Jacobs to retrofit and expand Braskem US propylene splitter

24 July 2012 13:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Jacobs has won a contract to modernise and expand Braskem’s recently acquired propylene splitter at Sunoco’s mothballed Marcus Hook refinery near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the US petrochemicals engineering firm said on Tuesday.

Jacobs' initial scope of work includes retrofitting the facilities in order for Braskem to more efficiently process propylene for use in its adjacent polypropylene (PP) plant, it said.

Financial terms or capacity data were not disclosed.

Brazil-based Braskem acquired the assets earlier this month with financial support from the Pennsylvania state government. In 2010, Braskem had already acquired Sunoco’s PP assets.

Jacobs vice president Bob Pragada said that Braskem's acquisition of the assets and its capital investment “is hopefully the first step in re-purposing the [Marcus Hook refinery] complex as a multi-purpose energy processing facility."

The 178,000 bbl/day refinery was shut down  in December 2011 because of poor economics.

Additional reporting by William Lemos

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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