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Subcontractors Sought for Natural Gas Power Plant

DTE Energy today took a significant step toward its goal of reducing carbon emissions by more than 80% by breaking ground on a $1 billion natural gas-fueled plant. The Blue Water Energy Center in Michigan will be the most efficient power plant in the state when it begins producing affordable and reliable low-emission electricity for 850,000 homes starting in 2022.

The plant will be built by Kiewit Engineering, who will spend a minimum of $200 million on Michigan-based labor and materials and has begun the search for sub-contractors. 


Meridian Energy Expands Operations in Houston

Meridian Energy Group has made arrangements to significantly expand operations in its Houston offices and accommodate its engineering and projects departments.

This expansion comes several months after Meridian was issued the Permit to Construct for the Davis Refinery in Billings County, ND, and subsequently began earthwork and other site preparation work at the Davis site. The continued expansion of the Meridian presence in Houston will ensure the timeline for the Davis Refinery will remain on schedule for design and construction. 

ExxonMobil Plans Nearly $2 Billion Expansion

ExxonMobil is planning a $1.9 billion expansion at its petrochemical complex in Baytown, TX. According to a tax abatement application, the company is adding a two-unit plastics processing plant. ExxonMobil expects construction of the expansion to begin in mid-2021 and would be completed by 2023.

This proposed expansion follows ExxonMobil’s recent start-up of a petrochemical plant at the Baytown complex which increased ethylene production by 1.5 million metric tons/year. 

LyondellBasell Building $2.4 Billion Manufacturing Plant

LyondellBasell officially broke ground on what will be the largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant ever built. The Houston area project is estimated to cost $2.4 billion, representing the single-largest capital investment in the company's history. Once in operation, the plant will produce 1 billion pounds (470,000 metric tons) of PO and 2.2 billion pounds (1 million metric tons) of TBA annually. Startup of the plant is planned for 2021. Two facilities will be constructed on existing manufacturing sites. 

U.S. Sets New Record for NGL, Ties Crude Oil Record

The American Petroleum Institute’s (API) latest monthly statistical report shows the U.S. set a record for the production of natural gas liquids (NGL) last month producing 4.4 million barrels per day (mb/d). July also saw the U.S. tie its record for crude oil production at 10.7 mb/d.

“With total U.S. liquid fuels production, up by more than 2.0 MBD year-over-year, the United States has been the world’s only substantive source of oil production growth so far in 2018 and more than compensated for production losses in some OPEC nations,” said API chief economist Dean Foreman. 

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