Construction Update The Top 3 Engineering Projects of this Week
With the development of the propane dehydrogenation project in Pakistan to establishing large-scale green hydrogen production plants across the globe, PROCESS Worldwide brings to you the most recent engineering projects of the week.
The Top 3 engineering projects of this week includes KBR licensing its proprietary K-Pro Propane Dehydrogenation technology to JS Energy’s propane dehydrogenation project in Pakistan, LG Chem expanding its carbon nanotube production, a material used for cathodes in electric vehicle batteries, with a new facility in Korea and lastly, the Wood Group collaborating with NEL Hydrogen under a three-year engineering framework agreement to develop global green hydrogen projects.
1. KBR licenses technology for propane dehydrogenation project
Houston/USA – KBR has recently announced that it has signed a license agreement with JS Energy for its proprietary K-Pro Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) technology. The technology will convert propane into propylene for JS Energy’s planned PDH project in Pakistan, which is expected to be commissioned in 2024.
Launched in 2019, K-Pro is positioned to revolutionize the PDH industry through its innovative and compact design resulting in inherently lower capital cost. Other key advantages are that unlike conventional PDH technologies, K-Pro’s proprietary catalyst does not include expensive precious metals and pollutants, thereby delivering tangible environmental and operating cost benefits.
2. LG Chem expands carbon nanotube production with new unit
Seoul/South Korea – LG Chem has recently launched the largest Carbon Nanotube (CNT) plant in Korea. The company is robustly targeting the rapidly growing CNT market, widely used as the material for cathodes in electric vehicle batteries. LG Chem’s 1,200-ton expansion of the Yeosu CNT Plant 2 was completed recently and has begun commercial operations. Combined with the existing 500 tons, LG Chem has obtained a total capacity of 1,700 tons.
CNT is a new-generation novel material with the same level of electrical and thermal conductivity as copper and diamond, and 100 times the strength of steel. Due to its excellent properties that surpass existing materials, CNT has an infinite range of applications in batteries, semiconductors, automotive components, and surface heating elements.
3. Wood Partners with NEL Hydrogen for Green Hydrogen Projects
London/UK – Wood has entered into a new, three-year engineering framework agreement with Norway-based NEL Hydrogen, aligning with the company’s ambition to unlock sustainable solutions to global energy challenges.
Through the provision of its project execution expertise, Wood will work with NEL Hydrogen to support the delivery of large-scale green hydrogen production plants and play a leading role in the transition towards an integrated, lower carbon future.