Fluor won new polymers plant contract in Saudi Arabia

(Fluor) -- Fluor Corporation has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by SAPCo, a joint venture company being formulated between Saudi Acrylic Acid Company and Evonik Industries, for its Super Absorbent Polymer Project (SAP) in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the second quarter of 2011.

The SAP project work is under way and is expected to be completed and commissioned by the fourth quarter of 2013. The end product, super absorbent polymer, is used in the manufacture of disposable diapers. This SAP project is part of a larger program being developed by Saudi Acrylic Acid Company, for which Fluor has been engaged since the early developments of the project.


Technip won FEED contract for Laffan Refinery

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- The Qatargas-operated Laffan Refinery Company has awarded a lump sum Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Contract for the Refinery's Phase 2 expansion to Technip. Phase 2 will increase the current refinery capacity to enable Qatar to meet all of its Naphtha, Diesel, LPG and Kerojet requirements.

The FEED study is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2012 and will be executed by Technip engineering center in Paris, France. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract is expected to be awarded by the third quarter of 2012.

Laffan Refinery venture manager Salman Ashkanani, said: ⌠The new expansion project will double the existing capacity of the Laffan Refinery to 292,000 BPSD (barrels per stream day) and the facility will be fully operational by the first Quarter of 2016, playing a central role in Qatar's new energy mix and its 2030 vision.


LyondellBasell declared third quarter dividend

(PRNewswire) -- LyondellBasell today announced that its Management Board has declared a dividend of USD 0.20 per share payable on Sept. 7, 2011 to shareholders of record on Aug. 17, 2011. The dividend is double the amount of the company's initial dividend paid in May 2011. The company's Supervisory Board authorized the Management Board to declare a dividend on Aug. 3.

LyondellBasell is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies. The company manufactures products at 58 sites in 18 countries. LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.


The season didn't satisfy expectations of PET producers in Russia

(MRC) -- This summer season didn't satisfy expectations of the Russian producers of PET. Over the first half year of 2011 domestic producers of PET failed to suspend imports expansion which grew to 54 KT compared to the same period last year, as per MRC Annual report.

In this season Russian converters tend to cheaper Asian products. Over first two quarters of the year, PET imports exceeded the figures of last two years and made 196 KT.

An important factor affecting granulates sales is the absence of expected growth in the sectors of final consumption of PET. Beer market in Russia keeps on stagnating for the third year. At the end of 2010, beer consumption in Russia fell by 6%. Since the beginning of 2011 the same dynamics continued.

According to Rosstat, over the second quarter of the year beer production decreased nearly by 4% compared to the same period last year and made about 300 mln dal. The major beer producers are forced to increase their presence in such developing sectors of consumption as kvas, mixes, etc.

Beer market is one of the main segments of bottle Pet consumption. Nearly half of beer produced in Russia is PET packed. In 2010 a share of beer producers in the structure of final consumption of granulates made 30%.

According to MRC data, last year capacity of PET market made about 580 KT. MRC analysts forecast considerable growth of imports as well as domestic production (+220 KT capacities in Kaliningrad).

A more detailed analysis on PET market as well as short- and long-term forecasts of its development is available in MRC Annual report PET in Russia 2011.


Saudi Kayan has signed USD 130 million contract with China's Sinopec

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- Saudi Kayan has signed USD 130 million contract with China's Sinopec to build a natural alcohol plant in Saudi Arabia, Kayan said in a statement. ⌠The production capacity of the plant will be 50 KTa of natural alcohol (detergents) and is expected to start during the second half of 2013, said Mutlaq al-Morished, chairman of the board, EVP finance of SABIC.

⌠The signed contract included the detailed engineering work, procurement, construction and commissioning, said al-Morished. ⌠It is a lump sum turnkey contract, he added.

The plant will be located at al-Jubail Industrial City, on the eastern coast of the Kingdom. ⌠The plant will meet part of SABIC's commitment to diversify into oleochemicals using renewable feedstocks and increase its performance chemicals portfolio, Kayan said in the statement.