The Shaw Group Inc announced that its Energy & Chemicals Group has been awarded contracts by Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) to provide its proprietary ethylene technology, including its Ultra Selective Conversion (USC(R)) furnace equipment, basic engineering and technical services for a 1,000 KTA ethylene plant in Brazil. Shaw also will provide similar services for the recovery section of a petrochemical fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit, in which the converter section uses Petrobras' FCC Plus technology.
The ethylene plant and petrochemical FCC unit are part of the development of the Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex (COMPERJ), which is expected to increase Brazil's heavy oil refining capacity and help meet the increasing global demand for petrochemicals. The value of Shaw's contracts, which was included in the company's previously announced backlog of unfilled orders, was not disclosed.
"We will draw upon our 67 years of global olefins experience and know-how to expand our presence in Brazil as we support Petrobras in its development of COMPERJ - the largest industrial undertaking in the history of Petrobras and Brazil," said Lou Pucher, president of Shaw's Energy & Chemicals Group.
The ethylene plant award follows Shaw's work with Cenpes, the Research and Development Center of Petrobras, to develop the preliminary design for the petrochemical FCC unit that will produce 470 KTA propylene and 280 KTA ethylene.
The ethylene plant and petrochemical FCC unit will utilize Shaw's patented liquids cracking olefins recovery and contaminant removal technologies to produce, recover and purify primarily polymer grade ethylene, propylene and butadiene that will be consumed in the downstream derivative units of the COMPERJ complex.
An established leader in ethylene technology, Shaw has provided technology, design, engineering and/or construction for more than 120 plants with a worldwide reputation for exceptionally high operational reliability, rapid start-up and superior performance. Since 1990, Shaw technology has been selected for 35 percent of the world's ethylene capacity increases. Currently, Shaw is providing technology and EPC services for several other major olefins projects worldwide.