Projects: Rosneft plans cracker project in Nakhodka, Russia

12 December 2011 00:00  [Source: ICB]

Russia's state-owned Rosneft is developing a naphtha cracker and downstream petrochemicals project in Nakhodka in the Primorsky region of Russia's Far East.

Lummus Technology, a subsidiary of Netherlands-headquartered engineering group CB&I, has won a contract for the license and basic engineering for a naphtha cracker and butadiene (BD) extraction unit.

The cracker will produce more than 1.4m tonnes/year of ethylene and 600,000 tonnes/year of propylene using Lummus SRT-VII heater technology, CB&I said. The BD unit will produce about 200,000 tonnes/year of BD, using Lummus/BASF BD extraction technology. The complex will also have the capacity to produce 230,000 tonnes/year of benzene.

BD, a co-product of ethylene, is in high demand globally as ethylene manufacturers move towards using lighter feedstocks that produce less BD, CB&I said.

The project, implemented by Rosneft subsidiary Vostochnaya Neftechimicheskaya (VNHK), will produce other petrochemical products, including polymers, CB&I said. A sea terminal near Vostochny is planned for shipment of the finished products.

Neither CB&I nor Rosneft responded to requests for additionnal information.

The project is part of plans by the Russian government to transform its petrochemicals sector by developing six petrochemical clusters across the country, including the Far East.

By: Anna Jagger
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