Shenchi Group lets contract for Chinese gasification plant

Shandong Sincier Chemical Group Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Shandong Chemical Group Co. Ltd. (Shenchi Group), has let a contract to CB&I, Houston, for the license and engineering design of a gasification unit to be built near Dongying in China’s Shandong Province.

As part of the contract, CB&I will provide its proprietary E-GasPlus technology to the 3-train unit, which it will use to produce syngas for hydrogen, fuel gas, and power, CB&I said.

The plant will have the capability of operating on coal and petroleum coke, or a combination of these fuels with a liquid or solid residue from an 800,000-tonne/year upstream hydrocracking unit, according to CB&I and Shenchi Group’s web site.

While CB&I’s E-Gas technology has been in use commercially for more than 25 years, the package to be licensed for this project represents the latest advancement in the E-Gas technology line, which includes the flexibility to simultaneously process both solid and liquid fuels, said Daniel McCarthy, president of CB&I’s technology operating group.

The value of this contract was undisclosed.

This latest contract follows six additional processing units Shenchi Group previously licensed from CB&I for technology to be used in the production of octane-boosting, clean-gasoline blendstocks and petrochemicals, as well as for residue upgrading, the service provider said.

Shenchi Group most recently awarded CB&I a contract for the license and engineering design of a grassroots propane and butane dehydrogenation unit in Dongying that will be capable of processing feeds containing 165,000 tpy of propane and 250,000 tpy of isobutane to jointly produce propylene and isobutylene, according to a Mar. 24 press release from CB&I.

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