Air Products has gone live with its system to concentrate carbon dioxide (CO2) from
two steam methane reformer (SMR) hydrogen production plants in Port Arthur,
Texas. The two plants were retrofitted using vacuum swing adsorption (VSA)
technology to separate CO2 from the gas streams coming out of the SMRs. After
capture, the CO2 will be concentrated to 97% purity and shipped to the West
Hasting oil and gas fields in Texas. The CO2 will be injected in underground
formations to help squeeze out “shut in” oil in late-stage oil fields.
West Virginia environmental regulators are seeking nearly $250,000 in new water
pollution fines against the owner of a Northern Panhandle chemical plant under
revisions to a settlement reached more than two years ago. The Department of
Environmental Protection says the former PPG Industries plant has made good
progress since the parties reached a corrective-action plan in 2010, but the
plant has struggled to consistently meet the mandatory pollution limits for
various chemicals. The plant manufactures chlorine, caustic soda, muriatic acid
and calcium hypochlorite. It was sold in January as part of a $2.5 billion deal
PPG made with Georgia Gulf. The combination of the former PPG unit and Georgia
Gulf has been renamed Axiall Corp.
Shell Chemical LP officials are still trying to decide if they want to access the
shale gas boom and build a plastic feedstock plant in western Pennsylvania.
Shell officials first announced interest in the project in 2012, saying
newfound supplies of natural gas in the region had led them to consider
building an ethylene cracker that would use natural gas-based ethane as a
feedstock. Downstream units making polyethylene resin were also being
considered. Horsehead Corp, owner of a parcel of land where Shell has proposed
the new plant, gave Shell a six-month extension (on Dec. 26, 2012) to evaluate
the site in Monaca, Pennsylvania.
Woulfe Mining is near finalizing a deal to invest $260 million to finance the
redevelopment of Sangdong tungsten mine in Yeongwol, Gangwon Province, Korea.
The investment would also include building a processing plant with strategic
partner TaeguTec securing a long-term supply of the rare metal materials used
for the production of its special industrial tools. This could be the biggest
foreign direct investment to Korea by a Canadian company.
Fluor Corporation has secured a contract for engineering, procurement and
construction management (EPCM) services for BASF’s toluene diisocyanate (TDI)
Complex project in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The single-train, 300,000 metric
tons/year plant will produce TDI and expand additional plants as precursors for
polyurethanes at the BASF site in Ludwigshafen. Production is scheduled to
begin in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The management of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited has concluded plans for the
construction of Africa’s largest fertilizer plant in Eleme, Rivers State,
Nigeria. The plant is designed to produce 1.4 million tons of fertilizer/year
and will start production by the fourth quarter of 2015. It will engage largely
in the production of Urea, NPK and other types of fertilizer.
KBR was awarded a contract by Samsung Engineering Company, Ltd. to provide a
technology license, basic engineering design package, and supply of proprietary
equipment of a 1,200 metric tons/day ammonia fertilizer plant in Carrasco,
Bolivia. The fertilizer ammonia complex will be designed using KBR’s Purifier
Technology. KBR will also supply proprietary operator training simulators and a
steam dynamic simulation study to ensure a safe, fast, efficient startup of the
ammonia plant and continued support to the operations. The project is part of
the Bolivian government’s strategic initiatives for monetization of natural gas
and demand for urea in the region. Production operations are expected to begin
in the middle of 2015.