Orlen Unipetrol Expanding Steam Cracker To Boost Ethylene Capacity at Litvinov
Orlen Unipetrol has decided to increase capacity of its
steam cracker in Zaluzi, near Litvinov, Russia, with the
addition of an eleventh furnace.
The new furnace, requiring an investment of more than
CZK 700-million, will boost ethylene capacity at the site to
585,000 t/y from 545,000 t/y currently. Commissioning is
expected next year. The furnace will utilize Technip Energies’
“The petrochemical segment already represents a third
of our production and more than half of our incomes,” said
Tomasz Wiatrak, chief executive of the Orlen Unipetrol
Group. “Its importance will continue to grow in the coming
decades, as global demand for petrochemical products
“We want to increase the total petrochemical production
from 0.9-million to 1.4-million tons a year by 2030.
We need to remove the existing capacity limitations of the
steam cracker’s pyrolysis section, the heart of our petrochemical
segment, to have sufficient space for the planned
EuroChem Selects KBR’s Insite Services For Its Kingisepp Ammonia Operations
KBR has been awarded a three-year service contract by
EuroChem to provide its KBR Insite digital advisory service
for EuroChem’s ammonia plant in Kingisepp, Russia.
KBR Insite provides remote monitoring and advisory
service to customers to help drive their plant operations to
top-quartile performance, noted KBR.
Under the contract, KBR will proactively analyze
EuroChem’s ammonia plant operations and leverage the
domain knowledge of KBR experts to identify opportunities
for achieving sustainable improvements in production, reliability,
environmental impact, and energy efficiency, KBR
Acme Awards KBR Technology Contract For Green Ammonia Project in Oman
said it has been awarded a contract by Acme Group to supply
its ammonia technology for a new “breakthrough”
green ammonia project to be built in Oman.
The 300-t/d ammonia plant will be an integrated facility
using solar and wind energy to produce the ammonia. No
other details of the project were available.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide technology
license, engineering, proprietary equipment, catalyst,
and commissioning services.
“This facility, aimed towards exporting green ammonia
to Europe and Asia, will be the first project of this scale,”
noted Manoj K. Upadhyay, founder and chairman of Acme
Group. “We selected KBR technology because of its high
yields and lowest energy consumption and look forward to
a successful project implementation.”
Ceyhan Polipropilen JV Breaks Ground For Polypropylene Facility in Turkey
Ceyhan Polipropilen Uretim AS, a joint venture of Sonatrach
and Ronesans Holding, has broken ground for a new
polypropylene (PP) production plant in Adana, Turkey
(PCN, 9 Dec 2019, p 1).
The approximately $1.7-billion PP facility, which will be
based on technologies from UOP Honeywell and Lyondell-
Basell, will have a production capacity of 450,000 t/y and is
expected to triple Turkey’s annual PP production capacity.
Operations are expected to begin in 2025.
Sonatrach will provide 550,000 t/y of raw material to
the plant by 2040, while Ronesans will supply most of the
electricity demand from its hydroelectricity plants. “Thus,
near 80% of the plant’s total energy need will be supplied
from renewable energy sources,” Ronesans noted.
Ceyhan Polipropilen is expected to sign an engineering,
procurement, construction and commissioning contract “in
the coming weeks” with a partnership formed by Tecnicas
Reunidas and Ronesans, stated Tecnicas Reunidas.
JSC Shchekinoazot Finalizes Construction On New M-500 Methanol Plant in Russia
JSC Shchekinoazot has concluded construction and
launched operations of its new Methanol-500 (M-500) production
facility in Shchekinoazot, Russia (PCN, 17 Sept
2018, p 2).
The 500,000-t/y methanol plant, based on technologies
from Haldor Topsoe, is the company’s third methanol unit
at the site, bringing total methanol production capacity to
“The M-500 plant is a high-tech one,” said Shchekinoazot
President Boris Sokol. “It has a resource and energy
efficient technology. The project is strategically important
both for the company and our country.”
With the commissioning of the third methanol unit,
Shchekinoazot will become the “leader” in terms of methanol
production in Russia and Europe, noted JSC NIIK, the
The project was financed by Gazprombank and state
development corporation VEB.RF.
BP and Lanxess Forming Partnership For Renewable Raw Material Supply
and Lanxess are entering into a strategic partnership, in
which BP will supply sustainably produced cyclohexane to
Lanxess’ Antwerp, Belgium, site, beginning this quarter.
The ISCC Plus certified cyclohexane will be used by
Lanxess as a precursor in the production of polyamide 6.
BP uses bio-based and bio-circular feedstocks for the production
of “green” cyclohexane, which can be, for example,
rapeseed oil or biomass.
With this partnership, both companies want to “significantly”
advance the production of sustainable plastics, the
Repsol and Portugal Formalize Investment In Expansion of Sines Industrial Complex
Repsol and the Portuguese government have signed an
investment contract for the expansion of Repsol’s Sines
industrial complex in Portugal (PCN, 27 Sept 2021, p 1).
The project, which will be the “largest” industrial investment
made in Portugal in the last 10 years, involves
construction of a new 300,000-t/y linear polyethylene plant
and a 300,000-t/y polypropylene (PP) unit, Repsol noted.
Operations are scheduled to begin in 2025.
Under the contract, Repsol will invest €657-million in
the expansion of the complex, while the Portuguese government,
which considers the project of Potential National
Interest (PIN), has granted tax incentives for the investment
of up to €63-million.
PIN is a qualification reserved for investments that
make significant contribution to the country’s economy,
Repsol recently selected LyondellBasell’s Spherizone
PP technology for the new PP plant.
Hanwha Lets KBR Technology Contract For New Nitric Acid Plant in S. Korea
said it has been awarded a dual-pressure nitric acid technology
contract by Hanwha Corp. for a new 1,200-t/d nitric
acid facility to be built at Yeosu in South Korea.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide license,
basic engineering design, and technical support to
Hanwha for the facility. No other details of the project
“KBR is proud to be selected by Hanwha to deliver our
leading dual-pressure nitric acid technology that offers
tangible CAPEX and OPEX benefits, including reduced net
energy consumption through efficient energy recovery,”
noted Doug Kelly, president of technology at KBR.
Monolith, SK Ink JV Agreement to Produce Clean Hydrogen & Carbon Black in Korea
Monolith and SK Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) to pursue a joint venture for the production
of clean hydrogen and carbon black products in
Monolith has developed a process technology that uses
100% renewable energy to convert natural gas into clean
hydrogen and carbon black.
As part of the MoU, Monolith will share its production
technology knowledge with SK for the production of clean
hydrogen and carbon black, while SK will oversee the production,
sales and distribution of these products.
Monolith is currently operating its first commercialscale
production facility in Hallam, Neb., for the production
of clean hydrogen and carbon black.
Last December, Monolith announced plans to produce
clean ammonia at a second phase production plant in Nebraska
(PCN, 21-28 Dec 2020, p 4).
“Monolith believes that for a global challenge like decarbonization,
global collaboration is needed,” said Monolith
Chief Executive Rob Hanson.
“We’re eager to continue our collaboration with SK Inc.
to ensure cleanly-produced hydrogen and carbon products
are available around the world.”
ExxonMobil Plans to Build New Large-Scale Plastic Waste Advanced Recycling Facility
ExxonMobil announced its intention to build its first,
large-scale plastic waste advanced recycling plant in Baytown,
Texas, which will be among the “largest” in North
The company is already operating a smaller, temporary
facility, where it is producing commercial volumes of certified
circular polymers that will be marketed by the end of
this year to meet growing demand.
The new facility will have an initial planned capacity to
recycle 30,000 t/y of plastic waste, and follows validation of
the company’s initial trial of its proprietary process for
converting plastic waste into raw materials.
To date, the trial has successfully recycled over 1,000
tons of plastic waste and has demonstrated the capability
of processing 50 t/d.
ExxonMobil is also developing plans to build around
500,000 t/y of advanced recycling capacity globally over the
next five years.
In France, it is working with Plastic Energy on an advanced
recycling plant in Notre Dame de Gravenchon,
which is expected to process 25,000 t/y of plastic waste
when its starts up in 2023, with the potential for further
expansion to 33,000 t/y (PCN, 29 Mar–5 Apr 2021, p 3).
ExxonMobil is also assessing site in the Netherlands,
the U.S. Gulf Coast, Canada and Singapore.
Enterprise’s Teague Named as Recipient Of ‘21 Petrochemical Heritage Award
Jim Teague, chief executive of Enterprise Products, has
been selected to receive the 2021 Petrochemical Heritage
Teague began his career in sales at Dow Chemical,
where he rose to become vice president of feedstocks. After
retiring from Dow, he served as president of Mapco Trading
and Marketing, and then as president of Shell Oil’s
In 1999, when Shell sold the midstream business to Enterprise
Products, Teague joined Enterprise as executive
vice president. He later became chief operating officer and
chief commercial officer. In 2010, he was made a director
and then in 2016 was named chief executive.
“Teague’s role in the growth of Enterprise’s value from
less than $1.5-billion in 1999 to more than $90-billion today
is the highlight of his career,” noted the Science History
The award is scheduled to be presented during American
Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturer’s International
Petrochemical Conference being held 17-19 Oct. 2021 in
San Antonio, Texas.
People on the Move
CF Industries Inc.—Stephen J. Hagge, independent
director of CF and former president and chief executive of
Aptar Group, has been elected incoming chair of the board
of CF, effective 1 Jan. 2022. He will succeed Stephen A.
Furbacher, who will retire at the annual meeting of shareholders
in May 2022.
JGC Holdings—Farhan Mujib has been appointed
president and representative director, effective 1 Jan.
2022. He will succeed Yutaka Yamazaki, who will continue
to serve as a director of JGC Holdings and JGC Corp.
Air Products Touts Clean Energy Complex To Produce Blue Hydrogen in Louisiana
Air Products and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
have announced a “landmark” $4.5-billion blue hydrogen
clean energy complex to be built in Ascension Parish, La.
The facility, to be built, owned and operated by Air
Products, will have the capacity to produce over 750-
million cu ft/d of blue hydrogen. The project will create 170
permanent jobs and over 2,000 construction jobs over three
A portion of the blue hydrogen will be compressed and
supplied to customers via the company’s extensive U.S.
Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network, which can supply
customers with more than 1.6-billion cu ft/d of hydrogen
from approximately 25 production plants, including blue
hydrogen from Air Products’ Port Arthur, Texas, facility.
The remaining blue hydrogen from the Ascension Parish
facility will be used to make blue ammonia that will be
transported worldwide and converted back to blue hydrogen
for transportation and other markets.
Around 95% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) generated at
the new complex will be captured, compressed and transported
by pipeline to multiple inland sequestration sites,
located along a pipeline corridor extending 35 miles east of
Over 5-million t/y of CO2 will be permanently sequestered
one mile beneath the surface in geological pore space
secured from the state. Air Products has already received
approval from Louisiana’s State Mineral and Energy Board
for the permanent sequestration of the CO2.
“This landmark mega project will not only create jobs,
but make Louisiana and Ascension Parish leaders in the
U.S. clean energy transition,” noted Air Products Chairman,
President and Chief Executive Seifi Ghasemi.
“Air Products is fully invested in, and committed to projects
that leverage our build-own-operate, technology, financial
and sustainability capabilities, and this project
brings all those core strengths together.”
Sibur Plans Potential Project to Reduce ZapSibNeftekhim’s Carbon Emissions
Energies, a joint venture of Technip Energies and Nipigas,
has been awarded a pre-FEED (front-end engineering and
design) contract by Sibur to study potential carbon capture
solutions for Sibur’s ZapSibNeftekhim petrochemical facility
Nova Energies’ scope of work includes technology and
optimal technical solutions development, along with a cost
estimate for the process of capturing, transporting and
utilizing carbon dioxide from the operating enterprises of
ZapSibNeftekhim and the Tobolsk thermoelectric power
station. Value of the contract was not disclosed.
“We are pleased to announce that Nipigas team, in
partnership with Technip Energies, has begun the development
of a project to reduce carbon emissions of the largest
petrochemical enterprise in the country and the main
production asset of Sibur,” said Nipigas General Director
“This project gives Nova Energies an opportunity to
contribute to the development and to take a leading position
in the market for energy transition in our country
from the very beginning of the operation of the joint venture.”
Topsoe Begins Operation of Demo Unit For Its eSMR Methanol Technology
Haldor Topsoe has started up a plant to demonstrate its
eSMR methanol technology for the production of sustainable
methanol from biogas at Aarhus University’s research
facility in Foulum, Denmark (PCN, 22 July 2019, p 2).
The new 10-kg/hr methanol plant, scheduled to be fully
operational by the beginning of 2022, will validate Topsoe’s
electrified technology for the cost-competitive production of
carbon dioxide (CO2)-neutral methanol.
The process utilizes half the CO2 that makes up about
40% of biogas and typically is costly to separate and vent in
the production of grid quality biogas.
Partners in the project include Aarhus University –
Dept. of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Sintex A/S,
Blue World Technology ApS, Technical University of Denmark,
Energinet A/S, Aalborg University, and Plan Energi,
with Topsoe leading the project.
“The climate benefits from using sustainable methanol
[are] not limited to one single purpose,” Topsoe noted. Sustainable
methanol can be used for marine fuel, blend in
gasoline, and for the chemical industry, where methanol is
mainly used today.
“Further, the main feature in the demonstration plant
is Topsoe’s eSMR technology, which enables not only the
production of sustainable methanol, but also other sustainable
products like green hydrogen, green ammonia,
eFuels, and more.”
CAP Inks MoU With Aramco Trading To Secure Feed for 2nd PC Complex
Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) and Aramco Trading
Co. (ATC) have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) for the supply of feedstock for CAP’s proposed second
world-scale integrated petrochemical complex in Cilegon,
Indonesia (PCN, 2 Aug 2021, p 2).
Under the MoU, the parties will look at potential opportunities
for ATC to supply feedstock to support CAP’s operation
of the complex.
Estimated to cost around $5-billion, the project would
include, among others, a cracker unit, polymerized olefins
and related facilities and utilities. It would double CAP’s
production capacity to over 8-million t/y. Subject to a final
investment decision planned in 2022, construction is expected
to take four to five years.
Lukoil Starts Supplying Solar Energy To Stavrolen Petrochemical Facility
announced it has begun supplying solar electricity to its
Stavrolen petrochemical plant in Budennovsk, Russia, in
order to reduce its carbon footprint.
The company is expected to supply approximately 11-
million kWh annually from its own solar power plant located
at its Volgograd refinery.
“The use of renewable power generation will enable
Stavrolen to reduce [the] carbon footprint of its products
with [an] expected reduction of indirect emissions by almost
5,000 tons of CO2 [carbon dioxide] per year,” Lukoil
The company plans to continue to implement such projects
in accordance with its climate strategy.
OWPL Partners Studying Offshore Wind Use For Green Hydrogen Production in Scotland
Offshore Wind Partners Ltd. (OWPL), a consortium of TotalEnergies,
Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and
Renewable Infrastructure Development Group, is studying
the use of offshore wind to power the production of green
hydrogen on an industrial scale on the island of Flotta in
OWPL has submitted a proposal, called the West of
Orkney Windfarm, to the Crown Estate Scotland’s offshore
wind leasing round to develop the N1 plan option area west
of Orkney. If successful, the proposal could deliver renewable
power to a green hydrogen production facility at the
OWPL, in partnership with Flotta Terminal’s owners
Repsol Sinopec and Uniper, are developing plans to power
the proposed Flotta Hydrogen Hub.
“TotalEnergies believes in the potential of renewable
offshore wind power to produce green hydrogen, supporting
our companies to meet their ambition in terms of carbon
neutrality,” said Julien Pouget, senior vice president of
renewables at TotalEnergies.
“With our proposed West of Orkney windfarm, there is
an opportunity to create one of the world’s first green hydrogen
plants in Orkney. It is an exciting plan, and we
look forward to working on it with our partners and Orkney
stakeholders,” Pouget added.
“Flotta is an ideal location for green hydrogen production
– it is surrounded by the best wind resource in Europe,
it lies close to major shipping routes within the vast natural
harbor of Scapa Flow,” noted James Stockan, leader of
Orkney Islands Council.
Worley Wins Services Contract from Aramco For Ras Tanura Residue Upgrade Project
Saudi Aramco has awarded a services contract to Worley
for a residue upgrade project at Aramco’s Ras Tanura refinery
in Saudi Arabia.
The project will convert low-value refinery residue into
higher-value products, including gasoline, jet fuel and ultra-
low sulfur diesel. A schedule for the project was not
Under the contract, Worley will provide early front-end
engineering design, front-end engineering design and project
management services for the entire project.
Advisian, Worley’s consulting business, completed the
front-end conceptual studies for the project.
CF Enters Agreements Enabling Operation Of Billingham Through at Least Jan. ‘22
Industries Holdings said its UK subsidiary has reached
carbon dioxide (CO2) pricing and offtake agreements with
its industrial customers in the country that will allow its
Billingham, UK, complex to continue to operate through at
least January 2022 (PCN, 27 Sept 2021, p 2).
The complex is capable of producing 750 t/d of CO2 for
commercial use as a byproduct of the ammonia production
During the period of the agreements, it is expected that
the UK government and industrial gas customers will develop
robust alternative sources of CO2, as part of a longterm
solution for meeting demand in the country.
CF recently restarted its ammonia unit at the complex
that was suspended last month because of high natural gas
prices, after reaching an interim agreement with the government
to cover the costs to restart the plant and produce
CO2 for the UK market.
The company’s Ince fertilizer complex in Chester, UK,
was suspended at the same time as the Billingham facility;
however, it remains offline. CF does not have an estimate
for when production will resume there.
Dow Announces Agreement with Topsoe To Fast-Track MDU at Terneuzen Site
Dow announced a first step agreement is in place with
Haldor Topsoe to fast-track the design, engineering and
construction of a new 10,000-t/y market development unit
(MDU) at Dow’s site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands (PCN,
11 Oct 2021, p 3).
The MDU will advance the technology for industrialscale
purification of pyrolysis oil feedstock derived from
waste plastics, which will be used to meet strong market
demand for new, circular polyethylene.
“Advancing the circular economy for plastics requires
scale for feedstock recycling and clean up that does not yet
exist broadly, so we are partnering to help accelerate it,”
said Diego Donoso, president of Dow’s packaging and specialty
“Leveraging Haldor Topsoe’s technology and expertise
will help us de-risk scale-up purification capabilities
aligned with our efforts to stop the waste and close the
LyondellBasell Extends Circulen Suite
LyondellBasell said it has extended its Circulen suite of
sustainable solutions to its Advanced Polymer Solutions
The Circulen portfolio of compounds and solutions is
derived from mechanical and advanced (molecular) recycled
and renewable-based materials for its customers.
LyondellBasell’s APS segment produces polypropylene
compounds, engineered plastics, masterbatches, colors and
powders, engineered composites and advanced polymers,
including Catalloy and polybutene-1.