Amec Foster Wheeler has more than 70 years of experience in the chemicals and petrochemicals industries. We've completed thousands of projects, from studies and small process unit revamps to large integrated grassroot complexes.
We offer a complete range of expertise to our clients, wherever in the world they are investing. We can begin with master planning, feasibility studies or basic design packages and deliver the most complex projects through every aspect of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up. We also provide on-going asset support, often delivered through alliances, frame agreements or term service contracts. We also have an extensive resume supporting a wide range of technologies.
Whether it's a grassroots chemicals project, an expansion, or an upgrade, our experience and capabilities encompass plants that produce feedstocks, intermediate products, and finished products.
We are world leaders in refinery/petrochemicals integration, and have a leading position in hydrogen technology. We also design, supply and erect fired heaters
We have played a prominent role for a number of years across a wide variety of work scopes and technologies, working with all the major technology suppliers, and in all the key locations for olefins investments.
Over the past decade we have been involved in complexes producing over 10 million tonnes/year of ethylene. Additionally, we have a strong track record in derivatives facilities including world-scale ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol plants, linear alpha olefins, methyl methacrylate and ethylbenzene.
Large-scale production of olefins for use as feedstocks for polymers and other olefin derivatives has been a key market for our study, design and project management services in recent years. We have worked with a number of clients, helping them realise ever larger and more complex steam cracker-based complexes.
We have a successful track record of supporting clients in revamping steam crackers for capacity upgrades, energy efficiency improvements and feedstock changes.
Olefins can also be sourced from refinery FCC units. New technologies and catalysts enable FCCs to produce large quantities of propylene plus aromatics and some ethylene. We are a leader in refinery/ petrochemical integration projects.
Investments in steam cracker-based olefin production often include world-scale polymer plants producing polyethylene and polypropylene and other chemical derivatives using proprietary licensed technologies.
We are one of the leading service providers for clients investing in ethylene derivatives production, either new-build or expansions/ upgrades. We have worked with all of the major technology suppliers.
We have a wide-range of experience covering the full value chain from feasibility studies and project management through to EPC. Our experience includes polypropylene and propylene oxide, to name just two. We have worked with the leading technology providers; our understanding of unit processes, reactors and wide experience enables us to work effectively with the many different processes available.
This category includes elastomers and synthetic rubbers. Our successes include designing and building three world-scale production plants for rubbers in Asia.
Amec Foster Wheeler has a long and very successful track record in the aromatics and derivatives market.
Our work for our customers with these technologies covers the full range the life cycles. We have consistently demonstrated our ability to deliver high-quality projects which meet or exceed our clients’ expectations.
Also key to our strong position is the fact that we have worked with all the major technology providers so we have an intimate knowledge of the aromatics production processes targeting benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX). Our teams have been involved in the configuration of many of the major complexes, which typically involve interfacing with existing or new refineries.
We also have a strong project delivery track record in the conversion of aromatics to higher value products such as isocyanates, ethylbenzene (for styrene), PTA (for PET and polyester), cyclohexane (for nylon) and cumene (for polycarbonate).
Amec Foster Wheeler has a wealth of experience in syngas production for chemical use, gas-to-liquids and coal-to liquids technologies including Sasol and Shell processes.
Synthesis gas, or syngas, a blend of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, is produced by a variety of gasification and refining processes from oil, gas or coal and is used in power or clean fuels production as well as ammonia and methanol production.
We have been involved in the very early stages of a number of planned investments for coal-to-chemicals using syngas.
Gasification is an area where we also have a strong track record.
We also have an exciting new technology solution; our VESTA Substitute Natural Gas (SNG) technology. Designed to be simple and safe to operate and to be implemented at a low total investment cost, this is a novel methanation technology to produce SNG from synthesis gas obtained from gasification of either coal or petroleum coke. The VESTA technology is based on once-through operation with no recirculation, avoiding expensive compressors. The technology is based on a maximum operating temperature of 550°C, avoiding any metal dusting formation and enabling relatively simple reactors to be used. The technology can operate with syngas from any commercial gasification technology.
Amec Foster Wheeler leads the industry in the design, engineering and construction of speciality and fine chemicals facilities with specialist skills that are especially relevant to these sectors, many of which are also important in our pharmaceuticals
- Batch reactions
- Solids handling
- Containment & toxicity issues
- Buildings & architecture
- Air systems
- Control systems.
We add value in process development and optimisation, by leveraging our wide expertise, coupled with an innovative approach.
Many new processes are being developed by start-up companies. We can add value in process development and optimisation, by leveraging our wide expertise, coupled with an innovative approach.
and the use of new feedstock such as biomass is another area where we have strong expertise and can add real value.
While much of the industry focus is on the hydrocarbon-based sector, we also have involvement in the inorganic chemicals sector. Here we are able to use our wide range of unit operations skills and knowledge of specialist equipment to add value for our clients.
One of our largest projects is associated with the production of potash and potash products. We have also been involved with titanium dioxide and, in terms of silicon-based chemistry, we have been involved in poly silicon, silicones, silanes and silica projects.
We are independent of technologies in this area and so can undertake a wide variety of activities associated with other technology licensors.
We have recent success with project management consultancy in world-scale ammonia and urea projects in both Russia and the USA. In Brazil we are undertaking FEED services and integration of a wide-ranging gas to chemicals complex, again involving ammonia and urea (plus melamine).
Our groups have experience of reviewing gasification of low-cost coal and petrochemicals coke for ammonia (& methanol) production.
Amec Foster Wheeler has helped to deliver some of the world’s largest and most complex refinery/petrochemicals projects.
Increasingly the refinery-petrochemical interface is one that is critical to many investments, with petrochemicals being added to existing refineries or included as an integral part of new refinery complexes.
As experts in refining and petrochemicals, we have extensive experience in their integration.
Our project definition and concept design capability adds real value in helping our clients select the right configuration and product slate.
These are often very complex facilities, often world-scale, which play to our strength in designing and building large and challenging projects and managing complex interfaces:
- Integrating refining and petrochemicals production delivers benefits
- Maximising economies of scale and the opportunity to share facilities
- Adding value to lower-value refinery streams
- Allowing processing, offsite and utilities facilities to be fully optimised across the whole integrated complex, reducing capital cost in comparison to standalone refining or petrochemicals plants.
Key technologies that tie refinery and petrochemicals include:
- Steam cracking of naphtha to produce olefins and aromatics
- Refinery FCCs (fluid catalytic crackers) to produce olefins and aromatics
- Catalytic reformers for aromatics and hydrogen.