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Oil and gas industry announcements: 20 March 2015

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


BASF has made progress in its plans to build a world scale methane to propylene complex on the US Gulf Coast. The company has selected Freeport, Texas, as the potential site. It will use Air Liquide’s proprietary Lurgi MegaMethanol and Methanol to Propylene (MTP) technologies. BASF has contracted Air Liquide to provide basic engineering services for this gas to propylene complex. The plant is planned to have an annual production capacity of approximately 475 000 t of propylene. This project would be BASF’s largest single plant investment to date and is subject to final approval in 2016 by the BASF Board of Executive Directors.


IGS CNG Services by Speedway LLC has announced that a CNG fuelling station will be constructed in South Bend, Indiana. It will be located at 6161 W. Brick Road at the States Route 31 exit off Indiana Toll Road Interstate 80/90. The partnership between IGS CNG Services and Speedway services a growing number of businesses that have converted their fleet to natural gas and are looking for easy access to CNG stations while travelling through the region. This is the second station in partnership for the two companies, who also have a location open in Findlay, Ohio.


Intergraph Process, Power & Marine, part of Hexagon, has acquired OhmTech A/S of Stavanger, Norway, a provider of pressure vessel design software for more than 30 years. OhmTech’s technical and development staff in Norway have joined Intergraph as part of the acquisition. The acquisition of OhmTech and its Visual Vessel Design software represents a pressure vessel market share expansion into Europe for Intergraph, as well as the addition of multi language support for important European design and construction codes and standards. Visual Vessel Design is a graphical Microsoft Windows program for the calculation and design of pressure vessels, shell and tube heat exchangers and boilers to different international and local design codes. The software is used by vessel fabricators, petroleum refineries, oil and engineering companies, process companies and a number of independent consultants.


INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT) and Hengli Petrochemical were delighted to announce the successful start up of Hengli’s third PTA line utilising INVISTA’s PTA process technology. The 2.2 million t PTA production line is reportedly starting up quickly, with one of Hengli’s streams reaching 100% utilisation within 24 hours. The smooth start up is not surprising, however, the other two PTA lines onsite continue to operate in excess of 100% flow sheet rate.

MAN Diesel & Turbo

Air Liquide is going to build the world’s largest air separation unit (ASU) in Secunda, South Africa. With a production capacity of 5000 tpd of oxygen, the ultra modern 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.

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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