Plant Watch Top 9 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 breakthrough technologies to big ticket EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning) contracts, 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. Innovative, next-gen and sustainable technologies are ruling the market 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.

Egypt: Honeywell Technology Selected for Propylene Production

May 03, 2021 – Honeywell has recently announced that Anchorage Investments will use Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology to produce 750,000 metric tons per year of polymer-grade propylene for its new Anchor Benitoite petrochemicals complex in Suez, Egypt, near the southern terminus of the Suez Canal. Propylene is the primary component in a variety of plastic products that are rapidly growing in demand.

As part of the contract, Honeywell will provide technology licensing and basic engineering design, in addition to services, equipment, catalysts and adsorbents for the plant. This represents UOP’s third award for a C3 Oleflex unit in North Africa, following earlier wins in Egypt and Algeria. Read more…

India: Nouryon, Atul Commence MCA Production at New Unit

Anaven is India’s largest MCA production site, with a current capacity of 32,000 tons of MCA per year and is also the only zero-liquid discharge MCA production site in the world.
Anaven is India’s largest MCA production site, with a current capacity of 32,000 tons of MCA per year and is also the only zero-liquid discharge MCA production site in the world.
(Source: Nouryon)

May 3, 2021 – Nouryon and Atul have successfully started production at Anaven, a new joint venture in Gujarat, India, that will help meet the rapidly growing demand in India’s agricultural, personal care and pharmaceutical markets. Anaven is India’s largest monochloroacetic acid (MCA) production site, with a current capacity of 32,000 tons of MCA per year, with the possibility of a rapid expansion of up to 60,000 tons per year. MCA is used as an essential raw material for a variety of products, such as adhesives, pharmaceuticals and crop protection chemicals. Atul consumes a portion of the MCA directly in its own production of crop protection chemicals. Read more…

Russia: Lummus Technology Secures Master Licensor Contract

May 03, 2021 – Lummus Technology has announced that it has been awarded a master licensor contract by PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim for its ethylbenzene, styrene monomer, ethylene dimerization and olefins conversion technologies. These four plants will be part of the expansion of an olefins production facility in Nizhnekamsk, Russia. The dimerization and olefins conversion units will be the first in Russia.

Lummus’ scope includes the technology license and basic engineering for the ethylbenzene, styrene monomer, ethylene dimerization and olefins conversion units. Once complete, the units will produce 250 KTA of ethylbenzene via the Ebone technology, 250 KTA of styrene monomer via the Classic SM technology and 150 KTA of polymer grade propylene production via olefins metathesis chemistry using Lummus’ ethylene dimerization (Dimer) and olefins conversion technologies (OCT).

Singapore: Neste Selects Emerson for Digital Transformation of its Refinery

Neste will apply Emerson’s Delta V automation system and software to control production for efficient performance and to deliver on-demand remote access to data and analytics.
Neste will apply Emerson’s Delta V automation system and software to control production for efficient performance and to deliver on-demand remote access to data and analytics.
(Source: Emerson)

May 04, 2021 – Emerson has been selected to support the digital transformation of Neste’s refinery in Tuas, Singapore. Emerson’s automation systems and software will help Neste deliver high-performance, efficient operations, supporting Neste’s plans to increase production by up to 1.3 million tons per annum by 2023.

At the end of 2018, Neste made a strategic decision to expand its production facility in Singapore via the Singapore Expansion Project. On top of its existing 1.3 million tons annual production capacity of renewable diesel, the expanded refinery will have additional capacity to produce up to 1 million tons of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable raw materials for polymers and chemicals, supporting the company’s goal to reduce customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. Read more…

India: Maire Tecnimont Wins 450 Million Dollar Contract from IOCL

May 04, 2021 – Maire Tecnimont has announced that a consortium comprising of its subsidiaries Tecnimont and Mumbai-based Tecnimont have been awarded an EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning) lump sum contract by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), for the implementation of a new Para-Xylene (PX) plant and relevant offsites facilities. The plant will be located in Paradip, in the State of Odisha, in Eastern India.

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The overall value of the contract is about 450 million dollars. The scope of work entails engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning activities up to the Performance Guarantee Test Run. Once completed, the new PX plant will have a capacity of 800,000 tons per year. The time schedule is 33 months for mechanical completion from the award date. The PX produced will be used to feed the adjacent PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) unit, thus ensuring availability of world-class feedstock that will provide a significant boost to the Country’s manufacturing industry. Read more...

China: Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Selects Lyondell Basell Technology

The process technology will be used to produce LDPE with vinyl acetate comonomer.
The process technology will be used to produce LDPE with vinyl acetate comonomer.
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May 05, 2021 – Lyondell Basell has announced that Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Co. will use the Lyondell Basell Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology in two separate production lines at a new facility in China.

The process technology will be used for a 200 KTA low density polyethylene (LDPE) line and a 300 KTA LDPE and ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) line to produce LDPE with vinyl acetate comonomer. The facility will be located in Longkou, Yantai, Shandong Province, P.R. of China. Read more…

Europe: Trinseo, ETB Join Forces for Bio-Based 1,3 Butadiene

May 05, 2021 – Trinseo and ETB have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of purified bio-based 1,3-butadiene. This will see the two companies combine their respective technology and process expertise to accelerate the development of viable, renewably sourced material solutions.

Under the partnership, the companies will jointly explore opport-unities to scale up ETB's unique single-stage process to produce bio-based 1,3-butadiene from ethanol using the polyfunctional catalyst technology. The collaboration will initially focus on demonstrating the viability of sustainable ethanol-based synthetic rubber in support of green tire production. To underline this mutual commitment, Trinseo, with ETB's support, will conduct a feasibility study to explore the construction of a dedicated bio-based 1,3-butadiene pilot plant in Europe. Once operational, it is intended that the pilot plant will include a purification unit to achieve a purity target of 99.7 %. Read more…

Belgium: How Borealis uses the revolutionary Qpinch technology in a polyolefin plant

Start-up of heat recovery unit based on revolutenary Qpinch technology: demonstration unit in Antwerp to test capabilities of technology as well as scale-up potencial for wider Borealis operations and technologies.
Start-up of heat recovery unit based on revolutenary Qpinch technology: demonstration unit in Antwerp to test capabilities of technology as well as scale-up potencial for wider Borealis operations and technologies.
(Source: Borealis)

May 06, 2021 – In order to achieve the high climate targets demanded by European and international politics, gamechanger innovations are necessary. Qpinch technology may be one of them. Borealis announced now that its open-innovation collaboration with Qpinch, the creators of a revolutionary and patented heat recovery technology, has passed an important milestone. The first-ever application of the unique Qpinch technology at commercial scale has been achieved upon the technical completion and start-up of a new demonstrational unit.

Located in an existing Borealis low-density polyethylene (LDPE) production location at Europe’s largest chemical cluster in the port of Antwerp (Belgium), the heat recovery unit will test the technology’s capabilities as well as its scale-up potential for Borealis plants in other parts of the world. The collaboration is especially advantageous because it allows Borealis to take major strides in its efforts to lower CO2 emissions while at the same time increasing production efficiency and maintaining cost competitiveness. Read more...

Russia: Topsoe, Shchekinoazot to Explore Opportunities for CO2 Emission Reduction

Shchekinoazot aims to establish production of green and blue methanol, ammonia, and hydrogen by using Topsoe’s experience and technologies.
Shchekinoazot aims to establish production of green and blue methanol, ammonia, and hydrogen by using Topsoe’s experience and technologies.
(Source: Haldor Topsoe)

May 07, 2021 – Topsoe and the Russian chemical company Shchekinoazot have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to synchronize vison and plans on developing blue and green methanol, ammonia, and hydrogen production and reducing CO2 emissions. At the online signing ceremony, parties agreed to inform each other on latest technological developments and jointly explore opportunities of implementing Topsoe’s technologies at Shchekinoazot’s existing and future plants in the Tula region, Russia to efficiently and safely produce high quality chemicals with the lowest rates of greenhouse gas emission. Read more…

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