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GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: BP issues NWS condensate assay

Jan 7, 2013

Early last year, BP—whose subsidiary BP Developments Australia Pty. Ltd. holds an interest in the North West Shelf (NWS) venture off Australia—released a crude oil assay of the condensate produced in the massive project.

ExxonMobil starts up ethylene steam cracker in Singapore

Dec 28, 2012

ExxonMobil Corp. reported the startup operations of one of the world’s largest ethylene steam crackers, which is the centerpiece of the company’s multibillion dollar expansion project at its Singapore petrochemical complex.

IHS: Refinery, petchem construction costs flat in second half

Dec 27, 2012

Costs for designing and building refining and petrochemical plants were essentially unchanged from this year’s first quarter to its third quarter, according to the latest edition of the IHS Downstream Capital Costs Index.

CNPC starts up ethylene unit at Daqing

Oct 11, 2012

China National Petroleum Corp. has started up a 600,000-tonne/year ethylene unit that doubles capacity of Daqing Petrochemical with the country’s first ethylene plant based on domestically developed technology.

JV to design, build petchem plant in Mexico

Oct 5, 2012

ICA Fluor, an industrial engineering partnership of Irving, Tex.-based Fluor Corp. and Empresas ICA, is part of a joint venture that has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract by Braskem Idesa SAPI.

Jiutai to use KBR olefins recovery process

Oct 4, 2012

Jiutai Energy Group, Beijing, has let a license and process design package contract to KBR for recovery of olefins from methanol produced from coal at its plant at Ordos, Inner Mongolia.

Westlake to change feed to Kentucky ethylene cracker

Oct 2, 2012

Westlake Chemical Corp., Houston, will convert the feed to its Calvert City, Ky., ethylene plant to ethane from propane and increase ethylene production capacity to 630 million lb/year (about 286,000 tonnes/year) from 450 million lb/year.

Saudi petrochemical complex starts up

Oct 2, 2012

Saudi Polymers Co. has begun commercial production at its petrochemical complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

RVP blending values listed for light HCs

Oct 1, 2012

Reid vapor pressure (rvp) blending values of non-aromatic hydrocarbons increase with the aromatic content of the gasoline, an aromatic effect.

Lukoil unit resumes olefins production

Sep 25, 2012

Stavrolen, a subsidiary of Lukoil, has resumed full production of ethylene and propylene at its complex in the Stavropol region of Russia after completing repairs to the ethylene unit, which was damaged by fire in mid-December 2011.

Chinese petrochem firm picks UOP processes

Sep 12, 2012

Heilongjiang Anruijia Petrochemical Co. has selected technologies of UOP LLC for production of isobutylene and normal butane in Heilongjiang Province, China.

Egyptian company to build Iowa fertilizer plant

Sep 7, 2012

Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) of Cairo plans to build a fertilizer plant in southeastern Iowa for wholly owned subsidiary Iowa Fertilizer Co. Construction is expected to be completed during 2015. The plant will cost an estimated $1.4 billion.

Contract awarded for MEG plant in Qatar

Sep 5, 2012

Shell Global Solutions International BV has let a contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler’s Global Engineering and Construction Group to develop the basic engineering package for a monoethylene glycol plant at Ras Laffan, Qatar (OGJ Online, Dec. 21, 2010).

AFPM Q&A—2: Annual conference highlights FCC problems, solutions

Sep 3, 2012

Fluid catalytic cracking was the focus of extensive questions and discussion at the 2011 American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers's Q&A and Technology Forum, Oct. 9-12, San Antonio.

US OLEFINS: FIRST-HALF 2012—Heavy turnaround activity pushed ethylene production to 3-year low

Sep 3, 2012

Microeconomic factors (downtime for turnarounds and trends in production costs from heavy feeds, for example) rather than macroeconomic trends during first-half 2012 were more important influences on short-term trends in US ethylene production and profitability, as was the case during second-half 2011.

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