Petrochemical Plants

Ferrostaal's activities in the development and construction of petrochemical plants

What does a petrochemical plant do?

Petrochemical plants produce petrochemicals which are chemical products that have been converted from natural resources like petroleum or crude oil. Natural gas, shale gas or coal can also be the base resource for chemical compounds produced by petrochemical plants. End-user products that are made from petrochemicals include fuel, fertilizer or oils as well as everyday items such as credit cards, milk jugs or appliances.

Ferrostaal’s expertise in planning, financing and constructing petrochemical plants

The main focus of Ferrostaal's respective Ferrostaal Topsoe Projects activities in this area is project development, financing and EPC contracting. Regarding project development incl. equity participation for petrochemical plants, Ferrostaal is responsible for project concept, technology assessment and project financing to ensure completeness of scope and plant performance. Ferrostaal offers general contracting of a broad portfolio of plants (downstream) with a focus on natural gas based commodity petrochemicals. Ferrostaal has experience as a general contractor or partner in international consortia and can manage and integrate all the main processes of constructing petrochemical plants. Ferrostaal is also able to take over the partial ownership of petrochemical plants together with partners for a given time period. Ferrostaal is able to provide long-term quality management of petrochemical plants as Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor.

Selected end-products of petrochemical plants realized by Ferrostaal:

On the different petrochemicals plant which have been realized by Ferrostaal and their partners, there are several petrochemical compounds being produced:

  • Fertilizer: ammonia

    Ammonia, one of the key products of Ferrostaal's petrochemical plants endeavors, Ammonia can be used as a fertilizer and as a part of the creation of other compounds. It is the base product for more refined processes.

  • Fertilizer: ammonia nitrate

    Ammonia nitrate is a downstream product and often produced on the same complex as pure ammonia. It is classified as a salt and mainly used as a fertilizer.

  • Fertilizer: urea

    Urea can also be used as a fertilizer and as a key component in the process of creating other compounds such as melamine.

  • Melamine

    As a so called downstream product, melamine, which can be used as part of the mixture for adhesives, is one of the refined products providing a higher revenue for clients than its basic compounds.

  • Olefins

    Olefins are a type of hydrocarbons which are mostly used in the petrochemical industry. The most common olefins are ethylene and propylene. These compounds are mostly used in the production of consumer goods.

  • Methanol

    Ferrostaal has built one of the largest methanol production plants in the world: the M5000 on Trinidad & Tobago. Methanol is an alcohol and a versatile chemical that is used in thousands of products of daily life.


Ferrostaal: Highlights of Petrochemical Plants realized:

As the field of realizing large petrochemical plants has become more challenging in size, scope and complexity, Ferrostaal is continuously going forward with improving processes and realizing bigger ventures with its business partners. Ferrostaal offers its expertise on project development, financing and EPC Contracting as taking care of the operation and maintenance in the long run.

To realize petrochemical sites, customers and partners can rely on the core competencies of Ferrostaal. As profound experience in the facilitation of investments is needed to ensure the successful realization of large-scale petrochemical plants according to customer's plan.


Reference projectsOutput
M5000 Methanol plant on Trinidad & Tobagoover 5,400 tonnes of methanol per day (approx. 1.8 mio. tonnes/year)
MO3000 Methanol plant in Oman3,000 tonnes of methanol per day (1,000,000 tonnes/year)
AUM Ammonia, urea ammonium nitrate and melamine complex on Trinidad & Tobago4,300 tonnes of UAN fertilizer and 180 tonnes of melamine per day
CNC Ammonia plant on Trinidad & Tobago1,850 tonnes of ammonia per day (640,000 tonnes/year)
CMC Methanol plant on Trindiad & Tobago1,650 tonnes of methanol per day (550,000 tonnes/year)
Morón Ammonia plant in Venezuela1,800 tonnes of ammonia per day (600,000 tonnes/year)