Processing news briefs, Feb. 15

China Petroleum & Chemical � Aspen Technology � BP � Fluor � Statoil � Lurgi � AltaGas Services � Fortum � Institut Francais du Petrole

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) selected a supply chain planning and scheduling solution for its 25 refineries from Aspen Technology Inc., Cambridge, Mass.

BP has selected Fluor Corp.'s Global Services unit to provide maintenance management services for a refining and chemicals site in Texas City, Tex. Fluor Global Services will manage the site's maintenance contractors in addition to planning, scheduling coordinating, monitoring, reporting and assessing routine maintenance, turnaround and small capital performance.

Statoil chose German technology group Lurgi AG to build a demonstration plant that converts methanol into propylene at Statoil's Tjeldbergodden plant in western Norway. "The contract will enable us to gain first-hand experience of this technology and help us to develop a new market for methanol," says Sjur Haugen, manager for business development in Statoil's methanol unit.

AltaGas Services Inc. has expanded two of its processing facilities by a combined 21 MMcfd. It expanded its Iron Creek plant near Viking, Alta., by 7 MMcfd to 12 MMcfd of capacity. It also built a 14 MMcfd sour gas processing facility near Esther, Alta.

Fortum Corp. plans to build a low-sulfur gasoline unit at its specialty product refinery in Naantali, Finland, at a cost of 100 million Finnish markkaa. Fortum will use Institut Francais du Petrole's technology. The unit should be on line in April 2002.

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