Yangtze River Acetyls Company Limited (Yaraco) has awarded Aker Kvaerner the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase of a project to expand an acetic acid facility at Chongqing, China. The project will be led from Aker Kvaerner’s Solent office in the UK, with local support provided by Aker Kvaerner’s Beijing and Shanghai offices. The scope of work during the FEED phase will comprise the core process plant, including implementation of BP Chemicals’ Cativa process technology to expand the capacity of the existing acetic acid plant to 350,000 thousand tonnes per annum. It will also include a new carbon monoxide plant to provide additional feedstock. Aker Kvaerner will carry out front-end design for the acetic acid plant expansion and co-ordinate the total core plant FEED scope, including the new CO plant and interfaces with the off-site facilities. Lurgi Oel Gas Chemie, as subcontractor to Aker Kvaerner, will carry out front-end design for the CO plant.
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