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HIMA: Safe communication in digitally networked plant of the future


May 11, 2015   + + +  To help the process industry migrate to tomorrow’s digitally networked plants, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH will introduce at ACHEMA 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, a new protocol that enables Ethernet-based, safety-related communication (SIL 3). Now safe communication is enabled between the company’s three controller families: HIMatrix, HIMax and HIQuad ... more


Linde successfully launches compact hydrogen generator line


May 8, 2015   + + +  Technology company The Linde Group has successfully launched its new HYDROPRIME® plant line of innovative, cost effective hydrogen generators which are based on proven steam methane reforming technology. Hydro-Chem, a division of Linde Engineering North America, announced today that it has tested and proven the reliability and suitability of these units in various applications. The company is now launching the mass production release of HYDROPRIME® as a competitive and reliable local production alternative to trucked-in bulk gases.

Siemens: New modules for Siprocess GA700
enable comprehensive analytical solutions

April 20, 2015  + + +  With "Ultramat 7" and "Calomat 7", Siemens is offering two new analyzer modules for its Siprocess GA700 gas analysis system. Together with the "Oxymat 7" module which is already available, users can thus configure flexible analytical solutions, for example for measuring oxygen, hydrogen, noble gases or infrared-active components such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. Main field of application is process monitoring in chemical, petrochemical and incineration plants ... more

JDN Hoists for Tank Cleaning Installations

JDN offers a range of air hoists and trolleys tailored to your specific needs for handling high-pressure injection heads in truck tank cleaning installations. All hoists are suitable for use in potentially explosive areas. Thanks to their sensitive push button controls with emergency stop function, they enable the injection heads to be lowered inside the tanks in a controlled manner. Because the hoists are suitable for oil-free operation, there is no need for additional lubrication ... more

TurkmenGaz lets contract for petrochemical complex

April 20, 2015  + + +  State-owned TurkmenGaz, through a subcontractor, has let a contract to Metso Corp., Helsinki, to supply valve technology for a $3-billion petrochemical complex under construction in the Turkmenbashi district of Balkan province in western Turkmenistan. Under the contract, Metso will deliver standard and severe-service globe and butterfly valves from the company’s Neles and Jamesbury product portfolios that range in size from ½ in. to 20 in., Metso said ... more.

SOCAR lets contract for first Azerbaijani polypropylene plant
Azerbaijan lets contract for refining, petchem megacomplex

April 7, 2015 + + + SOCAR Polymer LLC, a subsidiary of state-owned State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), has let an engineering, construction, and procurement (EPC) contract to Maire Tecnimont SPA, Milan, to build the country’s first polypropylene (PP) plant, in the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park (SCIP), about 30 km north of Baku
March 18, 2015 + + + State-owned State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has let a contract to Fluor Corp. to provide project management contractor services for its long-planned oil and gas processing and petrochemical complex (OGPC) to be built 60 km southwest of Baku ... more

Siemens: Motor management system communicates via Modbus

March 27, 2015   + + +  Siemens has expanded its Simocode pro motor management system to include Modbus communication. Users and switchboard manufacturers can now integrate the motor management system from Siemens into Modbus-based automation and control system solutions in process industries such as chemicals, oil and gas, water and cement, and mining ... more

MAN Diesel & Turbo:
World's largest air separation unit to rely on a compressor solution from MAN

March 19, 2015   + + +  Air Liquide, a world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, will build the world's largest Air Separation Unit (ASU) in Secunda, South Africa. With a production capacity of 5,000 tonnes of oxygen per day, the ultramodern facility pushes the technical boundaries that have existed up to now, also with regard to efficiency, reliability and safety. An essential component in the new ASU will be the AIRMAX compressor solution from MAN Diesel & Turbo, which will also set new records in the largest dimension constructed to date  ... more

BASF to grant sublicenses of ExxonMobil gas treatment technology

March 18, 2015   + + +   BASF and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) have concluded an agreement on EMRE’s FLEXSORBTM technology. The agreement provides BASF with the right to sublicense the technology and supply the related solvent to third parties  + + +  more
-  Highly selective and effective FLEXSORB technology

-  BASF is further extending its portfolio in selective gas 
-  treatment OASE technology

-  EMRE benefits from BASF’s global market reach


Azerbaijan lets contract for refining, petchem megacomplex

March 18, 2015  + + +  Fluor selected as SOCAR's project management contractor.  State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) continues the scheduled activities aimed at implementation of the Oil Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex (OGPC) ... more

Gastech: Seeking innovative technological developments
and applications in gas

March 11, 2015   + + +   A popular feature of the Gastech Exhibition, the Centres of Technical Excellence (CoTEs) Seminars will return when the event runs from 27 to 30 October this year in Singapore. The CoTEs feature comprises over 75 free-to-attend presentations where leading companies highlight the latest developments in gas technology to the industry ... more

SIBUR advances grassroots petrochemicals complex

Dmitry Konov

Feb. 20, 2015   + + +   ZapSibNeftekhim LLC, a subsidiary of Russian petrochemical manufacturer OAO SIBUR Holding, Moscow, has started construction on its long-planned integrated ethylene, polyethylene and polypropylene production complex at Tobolsk in Western Siberia’s Tyumen region ... more

BASF: Washing system for clean biogas

Biogas from renewable sources can be used as a fuel and is a popular source of energy for producing heat and electricity. Before feeding biogas to the gas grid, however, it needs to be cleaned. Raw biogas consists of only about 50 percent of methane – the actual energy carrier. In addition, it contains carbon dioxide, oxygen and sulfur compounds. These associated gases can cause severe corrosion in gas burners ... more

Lukoil lets contract for Uzbekistan gas processing plant

Feb. 13, 2015 + + + Russia’s OAO Lukoil has let a contract to a consortium headed by South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd., Seoul, for the construction of its long-planned Kandym gas processing plant to be built in southern Uzbekistan, about 520 km southwest of Tashkent. The proposed plant, which will have a capacity of 8.1 billion cu m/year, will process sour natural gas from the Kandym group of fields in the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan to produce treated natural gas, stable gas condensate, as well as solid and granulated sulfur ... more


Omsk refinery hits target for Euro 5 diesel output


Feb. 12, 2015 + + + JSC Gazprom Neft has switched to the exclusive production of Euro 5-standard diesel fuels at its 21.4 million-tonne/year Omsk refinery in Western Siberia, Russia. In addition to improving product quality specifications, the switchover, which took place during 2014, enabled the refinery to boost its diesel output to 6.3 million tonnes/year, a twofold increase compared with Omsk’s diesel production in 2013, Gazprom Neft said ... more


ABB wins contract worth more than $50 million for one of
the world’s first floating LNG facilities

Supplying safe and reliable electrical systems to PETRONAS’
second floating liquefied natural gas facility

2015-02-05   + + +   ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won a contract worth more than $50 million to supply the electrical system for one of the world’s first commercial floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facilities, and the second to be owned by Malaysian oil and gas company PETRONAS. It will be called “PFLNG2” ... more


Siemens: Rugged cellular router offers Broadband wireless connectivity

2015-Jan-26   + + +  Siemens Ruggedcom RX1400 is a multiprotocol intelligent node which combines Ethernet switching, routing and firewall functionality with various WAN connectivity options. The device is IP40 rated, does not use fans for cooling, operates continuously within a -40° C to +85° C temperature range and comes with a rugged metal housing that supports DIN rail, panel, or rack mounting. ... more


Four new LNG carriers to feature Wärtsilä’s LNG
reliquefaction and gas handling systems

2015-Jan-21   + + +   A series of four LNG carriers being built by the Hudong-Zhongua Shipbuilding yard in China will feature Wärtsilä LNG reliquefaction plants and gas handling systems. The ships are owned by Bermuda based Teekay Corporation, China LNG Shipping (CLNG), CNOOC Energy Technology Co of China, and BW Gas of Norway ... more


Gazprom’s Baltic LNG project to be built in Ust-Luga
(By OGJ editors)

2015, Jan. 26   + + +  OAO Gazprom has determined that its 10-million-ton Baltic LNG plant will be built near the seaport of Ust-Luga, Leningrad Oblast, Russia. The project is now preparing for the investment stage ... more


Ecom Mobile: Enhancing RFID to improve safety and productivity in potentially hazardous areas

2015, Jan. 26   + + +   How the recent introduction of the innovative UNI900 UHF RFID reader/writer for ecom’s i.roc® Ci70 -Ex handheld computer (PDA) enables new levels of safety and productivity in potentially hazardous locations ... more

SAACKE receives initial order a high temperature water boiler system from the JGC Corporation for FLNG

Jan 12, 2015   + + +   SAACKE Marine Systems received an initial order from Japan-based JGC Corporation in June 2014 to deliver a complete high temperature water boiler system – consisting of a fired hot water boiler with a dual fuel burner and two heat recovery units – for PETRONAS’ second floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility ... more

Brazilian MV24 project:
MAN: Successful commissioning of MAN compression modules
Units have taken up activity in the Brazilian Santos Basin

2014, Dec 22   + + +  The two compression modules on board of FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba MV24 have been successfully commissioned for MODEC, the EPC contractor specialized in engineering, procurement, construction and installation of FPSOs. After a design, engineering and manufacturing period of only 18 months, the high pressure modules by MAN Diesel &Turbo in Switzerland will be deployed on the FPSO operated by MODEC for Brazilian oil multi Petrobras, maintaining the field pressure thus maximizing oil product ... moreion.

Sulzer to Supply Six API 610 Barrel Casing Pump Sets
to INPEX Australia

Dec. 10, 2014 + + + Sulzer has been contracted as the pumps provider for the critical liquids removal system of the INPEX-operated Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in September 2014. The pumps will be installed on the offshore Central Processing Facility (CPF). Sulzer will deliver six large API 610 (ISO 13709) Barrel Casing Pump sets in 2015 ... more

BASF launches FCC catalysts testing and research laboratory
in Heidelberg, Germany

Dec 2, 2014   + + +  BASF’s Refining Catalysts business today launched a new fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts testing and research laboratory at the hte GmbH (hte) site in Heidelberg, Germany. hte is a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF SE and a leading provider of high throughput technology and services for enhancing research and development productivity.
The new laboratory will provide physical and chemical analyses and characterizations of hydrocarbons and FCC catalysts, fine particles and slurries ...


Pipe Cold Bending Machines from Schwarze-Robitec
Bending the Costs Downward


Dec 02, 2014    + + +  There are many kilometres of pipe on oil platforms, complex chemical plants, refineries and large power stations. All feature similarly large stretches of pipeline. In view of these quantities, pipe fitting plays a special role in plant and pipeline construction; the conduit system must be installed quickly and efficiently. Moreover, these constructions are essential for the function and efficiency of the plants ...

HOERBIGER: Simplify Your Actuators
Intelligent Valve Actuator TriVAX with Integrated Safety Function

Nov 27, 2014   + + +   The enhanced electrohydraulic valve actuator TriVAX as well as the TriVAX flex made by HOERBIGER are once again setting trends in the process industry. These fundamentally reconceptualized valve actuators will take center stage at the 2014 Valve World in Düsseldorf. TriVAX is the alternative concept to the complexity of conventional actuators and facilitates everything from installation, to commissioning, to maintenance. It allows users to operate their systems easily, cost-effectively, reliably and safely in demanding applications ...

SUNFIRE presents Power-to-Liquids
PtL rig uses renewable electricity to convert water and CO2 to high-purity alternative fuels (petrol, diesel, kerosene)

2014 Nov 14   + + +   A Power-to-Liquids (PtL) demonstration rig which is the first of its kind in the world was today officially inaugurated by Dresden-based sunfire GmbH. The rig uses sunfire’s PtL technology to transform water and CO2 to high-purity synthetic fuels (petrol, diesel, kerosene) with the aid of renewable electricity. So-called PtL fuels – also known as “e-fuels” – can be used in pure form or as an admixture in combination with conventional fuels ...

Avoiding inefficient and unsafe working practices
in potentially hazardous areas

2014 Nov. 12   + + +   How the recent introduction of the innovative EX25 2D Multi Range Barcode Imager for ecom’s i.roc® Ci70 -Ex handheld computer (PDA) enables new levels of efficiency and safety for companies and onsite personnel in potentially hazardous locations  + + +  The increasing use of 1D/2D barcodes in the workplace to identify items, pallets, containers, storage locations and even yard locations brings the opportunity to improve safety by reducing the time the people are in a hazardous area, and improving efficiency due to the speed and accuracy of item/location identification and data capture ...

HIMA: Heide Refinery modernizes safety systems in just two weeks and assures plant availability for the future


  2014-11-06   + + +   In September 2014, Heide Refinery used two weeks of planned downtime at its pyrolysis plant to migrate to new safety systems. The technology selection emphasized plant availability and a high level of investment security, while extensive preliminary testing guaranteed a smooth changeover. When Heide Refinery, Germany's northernmost processor of crude oil, undertook an extensive DCS replacement project, it also replaced the pyrolysis plant’s reliable 20-year-old safety technology with new HIMax systems from the same manufacturer ...
Daqing Petrochemical gasoline desulfurization plant selects HIMA turbomachinery control solution


  Oct 29, 2014  + + +  Daqing Petrochemical Company, a regional branch of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), has chosen the HIMA FlexSILon® TMC solution for safely controlling turbomachines at its gasoline desulfurization plant being built in Daqing City, in China’s Heilongjiang province. Safety specialist HIMA provides all-in-one solution for turbomachinery control. The FlexSILon TMC solution is based on the fully redundant HIMax® platform and is a complete solution for achieving full automation of turbines and compressors ....

Technip awarded a significant contract
for new refinery units in the Kingdom of Bahrain


Oct. 15, 2014   + + +  Technip was awarded by The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) a significant contract on a reimbursable basis to develop the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of the refinery located in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The FEED contract covers four main work packages that include units aimed at processing the “bottom of the barrel” components to high value products, and all associated offsites and utilities to provide seamless integration with existing refinery facilities earmarked for retention post this major modernization ...

Siemens: Data-driven service enhances productivity, efficiency and quality in the process industry


Oct. 07, 2014   + + +  New service: Control Performance Analytics ... Continuous analysis of process data for control loops ... Derivation of recommendations for plant optimization ... Enhanced energy efficiency, quality and productivity ... Fast setup according to the "plug & play" principle  ... This service is particularly useful for companies in the chemicals and pharmaceutical branches, food production, as well as the oil and gas and glass and solar industries ... more

Linde to build new air separation unit in eastern Germany


October 07, 2014   + + +  Long-term, on-site gas supply agreement with steelworks.  New unit will also produce liquid gases for regional market ... more

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions awarded planning contract
for propane dehydrogenation plant in the USA


Sept. 26, 2014 + + + ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions is making its Steam Active Reforming (STAR) process available to Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC) for a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Texas, USA. The PDH plant is to be built at the petrochemical complex in Point Comfort. The contract awarded to ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions includes licensing, basic engineering, detail engineering for the key equipment, delivery of the catalyst (STAR catalyst®) and technical support during the entire project execution ...

Linde awarded engineering contract for LNG plant in Canada


Sep 11, 2014  + + +  Technology company The Linde Group has been awarded a contract to provide engineering and procurement services for a 2.1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) natural gas liquefaction plant for Woodfibre LNG Limited, a subsidiary of energy resources development company Pacific Oil & Gas (PO&G). The Woodfibre LNG Project will be located in the District of Squamish near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. "The Woodfibre LNG Project is of high strategic value for Linde, as it bridges the gap in the LNG industry between traditional mid-scale and large-scale LNG trains," said Professor Dr Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. "The Project will be the second largest Linde-engineered LNG plant, surpassed in capacity only by the LNG facility on Melkøya Island near Hammerfest, Norway."

ExxonMobil announces refinery project Slagen, Norway


Sept 4, 2014   + + +  The project will replace production of heavy fuel oil with high quality vacuum gas oil feedstock, which is used to produce cleaner transportation fuels such as diesel. ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Norge AS announced today plans to install a new processing unit at the Slagen refinery to enable production of high quality vacuum gas oil, a higher-yield feedstock used to create finished products such as diesel. The new residual flash tower is an upgrading unit that will improve the facility’s overall crude distillation process by replacing production of heavy fuel oil with lighter, higher-value gas oil ...
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