Plant Watch Top 10 Engineering Projects of June 2021
PROCESS Worldwide brings to you the ‘Top 10 plant engineering projects of June 2021’ from all over the world. Right from constructing the largest advanced plastics recycling unit in the world to launching an innovative EPS recycling plant in Europe, find out all the projects making headlines here.
USA: Brightmark to Develop World’s Largest Advanced Plastics Recycling Unit
June 09, 2021 – Brightmark, the global waste solutions provider, recently announced that it will build the world’s largest advanced plastics recycling and renewal facility in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, USA. The total investment is expected to be more than 680 million dollars in a new plant intended to fully utilize the 5.3 million square-foot site. The project will employ a state-of-the-art and proprietary plastics renewal process that sustainably recycles all plastic waste (Types 1-7) that has reached the end of its useful life.
Our advanced recycling facility will be the world’s largest and will utilize our proven plastics renewal technology to advance our mission of reimagining waste, while supporting economic development in the region.
Once complete, Brightmark’s second commercial scale plastics renewal facility will divert 400,000 tons of plastic waste each year from landfills and incinerators and convert it into 64 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks, and 20 million gallons of wax. The company’s proprietary process is 93 % efficient, where 93 % of the waste in the stream is converted into new products.
Germany: Production Begins at Germany’s First PHOS4green Facility
June 10, 2021 – Glatt’s PHOS4green technology is used to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge ashes which is then used for manufacturing new phosphate or compound fertilizers. Seraplant’s plant has selected Glatt’s technology to produce recycled fertilizers.
After a 20-month construction period, the first production plant for phosphate-containing mono and complex fertilizers made from recycled sewage sludge ash is now in operation. Seraplant operates the new plant at its headquarters in Haldensleben, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Glatt Ingenieurtechnik was responsible for the process development and construction. The official commissioning on May 31, 2021, was attended by Prof Dr Armin Willingmann, Saxony-Anhalt's Minister for Economics, Science and Digitalization.
The aim is to produce 60,000 metric tons of phosphate fertilizer per year, which will be ready for use, commercially available and compliant with the German Fertilizer Ordinance (DüMV).
Glatt was commissioned by Seraplant to plan and implement the complete plant technology – from raw material delivery to suspension preparation, subsequent fluid bed granulation and filling of the ready-to-use finished fertilizers.
Canada: Air Products to Build Multi-Billion-Dollar Hydrogen Complex
June 10, 2021 – Air Products and its subsidiary Air Products Canada, in conjunction with the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta, have recently announced a multi-billion-dollar plan to build a landmark new net-zero hydrogen energy complex that will make Edmonton, Alberta the centre of western Canada’s hydrogen economy and set the stage for Air Products to operate the most competitive and lowest-carbon-intensity hydrogen network in the world.
Canada’s clean energy diversification strategy and regulatory framework make clear that hydrogen is a key enabler for carbon neutrality by 2050. Aligned with that vision, Air Products began work in 2018 on the core of this world-scale energy complex in Edmonton, which will begin with a transformative 1-billion-dollar net-zero hydrogen production and liquefaction facility expected onstream in 2024.
By being a first mover and investing in this innovative landmark project, we are paving the way for hydrogen from Edmonton to meet industrial and transportation needs throughout western Canada./blockquote>
Air Products will deploy advanced hydrogen technology and innovative design to deliver net-zero emissions. The new facility will capture over 95 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) from the feedstock natural gas and store it safely back underground. Hydrogen-fueled electricity will offset the remaining five percent of emissions.
South Korea: Ulsan PP Starts Up 400 KTA Polypropylene Production Unit
June 11, 2021 – Lyondell Basell has recently announced the successful start-up of Ulsan PP Co.’s 400 kiloton per annum (KTA) polypropylene production facility. The facility, located in the southeastern port city of Ulsan, South Korea, is one of the largest of its kind in Asia. Ulsan PP Co., is a joint venture between Polymirae Company, (a 50:50 partnership of Lyondell Basell and DL Chemical) and SK Advanced. The facility uses Lyondell Basell’s fifth generation Spheripol PP process technology.
Through the pandemic, Asian demand for polypropylene remained strong. Now, with the global economy recovering as well, this joint venture is extremely well positioned to meet even greater demand in the region.
Italy: ABB, Axpo Collaborate for ‘Affordable’ Green Hydrogen
June 14, 2021 – ABB has joined forces with Swiss utility Axpo to develop modular green hydrogen production plants in Italy, that aim at creating an optimum operating model to produce affordable, green hydrogen. The two companies will apply their complementary skills to achieve their joint vision of more affordable green hydrogen, with ABB harnessing its automation, electrification, and digital leadership in industrial operations and Axpo’s experience as an established energy provider.
Initial work will include feasibility studies that explore ways to reduce operating costs and ensure a low carbon footprint, with the aim of identifying synergies that will support the standardization, modularization, efficient and flexible production of green hydrogen.
Peter Terwiesch, President of ABB’s Process Automation business area says, “In this project, our aim is to leverage our automation, electrical and digital technologies and domain expertise to minimize the total cost of producing green hydrogen, which includes reducing the cost of running the plant.”
India: Mc Dermott Secures Two EPCC Contracts
June 15, 2021 – Mc Dermott International recently announced that it has received two separate engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract awards from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) for the Haldia Refinery and the Barauni Refinery.
The first award is an EPCC contract for a new diesel hydrotreating unit and associated facilities for the Barauni Refinery Expansion Project in Bihar, India. The second award is an EPCC contract for the catalytic dewaxing unit and associated facilities at the Haldia Refinery in West Bengal, India.
These awards demonstrate our commitment to advancing India's long-term energy market.
The catalytic dewaxing unit will help produce base oil which can be utilized in finished lubricants. India is the world's third-largest user of finished lubricants but is also, with a deficit of base oil, one of the world's largest importers of base oil. Both projects contribute to greater independence for India's domestic energy needs. Work will commence in quarter two 2021.
Canada: Topsoe Technology Selected to Produce Renewable Diesel
June 18, 2021 – Covenant Energy has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s Hydroflex and H2bridge technologies for its standalone renewable diesel facility in Canada. With the help of the technologies, Covenant Energy aims to produce the cleanest renewable diesel across the globe at Canada’s first of its kind production facility.
With Hydroflex, customers can convert low value feedstocks to renewable fuels that qualify for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit. The innovative Hydroflex process layout offers lower capital expenditure (Capex), but also a lower energy consumption during operation, resulting in a lower Carbon Index (CI).
Our renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel will have a competitive advantage under Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulations
Topsoe’s H2bridge delivers a circular solution to refineries and biorefineries by replacing fossil feedstocks with renewable LPG or naphtha to produce renewable hydrogen, thereby generating significant greenhouse gas emissions savings and lower the carbon intensity of the renewable fuels produced in the Hydroflex unit.
The Netherlands: Innovative EPS Recycling Plant Launched in Europe
June 18, 2021 – The Polystyreneloop recycling facility in Terneuzen, Netherlands, has recently launched a pioneering new plant in the Netherlands that will recycle expanded polystyrene (EPS) demolition waste. The plant is the first of its kind and proves the feasibility of a large-scale, closed-loop solution for the recycling of EPS building and construction waste.
We hope the Polystyreneloop plant will inspire similar facilities to pop up and boost EPS recycling rates all over Europe.
The Dutch plant will get its insulation waste from the Netherlands, Germany, and other countries, and it will be able to recycle 3,300 metric tons of polystyrene foam insulation waste that might otherwise not be recycled. Thus, this plant shows the possibility of recycling EPS building and construction waste.
Germany: Siemens Awarded EAD Contract for Next Generation Biorefinery
June 25, 2021 – The Finnish company UPM-Kymmene selected Siemens Energy to supply electrification, automation, and digitalization (EAD) packages for a next-generation biorefinery currently under construction in Leuna, Germany. The biorefinery will be the first industrial-scale facility of its type ever built.
It will apply novel process innovations to sustainably convert 100 percent wood into bio-based mono-ethylene glycol (MEG), mono-propylene glycol (MPG) as well as renewable functional fillers (RFF).
Siemens Energy will provide the entire electrification, automation, and digitalization (EAD) solution as well as deliver a complete digital twin.
UPM will provide alternatives to considerably reduce the CO2 footprint of end-products such as PET bottles, packaging materials, textiles, or rubber products used in various automotive applications. The biorefinery is scheduled for start-up in late 2022. When fully operational, it will have a total annual capacity of 220,000 tons.
USA: S&B Bags Contract for Chevron Phillips Chemical’s World-Scale Unit
June 29, 2021 – S&B Engineers and Constructors (S&B) was awarded an engineering and construction contract by Chevron Phillips Chemical to engineer and build the company’s second U.S. world-scale unit to produce on-purpose 1-hexene.
Chevron Phillips Chemical’s new 1-hexene unit will use the latest evolution of the company’s proprietary, on-purpose 1-hexene technology..
The asset’s location will be in Old Ocean, Texas, near Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Sweeny facility. The new unit will produce up to 266,000 metric tons or (586,000,000 lbs.) per year of 1-hexene, a critical component in high-performance polyethylene (PE). S&B anticipates 600 construction and engineering jobs will be created for the project at its peak.