technology for Pertamina’s Refinery

Under the agreement, Air Liquide will offer a technology licence as well as basic engineering for a hydrogen production unit which will be installed on the Balikpapan refinery site in Indonesia. read...

Maire Tecnimont to Complete Design for Exxon Mobil Petrochemical Complex

USA: 230 Million Dollar Project

Maire Tecnimont to Complete Design for Exxon Mobil Petrochemical Complex

A subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont, in consortium with Performance Contractors, has been awarded a reimbursable contract by Exxon Mobil for the initial activities related to the front end engineering design, early execution studies and early procurement activities for new process units and the associated offsites and utilities for a Petrochemical complex in the US. read...