Plant Watch Top 5 Engineering Projects (May 24-30, 2021)

Editor: Ahlam Rais

PROCESS Worldwide brings to you the top 5 plant engineering projects of last week from all over the world. Right from constructing one of the largest electrolyzer plants in the world to building a world-scale blue ammonia facility, find out all the projects making headlines here.

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At a glance: Plant engineering projects from across the globe.
At a glance: Plant engineering projects from across the globe.
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Spain: Cummins to Build One of the World’s Largest Electrolyzer Plants

May 25, 2021 – Cummins has recently joined government leaders and its partner Iberdrola, one of the world’s largest energy companies, to announce its plans for one of the world’s largest electrolyzer plants for the production of green hydrogen. The mega unit will be located in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. This investment in Spain comes on the heels of Iberdrola and Cummins’ decision to partner together on large-scale hydrogen production projects in Spain and Portugal.

The companies have signed an agreement to accelerate the growth of business opportunities in the electrolyzer market of Iberia, promoting the green hydrogen value chain and making Spain a leader of this technology and industry. This alliance helps to position Cummins as a leading supplier of electrolyzer systems for large-scale projects in Iberia and Iberdrola as a leading developer of electrolyzer projects and hydrogen supplier to final industrial customers. Read more…

Poland: PKN Orlen Invests in Europe’s Largest Petrochemical Project

May 25, 2021 – PKN Orlen is investing in the expansion of the Olefins Complex at the Płock production plant in Poland. It is the key project in the strategic Petrochemical Development Programme and the largest petrochemical investment project in Europe in the last 20 years. The Olefins III Complex will be built using state-of-the-art technologies to ensure, among others, greater energy efficiency, including a 30 % reduction of CO2 emissions per ton of the product.

In view of the rising CO2 prices, this will directly improve the competitiveness of the production plant. The project is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2024 and production launch is planned for early 2025. The Olefins Complex will cover an area of almost 100 ha, or over 140 football fields.

The petrochemical products manufactured in the Olefins Complex will be the basis for producing all kinds of everyday items, such as cleaning, hygiene and medical products, as well as synthetic fibres for the production of protective clothing and masks. They will also be used to produce car parts, components of household appliances and electronic devices, etc. Read more…

UAE: Adnoc to Develop World-Scale Blue Ammonia Facility

The final investment decision for the project is expected in 2022, and start-up is targeted for 2025.
The final investment decision for the project is expected in 2022, and start-up is targeted for 2025.
(Source: Adnoc)

May 26, 2021 – Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has recently announced that it will advance a world-scale ‘blue’ ammonia production facility in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Adnoc is an early pioneer in the emerging hydrogen market, driving the UAE’s leadership in creating local and international hydrogen value chains, while contributing to economic growth and diversification in the UAE. The facility, which has moved to the design phase, will be developed at the new Ta’ziz industrial ecosystem and chemicals hub in Ruwais.

The facility’s capacity will be 1,000 kilo tons per annum. In recent months, Adnoc has signed a number of agreements to explore hydrogen supply opportunities with customers in key demand centers including the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and Korea’s GS Energy. This builds on the mandate given to Adnoc from the Supreme Petroleum Council in November 2020, to explore opportunities in hydrogen and hydrogen carrier fuels such as blue ammonia, with the ambition to position the UAE as a hydrogen leader. Adnoc is already a major producer of hydrogen and ammonia, with over 300,000 tons of hydrogen produced per annum at the Ruwais Industrial Complex. Read more…

India: Adani to Invest 4 Billion Dollars for New Coal-to-PVC Plant

May 27, 2021 – India’s multinational conglomerate Adani Group has plans to construct a coal-to-polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in Mundra, Gujarat, according to an application by the company to India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change. Expected to produce 2 million metric tons/year, the unit will produce PVC grades such as suspension PVC (resin), chlorinated PVC (C-PVC) and emulsion PVC (paste).

The company also intends to establish a vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant to produce PVC. This unit is projected to have a capacity of 2.002 million tons/year. In addition to this, the giant firm is also planning to build a chlor-alkali plant in order to produce 1.3 million metric tons/year of caustic soda, 1.23 million metric tons/year of hydrochloric acid (HCL), and 16,000 metric tons/year of sodium hypochlorite. The facility is also expected to produce 130,000 metric tons/year of caustic potash, 100,000 metric tons/year of potassium carbonate, and 200,000 metric tons/year of sodium bicarbonate. Read more…

Bilfinger Enhancing Efficiency at One of Europe’s Largest Chemical Units

Checking the insulation prevents heat loss.
Checking the insulation prevents heat loss.
(Source: Bilfinger)

May 30, 2021 – Bilfinger is undertaking inspection work and enhancing energy efficiency by insulating plant components at one of the largest chemical plants in Europe. The project is scheduled to run over a number of years with the objective of inspecting all relevant parts of the plant for corrosion under insulation (CUI).

Bilfinger’s experts will replace the insulation according to the latest standards wherever necessary and thus not only enhance the integrity and availability but also the energy efficiency of the plant. Based on its integrated inspection concept, which includes testing procedures, access solutions, corrosion protection and insulation all from a single source, the industrial services provider has already successfully conducted the first pre-inspections in record time.

“We are proud to support our customer with the implementation of this extensive CUI-project,” says Christina Johansson, interim CEO and CFO at Bilfinger. “Heat loss not only leads to unnecessary energy costs, but also to higher emissions. With its extensive expertise, our team is able to identify and implement the measures to enhance the energy and cost efficiency at the plant.” Read more…