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ZeoGas hires Foster Wheeler to plan Gulf Coast gas-to-gasoline project

10:50 AM MDT | September 18, 2014 | Clay Boswell

ZeoGas (Houston) has hired Foster Wheeler to help plan a gas-to-gasoline plant that will be built on the US Gulf Coast. The new plant will employ Air Liquide’s 5,000-m.t./day MegaMethanol technology to convert natural gas to synthesis gas and then to methanol, which will be converted to gasoline using ExxonMobil’s methanol-to-gasoline technology....


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Petronas Chemicals and Poland's Azoty sign MOU for ammonia-urea jv in Malaysia

Petronas Chemicals (Kuala Lumpur), Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe Puławy (Puławy, Poland) and Sipitang Oil & Gas Development Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the viability of producing ammonia and urea in Malaysia for sale...

Shell to rebuild Moerdijk POSM plant

Shell Chemicals says it will rebuild the MSPO-2 propylene oxide–styrene monomer (POSM) plant at the company's Moerdijk, Netherlands, facility. In a statement issued on 17 September, Shell says it has determined the cause of an explosion that destroyed the plant in June and that it “is convinced that a similar incident can be prevented from occurring again in the future.”...

PhosAgro appoints new board member

PhosAgro (Moscow), a leading integrated phosphate fertilizer producer, announced today the election of Jim Rogers to its board of directors. Rogers cofounded Quantum Fund and owns Rogers Holdings. He becomes an independent, nonexecutive director of PhosAgro...

Russian firm plans export-oriented methanol complex in Leningrad region

The Baltic Gas Chemical Co. has concluded preliminary geological investigations at a site in the Leningrad region of Russia, where it plans to build an export-oriented methanol manufacturing complex, local reports say. The 55-hectare site is situated in the...

Sibur proceeds with $9.5-billion petchem project at Tobolsk

Sibur (Moscow), Russia’s largest petrochemical company, said today that, following the completion of the front-end engineering design (FEED) contracts and assessment of the design documentation, it is proceeding with the previously announced...

Advanced Petrochemical and SK Gas form joint venture for PDH plant

Advanced Petrochemical (Al Jubail) said on Sunday that its 95%-owned subsidiary Advanced Global Investment Co. (AGIC) and SK Gas (Seoul) have formed a joint venture for their previously announced propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at Ulsan, South Korea. The...

Reports: Vietnam firm breaks ground on $4-billion refinery-petrochemical complex

Vung Ro Petroleum (VRP; Tuy Hoa, Vietnam) has broken ground on a previously announced refinery and petrochemical complex, and seaport development, at Hoa Tam industrial zone in the Dong Hoa District of Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, according to various media...

BASF starts up 155,000-m.t/year butadiene unit at Antwerp

BASF has started up a butadiene extraction plant at the company's Antwerp complex, the company announced today. The plant has an annual production capacity of 155,000 m.t. It is BASF’s second butadiene plant in Europe. BASF's other butadiene extraction...

Vencorex to convert chlorine plant in France to membrane technology

Vencorex, a joint venture in which PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok) holds 85% and Perstorp 15%, said today that it plans to convert its diaphragm process chlor-alkali plant at Pont-de-Claix, France to membrane technology. The facility, designed to produce...

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