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NEW CATALYST DESIGNS MEET ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES OF THE 1990'S

Oct 1, 1990 Richard A. Corbett Refining/Petrochemical Editor Catalyst manufacturers continue to develop new catalyst formulations designed to meet a wide array of processing challenges. Many of these challenges involve environmental regulations that refiners have been, and will be, required to meet during the 1990's.

EAST GERMAN INDUSTRY POISED FOR JOLTING UNIFICATION CHANGES

Oct 1, 1990 Practically all major German oil companies, including subsidiaries of international companies, showed up in force as exhibitors at the centuries old Leipzig, East Germany, trade fair last month. Their mission: to publicize their positions, acquire or set up new companies, and make contacts in eastern Europe. Subsidiaries such as Esso AG and Deutsche Shell have been given the responsibility of doing business and setting up operations in all of eastern Europe, not just East Germany. But the

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Oct 1, 1990 IMPERIAL OIL LTD. appealed a Federal Court of Canada ruling that the company violated a patent on a motor oil additive. The court said Imperial produced and sold oil containing an additive patented by Lubrizol Canada Ltd., a unit of Lubrizol Corp. (OGJ, Sept. 24, p. 62). Imperial said its product did not infringe the patent, and the patent itself is not legal. A DIVISION of Suncor Inc., Toronto, plans to sell its refining division to its U.S. parent. Sunoco Group will sell the 70,000 b/cd

U.S. BRIEFS

Oct 1, 1990 TRANSCO ENERGY VENTURES CO., Houston, acquired a majority interest in Tren-Fuels Inc., Austin, previously known as Natural Gas Co. of Texas. Tren-Fuels uses tank trucks to deliver compressed natural gas to fleet vehicles and plans to place as many as 15 more trucks into service by yearend 1991. TEMCA LIQUIDS CO., Houston. bought a 50% interest in the 500 MMcfd Cameron Meadows gas processing plant in Johnsons Bayou, La., from operator OXY USA Inc, for an undisclosed price. It was recently tied

COMPANIES AGREE TO CUT TOXIC EMISSIONS

Oct 1, 1990 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William K. Reilly said executives of nine major U.S. companies have agreed to voluntarily reduce toxic air emissions at 40 chemical plants in 14 states. When fully implemented in December 1993, the initiatives will aim to reduce toxic air emissions by almost 83%, or 9.46 million lb. The 40 plants are on the list of 205 facilities that EPA has identified as having relatively high estimated risks from toxic air emissions.

PERSIAN GULF CRISIS REVIVES ALCOHOL FUELS PROGRAM IN BRAZIL

Oct 8, 1990 The Middle East crisis has revived interest in Brazil's floundering alcohol fuels program only a few months after it had appeared headed for phaseout. The $18 billion, 15 year ProAlcohol program to mass produce fuel ethanol from sugar cane has gotten a boost with fears of oil supply shortfalls and soaring oil prices caused by Iraq's blitz of Kuwait and resulting war tensions. The Brazilian government is considering a resuscitated ProAlcohol program as the centerpiece of what would be

PHILLIPS 66 CO. RESTORING HOUSTON PETROCHEM CAPACITY

Oct 8, 1990 Phillips 66 Co. has finished building Plant Six the first of three polyethylene plants it hopes to complete at its Houston Chemical Complex by mid-1992 to replace 1.8 billion lb/year capacity lost in an accident that occurred in October 1989. Plant Six with design capacity of 600 million lb/year, is scheduled to have its first unit on stream this month. Planned start-up for the second unit is in November. Construction of the 600 million lb/year Plant Seven has begun. Phillips plans to have

SOVIETS FORGE MORE TRADES WITH FOREIGN FIRMS

Oct 8, 1990 The Soviet Union continues to press its program to forge agreements for operations with non-Soviet partners. In the latest action, the U.S.S.R. has started its first gas marketing joint venture in Europe through a linkup with Germany's Wintershall AG, the oil and gas subsidiary of BASF Group. An agreement with Wintershall calls for Zarubeshgaz, a gas trading subsidiary of the Soviet Union's Gasprom group, to participate in joint marketing of gas from the Soviet Union and other sources

SPECIAL EFFORTS REQUIRED TO REBUILD HOECHST CELANESE PAMPA PLANT

Oct 8, 1990 Hoechst Celanese faced a major task to rebuild its processing facilities in Pampa, Tex., as a result of two explosions and major fires that demolished a large portion of the petrochemical plant. But through the efforts and cooperation of plant workers, the contractor for the rebuild, and the support of the city of Pampa, the plant was reconstructed and went on stream 13-1/2 months after the explosions.

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Oct 8, 1990 Oil prices continue to swing wildly as the Persian Gulf crisis drags on. Brent for 15 day delivery lost almost $5 on the week, closing Oct. 3 at $35.50/bbl, as markets took note of peace noises from Saddam. Dubai fell $2.35 to close Oct. 3 at $31/bbl.

PIPELINING-WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Oct 15, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE. 525 miles, 30 in. from McCamey to Webster, Tex. Contr: RB Potashnick (301 miles). Completion: 1990. AMOCO PIPELINE CO. 19 miles, 8 in. trunk line replacement in Oklahoma. 8 miles, 8 in. trunk line replacement in North Dakota. 5 miles, 4 in. and 5 miles, 8 in. gathering line replacement in Texas. 3 miles, 8 in., 10 miles, 12 in. and 1.5 miles, 26 in. trunk line replacements in Texas.

INDONESIAN REFINERY ADVANCES

Oct 15, 1990 Indonesia's state owned Pertamina has signed an advanced payment agreement with Java Petroleum Investment Co. Ltd. (Japic) to finance construction of the $1.8 billion EXOR-1 refinery at Balongan on West Java's northeast coast. The contract will allow release of funds to build the 125,000 b/d refinery, about 250 km east of Jakarta, which its backers claim will have the world's largest residue catalytic cracking (RCC) complex of its kind.

E&P ACCELERATING IN REMOTE NORTHWEST CHINA

Oct 15, 1990 Exploration and development are picking up in China's huge, remote northwestern basins. Beijing's China Daily reported the government has earmarked 1.5 billion yuan ($319 million) for exploration and development in the massive Tarim basin of Northwest China the next 2 years. In addition, plans call for accelerated production of Chinese drilling equipment designed for work in the region, the newspaper reported. China Daily also reported the first commercial oil field in the Tarim

MTBE: ARCO CHEMICAL'S NO. 1 PERFORMER

Oct 15, 1990 ARCO Chemical Co. says methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) has become its "star performer." In the U.S., the focus is on MTBE's ability as an additive to make gasoline a cleaner burning, more efficient fuel. In Europe, MTBE demand reflects increased acceptance of unleaded gasoline. ARCO Chemical this year added low cost capacity totaling 5,000-6,000 b/d of MTBE at plants in France and Netherlands, the company told New York financial analysts.

PETROCHEMICALS-WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Oct 15, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. AIR PRODUCTS. Deer Park, Tx. Polyvinyl alcohol plant under construction. Engr/Design/Contr: Bechtel. Completion: 1991. AMOCO CHEMICAL. Texas City, Tx. Paraxylene debottleneck under construction. Completion: 1991. Chocolate Bayou, Alvin, Tx. *300 million lb/y polypropylene plant in the engineering stage. Contr: John Brown. Completion: 1992.

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