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AMEC Wins Coal-to-Chemicals Design Contract in China

AMEC, the international project management and services company, has been appointed by the Shenhua Ningxia Coal Group (SNCG) to carry out the initial engineering design for the offsite and utility facilities on a US$1.5 billion coal-to-chemical production complex in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northwest China.

AMEC has been working as SNCG’s project management contractor for the overall facility since early 2006. AMEC engineers will provide the basic engineering and design needed to define and integrate all the common, site-wide systems required to service the six individual process units within the facility. These systems include power and steam distribution, water systems, flare and fire fighting, interconnecting pipework, air and gas, site-wide instrumentation, control, electrical systems, loading/unloading facilities and storage.

The new facility, which is designed to produce 540,000 tonnes of polypropylene per year and which will include a coal gasifier plant, a methanol and methanol-to-propylene unit and a polypropylene unit, is scheduled to be completed in early 2009. Polypropylene is a chemical product usually derived from oil refining and ethylene processing but the project will use coal as the feedstock, which will come from large reserves in the Ningxia area.



This is the other side of xTL. Chemical production, just as with fuels, can be quite lucrative.

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