Refining and Petrochemicals

GAIL adds Grace PP Technology to Upcoming Plant in India

W.R. Grace & Co has licensed its UNIPOL® PP process technology to GAIL of India for its upcoming propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and polypropylene (PP) plant located in Usar, Maharastra, India. This facility will be the first PDH/PP plant to be built in India.

Shell Moves Forward with Large Netherlands Biofuels Facility

Royal Dutch Shell recently announced that it has made a final investment decision regarding the construction of an 820,000 tons per year biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which was previously referred to as the Pernis Refinery site. Once operational in 2024, this biofuels facility will one of the largest European facilities producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel made from a waste product feedstock.

Lukoil to Add Catalytic Cracking Unit to its Perm Refinery

Lukoil recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation to start the process of implementing a grassroots catalytic cracking project at the company’s existing Perm refinery site in the North Urals region of Russia. Lukoil is planning to move to a construction phase next with a planned startup in 2026.

Ust-Luga Gas Complex Picks Linde and RHI for EPC Duties

Gazprom recently announced that it had signed an EPC contract with a consortium comprised of Linde Engineering and Renaissance Heavy Industries (RHI) for work to be performed for a natural gas liquefaction plant at an upcoming gas processing complex developing near Ust-Luga. This significant venture will be operated by a joint venture of Gazprom and RusGazDobycha named RusKhimAlyans.

OLAX Engineering Wins Significant PMC Agreement for Nigeria’s BUA Refinery

OLAX Engineering of the United Kingdom announced this week that it had been awarded an Owners Engineers and Project Management Services Contract for the upcoming FEED phase of the grassroots BUA refinery to be placed in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Dangote Seeks to Escalate Polypropylene Output

Dangote complex to add 900,000 tpy of polypropylene production next to its massive 650,000 bpd oil refinery.

SABIC and FJPEC Agree to Construct Petrochemical Complex in Zhangzhou, China

Saudi Aramco subsidiary SABIC has signed a joint venture contract with the Fujian Petrochemical Industrial Group Co., Ltd (FJPEC) of China for the purpose of building what would be a significant petrochemical complex in China. The mega complex would require a total investment of about $6.18 billion and will be built at the Gulei Industrial Park in Zhangzhou city, in east China's Fujian Province.

ExxonMobil and SABIC’s GCGV Complex Due to Start by the end of 2021

ExxonMobil and SABIC’s joint venture project named the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures complex is currently going through its commissioning phase for a planned startup in the final quarter of 2021, according to the plant’s manager, Paul Fritsch. The $7.3 billion dollar project has been working to reach this updated pace throughout much of the year, after having been previously expected in 2023.

Hyosung Adds New Polypropylene Unit in Vietnam

Hysosung of South Korea has recently started up production at the second 300,000 tons per year polypropylene unit at its site in the Ba Ria Vung Tau province of Vietnam. The company started another identically sized polypropylene unit in March of last year.

Texas Refinery Turns to Blue Hydrogen

The Javelina Refinery operated by Howard Midstream Energy Partners (HEP) in Corpus Christi is set to become the first carbon-neutral hydrogen production site in south Texas.

Sunshine Petrochemical Project in Louisiana Faces Further Delays

The United States Army has ordered a full environmental review of the already delayed Sunshine Project in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The $9.4 billion-dollar petrochemical facility has designs for multiple phases and has faced environmental group pressures for some time.

Shut in Wyoming Refinery to Return as Renewables Plant

Slate Refining LLC of Wyoming and Starwood Energy of Connecticut have announced their partnership agreement for the purpose of reconfiguring Slate’s dormant refinery in Douglas, Wyoming into a renewable fuel facility.

India’s Ratnagiri Complex Still Looking for Direction

The developing Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals complex has been a controversial project the last few years and could be headed for more change if it hopes to find its footing in the short term.

PTTGC and Cargill Begin Planning Biopolymer Plant in Thailand

Agricultural entity Cargill Inc of the United States and PTT Global Chemical Pcl of Thailand recently announced that they will a new biopolymer plant in Thailand. It is expected to be located in Thailand’s Nakhon Sawan BioComplex in the Takhli district, according to statements from PTTGC chief executive and president Kongkrapan Intarajang.

PBF Energy Progresses Renewable Project in Louisiana

PBF Energy recently announced that it was in preliminary discussions with Honeywell UOP for licensing technology at its proposed renewable diesel project at its Chalmette Refinery in Louisiana. PBF is hoping to make a final investment decision on the potential project over the next few months.

NNPC to Take 20% Stake in Dangote Refinery

Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council has recently approved the acquisition of a 20% minority stake by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the Dangote Petroleum and Petrochemical Refinery. Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, stated that the acquisition cost figure was $2.76 billion.

CVR Energy Delays Renewable Diesel Project Due to Feedstock Price Hike

CVR Energy of Texas recently announced that it was delaying the completion of a renewable diesel unit under construction at the company’s Wynnewood, Oklahoma facility. High feedstock prices were given as the reason for the project pause.

Petrochemical Competition Heats Up in India

Adani Enterprises announced it had created a new subsidiary known as Adani Petrochemicals Ltd (APL) to focus on petrochemicals.

Inter Pipeline and Pembina Terminates Takeover Offer, Heartland Petrochemical Complex Continues Pace

Inter Pipeline of Calgary announced in late July that its board of directors would not be reconfirming an $6.7 billion takeover offer from Pembina Pipeline Corporation. This arrangement agreement has indeed been terminated.

ExxonMobil and SABIC Mechanically Completes Gulf Coast Petrochemical Project

ExxonMobil and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, also known as SABIC, jointly announced this week that their Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) project near Corpus Christi, Texas has officially reached mechanical completion status. The partners stated that this success will put startup ahead of schedule and intended by the end of the year.

China Steps Further into Iraq with New Refinery Agreement

The Iraq Ministry of Oil recently announced that China had agreed on a plan for the funding, construction, and operation of a new refining and petrochemical complex in Southern Iraq.

Motiva Ceases Plans for Multibillion Dollar Petrochemical Expansion in Texas

Saudi Aramco owned Motiva Enterprises LLC has reportedly suspended its plans to implement petrochemical operations at its 630,000 barrel per day refinery complex in Port Arthur, Texas. Saudi Aramco has been reviewing this plan since last September as the company has been deliberating on increasing its oil and natural gas production instead.

10,000 bpd Nigerian Refinery Due in 2023

In mid-July, Nigerian independent company ND Western Limited announced it was developing a new 10,000 barrel per day modular refinery in Utorogu, Delta State. ND Western Limited is a consortium comprised of Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited (NDPR), Petrolin Trading Limited (PETROLIN), FIRST Exploration & Petroleum Development OML 34 Limited and Walter-Smith Exploration and Production Limited.

CNCEC of China Tapped to Build Refinery Complex in Iraq

The Government of Iraq has contracted China National Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. (CNCEC), a state-owned construction and engineering company, with the building of a 300,000 barrel per day refinery and petrochemical plant at the port of Fao on the Persian Gulf.

PBF Energy’s Renewable Diesel Project Wins Local Support in Louisiana

The developing renewable diesel unit at PBF Energy’s long-running refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana was recently bolstered by a tax exemption approval.

Nigeria keeps up the pace for self-sufficiency in refining

NPPC spending money to keep capacity under control and improved for own facilities.

Maire Tecnimont Wins EPCC Contract in India

In early July, Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. of Italy announced that its subsidiaries Tecnimont S.p.A. and Tecnimont Private Ltd have formed a consortium that has won an EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning) contract by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for a new polypropylene plant in Barauni, India. Maire Tecnimont stated that the overall contract value was for $170 million USD.

NNPC to Advance Kaduna and Warri Rehab Refineries in July

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announced in late June that it plans to award EPC contracts by the end of July for a pair of state-owned Nigerian Refineries. The company has been planning a much-needed rehabilitation project for the 10,000 barrel per day Kaduna and the 125,000 barrel per day Warri refineries, as they have fallen into inefficient operation over the years.

Reliance and ADNOC Team Up for Ruwais Petrochemical Complex

Reliance Industries of India and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) have signed an agreement for a significant new petrochemical project to be set in Ruwais, as jointly announced by both companies.

Petrobras Starts Bidding Plans for New Diesel Hydrotreatment Unit

In late June 2021, Petrobras announced that it has begun an international bidding process regarding engineering, procurement, and construction duties required for a planned newbuild diesel hydrotreatment unit and associated required systems at the company’s long standing and Paulinia refinery (also known as REPLAN) near Sao Paulo, Brazil.