lion (Can.) Heartland Petrochemical Complex (HPC) will include a united PDH and PP plant designed to convert 22,000
b/d of propane feedstock from ROF and several other third-party fractionators in the region into 525,000 tonnes/year of
polymer-grade PP, the operator said.
Supported by a combination of debt and equity financing sources and underpinned by take-or-pay agreements,
the project also has been awarded $200 million of royalty
credits under Alberta’s Petrochemical Diversification Program, which was created as part of the Alberta Jobs Plan to
encourage companies to invest in the development of new
petrochemicals facilities in the province.
Scheduled to begin major construction activities in early
2018, the complex—which also will include a $600-million,
96-Mw central utility block owned and financed by an as-yet-to-be-identified third party—is slated for startup in late
2021, Inter Pipeline said in a project-update presentation.
Awarded to Fluor Corp. in 2013, detailed engineering for the
HPC is now about 85% completed, as are early civil works at
the project site in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland area.
Front-end engineering on the project, awarded to Linde
AG’s engineering division in 2017, is about 70% completed,
Inter Pipeline said.
Honeywell International Inc. subsidiary Honeywell UOP
LLC will license its proprietary C3 Oleflex technology for
production of propylene at the PDH portion of HPC, while
W.R. Grace & Co. will provide its proprietary Unipol process technology for the complex’s PP unit, the operator said.
To enhance cost control, Inter Pipeline said it will award
a lump-sum unit rate contract to Kiewit Energy Canada
Corp.’s Kiewit Construction Services ULC of Calgary to deliver construction of the project.
Downstream Technology Editor
Inter Pipeline Ltd., Calgary, has approved construction of
Canada’s first integrated propane dehydrogenation (PDH)
and polypropylene (PP) complex in Strathcona County,
Alta., to convert locally sourced, low-cost propane into PP
for sale mostly to the US.
To be built near Inter Pipeline’s Redwater Olefinic Fractionator (ROF)—which has a capacity to fractionate about
40,000 b/d of ethane-plus mixture—the proposed $3.5-bil-
Inter Pipeline Ltd. (IPL) has approved construction of Canada’s
first integrated PDH and PP complex in Alberta. Photo from IPL.
India’s HPCL lets contract for unit at Visakh refinery
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Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) has let a contract to Larsen & Toubro Ltd. subsidiary L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Ltd. (LTHE) to build a hydrocracking unit
to be added as part of HPCL’s previously announced program to expand and modernize its 8. 3 million-tonne/year
Vishakhapatnam (Visakh) refinery in Andhra Pradesh on
India’s southeastern coast (OGJ Online, Mar. 21, 2017).
LTHE will provide engineering, procurement, construc-
tion, and commissioning for the full-conversion hydrocrack-
er, which will have a nameplate capacity of 3.053 million
tpy, Larsen & Tourbo said.
The service provider, which did not disclose a timeframe
for its scope of work on the project, valued the EPCC contract at more than 1.6 billion rupees.
Refinery revamp, expansion
Involving the addition of new units and upgrades to existing
ones, HPCL’s Visakh refinery modernization project (VRMP)
intends to expand the refinery’s processing capacity by 6. 7
million tpy to 15 million tpy as well as boost its production
of low-sulfur fuels conforming to Euro 4 and Euro 5-quality
standards (OGJ Online, Jan. 16, 2017; Jan. 19, 2016).
According to India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest, and