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The first stage of Assam Gas Cracker project commissioned


he first phase of long-delayed Rs 9,285 crore Assam Gas Cracker project, the first petrochemical project in the North East, has been commissioned earlier this month. "The cracker, polypropylene (PP) unit, gas processing unit and all utilities have been commissioned," said B C Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL India, the majority stake holder in Brahmaputra Crackers and Polymers Ltd (BCPL) that is building the project. The plant has started producing ethylene and the LDPE/HDPE unit will be made operational after receipt of ethylene from the cracker plant.

"The entire plant will be commission in next two weeks time," he said. Foundation stone for this project was laid in April 2007 at Lepetkata. The project is finally being commissioned now. From an initial Rs 5,460 crore, project cost was revised to Rs 9,285 crore. Apart from changes in design, escalating costs of steel, cement and other construction materials were cited as the main factors responsible for the hike. GAIL holds 70% stake in BCPL while the remaining 10% is equally split between Oil India Ltd, Numaligarh Refineries Ltd and the Assam government.

LyondellBasell plans to build world's largest PO and TBA plant


utch chemical giant LyondellBasell has officially announced plans to build the world's largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in the greater Houston area. Pending final decisions on the construction launch dates, the project would be completed sometime in 2020, said Scott Buchman, spokesperson for LyondellBasell. The final square footage or acreage has yet to be determined. The complex will have two units split between the Channelview and Pasadena areas. The former will be the site for the PO/TBA unit while the Bayport Choate site near Pasadena will house the ethers unit that will produce oxy-fuels for high-octane gasoline. The idea is that that the two sites will operate synergistically. The PO/TBA project's annual production

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capacities are expected to reach one billion pounds of propylene oxide and two billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol. We are moving forward in a deliberate fashion to develop what could become the single-largest capital investment in LyondellBasell's history," said CEO Bob Patel in a statement. Patel had hinted that he was eyeing Texas for such a project, going so far as to say the company planned to spend up to US$4 billion in capital through 2020 along the Gulf Coast, mostly in Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported. In its initial phase, LyondellBasell will launch front-end engineering design work, filing environmental permit applications and ordering long leadtime equipment.

Genomatica and Braskem producing butadiene


enomatica and Braskem announced that they have been successfully producing butadiene at lab scale since June 2015, using their direct, bio-based process. The companies are jointly developing a commercial process for the onpurpose production of butadiene made from renewable feedstocks, as announced in December 2013. Butadiene is a raw material used in the production of rubber for tires, as well as for electrical appliances, footwear, plastics, asphalt, building materials, and latex. The demand for butadiene is over 20 billion lbs per year worldwide, and growing. By producing a renewable butadiene, the everyday products made with it, like tires, can become more sustainable, with a smaller environmental footprint. Pr o g r a m r e s u l t s i n c l u d e : 1) Direct, continuous production, 2) Development of mult iple direct pathways and novel enzymes to develop an optimal process, Genomatica used its computational tools to figure out every possible way that a microorganism could theoretically make butadiene, and identified 60 potential biological pathways.. 3) More intellectual property

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