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KBR Secures Contract to Support VAM Project in China; Doug Kelly Quoted

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Doug Kelly
Doug Kelly President of Technology for KBR

KBR has been awarded a catalyst supply contract for a Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) project by Shenghong Refining Petrochemical (Lianyungang) Co. Ltd., China to provide proprietary catalyst for Shenghong's grassroot 300 KTA VAM unit. 

"This award underscores KBR's emerging leadership in the VAM market and strengthens our successful partnership with Shenghong," said Doug Kelly, KBR president, Technology Solutions.

Shenghong's grassroot 300 KTA VAM unit is the first commercial VAM technology license and engineering contract under an alliance agreement between KBR and Showa Denko K.K.(SDK). The KBR-SDK VAM technology has been supported by SDK’s ethylene based VAM unit at the Oita Petrochemical Complex in Japan. 

VAM is a key intermediate for the production of polymers and resins for adhesives, coatings, paints, films, textiles and other products. The contract award has added to KBR’s extensive experience in supporting petrochemical manufacturers. 

Recently, KBR signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Ltd (LTHE) for refinery and petrochemical projects. KBR and LTHE will collaborate to develop new business opportunities, where KBR will license proprietary technology and engineering services and LTHE will be the EPC provider.

LTHE will exclusively bid for projects globally, with specific focus in India, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The bids will specifically involve KBR's solid acid alkylation technology (K-SAATTM), solvent de-asphalting technology (ROSE) and catalytic olefins technology (K-COTTM).

About KBR, Inc.

KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies across the asset and program life cycle within the Government Services and Energy sectors. KBR employs approximately 37,000 people worldwide (including our joint ventures), with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries, across three synergistic global businesses: Government Solutions, Technology Solutions, Energy Solutions.