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Indian Oil dedicates Panipat naphtha cracker

Feb 16, 2011

Indian government officials on Feb. 15 dedicated a large naphtha cracker at state-owned Indian Oil Corp.’s 300,000-b/d Panipat refinery and petrochemical complex in Haryana north of New Delhi.

Valero starts up benzene reduction at refineries

Feb 15, 2011

Valero Energy Corp. has successfully started up advanced reformate splitters at refineries in Texas and Tennessee.

Intelligent severity control stabilizes ethylene crackers

Feb 7, 2011 Implementation of intelligent severity control improved the operation of ethylene crackers in Sinopec's Nanjing 800,000 tonnes/year ethylene plant.

Albemarle, Petrobras to build HPC facility in Brazil

Jan 6, 2011

Albemarle Corp., Baton Rouge, and Brazil’s Petroleo Brazileiro SA (Petrobras) have signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a world-scale hydroprocessing catalyst (HPC) production plant in Santa Cruz, Brazil.

ONGC, GAIL initial coop agreements

Jan 3, 2011

Oil & Natural Gas Corp. and GAIL (India) Ltd., both controlled by the government of India, have initialed agreements for cooperation in the natural gas and petrochemicals businesses.

DCS advanced control improves Chinese ethylene cracker operation

Jan 3, 2011 China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) improved ethylene crackers operations, increased desirable olefin product yields, and reduced fuel consumption by implementing DCS-resident advanced control strategies at ethylene crackers in its five ethylene plants.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: Updated Cusiana assay reveals lighter crude oil

Jan 3, 2011 Based on a sample taken May 1, 2009, BP PLC published an updated assay of crude oil from Cusiana field in Colombia.

Sipchem announces EPC for new plant

Dec 27, 2010

Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) announced earlier this month that affiliate International Polymers Co. has awarded the engineering design, procurement, and construction work for an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) plant to G.S. Engineering & Construction Corp., South Korea.

Qatar Petroleum, Shell to develop petchem project in Qatar

Dec 21, 2010

Qatar Petroleum and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding to study development of a large petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar.

Enterprise buys HSC isobutylene plant

Nov 19, 2010

Enterprise Products Partners LP, Houston, paid $38.5 million for a plant on the Houston Ship Channel that produces high-purity isobutylene (HPIB).

Total, Chinese firm eye coal-based olefins

Nov 9, 2010

Total SA and China Power Investment Corp. have agreed to study construction of a petrochemical plant based on methanol derived from coal in China.

Study pinpoints hydrate causes at Iranian cracking centers

Nov 1, 2010 Simulation with Aspen Technology Inc.'s HYSYS indicates the formation of hydrate crystals in a de-ethanizer tower is likely due to the presence of water. This phenomenon happens at the top of tower where the temperature is 5° C. and pressure is 15 bara.

Contract let for PE facility in Egypt

Oct 19, 2010

Carbon Holdings of Egypt has let a project management consultancy contract to Foster Wheeler USA Corp. for a polyethylene facility at a petrochemical complex it is developing in Ain Sokhna, Egypt.

Methanex mulls revamp of second New Zealand methanol train

Oct 12, 2010

Methanex New Zealand is likely to spend $50 million (NZ) in refurbishment and restart of the second train at its Motunui methanol complex near New Plymouth in the country’s North Island.

Methanol-to-olefins unit starts up in China

Sep 30, 2010

China Shenhua Coal to Liquid & Chemical Co. Ltd. has started up was is being called by the firm the “world’s first methanol-to-olefins unit to be operated on a commercial scale” in Baotou, China.

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