Developers are looking to replace aging, coal-fired unit with efficient, cleaner gas-fired plants. In a market in which many plants are built on spec, each new project threatens the economics of all plants.
Believed to be the largest greenfield job in Latin America as well as the biggest private-sector investment in Mexico, the $5.2-billion Etileno XXI petrochemical complex was designed to produce more than 1 million tons per year of polyethylene resins to boost Mexico’s global trade balance and its tax revenue from thermoplastics.
The Dept. of Energy continued its campaign to halt construction of the multibillion-dollar Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility project, often referred to as MOX, this time by pointing out construction errors and defects during a Sept. 8 media tour of the Savannah River Site facility.
At the mouth of the Bay of Fundy on the border between easternmost Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, Ocean Renewable Power Co. has been testing huge undersea turbines that the company claims eventually will generate low-cost tidal power from the tidal flow in Cobscook Bay for all of Downeast Maine.
After months of legal wrangling and escalating protests over development of the Dakota Access Pipeline, three federal agencies on Sept. 9 temporarily halted construction along a 20-mile section of the route in North Dakota.