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Italian IGCC plant almost complete
THE NEW INTEGRATED GASIFICATION combined-cycle (IGCC) plant in Priolo, Sicily, is about 97% complete, according to Foster Wheeler Italiana, Corsico, Italy. The plant is owned by Isab Energy, a company formed by Erg Petroli SpA (51%) and Edison Mission Energy (49%). Erg Petroli is 80% owned by ERG SpA and 20% owned by Agip Petroli SpA. Foster Wheeler Italiana completed the basic design in April 1993. The plant's feed will be about 132 tons/hr of asphalt from the solvent deasphalting unit of
Toymakers' PVC fear
In Europe, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been phased out for food contact applications, but now the anti-PVC lobby has turned on the toy industry. Environmental group Greenpeace said, "The production and disposal of PVC causes large quantities of carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting chemicals to be released to the environment. These include dioxin, phthalates, vinyl chloride, and ethylene dichloride, as well as cadmium, lead, mercury, other heavy metals, and organochlorines."
FERC will continue to promote competitive markets for energy in 1999, says James Hoecker, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman. He contends that energy products and services are increasingly commoditized, and FERC wants to facilitate entry and exit, minimize discrimination and inefficiencies, and help firms manage risk.
Exxon to lease 2 SPR pipelines
The U.S. Department of Energy has signed a contract leasing two pipelines from its Bryan Mound, Tex., Strategic Petroleum Reserve site to Exxon Pipeline Co. A 40-in., 46-mile line extends to the ARCO Pipeline Co. tank farm at Texas City, and a 30-in., 4-mile pipeline extends to the nearby Jones Creek tank farm.
Apalachicola embayment may be continent's last virgin oil basin
History has shown that the largest fields in a given basin are usually discovered early in its exploration. Today in the developed areas of the U.S. and Canada each successful exploratory well yields on the average less than 100,000 bbl of oil. Only one exploratory well in seven is successful. The odds of discovering a large oil field were much greater in the early days of exploration. For example: The first well in Pakistan's Sind Province hit giant Sui gas field. The first wildcat in