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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...

Saudi Aramco and Sabic to Construct Industrial Complex for Converting Crude Oil to Chemicals

Saudi Arabia: Petrochemicals

Saudi Aramco and Sabic to Construct Industrial Complex for Converting Crude Oil to Chemicals

Both the firms have chosen Yanbu which is located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia as the site for establishing the project. On completion, the complex is expected to process 400,000 barrels per day of crude oil and produce approximately 9 million tonnes of chemicals and base oils in a year. read...

Total and Sempra Energy Collaborate to Develop North American LNG Export Projects

US/Mexico: Natural Gas

Total and Sempra Energy Collaborate to Develop North American LNG Export Projects

Under the agreement, both the companies have agreed to develop the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project in Louisiana and Energía Costa Azul liquefaction-export project in Baja California, Mexico. read...

Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group to Build Large-Scale Renewable Diesel Facility

USA: Renewable Fuels

Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group to Build Large-Scale Renewable Diesel Facility

Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group (REG) announced plans for the construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant on the US West Coast. The plant would utilize REG’s proprietary Bio Synfining technology for the production of renewable diesel fuel. Planned feedstocks include a mix of waste fats, oils and greases, including regionally-sourced vegetable oils, animal fats and used cooking oil. read...

Exxon Mobil Commences Operations at Antwerp Refinery’s New Unit

Belgium: Transportation Fuels

Exxon Mobil Commences Operations at Antwerp Refinery’s New Unit

The core focus of setting up the new unit is to convert heavy, higher-sulfur residual oils into high-value transportation fuels. The company also aims to strengthen the competitiveness of its advantaged facilities in Europe via this project. read...

Technip FMC Awarded Contract for Midor’s Refinery Expansion

Egypt: EPC

Technip FMC Awarded Contract for Midor’s Refinery Expansion

Under the terms of the contract, Technip FMC will be in charge of addressing debottlenecks of Midor’s existing units and will also be responsible for the delivery of new units. read...

Emerson Completes Contract for Automation and Cloud Engineering Services

Canada: Project Safety

Emerson Completes Contract for Automation and Cloud Engineering Services

Emerson has completed a $ 73 million contract for automation systems and cloud engineering services, helping North West Redwater Partnership design, execute and complete its first-of-a-kind Sturgeon Refinery. read...

Shell Commences New, Deep-Water Production

Brazil: Offshore Production

Shell Commences New, Deep-Water Production

Shell’s FPSO P-69 which is operated by Petrobras is capable of processing up to 150,000 barrels of oil and 6 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. The FPSO is expected to increase production via eight producing and seven injection wells. read...

Hackers Tried to Use Gas Plant as a Weapon

Saudi Arabia: Cyber Attack

Hackers Tried to Use Gas Plant as a Weapon

For the first time, hackers attacked a gas plant with the intend of harming not only the plant but also the people working in it, cyber security experts say. Last year, the intruders infiltrated a Saudi Arabian gas plant attempting to manipulate and destroy vital security systems. read...

Consortium Awarded Refinery Project in Thailand

Thailand: 4-Billion-Dollar Project

Consortium Awarded Refinery Project in Thailand

Petrofac leading a consortium with Saipem and Samsung Engineering, has received an award notification for Thai Oil Public Company Limited’s Clean Fuels Project on the East coast of Thailand. The overall project value is around $ 4 billion, of which Petrofac’s share is around $ 1.4 billion, and will be completed over a period of approximately four years. read...

Saudi Aramco Signs Contract with Zhejiang Petrochemical to Acquire Share in New Refinery

China: Oil Business

Saudi Aramco Signs Contract with Zhejiang Petrochemical to Acquire Share in New Refinery

The Saudi-based company is working to achieve a better balance between its world-class upstream and its growing downstream business. The company is also entering as a joint venture partner in major refining and petrochemical projects across China and India. read...