P. 2 ~ Continued - Survey shows increase in gas processing, pipeline construction

Nov. 7, 2011

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Shell has preliminary plans to build a large ethylene plant in the Appalachian region of the US based on ethane from natural gas produced from the Marcellus shale (OGJ Online, June 6, 2011).

The company hasn't identified a site for the plant, which would include production of derivatives yet to be determined. "The leading option is polyethylene," Shell said in a press release. The release described the plans as indefinite and didn't report capacity. But it described the prospective ethane cracker as "world-scale."

ExxonMobil Corp. will delay the start-up of its 1 million tonne/year ethylene cracker on Jurong Island in Singapore into 2012 instead of yearend due to longer-than-expected safety checks needed for its petrochemical projects, a company official said.

In May, Petronas reported plans to construct a $20 billion refinery and petrochemicals complex at Pengerang in southern Johor state that would raise the country's total refining capacity to 935,300 b/d.

The development, to be called Refinery & Petrochemicals Integrated Development, or Rapid, is expected to be commissioned by yearend 2016. The Rapid project, which is still at the detailed feasibility study stage, will comprise a 300,000-b/d refinery, a 3 million tpy naphtha cracker, and a petrochemical and polymer complex.


In June, Argentina opened its second LNG import terminal (OGJ Online, June 16, 2011). GNL Escobar is a joint development of YPF SA, ENARSA, and Excelerate Energy on the Parana River, about 30 miles outside Buenos Aires City, and employs Excelerate Energy's GasPort design.

The terminal has a baseload throughput capacity of 500 MMcfd, with peak throughput capacity at 600 MMcfd, and has direct access to the Buenos Aires region and Argentina's gas grid.

Also in June, Dunkerque LNG, a subsidiary of Electricite de France SA (EDF), awarded Sener Ingenieria y Sistemas an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to develop a regasification terminal in Dunkerque in northern France (OGJ Online, June 14, 2011).

Total SA inaugurated a deep conversion upgrade of its 175,000-b/d refinery at Port Arthur, Tex. Photo from Total.

The Dunkerque terminal will have three 190,000-cu m storage tanks and be able to produce 13 billion cu m/year of natural gas, according to the Sener announcement. Construction will take 4 years, with the plant starting up in 2015.

Chevron Australia has awarded a $235 million (Aus.) construction management contract for the Wheatstone LNG project to WorleyParsons. The work will be overseen by personnel in Perth, Houston, and onsite at the Ashburton North plant area as well as selected fabrication yards throughout Asia. It is the first major contract for Wheatstone since Chevron made its final investment decision in September for the two-train, 8.9 million tpy plant.

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