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Oil and gas industry contract news: 19 May 2015

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W.R. Grace & Co has announced that Advanced Refining Technologies (ART), the company’s joint venture with Chevron Products Company, will invest approximately US$135 million to build a residue hydroprocessing catalyst plant and additional alumina capacity at the existing Grace manufacturing facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Construction is expected to begin in late 2015 with completion anticipated in 2018.

An ever increasing global push for bottom of the barrel upgrading is leading to a significant increase in investment by refiners for fixed bed resid hydrotreating and ebullating bed resid hydrocracking process technologies. The new ART plant will be designed to meet the increased catalyst requirements for these units, which are licensed and already under construction.


AVEVA has announced that it has entered a multiyear agreement with Aker Solutions for AVEVA Everything3D. The Norwegian oil service company has selected AVEVA E3D to be its strategic 3D tool on plant design, modification and maintenance projects. This agreement is a continuation of a long standing successful working relationship that spans over 20 years.

Richard Longdon, CEO, AVEVA said, “the deployment of AVEVA E3D will enhance productivity, enabling Aker to execute larger, more complex projects with less risk using the best solutions available on the market. AVEVA is unmatched in the engineering design world. We are very proud to be continuing our long standing working relationship with Aker Solutions. Together we have advanced the development of our technology over many years and will continue to contribute to our strategic vision of a digital asset.”


Bechtel has received the notice to proceed with the construction of two natural gas liquefaction trains on the Corpus Christi Liquefaction project in Texas. Bechtel is designing and building the LNG export facility for Cheniere Energy, Inc. Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO, Cheniere said, “we have initiated construction in our second LNG export facility, the Corpus Christi liquefaction project, located on the Coastal Bend of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico. Including our LNG export facility at Sabine Pass, we now have six trains under construction, with first LNG expected at Sabine Pass from Train 1 by year end. For these major projects, getting to the point of commencing construction represents the culmination of years of dedicated hard work by all of our employees, Bechtel, other strategic partners, and legislative and government officials. We would like to thank all for their efforts and look forward to successful project execution in Corpus Christi.”

Jack Futcher, Preisdent, Bechtel’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals Business Unit said, “Cheniere is developing unprecedented natural gas liquefaction capacity in the US, and we appreciate the opportunity to continue our successful collaboration. Our teams are looking forward to working with Cheniere to deliver another world class LNG facility building on Bechtel’s extensive global expertise.”


To meet environmental emissions restrictions without reducing efficiency or increasing operational costs, Compania Espanola de Petroleos (CEPSA) has adopted new GE gas turbine technology at its Gibraltar-San Roque refinery. Developed by GE’s Power Generation Services business, the fuel flexible High Hydrogen Fuel DLN1 technology increased the gas turbine’s efficiency by enabling it to use recycled refinery fuel gas (RFG) without needing additional water to generate power.

Antonio Berlanga, CEPSA’s Operation Manager commented, “GE Power Generation Services’ solution helped us to increase plant efficiency and reduce our environmental footprint, supporting our goals to produce cleaner energy and meet the region’s increasingly stringent emissions requirements. We appreciate GE’s commitment to investing in flexible and efficient technologies that enable us to reduce our emissions footprint.”

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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