Processing news briefs, Dec. 27

Qatar Petroleum ... Chiyoda ... Technip-Coflexip ... ExxonMobil ... Pemex ... Statoil

Qatar Petroleum signed the 100 million euro engineering, procurement, and construction contract with Chiyoda Corp. and Technip-Coflexip Group for the expansion of the LNG facility at Ras Laffan on the northeast coast of Qatar (OGJ Online, Oct. 12, 2001). It revealed the contract also includes the management aspect of the other debottlenecking project contracts in the overall $200 million Qatargas debottlenecking project.

ExxonMobil Corp. said an undisclosed US refinery has agreed to license its proprietary gasoline sulfur reduction process for gasoline. It said the 70,000 b/sd unit is the largest SCANfining application so far.

ExxonMobil brought on stream at its Baytown, Tex., refinery a 40,000 b/d delayed coker unit. The company said the coker unit and related facilities allow it to process heavier feedstock, including Maya crude from Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). The agreement with Pemex allows the refinery a stable supply of competitively priced crude, said ExxonMobil.

Statoil ASA is working on the installation of a desulfurization plant at its Mongstad refinery near Bergen, Norway. The unit, which will allow Statoil to produce 10-ppm sulfur gasoline and diesel oil, should be on stream in 2003, 2 years before such fuel becomes compulsory in the European Union.

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