Processing news briefs, Jan. 30
US Environmental Protection Agency � Blending, Marketing, & Service � Caleb Brett USA � Jam Petrochemical � Tecnimont � Chevron Phillips Chemical � Honeywell � American Energy Services
The US Environmental Protection Agency said four defendants were indicted on charges related to an alleged scheme to falsify test results on reformulated gasoline to make it appear to meet EPA standards for cleaner burning fuel. The defendants are Blending, Marketing, & Service Inc., of Houston, Tex.; Waldo Schroeder, president of BMS; Mark Schroeder, operations manager of BMS; and Richard Kaminski, former President of Caleb Brett USA, at whose laboratories the alleged falsification was said to take place. EPA said that 200 million-300 million gal. of "substandard" gasoline were distributed in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in 1995-1997.
Jam Petrochemical Co., a subsidiary of Iran's National Petrochemical Co., has awarded contracts worth 350 million euros to Tecnimont, the engineering and construction unit of Italy's Montedison group, to supply three refining units. Tecnimont said a 400,000 tonne/year ethylene glycol unit, a 300,000 tonne/year polypropylene unit, and a 300,000 tonne/year polyethylene unit will be installed in the special economic zone of Bandar Assaluyeh.
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. has awarded a $14 million contract to the Industrial Control business of Honeywell Inc. to install systems at the Chevron-Phillips refinery at Port Arthur, Tex. The contract also includes services for system design, engineering, construction, and integration to third-party systems.
American Energy Services Inc. has signed an exclusive representation agreement with Green Oasis Environmental Inc., a modular refinery manufacturer. AES will provide sales and marketing services to GOE in Mexico. AES said Mexico may purchase 10-30 units over the next 2 years.