Fujian's US$3.5 bln refinery and petrochemical project making good progress

Fujian Refining & Petrochemical Company (FREP) is building a refinery and petrochemical complex in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China. The project, planned at a total investment of US$3.5 bln includes the expansion of a refinery from 4 mln tpa to 12 mln tpa, construction of an 800,000 tpa steam cracker, 800 000 tpa polyethylene (PE) unit, 400,00 tpa polypropylene (PP) unit and an aromatics complex producing 700,000 tpa of paraxylene (PX). Start up of China's first integrated refining and petrochemical project with foreign participation is planned for H1-09. Partners in the venture are Sinopec and Fujian Province, holding 50% stake between them and Exxon Mobil and Saudi Aramco, each taking a 25% stake. The project management was carried out by a joint venture between ABB Lummus Global and Sinopec Engineering. Ethylene heater and recovery technology for the cracker was supplied by ABB. The cracking furnaces are designed by an alliance between ABB Lummus Global and Sinopec Tech. Novolen Technology Holdings was awarded the contract to provide the technology, process design package and related services for the PP plant. Emerson Process Management was awarded a contract to digitally automate the Fujian Refining petrochemical complex. In addition, Emerson was taken on as the Main Instrument and Controls Contractor on the project and will install its PlantWeb digital plant architecture.
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