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Lummus supplying ethylene cracking furnaces to Baltic Chemical Plant

November 03/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lummus Technology will supply 14 cracking furnaces for a Gas Chemical Complex that is part of the Ethane-rich Gas Processing Complex (GCC EGPC) located near Ust-Luga, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, on the Gulf of Finland, said Hydrocarbonengineering.

The contract is awarded within the framework of an EPC Contract for the GCC EGPC project between China National Chemical Engineering & Construction Corporation Seven, LTD (CC7), and the Baltic Chemical Plant LLC. Lummus' scope includes engineering and supply of the company's proprietary Short Residence Time (SRT) VI cracking furnaces. The equipment is expected to yield a total ethylene product amount (ethylene crackers 1 and 2) of up to 3 million tpy, will be supplied under the ethylene technology license agreement entered in between Baltic Chemical Plant LLC, a Project Operator (and a subsidiary of RusGazDobycha), and Lummus Technology in 2019.

The cracking furnace is the core process element of an ethylene plant. The process inside a cracking furnace is based upon pyrolysis of hydrocarbons (ethane/propane mixture) in the presence of steam with release of cracked gas. The gas is further fed into the olefins recovery section to produce polymer grade ethylene used as feedstock for polyethylene production as well as other byproducts.

"The Gas Chemical Complex Project relies on the most advanced, highly-efficient and eco-friendly process solutions available in the world. At the current stage of the project, the team is dealing with purchasing long-lead equipment. The benefits offered by Lummus Technology include significant reduction in the output of by-products and specific consumption of utilities. The process also offers feedstock flexibility as it is possible to feed of up to 10% propane in case of ethane shortage," shared Konstantin Makhov, General Director of Baltic Chemical Plant LLC.

"This is the second major award announced recently for our world-class SRT ethylene furnaces, which optimise reliability in capacity, run-length and energy efficiency. It is another step forward in our services for the Baltic Chemical Plant and builds on our experience in Russia, which is among our key markets and where we are recognised as a leading licensor of this technology," said Leon de Bruyn, President and CEO of Lummus Technology.

"This is the first experience of partnering between Lummus Technology and CC7 for ethylene integration project both in Russian and international markets. Following the Process Design Package Contract covering the ethane cracking unit engineering for Baltic Chemical Plant signed in November 2019, a new equipment engineering & supply contract has been now signed. The relationships between the two companies have been evolving, and cooperation experience gained in this project will build a reliable foundation for future strategic partnership in the international market," underlined Long Haiyang, Vice-President at CC7.

As per MRC, Lummus Technology has been awarded a contract by Enter Engineering Pte. Ltd. for the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex in Uzbekistan. Lummus scope includes the design and supply of four proprietary Short Residence Time (SRT) VI and VII type cracking furnaces, which will more than double the production of ethylene at Shurtans facility.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing PE and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,594,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2020, up by 1% year on year. Only high denstiy polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 880,130 tonnes in the nine months of 2020 (calculated using the formula: production minus exports plus imports, exluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.


mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, PE, LLDPE, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, neftegaz, petrochemistry, Lummus Technology.
Category:General News
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