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  1. Contract let for Chinese grassroots petrochemical project

    Ningxia Baota Chemical Fiber Co. Ltd. (NBCF), a subsidiary of privatized Ningxia Baota Petrochemical Group Co. Ltd. (NBPG), has let a contract to Honeywell’s UOP LLC to provide technology licensing and equipment for a grassroots petrochemical complex to be built in Yinchuan City, Ningxia, China. As part of the agreements, UOP will provide a suite of its proprietary technologies and equipment for the new complex, which will use UOP’s energy-efficient aromatics complex design to convert heavy naphtha into 800,000 tonnes/year (tpy) of high-purity paraxylene, Honeywell said. The plant also will produce 520,000 tpy of high-quality gasoline, as well as 200,000 tpy of benzene, the service provider said. The scope of delivery under the contract package includes the following unit process technologies: • UOP’s naphtha hydrotreating process, for the pretreatment of reforming feed. • UOP’s CCR Platforming process, for conversion of low-quality naphtha into high-octane blending components for gasoline and feed for aromatics production. • UOP’s Extractive Distillation Sulfolane process, for recovery of high-purity benzene and toluene. • UOP’s Tatoray process, for increasing production of benzene and xylenes. • UOP’s Parex process, for recovery of paraxylene from mixed xylenes. • UOP’s Isomar process, for conversion of mixed xylenes or naphtha reformate into more valuable high-purity paraxylene. • UOP’s Par-Isom process, for upgrading light naphtha into high-value isomerate for gasoline blending. In addition to technology licensing, UOP will provide basic engineering, commissioning services, training services, proprietary equipment, catalysts, and adsorbents for the new complex, the service provider said. A value of contract was not disclosed. The complex, which is due to be commissioned in 2018, is designed to increase NBPG’s competitiveness in Asia Pacific’s paraxylene market, which accounts for 83% of global paraxylene demand, according to Honeywell. NBCF’s contract award to UOP follows an agreement signed between NBPG and UOP in February to establish long-term cooperation on technology for aromatics production technology, NBPG said in a March 18, 2015, release. Overall plans NBPG’s proposed petrochemical complex comes as part of the company’s broader plans for environmentally friendly and energy-efficient integrated processing operations in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region’s chemical industrial park. The new complex, which will be part of Ningxia’s planned textile park, will be supplied by feedstock from NBPG-owned Ningxia Baota Energy Chemical Corp.’s nearby 5 million-tpy refinery in the petrochemical zone of Ningdong Energy Chemical Base, according to the company’s web site. In March 2015, NGPG completed an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a NBCF’s proposed 1.2 million-tpy purified terephthalic acid (PTA) project, which will be fed by raw materials supplied by the other units in the new complex, NGPG said in a release. The PTA project is scheduled to complete construction in 2017, the company said in a May statement. According to NGPG’s website, the integrated petrochemical complex will include the following unit processing-production capacities: • Hydrocracking: 2 million tpy. • Catalytic reforming: 2 million tpy. • Aromatics extraction: 800,000 tpy. • Isomerization: 200,000 tpy. • PTA: 1.2 million tpy. Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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    Thu, 23 Jul 2015

  2. Fire hits at LyondellBasell’s Berre petrochemical complex

    An investigation is under way into the cause of a fire and subsequent explosions that occurred on July 14 at LyondellBasell’s Berre petrochemical complex on the edge of Berre l’Etang in southern France, about 30 km from Marseille.

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    Wed, 15 Jul 2015

  3. Survey shows increase in petrochemical construction

    Oil and Gas Journal's semiannual Worldwide Construction Update shows an increase in petrochemical construction activity compared with the previous edition of the update (OGJ, Nov. 3, 2014, p. 34).

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    Fri, 1 May 2015

  4. TurkmenGaz lets contract for petrochemical complex

    State-owned TurkmenGaz, through a subcontractor, has let a contract to Metso Corp., Helsinki, to supply valve technology for a $3-billion petrochemical complex under construction in the Turkmenbashi district of Balkan province in western Turkmenistan.

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    Mon, 20 Apr 2015

  1. RIL commissions unit at Dahej petrochemical complex

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    Fri, 10 Apr 2015

  2. IOC wraps study for petrochemical plant at Paradip

    Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOC) has completed a detailed feasibility study for setting up a polypropylene (PP) plant as part of a proposed petrochemical complex to be attached to its long-delayed 300,000-b/d, full-conversion refinery at Paradip, Odisha, on India's northeastern coast.

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    Thu, 18 Dec 2014

  3. Shell inks deal for US Appalachian petrochemical project location

    Shell Chemical LP, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, is moving forward with plans to purchase land near Monaca, Pa., for a proposed petrochemical complex that would process ethane from natural gas produced from the Marcellus shale.

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    Fri, 7 Nov 2014

  4. AFPM: Petrochemical industry needs skilled workers

    The current boom in shale resource development has sparked an urgent need in the petrochemical industry for technically skilled workers to build, operate, and maintain about $100 billion of announced chemical projects, according to Peter L. Cella, president and chief executive officer of Chevron ...

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    Wed, 2 Apr 2014

  5. FEED contract let for Qatari petrochemical plant

    Qatar Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (Qapco) has let a front-end engineering and design contract to Italy’s Tecnimont SPA for the Al Sejeel petrochemical complex at Ras Laffan.

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    Mon, 16 Dec 2013

  6. Survey shows increase in petrochemical construction

    Oil and Gas Journal's semiannual Worldwide Construction Update shows an increase in petrochemical construction activity compared with the previous edition of the update (OGJ, May 7, 2012, p. 32).

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    Mon, 5 Nov 2012

  7. Pertamina, PTTGC advance petrochemical complex plans

    PT Pertamina of Indonesia and Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical PCL (PTTGC) have signed a manufacturing joint venture-heads of agreement to pursue the final investment decision for a petrochemical complex in Indonesia slated for commercial operation by 2018.

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    Tue, 10 Dec 2013

  8. Lukoil unit resumes petrochemical operations at Ukrainian plant

    A unit of OAO Lukoil has resumed operations at a petrochemical plant in Kalush, Ukraine, after a year of suspension.

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    Tue, 17 Sep 2013

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