Baltic Chemical Complex (BCC) and China National Chemical Engineering No. 7 Construction Company (CC-7) have agreed an amendment No. 3 to an EPC contract for a gas chemical complex as a part the one in Ust-Luga to process ethane-containing gas. BCC Managing Director Konstantin Makhov and CC-7 Chairman of Board long Haiyang signed the document.
Under the agreement, the contractor shall do the required paperwork, place orders and purchase materials and equipment, protect copyright, do all the construction and pre-commissioning works. Amendment No. 3 (stage 3) is the final document under the EPC contract BCC and CC-7 inked in October 2019. The parties entered into stage one and stage two agreements in November 2019 and August 2020 respectively.
The land development, the pile installation, the steel reinforcement cage tying and the foundation concreting are underway on the site now. The contractor is also building construction camps, temporary access and on-site roads and power infrastructure facilities.
The complex for processing of ethane-containing gas is a unique world-scale project in Ust-Luga, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, under development by RusGazDobycha and Gazprom with assistance from the state corporation VEB.RF. The complex will include a natural gas processing chemical plant (45 million m3 per year), Europe's largest LNG facility (13 million t per year) and the unique world's largest PE one (up to 3 million t per year). It is also an integrated production complex, which minimises construction, maintenance and procurement costs.
On 11 January, INEOS Olefins and Polymers Europe, one of the largest European petrochemical producers, announced its decision to develop circular food-grade recycled polypropylene from Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) packaging in partnership with NEXTLOOPP, consortium of global consumer brands, packaging converters, material suppliers, waste recyclers, legislators and academia from the UK’s PP supply chain that joined forces to develop the food-grade recycled polymer.
INEOS will be one of the main companies that will consult on the building of a demonstration plant with the annual capacity of 10,000 t of food-grade recycled PP in the UK as a part of a two-year project. INEOS will make food-grade recycled PP at its manufacturing complex in Grangemouth, Scotland, by blending it with virgin PP, which allows the producer to modify mechanical and processing properties of the polymer to the specific needs of converters. The PP plant in Grangemouth has the annual capacity of 285,000 t.
The main goals of this project are the validation of food-grade recycled PP manufacturing process by other producers and Food Standard Agencies and its commercial viability. NEXTLOOPP representatives believe that recycled PP will help to reduce the world’s reliance on virgin plastics, create a more circular economy and cut CO2 emissions.