GACIC awards Butanediol project to Aker Kvaerner
Gulf Advanced Chemical Industries Company (GACIC) has confirmed its intent to enter into a contract with Aker Kvaerner to provide engineering, procurement and construction, including commissioning and start-up services, for a 75,000 ton per annum Butanediol (BDO) plant in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
When the contract is fully realized, Aker Kvaerner expects its involvement in the project to be in the range of $140-150 million.
The project will be executed from Aker Kvaerner’s Zoetermeer office in the Netherlands, using a combined team from the UK and Zoetermeer offices. The new plant will be based on technologies provided by Davy Process Technology, Huntsman Corporation and UOP.
Aker Kvaerner has signed an early work agreement to start key activities to ensure that the overall schedule is maintained. The full contract is expected to come into force in mid 2003. The project is scheduled to take 33 months from the start of the preliminary work, and plant start-up is expected in the fourth quarter, 2005.
The project is a part of the privately owned petrochemicals’ complex being developed in Al-Jubail by the Saudi International Petrochemical Company (SIPC). The venture will use Huntsman Corporation’s proprietary butane-to-maleic anhydride (MAH) technology to convert n-butane to maleic anhydride. The MAH will then be used as a feedstock for the production of BDO via Davy Process Technology’s MAH-to-BDO technology.
BDO is one of the world’s fastest growing chemicals used in the production of thermoplastic polyurethanes, elastic fibers, pharmaceuticals, solvents, plant protection, coatings and electronic chemicals.
Aker Kvaerner is a global provider of engineering and construction services, technology products and integrated solutions. Group activities span a number of industries, including oil and gas upstream and downstream, process, pharmaceuticals, metals, power, chemical pulping, environmental and shipbuilding. — (menareport.com)
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