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Aker Kvaerner wins engineering contract for world-scale polyethylene plant at Fujian, China

Aker Kvaerner Netherlands BV has signed a contract with Univation Technologies for the basic engineering of a new, world-scale polyethylene plant at the Quanguang Petrochemical Complex in Quangzhou, Fujian province, China, some 300 km north east of Hong Kong.

Aker Kvaerner Netherlands BV has signed a contract with Univation Technologies for the basic engineering of a new, world-scale polyethylene plant at the Quanguang Petrochemical Complex in Quangzhou, Fujian province, China, some 300 km north east of Hong Kong. The plant will make use of Univation's UNIPOL(TM) polyethylene technology, one of the core technologies of the Aker Kvaerner process portfolio. 7 Mar 05

Fujian Petrochemical is a joint venture between Sinopec, the Fujian provincial government, Saudi Aramco and ExxonMobil.
 
Wim van der Zande, President of AK Process (the company's trading name), said: "We are very pleased with the award of this project, which reconfirms our technology-driven focus and our in-depth knowledge of polyethylene technology requirements. We are committed to delivering a successful project utilising our global Project Execution Model to meet the highest international standards for safety, quality and efficiency."
 
The plant consists of two world-scale lines each with a capacity of 400,000 tonnes per annum (tpa). The basic engineering will be executed from Aker Kvaerner's Zoetermeer office in the Netherlands, with support of Aker Kvaerner's China organisation. During detailed engineering, Aker Kvaerner will provide support services from both its Zoetermeer and China offices. Start-up is scheduled in 2008.
 
The polyethylene plant is part of a larger project that includes expansion of Fujian's refinery from 80,000 bbl/day to 240,000 bbl/day, a new 800,000 tpa cracker, a 400,000 tpa polypropylene plant and an aromatics plant.
 
The success of the UNIPOL PE process, which involves production of polyethylene in a low pressure gas phase reactor, places Univation among the world leaders in third party licensing of polyethylene technology. The total number of UNIPOL PE lines either installed or under construction around the world is now approaching 100.  Of these, 18 have been designed and/ or built by Aker Kvaerner, making the company one of the most experienced UNIPOL PE contractors in the industry.

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