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Processing 2005 P8

  • 11/09/2005 -- World's largest methanol plant meets nameplate capacity
    The world's largest methanol plant at Point Lisas, Trinidad, met its nameplate capacity of 5,000 tonnes/day in its 2 weeks of production, said officials at Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Ltd.
  • 11/11/2005 -- UK to boost biofuel use in vehicles
    UK Transport Sec. Alistair Darling said that 5% of all motor fuel sold in the UK will have to come from renewable sources by 2010, a twentyfold increase in biofuel sales compared with current levels.
  • 11/14/2005 -- Contract let for Thai aromatics project
    Aromatics (Thailand) Public Co. Ltd. (ATC) has let a contract to Foster Wheeler Ltd.'s Thailand subsidiary for project management of a project called Reformer and Aromatics Complex II planned at Map Ta Phut, Thailand.
  • 11/16/2005 -- Demand slowdown yields polystyrene surplus
    A global oversupply of polystyrene has resulted from slower-than-anticipated demand growth in China and extensive capacity additions, reported Chemical Market Associates Inc., Houston.
  • 11/18/2005 -- Coke drum to be replaced at S. Texas refinery
    Flint Hills Resources LP has let a contract to Foster Wheeler USA Corp. for detailed engineering and procurement for a replacement coke drum in a delayed coker at the 300,000 b/d West Plant Refining Complex at Corpus Christi, Tex.
  • 11/21/2005 -- Syntroleum inks three MOUs for GTL plants
    Syntroleum Corp., Tulsa, recently signed three memoranda of understanding that it says could lead to construction of three gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants using its proprietary Fischer-Tropsch technology.
  • 11/23/2005 -- Linde to build Saudi air separation plants
    SABIC subsidiary National Industrial Gas Co. has let a contract worth more than €300 million to Linde AG for two air separation plants in petrochemical complexes at Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.
  • 11/23/2005 -- Flint Hills to invest in Kenai diesel unit
    Flint Hills Resources Alaska LLC will contribute $15 million to the construction of a diesel desulfurization unit at Tesoro Corp.'s Kenai, Alas., refinery in exchange for 6,000 b/d of low-sulfur diesel and gasoline.
  • 11/23/2005 -- UK firm to build LDPE plant in Pakistan
    Trans Polymers Ltd. of the UK plans to construct a low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Karachi with an initial investment of $480 million.
  • 11/29/2005 -- Syntroleum to test GTL process with coal
    Syntroleum Corp., Tulsa, plans to test its propriety Fischer-Tropsch catalyst with coal-derived synthesis gas at a coal gasification plant.
  • 12/01/2005 -- ENOC to upgrade Dubai condensate refinery
    ENOC Processing Co. LLC (EPCL) has let an engineering, procurement, and construction management contract to a Foster Wheeler Ltd. subsidiary for a major upgrade of its 120,000 b/sd condensate refinery in Jebel Ali, Dubai (OGJ, Mar. 27, 2000, p. 59). The terms of the contract were not disclosed.
  • 12/02/2005 -- Construction starts on Hawiyah NGL project
    Saudi Aramco has begun construction of its Hawiyah gas processing plant near Ghawar oil field south of Dhahran (OGJ Online, Mar. 21, 2005).
  • 12/02/2005 -- Saudi Aramco adding sulfur-recovery units
    Saudi Aramco has let contracts to a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Pasadena, Calif., for 13 Superclaus sulfur-recovery units (SRUs) at three gas plants in Saudi Arabia. The contract value was not disclosed.
  • 12/05/2005 -- Statoil, Enterprise sign 10-year LPG deal
    Statoil ASA has signed a 10-year contract with Enterprise Products Operating LP for the sale, export, and storage of LPG at Enterprise's terminal in Mont Belvieu, Tex.
  • 12/05/2005 -- Mombasa refinery upgrade design under study
    Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd. (KPRL) has awarded a contract to Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. to prepare the "basis of design" for an upgrade of its 85,500 b/cd hydroskimming refinery and for a products import terminal at Mombasa, Kenya.
  • 12/07/2005 -- SK bid for Inchon Oil Refinery approved
    South Korea's antitrust regulator has unconditionally approved SK Corp.'s bid to acquire bankrupt refiner Inchon Oil Refinery Co.
  • 12/09/2005 -- Sabic lets EPC contracts for Yansab plants
    Saudi Arabia's Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (Sabic), Riyadh, has awarded a contract to Technip Italy of Rome for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of an ethylene and propylene plant at its Yansab complex at Saudi Arabia's Yanbu Industrial City.
  • 12/09/2005 -- BP to invest $1 billion in refinery following explosion
    BP Products North America Inc. Dec. 9 released its final incident investigation report on the Mar. 23 Texas City, Tex., refinery explosion and fire (OGJ Online, Mar. 23, 2005). The company said it plans to invest about $1 billion to improve and maintain the site over the next 5 years.
  • 12/12/2005 -- Sudan starts up product export line
    Sudan has started up a 12-in., 741-km pipeline for the export of oil products from the 50,000 b/d Gaili refinery to Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast.
  • 12/12/2005 -- Petrobras, PDVSA to build heavy-oil upgrader
    Brazil's state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) and Venezuela's Petroleos de Venezuela SA plan to jointly build a heavy-oil upgrading plant in Venezuela that would cost about $1 billion, Petrobras announced.
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