FOCUS that are divided into the production of absorbents and additives, and catalyst production for the refinery, petrochemicals and fertilizer industries. As a result, Süd-Chemie is planning to relocate its Japan-based ammonia catalyst production site to China to achieve better market viability and have more opportunities for expansion. Nitrogen and Methanol, Nov/Dec 2003, (266), 6
NEW PLANTS Engelhard to expand capacity for clean-air technologies in China Engelhard Corp has broken ground for a new plant in The People’s Republic of China that will triple the company’s capacity to produce emission catalysts for that country’s burgeoning automotive industry. The new plant represents a significant step toward cleaner air for a country that contains 19 of the world’s 25 most polluted cities, according to the World Bank. The new plant will replace an existing Engelhard plant that opened in 2000. Current capacity there is not sufficient to meet growing orders. The new plant is scheduled to come on stream by mid-2004 and will triple Engelhard’s current production capacity in China. The new plant is also designed for additional expansion in coming years to keep pace with China’s growing demand for environmental technology. Press release from Engelhard Corp, 101, Wood Avenue, Iselin, NJ 08830, USA. Tel: +1 908 205 5000. E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.engelhard.com (10 Nov 2003)
Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Shell agree GTL project Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Shell GTL have agreed to build a worldscale gas-to-liquids plant at Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. Qatar Shell GTL is a subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Shell Group which plans to invest $5 bn to build upstream gas and liquids facilities at the site. Facilities would include a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, which will produce naphtha and transport fuels, n-paraffins, lubricant base oils, condensate and liquefied petroleum gas. The GTL plant will be built in stages; two 70,000 bbl/day
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China’s first dry gas based ethylbenzene unit expansion project going into operation
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Capacity at China’s first catalytic cracking dry gas based ethylbenzene unit utilising advanced technology has been expanded from 30,000 tonne/y to 60,000 tonne/y, in response to market demand. Fushun Petrochemical Co Number 2 Oil Plant brought the expansion onstream without problems. RMB 32.88 M was invested in the project.
GTL plant to fuel vehicle demonstrations Syntroleum Corp is bringing onstream a 70 bbl/day gas-to-liquids pilot plant for synthetic diesel fuels at Port of Catoosa, OK, in Nov 2003. The $52 M plant will test a new generation of clean transportation fuels designed to reduce exhaust emissions. Daimler Chrysler AG and Volkswagen AG are participating in the testing. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is providing $11.5 M of the plant costs, the rest is being provided jointly by Syntroleum and Marathon Oil Co. Oil and Gas Journal, 3 Nov 2003, 101 (42), 8
GTL agreement signed The National Iranian Oil Co, Petro SA of South Africa and Statoil of Norway have signed a Heads of Agreement concerning a third GTL project that involves a capacity of 60,000 bbl/day. The project will also involve the use of a technology being established by the three partners in a test bed in Mossel Bay, South Africa. The project is still in its infancy, although a project company is likely to be established within 12 months.
China Chemical Reporter, 16 Nov 2003, 14 (32), 12
Sasol commences basic engineering on potential PO plant Johannesburg-based Sasol is exploring the viability of setting up a 60,000 tonne/y propylene oxide plant in South Africa. The company proposes to use the new environment-friendly process developed by Degussa AG of Düsseldorf and Uhde GmbH of Dortmund. The new process produces propylene oxide from propylene and hydrogen peroxide, using a special catalyst. Following the pre-feasibility study conducted by all the three companies, the basic engineering is likely to commence to determine if it is worth proceeding with the project. Chemical Engineering World, Sep 2003, 38 (9), 36
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LG signs contract with Lummus to commercialise new technology Korea’s leading naphtha cracking company, LG Petrochemical Co Ltd, has signed a contract with ABB Lummus Global Inc to commercialise its new catalytic cracking technology by 2005. Joint research will be carried out. Won 4 bn has been already been invested in a pilot project by LG Petrochemical, which completed development of new catalyst technology for high yield ethylene in 2003. Patents have been applied for. It is claimed that the new catalyst increases current capacity by 20% when used in catalytic cracking. Annual profits are predicted to increase by Won 20 bn. China Chemical Reporter, 16 Nov 2003, 14 (32), 13
NEW TECHNOLOGY Avecia: formal launch for Pd EnCat Avecia Pharmaceuticals is formally launching its new encapsulated palladium catalyst technology Pd EnCat at CPhI Worldwide 2003. The catalyst immobilization technology leaves very low residual metal and ligand levels in the final product. The catalyst is easy to recover by filtration and has high selectivity in hydrogenation reactions. Avecia has invested more than $60 M in early phase development. PharmaChem, Oct 2003, 2 (10), 73-74 & European Chemical News, 3 Nov 2003, 79 (2075), 28