Process contracts and projects: Global Feb 2014

Foster Wheeler
has been awarded contracts by S-OIL Corp. for the FEED for a residue upgrading project at S-OIL’s Onsan refinery in Ulsan, South Korea. The upgrade includes adding a residue hydrodesulfurisation unit, a residue fluid catalytic cracker and downstream upgrading units to enable the refinery to produce more higher value products and, in particular, maximise production of polymer-grade propylene. FW will also prepare the tender for the EPC phase, procure long-lead items, evaluate the EPC bids, and prepare a cost estimate to support S-OIL’s final investment decision.

Foster Wheeler
has been awarded the pre-front-end engineering design and the FEED contract by Kuwait National Petroleum Co.for a new onshore LNG import and regasification terminal to be built in Kuwait. The new terminal will have a design send-out capacity of around 1,500m standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) of gas, with four full-containment LNG storage tanks, each of 180,000 cubic meters.

Bilthoven Biologicals is planning to create a new life-science park adjacent to acurrent facility, Protel reports. It is as yet unconfirmed whether production or research facilities are will be built. An internal team is reviewing the proposals with the government. The schedule is: AFE Q4 2016; procurement start Q2/17; site start Q3/17; completion Q3/18. The contact is Joan Van Houtum, senior purchasing manager tel: 0031 30 274 3245,

BP has awarded Jacobs Engineering Group a contract for process and infrastructure work on the greenfield Khazzan project in Oman. The deal covers engineering, procurement and construction management services in relation to about $2bn of gas gathering and water pipelines, wellhead production facilities and export pipelines for the development of the southern sector of Block 61.

The US Dept of Energy has allocated $1m for a wastewater energy recovery programme to demonstrate innovative applications and document the resulting energy and cost savings. The initiative supports technical assistance studies, demonstration projects seeking to track and measure energy savings and/or potential, or  project implementation. The response deadline is 7 April. Details UKTI - external link.

Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract by Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute (SMDERI) for the design and supply of two grate boilers for Fatima Energy Ltd, part of Fatima Group. The new 120 MWe co-generation power plant will be located at the Fatima sugar mill in Savawan, Pakistan. FW will design and supply two 60 MWe grate boilers and auxiliary equipment. The boilers will be designed to burn coal and bagasse. Commercial operation of the new boilers is scheduled for Q1/16.

UK companies have an opportunity to attend a closed workshop to present innovative technologies to specialist investors in the oil and gas sector in Norway. Companies, entrepreneurs and inventors interested in presenting at this event will be required to submit an application form describing the technology and its potential. The response deadline is 31 March, with more details available from UKTI - external link.

UK companies are invited to bid for the supply and delivery of condenser tubes for a major power station in the west of Zimbabwe, says UKTI.  A Zimbabwe state entity has invited eligible companies to put forward their bids to provide condenser tubes for one of the largest power stations in the country. The response deadline: 03/04/2014.
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Chemicals group BASF is to build a new world scale production plant to manufacture specialty amines at its existing wholly-owned site in the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in China. The plant, which is scheduled to come on stream in late 2015, will have dimethylaminopropylamine (DMAPA) and polyetheramines (PEA) as the main products.

has awarded Emerson a $2.7m contract to supply an integrated condition and performance monitoring system for the Gina Krog oil and gas platform in the Norwegian North Sea. The system will enable onshore monitoring of pumps, compressors and other mechanical equipment; delivering predictive diagnostics and equipment health alerts with software to aggregate asset data and link to an SAP Enterprise Asset Management system. The solution also includes WirelessHART infrastructure.

CB&I on 19 Feb  announced a $370m contract award on Kuwait National Petroleum Co.'s clean fuels project at the Mina Abdullah I refinery in Kuwait. CB&I is part of a JV led by Petrofac Int. Ltd, along with Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd. that will execute the Mina Abdullah I refinery project. CB&I's scope includes engineering and procurement for two atmospheric residue desulfurisation units, previously licensed by Chevron Lummus Global, a JV between CB&I and Chevron. The project is part of KNPC's plans to upgrade the two refineries and raise daily production to 800k bpsd from the current 736k bpsd.

Eurochem is to use KBR's Purifier technology licensed through Tecnimont SpA, in the design of two new ammonia plants located at Kingisepp near St. Petersburg and Nevinnomyssk in southern Russia. The technology because it is more reliable and has lower energy consumption than competing technologies in the industry, resulting in reduced operating costs for the end user, said Roy Oelking, KBR hydrocarbons group president.

Foster Wheeler
has signed a collaboration deal with Tecnimont USA Inc. for FEED design, detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of petrochemicals, chemicals and fertiliser facilities in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
The companies will jointly target opportunities for new plants and plant revamps. “Delivering growth in the North American gas monetization market is a key strategic objective,” said Roberto Penno, CEO, Foster Wheeler global engineering and construction.

CF Industries has awards CB&I a contract worth around $100m to perform construction and component fabrication for CF Industries' new urea ammonia nitrate and nitric acid units, offsites and utilities at its complex in Donaldsonville, La. CB&I has provided tank construction services for CF Industries since the 1960s.

Statoil Petroleum AS has engaged Foster Wheeler to carry out a study for the Snøhvit improvement project 2 at Melkøya, 450km north of the Arctic Circle in Norway. The goal is to define long-term solutions to achieve the Snøhvit partnership’s objectives of increasing the operating performance of the LNG facility and increasing the capacity and feed gas flexibility of the plant, FWsaid 17 Feb. This concept study is for completion by Q3/14.

has sanctioned upgrades and modifications to various process systems for injectable products at the Herouville-Saint Clair site, reports Protel. Works, it said, could include the construction of a building extension. Site work is to start Q1/14 with completion due in Q3/14. The project lead is Antoine Leguillette, engineer, tel: 0033 2 31 06 92 00. Rue Louis Pasteur 2, 14200, Herouville-Saint Clair, France.

In Indiana, Emerson Process Management has completed a process automation project, as part of a major BP upgrade of its refinery in Whiting - the group's largest refinery in the US. As main automation contractor, Emerson provided technologies and services that helped enable the Chicago-area refinery to modernise its facility to process advantaged crude supplies. Read more

The Arctic countries together rank as the top seven most attractive mining destinations in the world, according to UKTI - citing the findings of Fraser Institute global mining survey,  Led by  Finland, Sweden, Canada, Norway and Greenland, the region offers major opportunities to UK businesses across different products and services. These, say UKTI, include exploration and mining, construction and infrastructure, financial and professional services, and equipment and machinery. Read more

In Texas, Phillips 66 is to invest $3bn in its Sweeny fractionator one and Freeport LPG export terminal. The Sweeny unit in Old Ocean, close to the company’s Sweeny Refinery, will supply natural gas liquids (NGL) products to the petchem industry and heating markets. The 100k bpd NGL fractionator is to startup Q3/15. The Freeport terminal at the company’s existing marine terminal in Freeport, will have an initial export capacity of 4.4m barrels/month and is to start mid-2016.

Energy production technology services company Proserv has extended its subsea manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of the entire share capital of UK-based KRG Industries from majority shareholder Torishima Pump Mfg. Co. Ltd of  Japan. KRG provides precision engineering services including machining, welding, inspection and testing to oil & gas OEMs, oilfield service companies and defence contractors.

An Italian university with international expertise in innovation and technology transfer, in cooperation with a local public financial company, wants to enter into contact with UK consortia and/or consortia to submit a joint proposal in the call capacity-building in technologytransfer within the Horizon 2020 EU programme. The response deadline is 10 April 2014. UKTI details  - external link.

Foster Wheeler  is to design and supply of two lignite-brining circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) boiler islands and flue gas scrubbers for HIDRO-GEN Energy Import, Export, Distribution and Trading Inc., a subsidiary of Kolin Group. The contract was awarded by Harbin Electric International Co. Ltd (HEI), which is acting as EPC contractor for the project near Soma, Turkey. Commercial operation of the new steam generators is set for the beginning of 2017.
CB&I has been awarded a contract to provide pipe fabrication for Dow Chemical Co. US Gulf Coast investment programme. Dow's investment plan includes construction of a new propylene and ethylene production unit in Texas and four new polyethylene plants in Texas and Louisiana.
Air Liquide has signed a long-term supply contract with ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG in the Rhine-Ruhr area. Deliveries will include 4,600t/day of oxygen, plus nitrogen and argon to ThyssenKrupp´s steelworks in the Duisburg cluster, the largest steel production region in Europe. Supply will be via Air Liquide’s 500km local pipeline network serving the steel, chemical and petrochemical industries in the Rhine-Ruhr area. This pipeline is fed by Air Liquide air separation units, including Germany’s largest oxygen production plant (with a capacity of 2,400 t/day).
Fluor Corp's JV with JGC was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Chevron Canada Ltd for the proposed Kitimat Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in Bish Cove, British Columbia, Canada. Chevron and Apache Canada Ltd each hold a 50% interest in the proposed project. The project scope includes completion of the existing FEED package by finalizing value-improving concepts for the proposed LNG facility. The scope of work also includes detailed engineering and procurement services for the initial phases of the project.
Jacobs Engineering Group and Pfizer Inc. are to jointly develop a modular process system for localised pharmaceutical manufacturing in emerging market countries. This will link Pfizer’s aseptic drug product process expertise and Jacobs’ capabilities in modular engineering, fabrication, and testing to create a 'rapid deployment module' that integrates modular equipment, automated control systems and single-use technology for bags, mixers, sterile connectors, manifolds and filters.

Proserv has secured two contracts in the Gulf of Mexico, together worth £10.5m. At Noble Energy’s Gunflint field in the Mississippi Canyon area, its fibre optic systems will allow high-speed network communication from 1859m below the surface. Proserv’s team of subsea controls experts in Great Yarmouth, UK, will lead the manufacturing of the seven subsea control modules. Control systems for three wells will be provided to Talos Energy's Green Canyon Block and will also include a subsea distribution system. The Great Yarmouth team will manufacture the equipment, which will operate at a depth of 762m.

Shell has begun production from the Mars B development through Olympus – its seventh, and largest, floating deep-water platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It is the first deep-water project in the Gulf to expand an existing oil and gas field, it is expected to extend the life of the greater Mars basin to 2050 or beyond. Combined future production from Olympus and the original Mars platform will deliver an estimated 1bn barrels of oil equivalent, Shell said 4 Feb.

KBR has been awarded a contract for the basic design development for Heerema Offshore Services' large new semisubmersible crane vessel (NSCV). Subsidiary GVA completed seven months of feasibility and conceptual studies on the NSCV in 2013. The basic design phase of the new vessel will cover the major part of 2014, KBR announced 4 Feb.

KBR on 14 Jan announced a five-year master services agreement with DuPont Engineering to provide EPCM services for most DuPont facilities in the US and Mexico. This extends a long-standing EPCM services support of DuPont facilities in the US Northeast region. With a recently awarded industrial services contract, KBR will now provide comprehensive engineering, procurement, construction management, and continuous construction and maintenance services for most DuPont manufacturing sites in the US.

One of the largest energy providers in Poland is looking for a company to modernise operating systems in one of its heat and power station. The selection criteria is: Price 45%; Guarantee 10%; System maintenance costs 10%; Points sum (functionality assessment) 25%; rbg price ranges 5%. The response deadline is 11 March 2014. UKTI details - external site.

Two new boiler feed water pumps with variable speed drives and electric motors are required to stabilise the pressure fluctuation in the common supply header, and equalise BFW distribution to individual boilers of a power plant in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The coal-fired steam unit is of Russian origin and started operations in 1983. It comprises eight boilers, each having a capacity of 420 t/h at 560C and 140 bar, six 80-100MW extraction condensing turbines. Response deadline 12 March 2014. UKTI details - external site.

One of the largest Brazilian contractors is developing the largest sanitation project in Brazil, in the north east of the country, and is seeking to identify UK companies who can provide technologies in sewage treatment systems. The project aims to provide sewage treatment services for 3.7m habitants in 14 municipalities and guarantee treatment for all sewage collected. Response deadline 10 March 2014. UKTI details - external site.

Foster Wheeler is offering clients operating its circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) steam generators a method for converting ash into product for stabilisation and remediation of soils and land areas or as an aggregate or fill for road and civil construction. The move follows a deal with LA Ash Products and Services. LA Ash is to condition the ash using its proprietary process developed by LA Ash and sell it to construction and environmental remediation companies.

Bechtel is designing and building the facility, also known as the Vit Plant, for the US Department of Energy. When complete, the plant will treat 56m gallons of radioactive waste stored in underground tanks in Washington state. Watch a company video of the progress.

Chinese steelmaker Taiyuan Iron and Steel Ltd (TISCO) has selected Broner to roll out its real-time caster and steel plant scheduling solutions to cover new equipment at two plants in TaiYuan city, ShanXi province, China. Broner has a long standing customer relationship with TISCO, and its 'caster scheduler', 'melt shop control centre', and 'schedule editor modules' have been in production in at TISCO since 2006.

One of the largest oil companies in Poland is looking for specialised pit-drilling equipment, including pumps, cables and modules, along with appropriate certificates. The tender is split into two parts: Supply of six complete sets of pit-drilling equipment: Supply of six complete sets of pit pumps, along with ESP. The deadline for responses in 9 Feb. UKTI details - external site.

Air Products
is to supply main cryogenic heat exchangers for the Yamal LNG project. Under an deal with a consortium including Technip and JGC Corp, three of its MCR units will be employed wiithin the propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant liquefaction process. Each of these units using Air Products LNG process technology and equipment will produce 5,500ktpa of LNG, for the overall 16,500ktpa three-train facility.

Dubai Petroleum Establishment has signed up Technip for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the Jalilah B field development project, 90km offshore Dubai, at water depth reaching 60m. The scope includes the Jalilah B platform, a 900-tonne deck, a 500-tonne jacket, 13 new risers on existing platforms and 110km of pipelines. Technip’s center in Abu Dhabi will execute the project for completion in the second half of 2014.

Azerbaijan International Operating Co., operated by BP, has started oil production from the West Chirag platform as part of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli field development in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. Production began from one of the pre-drilled wells - J05, on 28 Jan. The oil will first pass through newly installed processing facilities on the platform and be exported to the Sangachal Terminal via a new in-field pipeline linked to an existing 30” subsea export pipeline.
Enbridge is to construct extra facilities at its Sunday Creek Terminal in the Christina Lake area of northern Alberta, to support production growth from the Christina Lake oil sands project operated by Cenovus Energy and jointly owned with ConocoPhillips. The $0.2bn expansion is due in-service Q3/15 and includes development of a site beside the existing terminal, construction of a 350k barrel tank with piping, pumps and measurement equipment, and civil work for a future tank.

The AMEC Tekfen Azfen (ATA) consortium has won a $974m contract for the BP-operated Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea, AMEC said 28 Jan. ATA's remit covers the fabrication, load out and offshore hook-up and commissioning of the topsides units of the two Stage 2 platforms.  (Read more)

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a new two-year oil sands and plant services contract by Suncor Energy Services Inc. at its Fort McMurray base plant, Jacobs announced 28 Jan.   (Read more)

will build a new world scale plant for its Trilon M (methylglycinediacetic acid) chelating agent at Evonik’s Theodore, Alabama site. The $90m production facility is planned to start up in H2/15.

Alfa Laval
has won an SEK65m order to supply its Packinox heat exchangers to an integrated refinery-petrochemical complex in the Middle East. Delivery is scheduled for 2014 and 2015. The heat exchangers will be included in a process to remove substances, such as sulfur, from the feed stock.

and SINOPEC, on 24 Jan, broke ground on the construction of its world-scale isononanol (INA) plant in Maoming Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, Maoming, China. At start-up in 2015, the plant, which is the first of its kind in China, will supply feedstock for next-generation plasticisers. A newly-formed 50-50 JV has been created, BASF MPCC Co. Ltd. The new plant will bring around 100 new jobs in Maoming.

Weir Group PLC has signed a two-year contract with Lukoil Oil Co. to provide general maintenance services for the West Qurna-2 oilfield in Southern Iraq. The £59m deal will see Weir engineers deliver mechanical, electrical, maintenance and pipeline services for the related production facilities, including the Mishrif central processing plant, Weir said 24 Jan.

Wood Group GTS
has won a long-term contract with Rockland Capital to provide maintenance services for two GE Frame 7EA gas turbines at the company's 225MW Eagle Point power facility in Westville, New Jersey. The 13-year deal covers parts, repairs, field services, installation of the ECOMAX combustion management system, and remote monitoring and diagnostics to provide predictive performance management of the gas turbines.

Jacobs Engineering Group
's Q1/14 results to 27 Dec, 2013 were in-line with expectations with net earnings of $93.7m on sales of $3.1bn - c/f $99.0m and $2.8bn a year ago. Total backlog grew 11.5% to $18.1bn. Looking forward, president and CEO Craig Martin saw improving opportunities in our public sector markets, and our private sector markets remain strong."

The Cefic EU chemical industry confidence indicator registered an improvement in November 2013 compared with October. Current overall order books for the coming months contributed to the positive change. Capacity utilisation in the industry increased from 78.1% in Q2/13 to 79.3% in Q3.

Mexico's state-owned power utility CFE has issued a major international tender on the power sector, UKTI has signalled. 
The winning company will be in charge of developing a combined cycle power plant and to deliver design, engineering, material and equipment supply, construction, installation, trials and technical support. (Read more)

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