Shintech lets contracts for Louisiana ethylene plant

Shintech Inc., the US subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd., Tokyo, through a contractor, has let a series of contracts to CB&I, Houston, to provide technology licensing as well as equipment and construction work for its newly announced grassroots ethylene production plant in Louisiana’s Iberville Parish.

Under the contracts, which was awarded by Toyo Engineering Corp., CB&I will provide ethylene technology, basic engineering and cracker heater supply, and construction services for the project, which will be located in Plaquemine, La., CB&I said.

CB&I will deliver its proprietary ethylene technology, including SRT cracking heaters and recovery section design, which features low-pressure separation and mixed refrigeration to minimize investment costs, the service provider said.

The value of the contracts amount to more than $640 million, CB&I said.

The contract awards follow Shintech’s announcement that it will invest $1.4 billion to build the plant, which will have an ethylene production capacity of 500,000 tonnes/year (OGJ Online, Apr. 23, 2015).

The project is due to be completed during first-half 2018.

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