Chicago Bridge & Iron Wins Deal from Total Petrochemicals

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With ethylene capacity of one million metric tons per year, this ethane cracker project is equipped with six SRT-III pyrolysis heaters. Total Petrochemicals is striving hard to capitalize on the abundance of shale gas in the U.S. It has plans to expand the global ethylene footprint and believes Chicago Bridge & Iron can help it realize operational synergies.

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Headquartered in Barcelona (Spain), Scharlab has experienced an outstanding growth in the last few decades. This has led us to establish subsidiaries in 5 countries and enabled us to develop a presence worldwide through a distribution network that covers over 100 countries. The company was founded in 1949 in Barcelona under the name of F.E.R.O.S.A. as a company to synthesise organic compounds. In 1954 this company was bought over by Paul Scharlau, a second generation German in Spain. He then came to an agreement with the German company Dr. Theodor Schuchardt to distribute their laboratory chemicals and to manufacture in Spain under licence. In 1970, Schuchardt, was sold to Merck-Darmstadt and FEROSA had no alternative but to start selling chemicals under a different name and thus the Scharlau brand was born in 1971. Thousands of purification processes were consequently perfected to offer reagents of exceptional purity.

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