Petrochem maker to convert Texas oil refinery to hydrogen

Netherlands-based petrochemicals manufacturer LyondellBasell Industries plans to convert the soon-to-be-closed oil refinery of its Houston Refining LP unit into a hydrogen facility, it said Nov. 2. The 268,000-barrel-per-day plant also would be part of Houston’s HyVelocity hydrogen hub, one of seven selected in October to receive up to $1.2 billion each in federal funding.

LyondellBasell said it still is analyzing options to repurpose the refinery, set to close by early 2025, and will make a final investment decision when studies are complete.


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Gulfstream LNG

Louisiana export terminal picks Kiewit for EPC contract

Gulfstream LNG Development LLC, Houston, said Nov. 1 it has selected Kiewit Energy Group as EPC contractor for a planned 4 million-ton-per year liquefied natural gas export terminal on a 500 acre Gulf of Mexico site in Plaquemines Parish, La.

Baker Hughes is named as the liquefaction equipment provider, and Honeywell UOP will supply the facility's gas treatment technology. The project will involve separate modular LNG trains of less than 1 million tpy being designed to be powered by low carbon and renewable fuels.

Gulfstream said contractor selection “reduces technical uncertainty and highlights industry confidence” in the project. It received a U.S. Energy Dept. export license in early July and will seek Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval after completing its initial funding process.

The firm, which did not disclose the contract values or project investment, said it expects first production in less than six years. Gulfstream said the site deepwater access requires no dredging and provides access to multiple feed gas pipeline networks and a robust electrical grid.