This is the first RSG order for MHI from the USA, and follows an order for replacement reactor vessel heads from another US utility company in September 2002. The two RSGs will be installed at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station in Nebraska. The steam generator replacement is aimed at extending the plant’s operating licence by 20 years until 2033. The two generators will be delivered in 2006, with manufacturing taking place at MHI’s Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works.
USA PLANS POLLUTION-FREE POWER PLANT OF THE FUTURE The USA is leading a US$1 billion, public–private effort to construct the world’s first fossil fuel, pollution-free power plant. The plant, known as FutureGen, will serve as a living prototype of new carbon sequestration technologies and produce both electricity and hydrogen. “FutureGen will be one of the boldest steps our nation has taken toward a pollution-free energy future,” says US Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. Virtually every aspect of the prototype plant will be based on cutting-edge technology. The government will ask an industrial consortium to design a plant that will turn coal into a hydrogen-rich gas, rather than burning it directly.
PHARMACEUTICALS JACOBS RECEIVES ASTRAZENECA CONTRACT A Jacobs Engineering Group subsidiary is to provide engineering, procurement, construction management
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and validation services for AstraZeneca’s new US$25 million aerosol facility in Dunkerque, France. The plant will be a key production facility for an undisclosed aerosol product that AstraZeneca will distribute globally. Completion of the fast-track project is scheduled for the end of 2004.
PHASE 2 CONTRACT FOR FW Foster Wheeler Corp has won a US$150 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for Phase 2 of Schering-Plough’s multiproduct ctive pharmaceutical ingredient plant (MPP2) in Tuas, Singapore. The plant is a smart clone of the MPP1 project that FW is currently completing for Schering-Plough, also in Singapore. The new plant will produce the cholesterol-lowering agent ZETIA (ezetimibe).
OIL & GAS FUTURE FUELS ROLE FOR FW IN NEW ZEALAND The New Zealand Refining Co Ltd (NZRC) has selected Foster Wheeler Corp to support it in producing an engineering, procurement and construction sanction package for the New Zealand Future Fuels project. The project, located at Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand, involves modifying the country’s only refinery to produce low-sulfur diesel fuel and low-benzene, -sulfur and -aromatics gasoline. The US$75 million project is split into two stages. FW has been awarded Stage 1, which requires supporting NZRC in producing an EPC sanction package from a number of separate basic design engineering
packages. The Stage 2 contract, covering engineering, procurement and construction, is expected to be awarded later this year. Start-up of the new facilities is scheduled for mid-2005. The clean-fuels project includes new processing units for hydrodesulfurization, benzene removal and hydrogen separation, as well as a significant revamp of existing facilities. The project will be executed by FW’s Thailand office.
JACOBS SECURES CANADIAN ORDER Jacobs Engineering Group Inc’s Canadian subsidiary has won a major portion of the upcoming 2003 turnaround contract at Suncor Energy Inc’s oil sands facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The project requires an outage beginning spring 2003. Prior to the outage, Jacobs will provide intensive pre-planning and pre-fabrication to accomplish proposed rehabilitation activities in Plants 5, 8 and 25 before restoring upgrading production.
DUKE ENERGY OUTLINES NEW GAS PIPELINE PROJECTS Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT) affiliates have filed two separate natural gas pipeline projects with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to increase the reliability and efficiency of natural gas supplies in the growing mid-Atlantic and northeast regions of the USA. HubLine Phase II consists of about seven miles of pipeline, called the Everett Extension, originating from Algonquin’s previously approved Deer Island Lateral in Boston to the interconnection with Algonquin, three metre stations and associated
facilities along the pipeline route. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2004 with a projected in-service date of summer 2005. The Dominion Expansion Project consists of about 35 miles of new 36-inch diameter pipeline to be constructed within the Texas Eastern right of way adjacent to the existing pipeline.
BHP BILLITON COMMITS US$1.1B FOR ATLANTIS DEVELOPMENT BHP Billiton has approved a total of US$1.1 billion for the development of the Atlantis oil and gas reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. This includes US$355 million that the company approved in May 2002 to advance the project by funding detailed engineering and design work, purchasing of long-lead items, and awarding major contracts. The funds will cover the completion of project engineering, pre-drill and completion of the initial producing wells, and construction and installation of production facilities and subsea equipment. Based on recently completed engineering, planning, and contracting studies, first oil is targeted for the third quarter of calendar 2006. The field has an estimated production life of approximately 15 years.
WELL APPRAISAL SUCCESS FOR AMERADA HESS Amerada Hess Corp says that the G-13-2 well drilled in Block G, offshore Equatorial Guinea in the Rio Muni Basin, has confirmed the G-13 discovery made in November 2002. The G-13-2 well encountered 397 feet of net oil pay. It was drilled to a total depth of