GE Oil & Gas will supply three compression trains for a new, large-scale ethylene cracker plant in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Chevron Phillips Co. plant will have a capacity of 1.165 million tons/year when it enters commercial service in 2011. The GE-supplied compression trains will consist of cracked gas, propylene refrigerant and binary refrigerant compressors.
Coal-Based Propylene Plants
GE Oil & Gas has been selected to supply compressor trains for two milestone projects in China featuring the world’s largest coal-based propylene plants. The Shenhua Ningxiz Coal Industry Group’s plant the Ningxia province of western China and the Datang International Power Generation Co. Ltd.’s facility in Xilinguola, Inner Mongolia, will produce approximately 500,000 tons of propylene/year from coal when they enter commercial service in early 2009.
ExxonMobil Chemical Co. has broken ground on its second world-scale petrochemical project in Singapore. Project start-up is expected in early 2011.
A consortium led by state-owned China National Chemical (ChemChina) will acquire Australia’s Nufarm for approximately $2.8 billion. After the sale, Nufarm will be combined with ChemChina’s agrochemical business to create what is being forecasted as the global leader in generic agrochemicals.
Food Flavor Manufacturing Plant
AED has opened the Middle East’s first plant to produce natural flavor ingredients for the food and beverages industry in Jafza. The unit has been set up by Wild Flavors Middle East and includes manufacturing, warehousing and office space. The plant has a capacity of 75,000 tons and will service the markets of the GCC, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, the Levant, North Africa and the Indian sub-continent. The product range of natural ingredients includes flavor systems, flavors and extracts, fruit and vegetable preparations, colors, concentrates, sweetening systems and specialty ingredients like functional flavors and flavor keys.
Dow India plans to set up a Global R&D center at Chakan, Pune. The Center is expected to be operational by 2008 and will employ 500 researchers by 2010.