b/d of production and store 400,000 bbl. Water depth is 165 m.
Dana holds 77% interest. Cieco UK, London, holds 23%.
PROCESSING QUICK TAKES
Kuwait lets contract for Al-Zour integrated complex
Kuwait Petroleum Corp.’s newly formed subsidiary Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. (KIPIC) has let a contract to
W.R. Grace & Co. to provide technology licensing for a polypropylene (PP) plant to be built at the petrochemical portion
of KIPIC’s grassroots 615,000-b/d Al-Zour integrated refining
complex under construction in southern Kuwait (OGJ Online,
Aug. 5, 2016).
As part of the contract, Grace will license its proprietary
Unipol PP process technology and supply its sixth-generation
nonphthalate CONSISTA catalyst for the new plant, which will
produce 940,000 tpy of PP, including homopolymer, random
copolymer, and impact copolymer thermoplastic resins.
The PP unit is scheduled for startup in 2023, Grace said on
This latest contract follows KIPIC’s recent award of a contract to Honeywell UOP LLC to provide a range of process
technologies for the already proposed expansion of the Al-Zour
integrated complex (OGJ Online, Nov. 27, 2017).
The cornerstone of Kuwait’s Clean Fuels Project to upgrade
its refineries to produce clean-burning fuels conforming to
Euro 5 standards, Al-Zour’s first phase remains on schedule
to be commissioned in 2018-19 (OGJ Online, Aug. 24, 2017).
Sasol scrubs US plant in retreat from GTL
Sasol is ending its suspended gas-to-liquids project in Louisiana in a strategic retreat from a business in which it has been
an international leader.
The South African company had delayed a final investment
decision on the 96,000-b/d facility near Westlake, La., in 2015,
citing low oil prices (OGJ Online, Jan. 28, 2015).
Cancellation of the project is part of a decision to invest in
no further greenfield GTL projects, company officials said in
presentation on investment plans.
Sasol has produced hydrocarbon liquids from coal and natural gas in South Africa for 60 years and expanded its GTL business internationally in 2006 with start-up of the 34,000-b/d
Oryx plant at Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar (OGJ Online,
June 7, 2006).
Lamp succeeding Lipinski as CVR Energy CEO
David Lamp will become co-chief executive officer of CVR Energy Inc., Sugar Land, Tex., on Dec. 1 and chief executive officer on Jan. 1, 2018.
He succeeds the retiring Jack Lipinski, who also has been
president of CVR Energy, chief executive officer and president of
CVR Refining LP, and executive chairman of CVR Partners LP.
Lamp most recently was president and chief operating officer
of Western Refining Co., which was merged this year with Tesoro
Corp. to form Andeavor, San Antonio (OGJ Online, Aug. 1, 2017).
Among other businesses, CVR operates a 115,000-b/d refinery in Coffeyville, Kan., and a 70,000-b/d refinery in Wynnewood, Okla.
Ashok to head refinery venture in India
B. Ashok, retired chairman of Indian Oil Corp. Ltd., will become
chief executive officer of the joint venture planning a 1. 2 million-b/d refinery and petrochemical complex in Maharashtra, India,
according to press reports (OGJ Online, Dec. 8, 2016).
The joint venture of IOCL, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd., and
Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd., Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals
Ltd., plans to build the complex at Babulwadi in Ratnagiri district on
the Maharashtra coast about 170 miles south of Mumbai.
Ashok retired earlier this year after leading IOCL for 3 years.
TRANSPORTATION QUICK TAKES
Iraq plans Kirkuk pipeline bypassing KRG
Iraq plans to build a crude oil export pipeline from Baiji to
Fishkhabur on the Turkish border that will carry crude from
Kirkuk field for export from the Turkish port of Ceyhan.
Iraq’s Oil Ministry instructed interested companies and gov-
ernment agencies to prepare the papers required to participate
in the project, which will be offered on a build-operate-transfer
The pipeline will replace a line damaged by repeated sabo-
tage and out of commission since 2014, bypassing a pipeline
controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
Iraqi forces last month reclaimed Kirkuk from the KRG. Turkey has threatened to close its portion of the pipeline if Kurdish
independence proceeds (OGJ Online, Oct. 15, 2017).
About 580,000 b/d of oil produced in Iraqi Kurdistan, half
from Kirkuk field, now flows through two spurs in Kurdish territory that link with the trans-Turkey pipeline at Fishkhabur,
according to the International Energy Agency.
Ancala unit buys Apache’s SAGE interests
Ancala Midstream Acquisitions Ltd., London, has let a contract
to Wood Group to operate the Scottish Area Gas Evacuation
System (SAGE) and Beryl Gas Pipeline in the UK North Sea
after acquiring the interests of Apache Corp.
The Ancala Partners unit bought 100% of SAGE North Sea
Ltd., which held Apache’s 30.28% share of SAGE and 60.58%
share of Beryl Pipeline. Terms weren’t disclosed.
SAGE North Sea becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancala Midstream.
The 323-km SAGE system transports gas from nine fields in
the central North Sea to a gas processing terminal at St. Fergus,