Foster Wheeler to construct Nd-PBR rubber plant in Singapore


Foster Wheeler has received an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) contract from Lanxesss Butyl to build a new neodymium polybutadiene (Nd-PBR) rubber plant on Jurong Island, Singapore.

"The plant will be built near Lanxess's synthetic butyl rubber plant, which has a capacity of 100,000tpy of butyl rubber."

A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler's Global Engineering and Construction Group will build the new facility, which is expected to include process and finishing buildings, a central control room, a substation and a tank farm, and will produce 140,000tpa of Nd-PBR.

The plant will be built near Lanxess's synthetic butyl rubber plant, which has a capacity of 100,000tpy of butyl rubber, which is due to commence operations in 2013.

Nd-PBR, which is used in tire manufacturing, reduces rolling resistance, tire abrasion and increases vehicle energy efficiency and safety in comparison with conventional rubber, according to Lanxess.

Foster Wheeler chief operating officer Umberto della Sala said: "We have built an excellent working relationship with LANXESS and we are looking forward to further developing a long-term business relationship based on our performance in delivering LANXESS's projects safely and successfully."

Lanxess Asia Pacific project director Carsten Kopke said: "We are pleased to strengthen the successful relationship with Foster Wheeler in order to continue to jointly and safely implement the LANXESS growth strategy in the Asia Pacific region."

Foster Wheeler, which completed front-end engineering design for the same project this year, expects to complete the new contract in 2014.