Plant Watch Top 5 Engineering Projects of Last Week

Editor: Ahlam Rais

PROCESS Worldwide brings to you the most recent plant engineering projects from all over the world. Right from Front-End Engineering Design (Feed) contracts to plant revamp projects, 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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Deals focusing on plant engineering projects are still ongoing despite the global pandemic. Collaborations to establish sustainable developments is trending and this can be witnessed from the list of projects showcased below. Read on to stay updated on the most newsworthy projects of last week.

France: Maire Tecnimont Wins Contract for Biopolymer Plant

April 28, 2021 – Maire Tecnimont has announced that its subsidiary Nextchem has been recently awarded a contract by Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, to carry out a Front-End Engineering Design for their 100,000 tons per annum Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) plant in Grandpuits, France. The plant, due to be operational in 2024, will be the first of its kind in Europe. Read more.

Spain: Siemens Energy, Messer Group to Jointly Develop Green Hydrogen Projects

Aerial photo of the Tarragona Chemical Park in Spain.
Aerial photo of the Tarragona Chemical Park in Spain.
(Source: Siemens Energy)

April 28, 2021 – Siemens Energy and Messer Group have entered into a cooperation agreement with the goal to work on green hydrogen projects in the 5 – 50 MW range for industrial and mobility applications. Within the framework of this agreement, Messer Ibérica has already submitted three clean hydrogen projects in the chemical complex of Tarragona to the Spanish Government. These projects will have a total electrolyzer capacity of 70 MW. Read more.

Spain: Repsol, Enerkem, Agbar to Build a Waste to Chemicals Plant in Tarragona

With this project, Repsol, Enerkem, and Agbar will build the first waste to chemicals plant on the Iberian Peninsula.
With this project, Repsol, Enerkem, and Agbar will build the first waste to chemicals plant on the Iberian Peninsula.
(Source: Repsol)

April 29, 2021 – Repsol will join the Ecoplanta project, together with Enerkem and Agbar, to build a waste to chemicals plant in Tarragona, Spain. Under the joint venture Ecoplanta Molecular Recycling Solutions, the plant will process around 400,000 tons of non-recyclable municipal solid waste from its surrounding regions and produce 220,000 tons of methanol. This methanol will be used as raw material to produce circular materials or advanced biofuels, contributing to avoid 200,000 tons of CO2 and reducing the waste that ends up in the landfill. The plant, the first of its kind in the Iberian Peninsula, will be co-managed by Repsol and Agbar, whilst Enerkem will be the key technological partner. The plant is projected to be in operation in 2025 after taking the project’s final investment decision by the first quarter of 2022. Read more.

USA: 6K to Invest 25 Million Dollars for Sustainable Battery Materials

The new state-of-the-art facility will accommodate ten Unimelt systems that can each produce as much as 100 tons of material annually.
The new state-of-the-art facility will accommodate ten Unimelt systems that can each produce as much as 100 tons of material annually.
(Source: www.incus-media.com)

April 30, 2021 – 6K announced the creation of a Center of Excellence for its 6K Energy division focused on the development of sustainable battery materials for electric vehicles (EVs), grid storage and consumer goods. The company will invest 25 million dollars over the next two years to triple the size of its facility in North Andover, MA, USA with as many as ten Unimelt systems dedicated to the full-scale development and pilot production of battery materials. 6K Energy will expand the size of its product development team, enhance world-class material testing capabilities and help the US to lower supply chain risks with clean energy production of critical battery materials. Read more.

Russia: Acron, Haldor Topsoe Complete Revamp of Ammonia Unit

The Ammonia-4 plant operated by the Acron company is one of the largest ammonia units in Europe.
The Ammonia-4 plant operated by the Acron company is one of the largest ammonia units in Europe.
(Source: Acron)

April 30, 2021 – Acron and Haldor Topsoe have completed the ammonia unit revamp project and successfully passed guarantee test runs to confirm the capacity of 2500 MTPD of ammonia. The Ammonia-4 plant operated by the Acron company is one of the largest ammonia units in Europe. It’s a major investment project at Acron’s site in Novgorod city, Russia and it was the first ammonia plant built by Russian specialists without support from foreign workforce. The plant was commissioned in 2016, total investment reached 500 million dollars. Read more.

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