The availability of low cost natural gas has reduced operating costs of large petrochemical plants down to modern day record lows which has created a “once in a century opportunity” for the petrochemical industry. Major domestic and foreign companies are investing in large onshore and offshore projects in the southern USA area. Houston Texas, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles Louisiana are places where much of the investment is taking place. Unidro has noticed this business opportunity and is presently active in some of the projects with a plan to increase this activity.
EPC Toyo Engineering from Japan and Shintech, who are a subsidiary of Japan-based Shin-Etsu Chemical, have selected Unidro for the design and supply of the complete 600m³/hr water treatment unit, a 40 m³/hr waste water treatment unit and a 360 m³/hr side stream filtration system for the new cracker plant being realized in Plaquemine, LA. The engineering of this large project is completed and the materials have been shipped in 2016. Commissioning is ongoing.
OCI N.V. is a global producer of natural gas-based fertilizers and industrial chemicals and through their subsidiary, Natgasoline, a methanol plant is being built in Beaumont, Texas. This project is touted to become the biggest methanol plant in the USA based on production capacity. OCI engaged into direct contract with Unidro for the supply of a 250 m³/hr demineralizer water treatment unit. The system was completely skid mounted in our shop and has been shipped to site on schedule in early 2016. Commissioning and start-up of the unit as well as a complete Owner’s operators training program have been successfully completed by Unidro Field Process Team in Q4 2017, as scheduled.
The USGC project includes a 1.5 million metric tons/year ethane cracker to be built at the Cedar Bayou facility in Baytown and two 500,000 metric tons/year capacity polyethylene facilities to be built in Old Ocean, Texas. EPC Contractor JGC from Japan and the End User selected Unidro for the design and supply of two packages consisting of an aqueous ammonia storage package and condensate carbon filters. The units have been delivered and after a successful start-up the plant is now in operation.
Located in San Antonio, Texas, the Capitol SkyMine is the first facility implementing the SkyMine® process which is a patented technology to remove carbon dioxide (CO2), acid gases such as sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other heavy metals from the industrial waste streams. As the process requires an ultra-purified saturated brine, Unidro has been selected to supply a complete 100 m³/hr brine treatment train along with a clarifier, polishing filters and chelate resin unit. After a successful start-up the plant is now in operation.