Filtration Industry Analyst
JOINT TASK FORCE TO REVIEW POWER FAILURE President George Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien have appointed a task force to identify the causes of the recent North American power outage, and to look at ways of preventing future outages. US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Herb Dhaliwal will co-chair the US–Canada Joint Task Force on the Power Outage. Three working groups will support the work of the task force addressing electric system, security and nuclear issues.
B&V STUDIES ROMANIAN POWER STATIONS Black & Veatch (B&V) is to undertake a feasibility study in Romania, funded by the US Trade and Development Agency, for the country’s state-owned thermal power generation company, Termoelectrica. B&V will provide recommendations to improve control and efficiency at 28 units totalling more than 5.5 GW covering nine separate power stations. The company will subcontract with Institutul de Studii si Proiectari Energetice (ISPE), a leading consulting and engineering firm in Romania, to perform a portion of the project. Based on information gathered from site visits and interviews with plant personnel, B&V will develop maximum, minimum and optimum scope packages to recommend what upgrades should be installed at specific units and plants. The power stations include fuel oil, gas and
lignite fired units ranging from 50 MW to 330 MW.
ALSTOM TO CONVERT GERMAN COGEN PLANT, BOILER Alstom has been awarded a contract by N-ERGIE AG, Nuremberg’s electrical utility, to supply a cogeneration power plant to the Sandreuth combined heat and power (CHP) plant. N-ERGIE AG is investing 90 million in this power plant upgrade. Alstom will supply, install and commission two natural-gas-fired 43 MW GTX100 gas turbines and convert an existing coalfired boiler to gas/oil firing. The French company will also provide the balance of plant, the heat recovery steam generators with supplementary firing behind the gas turbines, the electrical and control system and civil works. The project will benefit from German government subsidies. Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for spring 2005.
CHEMICALS SASOL LOOKS TO EXPAND PRODUCTION IN SOUTH AFRICA Sasol is studying the viability of producing propylene oxide and propylene glycol ethers at its Midlands site in Sasolburg, South Africa. The company is investigating the possibility of processing propylene oxide to produce propylene glycol ethers, and to sell propylene oxide on the merchant market by late 2006. Basic engineering is already underway to determine the viability of a proposed 60 000 metric ton per annum propylene oxide
plant and the outcome should be known by the second quarter of 2004. A new environmentally friendly process technology is currently being tested. Developed by Degussa AG and Uhde GmbH, the new technology employs hydrogen peroxide to oxidize propylene at high yield with no significant generation of by-products, except for water.
TECHNIP WINS CHILEAN HYDROGEN WORK Technip USA Corp, in consortium with Ingeníera y Construcción Sigdo Koppers SA (I&CSK), has been awarded a US$26 million contract by CHBB, for the engineering, procurement, construction and start-up of a 25 MMSCFD hydrogen plant in the Petrox Refinery in Talcahuano, Chile. CHBB (Compañia de Hidrógeno del Bío-Bío SA) is a special purpose company formed by Sigdo Koppers, ENAP and Petrox. The plant will be designed based on Technip’s hydrogen technology. Engineering, procurement and project management will be delivered by Technip Houston in Texas. Construction will be provided by I&CSK. This is Technip’s first significant entry into the Chilean market using its hydrogen technology.
AKER KVAERNER TO UPGRADE CAPROLACTAM COMPLEX Aker Kvaerner is to revamp DSM Nanjing Chemical Co’s Caprolactam plant in Nanjing, China. The complex revamp and extension was awarded after
Aker Kvaerner successfully completed the basic engineering. The project starts immediately and is due to be completed in the second half of 2005. Under a US$10 million– US$15 million contract, Aker Kvaerner will perform the (extended) basic engineering, project management and construction management services. The revamp will upgrade the plant to the state-of-the-art DSM Stamicarbon HPOplus technology and will increase production from 60 000 to 140 000 tonnes per annum, including improvement of safety and environmental aspects.
PETROCHEMICALS SAMSUNG WINS PETROKEMYA BUTENE-1 CONTRACT Arabian Petrochemical Co (PETROKEMYA), a wholly owned affiliate of Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) has awarded a lump-sum turnkey contract to Korea’s Samsung Engineering Co for the engineering, procurement and construction of a third Butene-1 plant. The facility will be built in Al-Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia, and is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2005. Plant capacity will be 130 000 mt per year of butene1. The two existing butene-1 plants at PETROKEMYA already produce 100 000 mt/y. After the expansion, the affiliate will have a total butene-1 capacity of 230 000 mt/y. PETROKEMYA and SABIC Engineering & Project Management jointly undertook the work leading to the contract, which was awarded through an international competitive bidding process.