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Brazilian Ethylene Plant Expansion to Feature GE Equipment

Posted on June 7, 2006

Brazilian petrochemical firm Petroquímica União S. A. (PQU) has selected GE steam turbine-driven compressor trains for the expansion of an ethylene production plant in São Paulo state, Brazil, GE announced at the World Gas Conference. PQU, located in the city of Santo André, is the first basic petrochemical producer in Brazil. It currently produces 500 000 tons per year of ethylene. When the expansion is completed in April of 2008, the output will increase to 700 000 tons per year.

Under the contract with PQU, GE’s Oil & Gas business will supply six centrifugal compressors and five reaction technology industrial steam turbines, along with installation supervision, training, spare parts and spare rotors. One compression train will include two BCL356 centrifugal compressors driven by a single steam turbine. The remaining four trains will utilize DMCL804, BCL306, 3MCL806 and 3BCL508 compressors, each driven by a GE steam turbine. The project is the first in Brazil to use steam turbines for petrochemical applications from GE Oil & Gas.

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