Processing news briefs, Apr. 16

Equilon Enterprises � Motiva Enterprises � Deer Park Refining � Catalytic Distillation Technologies � Tyumen Oil � ExxonMobil � ABB Lummus Global � Imperial Oil � Shanghai Gaoqiao Petrochemical � Kellogg Brown & Root � Synergy Technologies � EMEX � Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas � Technip � Snamprogetti � and more

In the article titled "USGS cites large potential for US lands off limits to exploration" (OGJ Online, Mar. 22, 2001), the US Geological Survey was said to estimate proven oil reserves on and offshore at 21 million bbl. The correct number is 21 billion. The Minerals Management Service was said to estimate the OCS mean resource base at 75 million bbl of oil. The correct number is 75 billion. OGJ Online regrets the errors.

Equilon Enterprises LLC, Motiva Enterprises LLC, and Deer Park Refining LP have selected Catalytic Distillation Technologies' proprietary gasoline desulfurization technologies for post treating of fluid catalytic cracked gasoline. CDTech is a partnership of ABB Lummus Global, part of the ABB Group, and Chemical Research & Licensing Co.

Tyumen Oil Co.'s 361,000-b/d Ryazan refinery will use ExxonMobil Corp.'s proprietary sulfuric acid alkylation process as part of a refinery modernization project. ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co. will provide the unit and ABB Lummus Global, part of the ABB Group, will provide detailed engineering services.

Imperial Oil Ltd., an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corp., has selected ExxonMobil's proprietary sulfur-reducing process for its 84,000 b/d capacity refinery in Dartmouth, NS, and its 179,600 b/d capacity refinery in Edmonton, Alta.

Shanghai Gaoqiao Petrochemical Corp., a subsidiary of China Petrochemical International Co. (Sinopec), has selected Kellogg Brown & Root's phenol technology for a 200,000 tonne/year phenol-acetone plant in Shanghai, China. This is the second Sinopec phenol plant contract awarded to Kellogg Brown & Root, a business unit of Halliburton Co., Dallas. The initial contract was for a 37,500 tonne/year plant.

Synergy Technologies Corp., Calgary, has leased office space in Lagos and is hiring workers. The company plans to pursue opportunities to use its gas-to-liquids technology in Nigeria.

EMEX Corp., New York, plans to build a 2,500 b/d natural gas synthesis plant in Arvada, Colo. The plant will use natural gas to produce diesel fuel, high-quality waxes, electricity, and specialty chemicals, said EMEX. The company is in negotiations to secure $100 million in project financing.

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Co. (NLNG) has awarded a project specification contract for an expansion of the two-train LNG plant at Bonny Island to an international consortium. The contract will provide documentation for a tender exercise to be conducted by NLNG for the detailed engineering, procurement, and construction phase of the project. French company Technip SA; Snamprogetti, an arm of Italian company ENI SPA; Halliburton Co. unit Kellogg Brown & Root; and Japanese company JGC Corp. will perform engineering, design, and specification work for the project.

Dow Chemical Co. will delay building a propylene oxide and styrene monomer facility on the US Gulf Coast because of a shift in propylene oxide supply and demand. Previously, the plant was expected to start up in mid-2004 (OGJ Online, July 12, 2000).

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