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Repairs on track at Williams’ Geismar olefins plant

Aug 6, 2013

Williams Olefins LLC, a subsidiary of Williams Partners LP, plans to restart its Geismar Olefins plant in April 2014, after repairs following an explosion earlier this summer (OGJ Online, June 13, 2013), according to recent company announcement.

Enterprise lets contract for Mont Belvieu PDH unit

Aug 6, 2013

Enterprise Products Operation LLC, Houston, has let an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for its planed propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at Mont Belvieu, Tex., to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering & Construction Group. No contract value was disclosed.

Lukoil opens bidding for North Caspian gas pipeline

Jul 22, 2013

OAO Lukoil is accepting bids for construction of its North Caspian-region Artesian-OOO Stavrolen natural gas pipeline. The 263.3-km, 28-in. OD pipeline will carry 8 billion cu m/year. Lukoil expects it to enter service May 2015.

Shell settles federal air pollution charges from Deer Park plant

Jul 11, 2013

Shell Oil and affiliated partnerships agreed to spend at least $115 million to resolve federal air pollution charges stemming from flaring and other activities at its Deer Park, Tex., refinery and chemical plant near Houston, the US Department of Justice and US Environmental Protection Agency jointly announced.

Contract awards move Qatari petrochemical plant ahead

Jul 10, 2013

Qatar Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (Qapco) has awarded another contract in the project to build the Al Sejeel petrochemical complex at Ras Laffan. Bechtel, Houston, will provide project management starting with front-end engineering and design, Bechtel reported.

Global ethylene capacity poised for major expansion

Jul 1, 2013

Global ethylene capacity grew in 2012 at about the same pace as in 2011, and in both years capacity grew more slowly than the prior 3 years, according to the latest Oil & Gas Journal's survey of the industry.

International Survey of Ethylene From Steam Crackers — 2013

Jul 1, 2013

Williams identifies Geismar blast origin

Jun 25, 2013

Williams Partners LP said the June 13 explosion that killed two workers at its Geismar, La., olefins plant originated in the area of the propylene fractionator (OGJ Online, June 13, 2013).

Explosion rocks Williams’ Geismar, La., olefins plant

Jun 13, 2013

Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, reported an explosion occurred within its Geismar, La., olefins plant in Louisiana at 8:37 a.m. CST June 13.

Williams lets contract for Texas Gulf Coast olefins, NGL pipeline

Jun 11, 2013

Williams, Tulsa, has let a contract to Wood Group Mustang for the survey, engineering, design, and program management of its Purity Pipeline projects, encompassing the conversion and construction of more than 300 miles of NGL and olefins pipelines along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Pertamina, PTT sign polymer-marketing deal

Jun 7, 2013

PT Pertamina (Persoro) of Indonesia has signed a polymer-purchase agreement with a unit of PTT Global Chemical of Thailand in anticipation of the joint development of a petrochemical plant in Indonesia.

PROCESS SAFETY—2 (Conclusion): Examples illustrate ISD concepts, common issues

Jun 3, 2013

The first article in this two-part series (OGJ, May 6, 2013, p. 94) presented four process safety examples of possible inadequate overpressure protection design in amine natural gas sweetening, glycol dehydration, and molecular sieve dehydration.

New Singapore cracker producing ethylene

May 30, 2013

ExxonMobil Corp. has started producing ethylene from the second steam cracker at its Singapore chemical complex (OGJ Online, Dec. 28, 2012).

ACC details US chemical rebound from abundant, affordable gas

May 20, 2013

Abundant, affordable US natural gas supplies resulted in 97 announced chemical and plastics projects totaling $71.7 billion in potential new investment, the American Chemical Council said in a recent report.

PROCESS SAFETY—1: Gas conditioning failures show need for design scrutiny

May 6, 2013

Review of certain oil and gas operations offers lessons on process safety to designers of gas conditioning.

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