Refining and Petrochemicals

Lummus and Clariant to Provide Technology to India’s first PDH Plant

Lummus announced this week that it and its catalyst partner, Clariant Catalysts, have won a major contract award for GAIL of India’s upcoming propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Usar, Maharashtra. This plant is expected to be the first PDH plant in India.

Worley Awarded Services Contract for Ras Tanuras Residue Upgrade

Worley of Australia has been awarded a services contract for a residue upgrade project by Saudi Aramco on October 12, 2021. This residue upgrade project will be placed on the large Ras Tanuras refinery complex grounds.

Dow Plans World’s First Net Zero Ethylene and Derivates Complex

Dow recently announced that is has begun planning the first ever net-zero carbon emissions integrated ethylene cracker and derivatives site in regard to scope 1 and 2 carbon dioxide emissions.

ADNOC Scraps Plans for 400,000 bpd Ruwais Refinery

ADNOC of Abu Dhabi stated this week that it will cease its current plans for a new 400,000 barrels per day refinery in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. Changes in the economy for the project were cited as the likely reason for this decision.

Oil Demand in India Pushes Refinery Developments

Oil demand in India is expected to push construction of new refining projects in the region, as this demand could more than double to 11 million barrels per day by 2045. With this growth anticipated, new projects have been developing throughout the year to stay on pace to capitalize on this demand.

McDermott Signs on to Cauvery Project in Nagapattinam

McDermott International announced in early October that it had won a key contract for the significant upcoming Cauvery project in Nagapattinam, India. This contract was described by McDermott to be for project management consultancy and EPC management services for the Package 2 portion at the project. No contract value was stated at press time.

Construction Begins for Southern Libya Refinery

The Libya National Oil Company recently announced that the construction process for an upcoming refinery in Southern Libya had officially begun. This project has been on hold for many years until plans were revived in 2017.

Covestro Restarts Planning for World Scale MDI Plant

Covestro of Germany announced in a recent conference that it will resume planning for what it considers to be a world-scale methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) plant. The company had previously been planning a 500,000 tons per year MDI plant in Baytown, Texas, but it was placed on hold in early 2020.

KNPC’s Clean Fuels Project Begins Operations

Kuwait National Petroleum Co (KNPC) has successfully begun full operations at its ambitious Clean Fuels Project (CFP) in Kuwait. This project was developed over a six-year period at a cost of nearly $16 billion dollars.

INEOS Grangemouth moves forward on to the next phase

INEOS Grangemouth has today announced planned further investment of over £1 billion towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions at its site to net zero by 2045, building on the 37% reduction in net CO2 emissions already delivered since acquiring the site in 2005.

Modular Construction Pays Off for SABIC and ExxonMobil

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) recently announced that its joint venture project with Exxon Mobil known as the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) project near Corpus Christi, Texas has indeed begun its commissioning procedures ahead of an expected startup by the end of the year. The GCGV complex is a significant petrochemical project for the partners with a cost figure of $7.3 billion USD that includes a 1.8 MMtpy ethane cracker, a 1.1 MMtpy mono-ethylene glycol unit, and twin polyethylene units with a combined capacity of 1.3 MMtpy, and its success thus far is partially due to how its construction has been approached.

Repsol to start up the first electrolyzer at its Petronor refinery

Repsol will start up the first electrolyzer in the northern Spanish region of the Basque Country in the second half of 2022, to produce renewable hydrogen at its Petronor refinery. The facility will have a capacity of 2.5 MW and will involve an investment of €8.9 million, covering also the construction of the necessary infrastructures for the use and distribution of the renewable hydrogen produced.

Commissioning Underway for SABIC/ExxonMobil Project in Texas

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) recently announced that the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures project in Texas has indeed begun its commissioning procedures ahead of its expected startup by the end of 2021. SABIC is in a joint venture with ExxonMobil on this project.

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.