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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.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: Statoil issues new Ormen Lange condensate assay

Sep 6, 2010 Statoil, operator of Ormen Lange field, has updated the assay of Ormen Lange condensate.

Petronas to buy BP's Malaysian ethylene, PE assets

Sep 1, 2010

Petronas agreed to buy BP PLC’s Malaysian ethylene and polyethylene production for $363 million in a transaction expected to close by yearend, subject to certain conditions.

Coal-to-olefins unit starting up in China

Aug 13, 2010

China Shenhua Coal to Liquid & Chemical Co. Ltd. has started the gasification unit at a large coal-to-olefins demonstration project in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.

Ecopetrol taps Mustang for polymer study

Jul 13, 2010

State-owned Ecopetrol of Colombia has let a contract to Mustang for conceptual engineering and technology evaluation to optimize polymer production at a planned petrochemical complex.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: Deepwater Agbami field produces light, low-sulfur crude

Jul 12, 2010 Agbami field off Nigeria—the country's largest deepwater producing field, according to Statoil—began producing oil in July 2008 and was to reach plateau production of 250,000 bo/d by late last year (OGJ Online, Aug. 1, 2008).

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