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Technip awarded technology license and process design package contract for ethane cracker in West Virginia, USA

November 04, 2014

Technip announced today that it has entered into a contract to supply its  proprietary ethylene technology and process design package (PDP) for a world-class  grassroots ethane cracker for the proposed  ASCENT (Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise) petrochemical complex currently  being evaluated by Odebrecht and Braskem in Parkersburg, West  Virginia, USA.

Using ethane from shale gas, this cracker will produce  ethylene to be used in polyethylene plants. Technip’s operating centers in  Houston, Texas and Claremont, California, USA, and Rome, Italy, will execute  this initial project phase.

Stan Knez, Senior Vice President of  Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, commented: “We are pleased to reinforce our long-term relationship with Odebrecht  and Braskem by providing a leading technology and PDP for this world-scale cracker. As  the largest ethylene licensor and contractor, Technip looks forward to bringing  its experience to this important project in the Appalachian region.

Technip, in a joint venture  with Odebrecht and ICA Fluor, is  also providing engineering, procurement and construction  services for the Etileno  XXI petrochemical complex in Mexico, which is being built by Braskem-IDESA  and is expected to be commissioned in 2015.

Technip  is leveraging a wide portfolio of market-leading onshore technologies.


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