US firm KBR announced on 22 April that it has been awarded a contract by Sabic Fujian Petrochemicals to license its phenol technology at an under-development $6.4bn petrochemicals plant on China’s southeast coast.

KBR says it will provide technology licensing and proprietary engineering design for a 250,000 t/y phenol plant at the complex, which will be based around a 1.8mn t/y mixed feed cracker. Sabic (51%) and Fujian Fuhua Gulei Petrochemical (49%) took FID on the project in January (MEES, 26 January). Commissioning is slated for 2H 2026 with full operations in 2027. (CONTINUED - 89 WORDS)