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V60 N19 – 16 May 2022

Shaheen Chem Joins TA’ZIZ, Reliance For JV EDC & PVC Project at Ruwais

Ruwais—
Shaheen Chem Holdings Investment will join TA’ZIZ and
Reliance Industries in the proposed TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC
joint venture to build and operate a world-scale chloralkali,
ethylene dichloride (EDC) and polyvinyl chloride
(PVC) facility at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in
Ruwais, United Arab Emirates (PCN, 2 May 2022, p 1).
The project, estimated to cost over $2-billion, will have
the capacity to produce 940,000 t/y of chlor-alkali, 1.1-
million t/y of EDC and 360,000 t/y of PVC. A final investment
decision is expected this year.
“Shaheen brings extensive knowledge of the local market
and joins the project with a focus on utilizing production
for use in local supply chains,” TA’ZIZ noted.
“The agreement marks the first direct investment by a
privately-owned United Arab Emirates (UAE) company in
the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone.”
It follows investment agreements between TA’ZIZ and
eight UAE-based investors in December 2021, which
marked the “first” domestic public private partnership in
Abu Dhabi’s downstream and petrochemicals sector.
The TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone, a joint venture
of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and ADQ, will supply local
manufacturers, replacing chemicals currently imported,
while also exporting to meet growing demand for these
chemicals globally.

 

Braskem and Terra Create JV to Convert Plastic Waste into Consumer Products

Amsterdam—
Braskem, through its wholly-owned Braskem Netherlands
subsidiary, has signed an agreement with Terra Circular to
form a joint venture, based in the Netherlands, that will
use Terra Circular’s innovative technology to turn low
quality plastic into consumer products.
Under the agreement, Braskem will be majority stakeholder
of the joint venture, with the possibility to expand
the technology’s use to other regions.
Terra Circular will transfer the shares in its ER Plastics
subsidiary to the new joint venture. ER Plastics has a
nominal capacity to mechanically recycle 23,000 t/y of
mixed plastic waste into compression molded products,
Braskem noted.
“The transaction is aligned with one of Braskem’s sustainable
development macro objectives focusing on the
proper destination of plastic waste and reaching sales of
300,000 tons of products with recycled content by 2025,
while supporting projects to drive to a circular economy
through mechanical and advanced recycling,” said
Braskem.

 

Formosa Plastics to Invest in Project For the Production of AO in Texas

Houston—Formosa
Plastics Corp. announced plans to invest $207-million in
the construction of a new alpha olefins (AO) manufacturing
facility at an unidentified site in Texas, reported Taipei
Times citing CNA.
The AO plant, expected to be completed in October
2025, would have a production capacity of 100,000 t/y to be
used in the production of high-density polyethylene
(HDPE) and other products.
Approximately 63,000 t/y of AO would be used by the
company, with the remaining 37,000 t/y to be sold on the
global market.
Formosa has a site in Point Comfort, Texas, which consists
of 16 production units, including plants for the production
of vinyl chloride monomer/polyvinyl chloride, olefins,
linear low-density PE, HDPE, polypropylene, chloralkali
and ethylene dichloride, among others.

 

Toray Films & Axens Partner to Study PET Chem Recycling Plant in France

Paris—Toray
Films Europe and Axens announced a collaboration to
study a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) chemical recycling
facility at Toray’s production site in Ain, France.
The project, to be built in two phases, would include two
trains based on Axen’s Rewind PET technology. The units
would be coupled with Toray’s existing polymerization
plant in order to recycle 80,000 t/y of difficult-to-recycle
PET plastic waste.
Currently in its engineering phase, the project targets
start-up of the first Rewind PET train by the end of 2025
leading to the production of 30,000 t/y of recycled PET.
With completion of the second train, expected by the end of
the decade, the polymerization plant will be used at full
capacity to produce 100% recycled PET.
The Rewind PET process was developed by Axens, IFP
Energies nouvelles and JEPLAN.

 

Celanese Declares Force Majeure on Certain Acetyl Chain and Acetate Tow Products

Dallas—
Celanese confirmed a declaration of force majeure for specific
acetyl chain and acetate tow products to its customers
in the Western Hemisphere.
The products include acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer,
ethyl acetate, acetic anhydride, vinyl and acrylic
emulsions, redispersible powders and acetate tow.
“The force majeure declaration comes as a result of unanticipated
interruptions in raw material supply in the
Texas Gulf Coast and the company is continuing to assess
the regional and global impact of these interruptions,” the
company stated.
“Celanese cannot provide any specific details or timing
of the full impact to customers. Celanese regrets the impact
this will have on customers and will stay in close
communication to minimize the impact of this event.”

 

Balmoral Funds’ Affiliate in Agreement To Buy Trecora Resources for $247-Mn

Sugar Land—
Trecora Resources and an affiliate of Balmoral Funds announced
that they have entered into a definitive merger
agreement, in which Balmoral will purchase Trecora for
$9.81/share in cash, with a total transaction value of $247-
million.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has
been approved by the Trecora Board of Directors, Balmoral
will commence a tender offer to acquire all outstanding
shares of Trecora’s common stock.
“Under the oversight of our board of directors and with
the support of our talented team, we have worked diligently
to enhance our execution, maximize operating efficiencies
and reposition the company for growth,” said Trecora
President and Chief Executive Pat Quarles.
“We are excited to enter this new chapter with Balmoral,
which shares our enthusiasm for the future of our
business and our opportunities for growth.”
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter
of this year, subject to customary closing conditions, including
the expiration or termination of certain regulatory
periods and the tender of shares representing at least a
majority of the company’s outstanding common stock to
Balmoral.
Following the successful completion of the tender offer,
Balmoral will purchase all remaining shares not tendered
in the tender offer through a second-step merger at the
same price.
Upon completion of the transaction, Trecora will become
a privately held company and shares will no longer
be listed on any market.

 

OMV Bids in the Second Phase of Process To Acquire DSM Engineering Materials

Geleen—OMV
announced its participation in the second phase of the competitive
bidder process, currently conducted by Koninklijke
DSM NV, for the acquisition of 100% of the shares in DSM
Engineering Materials BV.
“The Supervisory Board of OMV has not yet deliberated
on the potential transaction and a potential decision by it
thereon is currently not foreseeable,” said OMV. “A respective
decision is expected to be taken as soon as possible.”
The potential transaction is subject, among other
things, to OMV’s success in the bidder process.

 

Petronas Agrees to Purchase LNG From New Venture Global Plant

Arlington—Venture
Global LNG and Petronas have executed a new 20-year
agreement for the purchase of 1-million t/y of liquefied
natural gas (LNG) from Venture Global’s Plaquemines
LNG facility being built in Louisiana (see related story,
page 3).
“Petronas looks forward to the long-term LNG partnership
with Venture Global, which will support the growth
and accessibility of natural gas,” said Shamsairi Ibrahim,
vice president of LNG Marketing & Trading at Petronas.
“With the growing demand for energy security, the addition
of the new volume certainly enhances Petronas’
global supply portfolio and demonstrates our support of the
energy transition towards a lower carbon future.”

 

JGC Holdings Awards Contract to KBR For Green Ammonia Project in Japan

Tokyo—KBR
has received a contract from JGC Holdings to supply its KGreeN
green ammonia technology for a project sponsored
by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development
Organization (NEDO).
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide technology
licensing and basic engineering for a pilot project in
Fukushima, Japan, under NEDO’s Green Innovation Fund.
No other details were given.
“Japan is playing a leading role in the adoption of green
ammonia to decarbonize our planet,” said Doug Kelly,
president of technology at KBR. “KBR is proud to partner
with JGC to offer our green ammonia technology for
NEDO’s project, and we are confident this will pave the
way for further collaboration.”
NEDO is a Japan-based national research and development
agency.

 

Technip Energies, Saulsbury to Expand ExxonMobil’s CCS at LaBarge Facility

Paris—Exxon-
Mobil has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction
contract to a consortium of Technip Energies and
Saulsbury Industries to expand the carbon capture and
storage (CCS) at ExxonMobil’s plant in LaBarge, Wyoming.
The project will consist of modifying the existing gas
treatment facility to increase the carbon capture capacity
and installing a pipeline to transport the carbon dioxide
(CO2) to the reservoir to be stored.
Technip Energies will be responsible for the engineering
and procurement services, while Saulsbury will handle
construction and pipeline installation.
The LaBarge facility already has the capacity to capture
more than 6-million t/y of CO2. The expansion project
will enable the capture of over 1-million additional t/y of
CO2.

 

People on the Move

Johnson Matthey—Anne Chassagnette, previously
chief sustainability officer at Engie, has been appointed
chief sustainability officer of Johnson Matthey, effective 16
May 2022.
Lummus Technology—Rutger Theunissen has been
named chief business officer for the services and supply
operating segment. He will also continue to lead the company’s
global heat transfer business.
Ronald Venner, vice president of petrochemicals, has
been appointed chief business officer of the company’s
clean fuels and crude-to-chemicals operating segment.
Nexus Circular—Jodie Morgan has been named chief
executive. She was most recently chief executive for an
early-stage advanced recycling company.
Clint Thompson, having over 30 years of experience in
the environmental and energy sectors, has been appointed
chief commercial officer.
AFPM—Geoff Moody has been promoted to senior vice
president of Government Relations and Policy of American
Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). He had
been vice president of Government Relations.
Fernando “Nando” Gomez, most recently director of
Government Relations, has been named senior director of
Government Relations.

 

BASF Signs Renewable Energy Deal To Support Zhanjiang Verbund Site

Beijing—BASF
and Brookfield have finalized a term sheet for a 25-year
renewable electricity supply agreement to purchase solar
and wind power for the BASF Zhanjiang Verbund site in
China (PCN, 15 Mar 2021, p 4).
Under the fixed-price agreement, Brookfield will develop
and build dedicated solar and wind farms, as well as
possible storage solutions to support the renewable energy
demands of BASF’s site.
“This agreement with Brookfield is another important
step in securing renewable energy for BASF’s new Verbund
site in Zhanjiang,” said Haryono Lim, senior vice president,
new Verbund site China and BASF, and general
manager of BASF Integrated Site (Guangdong) Co. Ltd.
“BASF is dedicated to building its Zhanjiang Verbund
site into a new role model of sustainable production, and
aims to already achieve 100% renewable electricity supply
for its Zhanjiang Verbund site by 2025. This is part of
BASF’s climate neutrality target, and will also contribute
to China’s carbon reduction goal.”
The site in Zhanjiang will produce thermoplastic polyurethanes
and 60,000 t/y of engineering plastics to serve
various growth industries in the South China market, and
throughout Asia. The first plant from the initial phase will
be operational by 2022. The whole site is planned to be
completed by 2030.

 

Saudi Aramco, PTT to Expand Cooperation In PCs, LNG and Crude Oil in Thailand

Bangkok—
Saudi Aramco and Thailand’s PTT have signed a memorandum
of understanding to deepen cooperation in petrochemicals,
liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil in
Thailand.
The parties aim to deepen collaboration across crude oil
sourcing and the marketing of refining and petrochemical
products and LNG. Other potential areas of activity include
blue and green hydrogen and various clean energy
initiatives. No other details were given.

 

Venture Global Inks SPA with ExxonMobil For LNG Supply from Plaquemines, CP2

Houston—
Venture Global LNG has signed two new long-term sales
and purchase agreements (SPAs) with ExxonMobil LNG
Asia Pacific (EMLAP) for the supply of 2-million t/y of liquefied
natural gas (LNG).
Under the SPAs, EMLAP would purchase 1-million t/y
of LNG from the Plaquemines LNG facility, as well as 1-
million t/y from the CP2 LNG facility (see related story,
page 2).
“We look forward to working with Venture Global as we
continue to grow ExxonMobil’s LNG portfolio and progress
our plans to reliably deliver natural gas from the U.S. Gulf
Coast to global markets,” said Peter Clarke, senior vice
president of LNG for the ExxonMobil Upstream Co.
The Plaquemines plant, on which construction began
last August, will have a nameplate capacity of 10-million
t/y of LNG.
The CP2 facility, expected to begin construction next
year, will have a nameplate liquefaction capacity of 20-
million t/y of LNG. Start-up dates for the facilities were
not given.

 

Borealis and Reclay Form Recelerate To Improve LWP Sorting, Recycling

Vienna—Borealis
and the Reclay Group have jointly founded Recelerate
GmbH, which will be powered by a smart systems-thinking
approach to ensure more post-consumer lightweight packaging
(LWP) is sorted and recycled into high-quality materials
(PCN, 17 Jan 2022, p 4).
The mission of the new entity is to redesign the critical
steps of the plastics sorting and recycling system for LWP
to speed up circularity, born from a need to meet the rising
market demand for high-quality recyclates for use in highend
plastic applications, the companies explained.
Reclay will provide its strength in the area of extended
producer responsibility schemes (EPR), and Borealis’ will
bring its focus on growth of a more circular plastic model,
powered in part by its proprietary Borcycle recycling technology.
“For Reclay, Recelerate will help grow the reach, scale
and impact of EPR; for Borealis, it will open up supply of
post-consumer plastic waste to be recycled with its Borcycle
recycling technology; for customers and consumers, it
means greater access to high-quality recycled materials,”
the partners noted.
This past January, Borealis and Reclay announced they
had established a partnership to optimize the recycling
value chain starting with Germany, “one of the largest”
European recycling markets.

 

ACC’s CPI Opens Registration for 64th Polyurethanes Technical Conference

Washington—
The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Center for the
Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) has opened registration for
the 64th Polyurethanes Technical Conference, being held
3-5 Oct. 2022 at the Gaylord National Harbor in National
Harbor, Md.
The lineup of technical sessions is designed to showcase
the most relevant regulatory topics and trends facing the
industry, including latest innovations, advancements and
polyurethanes applications, and end-use markets ranging
from automotive and construction to coatings, adhesives,
sealants and elastomers.
This year’s conference will also feature the release of
the 2021 End-Use Market Survey on the Polyurethanes Industry
in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The survey, which normal includes two years of data,
will provide results from 2019, 2020 and 2021, and an
analysis on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the
marketplace.
For further information, or to register, visit
https://web.cvent.com/event/36d39af0-f305-4e63-a204-
f0dd2d290726/summary.

 

Lukoil Agrees to Purchase 100% Interest In Shell’s Downstream Russian Assets

Moscow—
Lukoil has entered into an agreement with subsidiaries of
Shell plc to acquire a 100% stake in Shell Neft, Shell’s
Russian downstream assets.
The sale, which is subject to approval by Federal Antimonopoly
Service, includes a lubricants blending plant in
Tver region and 411 retail stations, as well as over 350
employees who will transfer to the new owner.
“Our priority is the well-being of our employees,” noted
Huibert Vigeveno, downstream director at Shell.

 

Engie, OCI and EEW Partner to Develop E-Methanol Project in the Netherlands

Amsterdam—
Engie, methanol producer OCI and EEW, producer of electricity
and heat from waste-to-energy, announced their
collaboration on the HyNetherlands (HyNL) e-methanol
project in Groningen, the Netherlands.
HyNL aims to develop, build and operate “one of the
first” large-scale industrial value chains in Europe for the
production of e-methanol, combining renewable hydrogen
and biogenic carbon dioxide, Engie noted.
The first phase will involve construction of a new 100-
megawatt electrolysis facility at the site of the Eems power
plant in Eemshaven, “five times larger” than existing
plants on the market. Fueled by renewable electricity production
form offshore wind fields in the North Sea, it will
produce the renewable hydrogen needed to produce emethanol.
The HyNL project also links two other industrial sites:
the Delfzijl chemical park in Farmsum (OCI’s BioMCN
methanol plant) and the waste-to-energy plant in Farmsum,
where EEWs biogenic carbon capture plant from the
flue gases of the production lines will be integrated.
The partners aim to increase electrolyzer production
capacity from 100 megawatts in 2025 to 1.85 gigawatts in
the early 2030s.

 

BP Agrees to Offtake Circular Naphtha From CPE’s New Teesside EcoPlant

London—BP has
entered into an agreement with Clean Planet Energy
(CPE), a UK-based company developing “ecoPlants” to convert
hard-to-recycle waste plastics into circular petrochemical
feedstocks and ultra-low sulfur diesel, to offtake
circular naphtha from CPE’s first ecoPlant being built in
Teesside, UK.
Under the 10-year agreement, BP will initially receive
output from the 20,000-t/y Teesside facility. The naphtha
can be utilized as feedstock into circular plastics value
chains, which is aligned with BP’s aim of unlocking new
sources of value through circularity, keeping products and
materials in use for longer, BP explained.
CPE will provide BP with the option to expand the relationship
and offtake products from CPE’s future plants.
CPE is currently in the process of developing 12 of its
ecoPlants globally, and aims to divert 250,000 t/y of hardto-
recycle waste plastic. It plans to announce further
ecoPlants in the UK, European Union, Southeast Asia and
the Americas later this year.

 

CF Planning Project at Donaldsonville To Enable Blue Ammonia Production

Deerfield—CF
Industries, in its first quarter 2022 earnings report, announced
it is investing $200-million to build a carbon dioxide
(CO2) dehydration and compression facility to enable
the production of blue ammonia at its Donaldsonville, La.,
facility.
The plant will have the capacity dehydrate and compress
up to 2-million t/y of CO2, enabling the transport and
sequestration of the ammonia process byproduct. Completion
is expected in 2024.
Once the unit is in service and sequestration is initiated,
the complex will be able to produce up to 1.7-million
t/y of blue ammonia, which is equivalent to 1-million tons
of net-zero carbon ammonia.
Separately, the company said detailed engineering was
well underway for the company’s green ammonia project at
the complex (PCN, 26 Apr 2021, p 1). Once complete in
2023, CF will have the capacity to produce around 20,000
t/y of green ammonia.

 

Tecnimont & NextChem Win EPC Contract For Gail’s Green Hydrogen Plant in India

Vijaipur—
Gas Authority of India Ltd. (Gail) has awarded an engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) contract to
Tecnimont Private Ltd., a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont,
in collaboration with NextChem, for a new green hydrogen
production plant in India.
Tecnimont and NextChem will implement the 4.3-t/d
green hydrogen facility via a 10-megawatt PEM (polymer
electrolyte membrane) electrolysis unit in Vijaipur.
The scope of work entails full engineering, procurement
and construction up to commissioning, start-up of the plant
and performance guarantee test run. Completion is expected
within 18 months from the letter of acceptance.
Value of the contract was not disclosed.
“Blending green hydrogen into the gas network or using
it as green feedstock to decarbonizes the fertilizer and
other hard-to-abate industrial processes are essential uses,
which are enabling the green hydrogen economy to accelerate
and scale-up,” noted Maire Tecnimont Chief Executive
Alessandro Bernini.

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AGC Expanding Production Capacity Of Chlor-Alkali Business in Thailand

Bangkok—AGC
has decided to invest over ¥100-billion to increase production
capacity of its chlor-alkali business in Thailand
through an expansion of two manufacturing sites.
The company will boost the production capacity of AGC
Vinythai Public Co. Ltd., a new company being established
in July 2022 to integrate AGC’s chlor-alkali business in the
Indochina Peninsula (PCN, 22 Mar 2021, p 1).
Last year, AGC announced plans to integrate and reorganize
its three consolidated subsidiaries and form a new
company. The subsidiaries involved include Vinythai Public
Co. Ltd. (VNT), AGC Chemicals (Thailand) Co. (ACTH)
and AGC Chemicals Vietnam Co.
The expansion project will increase caustic soda capacity
to 1.64-million t/y from 1.42-million t/y, vinyl chloride
monomer capacity to 1.7-million t/y from 1.3-million t/y,
and polyvinyl chloride capacity to 1.6-million t/y from 1.2-
million t/y at the current VNT and ACTH sites. Operations
are scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2025.
“AGC has been studying this expansion and has obtained
approval for the environmental impact assessment
by the Thai environmental regulatory authority and has
now decided to make the investment,” AGC noted.
“In addition, this capacity expansion will introduce the
latest technologies that will improve energy efficiency and
production efficiency to reduce environmental impact,” the
company added.

 

Enterprise, OLCV Plan Gulf Coast Project For CO2 Transportation & Sequestration

Houston—
Enterprise Products Operating, a subsidiary of Enterprise
Products Partners, and Occidental’s Oxy Low Carbon Ventures
(OLCV) subsidiary have signed a letter of intent for a
potential carbon dioxide (CO2) transportation and sequestration
project for the Texas Gulf Coast.
Initially, the project would focus on providing services
to emitters in the industrial corridors from the greater
Houston to Beaumont/Port Arthur areas.
Enterprise would develop the CO2 aggregation and
transportation network utilizing a combination of new and
existing pipelines along the Gulf Coast.
“OLCV, through its 1PointFive business unit, is developing
sequestration hubs on the Gulf Coast and across the
U.S., some of which are expected to be anchored by direct
air capture facilities,” the companies noted.
“The hubs will provide access to high quality pore space
and efficient transportation infrastructure, bringing more
options to emitters looking to explore viable carbon management
strategies.”
The initiative would combine Enterprise’s leadership
position in the midstream energy sector with OLCV’s experience
in subsurface characterization and CO2 sequestration,
the parties noted, adding that they’ve already begun
exploring the commercialization of the potential joint
service offering with customers.

 

Ineos Lets Tecnicas Reunidas Contract For Port of Antwerp Ethylene Plant

Antwerp—Ineos
has awarded a contract to Tecnicas Reunidas to build a
world scale ethylene facility, named Project One, in the
Port of Rotterdam, Belgium (PCN, 21 Jan 2019, p 1).
Ineos plans to invest between €3-billion and €4-billion
in the 1.5-million-t/y ethylene plant, the “largest” capital
investment made by the European chemical sector in the
last 20 years, the company noted.
Tecnicas Reunidas will be responsible for the project
management, engineering, procurement and construction
management and supervision services. Start-up is expected
in 2026.
“The advanced technology applied in its development
will make it the most energy-efficient and environmentally
sustainable facility of its kind in Europe,” said Ineos, adding
that it is the “largest” project undertaken by the company
in its history.

 

LyondellBasell Licenses Lupotech T For Jiangsu Hongjing’s EVA Lines

Beijing—Jiangsu
Hongjing New Material Co. has selected LyondellBasell’s
Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology for two
new vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) lines to be built in Jiangsu
Province, China.
The EVA lines, each with a capacity of 200,000 t/y, will
be located in Lianyungang. Value of the contract and a
schedule for the project were not available.
“Demand for both EVA and low-density polyethylene
(LDPE) remains strong in the current dynamic market,”
said Neil Nadalin, director of global licensing and services
at LyondellBasell. “In particular, higher value applications
such as for solar panel lamination and encapsulant
are in strong demand, driven mainly by the on-going energy
transition.
“The Lupotech T process, offering both lowest operating
and balanced investment cost, is the technology of choice
for our customers to produce both EVA and LDPE grades.”

 

Stolt Tankers Inks Agreements to Buy Three Japanese Chemical Tankers

London—Stolt-
Nielsen announced that Stolt Tankers BV has entered into
agreements to purchase three stainless steel chemical
tankers built in Japan.
The 33,600-dwt tankers are expected to be delivered
into Stolt Tankers’ fleet between July and September 2022.
No other details were given.
“This acquisition is an excellent opportunity for Stolt
Tankers to secure competitively priced tonnage ahead of an
expected cyclical upturn in the chemical tanker industry,”
noted Stolt Tankers President Lucas Vos.
“The newly added ships will lower our fleet age profile
and can trade in any of our deep-sea lanes, increasing
flexibility across our fleet.”

 

Enterprise Announces Projects to Boost Ethane and Ethylene Export Capacity

Houston—
Enterprise Products Partners, in its first quarter 2022
earnings, announced seven new capital efficient projects,
including building an ethane export terminal and doubling
ethylene export capacity.
The ethane marine export terminal, planned at a site to
be determined on the Louisiana, Texas, Gulf Coast, is
planned to be in service in 2025.
Enterprise’s proposed ethylene export expansion is forecast
to be in service in 2023/2025. No other details were
available.
Other projects include a natural gas processing plant
in the Midland Basin and the Delaware Basin; a 12th
natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator in Chambers
County, Texas; a 400-million-cu ft/d expansion of the Acadian
Gas System connecting Haynesville Shale natural gas
production to industrial and liquefied natural gas demand
in South Louisiana; and reversing the Chaparral NGL
Pipeline and a portion of the Mid-America Pipeline to move
refined products from the Gulf Coast to West Texas, New
Mexico, Colorado and Utah.

 

Praxair/Linde Owes $94-Mn to Huntsman For Failure to Supply Industrial Gases

Austin—
Huntsman Corp. said that a New Orleans jury has
awarded it nearly $94-million in a court case against Praxair/
Linde that was filed after Praxair failed to supply industrial
gas to Huntsman under long-term contracts.
Praxair/Linde, one of the industrial gas suppliers to
Huntsman’s diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) manufacturing
site in Geismar, La., refused to properly maintain its own
Geismar facility and then repeatedly failed to supply
Huntsman’s requirements for industrial gas needed to
manufacture MDI under long-term supply contracts that
expired in 2013, Huntsman explained.
“This lawsuit was filed in 2014 and justice was a very
long time coming,” said Huntsman Chairman, President
and Chief Executive Peter R. Huntsman.
“I could not be prouder of the entire Huntsman team –
from our PU [polyurethane] Division and purchasing personnel
who managed the constant operational and commercial
upsets occurring when Praxair’s poorly-maintained
facilities went down from 2004 through 2013, to our corporate
legal and finance teams that pursued the litigation
through trial after we filed suit.”

 

Fuhaichuang Selects Axens H-Oil Process For Use in Chinese Petrochem Complex

Beijing—
Axens’ Ebullated-bed residue hydrocracking technology (HOil)
has been selected by Fuhaichuang Petrochemical Co.
to help boost the profitability of its assets in Gulei, Fujian
Province, China.
The 1.5-million-t/y residue upgrading unit is expected
to produce very low sulfur fuel oil, meeting RMG 380 specification,
from vacuum residue feedstock along with middle
distillates (naphtha and diesel) that will be further upgraded
within the existing assets of the refinery.
Axens’ scope of work includes the supply of process design
package, and full services from plant personnel training
to unit start-up.

 

Asia ‘Leads’ Global PC Capacity Additions, Says New Research and Markets Report

Dublin—
Research and Markets, in its recently released Global Petrochemicals
Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook
Report 2021, said Asia “leads” global petrochemical capacity
additions.
According to the report, global petrochemical capacity is
poised to see considerable growth over the upcoming years,
potentially increasing from around 2.2-billion t/y in 2020 to
about 3.1-billion t/y in 2030.
Approximately 1,558 planned and announced plants are
scheduled to come online by 2030, mainly is Asia and the
Middle East.
The scope of the report includes global petrochemicals
capacity outlook by region; planned and announced petrochemicals
plants details; global petrochemical capacity by
commodity; capacity share of the major petrochemicals
producers, globally, and global petrochemicals capital expenditure
outlook by region.
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Arlanxeo Planning to Invest in Expansion Of Therban HNBR Plant in Leverkusen

Berlin—
Arlanxeo said it will invest in debottlenecking its Therban
hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) facility in
Leverkusen, Germany, to meet the increasing global demand.
The project, which will increase HNBR production capacity
by about 10%, is expected to be fully on stream by
the end of the year.

 

LyondellBasell Closing Russian Offices

Moscow—
LyondellBasell has decided to end operations at its two
locations in Russia and has begun winding down operations.
The two offices, located in Moscow and Togliatti, were
mainly involved in selling polymers from the company’s
Olefins & Polyolefins (O&P) and Advanced Polymer Solutions
businesses.
“Current conditions in the region are the primary drivers
for this decision,” said Richard Roudeix, senior vice
president, O&P, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.
“We recognize this is a difficult situation for our employees
and have a local team in place to support then during
the transition period.” Both locations have a combined
total of 18 employees.

 

People on the Move

Lummus Technology—Romain Lemoine has been
named chief business officer for the company’s polymers
and petrochemicals operating segment. He was most recently
an executive vice president at Axens.
Odfjell SE—Harald Fotland, previously chief operating
officer, has been appointed chief executive. He succeeds
Kristian Morch, who has decided to step down.
Gail (India) Ltd.—K. K. Sachdeva has become chief
general manager of project execution for corporate projects.

 

Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge Merge; Creates Europe’s ‘Largest’ Export Port

Antwerp—The
ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge have completed the previously
announced merger of the two ports, creating Port of
Antwerp-Bruges, Europe’s “largest” export port, said the
two cities in a press conference (PCN, 22 Feb 2021, p 4).
Port of Antwerp-Bruges will also be the “largest” integrated
chemical cluster, the “largest” throughput port for
vehicles and one of the leading container ports in Europe.
“Port of Antwerp-Bruges has the express ambition of
becoming the first global port to reconcile economy, people
and climate.
“The unified port plans to further strengthen its position
in the international logistics chain, take a leading role
in the energy and digital transition, and at the same time
create sustainable added value for society as a whole. Not
just in the area of Antwerp and Zeebrugge, but also for all
possible stakeholders in the wider national and international
region.”

 

European Union Proposes Total Ban On All Imports of Oil from Russia

Brussels—The European
Union (EU) has proposed a complete import ban on
all Russian oil by the end of the year, stated European
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in a speech
at the European Parliament’s Plenary.
“We will make sure that we phase out Russian oil
[seaborne and pipeline, crude and refined] in an orderly
fashion, in a way that allows us and our partners to secure
alternative supply routes and minimizes the impact on
global markets,” she explained.
To achieve this, the EU will phase out Russian supply
of crude oil within six months and refined products by the
end of the year.
“Let us be clear: it will not be easy,” she noted. “Some
member states are strongly dependent on Russian Oil. But
we simply have to work on it.”

 

NextDecade & Engie Sign SPA for LNG From Rio Grande LNG Export Project

Houston—
NextDecade Corp. said it has executed a sale and purchase
agreement (SPA) with Engie for the supply of liquefied
natural gas (LNG) from NextDecade’s proposed Rio Grande
LNG (RGLNG) export project in Brownsville, Texas (PCN,
19 Apr 2021, p 2).
The project is planned to include five trains with a total
capacity of 27-million t/y of LNG. A final investment decision
(FID) on a minimum of two trains is anticipated in the
second half of 2022, with FIDs on the remaining three
trains to follow thereafter.
Under the 15-year SPA, Engie will purchase 1.75-
million t/y of LNG on a free-on-board basis. The LNG will
come from the first two trains of RGLNG, with the first
train expected to start commercial operations as early as
2026.
NextDecade aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from
RGLNG by more than 90% via carbon capture and storage,
NextDecade noted. “Combined with responsibly sourced
gas and the use of net-zero electricity, NextDecade intends
to produce a lower carbon-intensive LNG for its customers.”

 

Mitsui and CF Industries Detail Plans For Blue Ammonia Plant in the U.S.

Deerfield—Mitsui
& Co. and CF Industries announced plans to jointly develop
a greenfield ammonia facility in the U.S. for the production
of blue ammonia (PCN, 16 Aug 2021, p 2).
The parties have secured an exclusive right to acquire a
site in the U.S. Gulf Coast region that is suitable for an
export-oriented blue ammonia plant. The facility will produce
the ammonia by leveraging carbon capture and sequestration
processes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions
by more than 60% compared to conventional ammonia.
Capacity of the new plant was not given.
A technology provider has already been selected and
the companies anticipate that a front-end engineering design
study will begin “shortly.” A final investment decision
is expected in 2023 and production is planned to begin in
2027 at the earliest.
CF, which will be responsible for plant operations and
maintenance, and Mitsui, which will lead the marketing
and distribution, will have 52% ownership and 48% ownership
in the joint venture, respectively.
“Our work with Mitsui has reinforced our shared belief
that blue ammonia will play a critical role in accelerating
the world’s transition to clean energy and that demand for
blue ammonia will grow meaningfully in the second half of
this decade,” noted CF President and Chief Executive Tony
Will.
“We believe that the United States offers considerable
advantages for blue ammonia production due to access to
plentiful and low-cost natural gas, the regulatory and legal
framework in place, and the geology suitable for permanent
carbon sequestration.”
In addition, CF said it expects to produce up to 2-
million t/y of blue and green ammonia at its existing facilities
beginning in 2024.

 

Maersk Updates on Russian Operations

Moscow—
A.P. Moller – Maersk, which previously said it would cease
all its operations in Russia and Belarus, has now stopped
all vessel operations in Russia and service with Belarus.
For the domestic operations, they are gradually being
winded down and/or divested, the company noted. The
winddown doesn’t allow for any new business in Russia or
Belarus.
The offices in Far East Russia, Novorossiysk and Kaliningrad
are expected to close down this summer, while the
Saint Petersburg and Moscow office will operate until the
end of the year. The Belarus office will also be shut down
during this summer.

 

SK Chem to Boost CHDM Capacity

Seoul—SK Chemicals
has decided to increase production capacity for cyclohexanedimethanol
(CHDM) with an expansion of its production
plants, reported Pulse News citing the company.
The company will invest $44-million to increase CHDM
capacity by 25%, the key raw material for copolyester. No
other details of the project were available.
“With the ramp up of CHDM lines, the company is
mulling expansion of copolyester facilities and establishment
of global infrastructure for chemical recycling,” noted
Kim Eung-soo, head of the copolyester business.

 

TGS, Black & Veatch Sign MoU to Advance Green Hydrogen, Ammonia in Vietnam

Hanoi—The
Green Solutions (TGS) and Black & Veatch have signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance the production
of green hydrogen and green ammonia in Vietnam.
Under the MoU, the companies plan to produce 30,000
t/y of green hydrogen and 180,000 t/y of green ammonia to
support regional decarbonization efforts.
Black & Veatch was appointed by TGS to study the
production and storage of green hydrogen in Vietnam utilizing
solar or wind power supplied through the grid.
Black & Veatch will also study the development of a
green ammonia production plant, as well as plant configuration
and technology review; technology evolution risk
and tentative mitigation; conceptual design; order of magnitude
cost estimates, and levelized cost calculations.
“The Green Solutions is committed to applying the most
advanced technologies in the field of renewable energy in
Vietnam,” said TGS Founder and Chief Executive Winnie
Huynh.
“Partnering with Black & Veatch will allow us to adapt
global best practices to Asia’s requirements and contribute
to the region’s zero-carbon future.”
Initial funding will be provided by Augustus Global Investments.

 

Orion Develops Roadmap to Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 205

Houston—Orion
Engineered Carbons, in announcing its ambition to achieve
net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, said it has developed a
road map with near- and long-term targets.
To align its sustainability objectives with the Paris
Climate Agreement and achieve net-zero emissions, Orion
intends to launch a broad range of products using recycled
materials by 2025.
During the same period, it plans to position the company
to enlarge its footprint in the conductive additive
space, such as lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles
and other application critical for the transition toward
electric power.
By 2030, Orion aims to generate 30% of its adjusted
EBITDA through sustainable solutions, and, by 2035, grow
the sustainable solutions’ share of adjusted EBITDA to
50%.
In addition, Orion will set new aspirational, mid-term
goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction that are
aligned with science-based methodologies.

 

ET Inks Agreement to Supply LNG to SK Gas From Its Lake Charles LNG Export Facility

Dallas—
Energy Transfer (ET) has executed a long-term sale and
purchase agreement with SK Gas Trading for the supply of
liquefied natural gas (LNG) from ET’s Lake Charles LNG
export facility in Louisiana.
Under the long term sale and purchase agreement
(SPA), ET will supply 400,000 t/y of LNG to SK Gas for a
period of 18 years. First deliveries are expected to begin as
early as 2026.
The SPA will become fully effective upon the satisfaction
of the conditions precedent, including ET LNG taking
a final investment decision on the export facility, which is
expected by the end of this year.
The proposed Lake Charles LNG export facility project
will convert ET’s existing import and regasification terminal
into the LNG export facility. It is fully permitted for
three 5.5-million-t/y liquefaction trains, which will utilize
existing infrastructure.
The planned facility was originally expected to be a 50-
50 joint venture of ET and Shell; however, in March 2020,
Shell announced it would not proceed with an equity investment
in the project.
This is the fourth SPA announced in the last four
weeks, bringing the total amount of LNG contracted from
the proposed export facility to 5.1-million t/y, ET noted.
On 2 May 2022, ET announced it had entered into a 20-
year LNG SPA with Gunvor Group, in which ET will supply
2-million t/y of LNG, starting as early as 2026.
In March 2022, ET and ENN Energy and ENN NG
signed LNG SPAs (PCN, 4 Apr 2022, p 4). Under the two
SPAs, ET would supply 900,000 t/y of LNG to ENN Energy
and 1.8-million t/y of LNG to ENN NG, beginning as early
as 2026.

 

Oiltanking Launches Storage Company Focused on PCs, Gases, New Energies

Rotterdam—
New liquid storage logistics company Advario, a carve-out
of Oiltanking, was recently launched to focus on growth in
petrochemicals, gases and new energies.
Advario, which has a global network of 13 strategically
located terminals, in China, Europe, the Middle East, Singapore
and the U.S., aims to double its business by the end
of the decade.
“Advario is committed to taking on a frontrunner role,
together with its partners, in the energy transition by ensuring
safe and reliable storage infrastructure for sustainable
liquids,” the company noted.
With its commitment to sustainability, the company
will support customers and partners in reducing their carbon
footprint, and has committed to achieving net zero
emissions in its own operations by 2040.

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HMEL Achieves Mechanical Completion Of New Ethylene Cracker in Bathinda

Mumbai—
HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd. (HMEL), along with Engineers
India Ltd. (EIL), reached mechanical completion of a new
dual-feed ethylene cracker of the Guru Gobind Singh
Polymer Addition Project in Bathinda, India (PCN, 18 Feb
2019, p 1).
The 1.2-million-t/y ethylene plant is part of a project
that includes a new 500,000-t/y polypropylene unit, based
on LyondellBasell’s Spheripol process technology, and a
450,000-t/y high-density polyethylene facility, among others.
Completion dates were not available.
HMEL earlier said the ethylene plant would be capable
of being expanded to 1.5-million t/y.

 

ExxonMobil Provides Project Update For New Baton Rouge PP Facility

Baton Rouge—
Exxon Mobil Corp. (ExxonMobil), in announcing its first
quarter 2022 results, said its new polypropylene (PP)
manufacturing plant being built in Baton Rouge, La., is
expected to start up by the end of this year (PCN, 11 Mar
2019, p 1).
The PP unit, originally planned to cost several hundred
million dollars and start up by 2021, will increase Exxon-
Mobil’s Gulf Coast PP capacity by up to 450,000 t/y.
Turner Industries and Jacobs Engineering are responsible
for the engineering, procurement and construction of
the PP plant.

 

Lummus & Braskem Form Partnership To License Green Ethylene Technology

Houston—
Lummus Technology and Braskem announced a new partnership
to license Braskem’s green ethylene technology
worldwide (PCN, 15 Nov 2021, p 2).
“We are truly excited with this partnership, which helps
the world diversify the feedstock sources for chemicals and
plastics with biomass,” said Lummus Technology President
and Chief Executive Leon de Bruyn.
“”Leveraging the combined experience and expertise of
Lummus and Braskem to produce green ethylene thus reduces
carbon footprint and plays a promising role in the
energy transition.
“Braskem has already been operating the technology
successfully at large scale, and together we are going to
expand the world’s production of low carbon chemicals and
polymers from renewable feedstocks, helping our customers
decarbonize their assets and produce greener products.”
Late last year, Lummus and Braskem Netherlands
signed a memorandum of understanding for the licensing
of Braskem’s green ethylene technology for two ethanol-toethylene
conversion projects being developed in North
America and Asia. No other details were given.

 

ADNOC Enters Agreement to Acquire Mubadala’s 25% Interest in Borealis

Abu Dhabi—Abu
Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) and Mubadala Investment
Co. announced a strategic transaction agreement, in
which ADNOC will buy Mubadala’s 25% stake in Borealis.
Upon completion of the transaction, which is subject to
customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals,
Borealis will be owned 75% by OMV and 25% by ADNOC.
Financial details and a closing date were not disclosed.
“Globally, the chemicals and petrochemical sector is
poised for significant consumer-led growth in the decades
ahead,” noted Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, managing director and
group chief executive of ADNOC, and minister of industry
and advanced technology.
“ADNOC is therefore delighted to be making this strategic
investment for a 25% stake in Borealis, a worldleading
petrochemicals company, with whom we have already
collaborated in a close and trusted partnership over
two decades through our jointly held Abu Dhabi-based
polyolefins company Borouge (PCN, 21 Feb 2022, p 3).
“Alongside OMV, ADNOC will be a co-shareholder in
Borealis, with this investment giving further impetus to
our local and international petrochemical and industrial
growth program and accelerating our transformation into
an integrated and global energy player.”

 

RIL & TA’ZIZ Ink Shareholder Agreement For JV EDC and PVC Project at Ruwais

Ruwais—
Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) and Abu Dhabi Chemicals
Derivatives Co. (TA’ZIZ), a joint venture of Abu Dhabi National
Oil Co. (ADNOC) and ADQ, have signed a formal
shareholder agreement for the TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC joint
venture project planned in Ruwais, United Arab Emirates
(PCN, 13 Dec 2021, p 1).
TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC will invest over $2-billion to build
and operate an integrated facility at the TA’ZIZ Industrial
Chemicals Zone with the capacity to produce 940,000 t/y of
chlor-alkali, 1.1-million t/y of ethylene dichloride (EDC)
and 360,000 t/y of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). A final investment
decision is planned to be taken this year.
RIL and ADNOC exchanged a signed framework
agreement to explore collaboration in the exploration, development
and production of conventional and unconventional
resources in Abu Dhabi, as well as decarbonization
of operations, including in carbon dioxide sequestration.
“The TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC project is well positioned to
strengthen domestic supply chains and support the UAE’s
national strategy to empower the industrial sector and become
the driving force of a dynamic and robust domestic
economy over the next 50 years,” the partners noted.
“It is anticipated that the TA’ZIZ complex will benefit
from the free trade agreement between India and the
United Arab Emirates, which was signed in February of
this year. Bilateral trade between both nations will be
boosted as new trade and development opportunities, such
as TA’ZIZ, are further unlocked.”

 

BASF and Sinopec Begin Expansion Of Their Verbund Site in Nanjing

Nanjing—BASF and
Sinopec broke ground for the expansion of their state-ofthe-
art Verbund site owned and operated by BASF-YPC, a
50-50 joint venture of the two companies, in Nanjing,
China (PCN, 9 Aug 2021, p 2).
The project involves increasing production capacities for
purified ethylene oxide, ethyleneamines, ethanolamines,
propionic acid and propionic aldehyde, and construction of
a new tert-butyl acrylate plant. Capacities were not disclosed.
The new and expanded units are expected to come
on stream by the end of next year.
“The tert-butyl acrylate plant will be an extension to
the downstream using acrylic acid and isobutene of the
existing Verbund as feedstock, which marks the first time
this advanced production technology is applied outside of
Germany,” BASF noted.

 

Domo Chemical Investing in China To Boost Its Technyl PA Capacity

Shanghai—Domo
Chemical announced investments in China to expand production
capacity for Technyl high-performance polyamides
(PA) to meet growing market demand.
Domo, which acquired Solvay’s PA business in 2020 and
has sold the Technyl products globally since 1 Feb. 2022,
will continue to expand capacity of its production site in
Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province (PCN, 7 Feb 2022, p 3).
Since March 2022, an additional 6,000 t/y of capacity
has been made available at the Jiaxing site, with the plant
achieving total capacity of 14,000 t/y of PA6 from April
2022 onwards.
In Haiyan, Domo has invested over €14-million in a
new 35,000-t/y Technyl unit that will be completed in the
third quarter of 2023. Going forward, the company will
further expand the plant, gradually increasing its capacity
to 50,000 t/y.
“Achieving the global rollout of Technyl is a key milestone
in Domo Chemicals’ sustainability strategy to help
our local customers in China to achieve their low carbon
goals and increase their competitive advantage in the face
of accelerating sustainability trends,” said Fabrizio Cochi,
vice president of Asian operations.

 

13th GPCA Supply Chain Conference Being Held 17-19 May ’22 in Dubai

Dubai—The Gulf
Petrochemicals and Chemicals Assn. (GPCA) has scheduled
its 13th GPCA Supply Chain Conference for 17-19
May 2022 at the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City in Dubai,
United Arab Emirates.
Based on the theme “Future-Proofing Supply Chains –
The Time is Now,” the conference will examine the changing
future of supply chains. Over 20 speakers will be in
attendance.
“Supply chains and operations were the single most affected
business function at GCC chemical companies in
2020-2021 and continue to be a huge focus for industry
leaders,” the GPCA noted.
“Looking to the future, the . . . conference organized by
GPCA will focus on ways in which business partners can
future-proof their supply chains against complex disruptions
and overcome the challenges facing them today.”

 

Dynasol JV to Boost S-SBR Capacity With New Production Line in Spain

Madrid—Dynasol
Group, a joint venture of Repsol and Kuo, has decided to
increase production capacity for solution-styrene butadiene
rubber (S-SBR) with a new line in Santander, Spain.
The project, which will raise S-SBR capacity by 20,000
t/y with the potential to reach 25,000 t/y, is expected to be
online by the first quarter of 2024.
The company also plans to increase its styrene butadiene
copolymer capacity by 10,000 t/y in Altamira, Mexico.
No other details were given.
“The market evolution of the last two years, logistics
challenges and the impact from the global pandemic has
led us to re-evaluate our current business model,” noted
Dynasol Director Felipe Varela.
“We believe that regionalization will play an important
role in the customer’s decision process therefore, we need
to adapt and respond according to the new market dynamics.”

 

LSB & Lapis to Partner on CCS Project At LSB’s El Dorado Ammonia Facility

El Dorado—
LSB Industries has entered into an agreement with Lapis
Energy to develop a carbon capture and sequestration
(CCS) project at LSB’s ammonia facility in El Dorado, Ark.
The project, which would be the “first” CCS project announced
in the state of Arkansas and the third CCS project
from ammonia production in the U.S., would initially capture
and permanently sequester over 450,000 t/y of carbon
dioxide (CO2) in underground saline aquifers, LSB noted.
Sequestering that amount of CO2 will enable LSB to
produce over 375,000 t/y of “blue ammonia,” and reduce its
Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions by 25% from current
levels.
The partners will begin the project immediately, with
completion expected by 2025, subject to the approval of a
Class VI permit, at which time CO2 injections will start.
There is potential to increase the size of the project based
on possible debottlenecking projects at the facility.
“We are excited to partner with Lapis and take our first
step to becoming a supplier of low carbon or ‘blue ammonia’
— allowing us to participate in what we believe will become
a large future market,” said LBS President and Chief
Executive Mark Behrman.

 

People on the Move

Ecovyst—Kurt J. Bitting, most recently a vice president
and president of Ecoservices, has been named chief
executive of the company to succeed Belgacem Chariag,
who has left the company.
Kevin M. Fogarty will join the board as the new, nonexecutive
chairman. He was previously president and chief
executive of Kraton Corp.
Ioniqa—Carel Fitie, most recently with DSM, has been
appointed chief operating officer.
Plastics Industry Assn.—Matt Seaholm has been appointed
chief executive. He had been vice president of government
affairs.
Glenn Anderson, currently vice president of member
engagement, has been named chief operating officer of the
association.

 

Nova, Enerkem Building Pilot-Scale Reactor To Advance Chem Recycling Technology

Alberta—
Nova Chemicals and Enerkem said they are advancing
their “made-in-Alberta” chemical recycling technology to
pilot stage in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The companies will accelerate construction of a pilotscale
reactor system that converts syngas produced from
used, non-recyclable and non-compostable plastics to feedstocks
from virgin-grade plastics.
“By taking waste streams that are otherwise nonrecyclable,
we can complement mechanical recycling efforts
and provide an important solution to close the gap between
recycling targets and the important role plastics play in
our daily lives,” said Michel Chornet, executive vice president
of engineering, innovation and operations at Enerkem.
“The project aims to expand the types of materials that
can be recycled and increase recycling rates, while reducing
emissions from incineration and landfill and keeping
plastic out of the environment. It is a significant step in
realizing the vision of the circular economy.”
The project recently received C$4.5-million in funding
from Alberta Innovates’ Technology and Emissions Reduction
Economic Recovery Program.

 

Enova Awards NOK 10-Million to Inovyn To Support Aquarius Hydrogen Project

Rafnes—
Inovyn, a subsidiary of Ineos, will receive NOK 10-million
in funding from Enova to support its first major hydrogen
project, Aquarius, planned to be built at Rafnes, Norway
(PCN, 25 Oct 2021, p 4).
Aquarius involves building a 20-megawatt electrolyzer
to produce pure hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis of
water, powered by zero-carbon electricity. The project will
cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 22,000 t/y and reduce
the carbon footprint of Ineos’ businesses in Norway.
Inovyn currently produces caustic soda, chlorine and
vinyl chloride monomer at Rafnes.
Ineos has announced plans to invest more than €2-
billion into electrolysis projects to make zero carbon, green
hydrogen across Europe. Besides Norway, the company
intends to build its first plants in Germany, Belgium, the
UK and France.

 

Stamicarbon Chosen as Urea Licensor For NeuRizer’s Project in Australia

Perth—Stamicarbon
has been selected as the licensor for the NeuRizer
Urea Project planned near Adelaide, Australia (PCN, 11-18
April 2022, p 3).
The project, which will initially have a production capacity
of 1-million t/y of urea with the potential to increase
to 2-million t/y, will be the “only” fully integrated urea production
facility in Australia, with all inputs (gas, power
and carbon dioxide) for low-carbon urea production on-site,
according to NeuRizer’s website. Operations are planned
to begin in 2025.
Stamicarbon will provide the process design package for
the front-end engineering and design for a urea melt and
granulation unit. The plant will utilize Stamicarbon’s
Launch Melt flash design for the urea melt plant with a
pool reactor and the Launch Finish granulation design for
the urea granulation unit.

 

KBR Inks License Agreement with JGC For Ammonia Manufacturing Process

Tokyo—KBR
and JGC Holdings have signed a license agreement that
will allow JGC Group to use KBR’s ammonia production
process in future ammonia plants, starting from the conceptual
stage.
“KBR’s ammonia manufacturing process constitutes
about 50% of the global share on a production volume basis
and has a track record of being adopted at some of the
world’s largest operating ammonia manufacturing plants
(output of 3,000 tons per day), making it a highly reliable
process for further scale-up,” JGC noted.
Separately, JGC and Toyo Engineering have signed an
alliance agreement on engineering, procurement and construction
projects for fuel ammonia manufacturing plants
and ammonia receiving terminals.

 

Origin Materials, MCHG Partner to Develop Advanced Materials for Tire Production

Tokyo—
Origin Materials and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group
(MCHG) announced a strategic collaboration to convert
carbon-negative materials from Origin into highperformance
materials that replace fossil-based carbon
black in automobile tires.
As part of the partnership, MCHG will convert hydrothermal
carbon, produced by Origin using its patented
technology, into high-performance analogs of specialty carbon
black materials. The materials will be tested and further
developed with “one of the largest” tire manufacturers,
the companies noted.
“We look forward to partnering with Mitsubishi Chemical
Holdings Group to develop new, better materials for
making tires, while dramatically reducing carbon emissions,”
said Rich Riley, co-chief executive of Origin.
“Mitsubishi Chemicals Holdings Group’s deep manufacturing
capabilities, technical expertise, and global customer
network can enable broad adoption of Origin’s technology
and help drive the ‘once in a planet’ shift to sustainable
materials taking place in the automotive industry,”
he added.

 

BASF, Thyssenkrupp Optimize STAR Process; Reduces CO2 Emissions & Operating Costs

Essen—
BASF and Thyssenkrupp Uhde have completed a joint project
to optimize Thyssenkrupp’s proprietary Steam Active
Reforming (STAR) dehydrogenation technology that produces
propylene from propane feedstocks, or isobutylene
from isobutene feedstocks (PCN, 20 July 2020, p 2).
The process was optimized to lower carbon dioxide
(CO2) emissions and operating costs through lower energy
consumption by up to 30%, while also cutting investment
costs and enabling additional feedstock savings.
Since beginning the project in 2020, Thyssenkrupp has
focused on the optimization and further development of the
process, while BASF validated the targeted improvements
through an extended test program.

 

BASF’s Board Decides to ‘Wind Down’ Business Activities in Russia, Belarus

Moscow—BASF
said its board of executive directors has decided to “wind
down” the company’s remaining business activities in Russia
and Belarus by the beginning of July 2022, in light of
the Russian government’s attack on Ukraine.
Exempt from this decision is BASF’s business that supports
food production, as the war risks triggering a food
crisis, the company noted.
BASF currently has 684 employees in Russia and Belarus
and will continue to support its employees in both
countries until the end of this year.
This past March, BASF announced it would not be conducting
any new business in Russia and Belarus.

 

Linde Doubling Production Capacity For Liquid Products at La Porte Site

Houston—Linde
recently announced it is expanding its facility in La Porte,
Texas, effectively doubling merchant liquid production capacity
at the plant.
The project, expected to start up in 2024, will help the
company meet growing demand from the petrochemicals,
clean energy, manufacturing, food and aerospace sectors in
the U.S. Gulf Coast.
It will also supply Linde’s existing Gulf Coast pipeline
system, which includes nitrogen and oxygen pipelines extending
from the Houston ship channel south to Freeport,
Texas.

 

Air Products, Bumi Resources to Build Indonesian Coal-to-Methanol Plant

Jakarta—Air
Products and Bumi Resources, an Indonesian coal producer,
will set up a new coal gasification facility for the
production of methanol in Indonesia, Argus Media reported.
Estimated to cost about $2-billion, the plant, once operational,
would consume at least 6-million t/y of coal to
produce 1.8-million t/y of methanol. Completion is expected
by late 2025 or early 2026.
Under an initial agreement, Bumi will supply coal for
the project through its Kaltim Prima Coal mining subsidiary
and its Ithaca Resources’ Kaltim Nusantara Coal subsidiary,
while Air Products will build, own and operate the
coal-to-methanol facility. Both parties will be responsible
for the offtake of methanol.

 

CJ Bio Starts Up Indonesian PHA Facility To Support Growth in Bioplastics Market

Jakarta—
CJ Bio, a division of CJ CheilJedang, said it has commissioned
its new polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) plant in Pasuruan,
Indonesia, to support the “rapid” growth of the bioplastics
industry.
The 5,000-t/y PHA facility, based on CJ Bio’s advanced
downstream technology, will focus solely on manufacturing
amorphous PHAs, which will be used as a modifier to other
polymers and biopolymers to improve functional characteristics
and biodegradability, enabling “cradle-to-grave” solutions
for the broad range of markets that generate plastic
waste, the company explained.
In 2016, CJ Bio acquired the biopolymer assets of Metabolix
(PCN, 16 Jan 2017, p 3). Start-up of the new PHA
plant is the culmination of decades of work that started at
Metabolix in the early 2000s, CJ Bio noted.
“CJ Bio has been working toward bio-based chemicals
and biopolymers as part of a long-term vision to expand
into technologies that can help create a more sustainable
future,” said Max Senechal, chief commercial officer of the
biomaterials business.
“This new facility represents a major step for CJ Bio
along a journey that will see significantly more investment
in this technology in the near future.”

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Indorama Ventures (IVL) informed the Stock Exchange
of Thailand that its operations are unaffected by
the cut of Russian gas supplies to Poland. Its suppliers
have confirmed uninterrupted gas supplies to IVL’s sites.
Haldor Topsoe is shutting down its operations in
Russia and Belarus, in response to Russia’s invasion of
Ukraine, and expects to have exited the countries within a
few months. The company earlier announced it would end
all new business activity in the two countries.
Neste’s board of directors approved a merger plan, in
which Neste Engineering Solutions Oy, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Neste, will be merged into Neste Corp. The
merger, which only affects the Finnish operations, is expected
to take place on 30 Sept. 2022.
Grupa Azoty announced that supplies of natural gas
to its group companies in Poland are continuing without
disruption and production is sustained at planned levels.
There are contingency plans in place in case gas supplies
are disrupted or curtailed.

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Wanhua Chem Plans Petchem Facility At Pengli Industrial Park in China

Shanghai—
Wanhua Chemical Group, through its Wanhua Chemical
(Pengli) subsidiary, plans to invest RMB 23.1-billion in an
integrated petrochemicals complex at the Pengli Industrial
Park in China.
The project would include a 900,000-t/y propane dehydrogenation
unit, and facilities for the production of
300,000 t/y of polypropylene, 500,000 t/y of polyether polyols,
400,000 t/y of propylene oxide, 160,000 t/y of acrylic
acid, 160,000 t/y of butyl acrylate, 20,000 t/y of octyl acrylate,
200,000 t/y of carbonate, 300,000 t/y of epoxy ethane
and 300,000 t/y of epoxy ethane derivatives.
Construction is expected to begin this year and last until
2025, with initial production planned to begin in June
2024.

 

Borealis Picks Axen’s Rewind Mix Process For Plastics Pyrolysis Oil Upgrading Unit

Stockholm—
Borealis and Axens have signed a license agreement for
Axens to supply the Rewind Mix process for Borealis’
planned plastics pyrolysis upgrading unit in Stenungsund,
Sweden (PCN, 19 Apr 2021, p 4).
The process will purify and upgrade 50,000 t/y of pyrolysis
oils produced from plastic wastes at Borealis’ petrochemical
plant. The resulting virgin-like recycled feedstock
will be further processed in the existing steam
cracker unit for the production of recycled polymers.
Commercial operation is planned to begin in 2025, subject
to a final investment decision.
Under the agreement, Axens will supply the process design
package of the Rewind Mix unit, which was developed
by IFP Energies, Repsol and Axens, and related proprietary
equipment, catalysts and adsorbents. It will also support
Borealis with technical on-site and digital assistance.
“We are proud to have been selected by Borealis for this
ground-breaking project,” said Axens Plastics Circular
Economy Director Stephane Fedou.
“Axens is strongly committed to supporting the plastic
recycling industry in reaching its ambitious targets at the
2025-2030 horizon, developing and offering robust, flexible,
low-carbon footprint technologies, which complement mechanical
recycling and create a truly circular plastic economy.”

 

Clariant Finalizes Divestment to SABIC Of Its 50% Stake in Scientific Design JV

Muttenz—
Clariant has concluded the sale of its 50% interest in Scientific
Design to SABIC, its joint venture partner, for $130-
million, making SABIC sole owner (PCN, 7 Feb 2022, p 2).
“Clariant plans to use the proceeds of the divestment to
invest into growth projects within the core business areas,
execute the strategy along sustainability and innovation,
fund the performance improvement programs, as well as
strengthen Clariant’s balance sheet to reach and defend a
solid investment grade rating,” Clariant noted.

 

Viva Energy Enters Agreement to Buy LyondellBasell’s Australia Subsidiary

Geelong—Viva
Energy has agreed to purchase LyondellBasell Australia
(LBA), Australia’s sole manufacturer of polypropylene,
through a share sale.
LBA is “strongly” complementary to Viva Energy’s refining
operations, with the refinery’s propylene production
utilized as feedstock in LBA’s existing manufacturing operations
in Geelong, Viva Energy noted.
“This acquisition is another step in the development of
our Geelong Energy Hub and the further diversification of
our commercial and industrial businesses,” said Viva Energy
Chief Executive Scott Wyatt.
“This facility and its manufacturing capability are vital
to the economies of Victoria and Australia, and can have
important roles to play in Australia’s circular economy
through the recycling of plastics. The acquisition of this
business opens the door for innovation and the development
of new business opportunities.”
Value of the transaction and an expected completion
date were not disclosed.

 

Sumitomo Ending Caprolactam Production At Its Ehime Works Production Facilities

Tokyo—
Sumitomo Chemical announced it will shut down its
caprolactam production plants at its Ehime Works in Japan
in October 2022 and exit the business.
The caprolactam facilities, with a total production capacity
of 85,000 t/y, began operations in 2003. The company
has decided going forward that it would be difficult to
secure sustainable competitiveness, and has therefore decided
to exit the caprolactam business.
Sumitomo will actively transform the operations of
Ehime Works in response to changes in the market, and
will continue to manufacture and sell cyclohexane.
The company is building a chemical recycling facility for
acrylic resin at the site and reconfiguring its infrastructure
by inviting an affiliated company to build a liquefied natural
gas terminal within the site.
In addition, Sumitomo is constructing plants for high
purity chemicals for semiconductors and its liquid crystal
polymer.

 

Incitec Pivot Restarts Waggaman Plant; Unit Operating at Nameplate Capacity

Waggaman—
Incitec Pivot Ltd. (IPL) announced it has successfully restarted
production at its Waggaman ammonia plant in
Louisiana, with the facility operating at nameplate capacity
(PCN, 21 Feb 2022, p 1).
The 800,000-t/y ammonia plant was suspended this
past February following an incident resulting from a release
of hydrogen at the unit. At the time, IPL said initial
investigations found no chemicals released into the environment
and no offsite impacts.

 

LyondellBasell to Exit Refining Business; Will Consider Options for Houston Site

Houston—
LyondellBasell announced its decision to cease operation of
its 268,000-b/d refinery in Houston, Texas, no later than 31
Dec. 2023, and will consider potential transactions and
alternatives for the site (PCN, 13 Sept 2021, p 2).
“After thoroughly analyzing our options, we have determined
that exiting the refining business by the end of
the next year is the best strategic and financial path for
ward for the company,” said Interim Chief Executive Ken
Lane.
“These decisions are never easy and we understand this
has a very real impact on our refinery employees, their
families and the community. We are committed to supporting
our people through this transition.
“While this was a difficult decision, our exit of the refining
business advances the company’s decarbonization
goals, and the site’s prime location gives us more options
for advancing our future strategic objectives, including circularity,”
Lane added.
In the interim, the company will continue to serve the
fuels market, which is expected to remain strong in the
near-term, LyondellBasell noted.
Last September, the company said it was weighing its
strategic options for the refining business, including a
potential sale.

 

Dow Increasing Alkoxylation Capacity In U.S. and Europe to Meet Demand

Midland—Dow
said it plans to again boost its global alkoxylation capacity
in the U.S. and Europe to meet increasing demand across a
wide range of fast-growing end-markets.
These latest investments will increase the company’s
capacity, while maintaining current carbon emissions levels
through the use of efficient technologies and site improvements,
Dow noted.
The investments in the U.S. and Europe are backed by
customer supply agreements, and are expected to come
online in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
The company is currently expanding alkoxylation capacity
in Louisiana and Spain, with start-up expected this
year (PCN, 4 Nov 2019, p 1).
Dow’s investments will result in about 70% global capacity
growth for the company and its customers since
2020.

 

Longhua New Material to Construct China’s ‘Biggest’ Nylon 6,6 Facility

Beijing—Shandong
Longhua New Material said it plans to build China’s
“biggest” nylon 6,6 plant in Zibo, Shandong Province, according
to local media reports.
The $1.1-billion project, to be built in three phases, will
have the capacity to produce over 1-million t/y of nylon 6,6
when completed in 2028.
The first phase will include 160,000 t/y of capacity, the
second phase will include 320,000 t/y of capacity and the
final phase will have 600,000 t/y of nylon 6,6 production
capacity.
Longhua New Material will source adiponitrile raw material
from China National Chemical Engineering Group’s
new plant in Zibo, which is expected to start up this month,
reported Yicai Global.

 

Sumitomo Chem Finalizes Construction On Ethanol-to-Ethylene Pilot Facility

Tokyo—Sumitomo
Chemical announced that construction is complete on
an ethylene pilot plant at its Chiba site in Japan that utilizes
waste-derived ethanol as a raw material (PCN, 19 Apr
2021, p 1).
The facility will verify Axen’s Atol technology to transform
ethanol into polymer-grade ethylene that will be polymerized
into polyolefins. Full-scale market launch of the
production is scheduled to begin in 2025.
In 2020, Sumitomo and Sekisui Chemical agreed to
form a strategic alliance that combines Sekisui’s production
technology for converting waste into ethanol with Sumitomo’s
technological know-how in manufacturing polyolefins.
Sekisui will provide the ethanol feedstock for the
project.
Toyo engineering was responsible for the basic design of
the pilot facility, as well as the engineering, procurement
and construction.

 

Technip & Alterra to Combine Technologies To Develop Sustainable Plastics Projects

Paris—
Technip Energies and Alterra Energy have signed a global
joint development and collaboration agreement, in which
they will combine advanced recycling and purification
technologies to jointly develop sustainable plastics projects.
The partners will integrate Technip Energies pyrolysis
oil purification technology to maximize adoption of recycled
feedstock and improve circular economy solutions for the
global petrochemical industry with Alterra’s commercially
available liquefaction process technology.
Alterra provides an innovative, patented, thermochemical
liquefaction, converting hard-to-recycle plastic into pyrolysis-
based oil (pyoil).
Technip Energies brings its extensive knowledge of
ethylene furnace and steam cracker design, preparation
and purification of heavy feedstocks for refining and petrochemical
plants, all of which is combined in its Pure.rOil
purification technology.
The combination of these solutions ensures Alterra’s recycled
pyoil is drop-in ready feedstock to further accelerate
the replacement of hydrocarbon-based oil with recycled
feedstock in the production of new plastic-based materials,
the companies explained.

 

People on the Move

Phillips 66—Mark Lashier, currently president and
chief operating officer, has been named president and chief
executive, effective 1 July 2022. He will succeed Greg Garland,
who will remain as executive chairman until he retires
in 2024.
Maire Tecnimont—Lessandro Bernini has been appointed
chief executive and chief operating officer, effective
15 May 2022. Currently manager in charge of preparing
corporate accounting documents, Bernini will succeed Pierroberto
Folgiero, who has decided to resign from the company.
Americas Styrenics—Richard Shaw has joined the
company as director of Sustainability & Circular Economy.
He was previously vice president of logistics at Graphic
Packaging International.

 

Brightmark, Georgia Drop Project to Build New Advanced Plastics Recycling Plant

Macon—
Brightmark Energy and the Macon-Bibb County Industrial
Authority have agreed to cancel plans to build the “world’s
largest” advanced plastics recycling and renewal facility in
Macon, Ga., reported several local news sources.
The proposed $680-million project was planned to utilize
a state-of-the-art and proprietary plastics renewal process
that recycles all plastic waste (Types 1-7) that has
reached the end of its useful life (PCN, 14 June 2021, p 3).
The facility was expected to divert 400,000 t/y of the
plastic waste from landfills and incinerators and convert it
into 64-million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and
naphtha blend stocks, and 20-million gallons of wax.
According to Reuters, Brightmark missed a deadline to
prove its process and deliver end product to customers
from a similar facility in Ashley, Ind., a condition of its
contract with the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority.
The Indiana plant will divert 100,000 t/y of plastic
waste from landfills, waterways and incinerators, and convert
it into 18-million gallons of diesel and naphtha blend
stocks and 6-million gallons of wax.
The facility is scheduled to be fully operational in the
second half of this year.

 

Bridgestone and LanzaTech Partner To Address End-of-Life Tire Waste

Nashville—
Bridgestone Americas announced an exclusive partnership
with LanzaTech NZ to co-develop the “first” dedicated endof-
life tire recycling process leveraging LanzaTech’s proprietary
CCT technology.
According to the Tire Industry Project operating under
the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable
Development, over 1-billion tires globally reach the
end of their useful service life each year.
The partners will work to address this issue by converting
end-of-life tires into new raw materials, including exploring
processes to create sustainable synthetic rubber
that does not rely on petrochemicals.
“Applying LanzaTech’s carbon capture and gas fermentation
process to end-of-life tires yields sustainably produced
chemicals, such as ethanol, that can be converted to
materials such as PET [polyethylene terephthalate] for
packaging, polyester yarn and surfactants,” Bridgestone
explained.
The two companies will also jointly explore opportunities
to co-develop proprietary microbe technology to produce
more efficient pathways to produce butadiene.
Bridgestone is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality and
make tire from 100% renewable materials by 2050.

 

Satorp Lets 7-Year Contract to KBR For General Maintenance Services

Jubail—KBR has
been awarded a seven-year contract by Saudi Aramco Total
Refining and Petrochemical Co. (Satorp) for the provision
of general maintenance services for its project in Jubail,
Saudi Arabia (PCN, 13 May 2019, p 3).
Under the contract, which has the option to be extended
for another three years, KBR will provide preventive, predictive,
corrective and shutdown maintenance services at
Satorp’s 440,000-b/d refinery, with a focus on continuous
improvement and sustainable asset performance.

 

Idemitsu Plans to Discontinue Production Of Acrylic Acid, Butyl Acrylate in Japan

Tokyo—
Idemitsu Kosan is planning to withdrawal from acrylic acid
and butyl acrylate production by next March due to increasing
international competition, Argus Media reported.
The company has 50,000 t/y of acrylic acid production
capacity at its Aichi site in Japan, while it outsources production
of butyl acrylate.

 

Gidara & Port of Rotterdam Plan Facility To Turn Waste into Advanced Methanol

Rotterdam—
Gidara Energy and the Port of Rotterdam announced that
Gidara is planning a new advanced biofuels facility in the
Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, that will convert nonrecyclable
waste into advanced methanol.
The plant, called Advanced Methanol Rotterdam
(AMR), will utilize Gidara’s patented High-Temperature
Winkler technology to produce about 90,000 t/y of renewable
methanol by converting 180,000 tons of local nonrecyclable
waste that is currently being incinerated.
AMR will achieve a reduction of 350,000 tons carbon dioxide
(CO2) equivalents of greenhouse gas emissions per
year. Detail engineering and construction is scheduled to
start in the first half of 2023, with renewable methanol
production expected to start in 2025.
The AMR site is strategically located within the Botlek
area of the port and is connected to feedstock providers,
storage terminals and other companies.
“The Port of Rotterdam’s strategy is to facilitate its existing
industries in reducing their carbon footprint and
attracting new businesses that fit in the Port Authority’s
ambition to be a CO2 neutral port and industrial complex
in 2050,” the partners noted.

 

Bechtel Forms New Business to Meet Growing Demands for EPC Services

Washington—
Bechtel has formed a new Manufacturing and Technology
business to address growing customer and market demands
for engineering, procurement and construction services
in the synthetic materials, semiconductor, electric
vehicle and data center sectors.
“Bechtel is embracing the challenge of developing resilient
supply chains for the world’s most advanced technologies,”
said Brendan Bechtel, chairman and chief executive.
“The Manufacturing and Technology business will design,
build, and integrate the complex components that
make up these facilities and deliver solutions quickly to
market.”

 

Olin Leaks Chlorine at Plaquemine

Baton Rouge—
Olin Corp. experienced a compressor fire on 18 Apr. 2022
at its chlorine unit in Plaquemine, La., resulting in a chlorine
leak, according to the local Advocate.
The leak has been cleaned up and “there is no risk of
onsite or offsite exposure” to chlorine, said the report citing
company officials.
“We are conducting a thorough analysis as we work to
identify the cause,” the officials noted without providing an
estimate of when the unit would resume chlorine production.

 

Dow Taking Minority Stake in HEH To Advance LNG Import Terminal

Stade—Dow has
entered into a definitive agreement to hold a minority
stake in the Hanseatic Energy Hub GmbH (HEH) consortium,
which is planning to build, own and operate a liquefied
natural gas (LNG) import terminal on Dow’s Stade,
Germany, industrial park.
The zero-carbon emission terminal, with a projected regasification
capacity of 13.3-billion cu m/yr of natural gas,
is scheduled to be built by 2026. It would be co-located
with Dow’s facilities. A final investment decision is expected
by 2023.
Dow said it is working with the consortium members,
which include Fluxys, Partners Group and Buss Group, to
advance Germany’s capabilities to import supplies of LNG,
bio-liquefied natural gas and synthetic natural gas through
the construction of the terminal.
Dow is contributing the land for the project, as well as
infrastructure services, off-gas heat, site services and mutual
harbor use rights.
The import terminal supports the joint statement between
the European Union and the U.S. on European energy
security by satisfying up to 15% of Germany’s current
natural gas demand.
The agreement would also allow the U.S. to meet almost
25% of its goal to export 50-billion cu m/yr of natural
gas to Europe by 2030.

 

Air Products Acquires Certain Air Liquide Industrial Gases Assets in UAE, Bahrain

Easton—Air
Products has purchased Air Liquide’s industrial gases
business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Air Liquide’s
majority share in Middle East Carbon Dioxide
(MECD) in Bahrain.
The assets in the UAE include Air Liquide Emirates for
Industrial Gases and Orca Industrial Gases, which include
liquid bulk, packaged gases and specialty gases.
MECD, a joint venture with ALMO Holdings, has a liquid
carbon dioxide production facility in Bahrain.
“The acquisition builds on many years of good experience
working in and serving customers in the Middle East
and supports our growth strategy for the region,” said
Hamid Sabzikari, vice president and general manager, Air
Products Industrial Gases Middle East, Egypt and Turkey.
“It is yet another example of how Air Products is building
and strengthening its industrial gas business in the
Middle East.”

 

Orica and H2U Group Agree to Partner On Gladstone Green Ammonia Project

Queensland—
Orica and H2U Group have entered into a strategic partnership
agreement to initiate the first phase of the proposed
H2-Hub Gladstone green ammonia project in Queensland,
Australia.
The planned project involves a multi-billion dollar industrial-
scale green hydrogen and ammonia production
facility, with a planned capacity of up to 3 gigawatts of
electrolysis and up to 5,000 t/d of green ammonia production.
The facility is expected to use 100% renewable energy
from local new-build solar and wind resources.
The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding
on a master plan study in which both parties will
explore opportunities for an exclusive domestic green ammonia
offtake and supply agreement.
As part of the potential agreement, green ammonia
would be supplied directly to Orica’s Yarwun manufacturing
plant from H2U’s proposed Yarwun green ammonia
production facility in Queensland.
The companies will also collaborate on the exploration
of a possible green ammonia export terminal in Queensland
at the Port of Gladstone.
The master plan study will last about six months with
front-end engineering and development approval activities
scheduled to begin at the end of this year.
A financial investment for the activation phase of development
is scheduled by 30 June 2023, with the H2-Hub
Gladstone scheduled to begin operations in 2025. An expansion
phase is expected to take place between 2027 and
2030.

 

Fire Erupts at Russian Chem Plant

Moscow—Russia’s
Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant experienced a fire on 21 Apr.
2022 in Kineshma near Moscow, Russia, and has “burned
down,” said local news reports.
No injuries were reported and cause of the fire has not
yet been determined.
According to Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant’s website, it
is the “largest” producer of butyl acetate and industrial
solvents in Russia and Eastern Europe.

 

Tosoh Increases Stake in Taiyo Vinyl

Tokyo—Tosoh
Corp. has raised its interest in the Taiyo Vinyl Corp. joint
venture to 84% from 68% through the acquisition of Mitsui
Chemicals’ 16% stake.
Based in Tokyo, Japan, Taiyo Vinyl is active in the
manufacture and sales of polyvinyl chloride. Denka owns
the remaining 16% stake in Taiyo Vinyl.
“Tosoh will continue to further strengthen its vinyl isocyanate
chain business, including Taiyo Vinyl Corporation,”
Tosoh noted.

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QVC Gets Approval from IQ & MPHC To Build Qatar’s ‘First’ PVC Plant

Doha—The board of
directors of both Industries Qatar (IQ) and Mesaieed Petrochemical
Holding Co. (MPHC) said they have approved a
project by their joint venture company, Qatar Vinyl Co.
(QVC), to build Qatar’s “first” polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
plant.
The new facility, to be located at Mesaieed Industrial
City, will have a nameplate capacity of 350,000 t/y of suspension
PVC. Completion is expected by mid-2025.
QVC will integrate the PVC plant with its existing
units at the site, where it will source vinyl chloride monomer
feedstock for the PVC production.
IQ and MPHC have also received approval from their
board of directors to award an engineering, procurement
and construction contract for the project with a contract
value of $239-million.
“Being the first PVC plant in the State of Qatar, the
project aims to position Qatar as a new regional player in
PVC production, while reinforcing the downstream value
chain,” the companies noted.
“The plant will not only boost private sector industrial
investments, but also provides a home-grown source of
PVC and expands the economic potential of local industries.”
QVC is owned 55.2% by MPHC, 31.9% by Qatar Petrochemical
Co. (QAPCO) and 12.9% by QatarEnergy. IQ
owns 80% of the shares of QAPCO.

 

Shandong Eco Picks Versalis Technology For New ABS Unit Planned in China

Beijing—
Versalis, the chemical company of Eni, will license its proprietary
continuous mass technology to Shandong Eco
Chemical Co. for a new acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
(ABS) unit to be built in Dongying, Shandong Province,
China.
The 210,000-t/y ABS plant will utilize the state-of theart
technology for the production of styrenic polymers. The
technology, which will be licensed in China for the first
time, has a low-carbon footprint, Eni noted. A schedule for
the project was not disclosed.

 

Sibur’s ZapSibNeftekhim Commissions Maleic Anhydride Facility at Tobolsk

Moscow—Sibur
said it has launched maleic anhydride production at its
new plant on the site of its ZapSibNeftekhim subsidiary in
Tobolsk, Russia (PCN, 17 Dec 2018, p 2).
The facility, with a design capacity of 45,000 t/y, will
supply maleic anhydride in both liquid and solid form to
Russian and foreign producers. The plant is expected to
reach design capacity by the end of the year.
Maleic anhydride had previously been imported from
other countries. With start-up of the new facility, the company
can fully satisfy the demand for the product from domestic
producers, Sibur noted.

 

ZPC Awards Contract to LyondellBasell For High Pressure LDPE Technology

Beijing—
LyondellBasell announced that Zhejiang Petroleum &
Chemical Co. (ZPC) will again license LyondellBasell’s
high-pressure low-density polyethylene (LDPE) technology
at its complex in Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, China.
The Lupotech A and Lupotech T process technologies
will be used for both a 100,000-t/y autoclave and a 300,000-
t/y tubular line, respectively. Both trains will mainly be
producing ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers.
Furthermore, an additional 400,000-t/y tubular line
producing LDPE homopolymers will be built at the same
site. Value of the contract and a schedule for the project
were not given.
In 2018, ZPC licensed LyondellBasell’s polypropylene
(PP), LDPE and high-density PE (HDPE) technologies for
five new plants at the complex (PCN, 8 Oct 2018, p 1).
The project included two 450,000-t/y PP units, based on
Spherizone process technology; a 300,000-t/y and 400,000-
t/y LDPE plant, based on Lupotech T process technology,
and a 350,000-t/y HDPE unit, based on Hostalen ACP
process technology.

 

Encina Investing $1.1-Billion to Build Circular Chem Plant in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg—
Encina Development Group plans to invest $1.1-billion to
build a new manufacturing facility in Point Township,
Penn., that will convert post-consumer plastic materials
into feedstock to manufacture new products.
The facility, named The Point Township Circular
Manufacturing Facility, will use advanced technologies to
process 450,000 t/y of post-consumer materials, diverting
the vast majority from landfills and away from incinerators,
the company noted.
Construction is expected to begin this fall, with full operations
planned to begin by fall 2024. The project will
create 750 jobs during construction and 300 full-time jobs.
“Increasingly, customers are demanding sustainable
practices across the product supply chain and life cycle,”
stated Encina Chief Executive David Roesser. “The feedstocks
we manufacture reduce waste, offset the need to
produce virgin materials and help manufacturers achieve
carbon neutral goals as we transition to a circular economy.
“Pennsylvania’s access to markets and skilled workforce
presents an ideal opportunity for investment and we’re
committed to being an engaged partner as we build longlasting
and mutually beneficial relationships with the local
community and businesses.”

 

Worley Chosen to Provide FEED Services For Trinseo’s Chemical Recycling Plant

London—
Trinseo has awarded a front-end engineering and design
(FEED) services contract to Worley for its new first-of-akind
chemical recycling facility planned in Tessenderlo,
Belgium (PCN, 14 Feb 2022, p 2).
The “first-of-a-kind” plant, which will be based on gasification
technology, will process 15,000 t/y of recycled polystyrene
(PS) flakes into pure styrene for use in the production
of new PS and/or styrene derivatives, Worley noted.
Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of this year.
Worley’s scope of work covers the engineering of the
feedstock, storage, condensation and distillation areas,
utilities and hot oil unit, as well as the cost estimate for
the project. It completed the pre-FEED services for the
project in 2021.
“Circularity in the chemical industry will be key if producers
want to retain their license to operate in the coming
years and decades,” said Geert Reyniers, senior director of
process and technology.
“Our work today means we can help customers, like
Trinseo, to implement first-of-a-kind technologies so they
can realize their sustainability objectives.”

 

AGC’s ASC Subsidiary Ships First PVC From Expanded Indonesian Facility

Jakarta—AGC
announced that its Asahimas Chemical (ASC) subsidiary
has concluded the first shipment of polyvinyl chloride
(PVC) from its recently expanded facility in Indonesia
(PCN, 10 Sept 2018, p 1).
The project, which was initially expected to be completed
in the second quarter of 2021, increased PVC capacity
at the plant by 200,000 t/y to 750,000 t/y. AGC’s total
PVC production capacity in the Southeast Asian region is
now around 1.2-million t/y.
“Under the medium-term management plan AGC plus-
2023, the AGC Group has set a priority on the expansion of
its chlor-alkali business in Southeast Asia,” AGC noted.
“The market for caustic soda and PVC in Southeast
Asia is expected to grow at an annual rate of about 4%
backed by continued expansion in manufacturing, infrastructure
projects, and other sectors linked with economic
growth.
“The growth will continue to steadily capture the growing
demand in the region, strengthen its competitiveness,
and contribute to the economic development of the Southeast
Asian region.”

 

Multinational Partnership Agrees to Study Potential e-Methanol Plant in Singapore

Singapore—
PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP), Air Liquide,
YTL PowerSeraya, Oiltanking Asia Pacific, Kenoil Marine
Services and A.P. Moller – Maersk have signed a memorandum
of understanding to study the feasibility of establishing
a green e-methanol pilot plant in Singapore.
The facility, which would be the “first of its kind” in
Southeast Asia, is planned to have a minimum capacity of
50,000 t/y of e-methanol, PTTEP noted.
The collaboration will commence with feasibility studies
on technical and economical aspects of the potential plant.
Conclusion of the studies is expected by the end of this
year.

 

Indorama Acquires Oxiteno from Ultrapar; Becomes Part of IOD Business Segment

Bangkok—
Indorama Ventures (IVL) said it has concluded the purchase
of Brazil-based Oxiteno from Ultrapar, becoming a
“leading” global supplier in high-value surfactant markets
(PCN, 23 Aug 2021, p 2).
The acquisition includes 11 manufacturing plants in
Latin America and the U.S., five research and development
centers, an experienced management team, a strong environmental
governance record, and expertise in green chemistry
innovation, IVL noted.
IVL made an initial payment of around $1.3-billion for
Oxiteno and will make a final payment of $150-million in
2024.
Oxiteno now becomes part of IVL’s Integrated Oxides
and Derivatives (IOD) business segment, which was
formed in 2020 with the purchase of Huntsman’s chemical
intermediates businesses for approximately $2-billion
(PCN, 13 Jan 2020, p 2).
“The addition of Oxiteno’s manufacturing sites in Mexico
and the U.S. provides a significant advantage for our
raw material sourcing in the region,” said Joel Saltzman,
chief executive of IOD, North America at IVL.
“Our increased presence in Mexico is beneficial to our
existing business there, making us more competitive in the
marketplace. Oxiteno’s Pasadena site in Texas accelerates
IOD’s surfactants growth plans in the U.S.”

 

Repsol Purchases Stake in Enerkem; Aims for Zero Net Emissions by ‘50

Madrid—Repsol
has made a €54-million equity investment in Enerkem,
becoming a majority shareholder in the waste-to-renewable
fuels and chemicals technology company.
The investment is in line with Repsol’s strategic focus
on decarbonization and circularity as key levers to reach
its target of becoming zero net emissions by 2050, Repsol
noted. Its investment includes an additional €68-million
through the subscription of convertible notes.
With the investment, Repsol will be able to step up the
development of decarbonization projects in its existing industrial
facilities and future plants through the deployment
of Enerkem’s technology.
“We are pleased to welcome Repsol as a shareholder
and member of Enerkem’s board of directors,” said Enerkem
Chief Executive Dominique Boies.
“Repsol is a global multi-energy supplier that will contribute
to the accelerated deployment of our technology to
new markets. Repsol’s equity investment in Enerkem
strengthens our position as a leader in the renewable fuels
and chemicals sectors and in building a circular economy.”

 

People on the Move

European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)—
Hartwig Wendt has joined Cefic as “executive director operations.”
He has led the global public affairs issue management
team of Covestro for the past three years.
VCI, German Chemical Industry Assn.—Dr. Markus
Steilemann has been appointed by VCI’s presidential
council as the candidate to succeed the current President
Christian Kullmann. Steilemann has been vice president
of the VCI board since March 2020 and has been president
of PlasticsEurope since June 2020. The election will be
held 29 Sept. 2022.

 

Ineos Nitriles to Build World-Scale Plant For Acetonitrile Production at Koln Site

Berlin—
Ineos Nitriles said it will invest in a new world-scale acetonitrile
production facility at its site in Koln, Germany, to
meet European demand.
The 15,000-t/y acetonitrile plant will utilize Ineos’ latest
process technology and is expected to enhance the company’s
supply position to its European customers and reduce
its environmental impact, Ineos noted.
“Ineos Nitriles is today the largest producer of acetonitrile
in the world and we will continue to invest in this important
specialty product to support the growth of our customers
in various applications,” said Ineos Nitriles Chief
Executive Hans Casier.
“I’m especially pleased as this investment will bring
back production capacity to Europe for this key product
and it demonstrates our commitment to underpin and reinforce
our nitriles production platform on the Koln site.”

 

JSR Separates from Elastomers Business; Completes Transfer of Stock to Eneos

Tokyo—JSR
Corp. said it has completed the separation of its elastomers
business into a new standalone company named Japan
Synthetic Rubber Spin-Off Preparation Co. (PCN, 24 May
2021, p 1).
All shares of the new company were transferred to
Eneos Corp., ensuring the sustainable development of the
elastomers business. JSR will focus on its semiconductor
materials and life sciences businesses.

 

Cameron LNG Plans Additional LNG Train; Inks FEED, EPC Bid Agreement Contract

Houston—
Cameron LNG has awarded a front-end engineering design
(FEED) and engineering, procurement and construction
(EPC) bid agreement contract to JZJV, a joint venture of
Zachry Group and JGC America, for a fourth liquefied
natural gas (LNG) train at its project in Cameron Parish,
La. (PCN, 6 Jan 2020, p 2).
The existing facility includes three liquefaction trains
and associated support facilities, with capacity to produce
around 12-million t/y of LNG for export.
JZJV will be responsible for the FEED design work, followed
by a submission of an EPC proposal. No other details
of the project were disclosed.

 

Kraton Increasing AMS Resin Capacity

Paris—
Kraton announced a “significant” investment in its alpha
methyl styrene (AMS) resins facility in Niort, France,
which is expected to result in a 15% production increase by
2023.
“In recent years, Kraton has made significant investments
in AMS resins at the manufacturing plant in Niort,
resulting in added operational capacity and improved asset
reliability,” the company noted.
“As customer demand increases, the new growth project
focuses on advancing production efficiencies while improving
the site’s environmental footprint.”
Kraton is also exploring other manufacturing expansion
opportunities at the Niort facility beyond the 2023 horizon,
the company added, without providing details.

 

Wood Introduces ‘Next Generation’ Hydrogen Production Technology

Scotland—Global
consulting and engineering firm Wood announced the
launch of its new “next generation” steam methane reforming
technology for hydrogen production.
The technology, which can be used in both brownfield
and greenfield projects, will reduce capital expenditures
and operating expenses for operators, while achieving a
95% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, compared to a
traditional hydrogen production plant, the company explained.
“The technology aims to counter inefficiencies in energy,
heat production and industrial processes, which together
account for more than half of all global greenhouse
gas emissions,” Wood noted.
“Wood believes the pathway to reduce these emissions
and create a more sustainable future, whilst also meeting
increasing demand for energy, lies in reducing the carbon
intensity of hydrogen production.”

 

DL E&C Lets Technology Award to KBR For NeuRizer’s NH3 Plant in Australia

Perth—KBR
has been awarded an ammonia technology contract from
DL E&C for NeuRizer’s carbon-neutral ammonia/urea project
planned to be built near Adelaide, Australia.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide technology
licensing and engineering for a 1,600-t/d ammonia
plant based on KBR’s Purifier process.
“This is the first fully integrated urea production facility
in the world leveraging an innovative configuration for
in-situ syngas production, gas processing, ammonia and
urea manufacturing and carbon geo-sequestration,” KBR
noted.
Last June, NeuRizer appointed DL as engineering, procurement,
construction and commissioning partner for the
project. Since then, DL has made “substantial” progress on
the bankable feasibility study and front-end engineering
design required for a final investment decision, planned for
the fourth quarter of 2022, said NeuRizer.
Last month, NeuRizer and DL entered into an agreement
for the front-end engineering and design for a carbon
capture and storage facility at the fertilizer project.

 

Brenntag Opens New Innovation Center For Coatings & Adhesives in Germany

Berlin—
Brenntag, a chemicals and ingredients distributor, has
launched a new innovation center for the coatings, adhesives
and construction industries in Germany.
The center, located at Brenntag’s site in Duisburg,
Germany, will be jointly used by Brenntag and BCD Chemie,
a Brenntag Group company. Customers in Germany,
Austria and Switzerland can now benefit from formulation
of new products and evaluation of new materials in a wide
range of applications, Brenntag noted.
The innovation center offers a range of technical services,
including: performance testing of raw materials, finished
paints, construction chemicals and adhesives; physical
testing to industry and customer specific standards;
comparative testing of different materials in formulations,
and formulation advice to customers to create tailor-made
solutions.

 

SCG Chem Acquires Majority Interest In Plastics Recycling Firm Sirplaste

Bangkok—SCG
Chemicals (SCGC), through its SCG Chemicals Trading
(Singapore) Pte. Subsidiary, has concluded the purchase of
a 70% stake in plastics recycling company Sirplaste-
Sociedade Industrial de Recuperados de Plastico (PCN, 17
May 2021, p 4).
The acquisition of Sirplaste, a “leading” plastics recycling
company in Portugal, will boost SCGC’s manufacturing
capacity and improve quality, while also marking
SCGC’s entry into the high-quality post-consumer recycled
resin (PCR) markets in Portugal and Europe, under the
SCGC Green Polymer brand, SCGC said.
Sirplaste, which has nameplate capacity of 36,000 t/y,
will help SCGC pursue its environmental goals of producing
1-million t/y of Green Polymer by 2030, and promoting
high-quality PCR under the Green Polymer brand into the
international markets.

 

Thailand Extends Its Tax Exemption For Bioplastic Industry Companies

Bangkok—
Thailand’s cabinet has approved an extension of its 25%
corporate tax exemption for companies in the bioplastic
industry, reported the Bangkok Post.
The tax exemption, which began in January 2019 and
expired on 31 Dec. 2021, has been extended until 2024 in
order to promote Thailand as an Asean bio-hub, said the
report citing Rachada Dhnadirek, the deputy government
spokeswoman.
In 2020, 14 companies were eligible for the tax measure
worth 18.3-million baht.

 

Nova Chem Joins Cyclyx Consortium

Portsmouth—
Nova Chemicals has become the newest member of Cyclyx
International, a consortium-based supply chain innovation
company with a goal to increase the recycling rate of plastic
to 90% from 10% currently.
With a focus on sustainability, Nova works toward
polyethylene solutions that enable a more circular economy
for plastics. Through its membership in Cyclyx, it will continue
its work to utilize more post-use plastics in its feedstock
supply chain.
Cyclyx was launched by Agilyx Corp. in 2020. In early
2021, Cyclyx received ISCC Plus certification.

 

NextChem Builds Italy’s ‘First’ Demo Plant For Chemical Recycling of Têxtile Waste

Rome—
NextChem said it has completed construction of Italy’s
“first” demonstration plant for the chemical recycling of
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyester from Têxtile
waste.
The facility, located in Chieti in the Abruzzo Technology
Park, utilizes Demeto depolymerization technology, colicensed
by NextChem, to chemically recycle the PET and
polyester Têxtile fiber waste and obtain pure monomers to
produce new polymers.
The new facility was built as part of the European Union’s
Demeto project.
NextChem is developer and co-licensor of the technology,
owned by the Swiss start-up gr3n, as well as designer
and constructor of the plant.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Bidboland gas refinery will “soon” begin production of
propylene from propane at its 450,000-t/y propane dehydrogenation
project in Iran, Shana reported. The company
also plans to complete the polypropylene production chain.
Haldor Topsoe A/S has changed its company name to
Topsoe A/S, as part of introducing a new brand to front its
vision and journey to decarbonization at scale. Topsoe is
already widely used, relatable, and a name that sticks out,
the company noted.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy has granted $2-million over
three years to Braskem America, University of Illinois Urbana-
Champaign and Princeton University to develop bioplastic
packaging that is infinitely recyclable. The team
will focus their effort on redesigning polyethylene packaging
material to produce plastic packaging that can be recycled
perpetually, reducing waste and pollution from singleuse
plastics.
Covestro has begun offering renewable toluene diisocyanate
to customers in various regions from its sites in
Dormagen, Germany, and Caojing, China.
Jindal Poly Films has signed an agreement with
Brookfield Asset Management for the sale of a minority
stake in its packaging films business. Under the deal,
Brookfield will make an Rs 2,000 crore investment in the
company. The transaction is expected to close during the
first half of fiscal year 2023.

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Clariant Catalysts Awarded Contracts To Supply Lihuayi’s Petchem Project

Beijing—
Clariant said its catalysts business has been awarded
three major contracts by China’s Lihuayi Group for a new
petrochemicals project in China.
The contracts covers Clariant’s OleMax 101, StyroMax
UL3, and Catofin high-performance catalysts for a 1-
million-t/y olefins facility, a 720,000-t/y styrene plant, and
a propane dehydrogenation unit with a design capacity of
600,000 t/y for the production of propylene, respectively.
Value of the contracts and a schedule for the project were
not given.
“We were very satisfied with Clariant’s complete solutions
package, and we are convinced that their combination
of catalysts, services and expertise will ensure a high return
on our investment,” noted Yan Chuanliang, head of
the Engineering Dept. at Lihuayi Group.

 

Caliche Development Partners Finalizes Sale Of Coastal Caverns NGL Storage Business

Houston—
Caliche Development Partners has completed the divestment
of Coastal Caverns, its natural gas liquids storage
business in Beaumont, Texas, to an undisclosed party.
“Caliche is excited to transfer care and growth of this
critical storage hub to an owner with a complementary
business and exciting growth plans,” Caliche noted.
The sale will allow Caliche to concentrate on its lowcarbon
storage solutions in Jefferson County, on the Gulf
Coast and beyond—from carbon sequestration to the subsurface
storage of other industrial gases, like hydrogen,
that support the energy transition.

 

Celanese & MGC Complete Restructuring Of Korea Engineering Plastics POM JV

Seoul—
Celanese and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) have completed
the restructuring of Korea Engineering Plastics
(KEP), their 50-50 polyoxymethylene (POM) joint venture
in Seoul, South Korea (PCN, 14 Dec 2020, p 3).
KEP will now focus solely on manufacturing and supplying
high quality products to its shareholders, who will
independently market them globally and without competitive
restrictions, the companies explained.
“With the completion of the restructuring, Celanese
now has access to world-scale POM polymerization capabilities
globally, with committed access to approximately
[70,000 t/y] of POM production in Asia and corresponding
global marketing rights,” said Tom Kelly, senior vice president,
Celanese Engineered Materials.
The partners will continue to explore additional ways to
leverage KEP’s manufacturing strengths, including assessing
potential future expansions of its polymer and compounding
capabilities, Celanese noted.
As part of the final terms of the restructuring, Celanese
agreed to sell land to KEP that KEP is currently leasing at
Celanese’s site in Ulsan, South Korea.

 

Eastman Selects Site in Normandy For Molecular Recycling Facility

Paris—Eastman announced
it has entered into exclusive negotiations with
Port-Jerome-sur-Siene in Normandy as the preferred location
of a new molecular recycling facility it intends to build
in France (PCN, 21 Jan 2022, p 1).
The company plans to invest up to $1-billion to build
the “world’s largest” material-to-material molecular recycling
plant, which would utilize its own polyester renewal
technology to recycle around 160,000 t/y of hard-to-recycle
polyester waste.
The polyester waste, which would otherwise be incinerated,
will be used to create virgin-quality material with a
“significantly” lower carbon footprint. Operations are expected
to begin by 2025.
The site in Normandy offers proximity of supply to
waste polyester for feedstock, required space for an expansive
facility and the necessary infrastructure for operations
of this scale, the company noted.
“We are committed to offering circular solutions for
France and the European Union,” said Eastman Board
Chair and Chief Executive Mark Costa.
“We are pleased with this important step in meeting
our site selection milestone, and we expect to work diligently
through the remaining details during the next few
months of exclusive negotiations with the local authorities.
“We expect to achieve additional milestones in the coming
months, including agreements related to securing raw
material supply of plastic waste, energy supply, and necessary
incentives.”

 

Viridis Chemical Achieves First Production Of Renewable Ethyl Acetate in Nebraska

Houston—
Viridis Chemical announced its first production of renewable
ethyl acetate from its manufacturing facility in Columbus,
Neb. (PCN, 13 Sept 2021, p 2).
Helm, the company’s exclusive global marketing partner,
is already in the process of sending samples and distributing
material to its ethyl acetate customers.
Viridis will increase its production levels of the product
throughout 2022 and expects to be close to full production
capacity by the end of the year, noted Carl V. Rush Jr.,
chief executive and co-founder of Viridis.

 

Qixiang Tengda Commissions PDH Unit

Beijing—
Qixiang Tengda said it has completed and successfully
started up its new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in
Shandong Province, China (PCN, 4 Nov 2019, p 1).
The 700,000-t/y PDH unit, based on UOP’s Oleflex production
process, improved the scale, cost and quality advantages
of Qixiang Tengda’s propylene products, the company
noted.
Moving forward, Qixiang Tengda will further accelerate
the construction of key projects and supporting projects,
and aim to build a world-leading, green and respected
world-class chemical enterprise, it added.

 

OCI Partners in Green Hydrogen Project For Ammonia & Methanol Production

Amsterdam—
OCI NV said it plans to develop the first large-scale green
ammonia and methanol value chains in the Netherlands,
and has entered into a partnership with NortH2 for the
supply of green hydrogen.
NortH2 is a large-scale offshore wind-to-hydrogen electrolysis
project being developed in the Eemshaven area of
the Netherlands. During its current feasibility phase,
NortH2 consists of Equinor, RWE, Shell and Gasuni with
the support of Groningen Sea Ports. Eneco, a sustainable
energy company, announced it will also join the consortium
as an investment partner.
The NorthH2 project will provide OCI with a stable and
large-scale supply of green hydrogen, allowing OCI to decarbonize
its production processes and meet the growing
demand from its customers in the downstream value chain
for renewable hydrogen, OCI noted.
OCI’s production assets are strategically located and
positioned to connect to the NortH2 project and the
planned hydrogen pipeline backbone of Gasunie.
“Green ammonia and methanol production is a logical
starting point to develop a green economy in the Netherlands
and Europe as it creates a wide range of green products,
helping create sustainable value chains of food, fuels
and consumer good,” said OCI Chief Executive Ahmed El-
Hoshy.

 

MOL and Helm Sign Marketing Agreement For PG from MOL’s New Chem Complex

Budapest—
MOL and Helm have signed a long-term marketing agreement,
in which Helm will distribute propylene glycols (PG)
produced by MOL’s new chemical complex under construction
in Tiszaújváros, Hungary (PCN, 28 Mar 2022, p 1).
The €1.3-billion backwards-integrated polyols complex
will include a hydrogen peroxide-to-propylene oxide (PO)
facility and will include the production of 200,000 t/y of PO.
The PO will be used as feedstock for PG with a production
capacity of 80,000 t/y, and for the production of polyether
polyol. The project is over 90% complete.
Helm will market the PGs in Western Europe and overseas
markets, providing its supply chain know-how and
commercial expertise; however, CEE (Central and Eastern
Europe) market sales, as MOL’s home market, will be coordinated
by MOL, the companies noted.

 

Petcore Europe Annual Conference Scheduled for June ’22 in Belgium

Brussels—Petcore
Europe has scheduled its 2022 annual conference for 14-15
June at the DoubleTree by Hilton Brussels City in Brussels,
Belgium.
Based on the theme “Strategy and Trends for the Circular
PET Economy,” the conference will focus on perspectives,
strategy and legislative challenges for the polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) value chain on day one, while the
second day will be dedicated to trends in PET collection,
sorting, recycling and circularity.
The event will also feature a networking dinner on 14
June, as well as an exhibition booth.
For more information, visit Petcore Europe’s website at
https://www.petcoreeuropeannualconference.eu.

 

Eastman’s Adhesives Resins Business Acquired by Synthomer for $1-Billion

Kingsport—
Eastman Chemical Co. and certain of its subsidiaries have
finalized the sale of its adhesives resins business to Synthomer
for $1-billion in cash (PCN, 1 Nov 2021, p 2).
The transaction included the hydrocarbon resins (including
Eastman Impera tire resins), pure monomer resins,
polyolefin polymers, rosins and dispersions, and oleochemical
and fatty-acid based resins product lines. The business
was previously part of Eastman’s Additives & Functional
Products segment.
The acquired business will form a new division within
Synthomer called Adhesive Technologies.

 

Ecoplanta Inks Grant Agreement with EC To Implement Waste-to-Chems Project

Brussels—
Ecoplanta said it has signed a grant agreement with the
European Commission (EC), under the Innovation Fund, to
carry out a project to build a waste-to-chemicals plant in El
Morell, near the port of Tarragona in Spain (PCN, 31 May
2021, p 3).
The facility, which will demonstrate Enerkem’s gasification
technology, will utilize non-recyclable materials
from sorting centers to produce circular chemicals and advanced
biofuels.
Ecoplanta, the result of a joint venture between Agbar,
Repsol and Enerkem, is expected to produce 240,000 t/y of
methanol and recover 70% of the carbon present in the
non-recyclable materials. Commissioning is expected by
2026.
The Innovation Fund call for large-scale projects was
first launched last year by the EC to support breakthrough
technologies in the energy-intensive industries, renewables,
energy storage and carbon capture, use and storage.

 

Olin and Mitsui Planning to Form JV To Supply ECU-Based Derivatives

Clayton—Olin and
Mitsui & Co. have agreed to enter into a memorandum of
understanding to establish a joint venture that would be
an independent global buyer, supplier and marketer of
electrochemical unit (ECU)-based derivatives.
The partnership would initially focus on globally traded
caustic soda and ethylene dichloride with potential future
expansion into other ECU derivatives and related products.
The joint venture is expected to be finalized later this
year, subject to agreement of definitive terms and applicable
regulatory approvals.
“By combining the complementary geographic and functional
strengths of Olin and Mitsui, the joint venture will
enable customers to benefit from greater security of supply,
enhanced logistics reliability, increased access to
global product liquidity, and network optimization to support
the decarbonization agenda,” the companies noted.

 

People on the Move

LyondellBasell—Peter Vanacker will assume the role
of chief executive on 23 May 2022, succeeding Bhavesh V.
“Bob” Patel, who has retired (PCN, 20-27 Dec 2021, p 2).
Vanacker has been president and chief executive of Neste
since 2018.

 

MOL Group Buys Plastics Recycler ReMat, As Part of Its ‘Shape Tomorrow’ Strategy

Budapest—
MOL Group, as part of its “Shape Tomorrow” 2030+ Strategy,
announced the acquisition of ReMat, Hungary’s “market
leading” plastics recycling company.
ReMat, with a processing capacity of 25,000 t/y, uses
plastic waste from community and industry sources to create
a wide range of polyethylene and polypropylene regranules
and tailor-made products.
ReMat has production plants in Tiszaújváros and Rakamaz,
Hungary, as well as a logistics hub in Bratislava,
Slovakia. Value of the transaction was not given.
One of the main pillars of MOL’s strategy, which was
launched last February, is integrating circular economy in
MOL’s operation. The company will spend $1-billion in the
next five years on new circular economy and green projects.
Waste integration and utilization is a key element of the
new sustainable approach, MOL noted.
“Over the last two decades, we have invested into stateof-
the-art facilities and constantly expanded our processing
capacities capable of supporting Hungary’s obligations towards
the European Union regarding plastic recycling,”
said ReMat Chief Executive Laszlo Olasz.
“We are excited to be joining MOL and look forward to
continuing to drive growth for this attractive business.”

 

Evonik Completes Expansion to Increase Isobutene Derivatives Capacity at Marl

Marl—Evonik
said it recently concluded an expansion that increased production
capacity for isobutene derivatives by more than
50% at its site in Marl, Germany.
The company invested a “double-digit million euro
sum,” for the project, expanding the company’s C4 production
network, which includes tertiary butanol, diisobutene
and 3,5,5-trimethylhexanal.
“As a leading European key supplier of high-purity isobutene
derivatives, we willingly rise to the challenge of
supporting our customers’ dynamic growth and continuing
to invest in product quality and security of supply,” noted
Dr. Hinnerk Gordon Becker, head of the specialties market
segment at Evonik Performance Intermediates.

 

Nexam Chem Building Innovation Facility To Serve Global Plastic Manufacturers

Stockholm—
Nexam Chemical is setting up a new innovation center in
Sweden to enable environmentally-friendly plastics with
the best functionality for plastic manufacturers around the
world.
The facility, located in Lomma, Skane, will enable the
company to stay at the forefront of additives, Nexam noted.
Completion is expected this fall.
The first step is to build an office and laboratory. At a
later stage, a pilot plant will also be built, where customer
processes can be better imitated. The facility is expected
to be fully completed in the spring of 2023.
“With our own innovation center, we become more efficient
and faster in developing tailor-made solutions for
customers,” said Nexam Chief Executive Johan Arvidsson.
“The goal is to be able to streamline and shorten the
time for customer projects and thereby lower the thresholds
and shorten the sales time.”

 

Sinopec Drops Out of Plans with Russia To Invest in New Gas Chem Complex

Beijing—
Sinopec has discontinued discussions with Sibur to invest
up to $500-million in a new gas chemical facility in Russia
in response to rising sanctions over Russia’s invasion of
Ukraine, Reuters reported citing sources.
The companies were planning to build a project similar
to the $10-billion Amur Gas Chemical Complex in Siberia,
which is scheduled to come online in 2024 (PCN, 13 Dec
2021, p 1).
Sinopec has also suspended talks with Novatek regarding
a gas marketing venture, said the report citing sources
familiar with the matter.
In 2019, Sinopec, Novatek and Gazprom signed a heads
of agreement to establish a joint venture to market liquefied
natural gas and natural gas to end-customers in China
(PCN, 6-13 Apr 2020, p 3).
The European Commission approved the proposed joint
venture between the three companies in 2020.

 

Purecycle Breaks Ground in Georgia For Plastic Waste Purification Plant

Augusta—
Purecycle Technologies has broken ground on its new plastic
waste purification facility in Augusta, Ga., which will
enable the company to expand production of its ultra-pure
recycled (UPR) resin (PCN, 21 Mar 2022, p 2).
The cluster facility, designed to transform No. 5 plastic
waste into like-new recycled plastic, is designed to ultimately
produce up to 650-million lbs/yr across five processing
lines. The first two purification lines are expected to be
completed in the fourth quarter of 2023, with a capacity to
produce 260-million lbs/yr of UPR resin.
The company earlier said it planned to have 30 commercial
lines by 2030 and 50 commercial lines by 2035.

 

TotalEnergies & Sempra Sign MoUs For Several Renewables Projects

Paris—Total-
Energies and Sempra announced they are expanding their
North American strategic alliance with the signing of two
memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development
of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project and several
onshore and offshore renewables projects.
Under the first MoU, TotalEnergies would offtake onethird
of the future LNG production from Sempra’s planned
Vista Pacifico LNG project and become a shareholder in
the project with a minimum 16.6% stake.
Vista Pacifico is expected to include a mid-size facility
on Mexico’s west coast, which is well situated for exporting
to high-demand markets, such as Asia and South America.
Specific details of the project were not available.
Sempra recently signed a non-binding agreement with
Mexico’s state-owned electric company, Comision Federal
de Electricidad, for the potential joint development of the
LNG project.
The second MoU is for the co-development of numerous
renewable energy projects in North America, including
Sempra’s possible acquisition of 30% of TotalEnergies’ equity
interest in an offshore wind project off the coast of
California, as well as TotalEnergies’ potential purchase of
30% of Sempra’s equity stake in certain onshore renewable
projects under development along the Mexico-U.S. border.

 

Tellurian Begins Construction on Phase 1 Of Driftwood LNG Project in Louisiana

Houston—
Tellurian has issued a limited notice to proceed to Bechtel
Energy, under an engineering, procurement and construction
contract, to start construction of phase one of the
Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal export facility
near Lake Charles, La. (PCN, 8 Apr 2019, p 4).
Driftwood LNG, a subsidiary of Tellurian, will include
two LNG plants with an export capacity of up to 11-million
t/y in the first phase, and around 27.6-million t/y at full
capacity.
In 2019, Total and Tellurian signed a heads of agreement
in which Total would make a $500-million equity investment
in Driftwood LNG and purchase 1-million t/y of
LNG from the project.
They also entered into a sales and marketing agreement
for a further 1.5-million t/y of LNG from Tellurian
Marketing’s LNG offtake volumes from Driftwood. Total is
a shareholder in Tellurian.
“Energy security is a leading concern in many countries
today and the United States must do our part to supply
LNG to the global market as quickly as possible,” noted
Tellurian President and Chief Executive Octavio Sinoes.
“Beginning construction now allows Tellurian to deliver
upon our robust schedule for first LNG in 2026, while we
complete the project financing.”

 

Cosmo Boosting Production Capacity For CPP Film at Site in Aurangabad

New Delhi—
Cosmo Films Ltd. is planning a project to expand cast
polypropylene (CPP) film production capacity at Aurangabad,
Maharashtra, India.
The company is investing approximately Rs 140 crores
to set up a new CPP film production line with a capacity of
25,000 t/y. Commercial production is expected to begin in
two years.
“Worldwide significant focus is being given on recyclability
and sustainability of packaging films,” said
Pankaj Poddar, global chief executive. “With current CPP
capacity running close to 100% utilization, the company
planned capacity expansion with the world’s largest width
line and lowest cost of production.
“Other growth plans, i.e. specialized BOPET [biaxially
oriented polyethylene terephthalate] line, BOPP [biaxially
oriented polypropylene] line, focus towards growing specialty
sales, expansion with Cosmo Specialty Chemicals
and Zigly, are progressing well in line with the plan.”

 

Versalis, Novamont Reconfirm Dedication To Matrica Green Chemistry Venture

Milan— Versalis
and Novamont said they are strengthening their
green chemistry partnership by reconfirming their commitment
to Matrica, a joint venture formed between the
two companies in 2011 to manufacture bioproducts from
renewable sources (PCN, 23 June 2014, p 2).
The aim is to enhance Matrica’s technology and production
assets in order to fully develop its products, also
within supply chains integrated with the two partners, by
focusing on growth in the green chemistry markets.
In addition, shareholder agreements have been redefined:
Versalis will increase its stake in Novamont to 35%
from 25% currently. At the end of the reorganization, Novamont
will be owned 65% by Mater-Bi and 35% by Versalis.
“This agreement with Novamont is founded in the belief
that Italy can play a key role at an international level in
the field of chemistry from renewables and the circular
bioeconomy,” said Versalis Chief Executive Adriano .
“The strengthening of the partnership between Versalis
and Novamont combines the great technical and market
skills of the two companies, and will accelerate the development
of technologies, supply chains and improve competitiveness.”

 

ET Inks LNG Sale & Purchase Agreements With ENN Natural Gas & ENN Energy

Dallas—
Energy Transfer (ET) announced that ENN Natural Gas
(ENN NG) and ENN Energy have entered into liquefied
natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase agreements with its
subsidiary, Energy Transfer LNG Export (ET LNG), related
to ET LNG’s Lake Charles LNG project in Louisiana.
Under the 20-year agreements, ET LNG is expected to
supply 1.8-million t/y of LNG to ENN NG and 900,000 t/y
of LNG to ENN Energy on a free-on-board basis. The deliveries
are anticipated to begin as early as 2026.
Lake Charles LNG will be built on an existing brownfield
regasification facility and will capitalize on four existing
LNG storage tanks, two deep water berths and other
LNG infrastructure.
The project will benefit from its direct connection to
ET’s existing trunkline pipeline system that in turn provides
connections to several intrastate and interstate pipelines.
The pipeline will allow access to multiple natural
gas processing basins, including the Haynesville, Permian
and Marcellus shale.
The sales and purchase agreements will become fully
effective upon the satisfaction of conditions precedent by
ET LNG, including reaching a final investment decision on
the Lake Charles project.

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MOL Begins Propylene Plant Construction At Tiszaújváros Petrochemicals Complex

Budapest—
MOL has begun construction on a new HUF 65-billion propylene
facility at its petrochemicals complex in Tiszaújváros,
Hungary (PCN, 27 May 2019, p 1).
The plant will have a production capacity of 100,000 t/y
of polymer-grade propylene from steam cracker and refinery
feedstocks. A completion date was not available.
“In the last five to 10 years, MOL has turned Tiszaújváros
into a unique chemical center so by now the city is undoubtedly
considered among the most modern petrochemical
metropolises,” said Zsolt Hernádi, chairman and chief
executive of MOL Group.
“We have a butadiene plant already built here, as well
as a synthetic rubber plant that was built in cooperation
with Japanese experts, and the town also hosts Hungary’s
largest industrial investment of the last 30 years, the
polyol complex built for €1.3-billion.”
The new propylene unit will supply feedstock to the
company’s polyols complex, which is already under construction.
Originally planned to begin operations by the second
half of 2021, the polyols complex will include a hydrogen
peroxide-to-propylene oxide (PO) facility and will have
200,000 t/y of propylene oxide production capacity. The PO
will be converted to polyether polyol and propylene glycols.
The company did not provide an update on the anticipated
start-up date of the polyols project.

 

ExxonMobil & KBR Agree to Collaborate On ‘Next Generation’ PDH Technology

Houston—
ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC and KBR announced
the two companies will work together on “next
generation” propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology.
Under the collaboration, ExxonMobil’s new proprietary
catalyst technology will be combined with KBR’s proprietary
K-PRO PDH technology to convert propane into propylene.
The combined technology may offer financial savings
compared to current PDH technologies.
“The collaboration with ExxonMobil is exciting not only
for new K-PRO customers but also for existing K-PRO licenses
who could have the potential to increase capacity
and reduce operating expenses by upgrading to the new
catalyst,” noted Doug Kelly, president of technology at
KBR.
“This joint technology offering, which is anticipated to
feature substantially reduced energy consumption, adds to
KBR’s growing portfolio of sustainable solutions.”

 

KBR Wins Contract to Supply Technology To Gulf Coast Olefins Production Facility

Houston—
KBR said its K-COT catalytic olefins technology has been
selected by a “leading” midstream company for a new
world-scale olefins production facility to be built on the
U.S. Gulf Coast.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide the
license and engineering for the 2.4-million-t/y olefins production
plant. A schedule for the project was not given.
“KBR’s K-COT . . . technology is the key enabler that
can process a wide range of feedstocks to achieve exceptional
olefin yields and production ratios in a single train
with the most capital and carbon efficient design,” KBR
noted.
“The combination of K-COT and SCORE steam cracking
technology will deliver the most innovative design, support
energy transition and advance refining-petrochemical integration
opportunities in the U.S. Gulf Coast.”
KBR’s technologies will also provide “leading” decarbonization
techniques and provide the platform to incorporate
plastics circularity into the project, said Doug Kelly,
president of technology.

 

Orlen Produces Certified Renewable PP Using Waste Vegetable Oil at Litvinov

Zaluzi—Orlen
Unipetrol announced it has produced certified renewable
polypropylene (PP) from waste vegetable oil at its Litvinov
steam cracker in Zaluzi, Czech Republic.
The hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) was first tested
in the production process of the steam cracker in 2020 and
2021, and the tests were successful, verifying that HVO
could be processed.
In November 2021, the company received internationally
recognized certification, and then performed another
production test, producing the “first” certified plastic – PP.
“This so-called bio-circular material has the same quality
as the material made of a fossil raw material,” said
Martin Ruzicka, director of development, technologies and
efficiency. “We can use this method to produce polypropylene,
polyethylene, ethylene and benzene.”
The renewable PP will be used in subsequent research
and tests with select customers who pass the certification
to ensure the entire process is compliant with legislative
standards.

 

IRSG Schedules World Rubber Summit To be Held 24-26 May ‘22 in Singapore

Singapore—
The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), with the
support of Enterprise Singapore, will hold the World Rubber
Summit on 24-26 May 2022 in Singapore.
The summit is based on the theme “A Resilient, Digitalized
and Sustainable Rubber Economy: Redefining Value
Chains.”
More information will be provided at a later date, IRSG
noted.

 

ExxonMobil Gives Construction Update On New LAO Facility at Baytown Site

Houston—
ExxonMobil announced that construction of a new linear
alpha olefins (LAO) manufacturing unit at its integrated
petrochemical complex in Baytown, Texas, is progressing
and commercial start-up is planned for mid-2023 (PCN, 30
Sept 2019, p 1).
The plant, on which construction began in September
2019, will have the capacity to produce about 350,000 t/y of
LAO. The project was originally expected to start up this
year.
The new facility will feature the latest quality control
technology, including in-line analyzers engineered to assess
product quality and purity in real time, the company
noted.
ExxonMobil will manufacture 10 high-purity LAO products
at the site and market them under the Elevexx brand
name.

 

MEGlobal Secures Renewable Energy For Manufacturing Plants in Alberta

Edmonton—
MEGlobal Canada, a subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical,
has entered into a long-term agreement with Capital
Power for the supply of renewable Energy to MEGlobal’s
manufacturing facilities in Alberta.
Under the 10-year agreement, which begins 1 Apr.
2022, MEGlobal will purchase 126 megawatts of renewable
energy from Capital Power’s Whitla Wind facility.
MEGlobal has three ethylene glycol production sites in
Alberta, located in Fort Saskatchewan and Lacombe
County.
“Purchasing energy from renewable resources, such as
wind, makes good sense for our company and the environment,”
said Equate Chief Executive Naser Aldousari.
“The agreement exemplifies Equate’s dedication to delivering
responsible product growth that meets the needs
of the present without compromising the ability of future
generations to meet their needs.”

 

NatureWorks Awards Contract to ABB To Automate New Thai PLA Facility

Bangkok—ABB
said it has been awarded a contract by NatureWorks to
automate their new greenfield plant in Thailand that will
convert sugar cane to Ingeo polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer
(PCN, 24 Jan 2022, p 3).
The estimated $600-million PLA manufacturing complex,
located at the Nakhon Sawan Biocomplex, will have
75,000 t/y of sustainable Ingeo biopolymer production capacity
and produce the full portfolio of Ingeo grades. Operations
are expected to begin in the second half of 2024.
The facility will ferment and distill plant-based sugars,
converting the sugars first to lactic acid and then lactide.
Finally, the lactide is polymerized into Ingeo. These three
production processes will be fully integrated, resulting in
“significant” improvements in energy and production efficiency,
ABB noted.
ABB’s scope of work is a two-part order including a
front-end engineering design study, followed by detailed
automation project execution, with ABB acting as the main
automation contractor.
ABB will deliver the hardware, software, control room
design solutions, engineering and site support.

 

Shin-Etsu Suspends Plant Operations After Earthquake in Northeast Japan

Tokyo—Shin-
Etsu Chemical announced that due to an earthquake in
northeastern Japan on 16 Mar. 2022, the company and
some Shin-Etsu Group Companies’ temporarily suspended
plant operations.
There was no major damage to the facilities and no employees
were injured.
“With safety as our utmost priority, the plants that
temporarily suspended operations are sequentially resuming
their operations upon carrying out the process of inspections
to confirm plant safety.”

 

Arlanxeo Raising Chinese EPDM Capacity

Beijing—
Arlanxeo is planning an “operations efficiency advancement
project” in Changzhou, China, that could boost ethylene
propylene diene monomer (EPDM) capacity by 15%.
The project, for which specific details were not disclosed,
will support the production of various Keltan
grades, and the increasing demand for advanced synthetic
rubber products, the company noted.
“Arlanxeo is committed to meeting customers’ expectations
for premium products and services,” said Boyang Lu,
vice president, sales, greater China.
“With the improvement in efficiency and supply, we
hope to support our partners to expand application possibilities,
and thus to seize growth opportunities in a fastchanging
environment.”

 

People on the Move

Borealis—Mirjam Mayer has become vice president of
polyolefins transformation. She had been director of Strategy
& Growth Portfolio.
Lummus Technology—Ujjal Mukherjee has been
named chief technology officer, effective 1 Apr. 2022. He
succeeds Jo Portela, who is retiring and will transition to
an advisory role to the company’s board of executive directors
and executive team.
Qurain Petrochemical Industries Co.—Sadoun A.
Ali, most recently chief executive, has been appointed
chairman, succeeding Mubarak Abdullah Al Mubarak Al
Sabah.
Sabah Mohammad Abdulaziz Al Sabah has been
named vice chairman and chief executive. He was previously
vice chairman and chief executive of United Industries
Co.
Aker Solutions—Trine Svalestad has been appointed
to the new position of senior vice president of sustainability,
effective 1 May 2022. She is currently manager of the
compliance ethics program at Equinor.
European Petrochemical Assn. (EPCA)—Andreas
Woschek, executive vice president of chemicals at Helm
AG, has joined EPCA’s board of directors.
Energy Transfer—Oliver Chen, most recently business
development manager at Lummus Technology, has
joined Energy Transfer as senior manager of business development
for petrochemicals.
Songwon—Dongbek Park has been appointed chairman
of the board of directors. He replaces Jongho Park,
who will remain a member of the board of directors.

 

Tecnimont Awarded EPCM Contract For U.S.-Based Blue Ammonia Unit

Milan—Tecnimont
SpA, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont, has been awarded
an engineering, procurement and construction management
(EPCM) contract for a new blue ammonia facility in
the U.S.
The contract, valued at around $230-million, involves a
3,000-t/d blue ammonia synloop, as well as the necessary
utilities and facilities. Completion is expected as early as
2025.
Tecnimont’s scope of work includes full engineering activities,
supply of all materials and equipment, as well as
construction supervision services, while construction activities
are performed by another contractor under a separate
contract, which will be directly awarded by the client.
“Blue ammonia is playing a pivotal role in the worldwide
development of decarbonized value chains and we are
eager to start working on this exciting project, as it will
also pave the way for future opportunities driven by the
country’s large wave of investments in gas monetization
and energy transition,” said Maire Tecnimont Group Chief
Executive Pierroberto Folgiero.

 

Vitol to Offtake Recycled Plastic Oils From WPU’s Danish Pyrolysis Plant

Copenhagen—
Vitol and WPU have entered into a strategic partnership,
in which Vitol will offtake and market recycled plastic oils
generated by WPU’s new pyrolysis unit in Faarevejle, Copenhagen,
Denmark.
The pyrolysis plant is scheduled to start up early next
year, with two additional pyrolysis plants to be opened by
the third quarter of 2023. The facilities will have a combined
capacity of 160,000 t/y of waste plastic.
According to Vitol, plastic can be recycled mechanically
up to six or seven times before becoming so damaged that
its needs to be incinerated or sent to a landfill. With
WPU’s pyrolysis process, the obsolete plastic is processed
at high temperatures into plastic oil, which can be used in
the production of new plastic products or as recycled carbon
fuels.

 

Sumitomo SHI FW, RT Agree to Collaborate On RT’s Waste Plastic Recycling Machine

Espoo—
Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) and Recycling Technologies (RT)
are teaming up on the development of technology and
manufacturing of RT’s advanced waste plastic recycling
machine, the RT7000.
The modular, small-scale machine turns hard-to-recycle
plastic, such as films, bags, and laminated plastics into a
hydrocarbon feedstock, called Plaxx, which can be used as
feedstock for new plastic production.
RT7000 is designed to fit easily onto existing waste
treatment and recycling sites, offering a scalable solution
to recycle waste plastic anywhere in the world, SFW noted.
The collaboration could help RT meet its goal to mass produce
about 200 machines by 2029;
The partners will combine their expertise to improve
the efficiency and increase the yields of the RT7000, lower
its carbon footprint to chemically recycle waste plastic and
cut manufacturing costs harnessing SFW’s engineering
and manufacturing expertise in fluidized bed technology
and modular energy systems.

 

Casale, Enter & Ferkensco Ink Agreement For New Uzbekistan Fertilizer Complex

Tashkent—
Casale, Enter Engineering and investment holding firm
Ferkensco Management have signed a trilateral agreement
to support construction of an ammonia-based fertilizer
complex to be built in Yangiyer City, Syrdarya, Uzbekistan
(PCN, 30 Aug 2021, p 2).
The project, estimate to cost $500-million, will include
the production of up to 495,000 t/y of ammonia and 594,000
t/y of granular urea. Completion is expected in the first
half of 2025.
In 2021, Enter Engineering selected Casale to provide
all licenses and front-end engineering design for the ammonia,
urea and granulation units. This new agreement
confirms Casale as a partner.
In addition, Casale, supported by local design institute
UzlitiEngineering, has been appointed general designer for
the project.

 

Petro Rabigh, Gulf Cryo Partner to Capture CO2 Emissions from Rabigh MEG Plant

Rabigh—
Petro Rabigh and Gulf Cryo have signed a 20-year agreement
to partner in capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
from Petro Rabigh’s monoethylene glycol (MEG) facility
at its complex in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia.
As part of the agreement, Gulf Cryo will invest in,
build, and operate a state-of-the-art CO2 capturing plant
inside Petro Rabigh’s facilities, which will be integrated as
part of the whole petrochemical complex.
The plant will capture 100,000 t/y of CO2 emissions
from the MEG unit. Operations are scheduled to begin by
the second quarter of 2023.
Part of the captured and highly-purified gas will be
transformed into food-grade quality with a volume of 300
t/d. It will be supplied via pipeline to Petro Rabigh for its
internal process. The remaining CO2 will be provided in
liquid form to industrial end-users.

 

RWE Plans German Import Terminal To Supply Green NH3 to Customers

Essen—RWE will
build an ammonia import terminal in Brunsbuttel, Germany,
to supply green ammonia to German customers.
The new facility, which could be operational as early as
2026, would import around 300,000 t/y of green ammonia.
The next step is to build an industrial scale cracker at
the terminal to produce green hydrogen on site as well.
The hydrogen would be transported to customers via a
dedicated hydrogen pipeline.
“With this expansion stage, an increase in the volume of
ammonia to 2-million t/y is also planned,” said RWE. “The
terminal is thus at the beginning of a green import infrastructure
that will lead to climate-friendly production
processes.”
Separately, the company signed a memorandum of understanding
with Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. to collaborate
in low carbon and green hydrogen.
Both companies will explore the potential for importing
low carbon and green hydrogen, as well as hydrogen derivatives,
such as ammonia, from the United Arab Emirates
to Germany.
They also agreed to assess the potential for the joint
development of green hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives
production projects in relevant international markets.

 

Braskem and Sojitz to Form Joint Venture To Produce, Market BioMEG & BioMPG

Tokyo—
Braskem and Sojitz have entered into an agreement to
create a joint venture that would produce and market bio-
MEG (monoethylene glycol) and BioMPG (monopropylene
glycol).
Subject to the conclusion of technology development
this year, the partners plan to build three industrial facilities,
with the first unit scheduled to start up in 2025. The
joint venture is subject to antitrust authorities’ approval.
The joint venture would combine Braskem’s expertise
in the industrial production and sale of chemicals and plastics
made from renewable resources with Sojitz’s strong
presence in Asia.
“The partnership between Braskem and Sojitz marks
the advance of technology – developed on a demonstration
scale with . . . Haldor Topsoe – to the commercial production
phase with a clear combination of competencies and
resources for scaling up,” said Gustavo Sergi, renewable
chemicals and specialties officer at Braskem.
In late 2020, Braskem and Topsoe announced their
“first-ever” demonstration-scale production of bioMEG at a
demonstration plant in Lyngby, Denmark, using the MOSAIK
sugar-to-biochemicals process for MEG production
(PCN, 7 Dec 2020, p 3).
At the time, the partners said the next phase would involve
providing samples to strategic partners for testing
and validation, and that the results would be vital in the
decision to deploy the technology on a commercial scale.

 

Venture Global Signs Sales Agreements For Plaquemines & CP2 LNG Facilities

Arlington—
Venture Global LNG has executed two long-term sales and
purchase agreements with New Fortress Energy for liquefied
natural gas (LNG) from its Plaquemines LNG and CP2
LNG export facilities in Louisiana (PCN, 6 Dec 2021, p 3).
Under the 20-year agreements, Venture Global will
supply New Fortress with 1-million t/y of LNG from each
facility.
The Plaquemines plant, on which construction began
last August, will have a nameplate capacity of 10-million
t/y of LNG. An expected completion date was not given.
Construction of Venture Global’s CP2 LNG facility is
anticipated to begin next year. The project, requiring an
investment of over $10-billion, will have a nameplate liquefaction
capacity of 20-million t/y of LNG. A start-up date
was not disclosed.

 

PCG Inks MoU with KDEB, One Biosys For Supply of Plastics Waste to PCG

Bangkok—
Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) has signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) with KDEB Waste Management
(KDEBWM) and One Biosys for the supply of plastics
waste to PCG for the production of circular products.
Under the MoU, KDEBWM and One Biosys will provide
PCG with plastics waste that consists of polyethylene,
polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate.
In addition, the partners will evaluate the commercial
viability of building waste segregation facilities in Malaysia
to ensure effective plastic waste separation.
“We look forward to our partnership with KDEBWM
and One Biosys,” said Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof, managing
director/chief executive of Petronas.
“The transition to a circular economy requires new solutions
to address the gaps in the plastic value chain –
from better waste management to improving the economic
viability of recycling solutions.
“This partnership is our next step towards realizing our
aspiration to be a solutions partner in addressing plastics
pollution in Malaysia, following our partnership with Plastic
Energy in 2019 to establish a facility to convert contaminated,
low quality, mixed plastic waste into pyrolysis
oil [PCN, 1 July 2019, p 3].”
“With this MoU we are able to accelerate our initiatives
towards circular economy in ensuring sustainable consumption
and production of plastics.”

 

Dow and Plastogaz Announce Investment To Simplify Advanced Recycling Process

Horgen—
Dow and Plastogaz, a technology start-up and proprietor of
an advanced recycling technology, announced a strategic
investment that will help simplify the process of converting
plastic waste to feedstock.
Plastogaz’s proprietary catalytic hydrocracking technology
is “more efficient and less energy intensive” than some
other forms of advanced recycling, the partners noted.
This technology promises to further simplify the process
from waste to circular feedstock and then circular polymers.
Simplifying the process is ultimately expected to both
increase the carbon-yields of advanced recycling and reduce
the energy needs for advanced recycling, which would
promote a more circular economy with a lower carbon dioxide
(CO2) footprint. The partners aim to accelerate the
commercialization of this process.
“This is an important strategic step for Dow and advances
our commitment to create circular plastics with the
lowest possible CO2 footprint,” said Keith Cleason, business
vice president of olefins, aromatics and alternatives at
Dow.
“We are excited to continue to collaborate with innovative
start-ups like Plastogaz, who share our ambition to
mitigate the negative impacts of climate change and plastic
waste, in line with our global sustainability goals.”

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DL Completes Acquisition of Kraton; Names Boldrini & Jung as Co-CEOs

Houston—DL
Chemical Co. has completed the purchase of Kraton Corp.
in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.5-
billion, making Kraton a wholly-owned subsidiary of DL
(PCN, 13 Dec 2021, p 4).
The merger enables Kraton to strengthen its global
presence by leveraging DL Chemical’s manufacturing capabilities
and footprint in the Asian market, Kraton noted.
At the same time, Kraton’s Marcello Boldrini and Dr.
Holger Jung have become co-chief executives of Kraton,
overseeing the chemical and polymer segments, respectively.
Boldrini has been senior vice president and chemical
segment president of Kraton since April 2017, and was also
appointed chief sustainability officer last April.
Dr. Jung has served as senior vice president and president
of the polymers segment of Kraton since 2011.
“We are pleased to have completed this transaction and
look forward to what the future holds for Kraton and DL
Chemical,” said Dr. Jung. “DL Chemical provides the
financial strength and the growth-oriented focus that
allows Kraton to further invest in innovation and compete
more effectively in the global market.”

 

MCC, Toyota Tsusho Mull Production, Sale Of Ethylene & Propylene from Bioethanol

Tokyo—
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) and Toyota Tsusho have
begun a joint study to evaluate the manufacture and sale
of ethylene and propylene made from plant-derived bioethanol.
The companies will assess market demand for bioethylene,
biopropylene and their derivatives and conduct a concrete
feasibility study with an aim to begin commercial
operation by 2025.
In addition, the partners will quantify the greenhouse
gas reduction over the entire life cycle of these products
and promote efforts to reduce their environmental impact.

 

American Securities Finalizes Purchase Of Hexion Holdings for $30 Per Share

Columbus—
Hexion Holdings Corp. announced the closing of the acquisition
of the company by American Securities LLC for
$30/share in cash (PCN, 31 Jan 2022, p 1).
Hexion, a producer of adhesives and performance materials,
has 26 manufacturing facilities globally and around
1,300 employees.
“We look forward to continuing to serve our valued customers
and accelerating our next phase of growth under
American Securities’ ownership,” noted Craig Rogerson,
chairman, president and chief executive of Hexion.
“During 2021, we dramatically streamlined our portfolio
through the sale of our epoxy, as well as phenolic specialty
resins and European forest products, businesses.
Going forward, we believe we are well positioned for long
term growth.”

 

Honeywell Announces IOS of Technologies To Boost Naphtha Cracker Performance

Chicago—
Honeywell announced an “industry first” Integrated Olefin
Suite (IOS) of technologies to improve the performance and
competitiveness of naphtha steam crackers.
The IOS, which features a collection of commercially
proven technologies, can increase ethylene production and
improve profitability when added to a naphtha steam
cracker, the company noted.
IOS includes three main sections: the feed optimization
section transforms typical naphthas into a naphtha cracker
feedstock that is rich in normal paraffins to increase yield
of ethylene and decrease yield of most by-products, generating
a “more valuable product” slate.
The co-processing section “significantly” improves propylene
by processing propane, generated in the feed optimization
section and from other feed sources, in a UOP
Oleflex unit. The Oleflex process provides a higher yield to
light olefins, while also generating “significant” amounts of
hydrogen.
The by-products handling section includes additional
processing solutions that can be used to increase, cut or
eliminate by-products production, such as butadiene, butenes
and benzene.

 

Mitsui Chem Ending PTA Production At Its Iwakuni-Ohtake Site in Japan

Tokyo—Mitsui
Chemicals announced it was shutting down its 400,000-t/y
purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at its Iwakuni-
Ohtake Works in Japan by August 2023.
Following the shut down, the company will no longer
manufacture PTA in Japan; however, it will maintain its
existing sales structure for the domestic market by selling
PTA imported from GC-M PTA Co., a Thai joint venture of
Mitsui (26%) and PTT Global Chemical (74%).
“A sharp rise in PTA manufacturing facilities – primarily
in China – from the mid-2000s caused a slowdown in
the market conditions, which was coupled with a fall in
Japanese domestic demand,” Mitsui explained.
“Despite reductions in PTA production capacity and a
number of rationalization measures, Mitsui Chemicals has
determined that securing sufficient earnings to maintain
PTA production in Japan will be unfeasible.”

 

Clarification

Clarification In last week’s issue of PetroChemical
News, we mentioned that Samsung Engineering Co. and
Samsung Saudi Arabia Co. had previously been awarded
engineering, procurement and construction contracts for
Advanced Polyolefins Industry Co.’s new propane dehydrogenation
(PDH) unit and polypropylene (PP) facility
planned in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
The contracts awarded to Samsung were for the PDH
unit for propylene production. Tecnimont SpA and Tecnimont
Arabia, subsidiaries of Maire Tecnimont, were
awarded the contract to set up the two new PP units. We
apologize for any confusion we may have caused.

 

SABIC to Supply Renewable Butadiene For Use in Kraton’s Renewable SBC

Berre—SABIC
has agreed to supply Kraton with certified renewable butadiene
from its Trucircle portfolio for use in Kraton’s certified
renewable styrenic block copolymers (SBC).
The butadiene is derived from animal- and palm oil-free
renewable feedstock, such as tall oil, a by-product of the
wood pulping process. Each kilogram of the bio-based butadiene
cuts carbon dioxide emissions by an average of four
kilograms compared to fossil-based virgin alternatives.
Kraton will use the renewable butadiene in its newly
launched ISCC Plus certified renewable CirKular+ ReNew
Series to expand the company’s existing suite of solutions
designed to advance the circular economy.
Earlier this year, Kraton successfully produced CirKular+
ReNew Series hydrogenated styrenic block copolymers
at its plant in Berre, France, using SABIC’s renewable butadiene.
“With up to 70% certified renewable content, the Re-
New Series offers customers the opportunity to use the
mass balance approach and adopt ISCC Plus certification
to produce renewable products,” SABIC noted.

 

Encina Gets Financial Support to Build New Plastic Waste-to-Aromatics Plant

Houston—
Encina Development Group has received $55-million of
committed financing support, which included participation
from IMM Investment Global Ltd. and SW Recycle Fund
through a $32-million private placement, to support commercialization
of its plastic waste-to-aromatics recycling
business.
Current projects include planned facilities in the U.S.,
as well as offshore projects in Asia and South America.
Each of the plants isha expected to process approximately
450,000 t/y of plastic waste materials.
As a result of their investment, IMM Investment Global
will join Encina’s board of directors.
Encina earlier said it was planning a 1,000-t/d waste
plastics recycling facility in Texas that will recover high
purity circular aromatics from cracked oil products derived
from Encina’s mixed plastics-to-aromatics catalytic conversion
platform (PCN, 21 Feb 2022, p 1). Operations are expected
to begin in 2024.

 

CSPC, SCPC Expand Cooperation to Develop HDPE & Metallocene Catalysts Products

Beijing—
CNOOC & Shell Petrochemicals Co. (CSPC) and Shenzhen
Catalyst Petrochemical Co. (SCPC) intend to expand their
partnership to develop new high-density polyethylene
(HDPE) products and metallocene catalyst products.
“With the continuous improvement of global refining
capacity, the increasingly strict oil standards and the continuous
increase in the demand for chemical raw materials,
the consumption of refining catalysts has been in a
stable growth trend,” said SCPC Chief Executive Jata Ren.
“Among them, the fastest growth is in new economies
and developing countries, and SCPC is committed to bringing
low-cost, helping to keep the global market well supplied,
while meeting our customers’ growing energy and
climate goals.”
CSPC is a 50-50 joint venture of China National Offshore
Oil Corp. (CNOOC) and Shell.

 

Koch Modular Providing Recycling Systems For PureCycle’s New Augusta PP Facility

Augusta—
PureCycle Technologies has selected Koch Modular Process
Systems to provide the modular recycling systems for its
new facility in Augusta, Ga., that will produce ultra-pure
recycled polypropylene (UPRP) from waste polypropylene
(PCN, 2 Aug 2021, p 2).
The project, requiring an initial investment of $440-
million, will involve three lines with 130-million lbs/yr
each of capacity during the first phase. PureCycle has
plans to build up to five lines. An expected start-up date
was not given.
Under a multi-year master services agreement (MSA),
Koch Modular will not only supply the modularly constructed
polypropylene recycling systems to the Augusta
plant, but also at future recycling plants at both domestic
and international sites.
The MSA establishes the applicable cost framework,
schedule structure, scope of supply, division of responsibility,
execution specifications, and terms and conditions for
the future facilities.
In 2020, Koch was awarded the design and construction
of PureCycle’s Phase II commercial UPRP plant in Ironton,
Ohio, which is expected to have a nameplate capacity of
around 107-million lbs/yr of UPRP when fully operational.
Production is scheduled to begin in late 2022, with full capacity
anticipated in 2023.
PureCycle earlier said it planned to have 30 commercial
lines by 2030 and 50 by 2035.

 

Clariant’s AmoMax-Casale Catalyst Picked For Green Ammonia Project in Australia

Berlin—
Clariant said its ammonia synthesis catalyst, AmoMax-
Casale, was selected for a “cutting-edge” green ammonia
project being developed in South Australia by The Hydrogen
Utility (H2U) and Casale, Clariant’s technology partner
(PCN, 8 Nov 2021, p 2).
The project will begin with two green ammonia pilot
plants that will be integrated into H2U’s Eyre Peninsula
Gateway. The units will avoid about 100,000 t/y of carbon
dioxide compared to a traditional ammonia facility. A
schedule for the project was not available.
“AmoMax-Casale is tailor-made and thus an optimal
choice for green ammonia synthesis based on the Casale
ammonia synthesis loop technology,” Clariant noted. “The
catalyst offers outstanding activity, stability and energy
efficiency.”
The ammonia plants are the first of a series of green
ammonia plants that will be developed by H2U and Casale
in Australia. The goal is to spread the technology to different
industrial segments and countries.

 

People on the Move

PureCycle Technologies—Dustin Olson has been
named chief operating officer. He was previously chief
manufacturing officer.
Wood—Jennifer Richmond, most recently senior vice
president of sales for the Federal and Environmental Solutions
business at Wood, has been appointed executive vice
president of strategy and development and the newest
member of the executive leadership team. She succeeds
Andrew Stewart, who has left the company.

 

IOCL Gets Board Okay to Implement New PBR Project at Panipat Cracker

Panipat—
Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOCL) has received board approval
to build a new polybutadiene rubber (PBR) project at its
naphtha cracker complex in Panipat, Haryana, India, according
to Business Standard.
The estimated Rs 1459 crore project would utilize stateof-
the-art technology from Goodyear Tire & Rubber for the
production of 60,000 t/y of PBR. Operations are scheduled
to begin by 2025.

 

Genomatica, Asahi Kasei Form Partnership To Commercialize Bio-Based Nylon 6,6

Tokyo—
Genomatica and Asahi Kasei announced a strategic partnership
to commercialize renewably-sourced nylon 6,6
made from Genomatica’s plant-based hexamethylene diamine
(HMD) building block (PCN, 24 Jan 2022, p 4).
Utilizing Genomatica’s GENO HMD process technology,
bio-based HMD is derived from renewable feedstocks, such
as plant-based sugars.
Asahi Kasei plans to apply the technology to produce
more sustainable materials for use in its products, such as
high-temperature automotive parts, electronics or yarn for
airbags.
Asahi Kasei will also have preferential access to early
volumes of renewable-sourced HMD and perform nylon
application testing. It expects to license the GENO technology
to commercialize bio-based nylon 6,6.
“Genomatica develops complete, integrated process and
manufacturing plant designs that use biotechnology, fermentation
and renewable feedstocks to make widely-used
ingredients and materials with lower carbon footprints,”
the companies noted.
“Asahi Kasei expects Genomatica’s innovation to help
the company reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by
2050.”

 

Chimcomplex Responds to Energy Instability With a Series of Compensation Measures

Bucharest—
Romania-based chemical company Chimcomplex has announced
a list of measures it is planning in order to compensate
for the negative impact of global energy insecurity.
The immediate actions being considered are: entering
into a general overhaul for a minimum of three weeks to
improve equipment and manufacturing technologies to
streamline production and reduce energy consumption;
reevaluating activities of the production sections, in order
to restructure them to remain profitable in the condition of
costs increase for raw materials; reducing soda production
by half; possible job cuts; the indefinite closure of three
gas-consuming sections; and moving forward with the
amalgamation of divisions in the territory.
“We are coming after a period in which our group has
had a healthy growth and has consolidated the position
among the best performing companies in the regional
chemical industry,” said representatives of Chimcomplex.
“We are now facing unprecedented socio-economic challenges
in the context of the war in Ukraine.
“We are determined to counteract the negative market
trends and preserve the stability of the company, by reducing
the economic loss we already feel.”

 

Qurain Petrochemical & KIPCO Ink MoU To Assess Proposed Company Merger

Kuwait City—
Qurain Petrochemical Industries Co. (QPIC) and Kuwait
Projects Co. (Holding) KSC (KIPCO) have reached a preliminary
agreement to merge by amalgamation, and have
signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the
proposed merger.
Under the MoU, QPIC would be the merged entity and
KIPCO would be the merging entity. The combined business
would benefit from a balanced and diversified portfolio
of assets that includes petrochemical and oil services,
banking, and others, QPIC noted.
The transaction is subject to a detailed process per Kuwaiti
laws and regulations, including due diligence, valuation
of both entities and fairness opinion by licensed independent
advisors, in addition to regulatory approvals and
stakeholders’ approval, including the Extraordinary General
Assembly of both parties.
QPIC is a shareholder of Equate Petrochemicals, The
Kuwait Olefins Co. and Kuwait Aromatics Co.

 

Supreme Petrochem Obtains Approval To Expand EPS Plant at Nagothane

Nagothane—
Supreme Petrochem has received board approval for a
Phase II expansion of its expandable polystyrene (EPS)
facility at Nagothane, Maharashtra, India.
The project will involve increasing EPS capacity by
30,000 t/y. Cost of the project and an expected completion
date were not given.
In addition, the board approved setting up a second line
for extruded polystyrene board and increasing the masterbatch
and compounds capacity.

 

Oil India’s Board Clears Investment In Numaligarh Refinery PC Project

Assam—The
board of Oil India has approved an investment of around
Rs 6555 crore in Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL) for a
new polypropylene(PP) unit and associated facilities at
Numaligarh, India, according to several media reports.
NRL earlier said it is expanding its refinery capacity to
9-million-t/y from 3-million t/y currently, by implementing
in parallel a new refinery with downstream grassroots facilities
at the same location as the existing refinery. Details
of the PP project were not given.
NRL, which produces feedstock for petrochemicals, is
owned 69.63% by Oil India, 26% by the government of Assam
and 4.37% by Engineers India Ltd.

 

MEP Selects Petrofac to Explore Feasibility Of Green Hydrogen-to-NH3 Unit in Egypt

Cairo—
Petrofac has won a contract from Mediterranean Energy
Partners (MEP) to study the feasibility of a green hydrogen-
to-ammonia (NH3) facility in Egypt.
The project, which is in an early-stage study, would involve
the production of 125,000 t/y of green ammonia for
export. It would be powered by a mix of solar and wind
energy. No other details of the proposed plant were given.
Petrofac’s scope includes sizing the electrolyzers and
the feasibility of export facilities at Ain Sokhna Port on the
Gulf of Suez. The results will be key to successfully delivering
the project.

 

Solvay Exploring Separation of Company Into Two Independent, Public Companies

Brussels—
Solvay said it is reviewing plans to separate the company
into two independent, publicly traded companies, EssentialCo
and SpecialtyCo, in order to sharpen strategic focus,
optimize growth opportunities, and build the foundation
for the future.
EssentialCo would comprise “leading” mono-technology
businesses, including Soda Ash, Peroxides, Silica and Coatis,
which are reported as Solvay’s Chemicals segment, as
well as the Special Chem business.
SpecialtyCo would involve the company’s currently reported
Materials segment, including its high-growth, highmargin
Specialty Polymers, its high-performance Composites
business, as well as the majority of its Solutions segment,
including Novecare, Technology Solutions, Aroma
Performance, and Oil & Gas.
Under the separation plan, Solvay’s shareholders would
retain their current shares of Solvay stock, which will continue
to be listed on Euronext Brussels and Euronext
Paris. The separation would be effected by means of a partial
demerger of Solvay, whereby the specialty businesses
will be spun off to SpecialtyCo.
At the time of separation, Solvay shareholders would
receive shares in SpecialtyCo pro rata to their shareholding
in Solvay SA. The shares of each company are planned
to be listed on Euronext Brussels and Euronext Paris.
Subject to the satisfaction of all conditions, and the receipt
of all required approvals, the transaction is expected
to be finalized in the second half of 2023.

 

Tosoh’s Mabuhay Vinyl Boosting Capacity Of Electrolysis Facilities in Philippines

Makati—
Mabuhay Vinyl Corp., a group company of Tosoh Corp., is
planning to increase production capacity of its electrolysis
plants for producing chlorine and caustic soda in the Philippines.
The project, which is expected to meet growing demand
in the country, will also result in increased production capacity
of chlorine derivatives, such as hydrochloric acid
and liquid chlorine. Operations are scheduled to begin in
November 2023.
“The current investment [approx. ¥1.4-billion] includes
technology for lower electricity and steam consumption, as
well as more efficient energy usage and will therefore
achieve a lower overall CO2 [carbon dioxide] emission than
before the capacity increase,” Tosoh noted.

 

Technip Energies and Greenko Partner For Green Hydrogen Projects in India

Paris—Technip
Energies and Greenko ZeroC Private Ltd. have entered
into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the
development of green hydrogen projects across several industries
in India, including petrochemicals, refining, fertilizer,
chemical and power plant sectors.
As part of the MoU, the partners will “step up” collaborative
opportunities on a “build-own-operate (BOO)” model.
Greenko will be the BOO operator and owner of the asset,
while Technip Energies will support Greenko with engineering
services, integration, and engineering and procurement
(EP) or EP and construction (EPC), for pilot and
commercial scale green hydrogen and related projects.
“Both entities bring complementary skills and addedvalue
to this partnership – Technip Energies with its hydrogen
expertise, integration capabilities, EPC project
management skills and regional footprint, and Greenko
with its technological know-how, expertise and assets in
renewable energy, which span solar, wind and hydro,”
Technip Energies noted.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Borealis’ is re-evaluating its business with Russia, in
compliance with all applicable laws including, where relevant,
U.S., UK and European Union (EU) sanctions, due to
Russia’s war on Ukraine. The company has decided to stop
sales to Russia and Belarus for the time being. Sales volumes
will be redirected to Western Europe.
Sibur announced that Dmitry Konov, chairman of
Sibur Holding’s management board, has resigned following
his inclusion in the EU and UK sanction lists. The company
will transfer decision-making authorities partly to
the board of directors and the remainder to the management
board of Sibur LLC, Sibur Holding’s management
firm.
Unipar Carbocloro is considering expanding its polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) production capacity, Argus Media reported.
It currently has 300,000 t/y of PVC production capacity
in Santo Andre, Brazil, and 240,000 t/y of PVC production
capacity in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. No other
details of the proposed project were disclosed.
DuPont announced that due to recent developments
in the crisis in Ukraine, it has decided to suspend its business
operations in Russia and Belarus.

V60 N11 – 14 March 2022

Anchorage Begins EPC Tendering Process For New Egyptian Petrochems Complex

Suez—
Anchorage Investments has launched a tendering process
to appoint the main engineering, procurement and construction
contractor for its new Anchor Benitoite petrochemicals
project planned in Suez, Egypt (PCN, 24 May
2021, p 1).
The $2-billion complex will use natural gas feedstock
for the production of a range of petrochemical and derivatives
to meet local and global demand. The project is expected
to be completed within three years following the
engineering and design phase.
Last May, Anchorage selected Lummus’ Novolen technology
for a new 590,000-t/y polypropylene (PP) unit to be
built as part of the project.
Lummus’ scope includes the technology license for the
PP plant, as well as basic design engineering, training and
services, catalyst supply and operator training simulator
services.
Honeywell was also awarded a contract early last year
to supply its Honeywell UOP C3 Oleflex technology for the
production of 750,000 t/y of polymer-grade propylene at the
complex.

 

BASF Increasing Production Capacity For Ultramid Polyamide in Gujarat

Mumbai—BASF
is boosting production capacity of its Ultramid polyamide
grades at its site in Panoli, Gujarat, India, to meet increasing
market demand.
The increased production of PA will be available in the
fourth quarter of this year.
“The additional capacity reaffirms our dedication to being
our customers’ supplier of choice for polyamides and
will help us meet the rapidly growing demand for our Ultramid
polyamide grades in India,” said Andy Postlethwaite,
senior vice president, Performance Materials
Asia Pacific.
“It will accordingly shorten local delivery times and
help us to better meet the just-in-time needs of original
equipment manufacturers.”

 

SABIC & Fujian Petrochemical Get OK To Form JV for Chinese PC Complex

Beijing—SABIC
and Fujian Petrochemical Industrial Group have received
Chinese approval to establish a joint venture for their proposed
petrochemical complex in Fujian Province, China,
CNA reported.
The approximately $6-billion project, to be built at
Gulei Industrial Park, will include a mixed-feed steam
cracker with 1.5-million t/y of ethylene capacity, as well as
downstream units for the production of polyethylene, polypropylene,
ethylene glycol and polycarbonate, among others
(PCN, 13 Sept 2021, p 3). An expected completion date
was not available.

 

Advanced Polyolefins Gets SIDF Loan To Finance PDH, PP Plants in Jubail

Jubail—
Advanced Polyolefins Industry Co. has signed an SR 3-
billion loan agreement with Saudi Industrial Development
Fund (SIDF) to finance construction of a new propane dehydrogenation
(PDH) unit and polypropylene (PP) facility
in Jubail, Saudi Arabia (PCN, 19 Apr 2021, p 1).
Advanced Polyolefins is building an 843,000-t/y PDH
unit, based on Lummus Technology’s Catofin technology,
and two 400,000-t/y PP plants, which will use Spheripol
and Spherizone technologies licensed by Basell Poliolefine.
Commercial operations are planned to begin in 2024.
Advanced Polyolefins is a joint venture of Advanced
Petrochemical Co.’s Advanced Global Investment Co. and
SK Gas Petrochemical, a subsidiary of SK Gas Co.
Last April, Samsung Engineering Co. and Samsung
Saudi Arabia Co. were awarded engineering, procurement
and construction contracts for the project.

 

Aramco, Sinopec Ink MoU for Potential Downstream Collaboration in China

Beijing—Saudi
Aramco, through its Saudi Aramco Asia Co. (SAAC) subsidiary,
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
with Sinopec for possible downstream cooperation in
China.
The MoU provides a basis for the partners to capitalize
on each company’s strengths and their long-term relationship
through existing joint ventures, such as Fujian Refining
and Petrochemical Co. (FREP) and Sinopec Senmei
(Fujian) Petroleum in China, and Yanbu Aramco Sinopec
Refining Co. in Saudi Arabia.
SAAC and Sinopec also plan to support FREP in conducting
a feasibility study into the optimization and expansion
of capacity at its petrochemicals complex. FREP is
a joint venture of Aramco (25%), ExxonMobil (25%) and
Fujian Petrochemical (50%).
“The signing of this MoU will support our refinery feedstock
optimization and downstream petrochemical development,
while offering new opportunities to deepen and
expand activity amid an accelerating global energy transition,”
said Sinopec President Yu Baocai.

 

Uralchem CEO Resigns from Company; Sells Stake in Uralchem Fundamentals

Moscow—
Dmitry Mazepin, who has been serving as chief executive
of Russian chemical firm Uralchem JSC, has resigned from
the company.
Dmitry Konyaev, who previously chaired the board of
directors of Uralchem JSC, will succeed Mazepin as chief
executive. Konyaev will be replaced by Dimitry Tatyanin,
who most recently served as deputy chairman of the board.
In addition, Mazepin, who had been sole owner of Uralchem
Fundamental Chemical Co., has sold a 52% controlling
stake in the company. He retains a 48% stake in Uralchem
Fundamentals, parent company of Uralchem JSC.

 

Yangzhou Huitong Biological Picks Sulzer To Provide Technology for New PLA Unit

Beijing—
Sulzer Chemtech has been selected by Yangzhou Huitong
Biological New Material to supply its bio-plastic technology
and key equipment for a new polylactic acid (PLA) production
plant in Jiangsu Province, China.
The PLA facility will have a production capacity of
30,000 t/y. It will have the ability to produce a large portfolio
of PLA grades serving a broad range of end-use applications.
Cost of the project and a schedule were not given.
Under the contract, Sulzer will design and provide its
lactide purification, polymerization, devolatilization and
post-reaction proprietary technology. It will also provide
extensive service support from engineering to technical
assistance and field services.
“This new facility will allow us to enter the fast-growing
bioplastic market,” said Zhang JianGang, President of
Yangzhou Huitong Biological New Material.
“We consider Sulzer an extremely valuable partner in
this project. The company’s comprehensive technical services
and cutting-edge production technologies for PLA will
help us to effectively produce sustainable plastics and meet
our customers’ strategic demands.”

 

Yara Limiting Production of NH3 & Urea In Italy, France Due to Nat Gas Prices

Oslo—Yara
said that due to record high natural gas prices in Europe, it
is temporarily curtailing production at its ammonia (NH3)
and urea plants in Ferrara, Italy, and Le Havre, France.
The two facilities have a combined capacity of 1-million
t/y of NH3 and 900,000 t/y of urea. Including optimization
and maintenance at other production units, the company’s
European NH3 and urea production is expected to be operating
at about 45% of capacity by the end of this week (13
Mar. 2022).
“Yara will continue to monitor the situation and to the
extent possible use its global production system to keep
supplying customers and secure continuity in food supply
chains, but curtailing production where necessary due to
challenging market conditions,” Yara noted.

 

Repsol Begins Construction on Spain’s ‘First’ New Advanced Biofuels Plant

Madrid—Repsol
said it has begun building Spain’s “first” advanced biofuels
facility at its Cartagena refinery (PCN, 16 Nov 2020, p 3).
The 250,000-t/y plant, based on Axens’ Vegan technology,
will include the production of bionaphtha, biopropane,
biodiesel and biojet. Operations will begin in the first half
of next year.
The project will include a hydrotreating unit, hydrogen
production unit and biofuel storage tank area, as well as
an area located in the facilities of the Port Authority of
Cartegena where Repsol operates. It will be equipped with
the necessary infrastructures for the storage of 300,000
tons of mixed waste that will arrive by sea and the subsequent
supply to domestic and export markets.
Repsol’s new €200-million advanced biofuels facility is
expected to cut carbon dioxide by 900,000 t/y. It is part of
the company’s transformation process that it has implemented
at its industrial facilities to decarbonize processes
and to manufacture products with a low, zero, or negative
carbon footprint.

 

Borealis Turns Down EuroChem’s Offer To Buy European Nitrogen Business

Vienna—Borealis
has decided not to sell its European nitrogen business including
fertilizer, melamine and technical nitrogen products
to EuroChem (PCN, 7 Feb 2022, p 2).
Last month, EuroChem made a binding offer to Borealis
to acquire the assets for an enterprise value of €455-
million.
“We have closely assessed the most recent developments
around the war in the Ukraine and sanctions that
have been put in place,” noted Borealis Chief Executive
Thomas Gangl. “As a consequence, we have decided to decline
EuroChem’s offer . . . .”
Borealis said it will now consider various options regarding
the future of its nitrogen business.

 

ALPLA Expands PET Recycling Capacity With Purchase of Texplast from Fromm

Berlin—The
ALPLA Group said it has “significantly” expanded its polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) recycling capacity in Germany
with the recent acquisition of Texplast from the
Fromm Group.
The transaction, which also included all of Fromm’s
shares in the joint venture PET Recycling Team Wolfen,
will increase ALPLA’s processing volume in Germany to
75,000 t/y of PET bottles.
Texplast produces PET pellets and flakes from used
PET bottles. The pellets are mainly used for performs for
new PET bottles. The colorful PET flakes produced during
the process are used by Fromm, the packaging manufacturer,
to produce packing strap; however, in recent years,
the focus has increasingly been shifting towards the bottle
cycle.

 

People on the Move

Nova Chemicals—Celeste Jones Baumgardt will join
the company on 22 Mar. 2022 as vice president of corporate
development. She was most recently a vice president in
Goldman Sachs’ investment banking group.
Walter Pesenti, previously global petrochemicals operational
excellence manager at Ineos Aromatics, recently
joined Nova as vice president of manufacturing excellence.
Mehdi Keshtkar has been named vice president, innovation.
He had been Leader, Industry Dynamics & Business
Analytics.
SK Capital—Michael Gilbert has been appointed to the
newly established role of managing director, head of portfolio
operations. He was previously chief executive of Aristech
Surfaces.
Cameron LNG—Whitney “Whit” Fairbanks, most recently
a managing member of El Bucare Consulting, has
been named president of Cameron LNG, effective 9 Mar.
2022.
MFG Chemical—Katy Zukis has been appointed business
development manager. Previous employers include
Huntsman Cargill, Texaco and Dow Chemical.
International Rubber Study Group (IRSG)—Dr.
K.N. Raghavan, executive director of the Rubber Board of
India, has been elected chairperson of the IRSG Heads of
Delegation for a period of two years.

 

CPChem Agrees to Invest About $118-Mn To Reduce Air Pollution at Texas Sites

Houston—
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. (CPChem), in the Southern
District Court of Texas, has agreed to make upgrades and
perform compliance measures estimated to cost $118-
million to reduce harmful air pollution at three petrochemical
manufacturing facilities in Texas.
The settlement agreement, expected to eliminate thousands
of tons of air pollution from flares, is to resolve allegations
that the company violated the Clean Air Act and
state air pollution control laws at its manufacturing plants
in Cedar Bayou, Port Arthur and Sweeney. CPChem also
agreed to pay a $3.4-million civil penalty.
According to the complaint filed with a consent decree,
the company failed to properly operate and monitor its industrial
flares, which resulted in excess emissions of harmful
air pollution at the facilities, reported the Dept. of Justice’s
Office of Public Affairs.
The company has agreed to take several steps to minimize
the waste gas sent to its flares at each plant.
At Cedar Bayou, it will operate a flare gas recovery system
that recovers and recycles the gases instead of sending
them to be combusted in a flare. At Port Arthur and
Sweeny, CPChem will be required to amend its air quality
permits to limit the flow of gas at selected flares.
CPChem will also create waste minimization plans for
each facility to further reduce flaring. For necessary flaring,
the agreement requires that the company install and
operates instruments and monitoring systems to ensure
the gases sent to its flares are efficiently combusted.
In addition, it is required to perform fence line monitoring
to detect benzene emissions and share the results publicly.

 

OMV & ALBA Enter Exclusive Agreement To Build Sorting Plant for Plastic Waste

Berlin—
OMV and ALBA Recycling have started exclusive discussions
to jointly build and operate an innovative sorting
plant in Walldurn, Germany, for the further sorting of
mixed plastic waste for chemical recycling.
The state-of-the-art sorting facility, which would be designed
by ALBA, would have the capacity to process over
200,000 t/y of post-consumer mixed waste into suitable
feedstock for the production of virgin polyolefins. A final
investment decision is expected this year.
The sorting process has been tested at industrial scale
and the output has been successfully processed as feedstock
in OMV’s ReOil pilot plant, which has been operating
at the Schwechat Refinery in Austria since 2018 (PCN, 3
Jan 2022, p 2).
“Chemical recycling is not a rival for mechanical recycling
as mechanical recycling is the most efficient way to
deal with mono-fractions from the sorting process,” noted
ALBA Recycling Owner Dr. Axel Schweitzer. “But chemical
recycling is the only solution for mixed plastic waste
like composite and multilayer plastics.
“We urgently need to recycle this material as well to
close the loop for our customers.”
OMV recently took a final investment decision to set up
a 16,000-t/y chemical recycling demo plant, based on its
ReOil technology, at the Schwechat site. Operations are
planned to start in 2023.
Ultimately, OMV intends to establish a commercially
viable, industrial scale plant by 2026.

 

Aramco Joins in Chinese Project to Build Integrated Refinery and PC Complex

Beijing—Saudi
Aramco has decided to participate in a joint venture project
to build a major integrated refinery and petrochemical
complex in Panjin, Liaoning Province, China (PCN, 24 Aug
2020, p 2).
Being developed by Huajin Aramco Petrochemical Co., a
joint venture of Aramco, North Huajin Chemical Industries
Group and Panjin Xincheng Industrial Group, the project
will include a 300,000-b/d refinery, a 1.5-million-t/y ethylene
cracker and a 1.3-million-t/y paraxylene unit, Aramco
earlier said. Operations are expected to begin in 2024.
As part of the project, Aramco has the opportunity to
supply up to 210,000 b/d of crude oil to the complex.
“China is a cornerstone of our downstream expansion
strategy in Asia and an increasingly significant driver of
global chemical demand,” noted Mohammad Al Qahtani,
senior vice president, downstream at Aramco.
“Continued energy security remains a shared priority
and this partnership represents another major milestone
in our journey together, supporting China’s vision to create
a modern economy grounded in innovation, ambition and
sustainability. It will further support Aramco’s broader
objective of becoming a global leader in liquids-tochemicals.”
In 2020, PCN reported that Aramco had suspended
plans to invest in the project due to the uncertain market
outlook.

 

Brightmark Plans Australia’s ‘First’ Advanced Plastics Renewal Facility

Sydney—Brightmark
announced a proposed project to build a first-of-itskind
advanced recycling, plastics renewal plant for the
Parkes Special Activation Precinct in New South Wales
(NSW), Australia.
The A$260-million facility, which will be built in partnership
with the NSW government, will be capable of processing
200,000 tons of waste plastics (types 1-7) into ultralow
sulfur diesel, wax, and naphtha to produce fully circular
plastics.
Construction is expected to begin in mid-2023, with operations
planned to begin by 2025. The project is expected
to result in 100 new jobs.
“Brightmark is excited to expand our waste solution
footprint into Australia, setting the new gold standard in
advanced plastic recycling,” said Brightmark Founder and
Chief Executive Bob Powell.
“Collaborating with the NSW government in their
Parkes precinct is ideal due to the sustainably-minded
business environment and community; and its ideal location
as a transportation and logistics hub.”

 

Rohm Issues MMA Sales Control

Berlin—Rohm GmbH
has called for sales control of Meracryl methyl methacrylate
(MMA) and other methacrylate monomer products in
Europe, effective immediately.
“This step is necessary since raw material availability
is limited,” the company said. In addition, due to “rapidly”
increased raw material and logistics costs, Rohm is increasing
prices for these products in Europe with immediate
effect.

 

More Companies Cutting Russian Ties Due to Its Ongoing War in Ukraine

A PCN Roundup—
In response to Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, several
more petrochemical and oil and gas companies have announced
their intent to end or suspend business relations
with Russian entities (PCN, 7 Mar 2022, p 2).
Solvay has decided to suspend its operations and new
investments in Russia, and will postpone dividend payments
from Rusvinyl, an independent 50-50 joint venture.
Shell said it intends to withdraw from its involvement
in all Russian hydrocarbons, including crude oil, petroleum
products, gas and liquefied natural gas in a phased manner.
Effective immediately, it will end all spot purchases of
Russian crude oil, and shut down its service stations, aviation
fuels and lubricants operations there.
Last week, Shell also announced plans to end its involvement
in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project and exit
its equity partnerships with Gazprom and related entities,
including its 27.5% stake in the Sakhalin-II liquefied natural
gas facility, its 50% stake in the Salym Petroleum Development
and the Gydan energy venture.
Mitsui & Co. said it remains in talks with relevant
stakeholders, including the Japanese government and
business partners, regarding possible future courses of action
with respect to its energy business in Russia, while
taking into account energy supply needs.
OMV is reevaluating its engagement in Russia and has
decided not to pursue any future investments there. It will
also initiate a strategic review of its 24.99% stake in Yuzhno
Russkoye, which will include options to divest or exit.
Yara has stopped all sourcing from suppliers linked to
Russian sanctioned entities and persons. It is currently
reviewing the detailed scope and impact of the sanctions.
Honeywell said it has suspended “substantially all” of
its sales, distribution and service activities in Russia and
Belarus.
Worley announced it has begun the safe withdrawal of
its services provided in and into Russia and will not enter
into new contracts.
Novozymes said it will no longer ship products to
Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, as the war has led to “serious”
disruptions in supply chain and trading conditions.
Chemours has decided to suspend business with Russian
entities in response to the “ongoing military conflict
and humanitarian crisis.”
Clariant said it will suspend business with Russia in
response to the Russian state’s “intolerable acts of violence”
in the Ukraine with immediate effect. Its operations
include a sales office and a laboratory in Moscow.

 

SFC Energy to Use Renewable Methanol From Wacker’s Rhyme Bavaria Project

Munich—
Wacker Chemie and SFC Energy have signed a letter of
intent (LoI), in which Wacker would supply SFC with renewable
methanol from its proposed Rhyme Bavaria Project
in Burghausen, Germany.
The project, estimated to cost about €100-million, involves
construction of a 20-megawatt electrolysis plant
that would use renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen,
which, together with carbon dioxide from existing
production processes, would then be converted to methanol
in a 15,000 t/y synthesis unit. Operations are expected to
begin in 2025.
Under the LoI, starting in 2025, Wacker would supply
up to 2,000 tons of methanol to SFC. SFC intends to offer
the methanol as a low environmental impact fuel for use in
its customers’ methanol fuel cells.
“We are convinced that green hydrogen and renewable
methanol are essential building blocks for transforming
chemical processes towards net zero – whether they’re
used as raw materials, reducing agents or fuels,” stated
Christian Hartel, president and chief executive of Wacker.
“Currently, however, this kind of plant complex doesn’t
yet pay for itself. Consequently, the grants we have applied
for at the European and national levels are an essential
prerequisite to make Rhyme Bavaria a reality.”

 

Lotte Titan Reducing Operating Rates At PE and PP Facilities in Malaysia

Pasir Gudang—
Lotte Titan intends to reduce operating rates at its lowdensity
polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene
(HDPE) and polypropylene plants in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia,
according to Argus Media.
The company operates a 230,000-t/y LDPE unit, a
335,000-t/y HDPE plant and a 640,000-t/y facility at the
site.
From mid-March to April, operating rates will be reduced
to 85%-90% because of increased naphtha feedstock
prices.
The company is also expected to reduce operating rates
at its No. 1 naphtha-based cracker by about 10% through
the same period. The cracker has a production capacity of
285,000 t/y of ethylene and 145,000 t/y of propylene.

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Ineos Aromatics Concludes Modernization Of Its Merak PTA Facility in Indonesia

Merak—Ineos
Aromatics said it has completed a $70-million modernization
project at its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant in
Merak, Indonesia, that increases capacity and “significantly”
reduces emissions.
The company installed a larger oxidation reactor, reconfigured
the reactor’s heat recovery system and revamped
the process air compressor train, which will reduce carbon
dioxide emissions per ton by 15% and expand the site’s
PTA capacity to 575,000 t/y from 500,000 t/y.
“The Ineos aromatics facility in Merak has played an
important role in the Indonesian polyester industry for
some time,” said Frank Yang, president director of Ineos
Aromatics Indonesia. “This new multi-million dollar investment
shows our commitment to its future growth.
“It also continues Ineos Aromatics’ tradition of deploying
technology that helps lead the polyester industry to a
more sustainable future. It supports Ineos’ commitment to
producing essential products while reducing emissions to
net zero by 2050.”

 

Univation & Axens Partnering to Improve Efficiency of LAOs, PE Resins Production

Houston—
Univation Technologies and Axens have signed a cooperation
agreement to develop improved capital and operating
efficiencies for the production of linear alpha olefins
(LAOs) – including both 1-butene and 1 hexene – for use in
manufacturing polyethylene (PE) resins with Univation’s
Unipol PE process.
Univation and Axens will work together to identify and
capture capital and operating cost reduction opportunities,
as well as optimize process requirements for both Axens’
LAO technology platforms (AlphaButol and AlphaHexol)
and the Unipol PE process.
The synergies and optimization will be carried out during
the early process design phase of the project.
The partnership is expected to identify and deliver
quantifiable synergies to benefit polyethylene producers
globally for new Unipol PE projects, as well as provide for
retrofit opportunities for Unipol PE facilities already in
operation.

 

BASF Building World-Scale Facility For Alkylethanolamines Production

Antwerp—BASF
is investing in the construction of a new world-scale alkylethanolamines
production plant at its Verbund site in Antwerp,
Belgium.
The facility will boost the company’s global alkylethanolamines
portfolio capacity to over 140,000 t/y. The portfolio
also contains dimethylethanolamines and methyldiethanolamines.
BASF also has alkylethanolamines production plants in
Ludwigshafen, Germany; Geismar, La., and Nanjing,
China.

 

Qenos & Cleanaway Plan Feasibility Study For Plastic-to-Plastic Project in Australia

Altona—
Qenos recently announced it was partnering with waste
management firm Cleanaway to jointly study the feasibility
of a plastic-to-plastic advanced recycling project at
Qenos’ existing manufacturing facilities in Australia.
The proposed Qenos Circular Plastics Project (QCPP)
would use advanced recycling technologies to convert up to
100,000 t/y of household soft plastic waste and mixed plastics
into feedstock to be used by Qenos to produce circular
polyethylene.
Plastic Energy has agreed to supply its Thermal Anaerobic
Conversion process, while Axens would provide its
RewindMix process.
The joint feasibility study, being led by Qenos, is expected
to be completed by this July, with a final investment
decision to be made later this year. Operations are
anticipated to begin by 2025.
The QCPP is the “largest” proposed circular plastics
project in Australia, and is currently being considered for
support under the federal government’s Modern
Manufacturing initiative, Qenos noted.

 

ADNOC & Proman to Build UAE’s ‘First’ World-Scale Methanol Plant at TA’ZIZ

Abu Dhabi—
Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) said it has signed an
agreement with Proman to develop the United Arab Emirates’
(UAE) “first” world-scale methanol facility at the
TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.
Under the terms of the agreement, Proman and Abu
Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives RSC Ltd. (TA’ZIZ), a joint
venture of ADNOC and ADQ, will build a natural gas to
methanol production plant with an anticipated capacity of
up to 1.8-million t/y of methanol.
The project, which is expected to meet growing domestic
and international demand, is subject to relevant regulatory
approvals. An expected completion date was not given.
The proposed partnership would leverage ADNOC’s attractive
value proposition for downstream petrochemicals,
ADQ’s diversified portfolio and Proman’s extensive construction
and operational expertise, ADNOC noted.
“Growth is expected to be driven by emerging economies
in Africa and Asia, while production of methanol in
the UAE will support decreased reliance on imports, enabling
local manufacturers to ‘Make it in the Emirates’ and
establish greater resiliency among domestic supply chain,”
ADNOC added.

 

Several PC and Oil & Gas Companies Announce Plans to Cut Russian Ties

Moscow—In light
of Russia’s current military action against Ukraine, an increasing
number of petrochemical and oil and gas companies
are announcing their intention to end business dealings
with Russia.
Effective immediately, LyondellBasell will not enter
into any new business transactions or relationships with
Russian state-owned entities, and intends to discontinue
business relationships with Russian state-owned entities
to the extent legally possible, announced Interim Chief
Executive Ken Lane.
“We are in the process of accessing how this will affect
our operations, including feedstocks, utilities, supply chain
providers, and customers,” Lane noted.
BP is exiting its 19.75% shareholding in Russia’s stateowned
Rosneft, which it has held since 2013, and its interest
in three joint ventures with Rosneft in Russia.
In addition, Bernard Looney, chief executive of BP, is
resigning from the board of Rosneft, effective immediately,
along with former BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley.
Shell intends to exit its joint ventures with Gazprom
and related entities, including its 27.5% stake in the Sakhalin-
II liquefied natural gas facility, its 50% interest in
the Salym Petroleum Development and the Gydan energy
venture. It will also end its involvement in the Nord
Stream 2 pipeline project.
ExxonMobil, which operates the Sakhalin-I project on
behalf of an international consortium of Japanese, Indian
and Russian companies, has begun the process to discontinue
operations and is developing steps to exit the Sakhalin-
1 venture. It will not invest in new developments in
Russia.
TotalEnergies said it will no longer provide capital for
new Russian projects, and is mobilized to provide fuel to
Ukrainian authorities and aid to refugees.
Equinor announced its decision to stop new investments
into Russia, and to start the process of exiting Equinor’s
Russian joint ventures “in a manner that is consistent
with our values.”

 

LanzaTech & Twelve Make Ethanol From Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Berkeley—LanzaTech
and carbon transformation company Twelve, as part of an
ongoing research and development partnership, have combined
their technology capabilities to transform carbon
dioxide (CO2) emissions into ethanol.
The partners are eliminating fossil fuels from ethanol
production by converting CO2 to carbon through Twelve’s
carbon transformation technology, and subsequently using
LanzaTech’s small continous stirred tank reactor to convert
carbon to ethanol.
This highly scalable approach could ultimately produce
ethanol at industrial scale, while simultaneously eliminating
CO2 emissions, the companies noted.
Last year, LanzaTech and Twelve announced plans to
develop polypropylene (PP) from CO2 with a grant from
Impact Squared (PCN, 6 Sept 2021, p 1).
The PP project will see Twelve converting CO2 to carbon,
which will be converted by LanzaTech’s microbe to
isopropyl alcohol. Finally, TotalEnergies, based on its alcohols
dehydration know-how, will dehydrate it into propylene,
which will be polymerized into PP with the same
technical characteristics as its fossil counterparts.

 

Prime Begins Commercial Production Of PP Derived from Bio-Based Feed

Tokyo—Prime
Polymer, a subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals, said it has
launched Japan’s “first” commercial production and shipment
of biomass polypropylene (PP) derived from bio-based
hydrocarbons.
Neste, under a partnership formed last year, recently
delivered 3,000 tons of bio-based hydrocarbons, which Mitsui
put into its crackers within its Osaka complex for the
production of renewable plastics and chemicals (PCN, 20-
27 Dec 2021, p 2).
The bio-based hydrocarbons are produced from biobased
waste and residue oils and are expected to “significantly”
reduce the carbon dioxide that comes with the production
of chemicals and plastics produced from petroleumderived
naphtha over the life-cycle of these products, Mitsui
earlier said.
According to Prime Polymers, the PP is certified as biobased
using the mass balance method in accordance with
ISCC Plus certification for plastic and chemical derivatives.

 

ToAZ Suspends Ammonia Transit Due to the ‘Situation’ in Ukraine

Moscow—Togliattiazot
(ToAZ) announced that due to the “situation” in
Ukraine it has decided to suspend transit of ammonia from
its site in Russia, in order to ensure the safety of residents
in the area of the ammonia pipeline.
The company is also shutting down operation of four
ammonia units and putting three units into a reduced load
mode. It will continue to produce enough ammonia to ensure
the internal production of urea and urea formaldehyde
concentrate, as well as to ensure fulfillment of its obligations
to customers who receive ammonia via railway.
All other production facilities, as well as all auxiliary
services at the site, are operating normally.

 

Orion Opens New Production Line in Italy For Specialty & Technical Carbon Black

Ravenna—
Orion Engineered Carbons has commissioned a new reactor
for specialty and technical carbon black production at
its Ravenna, Italy, site (PCN, 26 Mar-2 Apr 2018, p 3).
The 25,000-t/y line, the first to be commissioned at the
company’s Ravenna facility in over 40 years, will primarily
serve the European market. The line was originally expected
to start-up in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Orion also invested in a new co-generation plant to convert
waste heat into electricity, generating up to 120
megawatt/hr of electricity per year. The company, a net
exporter of electricity in Europe and globally, supplies 70%
of the electricity to the national grid.

 

People on the Move

Johnson Matthey—Liam Condon, most recently
president of the Crop Science Division at Bayer, has become
chief executive of Johnson Matthey. He succeeds
Robert MacLeod, who will stay on to support the transition
process until the company’s annual general meeting on 21
July 2022 when he will then retire.
National Petrochemical Co. of Iran—Ahmad Shokri
has been appointed director of projects.

 

Prime Polymer Shutting Down PP Line As Part of Its ‘Scrap-and-Build’ Plan

Tokyo—Prime
Polymer, a subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals and Idemitsu
Kosan, said it will suspend operations of one of its polypropylene
(PP) production lines at its Anesaki site in Ichihara
City, Japan, as part of the company’s “scrap-and-build”
plan (PCN, 16 Aug 2021, p 1).
The 110,000-t/y PP line, which will be shut down in
March 2023, began operations in 1977.
Last May, Mitsui announced it would build a new PP
manufacturing facility planning for a scrap-and-build style
restructuring of its production systems that is expected to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70,000 t/y.
Toyo Engineering was awarded the engineering, procurement
and construction contract for the new 200,000-t/y
PP unit, which will be based on Mitsui Chemical’s Hypol
process. Completion is scheduled for 2024.
“Looking ahead, Prime Polymer will work diligently to
address the needs of its customers by streamlining its operations
in a bid to bolster its business platform and adding
further value to its products,” Mitsui noted.

 

Mitsui, Maruzen, Toyo and Sojitz Launch Project for NH3-Fired Naphtha Crackers

Tokyo—
Mitsui Chemicals, Maruzen Petrochemical, Toyo Engineering
and Sojitz Machinery recently launched a pilot project
with the goal to switch naphtha crackers from running on
conventional methane-based fuel to one in which ammonia
is the principal component.
The trial, expected to last 10 years, is being funded by
the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development
Organization, as part of its Green Innovation Fund.
“Through the construction and operation of the plant
along with the manufacture of the equipment, these four
companies will leverage their knowledge and technical capabilities
in the field of ethylene plants as they aim now to
achieve the social implementation of entirely ammoniafired
crackers, thereby contributing to the reduction of carbon
dioxide emissions throughout the petrochemical industry,”
the parties stated.
Mitsui Chemicals is acting as project manager of the pilot
project.

 

Honeywell Develops New Technology For Production of Green Hydrogen

Des Plaines—
Honeywell announced it has developed a new catalystcoated
membrane (CCMs) technology for green hydrogen
production to contribute to the transition to a hydrogenbased
economy.
The technology, which has been validated in lab tests
by third-party hydrogen electrolyzer technologists, focuses
on CCMs for proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers
and anion exchange membrane electrolyzers.
Honeywell’s latest CCMs have been shown to enable
higher electrolyzer efficiency and higher electric current
density enabled by a breakthrough proprietary high ionic
conductivity membrane and high activity catalyst, the
company noted. This is projected to provide a 25% reduction
in electrolyzer stack cost.
The technology will be further tested with electrolyzer
manufacturers.

 

ET Signs Agreement with Pembina JV To Sell 51% Stake in Canadian Assets

Calgary—
Energy Transfer (ET) has signed a definitive agreement to
divest its remaining 51% stake in Energy Transfer Canada
ULC to a joint venture that includes participation by Pembina
Pipeline and global infrastructure funds managed by
KKR (see related story, page 4).
The transaction, valued at around $1.3-billion, includes
six natural gas processing plants with a combined operating
capacity of 1,290-million cu ft/d and a network of approximately
848 miles of natural gas gathering and transportation
infrastructure in the Western Canadian Sedimentary
Basin.
“The agreement allows Energy Transfer to divest its
high-quality Canadian assets at an attractive valuation to
further deleverage its balance sheet and redeploy capital
within its U.S. footprint,” ET noted.
The sale is expected to be finalized by the third quarter
of this year.

 

ExxonMobil Plans Hydrogen, CCS Project At Baytown Refining and Petchem Site

Irving—
ExxonMobil announced plans to build a hydrogen production
plant and “one of the world’s largest” carbon capture
and storage (CCS) projects at its integrated refining and
petrochemical complex in Baytown, Texas.
The proposed hydrogen unit would produce up to 1-
billion cu ft/d of blue hydrogen, while the carbon capture
infrastructure would have the capacity to transport and
store up to 10-million t/y of carbon dioxide (CO2), more
than doubling the company’s current capacity.
ExxonMobil would use the hydrogen as a fuel in its
Baytown olefins facility, which could reduce the complex’s
Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by up to 30%. Excess hydrogen
and CO2 storage capacity would be available to nearby
industry.
Evaluation and planning for the project are ongoing
and, subject to stakeholder support, regulatory permitting
and market conditions, a final investment decision is anticipated
in two to three years.
“The project would form ExxonMobil’s initial contribution
to a broad, cross-industry effort to establish a Houston
carbon capture and storage hub with an initial target of
about 50-million metric tons of CO2 per year by 2030, and
100-million metric tons by 2040,” the company noted.

 

Perstorp Expands Portfolio with INA

Stockholm—
Perstorp said it has expanded its value proposition for its
selected Resins & Coatings and Engineered Fluids segments
with the addition of isononanoic acid (INA) to the
portfolio.
INA production will begin this month at the company’s
site in Stenungsund, Sweden. Capacity was not given.
“The introduction of isononanoic acid is a natural step
for us to provide a complete portfolio of high quality building
blocks to our engineered fluids, as well as resins and
coatings customers,” said Patrice Pinsard, executive vice
president, Strategic Markets & Innovation.
“During the pre-marking trials done by customers, the
high quality and the minimal alterations to formulations
have been confirmed.”

 

Tecnicas Reunidas & Axens Ink Agreement For Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

Paris—
Engineering company Tecnicas Reunidas and Axens have
entered into a collaboration agreement to jointly develop
carbon capture and storage projects, based on Axens’ technologies.
The parties will work together to accelerate the transition
to a zero-emission future by helping companies in “energy-
intensive” industrial sectors, such as the chemical,
steel, cement and paper industries, to cut carbon dioxide
emissions, the companies noted. No other details were
given.

 

Arkema Completes Planned Acquisition Of Ashland’s Performance Adhesives

Wilmington—
Arkema announced it has concluded the purchase of Ashland’s
performance adhesives business in an all-cash
transaction valued at about $1.65-billion (PCN, 6 Sept
2021, p 4).
The performance adhesives business operates six production
plants, mainly in North America, and has approximately
330 employees.
”It offers excellent commercial, technological and geographic
complementarities with Bostik, allowing it to expand
its solutions offering and position itself as a major
player in high performance industrial adhesives,” Arkema
noted.
With the sale, Ashland becomes a focused additive and
ingredients company.

 

Univar Opens German Solution Center

Essen—
Univar Solutions has opened its latest Solution Center in
Essen, Germany, to help customers focus on sustainability,
collaboration and development in the Rubber & Plastic
Additives, Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers,
Pharmaceutical, Homecare & Industrial Cleaning, and
Beauty & Personal Care businesses.
The facility houses experts in product formulation,
benchmark prototyping, product performance testing and
efficacy, product analysis, shelf-life testing and more, and
will serve customer projects from concept and development
to application testing, launch and distribution.
This Solution Center serves as the flagship facility for
Europe and as one of the company’s center points for a
global hub-and-spoke model of innovation.

 

Cabot Acquires Carbon Black Producer Tokai Carbon Tianjin for $9-Million

Beijing—Cabot
Corp. has completed the purchase of Tokai Carbon (Tianjin)
Co. from Tokai Carbon Group for $9-million (PCN, 22-
29 Nov 2021, p 1).
The acquired facility, located in close proximity to
Cabot’s current carbon black and specialty compounds
plant in Tianjin, China, has the capacity to produce 50,000
t/y of carbon black.
“We are pleased to complete this acquisition and officially
welcome our new colleagues to Cabot,” said Sean
Keohane, president and chief executive of Cabot.
“We are committed to investing in and connecting the
capabilities across our carbon black network to further
help our customers accelerate innovation, while leading in
performance and sustainability.”

 

Pembina, KKR Creating JV to Combine Western Canadian Processing Assets

Calgary—
Pembina Pipeline Corp. has entered into definitive agreements
with KKR to merge their respective western Canadian
natural gas processing assets into a single, new joint
venture entity (“Newco”).
The transaction includes Pembina’s field-based natural
gas processing assets; the Veresen Midstream business,
currently owned 55% by funds managed by KKR and 45%
by Pembina; and the business presently carried on by Energy
Transfer Canada (ETC), which is currently owned
49% by funds managed by KKR.
Concurrently, with closing of the joint venture transaction,
Newco will also acquire Energy Transfer’s remaining
51% stake in ETC (see related story, page 3).
Pembina will serve as operator and manager of Newco,
which will be owned 60% by Pembina and 40% by KKR’s
global infrastructure funds.
Subject to approval under the Competition Act (Canada),
concurrent closing of the acquisition of Energy Transfer’s
51% interest in ETC, and other customary closing
conditions, the transaction is expected to be finalized late
in the second quarter or third quarter of 2022.
“Pembina has enjoyed a strong relationship with KKR
as a partner in Veresen Midstream over the past four
years,” said Scott Burrows, president and chief executive of
Pembina. “We work well together and share a mutual desire
to invest capital and generate attractive returns.
“The formation of this new joint venture is a natural extension
of our relationship, unlocks value for Pembina and
creates another growth platform.
“We are extremely pleased to be creating this exciting
new company with KKR to drive real synergies and deliver
a wider suite of commercial opportunities.”

V60 N09 – 28 February 2022

Borouge Opens 5th PP Unit at Ruwais To Meet Increasing Global Demand

Ruwais—Abu
Dhabi Polymers Co. (Borouge), a joint venture of Abu
Dhabi National Oil Co. and Borealis, successfully started
up of its fifth polypropylene (PP) plant in Ruwais, Abu
Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to help meet the growing
demand for PP products (PCN, 24-31 Dec 2018, p 1).
The 480,000-t/y PP unit, built within the company’s
Borouge 3 facility, is based on Borealis’ Borstar technology.
The additional capacity increases Borouge’s PP capacity by
25% to a total of 2.24-million t/y.
“We work closely with our customers and value chain
partners to achieve their circular economy commitments
through several initiatives,” said Borouge Chief Executive
Rainer Hoefling. “These include the development of monomaterial
packaging solutions that are designed for recyclability.
“We will able to provide solutions that drive total cost
benefits for customers by leveraging Borstar technology to
deliver unparalleled cycle time improvements, reduced
warpage, and energy efficiency.”

 

Grupa Azoty Plans Revamp to Boost Ammonia Production at Kedzierzyn

Warsaw—Grupa
Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn, a subsidiary of Grupa
Azoty, is implementing an upgrade project, which will increase
ammonia production at its plant in Kedzierzyn, Poland.
The project, estimated to cost around PLN 180-million,
will involve upgrading the synthesis gas compression unit
with the installation of new compressors. Completion is
expected in the first half of 2023.
Grupa Azoty Polskie Konsorcjum Chemiczne is general
contractor for the project. The scope of work includes the
construction of buildings, process facilities and auxiliaries,
as well as the installation, commissioning and start-up of
the compressor unit.

 

Univation, HPCL Ink Pre-Marketing Deal Focused on HDPE Products for India

Barmer—
Univation Technologies and Hindustan Petroleum Corp.
Ltd. (HPCL) have finalized a pre-marketing agreement
that focuses on introducing a broad portfolio of advanced
high-density polyethylene (HDPE) products to the Indian
market.
The advanced HDPE grades will be produced at HPCL
Rajasthan Refinery Ltd.’s two new 500,000-t/y Unipol PE
process lines, which will utilize Univation’s Prodigy Bimodal
and Acclaim Unimodal HDPE technology platforms.
The PE lines are expected to start up in the first quarter of
2024.
The scope of the pre-marketing agreement focuses on
both bimodal and unimodal HDPE applications including
PE100 pipe, L-ring drum, large part blow molding, and
bimodal small part blow molding applications.

 

Sasa Polyester Picks Uhde Inventa-Fischer To Build New Polymer Plants in Turkey

Adana—
Uhde Inventa-Fischer (UIF), a subsidiary of Thyssenkrupp
Uhde, has been awarded a contract from Sasa Polyester
Sanayi to build three new world-scale polymer facilities in
Adana, Turkey.
The project will include a 380,000-t/y polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) plant for low viscosity application
combined with a 36,000-t/y co-PET unit, as well as a
330,000-t/y facility, based on UIF’s patented Melt-to-Resin
(MTR) technology, for the production of PET bottles. A
completion date was not available.
UIF’s scope of work for all three plants includes basic
and detailed engineering, delivery of all necessary components,
technical services for plant erection, as well as supervision
of erection and commissioning. Value of the contract
was not disclosed.
“We are pleased to choose again Uhde Inventa-Fischer
for our new investments,” said Dr. Mustafa Kemal Oz,
general manager of Sasa.
“Sasa is racing to global leadership in polyester production
with its state-of-the-art world class production facilities.
It is an honor to continue our cooperation with UIF
who has been always a good business partner of our growth
strategy.”

 

CPChem Invests in a European Fund To Address Plastic Waste Challenge

Austin—Chevron
Phillips Chemical Co. (CPChem), as part of its commitment
to accelerate change for a sustainable future, announced
it is investing in Luxembourg-based Infinity Recycling’s
Circular Plastics Fund to help develop solutions to
address the plastic waste challenge.
The Fund, with an initial focus on Europe, will invest in
advanced recycling businesses that convert plastic waste
back into virgin grade feedstock for the manufacturing of
new products. It plans to expand globally.
“Through this investment in Infinity Recycling’s Fund,
our company aims to accelerate the development of the
most promising advanced recycling technologies, bridge
gaps in the value chain and prove the complementarity of
mechanical and advanced recycling, all important steps to
accelerate change for a sustainable future,” noted CPChem
Vice President of Sustainability Benny Mermans.

 

Lotte’s LUSR JV Gets Hit by Explosion At PBR Facility in Tanjung Langsat

Johor—Lotte Ube
Synthetic Rubbers (LUSR), a joint venture of Lotte Chemical,
Lotte Chemical Titan, Ube and Mitsubishi, experienced
an explosion and fire on 24 Feb. 2022 at its 50,000-
t/y polybutadiene rubber (PBR) plant in Tanjung Langsat,
Malaysia, according to Argus Media.
The fire, which injured three workers, caused damage
to two of three storage tanks, as well as connecting pipelines
at the site, said the report citing an Ube spokesperson.
It is not known how long the unit will be shut down.

 

BASF Boosting Production Capacity For Ultramid PA & Ultradur PBT

Pasir Gudang—
BASF (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. is increasing production capacity
of Ultramid polyamide (PA) and Ultradur polybutylene
terephthalate at its site in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia.
The debottlenecking project will expand Ultramid PA
and Ultradur PBT capacity by 5,000 t/y. Completion is
scheduled for the second quarter of next year.
According to the company, the engineering plastics
market in ASEAN is expected to grow at around 5% per
year between 2020 and 2030, due to the increased demand
for engineering plastics.
“BASF is committed to the engineering plastics market,
which we believe offers significant growth opportunities,”
noted Andy Postlewaite, senior vice president, performance
materials Asia Pacific, BASF.
“The additional capacity will help us meet the strong
demand for our Ultramid PA and Ultradur PBT products,
as well as strengthen our market position, especially in
ASEAN.”

 

Carbios and IVL to Collaborate in Building Bio-Recycled PET Manufacturing Plant

Paris—
Carbios and Indorama Ventures (IVL) plan to partner to
build a manufacturing facility for 100% bio-recycled
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in France.
The plant, to be built at IVL’s PET production site in
Longlaville, Meurthe-et-Moselle, would have a processing
capacity of 50,000 t/y of post-consumer PET waste and
would be the “world’s first” industrial-scale enzymatic PET
bio-recycling facility, the parties noted. Operations would
begin in 2025.
The partners will conduct a feasibility study for the industrialization
of Carbios’ technology on IVL’s site. Subject
to the successful completion of the technical and economical
evaluation, IVL would co-invest in the project.
A capital investment of around €150-million would be
required for Carbios’ technology, including an additional
purification step, which has been integrated into the process.
In addition, about €50-million would be allocated for
the infrastructure preparation of the site.
IVL will also consider expanding Carbios’ biological recycling
process at other PET sites in the future.

 

Westlake Announces Its 2030 Target To Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Houston—Westlake
Corp. said it has established a target to reduce Scope 1 and
Scope 2 carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per ton of production
by 20% by 2030 from a 2016 baseline.
The company plans to “optimally” allocate capital to
both proven and emerging technologies, including additional
product and operational innovations. This includes
energy-efficient projects, increasing power from less carbon-
intensive electricity providers, adding more hydrogen
as a fuel gas, and other continuous operational improvements.
“Our continued focus on sustainability is integral to our
current and future success,” noted Larry Schubert, vice
president of corporate development and sustainability.
“We have achieved many milestones and are advancing on
our path to mitigate our environmental impact and enable
lower-carbon solutions to meet today’s climate challenges.”

 

Borealis Finland Launches SPIRIT Program To Promote Sustainable Plastics Industry

Porvoo—
Borealis Finland has received €20-million from Business
Finland to launch a new innovative program, Sustainable
Plastics Industry Transformation (SPIRIT), a collaborative
research and development program to transform the plastics
industry in Finland.
The program plans to drive industry change by way of
three main activities: the replacement of conventional fossil
fuel-based feedstocks with renewably sourced ones; the
development of technologies and processes for the mechanical
and chemical recycling of plastics; and the decarbonization
of production operations through electrification,
as well as the use of hydrogen and renewable energy.
As project leader, Borealis Finland will coordinate research
and development efforts among a wide range of new
and existing partners.
“Plastic is one of the most versatile materials available,
and is an important source of economic growth,” said
Salla Roni-Poranen, managing director of Borealis Finland,
a public sector business growth accelerator. “Yet as an
industry, we must address the issues of dwindling resources
on the one hand, and plastic waste on the other.
“SPIRIT allows us to maintain our industry leadership
as we innovate and collaborate to find alternatives for fossil
fuel-based materials and energy supply, and to make
plastic recycling even more viable.”

 

People on the Move

Trinseo—Andre Lanning has been appointed to the
newly created role of senior vice president and chief commercial
officer, effective 1 Mar. 2022. He will remain a
member of the company’s executive management team and
continue to lead Trinseo’s strategy, corporate development
and marketing communications function until a successor
is named.
Pembina Pipeline—Scott Burrows, interim president
and chief executive since November 2021, has been appointed
president and chief executive.
Jaret Sprott has been named senior vice president and
chief operating officer, pipelines and facilities. He is currently
senior vice president and chief operating officer, facilities.
Eva Bishop has joined the company as senior vice president,
corporate services. She was most recently nonexecutive
director at BP Europa.
Agilyx—Jonathan Tyler has been appointed senior vice
president of corporate development. He was previously
managing director of Perella Weinberg Partners.
Clariant—Richard F. Haldimann, currently head of
sustainability transformation, has been named to the
newly created position of Chief Technology & Sustainability
Officer.
Martin Vollmer, former chief technology officer and
head of Innovation & Sustainability, is leaving the company
to pursue another opportunity.
The European Petrochemical Assn. (EPCA)—Dick
Richelle, Royal Vopak’s chief executive and chairman of the
executive board, has joined the board of directors of EPCA.
American Chemistry Council (ACC)—Erin Kane
has become the newest board officer of the ACC. She is
president and chief executive of AdvanSix.

 

PTTGCA Provides Update on Proposed Petrochem Project in Belmont County

Belmont—
PTTGC America (PTTGCA) said it is in the process of
drafting an application for a modified air permit from the
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for its proposed
petrochemical complex in Belmont County, Ohio (7 Jan
2019, p 2).
PTTGCA, a subsidiary of PTT Global Chemical (GC),
plans to build a 1.5-million-t.y ethane cracker for the production
of ethylene, linear low-density polyethylene (PE)
and high-density PE. A final investment decision has not
yet been made.
The modified air permit will be consistent with GC’s
environmental protection goal to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 20% by 2030 and achieve a net zero emissions
goal by 2050 in order to fight climate change. The initial
air permit, issued in 2018, expired 24 Feb. 2022.
“PTTGCA has invested more than $300-million in the
Ohio project, and has prioritized identifying potential
partners in order to move the project forward,” PTTGCA
noted.
“The support and patience of the Ohio River Valley has
been crucial to the progress PTTGCA has made toward
making the proposed petrochemical complex a reality.”

 

Solvay Expanding U.S. Sulfone Business To Support Increasing Customer Base

Atlanta—
Solvay said it plans to expand its U.S.-based sulfone polymers
business to support a growing global customer base.
The multi-year project will include increasing capacity
for Udel polysulfones by over 25% at the company’s production
site in Marietta, Ohio, by 2024. A majority of the capacity
will be online by early 2023.
Solvay will also expand dichlorodiphenyl sulfone production
capacity by over 25% by 2024, resulting in capacity
increases at its Augusta, Ga., site by the end of 2022.

 

Worley, ABB & IBM Enter MoU to Partner On End-to-End Green Hydrogen Solution

Sydney—
Worley, ABB and IBM have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) to collaborate on creating an end-to-end
green hydrogen solution for energy companies.
The partners aim to develop an integrated, digitally enabled
solution for plant owners to build green hydrogen
assets “more quickly, cheaply, and safely, and operate
them more efficiently,” the parties noted.
Under the MoU, Worley will provide engineering, procurement
and construction expertise in all stages of the
projects. ABB will provide offerings for electrical infrastructure,
automation, operations digitalization and optimization,
and energy management. IBM will provide systems
integration services, as well as data framework and
management solutions.
“While many industries have been able to adopt wind
and solar to help decarbonize operations, energy-intensive
industries, such as petrochemicals, cement and steel, require
heat temperatures and combustion that cannot be
achieved with these renewables,” said Zahid Habib, vice
president, Global Energy & Resources Industry Leader at
IBM Consulting. “Green hydrogen can help address these
distinct needs in a more scalable sustainable way.
The collaboration is subject to reaching definitive agreements.

 

NEDO Picks Toyo Engineering to Study Electrification of an Ethylene Cracker

Tokyo—Toyo
Engineering has been selected by New Energy and Industrial
Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as
contractor for the basic study stage of a demonstration research
project on electrification technology of ethylene
cracking furnaces.
“In the process of producing ethylene . . . a large
amount of CO2 [carbon dioxide] is emitted from the cracking
furnace that burns fossil fuels to obtain the required
heat,” Toyo explained. “This accounts for most of the CO2
emissions of the entire ethylene plant.
“By the electrification of ethylene cracking furnaces,
CO2 emissions can be reduced to zero in theory, which
meets the demands of the times.”
Toyo named the electrified cracking furnace e-Furnace
and is developing it for commercialization.

 

Covestro, FFI Ink MoU for Possible Supply Of Green Hydrogen and Its Derivatives

Berlin—
Covestro and Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) have
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formalize
an agreement, in which FFI will supply green hydrogen
and its derivatives, including green ammonia, to Covestro.
Under the potential long-term agreement, FFI will provide
the equivalent of up to 100,000 t/y of green hydrogen,
enabling Covestro to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions
by up to 90,000 t/y of carbon dioxide by replacing grey hydrogen
and its derivatives.
The deliveries, which could start as early as 2024, are
earmarked for three potential locations—Asia, North
America and Europe—to be used in the production of highperformance
polymers.
“FFI and Covestro share the belief that green hydrogen
and green ammonia will play a crucial role in enabling
companies to reach their climate targets and preventing
runaway global warming,” said FFI Chairman Dr. Andrew
Forrest.
“We look forward to working with Covestro to supply
their green hydrogen needs, and collaborating with Germany
to enable it to become the world leader in global decarbonization,
green hydrogen and ammonia.”
Covestro has committed to completely transitioning towards
the use of fossil-free alternative raw materials and
renewable energies, and this potential partnership with
FFI is an important milestone towards that goal, Covestro
noted.

 

Sumitomo Establishing MMA Division

Tokyo—Sumitomo
Chemical is forming a new MMA (methyl methacrylate)
Division, effective 1 Apr. 2022, to strengthen its MMA
business.
The company’s MMA business includes MMA monomer
and acrylic resin (polymethyl methacrylate).
Sumitomo produces MMA monomer in Japan, Singapore
and Saudi Arabia, with a total production capacity of
400,000 t/y. It also produces acrylic resin, mainly in Singapore,
with 200,000 t/y of production capacity.
According to Sumitomo, the global demand for MMA
monomer is expected to grow steadily at around 3% a year,
mainly in emerging market countries.

 

Univation & Axens Cooperate to Improve LAO, PE Resins Production Efficiency

Houston—
Univation Technologies and Axens have signed a cooperation
agreement to develop improved capital and operating
efficiencies for the production of linear alpha olefins (LAO),
including butene-1 and hexene-1, for use in manufacturing
polyethylene (PE) with Univation’s Unipol PE process.
Under the agreement, the companies will identify and
capture capital and operating cost reduction opportunities,
as well as optimize process requirements for both Axens’
LAO technology platforms, AlphaButol and AlphaHexol,
and the Unipol PE process.
The alliance is expected to benefit producers, globally,
for new Unipol PE projects, as well as provide for retrofit
opportunities for Unipol PE plants already in operation.
These synergies and optimization will be carried out during
the early process design phase of a project.
“Univation is pleased to collaborate with Axens to enhance
value to our mutual customers by enabling even
greater cost advantaged production of polyethylene resins
with the Unipol PE process,” said Univation Technologies
President Luis Cirihal.

 

Messer Investing Over $50-Mn to Build New Large-Scale ASU at Site in Texas

Waco—Messer
announced it will spend over $50-million to construct a
new large-scale air separation unit (ASU) in McGregor,
Texas, to supply gases to the growing chemicals, oil and
gas, metals, electronics, aerospace, healthcare, and food
and beverage industries.
The ASU will operate off of energy supplied by onsite
solar panels, making it the “first” ASU of its kind in the
U.S., the company noted. Completion is expected in the
second quarter of 2024.

 

MCC to Transfer All Lucite Japan Shares To Midorikawa Chem Industry in Japan

Tokyo—
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) announced a decision to
transfer all of MCC groups’ shares of Lucite International
Japan Co. (Lucite Japan) to Japanese firm Midorikawa
Chemical Industry Co.
Lucite Japan, a producer of acrylic composite materials,
was acquired by MCC through the acquisition of Lucite
International Group. The transfer is scheduled for 1 Apr.
2022.

 

Sumitomo Chemical Changing Name Of Petrochemicals & Plastics Sector

Tokyo—Sumitomo
Chemical has made the decision to change the name
of its current Petrochemicals & Plastics Sector to Essential
Chemicals & Plastics Sector, effective 1 Apr. 2022.
The Petrochemicals & Plastics Sector handles a wide
range of materials, from basic chemicals, such as ethylene
and propylene, and industrial chemicals, such as propylene
oxide, to plastics, such as polyolefin and acrylic resin.
“The new name of the business sector reflects the company’s
strong determination to transform its business with
the mission of continuing to provide essential chemical
products and technologies that meet the demands of our
time, which is undergoing a major transition, including the
goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050,” Sumitomo
explained.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Braskem has expanded its circular polymer portfolio
to include two new polypropylene (PP) grades with postconsumer
recycled content. The new grades can be used in
a wide range of U.S. Food and Drug Administration food
contact applications.
ExxonMobil has concluded its first commercial sale of
certified circular polymers, using its Exxtend technology
for advanced recycling of plastic waste, to Berry Global.
The initial sale is based on plastic waste processed at
ExxonMobil’s advanced recycling facility in Baytown,
Texas. The plant began operations in 2021 and has already
processed over 4-million lbs of plastic waste.
Solvay has invested in Chengyang Tech, a Chinese
startup that is developing electrochemical technologies for
on-site production of hydrogen peroxide (H202). The process
consumes only air, water and electricity, while producing
no waste. This makes it possible to produce and use
green alkaline H202 in areas where transportation is difficult
or too costly.

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Origin Plans Geismar Manufacturing Plant To Produce PET from Renewable Wood

Geismar—
Origin Materials and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
announced the company has picked a site in Geismar,
La., to build its first world-scale manufacturing facility
to develop polyethylene terephthalate (PET) products
from renewable wood fibers.
The plant, Origin 2, would utilize the company’s patented
technology to convert around 1-million t/y of wood
residues into products for a wide range of end markets.
Subject to finalization of economic incentives, the plant is
expected to be operational by mid-2025.
Origin’s technology platform can turn the carbon found
in sustainable wood residues into useful materials, while
capturing carbon in the process, the company noted.
Pending state and local incentives are estimated to be
valued at more than $100-million. In addition, a Private
Activity Bond volume cap allocation from the State of Louisiana,
pending finalization, is expected in the amount of at
least $400-million.
“Origin is excited to announce this investment in sustainable
manufacturing with the Governor of Louisiana,”
said John Bissell, co-chief executive of Origin. “The local
talent is world-class across refining, forestry, agronomy,
feedstock logistics and chemicals.
“The site sits along the Mississippi River with easy access
to barge and rail, and plentiful local wood residue
feedstock. The proposed incentive package for building in
the area is compelling and the local industrial cluster can
provide access to hydrogen, ethylene, water treatment and
more.”

 

Incitec Pivot Announces ‘Incident’ At Waggaman Ammonia Facility

Baton Rouge—Incitec
Pivot said that an incident resulting from a release of hydrogen
occurred at its ammonia plant in Waggaman, La.
Based on initial investigations, no chemicals were released
into the environment and there were no offsite impacts.
All employees are reported safe and accounted for.
An all clear has been issued at the site allowing investigations
to begin looking into the cause if the incident
along with assessments of any damage to the unit. Once
more information becomes available, Incitec will be able to
estimate the timeframe for the restart of the plant.

 

Chemanol & GDI Ink Non-Binding MoU For Methanol Supply, PC Collaboration

Jubail—
Methanol Chemicals Co. (Chemanol) and Global Company
for Downstream Industries (GDI) have signed a nonbinding
memorandum of understanding (MoU) for methanol
supply and to jointly explore opportunities for future
collaboration in the field of petrochemical products.
Under the MoU, which expires 31 Dec. 2022, Chemanol
would supply methanol to GDI. No other details were
available.

 

Technip Energies Gets FEED Contract For Encina’s Commercial PFCC Unit

Houston—
Technip Energies said it will provide the front-end engineering
design (FEED) of the fluidized bed catalytic pyrolysis
reaction section for Encina Development’s commercial
plastic fluid catalytic cracking (PFCC) unit to produce circular
chemicals from plastic waste in North America.
The PFCC process converts mixed hard-to-recycle plastics
into petrochemical feedstocks, such as light olefins and
BTX (benzene, toluene, xylene) aromatics. These circular
feedstocks can be “seamlessly” dropped into the fabrication
process of new products, reducing the need for virgin materials,
and “significantly” decreasing waste plastics, Technip
Energies noted. No other details of the project were given.
Encina earlier announced it was planning a 1,000-t/d
waste plastics recycling facility in Texas that will recover
high purity circular aromatics from cracked oil products
derived from Encina’s mixed plastics-to-aromatics catalytic
conversion platform. Operations are expected to begin in
2024 (PCN, 31 Jan 2022, p 2).
“We are very pleased to be working with Encina on this
first-ever commercial PFCC,” said Bhaskar Patel, senior
vice president of sustainable fuels, chemicals and circularity.
“As the industry explores ways to reduce its environmental
footprint, this project brings an important circular
economy solution to petrochemicals, recycling plastic
wastes to create feedstock.”

 

Borealis and ADNOC Mull Possible IPO Of Minority Stake in Their Borouge JV

Abu Dhabi—
Borealis and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) are
considering a potential initial public offering (IPO) of a
minority interest in their Borouge joint venture.
Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Borouge
recently broke ground for its Borouge 4 expansion project
(see related story, page 3).
The partners will provide further material updates on
the possible IPO as and when appropriate.

 

Ma’aden Starts Trial Production At Third Saudi Ammonia Plant

Riyadh—Saudi Arabia
Mining Co. (Ma’aden), in a notification to the Saudi Stock
Exchange, said it has completed construction and precommissioning
activities on its third ammonia plant in Ras
Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia, and trial production has begun
(PCN, 21 Jan 2019, p 2).
The ammonia facility, with a design capacity of around
1.1-million t/y, was earlier estimated to cost approximately
$892-million. Commercial production is expected to start
in the third quarter of 2022.
Daelim Industrial and Saudi Daelim were responsible
for the engineering, procurement and construction of the
project.

 

Hubei Sanning Picks Solvay’s H202 Process For New Caprolactam Facility in China

Beijing—
Hubei Sanning Chemical Industry Co. has selected Solvay’s
hydrogen peroxide (H202) technology for a new
caprolactam facility being built in China.
The 500,000-t/y facility, which will be the “world’s first”
H202 mega plant fully dedicated to caprolactam production,
is scheduled to start up by the end of next year, noted
Solvay.
Solvay will also provide Hubei Sanning with its proprietary
chemicals for the anthraquinone process to ensure a
reliable and consistent high productivity H202 process,
Solvay added.
“We are honored to be awarded Solvay’s first license for
its world-renowned hydrogen peroxide production technology
in China,” said Wanqing Li, chairman of Hubei Sanning.
“The new H202 mega plant in China and Solvay’s collaboration
will be key for us to build the new project for
caprolactam, PA6 [polyamide 6] and downstream products.”

 

Mitsubishi Chem, MCM Designing Pilot Unit For MMA Using Plant-Derived Materials

Tokyo—
Mitsubishi Chemical Co. and its Mitsubishi Chemical
Methacrylates (MCM) subsidiary (the group) have begun
designing a pilot plant to demonstrate their new manufacturing
technology for methyl methacrylate (MMA) utilizing
plant-derived materials.
The technology applies the plant-derived raw materials
to existing MMA manufacturing processes, enabling the
production of MMA using 100% bio-derived carbon. The
pilot plant is expected to be put into operation in 2023.
Once the technology is proven to be viable, the companies
plan to apply it to existing commercial-scale facilities
in 2026.
“The group is also developing innovative catalysts and
processes to improve productivity in its existing MMA
monomer manufacturing technologies, striving to reduce
environmental impact by reducing energy consumption and
emissions during manufacturing,” the companies noted.

 

AkzoNobel to Scale-Up Resin Production Will Invest in Sites, Equipment, People

Amsterdam—
AkzoNobel announced a scale-up program, which is already
underway, to expand in-house production of resins to
support the company’s Grow & Deliver strategy.
The program includes investing in sites, equipment and
the people needed to run them. It is expected to help build
resilience against supply chain disruptions, while making
an important contribution to achieving AkzoNobel’s financial
and Scope 3 (upstream) carbon reduction ambitions.
Specific details were not given.
“All of our businesses use resins, and while we produce
a good proportion of what we need ourselves, commodity
and other specialty resins need to be sourced from third
parties,” explained Michael Friede, chief commercial officer
for performance coatings.
“Further investing in our own resin capabilities will
help us to secure sustainable business growth, as well as
supporting our innovation pipeline and sustainability targets.”

 

Red Sea Inks Deals with Aramco & Linde For Refining, Petchem Complex in Egypt

Cairo—
Egypt’s Red Sea National Petrochemicals Co. has signed
agreements with Aramco Trading and Linde Engineering
for its proposed refinery and petrochemical complex at the
Suez Canal Economic Zone in Ain Sokhna, Egypt (PCN, 12
July 2021, p 1).
The project would convert around 4-million t/y of crude
oil into refined products and petrochemicals, including jet
fuel, low sulfur fuel oil, polyethylene, paraxylene and
monoethylene glycol. PCN earlier reported that the project
would cost about $7.5-billion and meet the country’s domestic
needs. A schedule was not given.
Under the agreement with Aramco Trading, Aramco
will supply 100,000 b/d of Arabian crude to the complex
with a provision for offtake of refined and petrochemical
products.
Red Sea awarded Linde Engineering a license agreement
and process design package for a world-scale mixedfeed
steam cracker.
“With our leading steam cracking technology, we are
supporting Red Sea to develop this important project as
per the expectations of the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum
and Mineral Resources to grow the Egyptian petrochemical
industry,” said Linde Engineering Managing Director John
van der Velden.
“The integration of the steam cracker with the refinery
processes facilitates the implementation of a highlyefficient
and sustainable petrochemical hub in the eastern
Mediterranean region.”

 

Inoyvn Boosting European PVC Capacity

Brussels—
Inovyn announced it will increase its European Specialty
polyvinyl chloride (PVC) capacity by 220,000 t/y by 2027,
through expansions across the company’s entire specialty
PVC production network.
The additional capacity will support the ongoing supply
for customers served by Inovyn’s PVC facilities in Germany,
Norway, Belgium, Sweden and France.
“This latest investment is a further demonstration of
Inovyn’s global leadership and long term commitment to
specialty PVC,” said Inovyn Business Director Filipe Constant.
“It will support increased global demand, particularly in
sustainable applications, and will enable our customers to
create their own competitive advantage.”

 

People on the Move

Danimer Scientific—Keith A. Edwards has been
named vice president of business development, responsible
for focusing on growing market opportunities for the company’s
biodegradable alternatives to traditional plastics.
He was previously head of specialty polymers at BASF
Corp.
Haldor Topsoe—Elena Scaltritti, currently executive
vice president at Songwon Industrial Group, has been appointed
chief commercial officer of Topsoe, effective no
later than 1 July 2022.
Sulzer—Frederic Lalanne has become chief executive
of the company. He was previously president of the Flow
Equipment Division.

 

Celanese Enters Deal to Acquire Majority Of DuPont’s M&M Business for $11-Bn

Dallas—
Celanese has signed a definitive agreement to purchase a
majority of DuPont’s Mobility & Materials (M&M) business,
including a broad portfolio of engineered thermoplastics
and elastomers, for $11-billion.
The M&M product portfolio includes several specialty
materials with global leadership positions in nylon, specialty
nylons, polyesters, and elastomers.
Celanese will acquire a global production network of 29
facilities, including compounding and polymerization; customer
and supplier contracts and agreements; intellectual
property portfolio, including around 850 patents with associated
technical and research and development assets, and
about 5,000 employees.
Subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing
conditions, the transaction is expected to close around the
end of this year.

 

IVL Gets 85% Stake in UCY Polymers, A Czech-Based PET Plastic Recycler

Prague—
Indorama Ventures (IVL) has completed the purchase of an
85% equity interest in UCY Polymers CZ, a polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) plastic recycler based in the Czech
Republic.
As a result of the investment, IVL will recycle around
1.12-billion additional post-consumer PET bottles a year in
the Czech Republic by 2025, increasing the total bottles
recycled by UCY across the Czech Republic, Germany and
Central Europe to 1.6-billion bottles per year.
“UCY is a strategic fit for IVL as a backward integration
into the company’s expanded recycled PET (rPET)
footprint in Europe and across the world to secure feedstock
for rPET products,” IVL noted.
UCY has the capacity to produce 40,000 t/y of recycled
PET flake. It will help IVL serve the increasing demand
for recycled PET in Europe.
IVL is investing $1.5-billion globally to expand recycling
facilities and sustainable production, including boosting
its recycling capacity to 750,000 t/y by 2025.

 

Fortum Agrees to Supply Renewable Energy To Borealis’ Production Plants in Porvoo

Porvoo—
Borealis and Fortum have signed a long-term power purchase
agreement (PPA) for Fortum to supply renewable
energy to Borealis’ production operations in Porvoo,
Finland, beginning in mid-2024.
Under the PPA, Fortum would supply over 800 gigawatt
hours of renewable power from two new onshore wind
farms to be built in Finland, for a period of eight years.
The wind farms, majority-owned and operated by Fortum,
are expected to start operations by the middle of 2024 at
the latest.
Once the Fortum project comes online, the Borealis
Group will have reached the 20% mark in its goal to source
at least 50% of the electricity consumed in its own production
operations from renewable sources by the year 2030,
Borealis noted.
In addition, the renewable electricity generated within
the framework of the PPA will reduce the Scope 2 emissions
at Borealis’ Finnish operations by 28,000 t/y.

 

Borealis, ADNOC Begin Construction On Borouge 4 Expansion at Ruwais

Ruwais—Borealis
and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) broke ground for
their joint venture Borouge 4 expansion project in Ruwais,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (PCN, 13 Dec 2021, p 2).
The $6.2-billion project will include a 1.5-million-t/y
ethane cracker, two 700,000-t/y Borstar polyethylene (PE)
facilities, a 100,000-t/y cross-linked PE unit, and a hexane-
1 unit, which will produce co-monomers for certain PE
grades. Operations are scheduled to begin in 2025.
Once complete, the project will boost the company’s total
polyolefin production capacity to 6.4-million t/y, making
Borouge the “world’s largest” single-site polyolefin complex,
the companies noted.
“We continue to receive strong interest from international
and local investors who want to partner with us in
growing and developing our downstream and petrochemical
business in Ruwais,” said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber,
UAE Minister of industry and advanced technology, and
managing director and chief executive of ADNOC Group.
“Borouge 4 will strengthen our domestic supply chain,
while accelerating in-country value and boosting the UAE’s
economic diversification, in line with the leadership’s wise
directives.
“In terms of sustainability, a study for a carbon capture
unit that would reduce CO2 [carbon dioxide] emissions has
been initiated as part of the project.”

 

Cefic Predicts ‘Modest’ Economic Growth For EU27 Chemicals Industry in 2022

Brussels—Cefic,
the European Chemical Industry Council, said it expects a
“modest” economic growth for the EU27 chemicals industry
this year, with chemical output expected to grow by 2.5%,
following growth of around 6% in 2021.
Demand growth in 2021 was high in the consumer
goods industries, and above average in the food and beverage
industry as well as the European construction sector.
Export demand seems to be recovering too, as exports
to countries outside the EU27 expanded by over 15%
(January to October) compared to 2020, amounting to more
than €160-billion.
The projected 2.5% growth in 2022 is likely to be driven
by further demand from the manufacturing sector, the
council noted. In particular, the European automotive industry
is expected to recover as supply chain issues should
be easing over the year; however, the long-term outlook
remains uncertain. High consumer price inflation and
surging energy and feedstock prices are a risk for growth
in consumer and industrial demand.
“The recovery in 2021 has been better than expected,
bringing the industry back on track,” said Cefic Director
General Marco Mensink. “Facing the huge transition investments
expected from the industry in the next decades,
a solid economic basis is very important.
“It will be crucial for the decision to not only develop
new chemistries and technologies in general, but to invest
these new sources for growth also in Europe.
“The 2022 outlook is positive but moderate, overseeing
the many uncertainties Europe and the industry faces today.
The chemical industry is however extremely resilient
as shown during the COVID crisis. With the right policy
choices made in the next two years, the chemical industry,
as part of all strategic value chains, will have a key role to
play in Europe.”

 

Westlake Chem Officially Changes Name To Reflect Diversified Business Portfolio

Houston—
Westlake Chemical Corp. announced it has officially
changed its name to Westlake Corp., effective 18 Feb.
2022, to reflect the company’s more diversified business
portfolio.
“Our business portfolio has evolved over the last decade,
particularly in the last year when we celebrated our
35th anniversary,” said Westlake President and Chief Executive
Albert Chao.
“Through a combination of strategic acquisitions and
organic growth that has been fueled by market trends, particularly
in the rapidly expanding housing and infrastructure
sector, we have made significant progress in diversifying
our businesses and broadening our product offering.
“By changing our name, we will better represent the
breadth of industries we serve, including housing and construction,
automotive and consumer lifestyle, packaging
and healthcare.”
Westlake is now organized under one unified brand
name with two financial reporting segments: Housing &
Infrastructure Products and Performance & Essential Materials.
They replace the former segments: Olefins and
Vinyls.

 

Synthos to Use Sopheon’s Innovation System For Newly Acquired German SynRub Unit

Berlin—
Synthos Group has chosen Sopheon’s Accolade innovation
management system for its Synthos Schkopau GmbH synthetic
rubber production facility it recently acquired in
Germany.
The Accolade system helps chemical companies automate
new product development and align research and
development, processing and commercialization, Sopheon
explained. Accolade is a “highly scalable solution that
supports exceptionally large portfolios with thousands of
projects and thousands of users across multiple regions.”
“By providing a single source of truth that brings transparency
to information and processes, Sopheon Accolade’s
centralized system will assist Synthos in promoting best
practices for new product development, improving process
automation and compressing the time it takes to get renewable
products to market,” noted Sopheon Chief Executive
Greg Coticchia.
Synthos purchased Trinseo’s synthetic rubber business
in Schkopau, Germany, late last year for around $491-
million (PCN, 6 Dec 2021, p 1).

 

Agilyx & Virgin Forming Partnership To Produce Fuel from Plastic Waste

Portsmouth—
Agilyx and Virgin Group announced they are forming a
strategic partnership that aims to reuse plastic waste to
produce lower carbon fuel.
Virgin plans to work with Agilyx on the development of
production facilities based on Agilyx’s conversion technology.
The first waste-to-fuel plant is planned to be located
in the U.S., with an aim to roll-out similar facilities in
other countries, including the UK.
Cyclyx, majority owned by Agilyx, will source the plastic
waste used for the fuel in the first facility.
Agilyx’s proprietary technology breaks down plastic
waste through a pyrolysis process. Pyrolysis converts
mixed waste plastic into a synthetic crude oil, which, once
further refined, can be used as a low carbon fuel.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the Virgin Group
to enable a technology solution for lower carbon fuels as it
transitions on its journey to net zero,” said Agilyx Chief
Executive Tim Stedman.
“This platform is unique as it will be used for lower carbon
fuels and has the opportunity for the production of circular
plastics.
“We view plastic waste as a valuable above ground resource
that is not widely tapped into. Through our technology
we aim to unlock the value of plastic waste that
otherwise may have been destined for landfill or incineration.”

 

Honeywell to Supply TotalEnergies with RPF To Convert into Virgin-Quality Polymers

Paris—
Honeywell and TotalEnergies signed a strategic agreement,
in which Honeywell will supply TotalEnergies with
recycled polymer feedstock (RPF) to be converted into virgin-
quality polymers in its European production units.
Honeywell will supply the RPF from an advanced recycling
facility it plans to build with Sacyr in Andalucia,
Spain (PCN, 8 Nov 2021, p 1).
The plant, which will be owned by a joint venture of
Honeywell and Sacyr, will process and convert 30,000 t/y of
mixed plastic waste into RPF using Honeywell’s UpCycle
process technology. Start-up is planned in 2023.
TotalEnergies will use the RPF in the manufacturing of
high-quality polymers that will be suitable for food-grade
packaging and other high demanding applications.

 

Enterprise Affiliate Completes Purchase Of Navitas Midstream for $3.25-Billion

Houston—An
affiliate of Enterprise Products Partners has finalized the
$3.25-billion acquisition of Navitas Midstream Partners in
Texas.
Navitas’ assets, located in the Midland Basin of the
Permian, include around 1,750 miles of pipelines and over
1-billion cu ft/d of cryogenic natural gas processing capacity,
Enterprise noted.
The system is anchored by long-term contracts and
acreage dedications with a diverse group of over forty independent
and publicly owned producers.

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BPCL Cancels Polyols Project at Kochi; Gets Approval to Evaluate PP Plant

Kochi—Bharat
Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (BPCL), in a stock exchange disclosure,
said it has decided to discontinue the development of
a polyols project in Kochi, India, which it announced in late
2018 (PCN, 17 Aug 2020, p 2).
The polyols project, originally estimated to cost Rs
11,130 crore, was planned to include units for propylene
oxide, propylene glycol, polyols, ethylene oxide, monoethylene
glycol, ethylene recovery and cumene.
BPCL cited “much higher” cost estimates for the project
than expected, mainly on account of an increase and
equipment and material cost, as the reason for abandoning
the project.
The company has instead received board approval to
evaluate the option of setting up a polypropylene unit at
the Kochi refinery. No other details were available.

 

Honeywell Utilizing Ecofining Technology To Produce Naphtha from Bio-Feedstocks

Chicago—
Honeywell announced a new pathway for producing renewable
naphtha for petrochemical production using the
commercially proven Honeywell UOP Ecofining technology.
The company has been using the technology to mainly
produce Honeywell Green Diesel and Honeywell Green Jet
Fuel, with small quantities of bio-naphtha being produced
as a secondary product.
The same technology can now be adapted to produce
high yields of renewable naphtha as its predominant product
using sustainable feedstocks like used cooking oil and
animal fats. The bio-naphtha has a 50% to 80% lower
greenhouse gas footprint compared to petroleum feeds.
“We are actively engaged with customers to drive new
technology adoption, as renewable petrochemical feedstocks
have grown in interest as consumers prefer more
bio-based products,” said Ben Owens, vice president and
general manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions.
Honeywell UOP jointly developed the Ecofining process
with Eni Spa.

 

Polyplastics Selects Toyo to Construct New Chinese POM Production Plant

Beijing—
Polyplastics’ newly established Chinese subsidiary has
awarded a contract to Toyo Engineering Corp. (China) to
build a new polyacetal (POM) manufacturing facility in the
Nantong Economic Development Zone, Jiangsu Province,
China (PCN, 7 Feb 2022, p 1).
Toyo will be responsible for the engineering, procurement
and construction of the 90,000-t/y POM plant. Production
is anticipated to start in November 2024. Value of
the contract was not disclosed.
The new POM facility will help cover the capacity of an
existing POM unit in Nantong owned by PTM engineering
Plastics, which is being shut down.

 

Trinseo Commences Formal Process To Divest Its Styrenics Businesses

Berwyn—Trinseo
President and Chief Executive Frank Bozich, during a conference
call to discuss the company’s fourth quarter and
full year 2021 results, said Trinseo recently launched a
formal sales process to divest its styrenics businesses
(PCN, 15 Nov 2021, p 1).
The assets included in the sales process are the company’s
feedstocks and polystyrene segments, as well as its
50% interest in Americas Styrenics, a joint venture with
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.

 

Linde to Supply CO2, Hydrogen to Celanese For Its Clear Lake Manufacturing Facility

Houston—
Linde has expanded its existing agreement with Celanese
to include the supply of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen
to Celanese’s manufacturing plant in Clear Lake, Texas.
Currently, Linde supplies oxygen, nitrogen and carbon
monoxide to the facility. Under the expanded agreement,
Linde will now also supply CO2 captured in its nearby carbon
monoxide production unit.
Celanese will use the CO2 and hydrogen as an alternative
feedstock for methanol production in its Fairway
Methanol joint venture with Mitsui & Co. (PCN, 29 Mar-5
Apr 2021, p 1). Supply is expected to begin in the first half
of next year.
“Celanese is taking strategic steps aimed at reducing
our operational impact globally, and the work we are doing
with recycled carbon dioxide at our Clear Lake facility is a
significant step forward in our efforts to preserve the environment
and be a responsible community partner,” said
John Fotheringham, senior vice president of acetyls at
Celanese.
“By working with Linde, we expect to produce lower
carbon intensity methanol with a high capital efficiency at
a competitive cost.”

 

Petronas Lets Technip Energies Contract To Build New Malaysian Melamine Unit

Kedah—
Technip Energies, as leader of a consortium with Dialog
E&C, has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction
and commissioning (EPCC) contract by Petronas
Chemicals Fertiliser Kedah Sdn. Bhd. for a new melamine
plant in Gurun, Kedah, Malaysia.
The 60,000-t/y melamine facility, to be integrated into
Petronas’ existing complex, will utilize Casale’s Low Energy
Melamine technology, and associated interconnections
with the existing urea plant, where the carbon dioxide generated
in the melamine production process will be recycled.
Under the EPCC contract, Technip Energies is responsible
for overall project management, engineering, procurement
and commissioning. Dialog will be in charge of
construction and pre-commissioning.
The contract is valued at between €50-million and
€250-million.

 

Yeochun NCC JV Experiences Explosion At Petrochemical Plant in South Korea

Yeosu—
Yeochun NCC Co., a joint venture of Daelim Industrial and
Hanwha Solutions, experienced an explosion on 11 Feb.
2022 at one of its naphtha crackers in Yeosu, South Korea,
which killed four workers and injured another four, according
to several local reports.
The explosion happened in the company’s third naphtha
cracker during a test run of a heat exchange system.
There was no fire from the explosion. Cause of the accident
is under investigation.
Yeochun NCC has three naphtha crackers at the complex
with a total production capacity of around 2.3-million
t/y of ethylene. The affected cracker has a production capacity
of 470,000 t/y of ethylene.

 

Lummus’ Green Circle & Synthos Advance Development of Biobutadiene Technology

Houston—
Lummus Technology announced that its Green Circle business
and Synthos have reached a major milestone in the
development of Synthos’ advanced biobutadiene technology
(PCN, 7 June 2021, p 2).
Following the completion of a successful feasibility
study in 2021 for a 20,000-t/y biobutadiene production
plant, the partners have concluded that the technology is
ready for implementation and have agreed to move into the
engineering and design phase of the project.
“Since Lummus began collaborating with Synthos last
year, it has become evident that this technology has the
potential to be the new standard in our industry due to its
renewable sourcing, production efficiency and low carbon
footprint,” said Leon de Bruyn, president and chief executive
of Lummus Technology.
“The petrochemical industry is quickly adjusting to ambitious
sustainability requirements, and at Lummus we
continue to lead this change on multiple fronts. The commercialization
with Synthos of this bio-technology for more
sustainable rubber products is one of several sustainable
process solutions that are making a positive impact.”

 

SCGC Launches Circular Polypropylene; Enters Partnership with Visy Packaging

Bangkok—
SCG Chemicals (SCGC) has developed and launched a new
circular polypropylene (PP) made from hard-to-recycle
post-consumer recycled feedstock using advanced recycling
technology from SCG Green Polymer.
The circular PP has properties equivalent to virgin
plastic resins, making it suitable for the production of ecofriendly
food packaging, the company noted.
In addition, SCGC recently partnered with Visy Packaging
(Thailand), a subsidiary of SCG Packaging, to develop
the “first” ASEAN’s food packaging that has been
certified ISCC Plus throughout the whole supply chain.
“SCGC is fully equipped with innovations and a team of
material science professionals,” said SCGC President and
Chief Executive Tanawong Areeratchakul.
“We are collaborating with partners and brand owners
worldwide to develop and deliver eco-friendly packaging
built from SCGC’s high-quality post-consumer recycled
resins to address the demands of the green packaging
market and to ensure a sustainable environment.”

 

Trinseo Provides Update on Progress Of Chem Recycling Plant in Europe

London—Trinseo
said that plans for a “world-class” chemical recycling facility
in Tessenderlo, Belgium, are progressing “rapidly”
(PCN, 26 Apr 2021, p 3).
The recycling plant, on which construction is scheduled
to begin by the end of this year, will process 15,000 t/y of
recycled PS flakes that will be converted into “high quality”
recycled styrene.
The recycled styrene will be used in the production of
polystyrene and/or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and styrene
acrylonitrile.
Trinseo has contracted with global technology provider
Synova and engineering services company Worley, and is
currently working on an engineering package and preparing
the site for recycling operations.
Early last year, Trinseo and Ineos announced that they
had selected Recycling Technologies to join them as technology
partner for new commercial-scale polystyrene (PS)
recycling plants in Europe.
The three parties were to further develop the technology
in a PS recycling pilot plant to be used in Trinseo’s
Tessenderlo facility and Ineos’ planned 15,000-t/y PS recycling
plant in Wingles, France.
At the time, Trinseo said it expected the Tessenderlo
facility to be operational in 2023.

 

Kaneka Expanding Production Capacity For Green Planet Bio-Polymer in Japan

Tokyo—
Kaneka said it has decided to “significantly” increase production
capacity for Kaneka Biodegradable Polymer Green
Planet (Green Planet) at its manufacturing site in Takasago,
Japan.
Green Planet, also known by its chemical name PHBH,
is a 100% plant-derived polymer. The polymer eventually
biodegrades into carbon dioxide and water, so it doesn’t
pollute the environment, Kaneka noted.
The company will invest approximately ¥15-billion to
increase PHBH capacity to 20,000 t/y from 5,000 t/y currently.
Operations are expected to begin in January 2024.

 

People on the Move

Fluor Corp.—David Constable, chief executive of the
company, has been appointed to the additional role of
chairman to succeed Alan Boeckmann, who will not stand
for re-election.
Messer SE & Co, KGaA—Bernd Eulitz has joined the
company as deputy chief executive of the management
board. He was previously chief executive of a German
MDAX company.
Kraiburg TPE—Oliver Zintner, most recently director
of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), has become
chief executive, effective 1 Jan. 2022. He succeeds Franz
Hinterecker, who has taken on new responsibilities as a
member of the board of directors of Kraiburg Holding SE.
Dr. Monika Hofmann, previously head of corporate purchasing,
has taken over as director of EMEA.
Barentz—Matt McGraw has joined the company as operations
manager for CASE & Plastics Vertical. He had
been at Moen Inc. in multiple leadership positions.

 

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to Purchase Additional Interest in MEP Affiliate

Tokyo—Mitsubishi
Gas Chemical Co. (MGC) said it has decided to acquire
an additional 25% equity stake in Mitsubishi Engineering-
Plastics Corp. (MEP), an equity method affiliate of
MGC, and make it a consolidated subsidiary on 3 Apr.
2023.
MEP, currently owned 50% by MGC and 50% by Mitsubishi
Chemical Corp. (MCC), is engaged in the sales of engineered
plastics produced by MGC.
In conjunction with the transaction, Thai Polycarbonate,
an equity-method affiliate of MGC, will become a consolidated
subsidiary of MGC, as MEP currently holds a
60% stake in Thai Polycarbonate.
Also, effective 3 Apr. 2023, MEP’s operations related to
polybutylene terephthalate and a portion of its polycarbonate-
related businesses will be transferred to MCC. At the
same time, MEP’s operations related to polyacetal resins,
polyphenylene ether resins and high-performance resin
compounds will be merged into the MGC Group through an
absorption-type company split.

 

Cheniere Touts Substantial Completion Of Train 6 at SPL Project in Louisiana

Houston—
Cheniere Energy Partners announced substantial completion
of Train 6 at the Sabine Pass liquefaction (SPL) project
in Cameron Parish, La. (PCN, 10 June 2019, p 3).
The sixth train adds 4.5-million t/y of LNG to the current
22.5-million t/y of capacity at the facility. Cost of the
project was not disclosed.
Bechtel was responsible for the engineering, procurement
and construction of the project.
“With nine total trains across both the Sabine Pass and
Corpus Christi projects, the Cheniere liquefaction platform
is the second largest in the world, reliably providing our
global customer base with clean, secure and affordable energy,”
said Cheniere Partners President and Chief Executive
Jack Fusco.

 

Topsoe and Acron Enter MoU to Develop Technologies to Reduce GHG Emissions

Moscow—
Haldor Topsoe and Acron Group have signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop technologies
aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at
Acron’s existing production sites in Russia.
Specifically, they plan to develop green technologies to
cut GHG emissions, such as carbon dioxide and nitrous
oxide, and develop “promising” projects for new products
with minimum environmental impact, Topsoe noted.
Acron Engineering, a Russian engineering company and
part of Acron Group, will be engaged in the work.
“Topsoe is already engaged in several projects to produce
green hydrogen, green ammonia, eMethanol and efuels,”
said Topsoe.
“With the highly efficient SOEC electrolysis technology
and decades of experience as a world-leading technology
provider within ammonia, methanol, gasoline, jet fuel, diesel
and hydrogen, Topsoe is one of the very few companies
that can deliver insights, technology and catalysts along
the entire value chain for low carbon emission fuels and
chemicals.”

 

PetroChina’s Jilin Petrochem Subsidiary To Expand Petrochemicals Production

Beijing—
PetroChina’s Jilin Petrochemical Corp. subsidiary is planning
a revamp project in northeast China to increase petrochemical
capacity and cut refined fuel production,
Reuters reported citing a company post and state media
report.
As part of the project, Jilin expects to add 21 plants, including
a 1.2-million-t/y ethylene facility and 600,000-t/y
acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plant, and it plans to
mothball seven units.
Once the project is complete, the company will produce
an additional 2.8-million t/y of petrochemicals, and will
have 2.63-million t/y less of refined fuel production. No
other details were available.

 

Hafnia Finalizes Acquisition of CTI Shares; Adds 32 Chem Tankers to Managed Fleet

Singapore—
Hafnia Ltd. announced it has completed the previously
announced acquisition of all outstanding shares in Chemical
Tankers Inc. (CTI) for an undisclosed amount.
As part of the transaction, CTI shareholders have received
21.5% of the outstanding shares in the new combined
entity.
The acquisition included a modern chemical fleet consisting
of 32 fuel-efficient IMO II tankers, expanding Hafnia’s
commercially managed fleet to a total of 242 vessels.
“The sophistication and added capabilities of the chemical
fleet will enable us to access a broader range of cargoes
and clients, and facilitate new trading opportunities, which
will drive improved earnings across the group’s entire
fleet,” Hafnia noted.

 

OCI Agrees to Form a Strategic Alliance With Investors ADQ and Alpha Dhabi

Abu Dhabi—
OCI NV has signed definitive agreements with global investors
ADQ and Alpha Dhabi Holding to form a strategic
alliance, in which the investors will acquire a 15% stake in
OCI Methanol Group for a total consideration of $375-
million (PCN, 6 Dec 2021, p 2).
As part of the alliance, OCI Methanol Group will be incorporated
as an ADGM company in Abu Dhabi, United
Arab Emirates. The transaction was originally expected to
be finalized last year. A new anticipated closing date was
not given.
“The transaction bolsters OCI’s positioning for future
growth initiatives in the global transition to a hydrogen
economy and focus on clean methanol as a fuel for the future
with hydrogen as the primary feedstock,” OCI noted.
“Methanol is a fundamental enabler of the hydrogen
economy and is one of the most efficient fuels that will be
key to decarbonizing the marine industry in particular.”

 

Linde to Supply Hydrogen, Steam to BASF For New HMD Production Unit in France

Paris—
Linde has signed a long-term agreement with BASF to
supply hydrogen and steam to BASF’s new hexamethylene
diamine (HMD) manufacturing facility in Chalampe,
France (PCN, 24 Jan 2022, p 3).
Linde will design, build, own and operate a hydrogen
production plant at Chalampe, effectively doubling capacity
in the Chalampe chemical park, where it already has
one production unit.
The new hydrogen plant will supply BASF’s HMD facility
and help meet the increasing demand for hydrogen from
Linde’s local merchant customers. The facility is expected
to begin operations in the first half of 2024.
BASF’s new HDM plant will increase its European
HMD production capacity to 260,000 t/y. Start-up is
scheduled in 2024.

 

Ube Restructures Chemicals Segment; Renames, Closes & Creates Divisions

Tokyo—Ube Industries
announced that its board of directors has decided
to make several changes to its internal organization, including
the chemicals segment, effective 1 Apr. 2022.
In the chemicals segment, the Synthetic Rubber Division
will be renamed the Elastomer Division; Engineering
Plastics & Fine Chemicals Division will be changed to Performance
Polymers & Chemicals Division, and the Production
Division will now be called the Production & Technology
Division.
In the Specialty Products Division, the company will establish
Electronic and Industrial Materials Business Office
and Production & Technology Supervisory Dept.
Ube will also create a Production & Technology Supervisory
Dept. within the Performance Polymers & Chemicals
Division and the Pharmaceutical Division.
Also, in the Production & Technology Division, the company
will integrate the Ube-Fujimageri Factory into the
Ube Chemical Factory, and establish UBE Electronic and
Industrial Materials Factory, Power Management Dept.,
General Affairs & Administration Dept., and Maintenance
Supervisory Dept. Production Technology Center will be
changed to Production Technology Dept.
Finally, in the Research & Development Division, Ube
will change the Strategic Core Technology Research Laboratory’s
name to Ube Research Laboratory, and the Frontier
Technology Research Laboratory will be called Chiba
Research Laboratory.

 

Houston Recycling Collaboration Formed To Improve Recycling Rates in Houston

Houston—
The City of Houston, ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell, Cyclyx
International and FCC Environment Services have signed
a memorandum of understanding forming the Houston Recycling
Collaboration to address recycling rates in Houston,
Texas.
“Today the City of Houston and four business partners
have come together to find solutions that will move Houston’s
recycling system into the modern era,” said Joshua
Baca, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry
Council.
“Congratulations to the Houston Recycling Collaboration
for setting the stage to dramatically improve recycling
rates and sustainability in a major U.S. city and creating a
blueprint on how to do so for other cities.
“Any modern recycling system must use all the tools in
the toolbox to succeed. That includes using advanced recycling
technologies that can recycle significantly more types
of plastics than traditional recycling methods to make virgin-
quality plastics for use in the most precise applications,
such as medicine, food contact, and consumer safety products.
“Also this collaboration will increase access to recycling
programs for the community and local business and improve
recycling education and outreach for the residents of
Houston.
“The Houston Recycling Collaboration will help keep
plastics in our economy and out of our environment,” said
Joshua Baca, vice president of plastics at the American
Chemistry Council.
“By bringing together two of the world’s largest chemical
companies, each with announced plans to expand recycling
capacity, a leading environmental services company
with deep experience in Houston, an innovative circular
systems developer, and the fourth largest municipality in
the country, a more circular economy for plastics and a
sustainable city are on the horizon.”

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Covestro has received ISCC Plus mass balance certification
for its Leverkusen and Dormagen, Germany, sites.
It can now supply large product volumes from renewably
attributed raw materials from all three Lower Rhine sites.
Products include polycarbonates, thermoplastic polyurethanes
(PU), PU rigid and flexible foam components, specialty
films, and PU coating and adhesive raw materials.
Braskem has invested in a minority stake in Nexus
Circular, which operates in advanced recycling that converts
landfill-bound plastics into circular feedstocks used
in the production of sustainable virgin plastics. Details of
the transaction were not disclosed.
BASF said it has expanded its portfolio of methylene
diphenyl diisocyanate with the introduction of Lupranat
ZERO (zero emission, renewable origin), the “first” greenhouse
gas neutral isocyanate not carrying a CO2 backpack.
Renewable raw materials are used at the beginning of the
chemical production chain and allocated via a mass balance
process.

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OQ Starts Up Unipol PE Reactor Lines At Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex

Sohar—OQ has
started up two polyethylene (PE) plants, based on Univation
Technologies’ Unipol PE process, at the $5.2-billion
Liwa Plastics Industries Complex in Sohar, Oman (PCN,
18 May 2020, p 1).
The two 440,000-t/y units have full-density PE product
capabilities, allowing for product slate flexibility to cover a
wide range of linear low- and high-density PE applications,
including both conventional and specialty grades.
Orpic, part of the OQ Group, announced in May 2020
that it had entered the commissioning phase of the Liwa
Plastics project, which also includes a 300,000-t/y polypropylene
plant.
“We are pleased to collaborate with OQ on the successful
start-up and ongoing operation of these new reactor
lines,” said Univation Technologies President Luis Cirihal.
“Our dedicated Univation teams continue to be focused
on supporting OQ as they ramp up manufacturing capabilities
across multiple PE product families licensed for the
two units. We know that OQ will want to take full advantage
of both of these flexible reactor platforms to produce
highly competitive PE products in demand by their customers.”

 

Polyplastics Building New POM Facility; Closing Production Plant in Nantong

Beijing—Polyplastics
Co. will construct a new polyacetal (POM) manufacturing
facility in Nantong Economic Development Zone,
Jiangsu Province, China.
The 150,000-t/y POM project, to be built in two phases,
will begin the production of 90,000 t/y of POM in November
2024 to cover capacity of an existing POM plant in Nantong
owned by PTM Engineering Plastics (Nantong) Co.,
which is being shut down.
“In addition, we will secure other existing facilities as a
supply capacity to new markets, such as Europe, the
United States and ASEAN, which have been developing
markets since 2012, and accelerate further global expansion,”
the company noted.
Polyplastics also has POM manufacturing facilities in
Fuji, Japan; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and Kuantan, Malaysia.

 

Westlake Chem Concludes Acquisition Of Hexion’s Global Epoxy Business

Houston—Westlake
Chemical Corp. announced it has finalized the acquisition
of Hexion’s global epoxy business for about $1.2-
billion in an all-cash transaction (PCN, 31 Jan 2022, p 1).
The epoxy business, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands,
will be branded as Westlake Epoxy, an industry
“leader” in the manufacture and development of specialty
resins, coatings and composites, Westlake noted.
“With this transaction, Westlake will significantly expand
its integrated business by adding a leading downstream
portfolio of coatings and composite products,” said
Westlake President and Chief Executive Albert Chao.

 

Petrobras and Novonor Decide to Postpone Public Offering of Their Braskem Shares

São Paulo—
Braskem confirmed that its shareholders, Petrobras and
Novonor, have informed Braskem that they have decided to
cancel the public offering of their shares in Braskem, due
to the instability of the capital market conditions (PCN, 10
Jan 2022, p 1).
Petrobras and Novonor recently announced plans to divest
their 36.1% and 38.3% interests in Braskem, respectively.
Cepsa holds the remaining stake.
The capital market conditions have resulted, at the
moment, in levels of demand and price that are not appropriate
for completing the transaction, Petrobras noted.
Petrobras and Novonor plan to resume the offer, as
soon as market conditions prove favorable.

 

Ineos Styrolution Adds ABS Production With Converted PS Plant at Wingles

Paris—Ineos Styrolution
announced it has completed the conversion of an
existing polystyrene (PS) line to the production of acrylonitrile
butadiene styrene (ABS) at its Wingles site in France
(PCN, 24 May 2021, p 2).
Ineos converted one of three PE lines at the site into an
ABS line with a production capacity of 50,000 t/y to help
the company meet growing demand in Europe. The line
was originally scheduled to be operational in the first quarter
of 2020.
The new line makes Wingles the company’s third ABS
production site in Europe together with Antwerp, Belgium,
and Cologne, Germany.
“The new ABS plant in Wingles not only increases our
overall ABS capacity in Europe, but it also allows us to
provide new ABS solutions to respond to developing customer
demand across a broader portfolio,” said Dr. Alexander
Gluck, president of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

 

Methanex Completes Sale of 40% Stake In Its WFS Subsidiary to Mitsui OSK

Vancouver—
Methanex and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) announced the
completion of a strategic partnership involving the acquisition
by MOL of a 40% interest in Methanex’s Waterfront
Shipping (WFS) subsidiary for about $145-million (PCN, 8
Nov 2021, p 3).
WFS operates the “world’s largest” methanol ocean
tanker fleet comprising vessels from 3,000 to 50,000 deadweight
tons, the parties noted.
Methanex retains the remaining 60% interest and will
continue to operate WFS.
“Through this transaction, Methanex as the world leading
methanol producer, WFS as the world’s leading methanol
shipper, and MOL as the provider of multimodal shipping
services will strengthen a relationship established
over 30 years and advance the commercialization of
methanol, including renewable methanol, as a viable marine
fuel,” the partners said.

 

Braskem Touts Investment in Nexus To Support Circular Economy Goal

Philadelphia—
Braskem announced it has invested in advanced recycling
firm Nexus Circular to support its goal of a circular economy
and accelerate advanced recycling of plastics.
Nexus Circular uses a proprietary advanced recycling
technology that converts a range of hard-to-recycle plastics,
especially landfill-bound plastic films, into circular feedstocks,
which are then used in the production of sustainable
virgin plastics.
“At Braskem, we have a clear, long-term vision, which
is committed to a carbon neutral circular economy where
nothing is wasted and everything is transformed,” said
Braskem America Chief Executive Mark Nikolich.
“A critical element of achieving this vision is investing
in pathways that advance the circular conversion of hardto-
recycle plastic waste to valuable new materials, diverting
it from landfills and improving our environmental footprint.
“Nexus shares our vision for accelerating the commercialization
of advanced recycling with their own proprietary
innovations and we couldn’t be more excited to be a
new investor in their journey.”

 

EuroChem Makes Binding Offer to Acquire Borealis’ European Nitrogen Business

Vienna—
Borealis said it received a binding offer from EuroChem for
the purchase of Borealis’ European nitrogen business including
fertilizer, melamine and technical nitrogen products
for an enterprise value of €455-million.
The transaction would “significantly” enhance Euro-
Chem’s nitrogen business in Europe, adding production
assets in Austria, Germany and France, as well as adding
a comprehensive sales and distribution network utilizing
the Danube River. Subject to certain closing condition and
regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in
the second half of 2022.
Borealis announced early last year that it would start a
sales process to divest the nitrogen business (PCN, 8 Feb
2021, p 3). At the time, it said that its share in fertilizer
production sites in the Netherlands and Belgium were not
being considered within the sales process.
“Borealis will continue to focus on its core activities of
providing innovative and sustainable solutions in the fields
of polyolefins and base chemicals and on the transformation
towards a circular economy,” Borealis noted.

 

TotalEnergies & Veolia Agree to Partner In Advancing Biomethane Development

Paris—
TotalEnergies and Veolia have entered into an agreement
to develop and co-invest in a portfolio of international projects,
with the goal of producing up to 1.5 terawatt hours a
year of biomethane by 2025.
As part of the agreement, Veolia will provide its expertise
in the production and processing of biogas, and TotalEnergies
will contribute its in-depth knowledge of the
entire biomethane value chain.
The biomethane will be produced from Veolia’s waste
and water treatment facilities. TotalEnergies will market
the product as a renewable fuel for mobility or as a substitute
for natural gas.

 

Clariant Agrees to Sell SABIC Its 50% Stake In Their Scientific Design Joint Venture

Muttenz—
Clariant has signed a definitive agreement to divest its
50% interest in Scientific Design to SABIC, its joint venture
partner, making SABIC the sole owner.
The parties have completed a comprehensive, armslength
due diligence process and have valued Clariant’s
share in Scientific Design at $130-million. The transaction,
expected to be finalized in mid-2022, is subject to the
receipt of required regulatory approvals.
Scientific Design, valued at $200-million, is active in
the development, licensing and catalyst supply of proprietary
processes for the production of ethylene oxide (EO),
ethylene glycol (EG), bio-ethylene, bio-EO, bio-EG, EO derivatives,
polyols and maleic anhydride. It also produces
proprietary catalysts and equipment for use in their own,
and other, industrial processes.

 

US Methanol Gives Update on Liberty One; Mechanical Completion Expected in 1st Q

Institute—
US Methanol said its Liberty One methanol plant being
built in Institute, W. Va., is in the final stages of construction
with expected mechanical completion in the first quarter
of 2022 (PCN, 16 Dec 2019, p 1).
The facility, planned to have an initial production capacity
of 200,000 t/y, which can later be expanded to
350,000 t/y, was originally scheduled to start up in 2017.
The plant was relocated from Brazil.
“Commissioning of the first systems is already underway
to support start-up of the facility after final systems
are completed,” a company spokesperson told PCN.
According to the company’s website, it is also planning
a 150,000-t/y methanol plant, knows as Liberty Two, which
will be relocated from Europe to West Virginia. No updates
were given on the project.

 

People on the Move

Asahi Kasei—Hideki Kobori, currently president of the
company, has been appointed chairman, effective 1 Apr.
2022. Kobori will be succeeded by Koshiro Kudo, who is
presently director.
McDermott International—Michael McKelvy has
been named president and chief executive, effective immediately,
to replace Lee McIntire, who has been serving as
interim chief executive since 1 June 2021. McKelvy was
previously president and chief executive of Gilbane Building
Co.
Technip Energies—Dr. Wei Cai, most recently vice
president of Technology & Innovation, has become chief
technology officer, replacing Stan Knez. She joins the
group executive committee, effective 1 Feb. 2022.
SK Capital Partners—Anne Kolton has joined the
company in the newly created position of chief sustainability
officer. She was most recently executive vice president,
Communications, Sustainability & Market Outreach at the
American Chemistry Council.
Tosoh Corp.—Mamoru Kuwada has been elected
president and representative director, effective 1 Mar.
2022, to succeed Toshinori Yamamoto, who will become
director and corporate advisor. Kuwada is currently director
and executive vice president.

 

Air Liquide Decides to Build Its Largest Biomethane Production Unit in the U.S.

Rockford—
Air Liquide announced it will construct its largest biomethane
production plant in the world at a site in Rockford,
Ill.
The 380-gigawatt hour per year production unit will
produce biomethane from biogas obtained from a solid
waste treatment plant owned and operated by Waste Connections.
Based on Air Liquide’s own membrane technology and
complementary technology developed by Waga Energy, the
plant will increase the company’s worldwide production
capacity to 1.8 terawatt-hours. Operations are expected to
begin by the end of 2023.
Air Liquide is also building a biomethane production
unit from another landfill in Delavan, Wisconsin, which
will be operational at the beginning of the second quarter
of this year.

 

Samsung, Lotte, Posco and SEDC Sign Deal To Construct Green Hydrogen, NH3 Project

Bintulu—
Samsung Engineering, Lotte Chemical and Posco have entered
into an agreement with SEDC Energy to set up a
green hydrogen and ammonia project in Bintulu, Sarawak,
Malaysia, Argus Media reported.
The project, called H2biscus, would convert hydropower
and natural gas to green hydrogen/methanol and blue hydrogen,
respectively, as well as convert hydrogen to ammonia.
The products are expected to supply South Korea and
Sarawak.
According to a feasibility study, the plant is expected to
produce 7,000 t/y of green hydrogen, 600,000 t/y of blue
ammonia, 630,000 t/y of green ammonia and 460,000 t/y of
green methanol, said the report citing Samsung Engineering.
Cost of the proposed project and an expected completion
date were not disclosed.

 

AmmPower, Port of S. Louisiana Ink LoI For Green Hydrogen/Ammonia Facility

LaPlace—
AmmPower Corp. said it has signed a letter of intent (LoI)
to build a green hydrogen/ammonia facility at the Port of
South Louisiana (POSL), one of the “largest” ports in the
Western Hemisphere.
The project, based upon future feasibility studies, could
produce up to 4,000 t/d of green ammonia, would service
the fueling of oceangoing vessels (over 4,500/yr) at the
POSL, and also provide hydrogen rich, green ammonia for
use domestically and for export. Cost and a schedule for
the project were not given.
“This initiative allows the Port of South Louisiana, being
the largest energy transfer port in the United States, to
move towards green hydrogen and ammonia in a robust
manner,” noted AmmPower Chief Executive Gary Benninger.
“Indeed, POSL is not only one of the largest ports in the
world, but will now have the infrastructure to support any
oceangoing vessels that require green ammonia for fuel.
“AmmPower looks forward to working closely with the
Port of South Louisiana to help become industry leaders in
the transition to green energy within the maritime industry.”

 

Orlen Paliwa Considers LPG Terminal Near Azoty’s Police Polymers Project

Warsaw—Orlen
Paliwa, Grupa Azoty Polyolefins and Zarzad Morskiego
Portu Police have signed a letter of intent for the potential
construction by Orlen Paliwa of a liquefied petroleum gas
(LPG) terminal at the sea port in Police, Poland, utilizing
the wharf currently being built by Grupa Azoty for its
polymer project (PCN, May 2019, p 1).
The LPG project would involve a new facility comprising
cryogenic and pressurized tanks, as well as handling
infrastructure for cargo deliveries. The terminal would
enable collection of propane delivered by sea and butane
delivered by rail or road and their further distribution for
the purpose of Orlen Paliwa’s business.
Under the LoI, construction work on the terminal could
only be performed if it did not affect the implementation of
the polymer project.
The polymer project, estimated to cost around €1.5-
billion, will include a propane dehydrogenation unit for the
production of 400,000 t/y of polymer-grade propylene, as
well as a 400,000-t/y polypropylene plant. Commercial
operations are expected to begin next year.
“The sea port in Police offers a massive business potential,”
said Mariusz Grab, vice president of the management
board of Grupa Azoty and president of the management
board of Grupa Azoty Police.
“For Grupa Azoty, it is mainly a location of reliable
transport facilities. In the near future, it will also play a
vital role in supporting Polimery Police – the largest
chemical industry project in Poland and Europe.

 

Brunei Fertilizer Starts Up Urea Plant

Belait—
Stamicarbon announced that Brunei Fertilizer Industries’
new urea melt unit in the Sungai Liang Industrial Park in
the Belait District of Brunei was started up successfully
(PCN, 21 Sept. 2020, p 4).
The 3,900-t/d urea unit, based on Stamicarbon’s Launch
Melt Pool Condenser Design, is part of a state-of-the-art
complex that includes a 2,200-t/d ammonia plant.
Thyssenkrupp was responsible for the engineering, supply
of equipment, erection, supervision of construction and
commissioning, and various offsite and related utility systems
for the project.

 

Domo Offering Technyl PA Worldwide

Ghent—Domo
Chemicals announced it has expanded access of its full
Technyl polyamides (PA) portfolio to customers, globally, a
key milestone in the company’s growth strategy.
Domo, which acquired Solvay’s European performance
PA business in 2020, is now exclusively producing and
commercializing Technyl, offering a full range of PA 66 and
PA 6 based solutions (PCN, 9 Dec 2019, p 2).
The Technyl portfolio includes key brands, such as
Technyl Star, Technyl Protect, and Technyl 4Earth, a competitive
and sustainable PA alternative.
“The introduction of Technyl, globally, will be a door
opener for Domo as a global player supporting our customers
worldwide,” the company noted.
“The new range of solutions is addressing key megatrends,
such as e-mobility and sustainability in terms of
low GWP and circularity across all industries.”

 

ExxonMobil Streamlining Business Structure; Will be Reorganized Along 3 Business Lines

Irving—
ExxonMobil announced it will be further streamlining its
business structure to enhance effectiveness, grow value
and reduce costs.
As part of the change, the company will combine chemical
and downstream businesses, and centralize technology
and engineering, and other support services.
Effective 1 Apr. 2022, the company will be organized
along three business lines—ExxonMobil Product Solutions,
ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions and ExxonMobil Upstream
Co. They will be supported by a single technology
organization, ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering,
and other centralized service-delivery groups.
ExxonMobil Product Solutions will be the “market
leader” in sales of polyethylene and other high-value
chemical products and hold the No. 2 market position in
aromatics, lubricants and fuel additives, the company
noted. It will be led by Karen McKee, formerly president of
ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering will integrate
technology activities, improving value delivery through
centralized management of technical capabilities tightly
linked to business priorities.
Priorities include developing new technologies to “significantly”
lower the cost of Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions reductions;
reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the asset
level; boosting production yields and revenue; developing
high-value differentiated products for customers, and improving
advanced recycling of plastic waste.
Linda DuCharme, most recently president of ExxonMobil
Upstream Integrated Solutions and ExxonMobil Upstream
Business Development, has been appointed to lead
the new technology and engineering business.
ExxonMobil Upstream will be led by Liam Mallon, previously
president of ExxonMobil Upstream Oil and Gas.
In addition, the company has decided to relocate its
headquarters from Irving, Texas, to its campus north of
Houston, Texas, by the middle of next year.
“Our transformed business structure enables us to more
fully leverage the corporation’s scale, integration, technology
advantages, and the skills and capabilities of our talented
workforce, to better serve our customers,” noted
ExxonMobil Chairman and Chief Executive Darren Woods.
“Aligning our businesses along market-focused value
chains and centralizing service delivery, provides the flexibility
to ensure our most capable resources are applied to
the highest corporate priorities and positions us to deliver
greater shareholder returns.”

 

Sinopec Completes Construction of China’s ‘First’ Megaton Carbon Capture Project

Beijing—
Sinopec said it has concluded construction of the Qilu-
Shengli Oilfield carbon capture, utilization and storage
(CCUS) project, China’s “first” megaton scale CCUS project
(PCN, 19-26 July 2021, p 3).
The project, which will reduce carbon emissions by 1-
million t/y, consists of two parts – Sinopec Qilu’s carbon
dioxide (CO2) capture and Shengli Oilfield’s CO2 displacement
and storage.
CO2 captured by Sinopec Qilu will be sent to Shengli
Oilfield for further displacement and storage via a green
transport mode, achieving an integrated application of carbon
capture, displacement and storage to lock the CO2 underground
and drive the oil out, the company explained.
Sinopec plans to build a second megaton CCUS demonstration
project, “between 2021 and 2025,” in partnership
with Sinopec Nanjing Chemical Industries Co.
In addition, the company will build a CCUS research
and development center to focus on cutting-edge technological
breakthroughs, including the integration of CCUS
with new energy, hydrogen energy and biomass energy.
Sinopec plans to advance technology applications, such
as the CO2 production of high-value chemicals and CO2
mineralization and utilization to make breakthroughs in
the core technologies and solve the equipment bottlenecks
in carbon capture, transportation, utilization and storage.

 

Solvay Boosting PVDF Capacity in France

Paris—
Solvay is investing €300-million at Tavaux, France, to increase
the production capacity of high-performance Solef
polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and support a fully integrated
and digitalized operation.
The project will expand its European PVDF capacity to
35,000 t/y, creating the “largest” PVDF production site in
the region, the company noted. Completion is anticipated
by December 2023. Total capacity of the plant was not disclosed.

 

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Celanese Completes Capacity Expansion For GUR UHMW-PE at Bishop Facility

Austin—Celanese,
in its full year 2021 and fourth quarter earnings report,
said it recently completed a new GUR ultra-high molecular
weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) line at its manufacturing
facility in Bishop, Texas (PCN, 29 Mar-5 Apr
2021, p 1).
The additional plant increased UHMW-PE capacity at
the site by 15,000 t/y to a total of around 53,000 t/y. No
other details were available.
Last year, the company said it planned to expand its
GUR UHMW-PE production capacity in Europe with construction
of a new plant.
The facility, for which a location was not disclosed,
would have a nameplate capacity of about 34,000 t/y. The
unit is scheduled to be online in 2024.

 

Technip Energies Agrees to Buy ICPB’s Technology for Corn Plant-Based MEG

Paris—Technip
Energies and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB)
have signed an asset purchase agreement for Iowa Corn’s
technology to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from
surplus corn plant-based feedstocks.
Under the agreement, Technip will acquire ICPB’s patents,
technology, and rights for the process technology,
which will be used to produce renewable plastics. Value of
the transaction and an expected completion date were not
given.
Technip plans to advance the technology development,
construct and operate a pilot plant to commercialize the
technology and make it available for licensing.
“By investing in research to expand the market for corn
as an ingredient to replace oil, products like MEG will allow
more renewable materials to be created and improve
our environmental footprint,” noted Stan Nelson, chair of
the Iowa Corn Research and Business Development Committee.
“With the sale of MEG technology to Technip Energies,
work will continue to explore other uses for corn such as
propylene glycol.”

 

Avantium Obtains Shareholders’ Approval For ‘World’s First’ FDCA Flagship Plant

Delfzijl—
Avantium said it has received approval from the company’s
shareholders to build the “world’s first” 100% plant-based
furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) flagship plant at the Chemie
Park Delfzijl in the Netherlands (PCN, 20-27 Dec
2021, p 2).
The company recently made a final investment decision
to construct the 5,000-t/y facility. Cost of the project and
an expected completion date were not given.
FDCA is a building block for many chemicals and plastics,
such as the 100% plant-based, recyclable plastic material
polyethylene furanoate, Avantium noted.

 

Hexion Stockholders Okay Acquisition By Affiliates of American Securities

New York—Hexion
Holdings Corp. announced that stockholders holding
about 64.32% of the outstanding shares of common stock in
the company have approved the proposed acquisition of the
company by affiliates of American Securities LLC (PCN, 3
Jan 2022, p 2).
Under and subject to the terms of the definitive merger
agreement with affiliates of American Securities, Hexion
stockholders will be entitled to receive $30 in cash for each
common stock they own.
The transaction is conditional upon the closing of Hexion’s
global epoxy-based coatings and composite businesses
to Westlake Chemical Corp for around $1.2-billion, which
is expected to be completed in the first half of 2022.

 

KBR Selects Clariant’s AmoMax Catalyst For Acme’s Green NH3 Project in Oman

Muscat—
Clariant will supply KBR with its next-generation Amo-
Max 10 Plus ammonia synthesis catalyst for the proposed
Acme green ammonia project of the Oman Co. for the Development
of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm, Oman
(PCN, 18 Oct 2021, p 1).
The 300-t/d ammonia plant, once complete, will be a
fully integrated, carbon-neutral facility, using solar and
wind energy to avoid 270,000 t/y of carbon dioxide.
KBR was recently awarded a contract to provide the
technology license, engineering, proprietary equipment,
catalysts, and commissioning services for the $3.5-billion
project.
The AmoMax 10 Plus catalyst is designed to maximize
green ammonia yield at high efficiency. Moreover, its “improved
stability and excellent resistance to poisons like
water and oxygen increase its robustness and lifetime,”
Clariant noted.

 

Chemanol Awards Engineering Contract For Methanol Expansion at Jubail Site

Jubail—
Methanol Chemicals Co. (Chemanol), in a notice to the
Saudi Stock Exchange, said it has signed an agreement for
the basic engineering design for a planned methanol expansion
at its complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi
Arabia (PCN, 9 Mar 2020, p 1).
Chemanol plans to expand methanol production capacity
by around 100,000 t/y to a total of 331,000 t/y. Completion
is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.
The company did not disclose the name of the firm it
signed the agreement with; however, it did say it was with
the company owning the technology of the existing methanol
plant. According to Chemanol’s website, current
methanol production is based on Haldor Topsoe technology.
The methanol will be used as feedstock for a new dimethyl
disulfide plant and a new methyldiethanolamine
facility, which would be the “first” plants of their kind in
the country, Chemanol earlier noted. Start-up is scheduled
for 2024.

 

Honeywell & Avangard Intend to Form JV For Advanced Plastics Recycling Plant

Houston—
Honeywell said it plans to form a joint venture with Avangard
Innovative to build, co-own and operate an advanced
plastics recycling facility in Waller, Texas, to turn end-oflife
plastic waste into recycled polymer feedstock that can
be used to create new plastics.
The plant, to be located within Avangard’s NaturaPCR
complex, would use Honeywell’s UpCycle process technology
to transform 30,000 t/y of mixed waste plastics into
Honeywell Recycled Polymer Feedstock. Production is expected
to begin in 2023.
“Working with Honeywell on a joint advanced recycling
plant allows Avangard Innovative to reinforce its mission
to preserve and protect the environment by targeting zero
waste to landfill,” noted Avangard Chief Executive Rick
Perez.
“The Honeywell solution employs a modular approach
to plant design, enabling a straightforward deployment
and installation, while striking the right balance between
economy of scale and amount of waste plastic generated
locally.”
Honeywell recently announced its intent to form a joint
venture with Sacyr to build a similar facility in Andalucia,
Spain (PCN, 8 Nov 2021, p 1).
Sacyr would be the first company to deploy Honeywell’s
UpCycle technology, while Avangard would be the first to
deploy the technology in the U.S.

 

Yara Selects Linde Engineering to Build New Green Hydrogen Plant in Norway

Oslo—Yara
International and Linde Engineering have signed an agreement
for the construction and delivery of a 24-MW green
hydrogen facility in Porsgrunn at Heroya Industry Park in
Norway (PCN, 22 Feb 2021, p 3).
The electrolyzer, based on proton exchange membrane
technology by ITM Power, will have a capacity of around
10,000 kg/d of hydrogen, enough to produce 20,500 t/y of
ammonia.
Water electrolysis will produce green hydrogen to partially
replace the grey hydrogen in Yara’s ammonia unit,
thereby removing 41,000 t/y of carbon dioxide emissions,
Linde noted.
“The project aims to supply the first green ammonia
products as early as mid-2023, both as fossil free fertilizers,
as well as emission free fuel for ships,” said Yara
Clean Ammonia President Magnus Ankarstrand.

 

McDermott Launches Tool to Estimate Carbon Impact Before Construction

Houston—Mc-
Dermott has launched ArborXD, a new web-based tool that
provides data collection, estimation and reporting on the
potential carbon footprint of energy facilities before construction
begins.
Embedded as early as the design phase, the tool is applied
throughout the energy project life cycle, whether a
concept, front-end engineering design or an engineering,
procurement, construction and installation project.
ArborXD provides carbon-conscious customers access to
life cycle footprint estimates, cost tradeoff analyses, emission
reduction pathways and environmental impact assessments,
McDermott explained.

 

Encina Picks Sulzer’s SuRe BTX Process For ‘High-Quality’ Circular Aromatics

San Antonio—
Encina Development and Sulzer Chemtech said they have
finalized an agreement in which Sulzer will provide its
SuRe BTX technology to Encina for the production of “high
quality” circular aromatics (PCN, 20 Sept 2021, p 2).
The hydrotreating and aromatics extraction technology,
which will be utilized at Encina’s planned 1,000-t/d waste
plastics recycling facility in Texas, will recover high purity
circular aromatics from cracked oil products derived from
Encina’s mixed-plastics-to-aromatics catalytic conversion
platform. The plant is expected to be operational in 2024.
“We are pleased to support Encina’s mission of enabling
circularity in plastics recycling by providing our SuRe BTX
technology downstream of their catalytic conversion process,”
noted Sander van Donk, head of the global technology
business at Sulzer Chemtech.
“This novel value chain builds on Sulzer Chemtech’s
commitment to circularity and opens up an entirely new
market for ultra-pure circular benzene and toluene produced
from waste plastics.”

 

Arkema Increases Planned Capacity Of PVDF Expansion at Changshu

Shanghai—Arkema
said it has increased the planned capacity of its Kynar
polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) expansion project in
Changshu, China, to 50% (PCN, 1 Mar 2021, p 4).
Last February, the company said it would increase Kynar
PVDF capacity at the site by about 35%. The project,
for which capacity was not given, is still expected to come
on stream before the end of this year.
Arkema is also expanding PVDF capacity by 50% at its
site in Pierre-Benite, France. The project is scheduled to
start up in the first quarter of 2023.

 

Zeon Plans COP Recycling Unit in Japan Based on New Proprietary Technology

Tokyo—Zeon
Corp. announced plans to build a recycling facility for cyclo
olefin polymers (COP), based on its new proprietary technology,
at the site of its Takaoka plant in Toyama Prefecture,
Japan.
The 6,000-t/y recycling facility will transform waste
resin generated when manufacturing optical films into recycled
COP having a quality equivalent to virgin resin.
Construction will begin in October 2022 with operations
planned to start in August 2024.
Carbon dioxide emissions from the new process are expected
to be around 12,000 t/y lower than that of the virgin
resin process.

 

People on the Move

American Chemical Society (ACS)—LaTrease Garrison
has been named to the newly created position of chief
operating officer. She was most recently executive vice
president of ACS membership and ACS education.
European Chemicals Agency—Shay O’Malley, director
of resources, has been appointed acting executive director
from 1 Apr. 2022 until a replacement is found. The
current executive director, Bjorn Hansen, will retire on 31
Mar. 2022.

 

TotalEnergies to Supply Berry Global With Its Certified Circular Polymers

Paris—Total-
Energies and Berry Global announced a collaboration in
which TotalEnergies will supply Berry with certified circular
polymers obtained through advanced recycling of postconsumer
plastic waste at its Antwerp, Belgium, site.
The partnership will allow Berry to use more recycled
plastic in its food and beverage packaging, as well as
healthcare products.
“Customers turn to Berry Global to help enable and
execute against their growing sustainability goals,” noted
Jean-Marc Galvez, president of consumer packaging international
at Berry.
“Through our collaborations with suppliers like TotalEnergies,
we aim to provide customers with premier
access to these in-demand sustainable resins like those we
see with advanced recycling technologies serving the European
region.”

 

Coolbrook & ABB Collaborate on Technology To Cut Emissions in Steam Cracking Plants

Geleen—
Coolbrook and ABB have signed a memorandum of understanding
to commercialize and accelerate the adoption of
Coolbrook’s Roto Dynamic Reactor (RDR) technology to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in steam cracking
plants.
The partnership will combine Coolbrook’s electrically
driven RDR technology, which can be operated with various
feedstocks, including recycled and renewable, and
ABB’s integrated, pre-engineered energy solutions.
Coolbrook’s novel turbomachine will be able to replace a
conventional furnace by directly imparting the rotor shaft’s
mechanical energy to the hydrocarbon fluid. When powered
by electricity from renewable resources, the technology
completely eliminates carbon dioxide emissions in the
steam cracking process.
A pilot program is planned to begin this year at the
Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, the Netherlands.
No other details were given.
“Electrification of steam crackers in ethylene production
provides a pathway to reduce emissions in these processes
by 300-million t/y worldwide,” said Colin Ward, senior
vice president of ABB Energy Industries Chemicals &
Refining.
“ABB is working with partners to bring sustainable solutions
to enable our customers to reduce GHG emissions,
waste and energy usage, while responsibly supporting the
world’s energy transition.”

 

Rohm Building Worms Innovation Center

Berlin—
Methacrylate manufacturer Rohm has broken ground for a
new state-of-the-art innovation center at the company’s
production site in Worms, Germany.
The innovation center will feature modern laboratories
and pilot plants for Rohm employees to develop new processes,
products and applications with the possibility of entering
into new markets. Completion is scheduled for early
next year.
Rohm recently commissioned a technological center in
Shanghai, China, and is building a new technological center
in Wallingford, Conn., which will open before the end of
this year.

 

Invista & Pingmei Shenma Sign Agreements For ADN, AA and License of Technologies

Beijing—
Invista (China) Investment Co. and China Pingmei
Shenma Group announced the signing of agreements for
the five-year purchase and sale of adiponitrile (ADN) and
adipic acid (AA), and the license of key technologies.
Under the agreements, Invista Têxtiles (UK) Ltd. will
license its nylon 6,6 polymerization technology for two new
production lines and its nitrous oxide (N2O) abatement
technology for Pingmei Shenma’s AA production.
The abatement technology is expected to “significantly”
reduce N2O emissions, which is aligned with China’s carbon
reduction goals, Invista noted.
“As a global leading nylon 6,6 supplier deeply rooted in
China, Invista is well-positioned to contribute its unique
know-how and team up with industry leading partners like
Pingmei Shenma to co-drive the implementation of innovative
technologies to support and accelerate local industry
growth,” said Bill Greenfield, president of Invista Nylon.
“With our ADN plant in SCIP [Shanghai Chemical Industry
Park] due for completion mid-year, we look forward
to charting new growth with Pingmei Shenma in our next
milestones, to increase efficiency and capacity for nylon
production and promote the upgrade of the local nylon 6,6
value chain.”
The ADN facility at SCIP, expected to cost over $1-
billion, will have a production capacity of 400,000 t/y (PCN,
23-30 Nov 2020, p 2).

 

Danimer and Hyundai Oilbank Team Up To Expand PHA Use in Asian Markets

Seoul—Danimer
Scientific said it has signed a memorandum of understanding
with Hyundai Oilbank to expand commercial applications
and manufacturing of sustainable biopolymer
polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) in South Korean and Asian
markets.
The initial focus of the collaboration will be to provide
Danimer’s Nodax PHA and other PHA-based compounds
produced by Danimer to commercial customers in these
locations. Over time, the companies aim to drive global
growth opportunities for PHA manufacturing.
“Despite the serious destruction of the ecosystem due to
incineration and reclamation of waste plastics, which are
difficult to recycle, plastic usage continues to increase,”
said Dal-ho Kang, vice chairman of Hyundai Heavy Industries
and chief executive of Hyundai Oilbank.
“We can reduce environmental pollution by replacing
traditional plastics with biodegradable polymers and we’re
excited to partner with Danimer Scientific on this important
and transformational work.”

 

Westlake Experiences Explosion, Fire

Lake Charles—
Westlake Chemical suffered an explosion and fire on 26
Jan. 2022 at one of its chemical plants in southwest Louisiana,
leaving at least six people injured, according to several
local reports.
The explosion occurred at an empty ethylene dichloride
storage tank. The fire was extinguished shortly after.
Cause of the accident is under investigation.
There have been no environmental issues associated
with the explosion.

 

Biopolymers Firm TerraVerdae Inks Deal To Acquire 100% of PolyFerm Canada

Alberta—
Performance biopolymers company TerraVerdae Bioworks
has signed a binding letter of intent to purchase 100% of
the equity of PolyFerm Canada, for an undisclosed amount.
The acquisition will expand TerraVerdae’s polyhydroxyalkanoate
(PHA) technology portfolio to create new
biodegradable bioplastic products, as PolyFerm has a
“unique” technology portfolio of bio-based and biodegradable
medium chain length PHA, TerraVerdae noted.
“The addition of PolyFerm’s capabilities and know-how
represents a significant opportunity for TerraVerdae to
advance new and valuable solutions to help the world develop
sustainable plastic solutions that can reduce its carbon
footprint,” said TerraVerdae Chief Executive William
Bardosh.
Also, as part of the acquisition, PolyFerm President Dr.
Bruce Ramsay will join the TerraVerdae team to help expand
its PHA technology development programs. The
transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of
this year.

 

CCC-JV Lets Lummus Technology Contract For New ‘Innovative’ Gas Processing Unit

Houston—
Lummus Technology said it has been awarded a contract
by CCC-JV for an “innovative” gas processing facility in
Thailand using Lummus’ proprietary technologies.
CCC-JV will utilize Lummus’ NGL-Max and NGL
(natural gas liquid) fractionation technologies in PTT’s new
GSP-7 project at Map Ta Phut, Rayong, in which CCC-JV
is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.
The project will include NGL recovery and fractionation
units for the production of high purity ethane, propane and
various grades of liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas
condensates.
Lummus’ scope involves the technology license, basic
engineering and related services for the NGL recovery and
fractionation units.
“The innovative design and application of NGL-Max
technology will provide significant advantages for PTT in
CAPEX, OPEX and lower carbon emissions over conventional
alternatives,” noted Leon de Bruyn, president and
chief executive of Lummus Technology.
CCC-JV is a joint venture of China Petroleum Pipeline
Engineering Co., China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau and
China Petroleum Engineering & Construction.

 

Ineos to Build World-Scale, Low-Carbon Hydrogen Plant at Grangemouth Site

London—Ineos
announced it is inviting bids from engineering firms for the
next stage of the design of a state-of-the-art carbon capture
enabled hydrogen production facility and an extensive
suite of related infrastructure projects at its Grangemouth
site in the UK.
“We are progressing at pace with our commitment to
deliver our Net Zero plans,” said Ineos O&P UK Chief Executive
Stuart Collings.
“This will see displacement of hydrocarbon fuels used at
Grangemouth, like natural gas, with clean, low-carbon hydrogen
to power our processes and manufacture vital materials
used across a wide range of sectors.”
Ineos has already invested over £500-million on active
projects across the site, including investment in a New Energy
Plant, which is due to be commissioned in late 2023
(PCN, 27 Sept 2021, p 2).
The New Energy power plant will supply energy to all
of the company’s site operations and lower emissions by at
least 150,000 t/y of carbon dioxide (CO2). The power plant
will then be converted to run on hydrogen, which will further
reduce CO2 emissions.
Other assets at the site will benefit from locally produced
hydrogen, including the KG ethylene plant, the existing
combined heat and power plant and assets in the
Petroineos Refinery.
CO2 from the project will be routed to the Acorn CO2
Transport and Storage project, resulting in reductions of
over 1-million t/y of CO2 emissions.

 

SHR Continues as Site Host for Anellotech’s TCat-8 Process Development Pilot Plant

Silsbee—
Anellotech and South Hampton Resources (SHR), a subsidiary
of Trecora Resources, have renewed an agreement
for SHR to serve as site host and provide operation services
for Anellotech’s TCat-8 process development pilot
plant at SHR’s petrochemicals facility in Silsbee, Texas.
The original agreement, which began in 2016, enabled
Anellotech to install and operate the TCat-8 unit inside the
SHR plant.
With SHR providing a range of site services, Anellotech
was able to focus on the Bio-TCat research program, which
featured more than 5,000 hours of successful TCat-8 pilot
plant operation, produce ton quantities of BTX aromatic
product from pine wood, and obtain necessary data for
process design and commercialization.
The TCat-8 unit produced the bio-paraxylene used by
Suntory to make 100% bio-polyethylene terephthalate
resin (PCN, 4 Mar 2019, p 2).
Under the renewed agreement, Anellotech plans to continue
to conduct studies for the Bio-TCat process as the
technology moves into its commercialization phase.
Anellotech will also transition the TCat-8 unit to conduct
the large pilot plant development and demonstration
of its new Plas-TCat process for making petrochemicals
from plastic waste (PCN, 16 Dec 2019, p 3).

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ExxonMobil, SABIC Announce Start-Up Of GCGV’s Petchem Facility in Texas

Houston—
ExxonMobil and SABIC announced the successful start-up
of Gulf Coast Growth Ventures’ (GCGV) world-scale plastics
manufacturing facility in San Patricio County, Texas
(PCN, 1 Nov 2021, p 1).
GCGV, a 50-50 joint venture of ExxonMobil and SABIC,
includes a 1.8-million-t/y ethane steam cracker, two polyethylene
units capable of producing up to 1.3-million t/y,
and a 1.1-million-t/y monoethylene glycol facility.
“We built this state-of-the-art chemical plant ahead of
schedule and below budget, by leveraging our global projects
expertise in execution planning and delivery, while
keeping everyone safe and healthy,” said ExxonMobil
Chemical President Karen McKee.
“This is a remarkable achievement that positions us
well to help meet growing global demand for performance
products, while providing meaningful investment in the
U.S. Gulf Coast.”
Royal Vopak recently opened a new 144,000-cu m industrial
terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas, to serve the
GCGV facility.
The terminal, owned and operated by Vopak, is connected
to the petrochemical complex by pipelines and will
be dedicated to serving the ethane cracker. It is covered
with a 20-year commercial agreement.

 

Eastman Plans to Spend up to $1-Bn to Build ‘World’s Largest’ Molecular Recycling Plant

Paris—
Eastman announced its intention to invest up to $1-billion
to construct the “world’s largest” material-to-material molecular
recycling facility in France.
The plant would utilize the company’s polyester renewal
technology to recycle up to 160,000 t/y of hard-torecycle
plastic waste that is currently being incinerated,
while creating virgin-quality material with a “significantly”
lower carbon footprint, the company noted.
The multi-phase project includes units that would prepare
plastic waste for processing, a methanolysis unit, and
polymer lines to create a range of first-quality materials
for a variety of applications.
In addition, Eastman plans to set up an innovation center
for molecular recycling that would advance alternative
recycling methods and applications. The center would enable
France to sustain a leadership role in the circular
economy. Both the plant and innovation center are expected
be operational by 2025.
In the coming months, the company plans to sign
agreements securing plastic waste raw material, secure
government incentives, and decide on the site location.

 

Polytama Propindo Picks LyondellBasell To Supply Technology for PP Expansion

Jakarta—
Polytama Propindo has again selected LyondellBasell’s
Spheripol technology for a polypropylene (PP) expansion at
its existing facility in Balongan, West Java, Indonesia.
The project will involve construction of an additional
300,000-t/y PP plant, which is scheduled for completion in
2024. Value of the contract was not disclosed.
According to Polytama Propindo’s website, the company
plans to increase PP production capacity to 1-million t/y
within the next five to 10 years.
“PT Polytama Propindo is a long time customer of LyondellBasell
and we are excited to be part of their growth
aspirations with this new license for Spheripol technology,”
said Jim Seward, senior vice president, research and development,
technology and sustainability at Lyondell-
Basell.
“Our Spheripol technology has been operating reliably
at the Balongan site since the mid-90s, producing high
value polypropylene resins. We therefore believe that the
selection of this new Spheripol technology line was a natural
choice for PT Polytama Propindo.”

 

Orlen Selects Scientific Design’s Technology For EO/EG Plant at Plock Olefins Complex

Plock—
Scientific Design (SD) has been selected by PKN Orlen to
provide its ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol (EO/EG) technology
for Orlen’s olefins expansion project in Plock, Poland
(PCN, 16 Aug 2021, p 1).
The project will include a new 740,000-t/y steam
cracker and five additional production units, including the
large EO/EG plant for which capacity was not given.
The award includes the license of process technology,
provision of a process design package, technical assistance
and start-up services and the initial charge of SD’s ethylene
oxide catalyst. Completion is scheduled for 2024, with
production anticipated to begin in early 2025.
SD was awarded the project as part of Hyundai Engineering
and Tecnicas Reunidas’ engineering, procurement
and construction consortium.

 

Asahi Subsidiary to Produce Acrylonitrile Using Biomass-Derived Raw Material

Seoul—Asahi
Kasei announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary in
South Korea, Tongsuh Petrochemical Corp., is scheduled to
begin producing acrylonitrile from biomass-derived propylene
in February 2022.
Tongsuh recently received ISCC Plus certification for
its bio-acrylonitrile, becoming the “first” acrylonitrile
manufacturer in Asia to acquire the certification.
Asahi Kasei Group will continue efforts to further reduce
carbon dioxide emissions by improving acrylonitrile
catalysts and processes based on original technologies, as
well as the procurement of biomass raw material, Asahi
Kasei noted.

 

Stamicarbon Receives Chinese Contract For Two Ultra-Low Energy Urea Units

Beijing—
Stamicarbon, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont, has been
awarded a licensing and equipment supply contract from
an unnamed company for two ultra-low energy grassroots
urea plants in China.
The two urea melt units will have a capacity of 2,334 t/d
each and a pool reactor. Start-up is expected in the middle
of next year.
Stamicarbon will supply the process design package
and proprietary high-pressure equipment in Safurex and
associated services for the urea melt plant and finishing by
prilling.
The ultra-low energy design allows for heat to be used
three times, rather than two, bringing energy savings to an
“unprecedentedly” low level, Stamicarbon noted. “It substantially
reduces plant operating costs (OPEX) by significantly
reducing steam and cooling water consumption,” the
company added.
Not only is the ultra-low energy design suitable for new
plants, it also can be used as a revamp tool for both carbon
dioxide stripping and conventional urea plants.

 

LG Chem Awards Contract to KBR, Mura For Hydro-PRT Technology at Dangjin

Dangjin—
KBR and Mura Technology have received a contract from
LG Chem for the Hydro-PRT plastics recycling technology
at LG’s plant in Dangjin, South Korea.
The technology, developed by Mura and licensed exclusively
by KBR, utilizes supercritical steam and employs a
unique patented process to convert a wide range of singleuse
and other plastics into commercial raw materials for
use in the production of new plastics, KBR explained.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide technology
licensing and engineering to implement the scalable
technology at LG’s facility.
“We are proud to work with LG Chem to support them
with their sustainability initiatives,” said Doug Kelly,
president of technology at KBR.
“KBR is committed to helping clients realize their sustainability
and ESG objectives and LG Chem’s early leadership
in this area is a testament to their sustainability
commitment.”

 

Solenis Acquires Sole Control of SCL To Support Global PA Growth Plan

Wilmington—
Solenis has purchased 100% of the outstanding shares of
SCL GmbH, supporting its global polyacrylamide (PA) strategic
growth plan.
Based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, SCL produces dimethylaminoethyl
acrylate (DMA3), the primary raw material
for cationic PA production.
“The acquisition of this business provides Solenis with
the backward integration that supports our polyacrylamide
growth plan and better enables us to provide strategic
products to our customers around the world,” said Solenis
Chief Executive John Panichella.
“This is our first bolt-on acquisition following our recent
ownership change to Platinum Equity. The support by the
Platinum team for our strategic growth plan has been excellent,
and I am confident that our partnership will yield
more of these projects in the future.”

 

Loop Selects Site for ‘First’ European Infinite Loop Manufacturing Facility

Paris—Loop
Industries said it has selected a site in Port-Jerome, Normandy,
France, for construction of its “first” Infinite Loop
manufacturing plant (PCN, 14 Sept 2020, p 4).
Last year, Loop and Suez announced their intent to
form a joint venture to build the facility for the production
of virgin quality, food grade, 100% recycled and infinitely
recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic. The
project is expected to cost around €250-million.
The Infinite Loop manufacturing model is designed to
produce 70,000 t/y of PET resin made from 100% recycled
content. Following the completion of permitting, construction
is expected to begin in 2023, with commissioning
about 18 months later.
By utilizing Loop’s patented and proprietary low-energy
technology and Suez’s expertise, the new facility is projected
to save over 255,000 t/y of carbon dioxide at full capacity,
when compared to virgin PET resin made from fossil
fuels.
The two companies have secured exclusive rights until
June 2022 to purchase the parcel of land. The site is strategically
located for waste plastic feedstock transportation
via the Siene River from the Paris region and is well located
to service the large French CPG brand companies.

 

Covestro, FFI Mull Agreement for the Supply Of Green Hydrogen, Ammonia to Covestro

Perth—
Covestro and Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) expect to
enter into a long-term agreement, in which FFI will supply
Covestro with green hydrogen and its derivatives, including
green ammonia, as feedstock for the production of highperformance
polymers.
Under a memorandum of understanding, the parties
agreed that FFI would provide the equivalent of up to
100,000 t/y of green hydrogen to Covestro. The deliveries,
anticipated to begin by 2024, are earmarked for three possible
locations—Asia, North America and Europe.
The agreement would enable Covestro to reduce its
greenhouse gas emissions by up to 900,000 t/y of carbon
dioxide.

 

Dow Becomes Newest Cyclyx Member

Portmouth—
Cyclyx International, a consortium-based plastic feedstock
management company, which aims to increase the recycling
rate of plastic from 10% to 90%, announced that Dow
has become the newest member of the consortium.
As a member, Dow will have access to participate in
customized takeback programs and innovations, including
plastic waste-based circular feedstock specifications tailored
to its specific product pathways, which will help it
advance its sustainability and circularity goals.
Mary-Jane Hogg, global director of waste strategy at
Dow, will serve on the executive advisory board of Cyclyx.

 

People on the Move

Clariant India Ltd.—Dr. Achala Danait has been appointed
managing director, effective 14 Jan. 2022, in addition
to her role of leading innovation in Asia Pacific for the
Business Unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties.

 

Arkema Investing in Capacity Expansion For Its Bio-Circular Pebax Elastomers

Normandy—
Arkema said it will expand its global manufacturing capacity
for bio-circular Pebax elastomers by around 25%
through an investment at its facility in Serquigny, France.
The investment will enable increased production of biocircular
Pebax, Rnew and traditional Pebax ranges, and
also lower water consumption of the site by 25% through
process optimization. The additional capacity is expected
to come on stream in mid-2023.
Derived from castor seeds, Pebax and Renew advanced
bio-circular materials offer a sustainable solution to customers
who are increasingly driven by sustainability and
social responsibility, the company noted.
Compared to other elastomers on the market, these materials
have a carbon footprint that is up to 50% lower and
can be fully recycled.

 

BASF Expanding HMD & PA6.6 Capacity At Production Sites in France, Germany

Berlin—
BASF has decided to boost European production of hexamethylene
diamine (HMD) and polyamide 6.6 (PA6.6) at its
sites in France and Germany, respectfully.
In France, the company plans to build a new plant at
Chalampe that will increase its HMD production capacity
to 260,000 t/y. Start-up is scheduled in 2024.
Furthermore, BASF will expand PA6.6 production in
Freiburg, Germany, starting in 2022. Capacity was not
given.
“With the new HMD plant in Chalampe and the expansion
of the polymerization in Freiburg, BASF ensures that
customers can be reliably supplied with HMD and PA6.6,
while also addressing increasing demand in the market,”
said Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva, president of BASF’s Monomers
Division.

 

NatureWorks to Open New Headquarters, Advanced Biopolymer Research Plant

Plymouth—
NatureWorks said it plans to open a new headquarters and
advanced biopolymer research and development facility in
Plymouth, Minn., to support research into the full circular
lifecycle of Ingeo biopolymers from next generation fermentation
technology to new applications, to increased functionality.
The expanded capabilities will also support the construction
and operation of the company’s new fully integrated
Ingeo polylactic acid (PLA) manufacturing complex
at the Nakhon Sawan Biocomplex in Thailand (PCN, 16
Aug 2021, p 1).
The complex, estimated to cost more than $600-million,
will have 75,000 t/y of Ingeo biopolymer production capacity
and produce the full portfolio of Ingeo grades. Operations
are expected to begin in 2024.
“In the face of challenging times, we’ve designed a space
that will enable research, invention and collaboration between
us, our partners and the market, no matter where
we are located,” said NatureWorks President and Chief
Executive Rich Altice.
“These new facilities will help accelerate the pace of research
and innovation as the urgent need for real, safe solutions
that help address climate and environmental challenges
from plastics and chemicals continues to grow.”

 

SCG & Toyo Sign MoU to Study Feasibility Of Boosting Recycled Feedstock Capacity

Bangkok—
SCG Chemicals has entered into a memorandum of understanding
with Toyo Engineering to improve the process
and expand the manufacturing capacity of its advanced
recycling technology, which turns mixed post-consumer
plastics into recycled feedstock for petrochemicals.
The technology, owned by Circular Plas Co. (CirPlas), a
joint venture of SCG (60%) and a technology start-up
(40%), produces recycled feedstock of equivalent quality to
virgin plastic resins, SCG noted.
Early last year, CirPlas established Thailand’s “first”
demonstration plant at SCG’s Rayong complex with about
4,000 t/y of capacity (PCN, 22 Feb 2021, p 1). SCG and
CirPlas plan to increase capacity of the plant.
The CirPlas process technology recently received ISCC
Plus, which recognizes organizations that practice sustainable
management and development throughout their supply
chain.

 

Bolder, Tauber Ink 20-Year Agreement For Offtake of Sustainable BolderOil

Boulder—Bolder
Industries, a manufacturer of recovered carbon black and
other petrochemicals sourced from end-of-life tires, and
Tauber Oil have signed a 20-year strategic marketing
agreement for the exclusive offtake of BolderOil, Bolder’s
tire-derived sustainable oil.
BolderOil has applications in renewable fuels, as a replacement
oil in ASTM grade carbon blacks, oil and gas
well cleanup, and chemical solvents.
Under the agreement, Tauber will be the exclusive purchaser
of BolderOil for 20 years, acquiring about 2-million
bbls/yr as supply becomes available from Bolder’s “aggressive”
capacity build-out plans, Bolder noted.
In addition, Tauber will manage all administrative and
sales services between Bolder and their global customers,
and Tauber will consult with Bolder on the design and engineering
of any storage offtake and infrastructure at their
current plant and future planned facilities.
“For years, we’ve closely monitored the race to turn
tires to high-quality petrochemicals but until we met the
Bolder Industries team, we had yet to see it accomplished
successfully at commercial scale,” said Tauber Oil President
Jonathan Tauber.
“After visiting their facility, it was immediately apparent
they were doing something special. Now, through arduous
due diligence, we are confident and eager to provide
sustainably derived petrochemicals at the level of quality,
consistency and specifications our customers demand.”

 

BPCL Inaugurates SAP Demo Facility

Kochi—Bharat
Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (BPCL) said it has inaugurated a
new superabsorbent polymer (SAP) technology demonstration
plant at its Kochi refinery in India.
The process, which utilizes acrylic acid feedstock from
the company’s Propylene Derivatives Petrochemical Complex,
was developed and patented by BPCL for the production
of hygiene grade SAP.
“Commencement of production of SAP at [the] Kochi refinery
could result in setting up of ancillary industries
based on SAP in the vicinity, including at the KINFRA’s
new Ambalamugal Petro Chemical Park,” BPCL noted.

 

Fertiglobe, Masdar and Engie Sign Accord For Green Ammonia Production in UAE

Ruwais—
Fertiglobe, a joint venture of OCI and Abu Dhabi National
Oil Co., has entered into a collaboration agreement with
renewable energy firm Masdar and Engie to co-develop a
green hydrogen facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
for the production of green ammonia.
Specifically, the parties will study the financing, design,
procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of a
200-megawatt industrial-scale green hydrogen facility in
Al Ruwais.
The plant would be installed near Fertiglobe’s ammonia
production units, with Fertiglobe being the sole long term
offtaker. Operations are planned to begin in 2025.
“This new partnership with Masdar and Engie represents
a great opportunity for Fertiglobe and the UAE to
play a crucial role in the global energy transition and fits
well in the UAE’s vision of a diversified and sustainable
future,” said Fertiglobe Chief Executive Ahmed El-Hoshy.
The project also aims to accelerate Fertiglobe’s decarbonization
roadmap and strengthen its position as a global
“front-runner” in green ammonia production, OCI noted.

 

Covestro & Genomatica Tout Production Of ‘Significant’ Volumes of Bio-HMDA

Leverkusen—
Covestro and Genomatica announced they are the “first” to
successfully produce “significant” quantities of a plantbased
version of hexamethylene diamine (bio-HMDA).
The partners are processing and testing material from
their initial production campaigns and the resulting bio-
HMDA is of high purity and quality, the companies noted.
They expect to produce ton quantities of high-quality
material over the course of multiple production campaigns
and plan to advance the program to full commercial scale.
Covestro has secured an option from Genomatica to license
the resulting integrated GENO HMD process technology
for commercial production.
“This program is of great importance to us, because
markets are increasingly asking for more environmentally
friendly products based on renewable raw materials, which
as just as powerful as their fossil-based alternatives,”
noted Dr. Thorsten Dreier, global head of Covestro’s Coatings
& Adhesives business.
“We can reduce this dependence on fossil feedstocks
with innovative technology and our partnership. With a
purely plant-based HMDA, we can significantly advance
our corporate objective of CO2-neutral production.”

 

Pemex Purchases Shell’s 50.005% Interest In the Deer Park Refining Joint Venture

Houston—
Shell Oil Co. has completed the sale of its 50.005% stake in
Deer Park Refining Ltd. Partnership, a 50-50 joint venture
of Shell and P.M.I Norteamerica, a subsidiary of Pemex, to
Pemex for $596-million (PCN, 31 May 2021, p 2).
The transaction gives Pemex full ownership of the
340,000-b/d Deer Park Refinery in Texas. Shell Chemical
LP will continue to operate its 100% owned Deer Park
Chemicals facility located adjacent to the refinery.
In addition, Shell has entered into certain product offtake
and crude supply agreements with Pemex for the Deer
Park Refinery.
“As part of its Powering Progress strategy, Shell plans
to consolidate its refinery footprint to five core energy and
chemical parks,” Shell noted.
“Those locations will maximize the integration benefits
of conventional fuels and chemicals production, while also
offering low carbon fuels and performance chemicals. They
also offer future potential hubs for sequestration.”

 

ExxonMobil Aims to Reach Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050

Irving—Exxon-
Mobil announced its goal to achieve net zero greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions for operated assets by 2050.
To achieve its goal, the company has identified over 150
potential steps and modifications that can be applied to
assets in its upstream, downstream and chemical operations.
It expects to finalize detailed roadmaps that address
around 90% of operations-related GHG emissions by the
end of this year, with the remainder completed in 2023.
The net zero goal applies to Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG
emissions and builds on ExxonMobil’s 2030 emissionreduction
plans.
Details are available in the company’s Advancing Climate
Solutions – 2022 Progress Report, which is available
at www.exxonmobil.com.

 

Air Liquide Building ASU in India

New Delhi—Air
Liquide will invest approximately €40-million for a new air
separation unit (ASU) in Kosi, Uttar Pradesh, India, dedicated
to industrial merchant activities.
Air Liquide India will build, own and operate the unit,
which will have a production capacity of 350-t/d, with a
maximum of 300 tons of oxygen. Operations are expected
to begin by the end of 2023.
“When commissioned, Air Liquide’s site in Kosi . . . will
become the largest liquid gases plant in the State of Uttar
Pradesh,” said Air Liquide.
The ASU is planned to fully operate on renewable energy
by 2030, the company added.

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Solvay, Trillium Renewable to Develop Bio-Based Acrylonitrile Supply Chain

Brussels—
Solvay has signed a letter of intent with Trillium Renewable
Chemicals to develop the supply chain for bio-based
acrylonitrile.
Trillium will utilize its Bio-ACN process to supply Solvay
with bio-based acrylonitrile from its planned commercial
asset. The process delivers acrylonitrile from plantbased
feedstocks like glycerol with a lower carbon footprint.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Trillium, which
aligns well with our Solvay One Planet commitment to
more than double our revenue based on renewable or recycled
materials by 2030,” said Stephen Heinz, head of composite
research and innovation at Solvay.
“Trillium’s bio-ACN process technology enables biocarbon
fiber,” noted Trillium Chief Executive Corey Tyree.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Solvay,
who have supported the bio-ACN process technology development
since 2014.
“Solvay is a leader in the most rapidly-growing acrylonitrile
segment (carbon fiber) and are market leaders in
bio-carbon fiber and sustainable development.”

 

Toyo Styrene Begins Construction Phase For Japanese Chem Recycling Facility

Tokyo—Toyo
Styrene, an affiliate of Denka, Nippon Steel Chemical &
Material and Daicel, has entered the construction phase of
a new chemical recycling plant in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
(PCN, 20 Apr 2020, p 2).
The 10-t/d plant, based on Agilyx’s depolymerization
technology, will convert post-use polystyrene (PS) into styrene
monomer (SM) that will be purified using Toyo Styrene’s
proprietary purification process. The SM can then
be converted back into high value PS products with a lower
carbon footprint than similar products made with virgin
monomer, Agilyx explained.
“The decision to move into the final stages of this project
is a big accomplishment for the members of Agilyx and
Toyo Styrene who have worked tirelessly to bring us to this
point,” said Agilyx Chief Executive Tim Stedman.
“We are very proud of their efforts and excited for the
opportunity to bring our proven advanced recycling technology
into the Asian markets to help improve the availability
of recycled plastic content and increase global plastic
recycling through circular pathways.”

 

SABIC, Aramco and PKN Orlen Ink MoU To Explore Petchem Projects in Europe

Brussels—
SABIC, Saudi Aramco and PKN Orlen have signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly explore
potential petrochemical growth or expansion projects in
Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.
Under the MoU, the parties will study several possible
collaboration and investment opportunities, including a
new chemical production facility in Poland, the expansion
of several existing assets and development of a new world
scale cracker.
Following completion of the exploration phase, and if
the companies agree to pursue joint projects, they will enter
into a separate project joint development agreement.
“By bringing together the scale, expertise and technologies
of three world-leading companies, this MoU enables us
to identify and assess opportunities for ambitious and sustainable
growth,” noted Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, executive
vice president for petrochemicals at SABIC.

 

Covestro Lets EPC Contract to Tecnimont For New Aniline Plant at Antwerp Site

Antwerp—
Tecnimont SpA, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont, has been
awarded an engineering, procurement and construction
contract from Covestro for a new aniline facility to be built
at Covestro’s existing site in Antwerp, Belgium.
The plant, for which capacity was not given, will be
based on state-of-the-art technologies and will benefit from
“attractive” infrastructure and logistics with direct access
to necessary raw materials, Maire Tecnimont noted. Mechanical
completion is anticipated by 2024.
Tecnimont’s contract, valued at approximately €250-
million, will be executed on a lump sum basis.
“We are thrilled to welcome the new year with this important
award that will start a great relationship with an
innovative player such as Covestro, leveraging our technological
know-how and commitment to ensure state-of-theart
environment and process safety standards,” said Pierroberto
Folgiero, group chief executive at Maire Tecnimont.

 

Vertimass Signs LoI with European Energy To Transform CO2 into Chems and Fuels

Irvine—
Vertimass and European Energy have signed a letter of
intent (LoI) to combine technologies for capturing carbon
dioxide (CO2) and converting it into chemicals and jet, diesel
and gasoline fuels.
European Energy would provide its expertise in capturing
CO2 from waste sources (CO2 produced from anaerobic
digestion, power production, fermentations, and cement
manufacture) to produce methanol, while Vertimass would
supply its technology to convert that methanol into chemicals
and fuels.
The parties completed an initial proof of concept laboratory
research for coupling their technologies earlier this
year. No other details were available.

 

Plastic Energy & TotalEnergies Cooperate On Advanced Recycling Project in Spain

Madrid—
Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies have entered into an
agreement to build a second advanced recycling facility in
Sevilla, Spain.
The plant will utilize Plastic Energy’s patented recycling
technology to process 33,000 t/y of end-of-life plastic
waste into the recycled feedstock Tacoil. TotalEnergies
plans to convert the Tacoil into virgin-quality polymers at
its European-based production units. Operations are expected
to begin in early 2025.
This past October, Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-
Systems and TotalEnergies announced a partnership for a
similar recycling facility in Texas (PCN, 1 Nov 2021, p 1).
“This new project with Plastic Energy in Spain follows
two collaboration projects already announced in France
and the U.S.,” said Valerie Goff, senior vice president of
polymers at TotalEnergies. “Those projects contribute to
addressing the challenge of the circular economy and to our
ambition of producing 30% recycled and renewable polymers
by 2030.”

 

Ineos Joins Nextloopp Project to Turn PCR Packaging into Food-Grade rPP

Grangemouth—
Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe announced it has joined
the Nextloopp project, a UK collaboration to create circular
food-grade recycled polypropylene (rPP) from postconsumer
recycled (PCR) packaging.
The two-year project will involve building a demonstration
plant in the UK to produce 10,000 t/y of food-grade
rPP, with the aim of validating the manufacturing process
and its commercial viability, and obtaining acceptance
from the UK’s Food Standard Agency and European
equivalent.
Ineos will help tailor food-grade rPP to the precise
specification of converters by blending it with virgin PP to
modify its mechanical and processing properties. It will
also introduce processing aids to help converters meet the
exacting requirements of brand owners.

 

Wolf Carbon to Construct Pipeline for ADM To Transport, Store CO2 from Iowa Plants

Decatur—
Wolf Carbon Solutions and ADM have signed a letter of
intent, in which Wolf Solutions would build, own and operate
a pipeline that would transport and store carbon dioxide
produced at ADM’s Clinton and Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
facilities.
The 350-mile line will be capable of transporting 12-
million t/y of CO2 from ADM’s ethanol and cogeneration
plants in Iowa to be stored permanently underground at its
fully permitted and already-operational sequestration site
in Decatur, Ill.
The pipeline would have “significant” spare capacity to
serve other third-party customers looking to decarbonize
across the Midwest and Ohio River Valley, the companies
noted.
“This is an exciting opportunity for ADM to connect
some of our largest processing facilities with our carbon
capture capabilities, advancing our work to significantly
reduce our CO2 emissions, while delivering sustainable
solutions for our customers,” said Chris Cuddy, president,
carbohydrate solutions for ADM.

 

Technip Energies, Sibur Agree to License ‘Lower Carbon’ Hexene-1 Technology

Paris—Technip
Energies and Sibur Holding said they have signed a collaboration
agreement to license a dedicated, “lower carbon”
technology for the production of hexene-1 from ethylene.
The technology, named HEXSIB, operates at low pressure
and temperatures, and the incorporation of hexene-1
allows for better end-product properties and contributes to
a lower use of carbon for equivalent performance, the companies
noted. It was developed by Sibur and will be licensed
by Technip Energies.
“We are very proud to promote this technology, which is
simple and reliable,” said Technip Energies Chief Technology
Officer Stan Knez. “This specially developed technology
delivers a high quality product that may be dropped
into existing polyethylene production facilities.
“Sibur’s HEXSIB technology provides gains in carbon
efficiency and opens up possibilities for bio-sourced plastics
production from renewable carbon.”

 

Ascend Plans Project in China to Build HMD and Specialty Chemicals Facility

Beijing—
Ascend Performance Materials said it has signed an investment
agreement to set up a new hexamethylene diamine
(HMD) and specialty chemicals plant in Lianyungang,
China, to supply its global polyamide production and
serve its regional customers.
The project, to be located in Xuwei New Area Park, will
be the company’s first chemical production facility and its
largest investment made outside the U.S. Construction is
expected to begin later this year with start-up targeted for
the second half of 2023. Capacity was not disclosed.
“Our growth is driven by increasing market demand
and growing collaboration with our customers globally,”
noted Ascend President and Chief Executive Phil McDivitt.
“The materials we produce are helping drive technological
transformations across markets, from e-mobility to
automation. Our new HMD plant positions us to continue
supporting these transformations well into the future.”

 

People on the Move

Borealis—Dirk Langhammer has become vice president
of Strategy & Group Development, effective 1 Jan.
2022, succeeding Tom Asselman, who has decided to move
to OMV in the role of vice president of Strategic Planning
& Projects. Langhammer was most recently vice president
of business transformation at OMV.
Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co.—Abdul
Ali Ali Asgari has been appointed chief executive of the
company to replace Jafar Rabiee.
Synova—Jorg Kruger has been named chief executive
of the company. He will lead the planning, execution and
evaluation of the company’s plastic circularity strategy.
TotalEnergies—Thierry Pflimlin, previously president
of Total Global Services, has joined TotalEnergies as president,
Marketing & Services and a member of the executive
committee.
BASF—Uta Holzenkamp has become president of the
Coatings Division. She was most recently senior vice
president of the global fuel and lubricant solutions business
unit of the Performance Chemicals Division.

 

IVL’s Aloke Lohia Named as Recipient Of ‘22 Petrochemical Heritage Award

San Antonio—
Aloke Lohia, founder and group chief executive of Indorama
Ventures (IVL), has been selected as the honoree
of the 2022 Petrochemical Heritage Award.
Presented annually by the Science History Institute,
the Founders Club, and the American Fuel and Petrochemical
Manufacturers (AFPM), the award recognizes an
individual’s outstanding contributions to the petrochemical
community.
Lohia’s business ventures began with the founding of
Aurus Specialty Chemicals in Thailand in 1988, the family’s
first non-textile venture. Six years later he went on to
establish Indorama Holdings, Thailand’s first worsted wool
yarn manufacturer. In 1990 he founded IVL and then set
up Thailand’s first polyethylene terephthalate production
company in 1995.
“We are delighted to honor Mr. Lohia,” said Institute
President and Chief Executive David Cole. “His career is
the model example of the entrepreneurship in the petrochemical
sector that the Petrochemical Heritage Award
was created to recognize.”
The award will be presented on 27 Mar. 2022 at
AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference in San
Antonio, Texas.

 

CPChem Touts ‘First’ Commercial Sales Of Marlex Anew Circular Polyethylene

Austin—
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. announced it has completed
the first commercial sales of its Marlex Anew circular polyethylene
(PE) in the U.S. (PCN, 20-27 Dec 2021, p 1).
Marlex Anew PE is produced from pyrolysis oil, which
is made by using an advanced recycling process that turns
“difficult-to-recycle” waste plastics into the oil. The company
aims to produce 1-billion lbs/yr of the circular PE by
2030.
“We are thrilled to add Marlex Anew circular polyethylene
to our portfolio and make this product available to customers,”
noted Benny Mermans, vice president of sustainability.
“Enhancing the sustainability of our products is one of
CPChem’s key focus areas. Filling the first order of our
circular polyethylene is tangible proof of our work to accelerate
change for a sustainable future.”

 

Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers Changes Name to Thyssenkrupp Nucera

Berlin—
Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers has become
Thyssenkrupp Nucera, as part of an extensive rebranding
initiative towards net zero carbon.
The name Nucera is composed of “new,” “UCE” and
“era,” symbolizing the departure for the business into a
new era of innovation, transformation and green energy.
“We are taking off from a strong position in the chloralkali
market with best-in-class technology and a yearly
gigawatt supply chain,” said Denis Krude, chief executive
of Thyssenkrupp Nucera.
“The industry is ready for the energy transition and we
are ready to deliver the technology needed to achieve netzero
in sectors that cannot be electrified and for processes
with hard-to-abate emissions.”

 

Lukoil Selects Honeywell UOP Technologies To Convert Gasoil to Propylene, Gasoline

Perm—
Lukoil-Permnefteorgsintez, a subsidiary of Lukoil, has selected
a range of process technologies from Honeywell UOP
to convert low-value vacuum gasoil into high value products,
such as propylene and gasoline, at its refinery and
petrochemical complex in Perm, Russia.
The first phase of the project includes the installation of
a new UOP vacuum distillation unit and a UOP FCC unit
that is tailored to increase propylene production, while improving
gasoline yield.
A UOP Merox unit will also be installed to treat liquefied
petroleum gas (LPG) streams and reduce the level of
mercaptans in the LPG and UOP propylene recovery unit
to produce propylene with certain quality requirements for
further use.
UOP will provide technology licensing, design services,
key equipment and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents.
When completed, the conversion capacity if the complex
is expected to exceed 1.8-million t/y of vacuum gasoil.

 

Lummus Awarded Contract from Lukoil For MTBE & Alkylation Plant in Perm

Perm—Lukoil-
Permnefteorgsintez has selected Lummus Technology for a
new integrated methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and
alkylation facility at Lukoil’s refinery in Perm, Russia.
The MTBE unit will use Lummus’ CDEtherol technology
and the alkylation unit will be based on Lummus’
CDAlkyl technology. No other details of the plant were
given.
Lummus’ scope of work involves technology licensing,
basic engineering, technical services and proprietary
equipment supply.
The technologies provide “significant” benefits to operators,
including “superior” product quality, reduced utility
and energy consumption, reduced maintenance requirements
and the flexibility to produce biofuels in the future,
Lummus noted.

 

Topsoe Signs Loan Agreement with EIB To Support Green Energy Transition

Lyngby—Haldor
Topsoe has signed a €45-million loan agreement with the
European Investment Bank (EIB) to support research into
innovative green hydrogen technologies, and back research
and development (R&D) investments in new catalysts and
catalytic technologies.
Some of the “most promising” environmentally-friendly
technologies are intended for the production of greener
chemicals and renewable fuels, such as green hydrogen,
green ammonia, biofuels and electrified methanol, Topsoe
noted.
“Transitioning society towards clean energy solutions is
vital in the battle against climate change,” said Topsoe
Chief Executive Roeland Baan.
“This funding will support our research into innovative
hydrogen technologies that will ultimately enable our customers
to produce low-carbon products for society. We are
thankful for the funding, which is a testimony to our strong
cooperation with the EIB.”
The agreement is supported by the European Fund for
Strategic Investments, the main pillar of the European
Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe.

 

Borealis & Reclay Establish Partnership For High-Quality Recyclate Materials

Vienna—
Borealis and Reclay Group said they have joined forces to
meet the increasing market demand for recyclate material
for use in high-end plastic applications.
The companies intend to optimize the recycling value
chain starting with Germany, “one of the largest” European
recycling markets.
Reclay has agreed to provide Borealis with access to a
secure and steady supply of feedstock in the form of lightweight
packaging waste collected by Reclay’s Extended
Producer Responsibility scheme in Germany.
The packaging waste is processed at Borealis’ state-ofthe-
art recycling plants, therefore extending the range of
applications for which recycled plastics can be used, and
enabling value chain partners, customers and brand owners
to meet recycling quotas and increase the volume of
plastic recyclate used in products and applications.
“The reliable supply of high-quality recyclate is a prerequisite
for a functioning circular economy,” noted Lucrece
Foufopoulos, executive vice president for Polyolefins,
Innovation & Technology and Circular Economy Solutions
at Borealis.
“Working together with the Reclay Group is a strategic
step towards value chain integration in securing plastic
waste feedstock and improving recyclability.
“This will enable our customers and partners to achieve
their circularity goals to reduce their overall carbon footprint,
and at the same time underpins our Borealis journey
towards more sustainable living.”

 

Origin & Mitsui Form Strategic Partnership For Sustainable Carbon-Negative Materials

Tokyo—
Origin Materials and Mitsui & Co. announced a strategic
partnership to industrialize advanced carbon negative
materials.
The companies aim to rapidly develop and industrialize
new sustainable carbon-negative products for the chemicals,
automotive, electronics, packaging, textiles, construction
and personal care industries based on Origin’s patented
technology platform.
The partnership will also leverage Mitsui’s global supply
chain strength, access to Japanese and international
markets, and leadership in business innovation, the partners
noted.
As part of the partnership, Mitsui has signed a multiyear
capacity reservation agreement to purchase sustainable
carbon-negative materials from Origin.

 

SCG Receives ISCC Plus Certification Throughout the Whole Supply Chain

Bangkok—SCG
Chemicals announced it is the “first” petrochemical company
in Thailand to receive ISCC Plus certification
throughout the whole supply chain.
The companies that have been certified under SCG
Chemicals include Circular Plas Co., RIL 1996 Co., Map Ta
Phut Olefins Co., and Thai Polyethylene Co. All four companies
are involved in the supply chain for SCG Green
Polymer’s post-consumer recycled resins.
“This certification demonstrates that SCG Chemicals’
high-quality post-consumer recycled resins are environmentally
friendly, with an effective management process
based on the circular economy concept and a commitment
to reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” SCG explained.
“They also meet the requirements of ESG (Environmental,
Social and Governance) to create tangible sustainability
for the world, while also meeting the needs of businesses,
brand owners and environmentally conscious consumers.”

 

Eneos and Marubeni Ink MoU to Employ Ethylene Carrier with Lower Emissions

Tokyo—
Ethylene producer Eneos and Marubeni, a sales and logistics
provider, said they have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) to use a new “environmentally-friendly”
ethylene carrier for ethylene export from Japan.
The vessel will be the “first” ethylene carrier equipped
with a dual fuel engine (liquefied natural gas and very low
sulfur fuel oil), which can reduce carbon dioxide emissions
by around 40% compared to conventional ethylene carriers,
the companies stated.
Marubeni will charter the vessel over the long term for
ethylene delivery beginning in 2024.
“Eneos and Marubeni intend to further develop carbon
neutralization in the ethylene supply chain in order to
meet customer needs for low carbon and decarbonization,”
they added.

 

Dow Invests In African Recycling Firm

Kenya—Dow
announced it has invested in Mr. Green Africa, a circular
recycling company in Kenya, to address “critical” waste
management gaps and accelerate a circular economy for
plastics in Africa.
The investment, the “first of its kind” from Dow on the
continent, is expected to enable around 90,000 t/y of plastic
waste to be recovered over four years and recycled into new
packaging applications.
Mr. Green converts locally collected plastic waste into
high-quality post consumer recyclates, which is then sold
as a substitute for virgin plastics. The support from Dow
and other investors will enable Mr. Green to expand its
operations.
Mr. Green is the “first” company in Africa to be a Certified
B Corporation.

 

V60 N02 – 10 January 2022

TPPI Makes FID on Revamping Project To Boost Aromatics Capacity at Tuban

Tuban—
Trans-Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI), a subsidiary
of Pertamina, has completed the final investment decision
(FID) for a revamping project that will expand production
capacity for paraxylene and benzene at its complex in
Tuban, Indonesia (PCN, 5 Oct 2020, p 2).
The project, part of a planned $200-million renovation
and maintenance program, will increase paraxylene capacity
to 780,000 t/y from 600,000 t/y currently and expand
benzene capacity to 490,000 t/y from 360,000 t/y currently.
Platforming capacity will also be increased to 55,000 b/d
from 50,000 b/d. Production is expected to begin in 2023.
As part of the project, PTTI is replacing existing
equipment at the site that has reached the end of its lifespan
and replacing it with more efficient equipment, which
will result in the additional production capacity.
“This aromatic revamping project will further strengthen
TPPI’s role as the largest producer of aromatic products
in Indonesia, and also as a step towards realizing its vision
as a world class petrochemical and energy company,” Pertamina
noted.

 

L&T Heavy Engineering Wins Contract For IndianOil’s Barauni RFCC Revamp

Barauni—
Indian Oil Corp. (IndianOil) recently awarded a contract to
L&T Heavy Engineering for its residue fluid catalytic
cracking (RFCC) revamp, as part of the expansion at its
Barauni refinery in India (PCN, 12 July 2021, p 1).
The refinery expansion project, for which a schedule
was not given, will expand refinery capacity to 9-million t/y
from 6-million t/y currently, and will include, among others,
a 200,000-t/y polypropylene (PP) unit.
L&T is responsible for expanding and switching the existing
RFCC unit into an Indmaxx FCC unit, which will
convert hydrotreated and straight-run residue to maximize
propylene yield. The propylene will be used for the production
of PP.

 

Petrobras Provides Update on Timeline For Its Planned Sale of Braskem Stake

São Paulo—
Brazil’s Petrobras said it plans to divest its 36.1% preferred
stake in Braskem by February 2022, Reuters reported.
The transaction, being managed by JPMorgan, will be
conducted through a joint follow-on share offering with
Novonor, formerly known as Odebrecht. Novonor holds a
38.3% stake in Braskem.
Last June, Petrobras announced it had begun a sale
process for its 27.88% interest in the Deten Quimica petrochemical
complex in Bahia, Brazil. The sale has not yet
been completed.
Deten is a joint venture with Cepsa, owner of the remaining
approximately 77% stake. It mainly produces linear
alkyl benzene.

 

Flint Hills Resources Finalizes Transfer Of Its Propylene Business to Invista

Houston—
Invista, an affiliate of Flint Hills Resources (FHR), announced
it has completed the acquisition of FHR’s propylene
business, effective 1 Jan. 2022 (PCN, 8 Nov 2021, p 1).
The transaction includes chemical facilities and support
employees in Houston and Longview, Texas. Ownership of
the pipelines that supply these plants also transferred to
Invista and will continue to be operated by FHR, under
contract.
“The addition of the propylene business to Invista’s existing
portfolio provides a strong chemical platform in
which to grow,” said Invista Chairman and Chief Executive
Jeff Gentry.
“We look forward to applying our combined knowledge
and capabilities to accelerate future innovation and growth
opportunities.”

 

Lotte’s LCI Chooses EPC Contractors For Cilegon LINE Expansion Project

Cilegon—Lotte
Chemical Indonesia (LCI), a subsidiary of Lotte Chemical
Titan, has selected engineering, procurement and construction
(EPC) contractors for its new integrated petrochemical
facility, known as Lotte Chemical Indonesia New
Ethylene (LINE) Project, planned in Cilegon, Indonesia
(PCN, 20-27 Dec 2021, p 1).
The project, estimated to cost $3.95-billion, will include
a 1-million-t/y ethylene cracker, a 520,000-t/y propylene
plant, and units for the production of polypropylene, mixed
C4, butadiene, tertiary butyl alcohol, pyrolysis gasoline
and benzene, toluene and xylene.
For the main cracker unit, LCI will award the EPC contract
for onshore construction to Hein Global Utama, a
joint venture of Hyundai Engineering and Hans Enjiniring
dan Konstruksi, and the offshore engineering and procurement
contract to Hyundai.
EPC contracts for downstream plants and other infrastructure
facilities will be signed with Lotte Engineering &
Construction (LEC) and Jaya Teknik Konstruksi for onshore
construction, and LEC for offshore engineering and
procurement.
“With the latest development, all the pivotal aspects of
the construction of the Indonesia LINE project . . . are now
in place and we are set to commence the full project construction
this year and the project will be slated for completion
by 2025,” said Lotte President and Chief Executive
Park Hyun Chul.
“Moving ahead, our company will continue to focus on
operational and financial performance optimization initiatives
amidst the highly volatile and mercurial external environment.
We will continue to be vigilant and explore
value-accretive opportunities to further drive our growth.
“At the same time, we shall remain steadfast to focus
on our key growth strategies to achieve our vision of becoming
a top-tier petrochemical company in the Southeast
Asia region.”

 

Irkutsk Oil Gets Financing from JBIC For Ethylene & PE Project in Russia

Moscow—The
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has
agreed to provide financing to Irkutsk Oil Co. (INK) for its
ethylene and polyethylene (PE) production plant being
built in Ust-kut, Irkutsk, Russia (PCN, 4 Feb 2019, p 1).
The project will include a 650,000-t/y ethylene plant
based on Lummus Technology, and a PE unit licensed by
Univation Technologies with over 650,000 t/y of capacity,
PCN earlier reported. Ethane feedstock will be supplied
from INK’s oil fields. A completion date was not given.
JBIC and INK signed a buyer’s credit agreement to finance
the purchase of equipment for the project. The loan
is co-financed with Deutsche Bank AG, Tokyo Branch (Facility
Agent), Societe Generale, Tokyo Branch, and Goldman
Sachs Realty Japan, bringing the total co-financing
amount to $871-million.
Toyo Engineering is responsible for the design and supply
of equipment and materials, and Gemont is general
contractor.

 

Hyosung Vina Chemicals Starts Up PP Facility & LPG Storage Cavern

Hanoi—Hyosung
Vina Chemicals recently began operation of a new polypropylene
(PP) plant and a 240,000-t/y liquefied petroleum gas
(LPG) storage cavern in the Cai Mep Industrial Park in Ba
Ria-Vung Tai, Vietnam, according to local reports.
The $1.3-billion project, once fully operational, will produce
650,000 t/y of PP, based on LyondellBasell technology.
The company plans to supply 300,000 t/y of PP to the
Vietnamese market.
PCN earlier reported that Hyosung was planning a twophase
project at the site that involved construction of two
PP units (PCN, 9 Mar 2020, p 1).
The first phase was to include a 300,000-t/y PP plant
and an underground LGP storage warehouse. The second
phase was to include a second 300,000-t/y PP facility and a
propane dehydrogenation optical fiber plant.

 

Trinseo Completes Purchase of Heathland, Dutch Collector, Recycler of Plastic Waste

Horgen—
Trinseo announced it has finalized the acquisition of
Heathland BV, a Dutch collector and recycler of postconsumer
(PCR, EoL) and post-industrial (PIR) plastic
wastes in Europe (PCN, 13 Dec 2021, p 3).
Heathland, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is particularly
focused on converting PCR and PIR polymethyl
methacrylate, polycarbonate, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene,
polystyrene and other thermoplastic waste. Value of
the transaction was not disclosed.
Heathland collects, pre-treats and processes the plastic
wastes using mechanical and chemical recycling processes,
and then transforms them into high-quality recycled raw
materials for a wide range of high-end applications.
“Today is another exciting milestone in Trinseo’s transformation
journey in becoming a global specialty materials
and sustainable solutions provider,” said Francesca Reverberi,
senior vice president and chief sustainability officer at
Trinseo.
“The shared sustainability vision of both companies has
now become one. We will continue to invest in the movement
toward a circular economy.”

 

Freeport LNG and Talos Energy Sign LoI To Develop U.S. Gulf Coast CCS Project

Houston—
Freeport LNG Development and Talos Energy recently
executed a letter of intent (LoI) to develop a carbon capture
and sequestration (CCS) project adjacent to Freeport
LNG’s natural gas pretreatment facilities near Freeport,
Texas.
The project, Freeport LNG CCS (FLNG CCS), will utilize
a Freeport LNG-owned geological sequestration site
located less than half a mile from point of capture with up
to a 30-year injection term and will permanently sequester
carbon dioxide (CO2). First injection is expected to occur
by the end of 2024.
Talos will be project manager and operator and will be
joined by its partner, Storegga Geotechnologies Ltd., the
lead developer of the Acorn CCS project in the UK (PCN,
11 Oct 2021, p 2). FLNG CCS is subject to the execution of
definitive agreements.
“The FLNG CCS project benefits from a dedicated
source of CO2 and a secured injection site in close physical
proximity and, therefore, has limited commercial barriers
and a rapid execution timeline assuming efficient regulatory
approval processes,” the companies noted.
“Additionally, the site is located within 25 miles of up to
an additional 15-million [t/y] of incremental CO2 emissions
from major industrial sources, which offers the potential
for expansion in the future.”
Freeport LNG operates “one of the largest” LNG liquefaction
and export facilities in the world in Freeport. It is
in the process of adding a fourth train to its facility that
will expand its gas liquefaction capacity to over 20-million
t/y (PCN, 16 Dec 2019, p 4). The additional train is scheduled
to begin operations next year.

 

DCM Shiram Selects Topsoe’s ClearView To Digitalize SFC’s Kota Ammonia Unit

Kota—DCM
Shiram has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s ClearView solution for
digitalizing its Shiram Fertilizers & Chemicals (SFC) ammonia
plant in Kota, India.
ClearView is a connected service solution for ammonia,
hydrogen and methanol plants that helps customers optimize
their operations by improving KPIs, such as production,
operating cost, energy consumption, carbon dioxide
emission and uptime, Topsoe noted.
SFC will be the “first” ammonia plant in India completely
based on Topsoe technology. The digital platform is
expected to be operational by early 2022.
“ClearView monitors the plant digitally in near realtime
and generates a new level of detailed insights that
enables our customers like SFC to optimize plant performance
on a continuous basis,” said Alok Verma, managing
director, Haldor Topsoe Southern Asia.

 

People on the Move

Plastic Energy—Jean-Christophe Lesguillier has been
appointed chief operating officer, effective January 2022.
He was previously business development executive at Alliance
to End Plastic Waste, and circular economy executive
at ExxonMobil.
Gevo—David George has joined the company as senior
vice president, Verity Tracking. He was most recently
chief commercial officer at Xpansiv.

 

Purecycle & SK Geocentric Enter Agreement For Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Ulsan

Ulsan—
Purecycle Technologies and SK Geocentric, a unit of SK
Group, have signed an initial terms agreement to build a
polypropylene (PP) recycling facility in Ulsan, S. Korea,
according to Yonhap News Agency.
Under the agreement, the recycling plant will have the
capacity to produce around 60,000 t/y of ultra-pure recycled
PP using Purecycle’s technologies. SK Geocentric will hold
exclusive domestic sales rights to the product. Construction
is expected to begin this year, with completion anticipated
by 2024.
Last August, the two companies agreed to establish a
joint venture to build a plastic waste recycling plant in
South Korea.
SK Geocentric has previously said it plans to transform
its business portfolio from petrochemicals to green products
by 2025.
Separately, SK Geo Centric, in collaboration with Kolon
Industries, announced it is going to commercialize and
launch polybutylene adipate co-terephthalate (PBAT), an
eco-friendly biodegradable plastic material.
The parties have been jointly working on research and
development since 2020, and were able to launch a commercialized
product in just eight months after signing a
strategic partnership agreement in April 2021.

 

Indorama India Concludes Purchase Of Grasim Industries’ IGF Business

New Delhi—
Indorama India Private Ltd. (IIP), an indirect subsidiary of
Indorama Corp., said it has successfully concluded the acquisition
of Grasim Industries Ltd.’s fertilizer business,
Indo Gulf Fertilizers (IGF) on 1 Jan. 2022.
IGF is active in the manufacturing, trading and sale of
urea and other “agri-inputs.” It has a 1.2-million-t/y urea
facility at Jagdishpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.
“With this acquisition, IIP has become one of the largest
private sector producers of fertilizer in India and will
enable it to add scale, breadth and capabilities to offer a
complete range of agri-inputs . . . in Eastern, Northern and
Central India,” Indorama noted.
IIP has existing plants in West Bengal, India, to produce
and trade phosphate-based complex fertilizers.

 

Elessent Clean Technologies Purchases DuPont’s Clean Technologies Business

Chesterfield—
Elessent Clean Technologies, a private equity consortium,
has finalized the acquisition of the clean technologies business
of DuPont for an undisclosed amount.
The consortium, consisting of BroadPeak Global, Asia
Green Fund and the Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments
Co., has named the new, independent company Elessent
Clean Technologies.
Elessent is a “global leader” in process technologies to
drive sustainability and carbon neutrality in the chemical,
fertilizer, oil refining and metal industries, Elessent noted.
The new company retains exclusive rights to the technologies,
expertise, products and services of the clean technologies
business, including MECS sulfuric acid and environmental
technologies, Belco scrubbing technologies,
Stratco alkylation technologies and IsoTherming hydroprocessing
technology.

 

Chandra Asri & BRI Sign Credit Facility; Will Encourage Development of CAP2

Jakarta—
Chandra Asri Petrochemical and Bank Rakyat Indonesia
have signed a $325-million credit facility agreement consisting
of a term loan facility, trade line facilities and a
forex line.
“This partnership is the first step in business development,
increasing capital strength, and expanding Chandra
Asri’s market access in Indonesia and internationally,”
Chandra Asri noted.
“Furthermore, this collaboration is expected to encourage
the development of CAP2, which can reduce Indonesia’s
dependence on imports and create new jobs.”
CAP2, expected to cost about $5-billion, would include,
among others, a cracker unit, polymerized olefins and related
facilities and utilities, and would double the company’s
production capacity to over 8-million t/y (PCN, 6
Dec 2021, p 1). Subject to a final investment decision
planned this year, operations would begin from 2026.

 

Advanced Increases, Extends Agreement For the Supply of Propylene from Satorp

Jubail—
Advanced Petrochemical Co. has signed an amended
agreement with Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical
(Satorp) that increases and extends a propylene
supply agreement signed in 2017.
Under the new agreement, which took effect 1 Dec.
2021 for a period of five years, Satorp will supply Advanced
with a total of 120,000 t/y of polymer-grade propylene. The
prior agreement was for the supply of 100,000 t/y of propylene.

 

Hyundai Completes Uzbek GTL Plant

Tashkent—
Hyundai recently announced that it had completed construction
on a $2.6-billion gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant for Uzbekistan
GTL in the Qashqadaryo region of Uzbekistan.
The project, expected to be fully operational in the first
half of this year, will process 3.6-billion cu m of gas into
670,000 t/y of diesel, 270,000 t/y of kerosene and 360,000
t/y of naphtha, using advanced processing technologies.
Hyundai Engineering, along with Hyundai Engineering
& Construction and Enter Engineering were responsible
for implementing the project.
The new GTL facility is expected to help Uzbekistan reduce
its dependence on energy imports, and make the
country more eco-efficient.

 

Heubach, SK Acquire Clariant Pigments

Muttenz—
The Heubach Group, a global producer of pigments, and
SK Capital Partners have completed the purchase of Clariant
Pigments, Clariant’s global colorants business (PCN,
21 June 2021, p 3).
The combined business will operate under the Heubach
brand, creating a global pigment technology and industry
“leader,” the parties noted. PCN earlier reported that the
transaction had an enterprise value of between CHF 805-
million and CHF 855-million.
In addition, Heubach has appointed Stefan Doboczky as
chief executive of the Heubach Group, effective 10 Jan.
2022. He most recently served as chief executive of
Lenzing AG.

 

Haldia Plans Ethylene Cracker Project To Be Built in Phases in Tamil Nadu

Mumbai—Haldia
Petrochemicals is planning to build a two-phase, oil-tochemicals
project, including an ethylene cracker and downstream
units, at Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, India, Argus
Media reported.
Specifically, the first phase will include an ethylene
cracker with an expected nameplate capacity of 1.8-million
t/r, a high-density polyethylene (PE) unit and a linear lowdensity
PE swing plant, each with 650,000 t/y of capacity,
three polypropylene facilities with a combined capacity of
1.7-million t/y, a 1.2-million-t/y monoethylene glycol line
and a 271,000 t/y butadiene plant.
Also in the first phase, Haldia will build propylene
downstream units for the production of 300,000 t/y of phenol,
185,000 t/y of acetone and 150,000 t/y of isopropanol.
The second phase will involve a 1.6-million-t/y paraxylene
plant, 1.25-million-t/y purified terephthalic acid unit,
and the production of 580,000 t/y of benzene and 198,000
t/y of toluene.
Estimated to cost around $10.5-billion, the project is
anticipated to take eight years to complete upon the receipt
of all statutory approvals and clearances from relevant
authorities and departments.

 

OTH Expanding Houston Storage Terminal To Support Growth in Chemical Industry

Houston—
Odfjell said it is building a new tank bay at Odfjell Terminals
Houston (OTH) to support ongoing regional growth in
the chemical industry.
The new bay (Bay 13) will increase capacity by 9% to
413,400 cu m. Bay 13’s nine new tanks, with a total capacity
of 32,400 cu m, will allow OTH to relocate and consolidate
products of existing customers and optimize the use of
its current storage capacity for new customers and products.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter
of this year and operations are expected to begin by the
end of 2023.
“The expansion project is consistent with OTH’s strategy
of positioning itself for healthy demand for storage capacity
in the specialty/petrochemical industry in the U.S.
Gulf Coast region, where OTH has been operating at or
near full capacity for years,” Odfjell noted.
OTH is owned by the joint venture Odfjell Terminals
US, which is owned 51% by Odfjell and 49% by Northleaf
Capital Partners.

Chiyoda, TEPCO and Jera Begin R&D Of Japanese NH3 Synthesis Catalysts

Tokyo—Chiyoda
Corp., Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings (TEPCO) and
Jera Co. said they have commenced research and development
(R&D) of innovative ammonia synthesis catalysts in
Japan to support the establishment of fuel ammonia supply
chains.
The initiative is to develop independent ammonia synthesis
technologies, based on the development of the innovative
catalysts, to enhance the use of ammonia through
lower production costs and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions
from power generation plants.
The two-stage project is being funded by the New Energy
and Industrial Technology Development Organization’s
Green Innovation Fund. It is expected to take 10
years to complete.
“The fuel ammonia market is expected to grow rapidly
and Chiyoda, TEPCO and Jera will discuss exploring
broader global use of the R&D results, such as ammonia
production using clean, green hydrogen from renewable
energy,” the partners noted.

 

 

V60 N01 – 3 January 2022

ExxonMobil Confirms Fire at Baytown Following Explosion that Injures Four

Baytown—
ExxonMobil experienced an explosion and fire on 23 Dec.
2021 at its Baytown, Texas, oil refinery, injuring four
workers who were doing repairs on site.
The incident occurred at the facility’s Hydro Desulfurization
Unit 1, which had been shut down the previous day
due to a bypass line leak. The workers were repairing the
leak when one worker struck the pipe with a wrench, creating
a spark and igniting the naphthalene gas.
Residents were asked to avoid the area, but no shelter
in place warnings were announced. The fire was extinguished
several hours later.
All four workers were taken to the hospital. Two have
been released and the remaining two are in stable condition.
According to several local news reports, two of the
workers have filed a $10-million lawsuit against ExxonMobil
and Team Industrial Services, claiming that appropriate
precautions to protect employee safety were not taken
and proper safety equipment was not provided.
The Baytown site houses a chemical facility, olefins
plant and the country’s “fourth-biggest” oil refinery with a
capacity to process 560,500 bbls/d of crude, noted Reuters.
It is not known whether any units will be shut for an extended
period of time.

 

Green Circle, CLG Joining Technologies To Offer Integrated Circular Solutions

Houston—
Lummus Technology’s Green Circle and Chevron Lummus
Global (CLG) announced they will combine multiple technologies
from their portfolios to offer integrated circular
solutions.
The companies will use a combination of the Lummus
New Hope Energy plastic pyrolysis technology, CLG’s Isoconversion
technology and Lummus’ steam cracking technology
to provide operators the ability to produce steam
cracker products in large quantities from hydroprocessed
mixed-waste plastic pyrolysis oil.
Lummus New Hope Energy technology recycles end-oflife
plastics into petrochemical feedstock through a thermal
pyrolysis process; the Isoconversion technology uses
state-of-the-art hydroprocessing technologies to process
biomass and waste plastic pyrolysis oils to renewable fuels
or petrochemical feedstocks, and Lummus’ steam ethylene
cracking technology produces polymer-grade ethylene, propylene
and butadiene.
“The combined solution offers major owners and operators
the ability to license the entire plastics recycling process,”
stated Lummus Technology President and Chief Executive
Leon de Bruyn.
“No other company can offer this type of integration at
this scale and with proven technology solutions. Combining
these technologies is the innovation and collaboration
needed to make real contributions to the circular economy
and energy transition.”

 

‘Apollo Funds’ Concludes Acquisition Of Kem One Group from De Krassny

New York—
Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management
(“Apollo Funds”) have finalized the purchase of Kem One
Group from De Krassny GmbH for an undisclosed amount
(PCN, 20 Sept 2021, p 1).
Based in Lyon, France, Kem One is a producer of polyvinyl
chloride and caustic soda, and operates eight industrial
sites across France and Spain.
“We are excited to support Kem One’s continued evolution,
focused on serving Kem One’s customers, improving
production reliability, and reducing Kem One’s environmental
footprint,” said Sam Feinstein, partner at Apollo.
“We look forward to working with Kem One’s management
team and employees over the years to come.”
Frederic Chalmin will continue as chief executive of
Kem One.

 

Hexion Planning to Boost Production Of Epichlorohydrin at Its Pernis Site

Pernis—Hexion
announced it intends to expand epichlorohydrin (ECH) production
capacity at its manufacturing site in Pernis, the
Netherlands.
The planned project will add 25,000 t/y of ECH capacity
and utilize bio-based renewable feedstocks by leveraging
glycerin-to-epichlorohydrin production technology. It will
also support the reduction in overall energy intensity of
ECH production at Pernis. Start-up is anticipated in late
2024.

 

Arlanxeo-TSRC (Nantong) JV to Increase NBR Capacity with New Plant Location

Nantong—
Arlanxeo-TSRC (Nantong) Chemical Industries Co., a 50-
50 joint venture of Arlanxeo and TSRC, plans to relocate
and scale up nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) capacity in
Jiangsu Province, China.
NBR production will be moved from the northern to the
southern section of the Nantong Economy and Technology
Development Area Chemical Park, where a new plant will
be built that will increase NBR production capacity to
40,000 t/y from 30,000 t/y. Construction will begin in mid-
2022.
The company has sufficient supply from the existing
plant until the new plant is fully operational. An expected
completion date was not given.
“Our close partnership with Arlanxeo over the past decade
has given us strong confidence in making continuous
investments in Nantong,” said Kevin Liu, vice president of
the Synthetic Rubber Division at TSRC.
“Arlanxeo’s global leading position in NBR offered the
JV company a solid foundation and we remain excited at
the growth potential, while meeting customer needs in
NBR products and contributing to a greener future.”

 

Affiliates of American Securities Ink Deal To Buy Hexion Holdings for $30/Share

New York—
Hexion Holdings Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement
in which it is to be purchased by affiliates of
American Securities for $30 per share in cash.
The transaction, scheduled to close in the first half of
2022, is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals,
satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, and is
conditional upon the closing of Hexion’s previously announced
sale of its epoxy business to Westlake Chemical
Corp. (PCN, 6 Dec 2021, p 2).
“This transaction, along with the pending sale of our
epoxy business, is the conclusion of a comprehensive
evaluation of strategic actions aimed at maximizing value
for our shareholders and best positioning the company for
long-term growth,” said Hexion Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Craig Rogerson.
“American Securities has a proven track record of partnering
with leading companies and its associates to drive
collaborative success. Operating under American Securities’
ownership, Hexion Holdings has a bright future and is
poised to build on its momentum and continue its record of
delivering innovative, high-quality products and service to
customers.”
On 24 Nov. 2021, Hexion signed a definitive agreement
to sell its global epoxy-based coatings and composite businesses
for approximately $1.2-billion. The transaction is
expected to be completed in the first half of 2022.

 

EIED Wins Contract from Bandar Imam To Build Ethane Recovery Unit in Iran

Tehran—
Bandar Imam Petrochemical Co. has awarded a contract to
Energy Industries Engineering and Design (EIED) Co. to
construct an ethane recovery unit for Bandar Imam’s petrochemical
facility in Iran, according to Shana.
The contract, valued at €39-million, is for the engineering,
procurement, construction and commissioning of the
ethane recovery unit, which will provide maximum feedstock
for the olefin units at the petrochemical plant. Construction
is expected to take 24 months to complete.
Bandar Imam is a subsidiary of Persian Gulf Petrochemical
Industries Co.

 

Petrochem & SIIG Push Back Closing Of Proposed Transaction Acquisition

Jubail—Saudi
Arabia’s National Petrochemical Co. (Petrochem) and
Saudi Industrial Investment Group (SIIG) said that their
previously announced transaction acquisition is now expected
to be finalized during the first quarter of 2022
(PCN, 4 Oct 2021, p 1).
This past October, the parties entered into a binding
implementation agreement, in which SIIG would acquire
the 50% stake in Petrochem that it does not currently own.
Petrochem shareholders would receive 1.27 shares in SIIG
in exchange for each share they own in Petrochem, and
Petrochem would be delisted and become a wholly-owned
subsidiary of SIIG. The transaction had been scheduled to
close during the fourth quarter of 2021.
The companies are currently still working on obtaining
all the regulatory approvals in accordance with the applicable
laws and regulations, as well as the terms and conditions
set out in the implementation agreement, Petrochem
explained.

 

OMV Makes FID to Build Demo Facility For ReOil Chem Recycling Technology

Vienna—OMV
has taken a final investment decision (FID) to set up a
chemical recycling demo plant, based on its proprietary
ReOil technology at the company’s site in Schwechat, Austria
(PCN, 8 Mar 2021, p 2).
ReOil technology converts plastic waste into synthetic
feedstock, under moderate pressure and normal refinery
operating temperatures. The feedstock is used to produce
new high-quality plastics.
The project involves a 16,000-t/y demo plant to be fully
integrated within the petrochemical site, which will utilize
local plastic waste that is not fit to be mechanically recycled
and would otherwise be incinerated. Production is
scheduled to begin in early 2023.
The demo plant is the next step toward an industrialscale
facility with a processing capacity of up to 200,000 t/y
by 2026.
OMV has been operating a ReOil pilot plant at the
Schwechat refinery since 2018 that is capable of processing
100 kg of used plastics into 100 liters/hr of synthetic feedstock.

 

Four Japanese Firms Launch Joint Study To Secure Stable Supply of Clean NH3

Tokyo—Ube
Industries, Sumitomo Chemical, Mitsui Chemicals and
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, all based in Japan, have agreed
to initiate a joint study into securing a stable supply of
clean ammonia.
“Ammonia is widely used as a raw material for fertilizers
and chemical products,” the companies noted. “Meanwhile,
ammonia is expected to see strong growth in global
demand in the coming years, as it will be used as a nextgeneration
energy source as part of efforts to achieve carbon
neutrality, taking advantage of its properties, such as
not emitting carbon dioxide during combustion and having
a high hydrogen content.”
According to Japan’s “Sixth Strategic Energy Plan” announced
by the government in October 2021, it is necessary
to ensure a stable supply of ammonia as a fuel. In
particular, the plan highlights the need for clean ammonia,
such as blue ammonia and green ammonia.
The companies will begin studying measures for securing
clean ammonia, with the aim of making stable and
competitive supplies of ammonia available in Japan.

 

People on the Move

Toray Plastics (America) Inc.—Chris Nothnagle has
been appointed senior director of new business development,
effective 4 Jan. 2022, to succeed Ken Chang, who is
retiring at the same time. Nothnagle had been senior director
of sales and marketing for Toray’s Lumirror Division
(PCN, 5 Oct 2020, p 2).
Teijin Ltd.—Akimoto Uchikawa, currently executive
officer and member of the board, has been elected president
and chief executive, effective 1 Apr. 2022. He succeeds
Jun Suzuki, who will become chairman of the company
on the same day.
Gevo—Staci Bogue-Buchholz has joined the company
as site and process optimization leader at the Luverne,
Minn., facility. She was most recently head of engineering
at VBTC Holdings.

 

Total Corbion PLA Gets New Name, Logo; Engineering Stage Begins for PLA Plant

Paris—Total
Corbion PLA, a 50-50 joint venture of TotalEnergies and
Corbion, announced it will transition to TotalEnergies
Corbion, launching a new company name and logo over the
“coming months.”
The name change follows the rebranding of TotalEnergies
earlier this year, anchoring its strategic transformation
into a broad energy company.
TotalEnergies Corbion plans to launch its updated
brand identity in a phased approach from January 2022.
Separately, TotalEnergies Corbion said it has begun the
engineering stage for its new 100,000-t/y Luminy polylactic
acid production plant in Grandpuits, France (PCN, 26 Apr
2021, p 1).
Maire Tecnimont’s NextChem subsidiary was awarded
the front-end engineering design contract for the facility,
which will be the “first of its kind” in Europe, the joint venture
earlier said. Operations are scheduled to begin in
2024.

 

IVL Opens New Office & Technology Center To Support Indian IOD Business Segment

Mumbai—
Indorama Ventures (IVL) has opened a new office and technology
center at Marwah Centre in Mumbai, India, as part
of its Integrated Oxides & Derivatives (IOD) business.
The research and development (R&D) center is the company’s
hub for the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia
to develop products supporting downstream markets. The
center will work closely with IVL’s global R&D team to
exchange information and accelerate product development
cycles.
The IOD business’s commercial and technical functions,
including supply chain, finance, sales and R&D are integrated
at the new facility.
“The new state-of-the-art innovation center and office
facility reflects our commitment to a fast-growing Indian
subcontinent and wide APAC [Asia Pacific] market,” said
Samir Rawal, regional business director, IOD – ISC, China
and ASEAN. “This will provide a strong platform for our
rapid growth in years to come.”
IVL is also setting up a technology center under its IOD
business in The Woodlands, Texas, with full occupation
expected in early 2022 (PCN, 14 June 2021, p 4).

 

SK Geo Centric & Tokuyama to Form JV for Producing, Selling High-Purity IPA

Seoul—SK
Geo Centric, wholly-owned by SK Innovation, and Japanese
chemical company Tokuyama have decided to establish
a 50-50 joint venture in Korea for the manufacture and
sale of high-purity isopropyl alcohol (IPA).
The $60-million joint venture, to be named STAC Co.
Ltd., will be located in Ulsan City. It is planned to be established
in July 2022. SK Geo Centric will provide propylene
raw material for IPA production.
“By combining its strengths in high-purity IPA manufacturing
technology and quality control capabilities with
[SK Geo Centric’s] strong presence in Korea, the company
[Tokuyama] will establish a new production and sales system
to meet the needs of Korean customers,” Tokuyama
noted.

 

CC7 Awards $1.3-BN Contract to DL E&C For Baltic Chemical’s Gas Chem Complex

Moscow—
DL E&C has received a $1.3-billion contract from China
National Chemical Engineering & Construction Corp.
Seven (CC7) for Baltic Chemical’s planned gas chemical
plant project in Ust-Luga, Russia, reported Pulse News
citing a regulatory filing.
The project is expected to process 45-billion cu m/yr of
natural gas for the production of 3-million t/y of polyethylene,
120,000 t/y of butene and 50,000 t/y of hexene (PCN,
25 Oct 2021, p 1). PCN earlier reported that completion
was expected in 2024.
Under the contract, DL E&C, and its wholly-owned
Daelim Rus LLC subsidiary, will be responsible for the
design of the gas chemical plant and equipment supply for
the polymer processing complex.

 

China Resources Yantai to Use Invista’s Nylon 6,6 Polymerization Technology

Yantai City—
Invista Têxtiles (UK) Ltd. has signed an agreement to license
Invista’s nylon 6,6 polymerization technology to
China Resources Yantai Nylon for a new line in the Economy
& Technology Developing Zone, Yantai City, China.
The line, the “first” to be licensed with Invista’s nylon
6,6 polymerization technology since 2015, will use Invista’s
nylon 6,6 salt process and advanced continuous polymerization
technology, which offers “excellent safety and environmental
performance, high reliability and run life,
higher energy savings, lower operating costs, and excellent
product quality for the nylon 6,6 industry,” Invista noted.
China Resources Yantai’s new line is expected to meet
growing local demand for nylon 6,6.

 

Hyundai Investing in New Chinese Facility To Produce Hydrogen from Plastic Waste

Beijing—
Hyundai Engineering is planning to construct a facility in
Dangjin, China, that will utilize plastic waste for the production
of hydrogen, according to several Japanese reports.
The new $336-million plant will be capable of processing
100,000 t/y of plastic waste for the production of 22,000
t/y of hydrogen. Construction is scheduled to begin in the
first half of 2022, with commercial production anticipated
to start in 2024.
Hyundai has been testing carbon dioxide capture and
storage systems at Hyundai Steel’s Incheon, South Korea,
facility, to use the technology in processing plastic waste.

 

Shell Simplifying Share Structure & Name

London—
The board of Royal Dutch Shell has decided to move forward
with its proposal to simplify the company’s share
structure and align its tax residence with its country of
incorporation in the UK and, as a result, the company’s
name will change to Shell plc.
By the end of January, Shell plans to establish a single
line of shares to eliminate the complexity of Shell’s A/B
share structure.
Shell will relocate its board and executive committee
meetings, and the chief executive and chief financial officers,
to the UK. The company name is scheduled to be
changed in the week beginning 24 Jan. 2022.

 

PTTGC International Finalizes Purchase Of Sole Control of Allnex from Advent

Bangkok—PTT
Global Chemical Co. (PTTGC) announced that its whollyowned
subsidiary, PTTGC International (Netherlands) BV,
has completed the acquisition of sole control of Allnex
Holding from Advent International for an enterprise value
of $4.75-billion (PCN, 13 Dec 2021, p 1).
Allnex, a global producer of industrial coating resins
based in Germany, has 33 state-of-the-art manufacturing
sites in 18 countries, 23 research and technology facilities,
and around 4,000 employees.
The company offers a wide range of coating polymers
and additives, including powder resins, industrial waterborne
resins, energy curable resins, crosslinking resins and
additives for use on all types of substrates.
With the acquisition, PTTGC plans to strengthen Allnex’s
market access in the Asia Pacific region and support
investments in innovative and green technologies.

 

Monolith Gets Conditional OK from DOE For Loan to Support Planned Expansion

Hallam—
Monolith said it has received conditional approval for a
$1.04-billion loan from the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) to
help fund an expansion of carbon black and clean hydrogen
at its Olive Creek facility in Hallam, Neb. (PCN, 13 Dec
2021, p 4).
The company uses its proprietary methane pyrolysis
process to convert natural gas into high-purity carbon
black, hydrogen and ammonia.
It recently announced plans to begin construction on an
expansion in 2022, which will have a production capacity of
194,000 t/y of clean carbon black and 275,000 t/y of clean
ammonia. Completion is scheduled for 2025.
“Current conventional processes to create carbon black
release large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere,”
Monolith noted. “Through Monolith’s methane pyrolysis
technology, the company is able to prevent an estimated
2.3 tons of CO2 from being released for every ton of
carbon black produced.
“With its production of cleanly made hydrogen, carbon
black and ammonia, Monolith expects that its Olive Creek
expansion will prevent 1-million tons of greenhouse gas
emissions from entering the atmosphere each year compared
to traditional manufacturing processes.”
Established via the Title XVII Innovative Energy Loan
Guarantee Program, the loan is subject to the satisfaction
of certain conditions, and several steps remain.

 

PsiQuantum, QunaSys Aim to Advance Use Of Quantum Computing in Chem Industry

Tokyo—
PsiQuantum and QunaSys recently announced a joint research
project to advance industrial chemistry and materials
science through the use of quantum computing.
The partners will combine their complementary
strengths in quantum hardware, algorithm development,
and material sciences, while chemical producer JSR Corp.
will evaluate quantum computing for advancements in the
manufacture of elastomers, plastics, photoresists and reagents.
PsiQuantum contributes its expertise in silicon
photonic fault-tolerant quantum computing hardware and
fault-tolerant quantum computing algorithm development,
while QunaSys provides advanced quantum algorithms
and quantum chemistry calculations for materials development,
supported by insights from its leadership at the
Quantum Practical Application Research Community.
QunaSys will work with PsiQuantum to develop software
to estimate the computational time and resources
needed for a fault-tolerant quantum computer to solve advanced
quantum chemistry simulations.
JSR will use the software for materials research and
development, leveraging fault-tolerant quantum computers
to solve previously “impossible” materials simulations, the
parties noted.
“As quantum computing technology advances, it is important
to be at the forefront of exploring use cases and
developing the algorithms that will drive new technology
development,” said QunaSys Chief Executive Tennin Yan.
“Our partnership with PsiQuantum gives us access to the
latest advances in fault-tolerant quantum computing, a
key requirement for addressing commercially-useful applications.
“Working with JSR means that this research will support
breakthrough developments at a leading materials
science company whose products and services are created
with a focus on preserving the environment.”

 

GS Caltex to Start Pilot Production Of PC Products from Pyrolysis Oil

Yeosu—GS Caltex
announced it will begin pilot production of propylene using
oil extracted from plastic waste in a pyrolysis process (pyrolysis
oil) at its Yeosu site in South Korea, reported the
Korea Herald.
The company will use 500,000 tons of the pyrolysis oil
as raw material for the manufacture of plastic products to
boost its environmental, social and governance efforts.
“If the pilot project proves successful, GS Caltex will review
new investments for building a waste plastic oil production
facility with an annual capacity of 50,000 tons to
operate starting in 2024,” said the report quoting a company
official. “The goal is to expand the capacity to 1-
million tons.”

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CPChem Makes Final Investment Decision To Build New Propylene Unit in Baytown

Houston—
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. (CPChem) said it has made
a final investment decision to build a new C3 splitter unit
in Baytown, Texas, to expand the company’s propylene
business.
The splitter, which will be located within the company’s
Cedar Bayou facility, is expected to have a capacity of 1-
billion lbs/yr. Site construction activities will begin in
January 2022, with start-up planned in 2023.
The unit will convert a refinery grade mixture of propylene
and propane into a high purity propylene product,
CPChem noted. S&B Engineers and Constructors is responsible
for the engineering, procurement and construction
of the project.
“With global propylene demand on the rise, this project
reinforces Chevron Phillips Chemical’s commitment to expand
to meet our customers’ needs and remain a leading
propylene supplier,” said Justine Smith, senior vice president
of petrochemicals at CPChem.
The company currently operates C3 splitter units at its
Cedar Bayou, Port Arthur and Sweeny, Clemens and Old
Ocean facilities in Texas.

 

Lotte Chemical Gets Shareholders’ Approval To Award EPC Contract for LINE Project

Cilegon—
Lotte Chemical Titan Holding has obtained shareholders’
approval to award an engineering, procurement and construction
(EPC) contract to Lotte Engineering & Construction
for the Lotte Chemical Indonesia New Ethylene
(LINE) project planned in Cilegon, Indonesia (PCN, 1 Nov
2021, p 2).
The estimated $3.95-billion project, a joint venture of
Lotte Chemical Titan and Lotte Chemical Corp., will include
a 1-million-t/y ethylene cracker, a 520,000-t/y propylene
plant, as well as units for the production of polypropylene,
mixed C4, butadiene, tertiary butyl alcohol, pyrolysis
gasoline and benzene, toluene and xylene.
The project will be located next to, and vertically integrated
with the company’s existing polyethylene plants at
the site. Construction is expected to begin in 2022, with
completion scheduled by 2025.
The EPC contract is valued at approximately $1.65-
billion.

 

Oriental Energy Successfully Starts Up Two New Unipol PP Lines at Ningbo

Beijing—W.R.
Grace & Co. announced the successful start-up of two new
Unipol polypropylene (PP) process technology lines at Oriental
Energy’s facility in Ningbo, China.
The two 400,000-t/y PP lines brings the total Unipol PP
operating capacity in China to over 6.3-million t/y, Grace
noted. The technology allows for the production of homopolymer,
random and impact copolymers.
“The safe and successful start-up of the two . . . lines at
the Ningbo facility is an exciting moment for Oriental Energy,”
said David Hartill, vice president of global licensing
and services at Grace.
“It comes at a critical time as the global economy
bounces back from the pandemic and customer demand in
the region rises. We are committed to our Chinese customers
and look forward to supporting Oriental Energy for
years to come to ensure their continued success.”
Earlier this month, Oriental selected Grace’s Unipol PP
process technology for a new 400,000-t/y PP line to be built
in Maoming, China (PCN, 13 Dec 2021, p 1). A schedule
for the project was not disclosed.

 

CPChem’s Six Pines Investment Subsidiary Makes Equity Investment in Mura, Nexus

Houston—
Six Pines Investments LLC, a wholly-owned, sustainable
investment subsidiary of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
(CPChem), said it has made an equity investment in two
“leading” circular plastics recyclers, Mura Technology and
Nexus Circular.
Mura has developed an advanced recycling process,
Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution (HydroPRS),
which uses a supercritical steam to process all forms of
plastic, including multi-layer and flexible materials, back
into chemicals and oils.
Nexus, a waste management and energy company, has
developed a commercial-scale process, Nexus Technology,
which converts difficult-to-recycle waste plastics back into
virgin feedstocks for plastics production and fuel.
“Investing in Nexus and Mura will accelerate our efforts
to produce Marlex Anew circular polyethylene [PE]
and the expansion of our circular product portfolio,” noted
Benny Mermans, vice president of sustainability at
CPChem.
In October 2020, CPChem announced its first commercial
scale production of Marlex Anew circular PE and is
working toward a production goal of 1-billion lbs/yr of circular
PE by 2030 (PCN, 1 Feb 2021, p 3).

 

BASF Increases MDI Capacity at Geismar With Completion of 2nd Expansion Phase

Geismar—
BASF has concluded the second phase of its diphenyl diisocyanate
(MDI) capacity expansion project at its Verbund
site in Geismar, La., increasing overall MDI output at the
complex by about one third (PCN, 21-28 Dec 2020, p 1).
The second phase, which recently started up, involved
expanding several upstream units. The final phase, for
which engineering is progressing on schedule, is designed
to bring total MDI capacity to around 600,000 t/y, with
start-up scheduled by the middle of the decade.
Last October, the company began operation of the first
phase, which included building a new MDI synthesis unit.
An older MDI synthesis unit at the complex was taken out
of service.
“This investment in the attractive North American MDI
market strengthens our position as a leading MDI supplier
in North America as well as globally,” noted Dr. Ramkumar
Dhruva, president of the Monomers Division.

 

Mitsui to Begin Using Bio-Based Feedstock For Renewable Chems, Plastics at Osaka

Osaka—
Mitsui Chemicals said it is ready to launch Japan’s “first”
production of renewable plastics and chemicals from 100%
bio-based hydrocarbons at its Osaka Works (PCN, 24 May
2021, p 2).
Neste, under a partnership formed earlier this year, recently
delivered 3,000 tons of bio-based hydrocarbons,
which Mitsui has begun putting into its crackers within
the Osaka complex.
“This delivery . . . represents the first of its kind in Japan,
and plans now are to put this feedstock to work for
the production of various plastic and chemical derivatives
that are to be shipped out as products certified as biobased
using the mass balance method in accordance with
ISCC Plus certification,” Mitsui noted.
Neste’s bio-based hydrocarbons are produced from biobased
waste and residue oils and are expected to “significantly”
reduce the carbon dioxide that comes with the production
of chemicals and plastics produced from petroleumderived
naphtha over the life-cycle of these products, Mitsui
added.

 

Thyssenkrupp to Install Electrolysis Plant For New Neom Green Hydrogen Project

Tabuk—Air
Products said it has awarded a contract to Thyssenkrupp
Uhde Chlorine Engineers to supply a more than 2-gigawatt
electrolysis plant for “one of the world’s largest” green hydrogen
projects at Neom in Saudi Arabia (PCN, 13 July
2020, p 1).
In July 2020, Air Products, ACWA Power and Neom
signed an agreement for a world-scale green hydrogenbased
ammonia production facility. The $5-billion plant, to
be equally owned and operated by the three partners, will
produce 1.2-million t/y of green ammonia for export to
global markets.
Under the contract, Thyssenkrupp will engineer, procure
and fabricate the electrolysis plant based on their
large-scale 20-megawatt alkaline water electrolysis module.
The facility will synthesize hydrogen into carbon-free
ammonia. Engineering and procurement activities have
begun and production is scheduled to start in 2026.

 

Borealis Delays Start-Up of PDH Unit At Existing Production Site in Kallo

Kallo—Borealis,
citing COVID-19 restrictions, has delayed the start of it
$1.1-billion propane dehydrogenation unit (PDH) at its
production site in Kallo, Belgium, until the third quarter of
2023, Bloomberg reported.
The world-scale unit will have a targeted production
capacity of 750,000 t/y of propylene utilizing Honeywell
UOP’s Oleflex technology (PCN, 16 Sept 2019, p 1). The
plant had been scheduled to start up in mid-2022.
Tecnimont is responsible for the engineering, procurement,
construction management and commissioning services
for the project.

 

Ineos and Plastic Energy Partner on a Trial To Make Food-Grade Plastic from Tacoil

Scotland—
Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe and Plastic Energy will
collaborate on a trial to convert hard to recycle plastic
materials, such as flexile packaging, into Tacoil for use in
the production of food-grade plastic for food packaging and
hygiene applications.
The trial, scheduled to begin in the first quarter of
2022, will take place in partnership with Petroineos at
Grangemouth in the UK. It will use the existing refinery
operations to process Tacoil supplied by Plastic Energy.
Results of the trial and the progress of the policy environment
in the UK will be deciding factors in the development
of a large-scale advanced recycling plant, which aims
to be the “first of its kind” in the UK, the partners noted.

 

Avantium Takes Positive FID to Construct FDCA Flagship Plant in the Netherlands

Delfzijl—
Avantium said it has taken a positive final investment decision
(FID) on the construction of a 100% plant-based furandicarboxylic
acid (FDCA) flagship plant at the Chemie
Park Delfzijl in the Netherlands (PCN, 15 June 2020, p 4).
The 5,000-t/y facility will be the “world’s first” plant to
produce FDCA on a commercial scale. Cost of the project
and an expected completion date were not given.
FDCA is a building block for many chemicals and plastics,
such as the 100% plant-based, recyclable plastic material
polyethylene furanoate.
In addition, Avantium signed a strategic multi-year
supply agreement with Tereos Cooperative, whereby Avantium
will purchase high fructose corn syrup from European
wheat as the feedstock for the FDCA plant.

 

People on the Move

LyondellBasell—Peter Vanacker has been appointed
chief executive to succeed Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel, who will
retire from the company on 31 Dec. 2021. Vanacker, currently
president and chief executive of Neste Corp., will
assume his new role no later than June 2022, at which
time he will also join LyondellBasell’s board of directors
(PCN, 13 Dec 2021, p 2).
Kenneth (Ken) Lane, executive vice president, Global
Olefins & Polyolefins, will serve as interim chief executive
upon Patel’s retirement.
PPG—Tim Knavish has been named chief operating
officer, effective 1 Mar. 2022. He is currently executive
vice president.

 

Vopak Moda Commences Full Operations At Port of Houston Greenfield Terminal

Houston—
Vopak Moda Houston, a joint venture of Royal Vopak and
Moda Midstream, said its new greenfield marine terminal
in the Port of Houston, Texas, is fully operational.
Located in Houston’s refining and petrochemical corridor,
and in close proximity to several ammonia, hydrogen
and nitrogen pipelines, the terminal is designed to handle
very large gas carriers, as well as smaller vessels and
barges, Vopak Moda noted.
It is the “only” waterborne ammonia terminal in the
Port of Houston with deepwater capabilities, and is directly
connected via pipeline to the Port of Houston petrochemical
complex, the nation’s “largest” and world’s “second-
largest” petrochemical complex, it added.
“Thanks to the determination, hard work and collaboration
amongst the teams since its formation, Vopak Moda
Houston is well positioned to become the premier lowcarbon
ammonia and hydrogen terminaling hub on the
U.S. Gulf Coast,” said Moda Midstream Founder and Chief
Executive Jonathan Z. Ackerman.

 

CLG and Saudi Aramco Sign Agreement To Co-Develop, License HOPI+ Process

Richmond—
Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) and Saudi Aramco have
entered into a joint collaboration and license agreement to
co-develop and license Aramco’s Heavy Oil Processing Initiative
(HOPI+) technology.
The companies will combine CLG’s LC-Fining platform
with HOPI+, jointly referred to as LC-HOPI+, to achieve
higher conversion of vacuum residue and other available
heavy feeds, including incremental crude.
“HOPI+ combined with CLG’s LC-Fining platform, is an
innovative concept that simultaneously increases crude
throughput and converts residue to valuable transportation
fuels and petrochemical feedstock, while minimizing
capital and energy,” said CLG Managing Director Ujjal
Mukherjee.
The combined process is also expected to help minimize
both CAPEX and OPEX and “significantly improve” margins
for bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading, the parties noted.
CLG and Aramco now plan to co-develop LC-HOPI+
technology before global commercialization by CLG.

 

UBQ Materials Raises $170-MN to Fund Company’s Worldwide Expansion Plans

Tel Aviv—
UBQ Materials announced a $170-million funding round,
led by TPG Rise, TPG’s global impact investing platform,
which will fund UBQ’s global expansion.
UBQ uses its patented conversion process to turn municipal
solid waste destined for landfill, including all organics,
into UBQ, “a climate-positive, cost-competitive, and
fully recyclable plastic substitute,” UBQ explained.
The new material can be used both on its own and in
conjunction with conventional oil-based resins to offset the
overall carbon footprint of end products in the chemical,
construction, automotive, logistics, and other industries.
UBQ’s expansion plans include a new large-scale facility
in the Netherlands to be operational by the end of 2022.
The funds will also go into the company’s continued research
to advance certifications, and research and development
of new products.

 

IHS Markit’s 37th World PC Conference Scheduled for 22-25 March in Houston

Houston—IHS
Markit has scheduled the 37th Annual World Petrochemical
Conference for 22-25 Mar. 2022 at the Hilton Americas
Hotel in Houston, Texas.
Based on the theme “Navigating towards Net-Zero:
Seeking a Sustainable and Valuable Chemicals Future
through Integration and Innovation,” the conference will
cover progress towards a better climate and society and the
vital role of chemicals in everyday life.
The sessions, which will also be available to view virtually,
will feature major chemical companies and leading
organizations discussing the critical issues that impact the
chemical market. There will also be numerous networking
opportunities and a variety of industry leading petrochemical
training courses.
For more information, visit the conference page at
https://wpc.ihsmarkit.com/index.html.

 

Linde & MOL Ink Agreement to Digitalize MOL’s Steam Cracker Plant Operations

Budapest—
Linde Engineering and MOL Group have entered into a
contract under which Linde will digitalize MOL’s steam
cracker plant operations at MOL Petrochemicals in Tiszaújváros,
Hungary.
Linde will install its Linde Virtual France software solution,
which allows operators to benchmark actual operations
against the optimum in real-time. MOL steam
cracker plant’s virtual twin will monitor the plant’s operation
and performance and aid in optimizing production efficiency
in real-time.
The solution will help MOL to increase capacity and
quality of its products, while reducing energy consumption
and emissions, Linde noted.

 

Arkema to Double Capacity in Asia For Its Sartomer Photocure Resins

Beijing—Arkema
announced it is doubling its Sartomer photocure resins
capacity in Asia with an expansion of its facility in Nansha,
China.
The expansion is scheduled to come on stream in the
second half of 2023 and will provide “best-in-class” regional
supply to customers in Asia, the company noted. Cost of
the project was not given.
“This investment is fully aligned with the group’s strategy
to develop its coating solutions segment with high
value-added solutions and reinforce its downstream acrylics
activities in Asia,” Arkema noted.

 

Trinseo Broadens Product Portfolio With Bio-Attributed PS, ABS, SAN

Berwyn—Trinseo
announced that its flagship Styron polystyrene (PS) resins,
Magnum acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resins and
Tyril styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) resins are now available
with renewable content.
The new materials, Styron CO2RE Bio PS, Magnum
CO2RE Bio ABS and Tyril CO2RE Bio SAN, combine fossil-
based polymers with renewable raw materials according
to a mass balance process, resulting in a bio-attributed
composition from 80% to 95%.

 

TA’ZIZ Gets Commitments from Investors To Support Chemical Projects in Ruwais

Ruwais—
The Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Co. (TA’ZIZ), a joint
venture of Abu Dhabi National Oil. Co. (ADNOC) and
ADQ, has received commitments from eight United Arab
Emirates (UAE)-based investors to invest in up to a 20%
stake in a portfolio of chemical projects, worth $4-billion,
within the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Abu
Dhabi, UAE (PCN, 13 Dec 2021, p 1).
The investors include Al Dhafra Co-operative Society,
Al Nasser Holdings, Alpha Dhabi Partners Holding, Arab
Development Establishment, Buhairan Limited Co., Capital
Investment, Mazrui International and Mazrui Energy
Services, and Riverside Investments.
TA’ZIZ has already signed partnership agreements with
Fertiglobe, a joint venture of ADNOC and OCI; Mitsui and
GS Energy for a proposed blue ammonia production facility;
and with Reliance Industries, regarding a proposed
joint venture for the development of an ethylene dichloride,
chlor-alkali and polyvinyl chloride production plant.
In addition, ADNOC has signed agreements to develop
a utilities facility with TAQA and a world-scale port with
ADNOC Logistics & Services and AD Ports Group. The
projects are currently in the design phase with start-up
targeted in 2025.

 

Nobian and GIG Forming Partnership To Launch Green Hydrogen Company

Amersfoort—
Nobian and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG)
said they are forming an industrial green hydrogen player,
the Hydrogen Chemistry Co. (HyCC), to provide “safe, reliable
and affordable” green hydrogen solutions to large industries
such as chemicals, refineries, aviation and steel.
HyCC will be specialized in water electrolysis to produce
green hydrogen from renewable power at industrial
scale, utilizing Nobian’s experience in large-scale electrolysis
and GIG’s resources and project development experience.
Nobian and GIG will each have a 50% stake in HyCC.
The deal is expected to be finalized in March 2022, subject
to regulatory approvals.
Plans for HyCC include a 60-megawatt facility in the
north of the Netherlands to supply green hydrogen for renewable
methanol and aviation fuels; a 100-megawatt project
near Amsterdam to enable sustainable steel production,
and a 250-megawatt project in Rotterdam to replace
fossil-based hydrogen.

 

Cyclyx Developing ‘First of its Kind’ Plant To Process Waste Plastics on the USGC

Houston—
Cyclyx said it is developing a “first of its kind” specialized
high volume plastic recovery facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast
(USGC) to support advanced recycling.
The proposed 60,000-t/y facility is being built to process
waste plastics for committed offtake associated with advanced
recycling projects on the USGC, such as the Baytown,
Texas, project recently announced by ExxonMobil
(PCN, 18 Oct 2021, p 2). Engineering work has already
begun on the recovery plant with start-up expected in late
2022.
Cyclyx plans to develop a network of similar plants,
linked to committed offtake, to support growth in advanced
recycling.
“We are excited to launch this phase of the company’s
growth strategy,” noted Cyclyx Chief Executive Joe Vaillancourt.
“The development of these customized plastics
recovery facilities is critical in meeting the growing needs
of advanced recyclers and is a big step forward toward our
mission of helping increase the plastic recycling rate from
10% to 90%.”

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Kraton has received ISCC Plus certification to produce
renewable styrenic block copolymers at its Berre,
France, facility. The polymers will be launched as the
CirKular+ ReNew series, with up to 70% renewable content.
Covestro said it has begun supplying the world’s
“first” climate-neutral polycarbonate from its site in
Uerdingen, Germany (PCN, 18 Jan 2021, p 2). “These
Makrolon polycarbonate grades are climate-neutral from
cradle to gate, thanks to the usage of renewable electricity
. . . and the introduction of raw materials coming from
mass-balanced bio-waste and residues.”
International Finance Corp. (IFC) is partnering with
Engro Corp. of Pakistan to help reduce plastic waste, promote
recycling and boost the company’s energy efficiency.
IFC’s climate advisory project will help Engro assess opportunities
for moving toward a circular plastic economy as
it develops a $1.8-billion polypropylene (PP) project in Karachi
(PCN, 24 May 2021, p 1).

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TA’ZIZ & Reliance to Create Joint Venture For World-Scale Chem Project at Ruwais

Ruwais—
Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Co. (TA’ZIZ) and Reliance
Industries have agreed to launch a strategic joint venture,
TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC, to construct and operate a
planned chemicals project in the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals
Zone in Ruwais, United Arab Emirates (PCN, 5 July
2021, p 1).
The project, estimated to cost more than $2-billion, involves
construction of an integrated facility with the capacity
to produce 940,000 t/y of chlor-alkali, 1.1-million t/y of
ethylene dichloride and 360,000 t/y of polyvinyl chloride. A
schedule for the project was not given.
The proposed joint venture, which is subject to regulatory
approvals, marks a major milestone in ADNOC’s [Abu
Dhabi National Oil Co.] downstream expansion and the
development of the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone,”
said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry
and Advanced Technology and managing director and
group chief executive of ADNOC.
“It will help strengthen domestic supply chains, drive
In-Country Value and accelerate the UAE’s economic diversification,
in line with the leadership’s wise directives.”

 

ExxonMobil Chem Purchases Materia; Will Operate Under Materia Name

Irving—Exxon-
Mobil Chemical has acquired Materia, a technology firm
based in Pasadena, Calif., that has developed a Nobel-prize
winning polymer technology for manufacturing a new class
of materials.
The acquisition, for which a value was not disclosed, includes
Materia’s headquarters and technology center in
Pasadena and its manufacturing facility in Huntsville,
Texas. ExxonMobil plans to operate the business as a
wholly-owned affiliate under the Materia name.
Since 2017, the two companies have been working together
on the development of new hydrocarbon-based materials
that are “stronger, lighter and more durable” than
existing thermoset products, such as epoxy, ExxonMobil
noted.
“The combination of Materia’s innovative culture, dedicated
employees and cutting-edge technology with Exxon-
Mobil’s expertise and scale in bringing new technology to
market will open up an exciting new chapter for Materia,”
said Robert Grubbs, Nobel Laureate and co-founder of Materia.
“ExxonMobil’s acquisition significantly expands the
growth opportunities for this unique technology.”

 

Oriental Energy Picks Grace Technology For New PP Line at Maoming Facility

Beijing—W.R.
Grace & Co. has licensed its Unipol polypropylene (PP)
process technology to Oriental Energy for a new PP line at
Oriental’s plant in Maoming, China.
The PP line, which will have a production capacity of
400,000 t/y, is Oriental’s fifth PP line, and its fourth using
Grace’s Unipol technology. Details of the project were not
disclosed.
Oriental currently has the “largest” Unipol PP operating
capacity in China, with plans to build additional PP
lines at its sites in Ningbo and Maoming in the future,
Grace noted.
“We selected Grace’s Unipol PP process for our site in
Maoming because of our confidence in the technology,” said
Oriental Energy General Manager Yinlong Wu.
“”We know from experience with our other Unipol PP
lines that we can produce the advanced polypropylene resins
we need for our customers. We also know Grace will be
a trusted advisor to provide support and service for the life
of our plants.”

 

AGCC Secures $1.9-Billion in Financing For Amur Gas Chem Complex in Russia

Moscow—
Amur Gas Chemical Complex LLC (AGCC), a joint venture
of Sibur and Sinopec, has signed a $1.9-billion loan document
to finance the completion of the Amur Gas Chemical
Complex currently under construction in Russia (PCN, 6
Sept 2021, p 3).
The project will process ethane fraction from Gazprom’s
Amur Gas Processing Plant for the production of 2.3-
million t/y of polyethylene and 400,000 t/y of polypropylene.
Commissioning is scheduled for 2024.
Sibur and Sinopec, which hold a 60% share and 40%
share in the joint venture, respectively, will finance the
remainder of the project cost in proportion to their participation
shares.

 

EC Okays PTTGC’s Planned Purchase Of Sole Control of Allnex from Advent

Brussels—The
European Commission (EC), under the European Union
Merger Regulation, has approved PTT Global Chemical’s
(PTTGC) acquisition of sole control of Allnex Holding from
Advent International for an enterprise value of $4.75-
billion (PCN, 19-26 July 2021, p 4).
Allnex, originally formed from the combination of Cytec
Coating Resins and Nuplex, has 33 state-of-the-art manufacturing
sites in 18 countries, 23 research and technology
facilities, and around 4,000 employees. The transaction is
expected to be finalized this year.
The commission concluded that the proposed transaction
would raise no competition concerns given that, in all
of the markets under consideration, the respective market
shares of the companies are limited and other well established
players are present.

 

Borouge JV Awards Several EPC Contracts For Borouge 4 Expansion Project in UAE

Ruwais—
Abu Dhabi Polymers Co. (Borouge), a joint venture of Abu
Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) and Borealis, has
awarded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC)
contracts to Tecnimont SpA and Technip Energies for its
Borouge 4 expansion project in Ruwais, United Arab Emirates
(PCN, 22-29 Nov 2021, p 1).
The $6.2-billion project will include a 1.5-million-t/y
ethane cracker, two 700,000-t/y Borstar polyethylene (PE)
facilities, a 100,000-t/y cross-linked PE unit, and a hexene-
1 unit, which will produce co-monomers for certain PE
grades. Start-up is expected by the end of 2025.
Tecnimont SpA was awarded three EPC contracts, valued
at around $3.5-billion for the polyolefin units package,
cross-linked PE unit package and the utilities and offsites
package.
Tecnimont’s scope of work involves complete engineering
services, equipment and material supply, erection and
construction activities, commissioning and start-up assistance.
Technip Energies, in consortium with Target Engineering,
was awarded a contract, valued at between €500-
million and €1-billion, for the construction of the ethane
cracker unit. The contract covers delivery of the ethane
unit, which will be based on Technip Energies’ proprietary
technology.

 

Sumitomo & Yara Consider Collaboration To Advance the Use of Clean Ammonia

Tokyo—Sumitomo
Chemical and Yara International have agreed to explore
a potential collaboration to advance the use of ammonia
made from hydrogen that is generated by using renewable
electricity.
Under the agreement, Sumitomo will begin studying
the possibility of using Yara’s clean ammonia as a raw material
for its petrochemical products, as well as utilizing it
as a source for clean energy at Sumitomo’s production
sites, as part of its fuel conversion efforts.
In addition, to promote the use of clean ammonia in Japan,
Sumitomo will explore potential collaborative projects
with Yara, including stocking Yara’s clean ammonia at
storage facilities in its Ehime Works.

 

Polyplex Films Commences Operation Of New Indonesian BOPP Film Line

Jakarta—Polyplex
Films Indonesia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polyplex
Corp., has begun operation of a new biaxially oriented
polypropylene (BOPP) film production line in Indonesia
(PCN, 24 June 2019, p 3).
The project, which was earlier estimated to cost approximately
$48-million, excluding working capital, has a
capacity of 60,000 t/y.
Separately, Polyplex Thailand is currently building a
50,000-t/y biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate
(BOPET) film line in Decatur, Ala., adjacent to an existing
film line, and debottlenecking its resin plant to boost capacity
to 86,000 t/y from 58,000 t/y (PCN, 5 Oct 2020, p 1).
Construction on the $103-million project was scheduled
to begin in the first half of this year with production expected
to start around October 2022.

 

SABIC, OQ Sign MoU for Potential Study Of New Petrochemical Project in Oman

Duqm—
SABIC and OQ have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) to study the development of a new petrochemical
project in the Special Economic Zone of Duqm in Oman.
The potential project would include a world-scale steam
cracker unit (SCU) and plants for the production of ethylene
and propylene. No other details were available.
The non-binding MoU sets out the preliminary and indicative
terms for the potential study, and states the intentions
of the two parties to discuss and assess the feasibility
of the study.
“We are honored to sign this MoU with OQ as our focus
has always been on key collaborations and on building
fruitful relationships for sustainable growth, regionally
and globally,” said Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, executive vice
president, petrochemicals at SABIC.
“With our diverse global portfolio, along with our manufacturing
competencies, we are confident of helping to drive
the development of downstream industries in Oman, just
as we are currently a key enabler in the achievement of
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 objectives.”

 

MCM, Agilyx Tout Successful Trial Results For Advanced Recycling Collaboration

Tigard—
Mitsubishi Chemical Methacrylates (MCM) and Agilyx
Corp. announced the successful results of a full-scale production
trial for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) depolymerization
at Agilyx’s Tigard, Ore., facility (PCN, 2
Nov 2020, p 4).
“The results of our PMMA trials in Tigard have been
very positive,” said Carsten Larsen, chief commercial officer
at Agilyx. “We’ve proven that Agilyx technology is capable
of turning PMMA back into its original monomer,
MMA, creating a truly circular material. “We’re excited to
continue our collaboration with Mitsubishi Chemical
methacrylates.”
The crude MMA produced during the trial is currently
being distilled at MCM’s pilot plant in Wilton, England,
and will be used both for internal product development and
to validate the purification solution that will be used in
this process.
Following the trial, MCM and Agilyx met to discuss an
action plan that sets out the required next steps, including
the prospect of building a new PMMA depolymerization
plant utilizing Agilyx technology.

 

People on the Move

Ingevity Corp.—Rich White, currently vice president,
industrial specialties, and Steve Hulme, presently vice
president, engineered polymers, will co-lead the company’s
performance chemicals segment to succeed Mike Smith,
who is retiring, effective 1 Jan. 2022. At that time, White
will become senior vice president, performance chemicals,
and president, industrial specialties and pavement technologies,
while Hulme will become senior vice president,
performance chemicals, and president, engineered polymers.
Neste Corp.—Peter Vanacker, chief executive of Neste,
has decided to resign from the company, no later than June
2022. A search for his successor is underway.

 

Mubadala Purchases Stake in Sibur, Its ‘Largest’ Investment in Russia

Moscow—Mubadala
Investment Co. announced the acquisition of a 1.9% stake
in Sibur, Mubadala’s “largest” investment in Russia, for an
undisclosed amount.
“Mubadala and Sibur have had a long-standing partnership
since 2015 and now we are excited to become
shareholders in the company,” said Faris Sohail Al Mazrui,
head of Mubadala’s Russia and CIS Investment Program.
“Sibur’s track record of delivering complex large-scale
projects and creating shareholder value is a testament to
its first-class management team. Sibur’s [recent] merger
with TAIF creates an even better-positioned player in the
market that can capitalize on synergies and development
opportunities.
“We have a lot of confidence in Sibur’s ability to navigate
and transition the company to low-carbon economy
and create lasting value for its investors.”
Sibur and TAIF recently merged, creating the “largest”
petrochemical company in Russia and “one of the biggest”
in the world (PCN, 4 Oct 2021, p 1).

 

Metadynea Lets Contract to Air Liquide For New Bio-MPG Complex in Russia

Moscow—Metadynea,
a subsidiary of Metafrax Group, has awarded a basic
engineering contract to Air Liquide Engineering and
Construction for a new green propylene glycol (Bio-MPG)
and glycerin production complex in Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Moscow
region of Russia.
The complex, for which capacities were not given, will
be designed utilizing BASF technology and a proprietary
copper hydrogenation catalyst for the synthesis of Bio-
MPG from glycerin. Engineering is planned to be completed
in 2022, with production expected to begin at the
end of 2024.
The synthesis process will reduce greenhouse gas emissions
by over 60% compared to traditional propylene oxide
production processes, Metadynea noted, adding that the
project may require an investment of more than RUB 5-
billion.
“With this project, Metafrax Group continues its import
substitution program by implementing modern technologies
for the production of chemicals that are critical to the
Russian economy, and it also begins a new stage in the
implementation of its long-term strategy in the production
of environmentally-friendly chemical products with a reduced
carbon footprint,” said Metadynea.

 

SABIC Selects Bamberger as Distributor For ETP & Polyolefins in the Americas

New York—
Bamberger Polymers has been chosen by SABIC as an authorized
distributor of SABIC’s engineering thermoplastics
(ETP) and polyolefins in the Americas.
Headquartered in Jericho, N.Y., Bamberger has a network
of distribution centers throughout North America, as
well as Central and South America.
Bamberger will begin serving SABIC customers this
quarter, with a primary focus on initial introductions and
orientation programs together with select SABIC customers.
Bamberger representatives will also have access to
SABIC’s global application design and testing resources to
support their relationships with SABIC customers.

 

Trinseo Signs Definitive Deal to Acquire Dutch Plastic Waste Recycler Heathland

Utrecht—
Trinseo has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire
Heathland BV, a Dutch collector and recycler of postconsumer
(PCR, EoL) and post-industrial (PIR) plastic
wastes in Europe.
Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Heathland focuses
on a wide array of plastic wastes with a particular focus on
polymethyl methacrylate, polycarbonate, acrylonitrile butadiene
styrene and polystyrene.
The plastic wastes are pre-treated and processed via
mechanical and chemical recycling processes and then
transformed into high-quality recycled raw materials for a
wide range of high-end applications. Value of the transaction
and an expected completion date were not given.
“We are thrilled to enter into a definitive agreement
with Heathland and look forward to growing together as
we learn from their significant recycling expertise,” said
Francesca Reverberi, senior vice president and chief sustainability
officer at Trinseo.
“In order to be successful as a sustainable solutions
provider, it is essential that we have access to comprehensive
recycling technologies and can secure plastic wastes as
feedstock. This agreement is an extension of our commitment
to investing in the movement toward a circular economy.”

 

Cepsa Launches New Sustainable Products From Renewable, Recycled Raw Materials

Madrid—
Cepsa Quimica has announced a new range of environmentally-
friendly products, including linear alkyl benzene
(LAB) and phenol, that use renewable and recycled raw
materials.
The first of these ISCC+ system certified products, to be
marketed under the NextLab and NextPhenol brands, will
be launched to market this month. Both products will initially
be manufactured at the company’s Cadiz and Huelva
plants in Spain, respectively.
Cepsa is currently working to obtain certification for
cumene and alpha methyl styrene at its Huelva plant and
Shanghai facility, respectively, as well as LAB and LAB
sulfonic acid at the Deten, Brazil, and Becancour, Canada,
plants, respectively.

 

Aramco & Sumitomo Grant Axens License To Use AFA Process in AlphaButol Unit

Paris—
Saudi Aramco Technologies and Sumitomo Chemical have
formed a technology partnership with Axens, in which Axens
has been granted the right to sublicense AFA (antifouling
agent) technology to existing and prospective licensed
units of AlphaButol.
The AFA technology, jointly developed by Aramco and
Sumitomo Chemical, works in conjunction with Axens’ AlphaButol
technology in 1-butene production plants.
“The AFA has demonstrated a real breakthrough in
unit operation profitability via higher production rates and
reduced maintenance costs, due to lower levels of fouling,”
said Mohammed A. Basaffar, section head of polymer section
of the Process Engineering Dept. at Rabigh Refining &
Petrochemical Co.
“Removability of the fouling has also been improved
with a substantially easier way to clean the unit, leading to
shorter maintenance periods.”

 

Monolith and Goodyear Sign Agreements For Use of Clean Carbon Black in Tires

Lincoln—
Monolith has signed a collaboration agreement and letter
of intent with Goodyear Tire & Rubber for the development
and potential use of clean carbon black from Monolith’s
expanded Olive Creek facility in the production of sustainable
tires.
Monolith, through its proprietary methane pyrolysis
process, has developed a technology that uses renewable
electricity to convert natural gas into high-purity carbon
black and hydrogen. The process creates “nearly zero” local
emissions and “significantly” reduced life-cycle emissions
overall, Monolith noted.
The Olive Creek facility, located in Hallam, Neb., began
commercial-scale production of carbon black earlier this
year. The company expects to begin construction on an
expansion in 2022, which will have a production capacity of
194,000 t/y of clean carbon black and 275,000 t/y of clean
ammonia. Completion is scheduled for 2025.
“We’re thrilled to enter into a productive collaboration
with a highly-respected company like Goodyear that shares
our commitment to sustainability,” said Rob Hanson, cofounder
and chief executive of Monolith.
“Monolith’s carbon black enables manufacturers like
Goodyear to meet their sustainability goals and address
customer demands for environmentally-responsible products.”

 

Gevo & Kolmar Americas Sign Agreement For Renewable Fuels Supply to Kolmar

Shelton—
Gevo has entered into a fuel supply agreement with Kolmar
Americas for the supply of renewable liquid hydrocarbons
from Gevo’s Net-Zero 2 production facility being developed
in the Mid-West of the U.S.
Under the 8-year agreement, Gevo expects to supply
Kolmar with 45-million gals/yr of renewable hydrocarbons,
including sustainable aviation fuel and isooctane, representing
the entire plant output based on the current design.
The agreement is subject to certain terms and conditions.
Kolmar Americas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kolmar
Group, is a “leading” petrochemical, renewable fuels and
liquid energy products trader and producer in Shelton,
Conn., Gevo noted.
Gevo is currently building its Net-Zero 1 facility in Lake
Preston, S.D., with 45-million gals/yr of capacity (PCN, 11
Oct 2021, p 4).

 

Kraton Receives Stockholder Approval To Divest Company to DL Chemical

Houston—Kraton
Corp. announced that its stockholders have approved the
proposed acquisition of Kraton by DL Chemical for approximately
$2.5-billion (PCN, 4 Oct 2021, p 2).
Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement
with DL Chemical, Kraton stockholders will receive $46.50
in cash for each share of Kraton common stock they own.
The transaction is expected to be finalized by the end of the
first half of 2022.
“We are pleased that our stockholders have voted overwhelmingly
in favor of the merger with DL Chemical,” said
Kraton President and Chief Executive Kevin M. Fogarty.
“We believe the transaction provides significant value
for Kraton stockholders, and that ownership of Kraton by
DL Chemical will extend Kraton’s global reach and provide
a broad platform for further investment in, and expansion
of, Kraton’s product offerings for the benefit of all of Kraton
stakeholders.”
Last year, DL Chemical acquired the Cariflex business
from Kraton.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

China Energy has begun production at its new
400,000-t/y coal-to-ethylene glycol plant in Yulin City,
China, Reuters reported.
Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has received board approval
to create a new direct subsidiary company for all of
its national marketing activities. The objective of the new
subsidiary will be to strengthen and increase Pemex’s participation
in the national market for oil, gas and petrochemical
products.
SABIC and HHI are collaborating to create the “first”
certified circular polymers produced through the advanced
recycling of recovered mixed and used ocean-bound plastic,
said SABIC. HHI converts the used plastic into pyrolysis
oil, which is then used by SABIC in their production process
to make new certified circular polymers.
Egypt has decided to impose anti-dumping duties on
U.S. imports of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), according to a
local media report. Following an investigation, the Ministry
of Trade and Industry concluded that the imports are
causing damage to the local industry. The fees will be 9%
of the CIF (costs, insurance and freight charges) value for a
period of five years.
GlobalData reported that China is likely to start up
412 petrochemicals projects between 2021 and 2025, accounting
for about 50% of the total upcoming petrochemicals
project starts in Asia by 2025. Out of the 412 projects,
45 would be polypropylene projects, 39 would be propylene
projects and 29 would be polyethylene projects.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Confirms Intention To Exit PC and Coal Chems Businesses

Tokyo—Mitsubishi
Chemical Holdings, in announcing its new “Forging
the Future” management policy, said it plans to exit its
petrochemicals and coal chemicals businesses by fiscal
year 2023.
“We will lead the consolidation of domestic basic chemical
industries towards carbon neutrality by 2050 via restructuring,
including the carving out and future exit of
our petrochemicals and coal chemicals,” noted Chief Executive
Jean-Marc Gilson.
The company cited current challenges in the domestic
basic chemical industry, including limited growth potential
in the domestic market; national energy policy transitioning
toward carbon neutrality and the basic chemical industry
having to embrace de-carbonization; the high probability
of increasing energy cost in Japan driven by carbon dioxide
reduction efforts, and cyclical businesses.
Mitsubishi’s strategic focus will be on Electronics and
Health Care & Life Science.

 

Synthos Concludes Purchase of Trinseo’s Syn Rub Business for About $491-MN

Schkopau—
Trinseo said it has completed the sale of its synthetic rubber
business based in Schkopau, Germany, to Synthos for
approximately $491-million (PCN, 25 Oct 2021, p 1).
The transaction includes the transfer of the associated
Schkopau-based manufacturing and research and development
facilities, as well as related intellectual property,
and about 440 employees.
The sale is part of Trinseo’s transformation into a
higher growth, higher margin and less cyclical specialty
and sustainable materials provider, Trinseo noted.

 

Ineos Styrolution Decides to Move Ahead With Advanced PS Recycling Pilot Plant

London—
Ineos Styrolution confirmed its decision to invest in
Europe’s “first” pilot plant for the advanced recycling of
polystyrene (PS) in Swindon, UK (PCN, 10 Aug 2020, p 3).
The facility, being set up in partnership with Recycling
Technologies, will be based on Recycling Technologies’ fluidized
bed reactor technology. It will convert PS waste
feedstock back into styrene, which can then be used to produce
PS with identical properties to the virgin material.
Operations are expected to begin in the second half of
2022.
“I am excited to see this project move ahead,” said Dr.
Alexander Gluck, president of Europe, Middle East and
Africa at Ineos Styrolution.
“With Recycling Technologies, we have found a partner
who is not only offering a very attractive technology, but
who is also sharing our own vision to avoid polystyrene
ending up in landfills or being incinerated. We are on the
right path to make polystyrene a circular material.”

 

CAP Picks Contractors to Provide FEED For Second World-Scale PC Complex

Cilegon—
Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) has selected Toyo Engineering,
Samsung Engineering, Wood and Haskoning
Indonesia for the front-end engineering design (FEED) for
its second world-scale petrochemical complex planned in
Cilegon, Indonesia (PCN, 18 Oct 2021, p 3).
Expected to cost about $5-billion, the project would include,
among others, a cracker unit, polymerized olefins
and related facilities and utilities, and would double the
company’s production capacity to over 8-million t/y. Subject
to a final investment decision planned in 2022, operations
would begin from 2026.
Once FEED is complete, engineering, procurement and
construction contractors will be selected, CAP noted.

 

Supreme Selects Versalis’ Technology For New ABS Plant in Maharashtra

Maharashtra—
Supreme Petrochem has chosen Versalis’ continuous mass
technology for a new 70,000-t/y acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
(ABS) unit to be built in the Amdoshi – Wangani, District
Raigad, Maharashtra, India.
The state-of-the-art technology will produce styrenic
polymers with a low carbon footprint owing to reduced
emissions and energy consumption. No other details were
given.
Eurotecnica Contractors and Engineers will support
Versalis in supplying the basic engineering design package.
The two companies recently signed a cooperation
agreement within the styrenics business.

 

Borealis & Hynamics Sign MoU to Explore Low-Carbon Ammonia Project in France

Paris—
Borealis and Hynamics, a subsidiary of the EDF Group,
have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to
explore the development of a project for low-carbon ammonia
production at Borealis’ production site in Ottmarsheim,
near Mullhouse, France.
The proposed project would include a 30-megawatt electrolysis
station for the production of 4,300 t/y of low-carbon
hydrogen. The station would supply hydrogen to the Borealis
site for the production of 24,000 t/y of low-carbon ammonia
by 2025-2026. The project would ultimately avoid
33,000 t/y of carbon dioxide.
The first phase of the project consists of consolidating
technical and economic approaches, while requesting
French and European funding.
“This new hydrogen project to decarbonize our industry
is beneficial for our climate, but also for the resilience of
the Chalampe platform activities,” said Agnes Pannier-
Runacher, Minister Delegate for Industry.
“This project will reduce the exposure to gas prices that
hit our industry hard this winter, and prepare for future
low-carbon fertilizers our economy will need.”

 

ADQ and Alpha Dhabi Investing $375-Mn For 15% Stake in OCI Methanol Group

Abu Dhabi—
OCI Methanol Group has entered into a strategic alliance
with investors ADQ and Alpha Dhabi Holding, in which
the investors will acquire a 15% interest in OCI for a total
consideration of $375-million.
The partnership will focus on clean methanol as fuel for
the future with hydrogen as the primary feedstock, OCI
noted. Also, as part of the alliance, OCI will be incorporated
as an ADGM company in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates (UAE).
The transaction is expected to close this year, subject to
definitive legal documents.
“This strategic partnership further solidifies Abu
Dhabi’s position in the global arena as a key player in the
industrial and chemicals space,” said ADQ Chief Executive
H.E. Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi.
“We are dedicated to bringing top-tier international
companies to the UAE in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision and
plans to create a world-class investment platform that will
invest in, and develop, a portfolio of petrochemical manufacturing
projects in Abu Dhabi.”

 

Tatneft and KMG Set Up Joint Venture For Butadiene Project in Kazakhstan

Atyrau—
Tatneft and KazMunayGas (KMG) have formed a joint
venture company, Butadien LLP, to implement their previously
announced butadiene rubber project in the Atyrau
region of Kazakhstan (PCN, 12 Apr 2021, p 1).
The approximately $1-billion project, owned 75% by
Tatneft and 25% by KMG, will have a production capacity
of up to 180,000 t/y of butadiene and butadiene rubbers.
Production is scheduled to begin in 2026.
Around 2,000 jobs are expected to be created during
construction and over 700 jobs once operational.

 

Asahi Kasei Inks Agreement with Shell For Sustainable Butadiene Feedstock

Singapore—
Asahi Kasei said it has concluded an agreement with Shell
Eastern Petroleum, in which Shell will supply Asahi Kasei
with butadiene derived from plastic waste and biomass to
be used as feedstock for the production of solutionpolymerized
styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR).
Asahi Kasei plans to begin producing and marketing
sustainable S-SBR at its plant in Singapore by the end of
fiscal 2021, making it the “world’s first” company to use
butadiene derived from plastic waste, and the “first” Japanese
company to use butadiene derived from biomass. Capacity
was not given.
Shell will produce the sustainable butadiene by mass
balance method in two ways at Shell Energy and Chemicals
Park Singapore on Bukom Island.
The first is a method of converting plastic waste into
pyrolysis oil and feeding it to its ethylene cracker complex,
and the second is using bio-feedstock as a feed.
“Asahi Kasei will now advance preparations to acquire
international certification for biomass and recycled feedstock,”
Asahi Kasei noted.
“In addition to improving the performance of S-SBR
products and reducing CO2 emissions across the product
life cycle toward the goal of becoming carbon neutral by
2050, Asahi Kasei aims to be a global leading sustainable
partner for its customers.”

 

Lummus to Supply Pyrolysis Technology For Phigenesis’ Chem Recycling Plant

Houston—
Lummus Technology, through its Green Circle subsidiary,
has finalized a letter of intent with Phigenesis to license its
Lummus New Hope Plastics Pyrolysis technology to Phigenesis
for a new chemical recycling facility at a site in
Europe.
Under the agreement, Phigenesis will use the technology
for a 150,000-t/y recycling plant to deliver ISCC+ certified
chemical feedstock for use in existing petrochemical
plants to manufacture virgin grade plastics, which are
suitable for all grades of applications.
The facility will allow for a “significant” reduction in
carbon emissions compared to plastics waste incineration
and virgin polymers production, said Lummus.
“Phigenesis is committed to delivering meaningful volume
contributions to the circular and low emission economy,
using significant quantities of otherwise unrecycled
and incinerated waste plastics to produce feedstock for petrochemical
facilities to make plastics, displacing virgin materials,”
noted Phigenesis Chief Executive Chris Moore.
The technology is part of a partnership formed in 2020
between New Hope Energy and Lummus that combines
Lummus’ ability to license, scale-up and further develop
process technology, with New Hope Energy’s operational
expertise and waste conversion technology.
This will be the “first” license of this technology in
Europe, and at this scale, Lummus noted.

 

Westlake Enters into Definitive Agreement To Buy Hexion’s Global Epoxy Business

Houston—
Westlake Chemical Corp. said it has signed a definitive
agreement with Hexion to acquire Hexion’s global epoxy
business for around $1.2-billion.
Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the business is
an “industry leader” in the manufacture and development
of specialty resins, coatings and composites for an array of
industries, Westlake noted. Subject to customary closing
conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed in
the first half of 2022.
“With this transaction . . . Westlake will significantly
expand its integrated business by adding a downstream
portfolio of coatings and composite products to its leading
chloro-vinyls businesses.”

 

People on the Move

National Petrochemical Co. of Iran—Morteza Shah-
Mirzaei has been named chief executive to succeed Behzad
Mohammadi. Shah-Mirzaei was previously directorgeneral
of the Oil Ministry’s Supervision and Inspection
Office.
Arkema—Armand Ajdari will join the company as
chief technology officer, effective 1 Jan. 2022. He has been
executive vice president of research and development of the
Saint-Gobain group since 2017.
Pembina Pipeline Corp.—Scott Burrows, most recently
chief financial officer, has been appointed interim
president and chief executive. Burrows will remain in that
position while the company searches for a new chief executive
to replace Mick Dilger, who has decided to pursue
other opportunities.

 

ExxonMobil Chem Finalizes Sale to Celanese Of Santoprene TPV Elastomers Business

Dallas—
ExxonMobil Chemical has completed the divestment of its
global Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) elastomers
business to Celanese for $1.15-billion (PCN, 5 July
2021, p 2).
The transaction includes two world-scale production
plants in Pensacola, Fla., and Newport, Wales, UK, with
over 190,000 t/y of total production capacity; Santoprene,
Dytron and Geolast trademarks and product portfolios;
customer and supplier contracts and agreements; comprehensive
TPV intellectual property portfolio with associated
technical and research and development assets, and
around 320 employees.
“We are excited to welcome the Santoprene team to
Celanese,” said Celanese Chief Executive Lori Ryerkerk.
“They have built an industry-renowned brand and product
portfolio in the Santoprene business that will immediately
strengthen the unrivaled portfolio of engineered solutions
we bring to our customers.
“We look forward to the partnership of our commercial
and technical teams to take a wider range of engineered
materials’ solutions into targeted growth areas that will
generate meaningful shareholder value.”

 

Air Liquide, BASF to Receive EC Funding For Joint CCS Project in Port of Antwerp

Brussels—
Air Liquide’s planned carbon capture and storage (CCS)
project with BASF in the Port of Antwerp has been selected
for funding by the European Commission through its
Innovation Fund, as one of seven large-scale projects out of
more than 300 applications.
The project, Kairos@C, will be jointly developed by the
two companies at the Antwerp chemical site. It is expected
to avoid 14.2-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the
first 10 years of operation, “significantly” contributing to
the European Union’s goal of becoming climate neutral by
2050, Air Liquide noted.
Kairos@C will combine CO2 capture, liquefaction,
transportation and storage on a large scale in the North
Sea, and includes several innovative technologies.
Air Liquide will use its patented Cryocap technology for
capturing CO2 from production plants and, for drying the
CO2, BASF will apply its Sorbead solution. Operations are
expected to begin in 2025.
The project will also be connected to shared CO2 transport
and export infrastructures, including a “first-of-itskind”
CO2 liquefaction and export terminal. The terminal
will be built under the framework of Antwerp@C, a consortium,
of which Air Liquide and BASF are founding members,
that aims to halve CO2 emissions in the Port of Antwerp
by 2030 (PCN, 12 Oct 2020, p 3).
“BASF wants to reduce its CO2 emissions by 25% by
2030 compared with 2018 and achieve net zero CO2 emissions
by 2050,” said Dr. Martin Brudermüller, chairman of
the board of executive directors of BASF SE.
“To reach these ambitious goals, we must use all available
technologies. Especially for BASF’s Verbund site in
Antwerp, due to its prime location in the Port of Antwerp
with direct sea access, CCS is an attractive solution to reduce
CO2 emissions from production processes on an industrial
scale within a relatively short timeframe. Therefore,
Kairos@C can become another important step on our
path to climate neutrality.”

 

Sibur to Split Plastics & Rubber Business Into Two Standalone Business Divisions

Moscow—
Sibur said it has decided to divide the Plastics, Elastomers
and Organic Synthesis Division into two standalone business
units, following the merger of Sibur’s and TAIF’s assets
(PCN, 4 Oct 2021, p 1).
The two new divisions will include the Plastics and Organic
Synthesis Division and the Synthetic Rubbers Division.
“The combined company boasts an unrivalled portfolio
of synthetic rubbers,” noted Timur Shigabutdinov, head of
the Synthetic Rubbers Division, member of the management
board and managing director of Sibur.
“Our priority is to respond to customer needs by further
growing the business using the expertise under our belt,
cutting-edge R&D [research and development] assets, and
access to the latest technologies. Once all the investment
projects are completed, these initiatives will make Sibur
one of the world’s top five synthetic rubber producers.”

 

Venture Global Plans CP2 LNG Project Adjacent to First Facility in Louisiana

Arlington—
Venture Global LNG announced it will develop a fourth
liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, named CP2
LNG, adjacent to its first facility, Calcasieu Pass, in Cameron
Parish, Louisiana (PCN, 7 June 2021, p 4).
CP2 LNG, requiring an investment over $10-billion,
will build, own and operate an LNG terminal with a nameplate
liquefaction capacity of 20-million t/y of LNG. An
expected completion date was not disclosed.
“These two projects, combined with our Plaquemines
LNG facility now under construction, represent more than
$20-billion of investment in the State of Louisiana and will
create thousands of jobs—including both permanent and
constructions jobs,” said Chief Executive Mike Sabel.
“With two major LNG export projects currently under
active construction, Venture Global is on a mission to produce
the cleanest, low-cost LNG in North America. We are
proud to partner with Louisiana in these efforts and in developing
carbon capture and sequestration for our facilities.”
Venture Global is also building the CP Express pipeline,
which will provide natural gas to the CP2 LNG facility.
The company has already submitted a formal application
requesting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission to site, construct and operate the facility
and pipeline.

 

ET Completes Acquisition of Enable

Dallas—Energy
Transfer (ET) has completed the previously announced
purchase of Enable Midstream Partners for approximately
$7.2-billion (PCN, 16 Aug 2021, p 3).
The acquired assets include around 14,000 miles of
natural gas, crude oil, condensate and produced water
gathering pipelines; about 2.6-billion cu ft/d of natural gas
processing capacity; approximately 7,800 miles of interstate
pipelines (including Southeast Supply Header of
which Enable owns 50%); about 2,200 miles of intrastate
pipelines, and seven natural gas storage units comprising
84.5-billion cu ft of storage capacity.
ET now owns and operates over 114,000 miles of pipelines
and related assets in all “major” U.S. producing regions
and markets across 41 states, ET noted.

 

Engie Signs PPA with BASF to Supply Renewable Power to Sites in Europe

London—Engie
and BASF have entered into a 25-year power purchase
agreement (PPA), in which Engie will provide BASF with
up to 20.7 terawatt hours of renewable electricity throughout
the term of the deal.
Effective 1 Jan. 2022, Engie will supply several of
BASF’s European sites with power from its renewable project
portfolio in Europe. The electricity will initially come
from onshore wind farms located at various sites throughout
the Spanish territory, where Engie acts as equity investor
or energy manager.
In the further course, Engie will have the option to either
deliver power from existing Spanish assets or from
future onshore and offshore wind farms.
“This long-term contract with a key player in the European
market secures substantial volumes of electricity
from renewable sources for BASF,” said Dr. Martin Brudermüller,
chairman of the board of executive directors of
BASF SE. “At the same time, it makes BASF an enabler
for green energy triggering additional projects for renewable
power in Europe.”
From 2030, BASF aims to implement low-emissions
technologies, such as carbon dioxide-free methods for the
production of hydrogen and electrically-heated steam
crackers, which will “significantly” increase BASF’s demand
of renewable power, BASF noted.

 

Polystyvert Receives $3.5-MN from SDTC To Scale Up Its PS Recycling Technology

Montreal—
Polystyvert announced an investment of $3.5-million
through Sustainable Development Technology Canada
(SDTC) to, among other things, scale up its patented polystyrene
(PS) recycling technology (PCN, 28 June 2021, p 3).
The process accepts a wide range of recovered styrene
plastics and removes contaminants, producing recycling PS
resins that can be used in many new products, from food
containers to building products, the company noted.
“The SDTC support . . . allows us to continue this collaboration
and take the final steps towards the construction
of our first full-scale commercial plant,” said Polystyvert
Founder Solenne Brouard.
“This will allow Canada to develop a circular economy
for polystyrene recycling, while offering innovative solutions
to meet its environmental protection and greenhouse
gas reduction objectives.”

 

Bridgestone Completes Sale to LCY Of All Shares in BSRC Subsidiary

Tokyo—Bridgestone
Corp. has concluded the sale of all shares of stock of its
Bridgestone (Huizhou) Synthetic Rubber Co. (BSRC) subsidiary
to LCY Chemical Corp. (PCN, 21 June 2021, p 1).
BSRC, based in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China,
manufactures synthetic rubber for passenger car tires.
Value of the transaction was not disclosed.
Separately, Bridgestone announced it will consolidate
its Bridgestone Diversified Chemical Products Co. subsidiary’s
facilities in Japan from nine plants to six plants.
The units, which produce advanced chemical products,
are currently operating in Kita-Kanto, Totsuka, Komaki,
Mie, Yoshida, Tosu, Shikoku, Gifu and Gotemba. The
plants in Gifu, Gotemba and Shikoku will be closed in the
first, second and third quarters of 2022, respectively.

 

Lanxess Plans Second Compounding Line For Durethan, Pocan High-Tech Plastics

Beijing—
Lanxess is investing approximately €30-million to build a
second compounding line for Durethan- and Pocan-brand
high-tech engineering plastics at its manufacturing site in
Changzhou, China.
The new line, scheduled to come on stream in the first
quarter of 2023, will raise the company’s total compounding
capacity in China to 110,000 t/y.
“The new production line marks another vital step in
enlarging our footprint in Greater China,” said Hubert
Fink, member of the board of management of Lanxess.

 

SI Picks Brenntag as Distributor in EMEA For Chem Intermediates, Coatings Resins

Albany—SI
Group said it has renewed and expanded its plastics solutions
distribution agreement with Brenntag to include SI’s
chemical intermediates and coatings resins in Europe,
Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), effective immediately.
“Brenntag is a distribution partner of choice. They
have a strong regional footprint combined with robust customer
relationships,” noted Joey Gullion, senior vice president
and chief commercial officer at SI.
“We are thrilled to add SI Group’s performance chemicals
and coating resins products to our portfolio, as it enables
us to offer a more differentiated range of solutions to
our chemical intermediates and coatings customers,” said
Sara Ghione, director polymers EMEA Brenntag Specialties.

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ADNOC and Borealis Make Final Decision To Invest in Borouge 4 Expansion Project

Ruwais—
Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) and Borealis have
confirmed a final investment decision to build their previously
announced Borouge 4 expansion project at the Ruwais
polyolefin manufacturing complex in the United Arab
Emirates (PCN, 20 Jan 2020, p 2).
The $6.2-billion project will include a 1.5-million-t/y
ethane cracker, two 700,000-t/y Borstar polyethylene (PE)
facilities, a 100,000-t/y cross-linked PE unit, and a hexane-
1 unit, which will produce co-monomers for certain PE
grades.
ADNOC will supply feedstock to Borouge 4, which is
expected to start up by the end of 2025. Once operations
begin, Borouge, a joint venture of ADNOC and Borealis,
will have a total polyolefin production capacity of 6.4-
million t/y, making it the “world’s largest” single-site production
facility, Borealis noted.
“Borouge 4 will capitalize on the projected growth in
customer demand for polyolefins, driven by their use in
manufactured products in the Middle East, Africa and
Asia,” said Borealis. “The facility will enable the next
phase of growth at the Ruwais Industrial Complex by supplying
feedstock to the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone.”
Separately, ADNOC Logistics & Services and AD Ports
Group have signed an agreement to develop a new port and
logistics facility at TA’ZIZ, which is currently under development.
The facility will support tenants at the TA’ZIZ Industrial
Chemical Zone and is expected to be a “critical” part
of the supply chain for feedstocks, said ADNOC. The facility
will store and load final products for export.
The partners will select an international operator to enter
into a new joint venture and contribute to the development
of the new port.

 

SABIC Begins Initial Start-Up Activities For New EG Unit at JUPC’s Jubail Site

Jubail—
SABIC said that initial start-up activities have begun at a
new ethylene glycol (EG) plant within its Jubail United
Petrochemical Co. (JUPC) subsidiary site in Jubail Industrial
City, Saudi Arabia (PCN, 1 Jan 2018, p 2).
The United Ethylene Glycol Plant, built by Samsung,
has a production capacity of around 700,000 t/y of monoethylene
glycol. SABIC did not disclose when commercial
operations are expected to begin.
Samsung was responsible for the engineering, design,
supply and construction of the EG facility.

 

Lummus Receives Contract from KPIC For New AHU at Onsan Chem Plant

Ulsan—Korea
Petrochemical Industry Co. (KPIC) has awarded a contract
to Lummus Technology for a C4 acetylenes selective hydrogenation
unit (AHU) at KPIC’s Onsan chemical plant in
Ulsan, South Korea (PCN, 31 May 2021, p 2).
Once complete, the plant will process 37,000 t/y of feed
to the AHU, which will prevent the burning of the byproduct
stream as fuel, resulting in lower emissions.
The AHU will upgrade a byproduct waste stream by selectively
hydrogenating C4 acetylenes to produce larger
quantities of butadiene and raffinate products. The product
will be used to produce rubber and supply KPIC’s olefins
conversion unit.
Lummus’ scope of work includes license and basic engineering
for the Lummus/BASF SELOP C4 acetylene selective
hydrogenation technology.
Earlier this year, KPIC selected Lummus Technology to
provide its butadiene extraction (BDE) technology for a
new BDE unit being built at the Onsan plant. The unit
will produce 146,000 t/y of butadiene. Schedules for the
projects were not given.

 

Tatneft Building Rubber Units at Togliatti; Signs Deal with Versalis for Technology

Togliatti—
Tatneft announced plans to build new production plants for
nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) and carboxylate styrene
butadiene rubber (XSBR) at its Togliatti industrial site in
Russia.
The company has signed a license and engineering
agreement with Versalis for the project, which will have a
production capacity of 70,000 t/y of NBR and 30,000 t/y of
XSBR based on Versalis technologies. No other details
were available.

 

Cabot Inks Definitive Agreement to Buy Carbon Black Producer Tokai Carbon

Beijing—Cabot
Corp. said it has entered into a definitive agreement to
acquire Tokai Carbon (Tianjin) Co. from Tokai Carbon
Group for $9-million, subject to customary closing adjustments.
Commissioned in 2006, the Tokai Carbon plant is located
in close proximity to Cabot’s current carbon black
and specialty compounds facility in Tianjin, China, and has
the capacity to produce 50,000 t/y of carbon black.
Cabot plans to invest in upgrading the facility to produce
battery grades, and will operate the unit while conducting
the technology upgrades.
The upgrades to manufacturing and environmental
equipment will enable the site to manufacture conductive
carbon black for battery materials, as well as other carbon
black products, while meeting environmental standards.
The transaction is expected to be finalized in the second
fiscal quarter of 2022.

 

Neste and Ravago Receive EC Clearance To Form Chem Recycling Joint Venture

Brussels—
The European Commission (EC) has approved the creation
of a joint venture between Neste and Ravago to build an
industrial chemical recycling plant at Vlissingen, the
Netherlands (PCN, 25 Oct 2021, p 3).
The planned facility, which would utilize Alterra Energy’s
proprietary thermochemical liquefaction technology,
would have a processing capacity of about 55,000 t/y of
mixed plastic waste.
The partnership would combine Ravago’s expertise in
the mechanical preparation of plastic waste, Alterra’s
technology and Neste’s expertise in the processing of hydrocarbons.
The commission concluded that the proposed acquisition
would raise no competition concerns, given that the
newly created joint venture will have limited foreseen activities
within the European Economic Area.
In 2019, Neste and Ravago set a joint target to process
over 200,000 t/y of mixed plastic waste by 2030. Since
then, they have evaluated technologies, the raw material
market, and built joint business cases to develop chemical
recycling capacities.

 

OQ Lifts Declaration of Force Majeure On Certain Products at Oberhausen

Berlin—OQ
Chemicals has lifted its force majeure declaration for nand
iso-butyraldehyde, propionaldehyde, 2-ethylhexanol, nand
iso-butanol, and n-butyl acetate produced at its site in
Oberhausen, Germany, with immediate effect (PCN, 4 Oct
2021, p 3).
The company declared force majeure on 29 Sept. 2021
due to a technical problem in a third-party synthesis gas
unit at the site, which caused raw materials to be restricted.
At the same time, OQ issued a sales control program
for products produced at the site.
“OQ Chemicals is confident to resume deliveries at a
rate of 100% of its contractual obligations. However, due
to the impact on inventories, the sales control program will
remain in place for non-contract businesses until further
notice,” the company stated.

 

Regenyx JV Transitions Tigard Facility To 100% Renewable Energy from Wind

Tigard—
Circular recycling company Regenyx, a joint venture of Agilyx
and AmSty, announced it has transitioned to 100%
renewable energy from wind sources at its facility in Tigard,
Ore.
Through enrollment in the Green Future Enterprise
program with Portland General Electric, Regenyx will receive
100% of its electricity from wind sources. Using only
renewable energy sources supports a transition to a lowcarbon
economy, the company noted.
“Agilyx is using chemical recycling technology to help
solve the problem of plastic waste in an effort to create a
more sustainable, circular economy for plastics,” said Agilyx
Chief Executive Tim Stedman.
“Using electricity derived from non-renewable resources
to power that technology would be counter-intuitive.
That’s why we are so pleased to announce that all of the
electricity in Tigard will now come from renewable wind
energy.”

 

Sinopec ‘Successfully’ Completes Application Of Light Crude Oil Cracking into Ethylene

Beijing—
Sinopec announced it has “successfully” completed its key
project, “Technological Development and Industrial
Application of Light Crude Oil Cracking into Ethylene,” at
Sinopec Tianjin in China.
The technology converts crude oil directly into ethylene,
propylene and other chemical products (crude to chemicals)
and realizes the “first” industrial application of crude oil
steam cracking technology in China, the company noted.
Developed and engineered by Sinopec’s Beijing Research
Institute of Chemical Industry and Sinopec Engineering
Group, the technology will “greatly” shorten the
production process, lower production costs and “significantly”
reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Sinopec is preparing to carry out the development and
engineering design of packaged technology for the production
of ethylene, by steam cracking 1-million tons of crude
oil at its Tahe company in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous
Region, building an industrial demonstration plant for the
direct production of chemicals from crude oil and establishing
a new model for the transformation and development of
China’s petrochemical industry, Sinopec stated.

 

Evonik Commissions Feasibility Study Into Plasticizer Portfolio Expansion

Marl—Evonik
announced it has launched a feasibility study into expanding
its plasticizer portfolio with new plasticizer products
based on isononanol as a raw material at its site in Marl,
Germany.
The company recently commissioned preliminary planning
to determine how existing production capacities at the
site can best be expanded. Once the planning is complete,
the basic engineering phase will begin.
“As an innovative player in the plasticizers industry, we
are embracing trends in this industry,” said Roland Pietz,
head of the oxo alcohols and plasticizers market segment
in performance intermediates.
“In addition to a balanced product portfolio, supply security
is particularly relevant for our customers. Our response
to this is to take measures to further secure the
availability of plasticizers and the raw materials used to
produce them.”

 

People on the Move

Olin Corp.—Patrick M. Schumacher, most recently
senior vice president at Prince Corp., has joined the company
as vice president and president, chlor alkali products
and vinyl, effective 29 Nov. 2021.
Schumacher will succeed Damian Gumpel, who has
been named vice president and president of epoxy and
corporate strategy to replace Pat D. Dawson, who will
retire, effective 30 Apr. 2022, or an earlier mutually
agreeable date. Dawson will remain an executive vice
president until his retirement.
American Chemistry Council (ACC)—Martha
Moore has been appointed chief economist and managing
director, succeeding Kevin Swift, who has retired. She was
most recently senior director of Policy Analysis & Statistics.
Dr. Keith Belton has joined the ACC as senior director
of Policy Analysis & Statistics. He previously led the
Manufacturing Policy Initiative at Indiana University.

 

Celanese, MCAM Agree to Collaborate On Recycled POM Product Offering

Dallas—Celanese
and Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM) are
partnering to further develop mechanical recycling solutions
for post-industrial and post-consumer sources of
polyoxymethylene (POM).
The companies will work together to assess options to
convert waste streams into marketable, end-product formulations
so Celanese can offer its customers sustainable
options for scrap or end-of-life waste with assurances of
closed loop material reuse, the partners noted.
Last November, Celanese introduced a sustainable
polyacetal product offering, POM ECO-B, a mass-balance,
bio-based option. While POM ECO-B is commercially
available, not all customers or industries are ready to
adopt bio-mass balance.
The collaboration with MCAM builds upon Celanese’s
sustainable product offerings by initiating development of
a recycled content option of the Celanese Hostaform/Celcon
POM product that will be marketed as POM ECO-R with a
recycled content offering of up to 30%.
MCAM would conduct the recycled feedstock collection,
separation and processing, while Celanese would provide
the formulation, product technology and production capability.

 

Ecolab’s Nalco Water Business Introduces Advanced Recycling for Plastics Program

St. Paul—
Nalco Water, Ecolab’s water and process management
business for industrial customers, announced a new Advanced
Recycling for Plastics program for refineries, ethylene
producers and chemical recyclers of plastic waste.
The program is a holistic suite of offerings aimed at
helping these companies use existing infrastructure when
processing pyrolysis oil, an alternate recycled plastic feedstock.
“The solutions enable companies to preserve their existing
equipment, which necessitates lower capital costs than
retrofitting their operations for feedstock transportation,”
Ecolab noted.
“Additionally, the solutions help with feedstock stability
and flowability as it is stored and processed to protect refining
and chemical processing infrastructure from scaling
and corrosion.”
The program also includes consulting on program implementation,
seasonal variabilities, asset protection and
future scaling potential, as well as continuous research and
development to optimize operations.

 

Rosneft Raising Stake in PCK Refinery

Schwedt—
Rosneft, currently a 54.17% stakeholder in the PCK
(Schwedt) refinery, has exercised its pre-emption right for
an additional 37.5% share of the refinery from Shell.
PCK, located in Schwedt, Brandenburg, Germany, processes
12-million t/y of crude oil, making it “one of the largest”
crude oil processing facilities in Germany, according to
PCK’s website. It processes the crude oil into petrochemicals
and petroleum products.
The transaction, subject to government and regulatory
approvals, would increase Rosneft’s shareholding in PCK
to 91.67%. Eni holds the remaining stake.

 

Mitsui, Veolia and Seven & I Pick Location For New Japanese PET Recycling Plant

Tokyo—
Circular Pet Co., a joint venture of Mitsui & Co., Veolia
Japan and Seven & i Holdings, will build its new polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) recycling facility in Tsuyama
City, Okayama Prefecture (PCN, 2 Nov 2020, p 3).
The plant, which will have a recycled PET resin production
capacity of around 25,000 t/y, is expected to begin operations
in 2022, the parties earlier said.
Veolia will contribute its advanced technology and
know-how that it acquired through regular exchange of
technical information among the group’s plants to handle
low-grade waste plastic bottles. It operates 10 recycling
plants worldwide.
Seven & i will supply waste plastic bottles to the new
facility and use the recycled PET materials in some of its
containers.
“Circular Pet was established with an aim to develop a
circular business model whereby used PET bottles are collected
and recycled as raw materials for producing PET
bottles,” Mitsui noted.

 

Technip Energies & Petronas Teaming Up To Develop Carbon Capture Technologies

Paris—
Technip Energies and Petronas have signed a heads of
agreement establishing a strategic collaboration framework
for the further development and commercialization of
carbon capture technologies.
The technologies include Petronas’ Rotating Pack Bed
assisted cryogenic CO2 (carbon dioxide) recovery technology
(CryoMin), and membrane-based CO2 recovery technology
(PN2).
Both companies will also collaborate on furthering the
development of associated services and equipment, in order
to help operators reduce their assets’ carbon emissions in a
sustainable manner, Technip noted.
“Petronas leverages on innovations in a holistic approach
towards its Net Zero Carbon Emissions 2050 aspiration
and has identified carbon capture, utilization and
storage technologies among core enablers towards achieving
this ambition,” said Bacho Pilong, senior vice president
of project delivery and technology at Petronas.
“We are excited about the many possibilities to be created
under this collaboration between two companies
equally passionate about advancing technologies that will
mutually progress our sustainability agenda. We also hope
our synergy and the ensuing successes will spur similar
partnerships that meet the triple bottom lines of profit,
people and the planet for a better tomorrow.”

 

Danimer Concludes Novomer Purchase

Rochester—
Danimer Scientific announced it recently completed the
acquisition of Novomer for $152-million in cash (PCN, 2
Aug 2021, p 4).
Novomer uses its proprietary thermal catalytic conversion
process to produce a “unique” type of polyhydroxyalkanoate
(PHA) that can be incorporated into some of Danimer’s
products, as a complement to its existing PHA
polymer at a reduced cost, Danimer noted.
Novomer is headquartered with a pilot plant in Rochester,
N.Y.

 

Westlake’s Vinnolit Subsidiary Rolls Out Lower-Carbon PVC Product GreenVin

Houston—
Vinnolit, a subsidiary of Westlake Chemical, has launched
GreenVin polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a new lower-carbon
alternative PVC.
“Market demand for lower-carbon plastics and materials
is rising rapidly as more customers are seeking ways to
reduce their carbon footprints and meet their sustainability
goals,” said Dr. Karl-Martin Schellerer, vice president
of Europe & Asia Vinyls Chemicals.
“GreenVin PVC performs as well as traditional PVC,
while offering a more climate-friendly product that our customers
can feel good about using. This product and the
entire GreenVin product line are part of our overall commitment
to meeting society’s needs and enabling a better
future.”
Vinnolit launched GreenVin caustic soda earlier this
year (PCN, 1 Mar 2021, p 4).

 

Nova Signs Deal with Circulus Holdings For the Supply of ‘High-Quality’ PCR

Calgary—Nova
Chemicals announced it has expanded its sources of postconsumer
resin (PCR) through a new long-term agreement
with Circulus Holdings, in which Circulus will supply Nova
with its “high-quality” recycled polyethylene.
“The demand for high-quality PCR plastic in packaging
is forecasted to increase significantly,” said Nova. The
agreement with Circulus increases Nova’s available supply
to customers.

 

Zachry Group Creates New Business Focused on Sustainability Solutions

San Antonio—
Zachry Group said it has formed a new sustainability business
focused on supporting its customers as they pursue
energy transition projects.
The company, Zachry Sustainability Solutions, will focus
efforts on four primary areas of the decarbonization
market: carbon capture, hydrogen, renewable fuels and
chemicals, and nuclear energy. All four focus areas directly
complement existing company offerings.
“We look forward to building relationships with technology
providers and clients to support energy transition
projects from early-stage development, engineering,
through construction and commissioning,” noted Mike Kotara,
president of Zachry Sustainability Solutions.

 

Topsoe & Green Fuel Ink MoU to Develop Tecnologies for Green NH3 in Iceland

Husavik—
Haldor Topsoe and Green Fuel have entered into a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to partner to identify efficient
and scalable technologies for the production of green
ammonia in Iceland.
Topsoe develops “cutting edge” new technologies within
green hydrogen, green ammonia, eMethanol and efuels,
and Green Fuel is a hydrogen and ammonia company that
plans to be at the forefront of the energy transition, Topsoe
noted.
As part of its plan to produce green ammonia and green
hydrogen in Iceland, Green Fuel has entered into a letter
of intent to operate at Bakki Eco-Industrial Park.
“Iceland offers large-scale volumes of the renewable
power needed from its vast hydro and geothermal resources,
and we see an exciting potential for the production
of clean fuels,” said Topsoe Senior Vice President Tore Sylvester
Jeppesen.
The agreement also enables the two companies to explore
other business opportunities within green ammonia
Topsoe added. No other details were given.

 

SK Innovation Selects Honeywell to Study Carbon Capture, Sequestration in Korea

Seoul—SK
Innovation has picked Honeywell UOP for a feasibility
study to retrofit SK’s existing hydrogen production assets
in Ulsan, S. Korea, with carbon capture and sequestration.
SK will explore capturing and sequestering 400,000
tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) using a range of technologies
from Honeywell UOP. The CO2 would be re-injected into
depleted natural gas reservoirs, starting in 2026.
“With the global demand for hydrogen expected to grow
significantly within the next decade, hydrogen producers
need a low-cost carbon capture system to help them meet
their sustainability goals,” said Ben Owens, vice president
and general manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology
Solutions.
“Honeywell UOP is uniquely positioned for this feasibility
study as our multiple technology offerings for carbon
capture based on solvents, membranes, cryogenics, and
pressure swing adsorption systems can be optimized to
meet the projects needs.”
Various petroleum products are produced at the Ulsan
complex, which can refine 840,000 b/d of crude oil.

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ExxonMobil Makes Decision to Proceed With Huizhou Chem Complex Project

Beijing—
ExxonMobil has made a final investment decision to go
ahead with its planned chemical complex in the Dayawan
Petrochemical Industrial Park in Huizhou, Guangdong
Province, China (PCN, 28 June 2021, p 1).
The multi-billion dollar project, on which construction
is underway, includes a 1.6-million-t/y flexible feed steam
cracker, three performance polyethylene lines and two differentiated
performance polypropylene lines.
“Demand for performance polymers will continue to increase
in China, and we’re well positioned to meet the
needs of that growing market,” said ExxonMobil Chemical
President Karen McKee. “We look forward to progressing
this exciting project as we work to build a competitive
growth platform in Dayawan.”
Earlier this year, Huizhou QuanMei Petrochemical
Terminal Co. awarded a contract to Vopak for storage and
services of a liquid products terminal that would be built
and operated as part of the Huizhou chemical complex.
The new 560,000-cu m terminal would serve the steam
cracker, and include pipelines to connect a jetty to the
chemical complex. Vopak would have a 30% ownership
interest in the terminal and pipelines.

 

IVL Gets Board Nod to Acquire Land, Assets For New PET Recycling Plant in Thailand

Bangkok—
The board of directors of Indorama Ventures (IVL) has approved
the purchase of land, buildings and utility machinery
from Aurus Specialty to utilize for a proposed polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) recycling facility in Thailand.
The assets, valued at a total of 112.90-million baht, will
be acquired by Indorama Polyester Industries and Indorama
Holdings, direct subsidiaries of IVL. Subject to
approval from the board of investment, the transaction is
expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.
The project will also comprise a preform manufacturing
unit and a solar power facility to form a comprehensive
green and sustainable recycling solution, IVL noted. Further
details of the recycling project were not given.

 

Orion Converting Ivanhoe Reactor Line To Manufacture Hard Carbon Black

Houston—Orion
Engineered Carbons plans to convert a reactor line at its
Ivanhoe, La., facility from manufacturing soft carbon black
to producing hard carbon black.
“With the continued onshoring of tire production to the
U.S., the carbon black supply-demand balance is getting
tighter, particularly for hard carbon black,” noted Chief
Executive Corning Painter.
“To help support this aspect of the automotive supply
chain, we are going to invest in converting a reactor at our
Ivanhoe plant, increasing supply of hard black by about
30,000 tons per year by mid-2022. Soft black will be decreased
by about the same amount.”

 

Trinseo Initiating Sales Process in ‘22 To Divest Its Styrenics Businesses

Berwyn—Trinseo
said it has begun to explore the divestiture of its styrenics
businesses and intends to launch a formal sales process in
the first quarter of 2022.
The assets to be included in the sales process are the
company’s feedstocks and polystyrene segments, as well as
its 50% interest in Americas Styrenics, a joint venture with
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
“With the planned separation of our styrenics assets . . .
we will have transformed our portfolio to what should result
in a much less cyclical, higher margin and a higher
free cash flow business,” said Trinseo Chief Executive
Frank Bozich.
“The portfolio should also have an even more advantaged
carbon and energy footprint and be better positioned
to continue growing and returning value to shareholders
through the anticipated energy transition in the chemical
industry.”

 

Northern Petrochem Selects KBR/JM Process For Green NH3, Methanol Facility in Alberta

Alberta—
Northern Petrochemical Corp. has selected ammoniamethanol
co-production technology jointly developed by
KBR and Johnson Matthey (JM) for its proposed carbonneutral
ammonia and methanol production facility in the
Greenview Industrial Gateway in Alberta, Canada.
The $2.5-billion facility would produce 200-million-t/y of
blue methanol and blue hydrogen that would be converted
to ammonia and shipped globally, said Northern Petrochemical
President Geoff Bury. Once operational, it would
consume around 200-million cu ft/d of natural gas feed.
The project would be the “first of its kind” in Canada,
with plans to use carbon capture and storage to produce
“exceptionally” low-carbon products, according to the Alberta
government website.
Approximately 4,000 jobs will be created during the
construction phase and 400 permanent jobs once operational.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of
2023 and be completed in the fall of 2026.
“After looking at possible locations nationally and globally,
we decided that Alberta would be the best home for
this project,” noted Bury.
“New developments here are a strong signal that Grand
Prairie and the MD [municipal district] of Greenview are
committed to this industry and have the motivation to help
bring these projects to life.
“The Greenview Industrial Gateway and the Alberta
Petrochemicals Incentive Program are both examples of
the right infrastructure and supports in Alberta to create
jobs and grow a cleaner energy future.”

 

Lummus & Braskem Sign MoU to Partner On Licensing Green Ethylene Technology

Houston—
Lummus Technology said it has executed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) with Braskem Netherlands BV, a
subsidiary of Braskem, for the licensing of Braskem’s green
ethylene technology for two ethanol-to-ethylene conversion
projects being developed in North America and Asia.
In addition, the companies are discussing a long-term
agreement for Lummus to license Braskem’s green ethylene
technology as a way to accelerate the chemical industry’s
use of renewable feedstocks and fight climate change,
converting circular carbon from the atmosphere into plastic,
Lummus noted.
“Our partnership with Braskem is a very important
building block that will strengthen Lummus’ technology
leadership in the energy transition,” said Lummus Technology
President and Chief Executive Leon de Bruyn.
“As the world’s largest ethylene technology provider,
Lummus is confident in the green solutions we will be able
to develop together with Braskem, the world’s largest biopolymer
producer and recognized for its role in the circular
economy. “Our collective expertise, experience and resources
will accelerate circularity in our industry and help
our customers decarbonize their investments and produce
greener products.”

 

ZPC Studying Crude-to-Olefins Process To Reduce Emissions by Almost Half

Beijing—Zhejiang
Petrochemical Corp. (ZPC) is looking into new technologies,
including the direct processing of crude into olefins,
to lower carbon emissions, reported Reuters citing
ZPC Vice President Liu Minghui.
ZPC and Tsinghua University in China are working together
to develop crude-to-olefin know-how, which is expected
to cut the carbon footprint by nearly 50% compared
to the conventional process of obtaining feedstock for petrochemicals
during the crude refining process, noted Liu.
The company is also actively drawing up plans to capture
and utilize carbon dioxide (CO2), with a usable volume
of around 5.2-million t/y, for producing acetic acid and
synthetic gas.

 

KKR Inks Definitive Agreements to Buy Chemical Storage Tank Operator CTT

Tokyo—Global
investment firm KKR has signed definitive agreements to
acquire Japanese chemical storage tank operator Central
Tank Terminal (CTT) from an affiliate of Macquarie Infrastructure
and Real Assets.
CTT, Japan’s “largest” independent chemical storage
tank operator, has over 300,000 cu m of storage capacity
across seven terminals located near key ports and strategic
hubs around Tokyo Bay, Osaka Bay, Nagoya and Kitakyushu,
KKR noted.
The company provides tank storage and auxiliary services
to over 80 “blue-chip customers,” including “major”
chemical manufacturers. The transaction is expected to be
finalized in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to regulatory
approvals and closing conditions.
“We are pleased to mark our first infrastructure investment
in Japan with a leading business like CTT,” said
Hiro Hirano, partner for KKR Asia Pacific and chief executive
of KKR Japan.

 

Plastic Energy and Axens to Collaborate In Advanced Recycling of Plastic Waste

Paris—Plastic
Energy and Axens have signed a strategic collaboration
agreement to increase recycling and decrease plastic waste
through the advanced recycling of plastics.
Under the partnership, they will market and license
Plastic Energy’s advanced recycling technology, which uses
a thermal anaerobic conversion pyrolysis process to recycle
end-of-life plastics that would otherwise be destined for
landfill, incineration or end up in the environment.
The plastic waste from the process is turned into raw
materials that can be used to create new virgin-quality
polymers, the parties noted.
Under the agreement, the partners will provide customers
with technical and business case studies, basic engineering,
technical services, proprietary equipment, complete
modular units and support to operations, leveraging
the two company’s complementary operational, licensing
and engineering skills.
The partners will also be in the position to propose and
license a complete technological solution for the pyrolysis
pathway, combining Plastic Energy’s recycling technology
and the Axens Rewind Mix process for the purification of
plastics pyrolysis oil, they added.

 

Sibur’s Bondar Elected President of IISRP; Executive Committee Members Identified

Houston—
The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers
(IISRP) elected Laris Bondar, head of sales for the Synthetic
Rubber, Plastics, Elastomers, and Organic Synthetic
Division at Sibur, as president international of the IISRP
for the year 2021-2022.
Bondar, who will also serve as president of IISRP’s
EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Section, succeeds
Kumho Petrochemical’s Joon-Hoon Baek, who now becomes
past-president international of IISRP.
The other members elected to the Institute Executive
Committee for the year 2021-2022 include Sinopec’s
Zhuang Yi as president of the Asia Pacific Section; Hisaaki
Yokoo of UBE Elastomers as vice president of the Asia Pacific
Section; TSRC’s Hendrick Lam as FPAC member;
Trinseo’s Ralf Irmert as vice president of the EMEA Section
and FPAC member; Bobby Rikhoff of Lion Elastomers
as president of the Americas Section; and Mark Plante of
TSRC Specialty Materials as vice president of the Americas
Section.
Juan Ramon Salinas will continue as managing director,
assistant treasurer and recording secretary.

 

People on the Move

Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Co.—Ibrahim Q.
Al-Buainain has been appointed chairman of the board of
directors; Othman A. Al-Ghamdi has become president and
chief executive; and Noriaki Takeshita has been appointed
deputy chairman of the board. The appointments, effective
3 Nov. 2021, are for a period of three years.
Johnson Matthey—Liam Condon has been named
chief executive to succeed Robert MacLeod, who is retiring
from the company, effective 21 July 2022. Condon is currently
a member of the board of management of Bayer AG
and president of Bayer’s Crop Science Division.

 

IPL to End Manufacturing Operations At Gibson Island Fertilizer Plant Site

Victoria—Incitec
Pivot Ltd. (IPL) has decided to discontinue fertilizer
manufacturing operations at its site in Gibson Island, Australia,
at the end of next year.
The company, whose current natural gas feedstock supply
arrangements will expire at the end of December 2022,
has not been able to secure an economically viable longterm
gas supply to the facility, despite “extensive” efforts,
IPL noted. Around 170 employees will be impacted.
The site currently produces ammonia, urea, liquid carbon
dioxide, and granulated products, such as ammonium
nitrate.
IPL will continue its recently announced feasibility
study with Fortescue Future Industries into industrialscale
production of green ammonia at the Gibson Island
site (PCN, 25 Oct 2021, p 3).

 

KazMunayGas & Linde Agree to Cooperate On Clean Energy Projects in Kazakhstan

Nur Sultan–
KazMunayGas and Linde have signed a memorandum of
understanding to cooperate and jointly develop clean energy
projects in Kazakhstan.
In the first stage, the companies will focus on exploring
the opportunity of producing hydrogen and ammonia using
natural gas as feedstock and/or water electrolysis. Once a
feasibility study is complete and a successful agreement is
reached, a green hydrogen and green ammonia production
project is to be implemented.
“I am glad our company is able to contribute to the
process of decarbonization in Kazakhstan,” said Thomas
Hilker, vice president for investment in Russia and CIS at
Linde Gas Rus. “In particular, jointly with our partner,
KazMunayGas, which has taken the lead among other
companies in implementing greenhouse gas reduction activities.
“I am looking forward to being able to bring our large
experience in this area to real projects.”

 

BASF & Orsted Enter 25-Year Wind PPA To Support BASF’s German Operations

Berlin—
BASF and Orsted have finalized a 25-year fixed-price
power purchase agreement (PPA), under which BASF will
offtake 186 megawatts from Orsted’s planned Borkum
Riffgrund 3 Offshore Wind Farm in Germany’s North Sea.
The PPA will help cover the increased electricity needs
of low-emission technologies for BASF and is a step towards
BASF’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. A
final investment decision on the wind farm is expected by
the end of this year.
“BASF wants to reduce its CO2 [carbon dioxide] emission
by 25% by 2030 compared with 2018,” said Dr. Martin
Brudermüller, chairman of the executive board of directors
of BASF SE.
“To achieve this ambitious goal, we will have to replace
large amounts of fossil energy with renewable energy
within the coming years. Orsted can provide the required
additional quantities through the construction of new wind
farms to support us in our energy transformation.”
The companies said they share a vision that innovative,
zero-emission technologies can play a significant role in
emission reductions in the chemical industry.

 

Iran’s NPC Planning Multiple Projects To Convert Methanol to Propylene

Tehran—The National
Petrochemical Co. (NPC) of Iran announced that
several projects are underway to convert methanol to propylene,
according to NIPNA.
With the implementation of these projects, in different
chains of propylene, approximately 5-million t/y of methanol
will be allocated for the production of propylene. No
other details were given on the propylene projects.
“Currently, the country’s annual methanol capacity is
12-million tons and with the launch of new methanol projects
by [the Iranian calendar year] 1404 (2025), the capacity
will reach 23 million tons,” reported Shana quoting
Masoud Sayehban, director of NPC’s Market Research
Dept.

 

Orlen Poludnie Starts Up Poland’s ‘First’ Green Propylene Glycol Production Unit

Warsaw—
Orlen Poludnie, an Orlen Group company, said it has
launched Poland’s “first” and Europe’s “largest” green propylene
glycol production plant at its biorefinery in Trzebinia,
Poland.
The PLN 400-million project, built by a consortium of
Technik Polska and Biproraf, has a capacity of 30,000 t/y of
eco-friendly, green propylene glycol, enough to meet 75% of
the local demand for the product.
“An integral part of the glycol complex is Poland’s first
hydrogen hub with an annual output of 16 Nm3, of which
75% will be used for glycol production and the remaining
25% will be further purified into hydrogen fuel,” Orlen
noted.

 

IISRP Honoring Aimin, Spelta at AGM With General and Technical Awards

Houston—The
International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers
(IISRP) will present Aimin Liang with the IISRP General
Award and Lucio Spelta with the IISRP Technical Award
during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Saint Petersburg,
Russia, the week of 16 May 2022.
Liang is currently the chief expert in synthetic materials
for Sinopec, director of four national, provincial and
ministerial-level research and development centers, and
the editor-in-chief or editorial board member of six journals
and magazines. He serves as the president of China Synthetic
Rubber Industry Assn. and is the vice chairman of
the Rubber Institute of Chemical Industry and Engineering
Society of China.
According to IISRP, he has made “significant” contributions
to the sustainable development of the synthetic rubber
industry in China and worldwide.
Spelta, retired from Versalis, has participated in multiple
projects in the Elastomers Division of Eni’s Chemical
Division, worked extensively in the development of several
types of elastomers, as well as in technical assistance and
application development activities. He is the author of
numerous papers and patents, and has spoken at multiple
international conferences.
In addition, Spelta was a member of the IISRP technical-
operational committee for more than 20 years, where
he participated as vice-chair, chair, and acting chair of the
EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Standing
Technical and Operating Committee.

 

Origin Materials, Colon Form Partnership To Develop Carbon-Negative Products

Sacramento—
Carbon negative materials company Origin Materials and
Kolon Industries announced a strategic partnership to industrialize
advanced carbon-negative chemicals and materials
for select applications.
The partnership aims to “rapidly” develop and industrialize
new sustainable carbon-negative products based on
Origin’s patented technology platform, leveraging Kolon’s
polymerization expertise, application development and
supply chain strength.
Origin’s technology platform is expected to produce
cost-competitive, sustainable, carbon-negative furandicarboxylic
acid, the primary precursor to polyethylene furanoate.
“Origin Materials and Kolon believe that Origin’s platform,
together with Kolon’s demonstrated expertise in
polymer chemistry, manufacturing and application development,
can accelerate the deployment of environmentally
sustainable products and create profitable, competitively
advantaged business opportunities for both companies,”
said Origin.
As part of the partnership, Kolon signed a multi-year
capacity reservation agreement to purchase materials from
Origin.

 

Topsoe & Hyundai Oil Bank Ink MoU To Develop Green Energy Solutions

Lyngby—Haldor
Topsoe announced it has entered into a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with Hyundai Oilbank to collaborate
on developing sustainable and efficient solutions within a
range of green energy solutions.
The parties will jointly identify opportunities within
blue and green hydrogen, waste plastic recycling, biorefinery,
eFuels, CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and
storage) and others to reduce carbon emissions.
The MoU will support Topsoe in further optimizing its
clean energy technologies and potentially enable Hyundai
Oilbank to increase its low-carbon business and meet the
company’s target that 70% of total profit should derive
from eco-friendly business by 2030.
“Both Topsoe and Hyundai Oilbank strive to mitigate
climate change,” said Topsoe. “Topsoe develops cuttingedge
technologies within green hydrogen, green ammonia,
eMethanol, and eFuels. Hyundai Oilbank has started a
transformation of its production to significantly reduce
carbon emissions in its customer offerings.”

 

Clariant, Technip Energies Launch ‘EARTH’ To Cut CO2 in Steam Methane Reforming

Berlin—
Clariant and Technip Energies announced the launch of a
new breakthrough technology to reduce the carbon dioxide
(CO2) footprint of the steam methane reforming process up
to 20%.
EARTH (enhanced annular reforming tube for hydrogen)
recuperative reforming technology is a “breakthrough”
in sustainable hydrogen production via steam methane
reforming, the companies noted.
It is a drop-in solution that is suitable for both existing
and new reformer tubes. It offers hydrogen producers a
“cost-efficient” way to save energy or to increase capacity
with a lower CO2 footprint, they added.
The EARTH system has been in operation in the Akkim
hydrogen (HyCO) plant since January 2019, where it has
shown “excellent and stable” performance. Results to date
show 20% less CO2 emissions and nearly 40% lower fossil
fuel consumption – all at equal hydrogen and carbon monoxide
output.
Clariant and Technip Energies have been awarded two
further contracts for EARTH—Repsol has chosen the technology
for a 21,000-cu m/h hydrogen plant in Cartagena,
Spain, which is scheduled to start up in February 2023.
The second contract is for an upgrade of an existing
European hydrogen unit, for which no details were given.

 

Lanxess’ HPM Unit to Become Independent

Berlin—
Lanxess said it will transfer its high performance materials
(HPM) business unit to an independent legal corporate
structure, beginning in the first half of 2022.
“The global market for new forms of mobility is developing
very dramatically and is rearranging itself – creating
many innovative alliances and partnerships,” said Hubert
Fink, member of the board of management.
“In order to get the most out of the growth opportunities
in this market and to be able to act flexibly, we will
create a separate legal structure of the business unit.”
The HPM business unit portfolio includes polyamide
and polybutylene terephthalate, as well as thermoplastic
fiber composites.

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LyondellBasell Gets Technology Contract For Lianyungang’s HDPE Unit in China

Beijing—
Lianyungang Petrochemical has again selected Lyondell-
Basell’s Hostalen ACP (Advanced Cascade Process) technology
for a second high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
plant in Jiangsu Province, China.
The facility, to be built in Lianyungang, will have a
production capacity of 400,000 t/y. Cost of the project and
an expected completion date were not given.
“The selection of the Hostalen ACP technology was the
best choice for us as we are very satisfied with the performance
of our existing Hostalen ACP line,” said Lu Wei
Wei, vice president of Zhejiang Satellite, parent company
of Lianyungang Petrochemical.
“The market appreciates the HDPE resins out of LyondellBasell’s
low-pressure slurry process and the technology
enables us to produce reliably and economically.”
Lianyungang Petrochemical’s new HDPE plant will begin
operations using Avant Z501 and Avant Z509-1 catalysts
to produce a full range of multi-modal HDPE products,
LyondellBasell noted.

 

Honeywell Commercializes New Technology That Can Recycle More Types of Plastics

Chicago—
Honeywell announced it has commercialized a “revolutionary”
new process that expands the types of plastics that
can be recycled and can produce feedstock used to make
recycled plastics with a lower carbon footprint.
The company’s UpCycle process technology utilizes molecular
conversion, pyrolysis and contaminants management
technology to convert waste plastic back to Honeywell
Recycled Polymer Feedstock, which is then used to
create new plastics.
The expanded types of plastics include waste plastic
that would otherwise go unrecycled, such as colored, flexible,
multilayered packaging and polystyrene.
“When used in conjunction with other chemical and mechanical
recycling processes—along with improvements to
collection and sorting—Honeywell’s UpCycle process technology
has the potential to increase the amount of global
plastic waste that can be recycled to 90%,” Honeywell
noted.
Sacyr, a Spanish global engineering and services company,
will be the first to deploy UpCycle. It will form a
joint venture with Honeywell, in which the two companies
will co-own and operate a facility in Andalucia, Spain.
The plant will have the capacity to convert 30,000 t/y of
mixed waste plastics into Honeywell Recycled Polymer
Feedstock. Production is expected to begin in 2023.

 

IG Petrochemicals Receives Board Nod For PA Expansion at Its Taloja Site

Mumbai—IG Petrochemicals
said that its board of directors has approved a
phthalic anhydride (PA) capacity expansion at the company’s
existing facility in Taloja, India.
The plant, which currently has a capacity of 220,000 t/y,
will be expanded by up to 53,000 t/y. The project, estimated
to cost around Rs 345 crores, is expected to take 24
to 30 months to complete.
The demand for PA in the domestic market is expected
to grow due to the government’s focus on infrastructure
spending, and demand growth in downstream products, the
company noted.
Earlier this year, IG received board approval for a
greenfield expansion of PA capacity at its Gujarat site in
India (PCN, 15 Feb 2021, p 2).
The project, expected to require an investment of about
Rs 600 crores, will involve expanding PA capacity by up to
80,000 t/y and increasing derivatives capacity. The expansion
is expected to take three years.

 

Flint Hills Resources Plans Transfer Of Its Propylene Business to Invista

Houston—Flint
Hills Resources, a Koch company and affiliate of Invista,
said it will transfer its propylene business to Invista.
The transfer, anticipated to take place on 1 Jan. 2022,
includes Flint Hills Resources’ chemical facilities and support
employees in Houston and Longview, Texas. Ownership
of the pipelines that supply these plants will also
transfer to Invista, and they will continue to be operated
by Flint Hills Resources under contract.
“We’re excited for the opportunities that will be made
possible by this integration of two of Koch Industries’
chemicals businesses,” said Invista Chairman and Chief
Executive Jeff Gentry.
“Flint Hills Resources’ propylene business complements
Invista’s portfolio and will help us accelerate our vision of
building a leading polymers and advanced materials company.”

 

Vopak Considering Strategic Options For Its Tank Terminals in Australia

Canberra—Vopak
announced it is investigating strategic options for its tank
terminals in Australia, which may include continued operations
or divestment.
“Vopak has a strategy in which the majority of its
growth investments will be allocated towards industrial,
chemicals, gas and new energies infrastructures,” Vopak
explained. “New growth investments in oil infrastructure
are expected to be reduced and will mostly be targeted towards
strengthening our leading hub positions.”
According to Vopak’s website, its terminals in Australia
include the 173,583-cu m Vopak Terminal Darwin, which
handles petroleum, chemicals and vegoils, and the 371,650-
cu m Vopak Terminal Sydney – Site B, which handles petroleum.

 

IndianOil Gets Board Approval to Build India’s ‘First’ Maleic Anhydride Plant

Panipat—
Indian Oil Corp. (IndianOil) announced its board has
greenlighted the setting up of India’s “first” mega-scale
maleic anhydride unit at its Panipat Refinery and Petroleum
Complex.
The project, estimated to cost Rs 3,681 crore, would include
the production of 120,000 t/y of maleic anhydride,
20,000 t/y of 1,4-butanediol and 16,000 t/y of tetra hydro
furan. Commissioning is expected in 54 months from
stage-1 investment approval.
“Presently, these high demand chemicals are mostly
imported by India,” said IndianOil Chairman S. M. Vaidya.
“The upcoming [maleic anhydride] plant will reduce import
dependence and save foreign exchange of about $150-
million per year, thus strengthening the mission of Aatmanirbhar
Bharat.
“Moreover, petrochemicals integration is the cornerstone
of our future growth strategy, given the high potential
of petrochemicals in India.
“This project will consolidate IndianOil’s basket of niche
products and increase the Lube and Petrochemical Integrity
Index of Panipat Refinery to more than 15% after the
refinery expansion plan is implemented.”
The ongoing expansion of the Panipat refinery and the
implementation of petrochemical and other specialized
units will make the Panipat Refinery “one of the most” advanced
and integrated refinery and petrochemical complexes
in Asia, IndianOil noted.
Earlier this year, IndianOil received approval to expand
the Panipat Refinery to 25-million t/y from 15-million t/y
currently (PCN, 5 July 2021, p 1).

 

Casale & H2U Sign Deal to Collaborate On Building Green Ammonia Industry

Glasgow—
Casale said it has entered into an agreement with The Hydrogen
Utility – H2U, a “leading developer” of green hydrogen
infrastructure for green ammonia production facilities
powered by renewable energy, to work together on
growing the green ammonia industry.
Under the agreement, the parties will develop the engineering
package, along with the supply and possible construction
of proprietary equipment for the production of
green ammonia.
The first two planned facilities will be integrated into
H2U’s Eyre Peninsula Gateway Demonstrator Project in
South Australia and are the first of a series of green ammonia
plants that will be developed by the partnership in
Australia. The goal is to spread the technology to different
industrial segments and other countries.
“With their experience in the chemical plant engineering
and construction, Casale is able to offer various integrated
solutions for the production of sustainable ammonia,
methanol, and other derivates,” noted H2U Founder
and Chief Executive Dr. Attilio Pigneri.
“Today marks an important milestone for our project as
well as for an entire industry, as the Eyre Peninsula
Gateway is the first green hydrogen and ammonia project
of this scale globally to have transitioned into the implementation
stages.
“We will now work with Casale and our key technological
partners, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, to
finalize detailed design for the ammonia facility, with procurement
and construction contracts to follow.”

 

Carbios Launches Industrial Demo Unit For Enzymatic PET Recycling Process

Paris—Carbios
has inaugurated the new industrial demonstration plant of
its C-ZYME enzymatic polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
recycling technology, produced in collaboration with Technip
Energies, in Clermont-Ferrand, France (PCN, 3 July
2017, p 2).
The demonstration unit will validate the technical, environmental
and economic performance of the recycling
process for the establishment of the process design package
for C-ZYME technology.
The first industrial business unit with a capacity of
around 40,000 tons is planned by 2025. Other industrial
units could then be built and operated under licenses.
Technip Energies provided process development and
industrialization services, as well as engineering and site
supervision for the demonstration plant.
In 2017, the companies said the process can overcome
constraints and limits of current recycling processes by the
treatment of all kinds of plastics containing PET (transparent,
colored, opaque and complex), and by the recovery
of high-performance virgin PET directly from plastic waste.

 

UBQ Materials to Supply Carmel Olefins With Its Patented Bio-Based Material

Haifa—UBQ
Materials and Carmel Olefins, a subsidiary of Bazan
Group, have entered into an agreement, in which UBQ will
supply its patented bio-based material, UBQ, to be incorporated
into Carmel Olefins’ resin production in Israel.
UBQ Materials uses an advanced conversion process
that turns unsorted landfill-destined municipal waste into
UBQ, a climate-positive, cost-competitive and fully recyclable
thermoplastic, UBQ Materials noted. UBQ can be
used on its own and in conjunction with traditional resins
to offset the overall carbon emissions of end-products.
Initial quantities of UBQ will be supplied from UBQ
Materials’ plant in Tze’elim, Israel, with subsequent supply
of 10,000 t/y from its facility in the Netherlands, which
will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Carmel Olefins and its Ducor Petrochemical subsidiary
will use the UBQ thermoplastic in the development of “Eco
Capilene,” a new resin market offering of specialty polypropylene.
“This agreement is another step towards implementing
our new sustainability strategy,” said Bazan Chief Executive
Malachi Alper. “As part of our vision, we are increasing
our portfolio of advanced and upcycled polymers to
supply the polymers industry with innovative, sustainable
options.”
Bazan has set an objective of reaching 15% green polymers
by 2025 and 30% green polymers by 2030.

 

People on the Move

Indorama Ventures—Sanjay Ahuja, currently chief
financial officer (CFO), will serve as interim chief operating
officer of Combined PET for a period of two years, effective
1 Jan. 2022.
D.K. Agarwal, chief executive, will take on the additional
responsibility of CFO.
Toray Plastics (America) Inc.—Jim Nunn, most recently
with Jindal Films America, has joined the company
as business manager of the Torayfan Division.

 

ExxonMobil, Pertamina Ink MoU to Study Carbon Capture & Storage in Indonesia

Jakarta—
ExxonMobil and Pertamina have signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) to evaluate the possible large-scale
deployment of low-carbon technologies, such as carbon capture,
utilization and storage, and low-carbon hydrogen, in
Indonesia.
Through jointly examining subsurface data, the partners
expect to identify geologic formations deep underground
that could be suitable to safely store carbon dioxide
(CO2), and the potential for safe, commercially viable utilization
of CO2.
“We are evaluating large-scale carbon capture and storage
projects that have the potential to make the greatest
impact in the highest-emitting sectors around the world,
and there are opportunities in Indonesia and throughout
Southeast Asia,” noted Joe Blommaert, president of
ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions.
“With well-designed policies and industry collaboration,
we can move forward with reliable, safe and ready-todeploy
technologies at scale that can help governments
achieve game-changing emissions reductions.”

 

SI Finalizes Sale to ASK Chemicals Of Its Industrial Resins Business

Albany—SI Group
has completed the divestment of a majority of its global
industrial resins business to ASK Chemicals, a portfolio
company of Rhone Group, for an undisclosed amount (PCN,
2 Aug 2021, p 4).
The deal includes SI Group’s industrial resins products
and associated manufacturing site in Rio Claro, Brazil;
Ranjangaon, India; and Johannesburg, South Africa, as
well as licensing technology and multiple tolling agreements
globally.
SI Group has retained related business in Rio Claro and
will continue servicing customers in the Rubber & Adhesives,
Oilfield, Surfactants, and Foundry markets. It also
retains the industrial resins businesses in the U.S. and
Canada.

 

Methanex and MOL Finalize Agreements To Form Strategic Shipping Partnership

Vancouver—
Methanex and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) have concluded
definitive agreements to establish a strategic partnership
involving Methanex’s Waterfront Shipping (WFS) subsidiary
(PCN, 19-26 July 2021, p 3).
WFS operates the “world’s largest” methanol ocean
tanker fleet, comprising approximately 30 vessels from
3,000 to 50,000 deadweight tons, the companies noted.
As previously announced, MOL will acquire a 40%
stake in WFS for $145-million. Methanex will retain the
remaining 60% interest and continue to operate WFS as a
key element of its global supply chain capabilities.
The transaction, for which a closing date was not given,
is subject to all customary conditions being met, including
regulatory approvals.
“Through this transaction, Methanex as the worldleading
methanol producer, WFS as the world’s largest
methanol shipper, and MOL as the provider of multimodal
shipping services will strengthen a relationship established
over 30 years and advance the commercialization of
methanol, including renewable methanol, as a viable marine
fuel,” the companies said.

 

BASF Opens New Korean R&D Facility; Combines BASF, Solvay Capabilities

Seoul—BASF
announced the opening of its new research and development
(R&D) facility at Ansan, Korea’s Engineering Plastics
Innovation Center (PCN, 17 Aug 2020, p 4).
The facility houses the combined R&D team and competencies
from its recent acquisition of Solvay’s polyamide
business, other new competencies, as well as a Consumer
Electronics Competency Center.
BASF’s enhanced R&D capabilities in Korea include
new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material
and part testing services. More material tests can now
be done there, and covering a wide range of polymers, including
polyamide, polybutylene terephthalate, and
polyoxymethylene.
“Housing the combined R&D team, competencies, and a
new material evaluation team under one roof translates to
greater efficiency and synergy – which better enables
BASF to speed up and capitalize on the combined business
when developing advanced customer-oriented products and
applications,” BASF noted.
BASF acquired Solvay’s polyamide business in February
2020 for €1.3-billion on a cash and debt-free basis.

 

Oiltanking Finalizes Divestment to Evos Of Four European Storage Terminals

Hamburg—
Oiltanking has completed the sale of its 55% interest in
four European liquid storage terminals to Evos, through
Evos Finance BV.
The four terminals, providing a total of 3.8-million cu m
of liquid storage capacity and associated services, include
Oiltanking Amsterdam, Oiltanking Ghent, Oiltanking
Malta and Oiltanking Terneuzen. Value of the transaction
was not disclosed.
Evos, owned by funds managed by First Sentier Investors,
will also acquire the 45% stake in terminals held by
co-shareholder 3i Infrastructure.
Both Oiltanking and 3i will retain their 55% stake and
45% stake in Oiltanking Singapore, respectively.
“The Divestment of the four terminals is a result of Oiltanking’s
strategic review to continuously optimize its asset
portfolio,” Oiltanking noted.

 

IG Begins Production at Plasticizer Plant

Mumbai—
IG Petrochemicals, in a disclosure to the Indian stock exchanges,
said it has begun commercial production of advance
plasticizer at its site in Taloja Industrial Area, Maharashtra,
India.
The facility, which began commercial production on 1
Nov. 2021, has a production capacity of 8,400 t/y.

Metafrax Starts Up Third Formalin Unit

Moscow—
Metafrax said it recently began operations at its third concentrated
formalin plant in Gubakha, Russia, which will be
used to supply Metadynea with feedstock for the production
of resins, and will also be used internally by Metafrax.
The 550-t/d formalin facility, along with the two existing
formalin units, will increase internal processing of
methanol up to 450,000 t/y and extend the range of the
output products, the company noted.

 

ACC & CEFIC Issue Statement in Response To U.S., EU’s Deal to End ‘Harmful’ Tariffs

Rome—
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the European
Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) issued the following
joint statement on 4 Nov. 2021, in response to the U.S. and
EU agreement to end the “harmful” tariffs impacting the
transatlantic chemical industry.
“The U.S. and European chemicals industries welcome
the agreement on steel and aluminum trade announced
during the G20 summit. The chemicals industry is one of
the most globalized industrial sectors, both in the EU and
in the U.S., and is highly dependent on open and fair trade.
“As longstanding supporters of free trade, ACC and Cefic
believe tariffs between close allies, such as ours, should
not exist. We look forward to this week’s compromise helping
to ease the tariff burden on transatlantic chemical
manufacturers.
“We also encourage the U.S. and EU to work together to
seek a long-term solution to avoid managed trade measures
– like tariffs, quotas, and tariff-like quotas – based on
unsubstantiated national security concerns.
“A tariff-free trading environment between the U.S. and
EU is the best way to unlock the full potential of chemicals
and downstream manufacturing growth on both sides of
the Atlantic, especially as we recover from the COVID-19
pandemic. We will continue to call for both sides to fully
eliminate transatlantic chemical tariffs in the future.
“Demonstrated leadership on suspending tariffs should
also further strengthen the U.S.-EU relationship and cooperation
within the World Trade Organization (WTO). With
the suspension of these tariffs, modernizing the WTO and
the rules-based international trading system would be the
sensible next step toward protecting, promoting, and enforcing
free and fair trade around the globe.”

 

PAU Extends KBR’s Contract at Luwuk For Monitoring and Advisory Services

Jakarta—KBR
has received a three-year contract extension for KBR Insite
monitoring and advisory services by Panca Amara Utama
(PAU) for its Banngai ammonia plant in Luwuk, Indonesia.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will continue to
provide PAU with its cloud-based Insite services to proactively
and remotely monitor plant operations, diagnose
probable root causes for abnormal events, and recommend
corrective actions based on deep-domain expertise to prevent
events from progressing to unplanned shutdowns or
undesired emissions, KBR explained.

 

Cheniere Inks Binding Long-Term SPA For the Supply of LNG to Sinochem

Houston—
Cheniere Marketing has entered into a long-term binding
liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales and purchase agreement
(SPA) with Sinochem Group for the supply of LNG to Sinochem
in China.
Under the SPA, Sinochem has agreed to purchase an
initial volume of around 900,000 t/y beginning in July
2022, which increases to 1.8-million t/y. The SPA has a
term of approximately 17.5 years.
“This SPA once again demonstrates Cheniere’s ability
to tailor solutions in order to meet the needs of LNG consumers
worldwide, which is enabled by the scale of our
platform and the reliability of our operations,” said Cheniere
President and Chief Executive Jack Fusco.
“In addition, the SPA further reinforces our commercial
momentum, and once again confirms the strength of the
global LNG market and the global call for investment in
additional LNG capacity, including our Corpus Christi
Stage 3 project.”
The project, which has received all necessary regulatory
approvals, is being developed to include up to seven midscale
liquefaction trains with a total expected nominal production
capacity of over 10-million t/y.

 

Yara Joins Biden’s ‘First Movers Coalition,’ Pledges Zero-Emission Purchases by ‘30

Glasgow—
Yara International has decided to participate in U.S.
President Joe Biden’s “First Movers Coalition,” committing
to zero-emission purchases by 2030 to create a market for
zero-emission goods and services.
Yara, along with some of the largest companies in the
world, share a common vision that development and technology
will be crucial to reach the climate target of 1.5° C,
Yara noted.
“First Movers Coalition can become an important tool
to reach the set climate targets,” said Yara Chief Executive
Svein Tore Holsether.
“We are a coalition of global companies with a great impact
in our respective industries that we will use to accelerate
the development of new technologies in industries
that today account for the biggest emissions.
“The decision must be made now if they are to have effect
by 2030. That is why a shared initiative is key to developing
new technologies.”
The coalition, launched by the World Economic Forum,
targets the chemicals, steel, cement, aluminum, shipping,
aviation, trucking and direct air capture sectors.
Yara will contribute to decarbonize agriculture and
long-distance transportation at sea through the development
of green ammonia, Holsether noted.

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Plastic Energy, Freepoint and TotalEnergies Plan Advanced Recycling Project in Texas

Houston—
Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies
have formed a strategic partnership to build an advanced
recycling facility in Texas to transform plastic waste into a
recycled feedstock (Tacoil) for use in virgin-quality polymers.
Specifically, the planned project would process and convert
33,000 t/y of post-consumer, end-of-life plastic waste
into Tacoil, using Plastic Energy’s technology, to be used
for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’
Texas-based production units. Operations are
expected to begin by mid-2024.
“We are delighted to announce Plastic Energy’s first
project in the U.S., which is a region that has enormous
potential for the plastic-to-plastic advanced recycling market,”
said Carlos Monreal, founder and chief executive of
Plastic Energy.
“Using our patented and innovative technology, this
new advanced recycling plant . . . will be able to treat postconsumer
waste that would otherwise be incinerated, landfilled
or end up polluting the environment.
“Working with Freepoint and TotalEnergies, we will be
able to recycle more plastics and reduce the depletion of
natural resources, which benefits the circular economy.”

 

Methanex Restarts Chile IV Facility After Being Idled Since April 2020

Santiago—
Methanex, in announcing its third quarter 2021 results,
said that it recently restarted its Chile IV methanol plant
in Puenta Arenas, Chile, after idling the facility in April
2020 (PCN, 23 Mar 2020, p 1).
The 800,000-t/y unit was idled in response to the global
pandemic and then due to lower gas availability, the company
noted.
“We expect to have sufficient gas to operate both Chile
plants through the Southern hemisphere summer months
to the end of April 2022,” said Methanex.

 

Stepan Planning to Invest $220-Million In New Alkoxylation Unit in Pasadena

Pasadena—
Stepan announced plans to build and operate a new $220-
million alkoxylation facility at its existing site in Pasadena,
Texas.
The plant will provide a flexible capacity of 75,000 t/y,
capable of both ethoxylation and propoxylation, and better
position the company to serve the growing demand of its
surfactant and polymer businesses, Stepan noted. Operations
are expected to begin in late 2023.
“We are excited to expand the alkoxylation capabilities
of our North American network at the Pasadena site,” said
F. Quinn Stepan Jr., chairman and chief executive. “This
world-scale, state-of-the-art investment will enable Stepan
to support the growth in our core markets.”

 

Vopak Launches U.S. Gulf Coast Terminal To Serve GCGV’s New Petchem Facility

Houston—
Royal Vopak announced it has opened up a new industrial
terminal on the U.S. Gulf Coast to serve Gulf Coast
Growth Ventures’ (GCGV) new world-scale plastics manufacturing
facility in San Patricio County, Texas (PCN, 9
Dec 2019, p 3).
GCGV, a joint venture of ExxonMobil and SABIC, is
currently building the project, which includes a 1.8-milliont/
y ethane steam cracker, two polyethylene plants and a
1.1-million-t/y monoethylene glycol unit. Start-up is anticipated
by 2022.
The 144,000-cu m terminal, located in Corpus Christi,
Texas, includes pipelines connecting the terminal to the
petrochemical complex. It will be dedicated to serving the
ethane cracker. The terminal is owned and operated by
Vopak and is covered with a 20-year commercial agreement.
“We are very excited to have successfully and timely delivered
this new industrial terminal to support GCGV in
the U.S.,” said Eelco Hoekstra, chairman of the executive
board and chief executive of Vopak. “This new terminal
fits well into our growth strategy for industrial terminals.”

 

Brookfield Infrastructure Concludes Strategic Purchase of Inter Pipeline

Calgary—
Brookfield Infrastructure has completed the strategic acquisition
of Inter Pipeline pursuant to the previously announced
statutory plan of arrangement (PCN, 13 Sept
2021, p 4).
Shareholders, other than Brookfield Infrastructure, will
receive cash in respect of an aggregate 68.7-million Inter
Pipeline shares, while Brookfield shares were selected by
the holders of 32.4-million shares.
It is anticipated that the Inter Pipeline shares will be
delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange on or about the
close of trading on 1 Nov. 2021.
Upon closing of the arrangement, Christian Bayle and
Brent Heagy stepped down from their roles at Inter Pipeline
as president and chief executive, and chief financial
officer, respectively. They will be succeeded by Brian
Baker, who was named interim chief executive, and Paul
Hawksworth, who was appointed chief financial officer.

 

SD Touts Start Up of Fujian Gulei’s New EO/EG Project in Zhangzhou

Beijing—Scientific
Design (SD) has confirmed the successful commissioning
and start-up of Fujian Gulei Petrochemical Co.’s ethylene
oxide (EO)/ethylene glycol (EG) plant in Zhangzhou, Fujian,
China (PCN, 16 Aug 2021, p 2).
Based on SD’s process technology, the new facility has
100,000 t/y of EO capacity and 700,000 t/y of EG capacity.
The plant is also utilizing SD’s SynDox EO catalyst.
The plant is a 50-50 joint venture between Sinopec Fujian
Petrochemical Co. and Taiwan Xuteng Investment Co.

 

Stolthaven, Ronesans Ink Deal to Build Storage Terminal for Ceyhan PC Zone

Adana—Stolthaven
Terminals and Ronesans Holding have signed an
agreement to jointly develop a new greenfield terminal in
Ceyhan, Adana, Turkey, to provide storage and handling
services to the Ceyhan Petrochemical Industrial Zone being
developed by Ronesans.
Initially, the terminal will provide services to Ceyhan
Polipropilen Uretim, a joint venture of Sonatrach and
Ronesans, for a new polypropylene (PP) plant being built
there (PCN, 18 Oct 2021, p 1).
The approximately $1.7-billion PP facility, based on
LyondellBasell’s Spheripol technology, will have a production
capacity of 450,000 t/y, and is the first project being
built in the Ceyhan Petrochemical Industrial Zone. Operations
are expected to begin in 2025.
Plans for the terminal include construction of additional
storage capacity, which will likely be added during
the first phase project to serve customers who have expressed
interest in the import and storage of liquefied petroleum
gas.
“The terminal will initially focus on the safe and efficient
handling and storage of industrial gases, but early
market studies also indicate that there is potential to develop
chemical storage capacity to service the eastern region
of Turkey, which is currently serviced mainly by
trucks from the west of the country,” noted Stolthaven
Terminals President Guy Bessant.

 

Celanese Lifts Force Majeure in Nanjing On Acetic Anhydride & VAM Products

Nanjing—
Celanese has lifted the recent force majeure declared on
acetic anhydride and vinyl acetate monomer products
manufactured at its Nanjing, China, facility (PCN, 27 Sept
2021, p 3).
In late September 2021, the company announced it was
temporarily shutting down the production of those products
at the site to comply with recent government curtail
requirements to achieve dual energy consumption targets
in Jiangsu Province.
The requirements were adjusted and all production
units at Nanjing are currently operational, Celanese noted.

 

Lotte Board OKs Recapitalization Plan To Fund Indonesian Ethylene Project

Cilegon—Lotte
Chemical Corp., in a recent disclosure, said that its board
has approved a recapitalization scheme of 1.4-trillion won,
which will help fund its Lotte Chemical Indonesia New
Ethylene (LINE) project, Reuters reported.
The estimated 4.4-trillion won project, located in Cilegon,
Indonesia, will include a 1-million-t/y ethylene
cracker, as well as units for the production of propylene,
polypropylene, mixed C4, butadiene, tertiary butyl alcohol,
pyrolysis gasoline and benzene, toluene, and xylene (PCN,
11 Nov 2019, p 2).
The new cracker will be vertically integrated with the
company’s existing polyethylene plant. Completion is expected
by 2025.
According to the recapitalization plan, Lotte Chemical
Indonesia will issue new shares worth 1.4-trillion won, of
which Lotte Chemical and its Lotte Chemical Titan Holding
affiliate will take up to 702.2-billion won and 730.9-
billion won, respectively.

 

Synthomer Agrees to Acquire Eastman’s Adhesives Resins Assets and Business

Kingsport—
Eastman Chemical and certain of its subsidiaries have entered
into a definitive agreement to divest its adhesives
resins assets and business to Synthomer for a total cash
consideration of $1-billion.
The transaction includes hydrocarbon resins (including
Eastman Impera tire resins), pure monomer resins, polyolefin
polymers, rosins and dispersions, and oleochemical
and fatty-acid based resins product lines. The business is
currently part of Eastman’s Additives & Functional Products
segment.
Subject to regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other
customary closing conditions, including the consultation of
certain employee representatives in the relevant jurisdictions,
the sale is anticipated to close in the first quarter of
next year.

 

Mitsubishi Licenses Patent to Mitsui Chem For Biomass-Based Polyester Production

Tokyo—
Mitsubishi Chemical said it recently signed a licensing
agreement with Mitsui Chemicals for Mitsubishi’s patent
for biomass-based polyester.
The agreement enables Mitsui to manufacture and sell
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) made from biomass.
Mitsui will consider producing bio-PET at its Iwakuni
Otake petrochemical complex in Japan by using biomonoethylene
glycol, according to Argus Media.
Mitsubishi’s patent is registered in Japan, the U.S., the
European Union and China.

 

People on the Move

Linde—Sanjiv Lamba, chief operating officer, has been
appointed chief executive and will join the board of directors,
effective 1 Mar. 2022.
Steve Angel, currently chief executive, will become
chairman on 1 Mar. 2022, replacing Wolfgang Reitzle, who
will retire after almost 20 years with the company.
BASF—Detlef Kratz, president of the Process Research
& Chemical Engineering Division, will lead the new central
research unit being established in Ludwigshafen, Germany,
in the second quarter of 2022.
Stephan Kothrade will become president of the Intermediates
Division, effective 1 Jan, 2022, succeeding Andrea
Frenzel, who will take a sabbatical at her own request.
Kothrade is currently president of Greater China at
BASF (China) Co.
Jianfeng Jeffrey Lou, president of Advanced Materials
& Systems Research, BASF Advanced Chemicals Co., will
replace Kothrade on the same date.
Chemours—Dawn L. Farrell has been appointed chairperson
of the board of directors, effective 1 Jan. 2022,
succeeding Mark Vergnano, who will continue to serve as a
member of the board. Farrell is currently lead independent
director and a member of the board.
Chemical Recycling Europe—John Sewell has been
appointed secretary general, succeeding Mohammad
Hayatifar, effective immediately. Sewell bring nearly 30
years of experience in the plastics industry, from process
research and development, product and business development,
market leadership, and technology licensing.

 

Mura Announces Location of Its ‘First’ HydroPRS Recycling Unit in the U.S.

Olympia—Mura
Technology said it will build its “first” U.S.-based HydroPRS
plastic waste recycling site, Mura Cascade ELP
(End-of-Life Plastic), in Washington State.
Mura Cascade ELP (Cascade) will have the capacity to
recycle a total of 130,000 t/y of mixed plastics using its proprietary
HydroPRS process. In the first phase, it will recycle
about 25% of the waste plastics generated in the state.
Construction will begin in 2022.
HydroPRS enables plastic waste, such as flexible films,
wraps and other plastics, which are otherwise unrecyclable
by conventional mechanical means, to be upgraded into
feedstocks to make new plastics and other products.
Mura has entered into an exclusive partnership with
DTG Recycle for 100% of the Cascade plant feedstock
needs for the first 20 years of operation. DTG, located in
Washington, processes nearly 3,000 t/d of material across
its nine material recovery facilities.
At the same time, Mura announced the launch of its
new U.S. project development office in San Mateo, Calif.,
which is being led by Jon Cozens, president of North America.
“Our goal is not to be disruptive, but to be complementary,”
noted Cozens. “We want to take the parts of the
waste industry that work well and complement them with
our ability to recycle plastics that cannot be conventionally
recycled.
“Mura wants to be at the forefront of the advanced recycling
sector, deploying a fleet of well-structured, riskmitigated,
standardized and successful projects.”

 

PCE and CNCEC Establish Consortium To Study New Coal-to-Methanol Plant

Jakarta—
Powerindo Cipta Energy (PCE) and China National
Chemical Engineering Corp. (CNCEC) have signed an
agreement to form a consortium to study the feasibility of a
coal-to-methanol facility in Indonesia, according to The
Star.
The plant, which would be located near a coal mine in
Meulaboh, Aceh, would process 1.1-million t/y of coal into
600,000 t/y of methanol. An expected completion date of
the study was not given.
“This project will [employ] 600 to 700 workers,” said the
report citing Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita.
“According to the plan, the project will be in the
construction phase in mid-2022.”

 

Teijin Polyester Planning New Facility To Produce Recycled Polyester Chips

Tokyo—Teijin
Polyester (Thailand) Ltd. will open a plant to convert domestically-
produced used plastic bottles into recycled polyester
chips for the production of high-quality polyester
filament.
The facility is expected to produce 7,000 t/y of recycled
polyester chips by fiscal 2025, which will be used in Teijin
Frontier’s Ecopet recycled filament yarn. Operations are
expected to begin in January 2022.
Teijin Polyester is Teijin Frontier’s core base for polyester
fiber manufacturing. Teijin Frontier is the fibers and
products converting company of Teijin Group.

 

Celanese Finalizes Purchase of Azoty’s POM Technology & Sales Agreements

Dallas—
Celanese, in its third quarter 2021 earnings, said it has
closed the acquisition of certain technology and sales
agreements relating to the production of polyacetal (POM)
products from Grupa Azoty (PCN, 28 June 2021, p 2).
Earlier this year, Azoty’s management board decided to
discontinue the POM business based on the conclusion that
it wouldn’t be economically viable in the foreseeable future.
Celanese takes over existing Tarnoform contracts in order
to serve Azoty customers; as well as certain equipment
in connection with the intellectual property transfer. The
transaction does not include manufacturing facilities, employees,
tangible assets or sales offices.

 

Phillips 66 to Acquire Phillips 66 Partners In Transaction Valued at About $3.4-Bn

Houston—
Phillips 66 (PSX) and Phillips 66 Partners (PSXP) have
entered into a definitive agreement for PSX to acquire all
of the publicly held common units representing limited
partner interests in PSXP that are not already owned by
PSX and its affiliates.
The agreement provides for an all-stock transaction, in
which each outstanding PSXP common unitholder would
receive 0.50 PSX shares for each PSXP common unit. The
deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022. Upon
closing, PSXP will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSX
and no longer a publicly traded partnership.
“We believe this acquisition will allow both PSX shareholders
and PSXP unitholders to participate in the value
creation of the combined entities, supported by the strong
financial position of Phillips 66,” said Greg Garland,
chairman and chief executive of PSX.

 

TechnipFMC, Talos Energy Form Alliance For CCS Projects Along U.S. Gulf Coast

Houston—
TechnipFMC and Talos Energy have entered into a longterm
strategic alliance to develop and deliver technical and
commercial solutions to carbon capture and storage (CCS)
projects on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The alliance combines TechnipFMC’s extended history
in subsea engineering, system integration and automation
and control, with Talos’ offshore operational strength and
sub-surface expertise, the parties noted.
Under the alliance, the companies will collaborate to
progress CCS opportunities through the full lifecycle of
storage site characterization, front-end engineering and
design, and first injection through life of field operations.
“We are pleased to partner with Talos to deliver offshore
CCS solutions that will help reduce CO2 [carbon dioxide]
emissions during the energy transition,” said Jonathan
Landes, president of subsea at TechnipFMC.
“This alliance capitalizes on our collective expertise and
TechnipFMC’s position as a system integrator and architect
to deliver a reliable industrial-scale solution for CCS,”
he added.
“Combining the technical expertise of both companies
solidifies our market leadership in delivering integrated
CCS solutions to lower industrial carbon emissions and
create a positive impact in the communities where we work
and live,” noted Bob Abendschein, executive vice president
and head of operations at Talos.

 

LyondellBasell, Covestro Conclude Project To Turn Water-Based Waste to Energy

Rotterdam—
LyondellBasell and Covestro announced the completion of
the Circular Steam Project that converts water-based
waste to energy at their site in Maasvlakte, the Netherlands
(PCN, 10 Sept 2018, p 4).
The project incorporated an innovative technology into
the existing production plant to convert the water-based
waste to energy, taking the site’s existing production process
to a higher level of efficiency and sustainability, resulting
in a reduction of 140,000 t/y of carbon dioxide.
As part of the project, the companies built a bio facility
and incinerator on the site, in which the production’s waste
is treated and transformed into steam. The steam is used
as an energy source in the existing on-site production
plant.
“Climate change is one of the most important global
challenges both now and for future generations,” said Jean
Gadbois, senior vice president of Manufacturing Europe,
Asia and International at LyondellBasell.
“I am proud that today we are saving more energy at
our Maasvlakte site, equal to the electricity use of 90,000
households. The Circular Steam Project is a great example
of how we reduce the use of energy at our manufacturing
facilities.”

 

Abundia Enters Into Agreement to Utilize Alterra’s Advanced Recycling Technology

London—
Abundia Global Impact Group, a company focused on circular
solutions and sustainability, announced it has entered
into a licensing agreement with Alterra Energy for the use
of Alterra’s advanced recycling technology in a new plastic
waste recycling plant in mainland, UK.
The facility, which will combine Alterra’s thermochemical
liquefaction process with Abundia’s disruptive upgrading
technology, will initially be capable of processing up to
40,000 t/y of plastic waste into various recycled chemicals
during the second half of 2022 and, through expansion, is
targeted to increase processing to 120,000 t/y by 2027.
“Having spent many years researching, co-developing,
and reviewing scores of technologies that attempt to solve
the global plastics recycling crisis, I’m convinced that the
combination of Alterra’s liquefaction platform and Abundia’s
downstream upgrading technologies will provide a
robust and circular solution to the waste plastics problem
cluttering our world today,” said Dr. Martin Atkins, chief
scientific officer at Abundia.

 

SABIC Investing in Teesside Facility To Cut Company’s Carbon Footprint

London—SABIC
will invest around $1.37-billion at its Teesside plant in the
UK, with the aim of decarbonization, reported Reuters citing
the British government.
SABIC, confirming the investment in a statement to
Reuters, said it would strengthen operations at Teesside
and enable its chemical cracker transformation. No specific
plans were disclosed.
“This will reduce its carbon footprint by up to 60% in
phase one, making it one of the lowest carbon-emitting
crackers,” the company said.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Saudi Aramco has signed a memorandum of understanding
with Modern Industrial Investment Holding
Group and Intercontinental Energy to develop a green hydrogen
and ammonia project in Saudi Arabia. No other
details were given.
Eneos NUC has awarded a contract to JGC Japan
Corp. for a project to expand cross-linked polyethylene capacity
by 30,000 t/y at Eneos’ Kawasaki, Japan, plant.
JGC will provide engineering, procurement, construction
and commissioning work for the project, under a lump-sum
contract. Value of the contract was not disclosed.
Coca-Cola revealed its first next-generation prototype
bottle made from 100% plant-based plastic produced using
technologies that are now ready to be commercially scaled
across the industry.
Neste has extended its climate commitments by setting
a concrete target for Scope 3 emissions to reduce the
use phase emission intensity of sold products by 50% by
2040 compared to 2020 levels. It already committed to
reach carbon neutral production (Scope 1 & 2) by 2035 and
help its customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
by at least 20-million t/y of CO2e by 2023.
Covestro is expanding its product range in Europe to
include mass-balanced thermoplastic polyurethanes with
reduced carbon footprint from as early as the beginning of
2022, and in Asia at a later date.
Evonik recently announced it intends to divest its
Lülsdorf chemical site in Germany in the medium term
and will draw up further details by spring 2022. The aim
is to transfer the entire site to a new owner, although the
sale of parts of the business to various interested parties
will also be considered. The company made the decision
amid the regulatory phase-out of alkoxide production at
Lülsdorf.

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McDermott Inks Additional Deal with CC7 For Baltic’s Russian Gas Chem Complex

Houston—
McDermott has been selected by China National Chemical
Engineering and Construction Corp. Seven (CC7) for the
engineering and procurement phase of Baltic Chemical’s
mega gas chemical complex project in Ust-Luga, Russia
(PCN, 13 Sept 2021, p 2).
The project includes two 1.4-million-t/y ethane cracking
plants, based on Lummus Technology, and six polyethylene
reactor lines, each designed to have a capacity of 500,000
t/y. Completion is expected in 2024.
Under the agreement, McDermott will provide complete
project management, engineering and procurement services,
including field engineering, author supervision and
the supply of equipment and materials for the project.
McDermott also delivered the front-end engineering design
and early works phases of the projects.
“The GCC project is a game changer for the Russian
Federation market,” noted Tareq Kawash, senior vice
president, Europe, Middle East, Africa at McDermott. “It
is the biggest single contract in the global petrochemical
field and will be hugely impactful in terms of job creation.
Our local presence and global resources align directly with
its critical success factors.”

 

Lummus & Clariant Catalysts Get Contract For Gail’s New PDH Unit in Maharashtra

Mumbai—
Gail (India) Ltd. has selected Lummus Technology’s Catofin
process and Clariant’s catalysts for a new propane dehydrogenation
plant in Usar, Maharashtra, India (PCN, 20
Sept 2021, p 1).
The 500,000-t/y PDH unit, which will be India’s “first,”
will be integrated with a downstream polypropylene (PP)
facility, Lummus noted. The $1.2-billion PDH-PP project
is scheduled to start up by 2024.
“Getting this first PDH award in India is very exciting,
considering the anticipated growth of the petrochemicals
market here,” said Leon de Bruyn, president and chief executive
of Lummus Technology. “This award displays the
innovative strength of the partnership between Lummus
and Clariant.
“Lummus is grateful to Gail for getting selected and is
committed to providing best-in-class PDH technology that
offers a reliable, optimized and low-carbon route to propylene.”
Last month, W.R. Grace & Co. agreed to license its Unipol
PP process technology for the PP plant.

 

EC Clears Synthos’ Proposed Acquisition Of Trinseo’s Synthetic Rubber Business

Brussels—
The European Commission (EC) has approved the planned
acquisition of Trinseo’s synthetic rubber business, based in
Schkopau, Germany, by Synthos (PCN, 31 May 2021, p 1).
The transaction, with an enterprise value of around
$491-million, includes the transfer of the associated
Schkopau-based manufacturing and research and development
facilities, as well as related intellectual property,
and about 440 employees. The sale is expected to close in
2022.
According to the commission, the proposed transaction
results in a limited number of horizontal overlaps between
the companies’ activities in the emulsion-styrene butadiene
rubber (E-SBR) and solution-styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR)
markets.
The EC concluded that the proposed deal would not
raise competition concerns since the combined market
shares of the parties are moderate; and following the
transaction, several other well-established E-SBR and SSBR
producers in the European Economic Area and nearby
countries, will still be active on the relevant markets.

 

Plastic Energy Makes FID, Starts Building New Advanced Recycling Plant in France

Paris—
Plastic Energy announced a final investment decision and
start of construction for an advanced recycling facility in
northern France that will convert post-consumer plastic
waste into raw materials for new virgin-quality polymers
(PCN, 29 Mar-5 Apr 2021, p 3).
The new large-scale recycling plant, located adjacent to
ExxonMobil’s Notre Dame de Gravenchon petrochemical
complex, will have an initial capacity of 25,000 t/y of plastic
waste, with plans to scale up to 33,000 t/y in the near
future. Start-up is scheduled for 2023.
Earlier this year, Plastic Energy entered into an offtake
collaboration agreement with ExxonMobil, in which Tacoil
from the new plant will be used by ExxonMobil to create
virgin-quality certified circular polymers and other highvalue
products.
The project has received financial support from the
French government, as part of their Plan de Relance and
Regional Planning Grant Scheme.

 

Nippon Shokubai Discontinues Production At Certain SAP Lines in Japan, Belgium

Tokyo—
Nippon Shokubai said it has decided to stop production of
superabsorbent polymers (SAP) at some of its lower productivity
units in Japan and Belgium with a total capacity
of 60,000 t/y, due to a “difficult and challenging” market
situation and cost structure.
Instead, the company will expand the same capacity in
its existing production lines equipped with a higher effective
production technology by debottlenecking as planned,
depending on the market situation.

 

Linde Starts Up New Hydrogen Facility To Supply U.S. Gulf Coast Customers

Houston—Linde
has begun operating a new world-scale hydrogen production
facility in Texas to supply customers in the U.S. Gulf
Coast region.
The plant, which brings the company’s total U.S. Gulf
Coast hydrogen capacity to around 1.5-billion cu ft/d, has
already started supplying high-purity hydrogen to the Phillips
66 Sweeny Refinery in Old Ocean, Texas, under a longterm
supply agreement. It will also meet the growing demand
for hydrogen from other customers in the region.
The new facility is located on Linde’s U.S. Gulf Coast
hydrogen pipeline, which runs from Lake Charles, La., to
Freeport, Texas, and has now been extended to connect
with the Sweeny Refinery.
“Over the past five years, we have significantly expanded
our already robust hydrogen supply system in the
U.S. Gulf Coast,” noted Jeff Barnhard, vice president,
south region, at Linde.
“Supported by multiple supply sources and an innovative
high-purity hydrogen storage cavern, this infrastructure
enables us to provide our customers with reliable
long-term supply. We are proud to have started up this
major project on budget, despite the macro challenges we
encountered.”

 

Braskem Gets Shareholder Approval To Build Ethane Terminal in Mexico

Mexico City—
Braskem Idesa, the Mexican subsidiary of Braskem, has
received shareholder and creditor approval for support
measures to build a planned ethane import terminal in
Mexico, Reuters reported.
The new terminal, to be built in Laguna de Pajaritos,
Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, will require an investment of
around $400-million and will import ethane on a global
scale (PCN, 4 Oct 2021, p 2).
Braskem Idesa, Pemex, CIIT and Administracion Portuaria
Integral de Coatzacoalcos last month signed an
agreement to work together on the project.
“The new agreement thus guarantees BI’s [Braskem
Idesa] future operations, providing certainty to its customers,
creditors, shareholders and employees, and promoting
the development of Mexico’s domestic petrochemical industry,
which is a source of essential raw materials for numerous
supply chains in the country,” Braskem Idesa noted.
Braskem Idesa recently signed a new ethane supply
contract with Pemex to fulfill its raw material needs until
the terminal starts up.

 

Covestro, M. Holland Expand Relationship To Distribute Polycarbonates in Mexico

Northbrook—
Covestro SA de CV and M. Holland announced an agreement
that would allow M. Holland’s U.S. customers with
operations in Mexico, as well as Mexico-based clients, access
to polycarbonate materials.
“Many U.S. companies have considered opening operations
in Mexico, only to face the challenge of limited local
material availability,” said Xiomara Ricardo, commercial
director, Mexico, at M. Holland.
“Our updated agreement with Covestro extends our
business relationship to Mexico, and we are well prepared
to distribute polycarbonates to clients internationally.”

 

Olin Plans to Shut Down Additional Chlor-Alkali Capacity at McIntosh

Montgomery—Olin
Corp. announced that it intends to permanently shut down
the remaining diaphragm-grade chlor-alkali capacity at its
McIntosh facility in Alabama (PCN, 24 May 2021, p 3).
The decision would reduce diaphragm-grade chloralkali
capacity by about 200,000 ECU (electrochemical
unit) tons. The closure is expected to be finalized by the
end of the third quarter of next year.
Earlier this year, the company permanently shut down
about 50%, equivalent to around 200,000 ECU tons, of its
diaphragm-grade chlor-alkali capacity at the site.
“When this shut down is complete, Olin will have rationalized
approximately 855,000 ECU tons of high-cost,
low-value diaphragm-grade chlor-alkali capacity since
early 2021,” said Olin Chairman, President and Chief Executive
Scott Sutton. “This action reinforces our commitment
to lift our ECU values to a more sustainable level.”
This past May, the company announced plans to permanently
shut down about 20% (225,000 ECU tons) of its
diaphragm-grade chlor-alkali capacity at its plant in
Plaquemine, La., by 1 June 2021, and 230,000 ECU tons of
the same product at its Freeport, Texas, facility in the second
quarter of 2021. No updates were given.

 

Dow Finalizes Agreement with Gunvor To Supply ‘Cracker-Ready’ Feedstock

Midland—Dow
and Gunvor Petroleum Rotterdam have signed an agreement
for Gunvor to purify pyrolysis oil feedstocks derived
from plastic waste and supply the “cracker-ready” feedstock
to Dow in Europe.
The arrangement, which begins this year, will enable
Dow to produce circular plastics for customers. No other
details were given.
“The agreement builds on Dow’s long-standing relationship
with Gunvor and leverages the economies of scale
needed to bring a circular economy for plastics another
step closer,” said Diego Donoso, president of Dow’s packaging
and specialty plastics business.
“In addition to our efforts to design for recyclability, we
are adopting advanced recycling technologies that allow us
to reclaim and reuse more waste plastics that would otherwise
go to waste.”

 

People on the Move

Cepsa—Maarten Wetselaar has been appointed chief
executive, effective 1 Jan. 2022, to succeed Philippe Boisseau,
who will lead the business until the end of 2021 and
then act as advisor to the chief executive and the board.
Wetselaar will join Cepsa from Royal Dutch Shell, where
he served on the executive committee as director for Integrated
Gas, Renewables and Energy Solutions.
Royal Vopak—Dick Richelle, most recently head of the
global commercial and business development activities for
Vopak, will be nominated to become chairman and chief
executive, effective 1 Jan. 2022. He will replace Eelco
Hoekstra, who has decided to join SHV as a member of the
executive board.
Perstorp—Patrice Pinsard has been appointed executive
vice president, Strategic Markets & Innovation. He
was previously with Solvay as global executive vice president,
Coatings, Industrial Solutions & Amines.

 

Neste & Ravago Plan to Set Up New JV For Dutch Chemical Recycling Facility

Amsterdam—
Neste and Ravago announced their intention to establish a
joint venture to build an industrial chemical recycling
plant at Vlissingen, the Netherlands.
The proposed facility, which would be based on Alterra
Energy’s proprietary thermochemical liquefaction technology,
would have an annual processing capacity of around
55,000 tons of mixed plastic waste. The transaction is subject
to regulatory approval.
The partnership would combine Ravago’s expertise in
the mechanical preparation of plastic waste, Alterra’s
technology and Neste’s expertise in the processing of hydrocarbons.
Neste and Ravago’s long-term goal is to “significantly”
increase the processing capacity on a global scale and continuously
develop the joint venture into a “global leader”
for chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste, Neste noted.
Alterra recently divested an equity interest in the company
to Ravago and, earlier this year, sold a minority stake
in the company to Neste (PCN, 2 Aug 2021, p 3).
In 2019, Neste and Ravago set a joint target to process
more than 200,000 t/y of mixed waste plastic by 2030.
Since then, the parties have evaluated technologies, the
raw material market, and built joint business cases to develop
chemical recycling capacities.

 

CRI and JM Ink Catalyst Supply Agreement For ETL Designed CO2-to-Methanol Plants

London—
Carbon Recycling International (CRI) and Johnson Matthey
(JM) have signed a long-term exclusive supply agreement
for the use of JM’s Katalco methanol catalysts in
CRI’s Emissions-to-Liquids (ETL) designed CO2-tomethanol
facilities.
“Methanol manufactured with CRI’s ETL process using
JM catalysts provides a highly effective route to sustainable
methanol from CO2 [carbon dioxide],” CRI noted.
“This can be recovered from either industrial processes or
biomass, such as waste and residues, or atmospheric
sources.
“This technology will provide a vital pathway to achieving
net zero emissions by contributing to the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions.”
JM’s catalyst has been used in all of CRI’s plants to
date and their 10-year cooperation will continue with this
agreement.

 

Sumitomo to Cut GHG Emissions at Oita With Switch to Renewable Electricity

Tokyo—
Sumitomo Chemical Co. has decided to switch all electricity
purchased for its Oita facility in Japan to renewable
electricity, beginning next month, as part of its goal to reduce
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This move will reduce the plant’s carbon dioxide emissions
by 20% compared to fiscal year 2013 (FY2013). In
addition, Sumitomo has changed fuel used as an energy
source at the site from heavy oil to natural gas, while also
working to optimize plant operating conditions to maximize
the benefit of the fuel change.
By implementing all these measures, the company will
lower GHG emissions from the site by around 30% in total
from FY2013.

 

IPL and FFI Partner on Feasibility Study Into Green NH3 Production in Australia

Canberra—
Incitec Pivot Ltd. (IPL) and Fortescue Future Industries
(FFI) have agreed to partner on a feasibility study into industrial-
scale production of green ammonia at IPL’s existing
facility at Gibson Island, Australia.
The study will assess whether the project is technically
and commercially feasible on an existing brownfield site,
and will examine building a new water electrolysis facility
at the site to produce about 50,000 t/y of renewable hydrogen,
which would be converted into the green ammonia for
Australian and export markets.
“The combination of FFI’s drive to develop a globally
competitive green hydrogen industry, and our leadership
and technical skills in ammonia production, will play an
important role in developing Australia’s capability in this
growing international market,” noted IPL Chief Executive
and Managing Director Jeanne Johns.
Preliminary results from the study are expected to be
available at the end of 2021.

 

Neste Opening R&D Center in Singapore To Boost Innovation, R&D Capabilities

Singapore—
Neste said it will set up a new research and development
(R&D) center in Singapore to increase its R&D and innovation
capabilities globally, and drive collaboration with
partners in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in Singapore.
The R&D center will include advanced analytical and
raw material research capabilities, and will support
Neste’s largest renewable products refinery locally. About
40 researchers and other professionals will be hired gradually
from 2022 to 2025. The center is planned to be fully
operational from 2023 onwards.
The company currently produces over 1-million t/y of
renewable products in Singapore and, in 2018, announced
plans to increase capacity in Singapore by up to 1.3-million
t/y. Start-up is scheduled for the first half of 2022.
Neste’s products serve the growing global demand for
lower-emission alternatives in the transport, aviation, as
well as polymers and chemicals sectors, noted Lars Peter
Lindfors, senior vice president of innovation.

 

Air Products Chooses Topsoe Technology For Blue NH3 Production in Louisiana

Gonzales—
Haldor Topsoe has agreed to supply its blue ammonia synthesis
technology for Air Products’ blue hydrogen clean
energy complex to be built in Ascension Parish, La. (PCN,
18 Oct 2021, p 3).
The $4.5-billion facility, to be built, owned and operated
by Air Products, will have the capacity to produce more
than 750-million cu ft/d of blue hydrogen.
A portion of the blue hydrogen will be compressed and
supplied to customers via Air Products’ U.S. Gulf Coast
hydrogen pipeline network, which can supply customers
with over 1.6-billion cu ft/d of hydrogen from approximately
25 production plants, including blue hydrogen from
Air Products’ Port Arthur, Texas, facility.
The remaining blue hydrogen from the new complex
will be used to make blue ammonia that will be transported
worldwide and converted back to blue hydrogen for
transportation and other markets. Operations are expected
to begin in 2026.

 

Fertiglobe Partners with Scatec & TSFE For Green Ammonia Project in Egypt

Ain Sokhna—
Fertiglobe, a partnership between OCI and Abu Dhabi National
Oil Co. (ADNOC), has entered into an agreement
with Scatec and the Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) to
jointly develop a green ammonia project in Ain Sokhna,
Egypt.
Under the agreement, Scatec will build, operate and
majority own the 50-100 megawatt electrolyzer facility,
which will be located near Fertiglobe’s EBIC subsidiary,
and produce green hydrogen as feedstock for green ammonia
production.
EBIC will use the green hydrogen as supplementary
feedstock for the production of up to 90,000 t/y of green
ammonia, under a long term off-take deal. A final investment
decision is expected in 2022, and start-up is targeted
for 2024.
“We are pleased to partner with Scatec, a leader in the
global renewables market and Egypt’s largest renewable
power developer, to deploy cutting edge technology at
world scale to start ramping up our green ammonia production
profile,” said Ahmed El-Hoshy, chief executive of
OCI and Fertiglobe. “We are also pleased that [TSFE] is
participating, underlining Egypt’s commitment to become a
global leader in the renewable space.
“This project adds to our existing and rapidly developing
low carbon portfolio of ammonia across our global platform,
and Fertiglobe in particular is increasingly becoming
the ideal springboard to capture the huge growth opportunities
offered by the hydrogen economy.”

 

Air Liquide Acquires 100% of H2V Normandy; Plans French Renewable Hydrogen Project

Paris—
Air Liquide has acquired the remaining stake in H2V Normandy,
of which it already held 40%, to support the
development of a low-carbon hydrogen ecosystem in France
(PCN, 25 Jan 2021, p 4).
Renamed Air Liquide Normand’Hy, the company plans
to build a large-scale proton-exchange membrane electrolyzer
complex of up to 200 megawatts in Port-Jerome,
which is planned to be commissioned in 2025.
The project will supply renewable hydrogen for industrial
and heavy mobility applications, while avoiding more
than 250,000 t/y of carbon dioxide emissions.
Air Liquide will connect the electrolyzer to its hydrogen
pipeline network in Normandy, which would contribute to
the development of the “world’s first” low-carbon hydrogen
network, Air Liquide noted.

 

Ineos to Invest More Than €2-Billion In New Green Hydrogen Production

London—Ineos
announced it will invest over €2-billion, through its Inovyn
business, into electrolysis projects to make zero carbon,
green hydrogen across Europe.
The plants will be built in Norway, Germany and Belgium
in the next 10 years, with investment also planned in
the UK and France.
The first facility, to be built in Rafnes, Norway, involves
a 20-megawatt electrolyzer to produce clean hydrogen
through the electrolysis of water, powered by zero-carbon
electricity.
The project will lead to a minimum reduction of about
22,000 t/y of carbon dioxide (CO2), by reducing the carbon
footprint of Ineos’ operations at Rafnes and serving as a
hub to provide hydrogen to the Norwegian transport sector.
In Germany, Ineos plans to build a larger scale 100-
megawatt electrolyzer to produce green hydrogen at its
Koln site. The hydrogen will be used in the production of
green ammonia.
The Koln project will result in a reduction of over
120,000 t/y of CO2 emissions, and will open opportunities
to develop e-fuels through power-to-methanol applications
on an industrial scale.
Ineos is also developing projects in Belgium, France and
the UK and expects to announce further partnerships with
leading organizations involved in the development of new
hydrogen applications, the company noted.

 

GC Group to Invest up to $1-Billion by ‘30 To Cut Current GHG Emissions by 20%

Bangkok—
PTT Global Chemical (GC), along with its subsidiaries and
affiliates as “GC Group,” announced its “Together to Net
Zero” commitments, which includes investing up to $1-
billion to reduce current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
by 20% by 2030.
The plan will use a three-pillar low carbon transition
framework, focusing on efficiency-driven, portfolio-driven,
and compensation-driven strategies to reach its targets.
“Today, I am proud to announce our ‘Together to Net
Zero’ commitments, which focus on balancing strategically
between business growth and sustainability outcomes,”
said GC Group Chief Executive Dr. Kongrapan Intarajang.
“We have a clear roadmap and are increasing our medium-
term targets to reduce by 20% within 2030 on the
journey to achieving net zero by 2050, in line with the
Paris Agreement.
“Additionally, we plan to reduce [GHGs] in our value
chain by 50%, propelling our customers and suppliers to
participate in this commitment together.”

 

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Orlen Unipetrol Expanding Steam Cracker To Boost Ethylene Capacity at Litvinov

Zaluzi—
Orlen Unipetrol has decided to increase capacity of its
steam cracker in Zaluzi, near Litvinov, Russia, with the
addition of an eleventh furnace.
The new furnace, requiring an investment of more than
CZK 700-million, will boost ethylene capacity at the site to
585,000 t/y from 545,000 t/y currently. Commissioning is
expected next year. The furnace will utilize Technip Energies’
SMKTM technology.
“The petrochemical segment already represents a third
of our production and more than half of our incomes,” said
Tomasz Wiatrak, chief executive of the Orlen Unipetrol
Group. “Its importance will continue to grow in the coming
decades, as global demand for petrochemical products
grows, too.
“We want to increase the total petrochemical production
from 0.9-million to 1.4-million tons a year by 2030.
We need to remove the existing capacity limitations of the
steam cracker’s pyrolysis section, the heart of our petrochemical
segment, to have sufficient space for the planned
production increase.”

 

EuroChem Selects KBR’s Insite Services For Its Kingisepp Ammonia Operations

Moscow—
KBR has been awarded a three-year service contract by
EuroChem to provide its KBR Insite digital advisory service
for EuroChem’s ammonia plant in Kingisepp, Russia.
KBR Insite provides remote monitoring and advisory
service to customers to help drive their plant operations to
top-quartile performance, noted KBR.
Under the contract, KBR will proactively analyze
EuroChem’s ammonia plant operations and leverage the
domain knowledge of KBR experts to identify opportunities
for achieving sustainable improvements in production, reliability,
environmental impact, and energy efficiency, KBR
explained.

 

Acme Awards KBR Technology Contract For Green Ammonia Project in Oman

Muscat—KBR
said it has been awarded a contract by Acme Group to supply
its ammonia technology for a new “breakthrough”
green ammonia project to be built in Oman.
The 300-t/d ammonia plant will be an integrated facility
using solar and wind energy to produce the ammonia. No
other details of the project were available.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide technology
license, engineering, proprietary equipment, catalyst,
and commissioning services.
“This facility, aimed towards exporting green ammonia
to Europe and Asia, will be the first project of this scale,”
noted Manoj K. Upadhyay, founder and chairman of Acme
Group. “We selected KBR technology because of its high
yields and lowest energy consumption and look forward to
a successful project implementation.”

 

Ceyhan Polipropilen JV Breaks Ground For Polypropylene Facility in Turkey

Adana—
Ceyhan Polipropilen Uretim AS, a joint venture of Sonatrach
and Ronesans Holding, has broken ground for a new
polypropylene (PP) production plant in Adana, Turkey
(PCN, 9 Dec 2019, p 1).
The approximately $1.7-billion PP facility, which will be
based on technologies from UOP Honeywell and Lyondell-
Basell, will have a production capacity of 450,000 t/y and is
expected to triple Turkey’s annual PP production capacity.
Operations are expected to begin in 2025.
Sonatrach will provide 550,000 t/y of raw material to
the plant by 2040, while Ronesans will supply most of the
electricity demand from its hydroelectricity plants. “Thus,
near 80% of the plant’s total energy need will be supplied
from renewable energy sources,” Ronesans noted.
Ceyhan Polipropilen is expected to sign an engineering,
procurement, construction and commissioning contract “in
the coming weeks” with a partnership formed by Tecnicas
Reunidas and Ronesans, stated Tecnicas Reunidas.

 

JSC Shchekinoazot Finalizes Construction On New M-500 Methanol Plant in Russia

Moscow—
JSC Shchekinoazot has concluded construction and
launched operations of its new Methanol-500 (M-500) production
facility in Shchekinoazot, Russia (PCN, 17 Sept
2018, p 2).
The 500,000-t/y methanol plant, based on technologies
from Haldor Topsoe, is the company’s third methanol unit
at the site, bringing total methanol production capacity to
1.5-million t/y.
“The M-500 plant is a high-tech one,” said Shchekinoazot
President Boris Sokol. “It has a resource and energy
efficient technology. The project is strategically important
both for the company and our country.”
With the commissioning of the third methanol unit,
Shchekinoazot will become the “leader” in terms of methanol
production in Russia and Europe, noted JSC NIIK, the
designing company.
The project was financed by Gazprombank and state
development corporation VEB.RF.

 

BP and Lanxess Forming Partnership For Renewable Raw Material Supply

Cologne—BP
and Lanxess are entering into a strategic partnership, in
which BP will supply sustainably produced cyclohexane to
Lanxess’ Antwerp, Belgium, site, beginning this quarter.
The ISCC Plus certified cyclohexane will be used by
Lanxess as a precursor in the production of polyamide 6.
BP uses bio-based and bio-circular feedstocks for the production
of “green” cyclohexane, which can be, for example,
rapeseed oil or biomass.
With this partnership, both companies want to “significantly”
advance the production of sustainable plastics, the
partners noted.

 

Repsol and Portugal Formalize Investment In Expansion of Sines Industrial Complex

Sines—
Repsol and the Portuguese government have signed an
investment contract for the expansion of Repsol’s Sines
industrial complex in Portugal (PCN, 27 Sept 2021, p 1).
The project, which will be the “largest” industrial investment
made in Portugal in the last 10 years, involves
construction of a new 300,000-t/y linear polyethylene plant
and a 300,000-t/y polypropylene (PP) unit, Repsol noted.
Operations are scheduled to begin in 2025.
Under the contract, Repsol will invest €657-million in
the expansion of the complex, while the Portuguese government,
which considers the project of Potential National
Interest (PIN), has granted tax incentives for the investment
of up to €63-million.
PIN is a qualification reserved for investments that
make significant contribution to the country’s economy,
Repsol explained.
Repsol recently selected LyondellBasell’s Spherizone
PP technology for the new PP plant.

 

Hanwha Lets KBR Technology Contract For New Nitric Acid Plant in S. Korea

Yeosu—KBR
said it has been awarded a dual-pressure nitric acid technology
contract by Hanwha Corp. for a new 1,200-t/d nitric
acid facility to be built at Yeosu in South Korea.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide license,
basic engineering design, and technical support to
Hanwha for the facility. No other details of the project
were available.
“KBR is proud to be selected by Hanwha to deliver our
leading dual-pressure nitric acid technology that offers
tangible CAPEX and OPEX benefits, including reduced net
energy consumption through efficient energy recovery,”
noted Doug Kelly, president of technology at KBR.

 

Monolith, SK Ink JV Agreement to Produce Clean Hydrogen & Carbon Black in Korea

Seoul—
Monolith and SK Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) to pursue a joint venture for the production
of clean hydrogen and carbon black products in
South Korea.
Monolith has developed a process technology that uses
100% renewable energy to convert natural gas into clean
hydrogen and carbon black.
As part of the MoU, Monolith will share its production
technology knowledge with SK for the production of clean
hydrogen and carbon black, while SK will oversee the production,
sales and distribution of these products.
Monolith is currently operating its first commercialscale
production facility in Hallam, Neb., for the production
of clean hydrogen and carbon black.
Last December, Monolith announced plans to produce
clean ammonia at a second phase production plant in Nebraska
(PCN, 21-28 Dec 2020, p 4).
“Monolith believes that for a global challenge like decarbonization,
global collaboration is needed,” said Monolith
Chief Executive Rob Hanson.
“We’re eager to continue our collaboration with SK Inc.
to ensure cleanly-produced hydrogen and carbon products
are available around the world.”

 

ExxonMobil Plans to Build New Large-Scale Plastic Waste Advanced Recycling Facility

Irving—
ExxonMobil announced its intention to build its first,
large-scale plastic waste advanced recycling plant in Baytown,
Texas, which will be among the “largest” in North
America.
The company is already operating a smaller, temporary
facility, where it is producing commercial volumes of certified
circular polymers that will be marketed by the end of
this year to meet growing demand.
The new facility will have an initial planned capacity to
recycle 30,000 t/y of plastic waste, and follows validation of
the company’s initial trial of its proprietary process for
converting plastic waste into raw materials.
To date, the trial has successfully recycled over 1,000
tons of plastic waste and has demonstrated the capability
of processing 50 t/d.
ExxonMobil is also developing plans to build around
500,000 t/y of advanced recycling capacity globally over the
next five years.
In France, it is working with Plastic Energy on an advanced
recycling plant in Notre Dame de Gravenchon,
which is expected to process 25,000 t/y of plastic waste
when its starts up in 2023, with the potential for further
expansion to 33,000 t/y (PCN, 29 Mar–5 Apr 2021, p 3).
ExxonMobil is also assessing site in the Netherlands,
the U.S. Gulf Coast, Canada and Singapore.

 

Enterprise’s Teague Named as Recipient Of ‘21 Petrochemical Heritage Award

San Antonio—
Jim Teague, chief executive of Enterprise Products, has
been selected to receive the 2021 Petrochemical Heritage
Award.
Teague began his career in sales at Dow Chemical,
where he rose to become vice president of feedstocks. After
retiring from Dow, he served as president of Mapco Trading
and Marketing, and then as president of Shell Oil’s
midstream business.
In 1999, when Shell sold the midstream business to Enterprise
Products, Teague joined Enterprise as executive
vice president. He later became chief operating officer and
chief commercial officer. In 2010, he was made a director
and then in 2016 was named chief executive.
“Teague’s role in the growth of Enterprise’s value from
less than $1.5-billion in 1999 to more than $90-billion today
is the highlight of his career,” noted the Science History
Institute.
The award is scheduled to be presented during American
Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturer’s International
Petrochemical Conference being held 17-19 Oct. 2021 in
San Antonio, Texas.

 

People on the Move

CF Industries Inc.—Stephen J. Hagge, independent
director of CF and former president and chief executive of
Aptar Group, has been elected incoming chair of the board
of CF, effective 1 Jan. 2022. He will succeed Stephen A.
Furbacher, who will retire at the annual meeting of shareholders
in May 2022.
JGC Holdings—Farhan Mujib has been appointed
president and representative director, effective 1 Jan.
2022. He will succeed Yutaka Yamazaki, who will continue
to serve as a director of JGC Holdings and JGC Corp.

 

Air Products Touts Clean Energy Complex To Produce Blue Hydrogen in Louisiana

Gonzales—
Air Products and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
have announced a “landmark” $4.5-billion blue hydrogen
clean energy complex to be built in Ascension Parish, La.
The facility, to be built, owned and operated by Air
Products, will have the capacity to produce over 750-
million cu ft/d of blue hydrogen. The project will create 170
permanent jobs and over 2,000 construction jobs over three
years.
A portion of the blue hydrogen will be compressed and
supplied to customers via the company’s extensive U.S.
Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network, which can supply
customers with more than 1.6-billion cu ft/d of hydrogen
from approximately 25 production plants, including blue
hydrogen from Air Products’ Port Arthur, Texas, facility.
The remaining blue hydrogen from the Ascension Parish
facility will be used to make blue ammonia that will be
transported worldwide and converted back to blue hydrogen
for transportation and other markets.
Around 95% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) generated at
the new complex will be captured, compressed and transported
by pipeline to multiple inland sequestration sites,
located along a pipeline corridor extending 35 miles east of
the complex.
Over 5-million t/y of CO2 will be permanently sequestered
one mile beneath the surface in geological pore space
secured from the state. Air Products has already received
approval from Louisiana’s State Mineral and Energy Board
for the permanent sequestration of the CO2.
“This landmark mega project will not only create jobs,
but make Louisiana and Ascension Parish leaders in the
U.S. clean energy transition,” noted Air Products Chairman,
President and Chief Executive Seifi Ghasemi.
“Air Products is fully invested in, and committed to projects
that leverage our build-own-operate, technology, financial
and sustainability capabilities, and this project
brings all those core strengths together.”

 

Sibur Plans Potential Project to Reduce ZapSibNeftekhim’s Carbon Emissions

Moscow—Nova
Energies, a joint venture of Technip Energies and Nipigas,
has been awarded a pre-FEED (front-end engineering and
design) contract by Sibur to study potential carbon capture
solutions for Sibur’s ZapSibNeftekhim petrochemical facility
in Russia.
Nova Energies’ scope of work includes technology and
optimal technical solutions development, along with a cost
estimate for the process of capturing, transporting and
utilizing carbon dioxide from the operating enterprises of
ZapSibNeftekhim and the Tobolsk thermoelectric power
station. Value of the contract was not disclosed.
“We are pleased to announce that Nipigas team, in
partnership with Technip Energies, has begun the development
of a project to reduce carbon emissions of the largest
petrochemical enterprise in the country and the main
production asset of Sibur,” said Nipigas General Director
Dmitry Evstafiev.
“This project gives Nova Energies an opportunity to
contribute to the development and to take a leading position
in the market for energy transition in our country
from the very beginning of the operation of the joint venture.”

 

Topsoe Begins Operation of Demo Unit For Its eSMR Methanol Technology

Copenhagen—
Haldor Topsoe has started up a plant to demonstrate its
eSMR methanol technology for the production of sustainable
methanol from biogas at Aarhus University’s research
facility in Foulum, Denmark (PCN, 22 July 2019, p 2).
The new 10-kg/hr methanol plant, scheduled to be fully
operational by the beginning of 2022, will validate Topsoe’s
electrified technology for the cost-competitive production of
carbon dioxide (CO2)-neutral methanol.
The process utilizes half the CO2 that makes up about
40% of biogas and typically is costly to separate and vent in
the production of grid quality biogas.
Partners in the project include Aarhus University –
Dept. of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Sintex A/S,
Blue World Technology ApS, Technical University of Denmark,
Energinet A/S, Aalborg University, and Plan Energi,
with Topsoe leading the project.
“The climate benefits from using sustainable methanol
[are] not limited to one single purpose,” Topsoe noted. Sustainable
methanol can be used for marine fuel, blend in
gasoline, and for the chemical industry, where methanol is
mainly used today.
“Further, the main feature in the demonstration plant
is Topsoe’s eSMR technology, which enables not only the
production of sustainable methanol, but also other sustainable
products like green hydrogen, green ammonia,
eFuels, and more.”

 

CAP Inks MoU With Aramco Trading To Secure Feed for 2nd PC Complex

Cilegon—
Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) and Aramco Trading
Co. (ATC) have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) for the supply of feedstock for CAP’s proposed second
world-scale integrated petrochemical complex in Cilegon,
Indonesia (PCN, 2 Aug 2021, p 2).
Under the MoU, the parties will look at potential opportunities
for ATC to supply feedstock to support CAP’s operation
of the complex.
Estimated to cost around $5-billion, the project would
include, among others, a cracker unit, polymerized olefins
and related facilities and utilities. It would double CAP’s
production capacity to over 8-million t/y. Subject to a final
investment decision planned in 2022, construction is expected
to take four to five years.

 

Lukoil Starts Supplying Solar Energy To Stavrolen Petrochemical Facility

Moscow—Lukoil
announced it has begun supplying solar electricity to its
Stavrolen petrochemical plant in Budennovsk, Russia, in
order to reduce its carbon footprint.
The company is expected to supply approximately 11-
million kWh annually from its own solar power plant located
at its Volgograd refinery.
“The use of renewable power generation will enable
Stavrolen to reduce [the] carbon footprint of its products
with [an] expected reduction of indirect emissions by almost
5,000 tons of CO2 [carbon dioxide] per year,” Lukoil
noted.
The company plans to continue to implement such projects
in accordance with its climate strategy.

 

OWPL Partners Studying Offshore Wind Use For Green Hydrogen Production in Scotland

Flotta—
Offshore Wind Partners Ltd. (OWPL), a consortium of TotalEnergies,
Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and
Renewable Infrastructure Development Group, is studying
the use of offshore wind to power the production of green
hydrogen on an industrial scale on the island of Flotta in
Orkney, Scotland.
OWPL has submitted a proposal, called the West of
Orkney Windfarm, to the Crown Estate Scotland’s offshore
wind leasing round to develop the N1 plan option area west
of Orkney. If successful, the proposal could deliver renewable
power to a green hydrogen production facility at the
Flotta Terminal.
OWPL, in partnership with Flotta Terminal’s owners
Repsol Sinopec and Uniper, are developing plans to power
the proposed Flotta Hydrogen Hub.
“TotalEnergies believes in the potential of renewable
offshore wind power to produce green hydrogen, supporting
our companies to meet their ambition in terms of carbon
neutrality,” said Julien Pouget, senior vice president of
renewables at TotalEnergies.
“With our proposed West of Orkney windfarm, there is
an opportunity to create one of the world’s first green hydrogen
plants in Orkney. It is an exciting plan, and we
look forward to working on it with our partners and Orkney
stakeholders,” Pouget added.
“Flotta is an ideal location for green hydrogen production
– it is surrounded by the best wind resource in Europe,
it lies close to major shipping routes within the vast natural
harbor of Scapa Flow,” noted James Stockan, leader of
Orkney Islands Council.

 

Worley Wins Services Contract from Aramco For Ras Tanura Residue Upgrade Project

Riyadh—
Saudi Aramco has awarded a services contract to Worley
for a residue upgrade project at Aramco’s Ras Tanura refinery
in Saudi Arabia.
The project will convert low-value refinery residue into
higher-value products, including gasoline, jet fuel and ultra-
low sulfur diesel. A schedule for the project was not
given.
Under the contract, Worley will provide early front-end
engineering design, front-end engineering design and project
management services for the entire project.
Advisian, Worley’s consulting business, completed the
front-end conceptual studies for the project.

 

CF Enters Agreements Enabling Operation Of Billingham Through at Least Jan. ‘22

London—CF
Industries Holdings said its UK subsidiary has reached
carbon dioxide (CO2) pricing and offtake agreements with
its industrial customers in the country that will allow its
Billingham, UK, complex to continue to operate through at
least January 2022 (PCN, 27 Sept 2021, p 2).
The complex is capable of producing 750 t/d of CO2 for
commercial use as a byproduct of the ammonia production
process.
During the period of the agreements, it is expected that
the UK government and industrial gas customers will develop
robust alternative sources of CO2, as part of a longterm
solution for meeting demand in the country.
CF recently restarted its ammonia unit at the complex
that was suspended last month because of high natural gas
prices, after reaching an interim agreement with the government
to cover the costs to restart the plant and produce
CO2 for the UK market.
The company’s Ince fertilizer complex in Chester, UK,
was suspended at the same time as the Billingham facility;
however, it remains offline. CF does not have an estimate
for when production will resume there.

 

Dow Announces Agreement with Topsoe To Fast-Track MDU at Terneuzen Site

Terneuzen—
Dow announced a first step agreement is in place with
Haldor Topsoe to fast-track the design, engineering and
construction of a new 10,000-t/y market development unit
(MDU) at Dow’s site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands (PCN,
11 Oct 2021, p 3).
The MDU will advance the technology for industrialscale
purification of pyrolysis oil feedstock derived from
waste plastics, which will be used to meet strong market
demand for new, circular polyethylene.
“Advancing the circular economy for plastics requires
scale for feedstock recycling and clean up that does not yet
exist broadly, so we are partnering to help accelerate it,”
said Diego Donoso, president of Dow’s packaging and specialty
plastics business.
“Leveraging Haldor Topsoe’s technology and expertise
will help us de-risk scale-up purification capabilities
aligned with our efforts to stop the waste and close the
loop.”

 

LyondellBasell Extends Circulen Suite

Rotterdam—
LyondellBasell said it has extended its Circulen suite of
sustainable solutions to its Advanced Polymer Solutions
(APS) segment.
The Circulen portfolio of compounds and solutions is
derived from mechanical and advanced (molecular) recycled
and renewable-based materials for its customers.
LyondellBasell’s APS segment produces polypropylene
compounds, engineered plastics, masterbatches, colors and
powders, engineered composites and advanced polymers,
including Catalloy and polybutene-1.

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Dow Building Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Ethylene, Derivatives Complex in Alberta

Alberta—
Dow announced plans to build the “world’s first” net-zero
carbon emissions integrated ethylene cracker and derivatives
site in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada.
The proposed project would more than triple the company’s
ethylene and polyethylene (PE) capacity from the
Fort Saskatchewan site, while retrofitting the entire site to
net-zero scope 1 and 2 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The brownfield ethylene cracker is expected to add
around 1.8-million tons of capacity in a phased manner
through 2030, and along with derivatives capacity and size
retrofit investments, will enable Dow to produce and supply
approximately 3.2-million tons of certified low- to zerocarbon
emissions PE and ethylene derivatives.
Cracker off-gas would be converted into hydrogen as a
clean fuel to be used in the production process, and CO2,
which would be captured onsite to be transported and
stored by adjacent third-party CO2 infrastructure.
Subject to approval by Dow’s board of directors and certain
regulatory agencies, the project would decarbonize
about 20% of Dow’s global ethylene capacity, while growing
its PE supply by about 15%.
Dow selected the Fort Saskatchewan site for this project
due to the region’s highly competitive energy and feedstocks
position, the company noted.

 

Sarawak Selects Petronas’ PGTSSB For Its New ‘Mega’ Methanol Plant

Sarawak—
Petronas Global Technical Solutions Sdn Bhd (PGTSSB)
said it has entered into an agreement with Sarawak
Petchem to provide advisory and technical support services
for Sarawak’s “first” mega methanol facility being built in
Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia (PCN, 14 June 2021, p 2).
Under the agreement, PGTSSB will provide advisory on
technical services, procurement and turnaround, as well as
critical operations and maintenance support for the project,
which is expected to begin operations in 2023. Value
of the contract was not given.
The new 5,000-t/d methanol plant will be based Air
Liquide E&C’s proprietary Lurgi MegaMethanol process
technology to convert natural gas to methanol.
Air Liquide E&C will also supply engineering, related
equipment, as well as an air separation unit with a production
capacity of 2,200 t/d of oxygen.
In 2018, Sarawak selected Petronas Chemicals Marketing
(Labuan) Ltd. as its partner to market methanol products
for the project.

 

Clariant, Linde Jointly Develop Catalysts For Novel Ethylene Production Process

Munich—
Clariant Catalysts said it has partnered with Linde Engineering
to develop new catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation
of ethane (ODH-E), an innovative, low-emissions
catalytic technology for the production of ethylene.
Clariant’s ODH catalysts are available exclusively for
Linde’s EDHOX catalytic on-purpose ethylene technology.
Compared to conventional steam cracking, which operates
at process temperatures up to 900°C, EDHOX operates at
moderate temperatures—below 400°C, enabling comparatively
low carbon dioxide emissions (CO2).
Also inherent to Linde’s process are the sequestration
of CO2 and the potential for electrification. Together,
these differences lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions by
up to 100% compared with conventional steam cracking.

 

Tosoh to Discontinue Producing and Selling TDI, Related Products at Nanyo Complex

Tokyo—
Tosoh Corp. announced it will permanently stop producing
and selling toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and TDI-related
products from its Nanyo complex in Japan, effective April
2023.
“Despite the continuous implementation of measures to
improve profitability, the environment surrounding this
business has become increasingly severe in recent years,
and there are no prospects for improvement,” the company
stated. Tosoh currently produce 25,000 t/y of TDI at the
site.

 

PolyQuest Establishes Renuva Plastics To Buy U.S. Division of Faith Group

Wilmington—
PolyQuest, a distributor of polyethylene terephthalate
(PET) resins and a manufacturer of recycled PET resins in
North America, has formed Renuva Plastics, a whollyowned
subsidiary of PolyQuest (dba Faith Group USA), to
purchase the U.S. division of the Faith Group Co.
Faith Group Co. has been the “premier” distributor of
post-industrial thermoplastics (especially PET) in the U.S.
and the “largest” exporter of these products out of the U.S.
to the rest of the world over the past quarter of a century,
PolyQuest noted. Faith Group USA will continue purchasing
and distributing such thermoplastics in the U.S., as
well as domestically sourcing these products for the Faith
Group Co. to export.
“This acquisition is a bolt-on and extremely complementary
to our existing virgin resins distribution and postconsumer/
post-industrial manufacturing businesses,” said
PolyQuest Chief Executive John Marinelli.
“The transition at closing from the Faith Group Co. to
Faith Group USA will be seamless for our business partners;
it is a name change, with PolyQuest serving as the
new parent company,” noted Russell Wilkes, vice president
of Faith Group USA. “All employees and locations remain
in place.”

 

ExxonMobil Inks EoI to Study Storing CO2 From Fife Ethylene Plant to Acorn Project

London—
ExxonMobil has signed an expression of interest to study
the capture, transport and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2)
from its Fife ethylene plant in Mossmorran, Scotland, to
the Acorn carbon capture project in Scotland (PCN, 19-26
July 2021).
The initial phase of Acorn, which is bidding to be in the
first wave of carbon capture clusters to be announced by
the UK government, has the potential to deliver over half
of the country’s target of capturing and storing 10-million
t/y of CO2 by 2030, ExxonMobil noted. When expanded
further, it will have the potential to store more than 20-
million t/y of CO2 by the mid-2030s.
The agreement to include the ethylene facility is in addition
to an earlier announced memorandum of understanding
to capture and store CO2 from gas terminals at
the St. Fergus complex at Peterhead, Scotland.

 

Air Products Starts Up New World-Scale Liquid Hydrogen Facility at La Porte

La Porte—Air
Products has put its new world-scale liquid hydrogen plant
on stream in La Porte, Texas, to supply increasing demand
in several customer markets (PCN, 17 Sept 2018, p 4).
The facility, which produces approximately 30 t/d of liquid
hydrogen, will join the company’s existing hydrogen
and syngas operations, as well as an air separation unit at
the site.
The hydrogen plant will be connected to, and draw hydrogen
to be liquefied from, Air Product’s Gulf Coast Pipeline,
the “world’s largest” hydrogen plant and pipeline system,
the company noted.
Air Products also has liquid hydrogen production plants
operating in New Orleans, La., Sacramento, Calif., Sarnia,
Ontario, Canada, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

 

Dow Enters Into Eight New Agreements For the Purchase of Renewable Power

Midland—Dow
said it has signed eight new renewable power purchase
agreements (RPAs) across Europe and the Americas that is
expect to reduce its scope 2 emissions by over 600,000 t/y of
CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent).
In Europe, Dow signed six agreements that have enabled
eight Dow sites across Spain, UK, Sweden, France
and Germany to transition to 100% green electricity. Several
other sites across Europe have also transitioned to a
cleaner grid power mix or are importing renewable power.
The company has signed a long-term agreement in Brazil
with Casa dos Ventos aligned to the construction of a
new wind power plant in Rio Grande do Norte state. It
provides Dow’s site in Cabangu with access to costcompetitive
capacity for wind-generated electricity.
In North America, a long-term agreement with Capital
Power in Alberta, Canada, will provide clean power capacity,
replacing about 40% of the energy demand at Dow’s
Prentiss, Alberta, site for polyethylene production.
“The new RPAs provide cost competitive access to an
additional 132 megawatts (MW) of clean power capacity
from wind and solar, with zero capital investment from the
company, bringing Dow’s total access to more than 850
MW of clean energy, well ahead of its 2025 sustainability
goal aligned to power from renewable sources,” Dow noted.

 

Lukoil Begins Second Stage Upgrade At Stavrolen Petrochemical Facility

Moscow—Lukoil
has launched an expansion of its gas processing unit (GPU-
2) at the Stavrolen petrochemical plant in Budennovsk,
Russia, which will increase polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene
(PP) production at the site.
Construction of GPU-2 is expected to increase the utilization
of associated petroleum gas delivered to the facility
to 5-billion cu m/yr, providing Lukoil with a larger volume
of feedstock for pyrolysis (ethane and natural gas), which is
used to produce PE and PP.
GPU-2 is the first unit to be built under the Stavrolen
integrated development program. It is expected that implementation
of the program will increase Stavrolen’s capacity
to produce ethylene to 420,000 t/y from 350,000 t/y,
polyethylene to 405,000 t/y from 300,000 t/y, and copolymer
PPs to 120,000 t/y from 80,000 t/y.

 

Sasol Signs MoU to Lead Feasibility Study For Boegoebaai Green Hydrogen Project

Namakwa—
Sasol has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the
Northern Cape Development Agency of South Africa to
lead the feasibility study to explore the potential of Boegoebaai
as an export hub for green hydrogen and ammonia.
The Boegoebaai “green hydrogen” development has
been designated a strategic integrated project in the South
African National Development Plan and is located in the
Namakwa Special Economic Zone.
Sasol has also partnered with the Industrial Development
Corp., who will provide joint funding for the study.
The study is expected to take around 24 months to complete.
The outcome of the study will determine the next
step of development.
The Boegoebaai project is one of several green hydrogen,
ammonia and power-to-x opportunities that Sasol is
assessing, as part of a new strategy. Its strategy is aligned
with South Africa’s ambitions to establish the country as a
“significant” green hydrogen production and global export
hub, Sasol noted.

 

People on the Move

Lummus Technology—Dr. Will Groten has become
chief innovation officer, where he leads the company’s
technology innovation and commercialization, Research &
Development, and the Green Circle and Siluria business
units. He was previously vice president of Research & Development.
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.—Elliott Johnson,
currently vice president of environmental, health, safety
and security (EHS&S), will join the company’s executive
leadership team as senior vice president, EHS&S.
Steve Prusak, senior vice president, corporate planning
and technology, will assume additional responsibility for
the company’s projects organization, which involves overseeing
the development of expansion projects in the U.S.
and Qatar. Both appointments are effective 1 Nov. 2021.
Wood—German Carmona has been appointed president
of Wood’s Applied Intelligence business to accelerate
digital transformation for customers. He was previously
with Neoris, where he led the digital transformation consulting
practice.

 

Dow Expands Circular Plastics Capabilities With Advancements in the U.S. & Europe

Midland—
Dow Chemical has announced several advancements in the
U.S. and Europe in its efforts to prevent plastic waste, reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and provide customers with
recycled plastic products that are comparable to virgin
plastics derived from fossil-fuel based feedstocks.
The advancements include: Dow and Fuenix Ecogy
Group are expanding their initial agreement to scale circular
plastics production through advanced recycling with the
construction of a second plant in Weert, the Netherlands.
The facility will process 20,000 tons of waste plastic into
pyrolysis oil, which will be used to produce new circular
plastics at Dow’s site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.
Dow and Gunvor Petroleum Rotterdam finalized a deal
to purify pyrolysis oil feedstocks derived from plastic
waste. Gunvor will supply cracker-ready feedstock to Dow
beginning in 2021 to produce circular plastics.
In Terneuzen, Dow is fast-tracking the design, engineering
and construction of a market development scale
purification unit to provide additional capacity to purify
pyrolysis oil derived from plastic waste.
New Hope Energy and Dow have formed a multi-year
agreement, in which New Hope will supply Dow with pyrolysis
oil derived from plastics recycled in North America.
Dow will use the feedstock to produce circular plastics.
Also, Dow said it has received or is on track to receive
ISCC certification for each of its major European and U.S.
sites.
These advancements will enable the company to provide
initial supply of fully circular polymers to customers
starting in 2022.

 

Pryme to Supply Pyrolysis Oil to Shell To Make Circular Chemical Products

Rotterdam—
Shell Chemicals Europe and Pryme have entered into a
strategic cooperation and offtake agreement for the supply
off pyrolysis oil to Shell’s crackers in Moerdijk, the Netherlands,
and Rheinland, Germany, for use in the production
of circular chemical products.
The pyrolysis oil, made from recycled plastic waste, will
be supplied by Pryme from its first facility in Rotterdam,
the Netherlands, which is currently under construction.
The facility, expected to convert 60,000 t/y of plastic waste
into Pyrolysis oil, is scheduled to become operational next
year.
As part of the deal, the parties will cooperate on the
testing and evaluation of pyrolysis liquid samples from
Pryme’s test plant in Ghent, Belgium. The process will
enhance their understanding into the optimal properties of
pyrolysis oil for use in chemical crackers.
The agreement also includes the provision for the future
supply of pyrolysis oil to be delivered from Pryme’s
proposed second plant in the region. The facility would
have an estimated 350,000 t/y of production capacity.
Start-up is anticipated in 2024.
“We are excited to announce our strategic cooperation
with Shell, which we see as an important validation of our
technology,” noted Jos van der Endt, founder and chief executive
of Pryme.
“This relationship, combined with our scalable technology,
will enable Pryme to commit to equivalent long-term
volumes with plastic waste suppliers and help accelerate
the growth of this developing and necessary value chain.”

 

ADNOC Backs Out of Project to Build New Greenfield Refinery at Ruwais

Ruwais—Abu
Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) confirmed that it has
cancelled a project to build a new 400,000-b/d greenfield
refinery at Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Argus
Media reported.
The project was originally planned to include a new
600,000-b/d refinery, but ADNOC later decided on a
smaller petrochemicals-focused refinery and a 200,000-b/d
expansion and revamp of an existing 817,000-b/d refining
complex at Ruwais (PCN, 6 May 2019, p 3).
“We continually review the technical, commercial and
economic status of all projects throughout the different
stages of project planning, development and operations,”
said the report citing ADNOC.
“We regularly assess market conditions and global supply
and demand considerations. This ensures ADNOC’s
economic resilience and the future-proofing of our business
operations.
“As a result of our early feasibility and pre-FEED
[front-end engineering and design] studies, we have concluded
that at this time a new refinery is not economically
attractive.”

 

OCI, ADNOC Plan Initial Public Offering Of 13.8% Interest in Fertiglobe Venture

Dubai—OCI
NV and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) are planning
to float a 13.8% minority stake in their fertilizer joint venture,
Fertiglobe, on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,
Fertiglobe was formed in 2019, as a strategic partnership
of OCI (58%) and ADNOC 42% (PCN, 7 Oct 2019, p 4).
At the time, ADNOC said Fertiglobe would be the
“largest” export-focused nitrogen fertilizer platform globally,
and the “largest” producer in the MENA region with a
production capacity of 1.5-million tons of sellable ammonia
and 5-million tons of urea.

 

Technip Energies and Siemens Partnering On New Decarbonized ROC Technology

Paris—
Technip Energies and Siemens Energy have entered into
an exclusive agreement to jointly develop, commercialize,
and license the Rotating Olefins Cracker (ROC) technology
to decarbonize olefin production processes.
ROC technology uses a dynamic reactor system that replaces
conventional furnaces used for pyrolysis when
manufacturing light olefins. It is expected to have better
first pass olefins yields with similar operating costs compared
to current commercially available processes.
Technip Energies and Siemens have already validated
the fundamentals of the reactor technology in laboratory
testing and plan for the first turbomachinery prototype to
begin factory testing in the first half of 2022.
Also, the companies have entered into a memorandum
of understanding with the Cracker of the Future (COF)
Consortium, which expresses the intent of the parties to
negotiate a contract to install a hydrocarbon demonstration
unit utilizing ROC technology in a plant operated by
one of the COF members.
COF comprises Borealis, BP, Repsol, TotalEnergies,
Versalis, and coordinator Brightlands Chemelot Campus.
It selected ROC technology after assessing over a dozen
electricity-based heating technologies for olefin crackers.

 

Mitsui & Co. and JOGMEC Agree to Study Feasibility of CCS in Western Australia

Perth—Mitsui
& Co. and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp.
(JOGMEC) will conduct a joint feasibility study on carbon
capture and storage (CCS) associated with Mitsui’s Perth
Basin investments in Western Australia.
Mitsui, as operator, is developing the Waitsia gas field
in the mid-west region of Western Australia. It has a 50%
working interest through its wholly-owned Mitsui E&P
Australia Pty Ltd. (MEPAU) subsidiary. MEPAU also
holds a 100% stake in nearby depleted gas fields in Perth
Basin.
MEPAU, as a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., has the credibility,
capabilities and global network to develop natural
gas assets and produce low carbon ammonia for markets in
Australia and Asia, including Japan.
Specifically, MEPAU will examine the production and
export of low carbon ammonia made from hydrogen generated
from mid-west natural gas, with potential for the associated
carbon dioxide to be stored in depleted gas fields
in Perth Basin.
Mitsui has also signed an agreement with Wesfarmers
Chemicals, Energy & Fertilizers to jointly study the commercial
and technical viability of building a low carbon
ammonia production plant, which will include CCS solutions
to be provided by Mitsui.
JOGMEC will promote international cooperation in the
fields of CCS, clean hydrogen and ammonia, and will provide
a stable supply of natural resources and energy.

 

Gevo Chooses Kiewit to Lead FEED For Net-Zero 1 Project in S. Dakota

Lake Preston—
Gevo has selected Kiewit Energy Group to lead the frontend
engineering design (FEED) for its Net-Zero 1 project in
Lake Preston, S.D. (PCN, 13 Sept 2021, p 3).
Early this year, Gevo announced the concept of Net
Zero Projects, the first of these projects being Net-Zero 1—
a new facility, based on Gevo’s proprietary technology, to
produce energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons using renewable
energy, according to Gevo’s website.
Gevo has optioned the right to purchase the land in
Lake Preston for the Net-Zero 1 facility because of the
site’s abundant sustainable corn supply, high-protein feed
demand, rail transportation, and renewable energy potential.
The company expects to complete FEED work by the
end of this year. The facility is planned to begin production
in 2024.

 

SABIC Expands PP Compounds Capacity With Start Up of New Line at Genk Site

Brussels—
SABIC has opened a new polypropylene (PP) compounding
line at its site in Genk, Belgium, expanding capacity for PP
compounds at the site.
The line, which is based on “cutting-edge” large-scale
extrusion technology, will use raw materials from the company’s
plants at Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and Geleen, the
Netherlands. It adds to SABIC’s existing PP compounds
production capacity at Genk. No other details were given.

 

Idemitsu, Yara and JERA Sign MoU To Create Ammonia Supply Chain

Tokyo—Idemitsu
Kosan, Yara International and JERA have signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to jointly explore the creation
of a clean ammonia (blue and green) supply chain in
Japan.
Under the MoU, the three companies will utilize their
respective expertise to explore the possibility of cooperation
in the following areas in order to expand the introduction
of ammonia in Japan:
Establishment of a domestic ammonia distribution
network based at Idemitsu’s Tokuyama complex;
Formation of an ammonia bunkering business utilizing
the Tokuyama complex and the cultivation of
demand;
Optimization of fuel ammonia shipping supply
chain for domestic use.
“As part of its measures to reach carbon neutrality by
2050, Japan targets 3-million tons of ammonia import for
fuel by 2030 and 30-million tons by 2050,” Yara noted.

 

TotalEnergies Becomes Funding Partner Of Polypropylene Recycling Coalition

Houston—
TotalEnergies Petrochemicals & Refining USA has decided
to participate as a funding partner of The Recycling
Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition initiative.
The primary focus of the coalition is to achieve the
same high levels of recycling for polypropylene (PP) as
other plastics like polyethylene terephthalate and highdensity
polyethylene. The path to achieve this goal is
through contribution of grants to recycling facilities and
targeting consumer education efforts, as well as recycling
infrastructure improvements.
TotalEnergies’ collaboration within the coalition will focus
on increasing curbside recycling access for PP to ensure
it is widely recovered and reused in end-markets.
“TotalEnergies is pleased to partner with . . . Polypropylene
Recycling Coalition as part of our company’s ambition
of producing 30% recycled and renewable polymers by
2030,” said Paul Colonna, vice president, Polymers Americas
at TotalEnergies.

V59 N38 – 4 October 2021

LyondellBasell Wins Technology Award For Jinneng Chems’ New PP Facility

Beijing—
Jinneng Chemical (Qingdao) Co. has selected Lyondell-
Basell’s technology for a new world-scale polypropylene
(PP) production facility to be built in Qingdao City, China.
The facility will include a 450,000-t/y PP plant using
LyondellBasell’s Spherizone technology and a 450,000-t/y
PP unit based on LyondellBasell’s Spheripol technology.
An expected completion date was not given.
“The selected Spherizone technology will allow us to effectively
enter new markets and applications due to superior
product properties, whereas the Spheripol technology
will support our aim to grow effectively in volume on a
global benchmark basis,” said Qin Qingping, founder and
chief executive of Jinneng Science & Technology Co., parent
company of Jinneng Chemical.
“Jinneng Chemical’s choice to again use Lyondell-
Basell’s PP technology for their Qingdao City facility will
enable them to produce a full range of PP products to serve
an increasingly demanding Chinese polymer market,” said
Neil Nadalin, director of licensing at LyondellBasell.
“Product differentiation is of increasing importance;
and in selecting the Spherizone technology, our licensees
are best prepared to take on that challenge. Additionally,
we are very pleased that Jinneng Chemical has again chosen
the easy-to-operate Spheripol process, as their phase 1
Spheripol process line approaches start-up.”
In 2018, Jinneng awarded a contract to LyondellBasell
to provide its Spheripol technology for Jinneng’s phase 1
plant, which has a capacity to produce 450,000 t/y (PCN, 6
Aug 2018, p 1).

 

Sibur and TAIF Finalize Terms to Combine; Will Create Russia’s ‘Largest’ PC Company

Kazan—
Sibur said it has entered into an agreement with TAIF finalizing
the terms of a planned merger of the two companies
to create the “largest” petrochemical company in Russia
and “one of the biggest” in the world.
Under the agreement, TAIF shareholders will receive a
15% interest in the new combined company in exchange for
50% plus one share in JSC TAIF.
Also, to ensure faster integration and higher efficiency
of the combined entity‘s operations and investment program,
Sibur and TAIF have agreed on an early exercise of
an option for the remaining stake of TAIF shareholders.
The deal brings together the parties’ expertise in major
investment projects and facilitates efficient distribution of
feedstock, which will boost Tatarstan’s petrochemical cluster
and pave the way for new partnerships with the region,
Sibur noted.
“The combination of industry leaders represents a significant
step in the evolution of the Russian petrochemical
sector,” said Dmitry Konov, chairman of the management
board oat Sibur Holding.
“We are combining our competencies, energy and ambition
to lay the groundwork for what is sure to become a
global leader.”

 

Petrochem and SIIG Enter MoU to Merge Through Share Exchange Offer by SIIG

Jubail—
Saudi Arabia’s National Petrochemical Co. (Petrochem)
and Saudi Industrial Investment Group (SIIG) have signed
a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a
proposed merger through a share exchange offer from
SIIG.
Under the agreement, SIIG would acquire the 50% of
Petrochem that it does not currently own. Petrochem
shareholders would receive 1.27 shares in SIIG in exchange
for each share they own in Petrochem, and Petrochem
would be delisted and become a wholly-owned subsidiary
of SIIG.
The transaction is subject to a final binding agreement,
as well as the receipt of regulatory approvals and the approval
of the extraordinary general assembly of each company.

 

Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemicals Selects CRI For New CO2-to-Methanol Plant in China

Beijing—
Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemicals Co. has signed an agreement
with Carbon Recycling International (CRI) for a new
carbon dioxide (CO2)-to-methanol facility to be built in
Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China.
The 100,000-t/y methanol plant will be based on CRI’s
Emissions-to-Liquids (ETL) technology and will recycle
about 150,000 t/y of CO2 and 20,000 t/y of hydrogen from
other onsite processes to produce the green methanol.
The project, estimated to cost around $35-million, will
be integrated into Jiangsu Sailboat’s existing Shenghong
petrochemical industrial park. Operations are expected to
begin in 2023.
CRI, along with its joint venture partner MFE, will be
responsible for the project execution, providing design, engineering
and technology license for the ETL process, along
with key proprietary equipment and related services.
“This agreement is exemplary of what the chemical industry
can do to contribute to the fight against climate
change,” said CRI Chief Executive Ingolfur Gudmundsson.
“By utilizing waste and by-product resources in an innovative
way, we can take the necessary steps to reduce
emissions and replace traditional fossil fuels in the production
of most of our consumer products.”

 

BASF Curtails Ammonia Production At Antwerp and Ludwigshafen Sites

Berlin—BASF
announced it has curtailed ammonia production at its sites
in Antwerp, Belgium, and Ludwigshafen, Germany, due to
the recent rise in natural gas prices in Europe.
Because of the increased gas prices, the economics for
operating an ammonia plant in the region has become extremely
challenging, the company noted, adding that it will
continue to monitor the gas price development and adjust
its ammonia production accordingly.

 

Mitsui Chemicals, SKC Plan to Dissolve MCNS Polyurethanes JV in S. Korea

Seoul—Mitsui
Chemicals Inc. and SKC Co. announced plans to terminate
their Mitsui Chemicals & SKC Polyurethanes (MCNS)
joint venture based in Seoul, South Korea.
MCNS was established in 2015 to combine the polyurethane
raw materials businesses of both Mitsui and SKC
(PCN, 6 July 2015, p 4). MCNS has operations in both
South Korea and Japan (MCNS-J).
According to Mitsui, discrepancies have started to arise
between Mitsui’s policy of steadily improving earnings
through the likes of high-performance products and bioproducts
and SKC’s policy of quickly expanding global
market in scale, prompting both companies to take a thorough
look at how they should be running their operations
in this field.
The parties have determined that it would be beneficial
for each company to run its own operations in line with its
specific strategy, if both companies are to further grow
their businesses.
The dissolution is scheduled to occur at the end of December
2021. On 1 Jan. 2022, operations of MCNS-J will
relaunch as the Polyurethane Division of Mitsui Chemicals.
In March 2022, Mitsui will transfer shares in MCNS
to reduce paid-in capital, and the liquidation of MCNS-J
will be completed.
Going forward, customers will continue to receive their
stable supply of products from either Mitsui or SKC.

 

Nama Sells Complete Stake in Yansab To Partially Repay Its Debt to SIDF

Jubail—Nama
Chemicals, in a letter to the Saudi Stock Exchange, said it
has completed the divestment of its interest in Yanbu National
Petrochemical Co. (Yansab) and will use the proceeds
as a one-time partial repayment to Saudi Industrial
Development Fund (SIDF) for existing loans.
The transaction, valued at around $37-million, is one of
the conditions of a debt restructure offer from the SIDF to
Nama to reschedule its loans. It is a pre-condition to signing
the final reschedulement agreement.

 

Greenfield Nitrogen Picks Maire Tecnimont To Develop Green Ammonia Plant in Iowa

Garner—
Maire Tecnimont said its NextChem, MET Development
and Stamicarbon subsidiaries have entered into an agreement
with Greenfield Nitrogen to develop the “first” dedicated
green ammonia plant in the U.S. Midwest.
The new 240-t/d plant, the first of a series of green ammonia
facilities that Greenfield Nitrogen is interested in
developing in the “U.S. corn belt,” will be located near
Garner, Iowa. A schedule for the facility was not given.
As part of the agreement, NextChem will begin a feasibility
study for the plant, utilizing renewable energy as
feedstock via the intermediate production of green hydrogen.
MET Development will assist Greenfield Nitrogen in
the development of the project, which will also include a
storage facility. They will be powered by local renewable
sources and supply ammonia to the local market.
The plant will be designed using the best available
technologies for the green hydrogen production together
with Stamicarbon’s new Stami Green ammonia technology.

 

DL Chemical Signs Agreement to Acquire Kraton for Approximately $2.5-Billion

Houston—
Kraton Corp. announced it has entered into a merger
agreement with DL Chemical Co., a subsidiary of DL Holdings
Co. (formerly Daelim Industrial), in which DL Chemical
will purchase Kraton in an all-cash transaction valued
at around $2.5-billion.
The planned merger, unanimously approved by Kraton’s
board of directors, is subject to certain customary
closing conditions, including stockholder and regulatory
approvals. The transaction is expected to be finalized by
the end of the first half of 2022.
“Following an extensive review of a wide-range of strategic
alternatives focused on maximizing value for the
benefit of our stockholders, Kraton’s board has determined
that the sale of Kraton to DL Chemical is in the best interest
of Kraton stockholders,” said Kraton President and
Chief Executive Kevin M. Fogarty.
“We believe the transaction provides immediate and
certain value for Kraton stockholders, and represents an
attractive premium of approximately 50% over Kraton’s
unaffected market valuation as of early July.
“Moreover, we believe DL Chemical has the industry
presence and resources to continue to support the growth
of Kraton’s business on a global scale.”
DL Chemical acquired the Cariflex business from Kraton
last year (PCN, 4 Nov 2019, p 3).

 

Braskem & Pemex Reach Ethane Deal; Will Build $400-Mn Ethane Terminal

Mexico City—
Braskem Idesa has signed a new ethane supply contract
with Pemex to fulfill its raw material needs until it starts
up a planned ethane import terminal in Veracruz, Mexico
(PCN, 8 Mar 2021, p 1).
Under the supply deal, Pemex will supply Braskem
Idesa with at least 30,000 b/d until the new terminal becomes
operational in the second half of 2024 or by the
deadline of February 2025.
In addition, the deal gives Braskem Idesa a pre-emptive
right to purchase all of the ethane that Pemex has available
and would not consume in its own production processes
until 2045, at prices in line with international markets.
The new agreement, which resolves previous contractual
disputes between Braskem Idesa and Pemex, is subject
to final approval by the board of directors of both companies.

 

People on the Move

Showa Denko (SDK)—Hidehito Takahashi has been
appointed president and chief executive, effective 4 Jan.
2022, to succeed Kohei Morikawa, who will resign from
those roles to become representative director and chairman
of the board of SDK. Takahasi is currently responsible for
SDK’s Carbon and Ceramics Divisions, Coating Materials
Dept., Yokohama and Shiojiri Plants, and Corporate Strategy
Dept.
Takahasi has also been named president and chief executive
of Showa Denko Materials Co. (SDMC) to replace
Hisashi Maruyama, effective 4 Jan. 2022. Maruyama will
become representative director and chairman of the board
of SDMC.

 

TotalEnergies Doubles Production Capacity At Synova Recycled PP Plant in France

Paris—
TotalEnergies has completed an expansion project to double
its mechanical recycling production capacity for recycled
polypropylene (PP) at its Synova subsidiary in Normandy,
France (PCN, 28 Oct 2019, p 2).
Two new production lines were installed, raising the
plant’s production capacity to nearly 45,000 t/y from 20,000
t/y, in order to meet market demand. The project was
originally planned to start up early this year. Cost of the
project was not given.
“We are perfectly positioned to meet our customers’
growing demand for more efficient and environmentallyfriendly
polymers, all the while providing concrete answers
to the challenge of managing end-of life plastics,” said Valerie
Goff, senior vice president, polymers, at TotalEnergies’
Refining & Chemicals business segment.
“This investment will contribute to our ambition for
2030 of producing 30% recycled and renewable polymers,”
Goff added.

 

IHS Markit’s World Methanol Conference Being Held Online from 16-18 Nov. 2021

London—IHS
Markit has scheduled its 39th Annual World Methanol
Conference (WMC 2021) to be held virtually from 16-18
November 2021.
The conference will offer in-depth market analysis and
comprehensive coverage from global industry experts, as it
explores the innovation and reinvention for a sustainable
future in methanol.
WMC 2021 will utilize the combined expertise of industry
leaders and IHS Markit experts to summarize the key
themes of the event and answer question from attendees;
analyze the different factors influencing the rise of renewable/
green/bio-methanol and ammonia; and address strategic
questions about pricing, product availability and new
capacity outlooks, which impacts recent technology, environmental
policy changes and supply/demand expectations.
For more details, visit https://ihsmarkit.com/events, or
contact IHS Markit’s Ben Kinberg by phone 212,425-8116,
or by email at ben.kinberg@ihsmarkit.com.

 

Solvay Touts ‘Groundbreaking’ Solution For Recycling Polyvinylidene Chloride

Brussels—
Solvay announced that its scientists have developed an
innovative process and conducted a proof of concept for a
“groundbreaking” solution for recycling polyvinylidene
chloride (PVDC).
The proof of concept involves a process to recycle Ixan
PVDC bioriented film from a post-industrial waste source
from food packaging without compromising the performance
of the high barrier polymer.
“The proof of concept . . . is a solution for PVDC packaging
circularity,” said Claire Guerrero, global marketing
manager for Packaging Segment and Sustainability.
“It shows there is a possibility to integrate the recycled
polymer into future applications, meaning it can be reused
and reblended with virgin materials – without losing or
degrading its high barrier properties.”
Solvay is now inviting fellow companies operating
within the plastics industry to work together with Solvay
to turn the recycling of PVDC into a reality.

 

Hexion Holdings Announces Transaction To Split into Two Independent Firms

Columbus—
Hexion Holdings Corp. said it plans to separate into two
independent companies, “Hexion Holdings,” composed of
the company’s existing Adhesives and Versatic Acids and
Derivatives product lines, and Hexion Coatings and Composites
(US) Inc. (HCC).
Hexion Holdings plans to execute a spin-off of HCC,
composed of its former epoxy-based Coatings and Composites
products, to current shareholders. HCC will be renamed
at a later date.
Upon completion of the HCC spin, current Hexion Holdings
shareholders will own shares of both Hexion Holdings
and HCC. The HCC transaction is currently scheduled to
be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to
final approval by the board of directors, customary regulatory
approvals and tax and legal considerations.
HCC will consist of Hexion Holdings’ former base and
specialty epoxy resins product lines. It will continue to
operate world-scale epoxy plants in Pernis, the Netherlands,
and Deer Park, Texas, as well as additional manufacturing
operations in the U.S., Germany, Spain and
South Korea.
Ann Frederix, currently senior vice president, Coatings
& Composites, Hexion Holdings, is expected to serve as
chief executive of HCC.

 

OQ Declares Force Majeure at Oberhausen; Decides to Issue Sales Control Program

Berlin—OQ
Chemicals has declared force majeure, with immediate
effect, on n- and iso-butyraldehyde, propionaldehyde, 2-
ethylhexanol, n- and iso-butanol, and n-butyl acetate produced
at its Oberhausen, Germany, site.
The company declared force majeure due to a technical
problem in a third-party synthesis gas unit at the site,
which is currently causing raw materials to be restricted.
As a result, OQ cannot produce at target rates.
Because OQ is unable to make deliveries of these products
as scheduled, available volumes will be allocated in a
“fair and reasonable” manner, OQ noted.
“Concurrently, OQ Chemicals will be issuing a sales
control program for Oberhausen-produced products. The
company is using all reasonable efforts to mitigate the effects
of this incident and to limit the impact to its customers.
OQ Chemicals will keep customers regularly informed
of its status and ability to schedule deliveries.”

 

Westlake Confirms Explosion in Sulphur

Sulphur—
Westlake Chemical Corp. confirmed to PCN that it experienced
an industrial accident on the evening of 27 Sept.
2021 at its Petro 2 plant in Sulphur, La.
The facility was offline and undergoing planned maintenance
at the time. Six contract workers were injured
and taken to the hospital. Four of the workers have since
been released from the hospital.
“Our thoughts and prayers are will all the injured individuals
and their families,” said a company spokesperson.
“All of the injured individuals are contractors employed by
one of three contractor firms working on the turnaround.
“There were no offsite impacts as a result of the accident.
Local, state and federal authorities were notified and
Westlake . . . is fully cooperating with the authorities.”

 

LyondellBasell Reveals Approach to Achieve Net Zero Emissions from Global Operations

London–
LyondellBasell announced its goal of, and approach to,
achieving net zero emissions from global operations by
2050, and its strategy to achieve an absolute reduction of
30% in scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 2030.
In 2019, the company set an initial greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions reduction target of 15% per ton of product
produced by 2030 (relative to 2015 levels). At the time, it
stated its intention to establish a more ambitious target.
As such, it has developed a plan to an absolute reduction in
scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions by 30% (relative to
2020 levels).
This approach includes enhanced energy management
and low emission steam; flare minimization; use of loweremitting
fuels; process electrification and furnace upgrades,
and a minimum of 50% of electricity procured from
renewable sources.
LyondellBasell has also begun evaluating a portfolio of
technology options that could be deployed across its manufacturing
footprint, including cracker electrification, hydrogen
use, carbon capture and storage, and carbon utilization.
In addition, the company is actively embedding emissions
reduction efforts into certain business processes, including
long-range planning and risk management, and
identifying collaboration opportunities across multiple sectors
to accelerate the scale-up and deployment of breakthrough
technologies.
At the same time, LyondellBasell said it would phase
out coal usage at the on-site power plant at its Wesseling,
Germany, olefin and polyolefin production site by December
2023. An agreement was signed with Evonik to purchase
high-pressure steam generated from natural gas for
use at the site.
The agreement integrates two neighboring chemical
production sites to optimize steam supply and demand.
The project is expected to reduce the site’s carbon dioxide
(CO2) emissions by about 170,000 t/y.
The company has also launched a global renewable energy
strategy, and is currently working to secure wind and
solar power through corporate power purchase agreements
in the U.S. and Europe. LyondellBasell estimates it will
cut around 2-million tons of CO2 from its scope 2 emissions.
The complete list of measures being taken to support
LyondellBasell’s ambitions can be found on its website at
www.lyondellbasell.com.

 

Petro Rabigh, Aramco & SABIC Ink Deal For SABIC to Market Petchem Products

Jubail—
Petro Rabigh, in an announcement to the Saudi Stock Exchange,
said it has signed an agreement with Saudi
Aramco and SABIC, in which SABIC will market Aramco’s
share of identified petrochemical products from Petro
Rabigh, beginning 1 Oct. 2021.
The agreement aims to increase supply chain efficiency
and improve Petro Rabigh’s competitive advantage in the
petrochemical industry. It did not disclose which products
would be marketed.

 

BASF & Sanyo Sign MoU to Collaborate On the Development of PU Dispersions

Beijing—
BASF and Sanyo Chemical Industries have entered into a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) for strategic collaboration
on polyurethane dispersions (PUD) development.
The companies aim to develop and produce innovative
products with strong sustainability contribution, the parties
noted. They will each have worldwide market access
to newly developed technologies and products through
their companies’ global production footprint.
“The PUD market demand is expanding and formulators
are looking for improved product performance,” said
Sylvain Huguenard, vice president, Resins & Additives,
Asia Pacific, BASF. “They also look for sustainable solutions
to comply with local regulations to meet their corporate
responsibility goals.
“This collaboration will allow both parties to reduce
time-to-market of their new technologies and accelerate
conversion to water-based systems.”

 

Huntsman & KPX Chemical Establish JV To Offer PU Systems Solutions in Korea

Ulsan—
Huntsman and KPX Chemical, a South Korean polyols producer,
have formed KPX Huntsman Polyurethanes
Automotive Co. (KHPUA), a new joint venture to provide
innovative polyurethane (PU) systems solutions to automakers
in South Korea.
KPX Chemical will leverage its 47 years’ experience in
polyol technology and know-how by combining it with
Huntsman’s proven ability to develop high-performance,
differentiated, MDI-based automotive solutions for automakers
and its fully integrated global supply chain,
Huntsman noted.
KHPUA will utilize KPX Chemical’s specialty polyurethanes
manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea. Operations
are expected to begin by the end of October 2021.

V59 N37 – 27 September 2021

Repsol Picks LyondellBasell’s Technology For New PP Production Facility at Sines

Sines—
Repsol recently selected LyondellBasell’s Spherizone polypropylene
(PP) technology for a new PP plant to be built at
Repsol’s existing industrial complex in Sines, Portugal
(PCN, 13 Sept 2021, p 1).
Along with the 300,000-t/y PP facility, the company is
also building a 300,000-t/y polyethylene plant. Operations
are expected to begin by 2025.
“With this new PP plant in our Sines industrial complex,
we will significantly increase our polypropylene production
capacity for highly differentiated applications,”
said Repsol Quimica Executive Director Jose Luis Bernal.
“Furthermore, thanks to its privileged location and new
logistics facilities, its connection with the European market
will be enhanced, while reducing the carbon footprint
during distribution.”

 

GCGV JV Prepares for Initial Start-Up Of U.S. Gulf Coast Petchems Project

Houston—Gulf
Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV), a 50-50 joint venture of
ExxonMobil and SABIC, has begun commissioning activities
and is preparing for initial start-up of its petrochemicals
project near Corpus Christi, Texas (PCN, 2 Aug 2021,
p 1).
Expected to start up in the fourth quarter of this year,
the project will include a 1.8-million-t/y ethane steam
cracker, two polyethylene plants with a total capacity of
1.3-million t/y, and a 1.1-million-t/y monoethylene glycol
unit. The site will be operated by ExxonMobil.
SABIC, in a statement to the Saudi Stock Exchange,
said the project supports its global growth strategy to diversify
its feedstock sources and strengthens its petrochemical
manufacturing presence in North America for a
wide range of products.
The partners earlier said that the project is expected to
be delivered under budget and about 25% less than the
average cost of similar projects along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

 

Standard Industries Concludes Purchase Of Grace for Approximately $7-Billion

New York—
Standard Industries Holdings, a privately held global industrial
company, has completed the acquisition of W.R.
Grace & Co. for $70/per share in cash, valued at around $7-
billion (PCN, 12 July 2021, p 1).
Hudson La Force will continue as president and chief
executive of Grace until the end of the year when he will
join Standard’s advisory board. He will be succeeded by
LyondellBasell Chief Executive Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel in
January 2022.
“Today marks an exciting new chapter for Grace,” said
La Force. “As part of Standard Industries, Grace will be
even better positioned to provide innovative and sustainable
technologies to create value for our customers. We’re
very pleased to have successfully completed this transaction
and delivered significant value to our shareholders.”

 

KBR to Provide Digital Advisory Services To OCI Beaumont’s NH3-Methanol Plant

Houston—
OCI has awarded KBR a three-year contract to provide
KBR Insite monitoring and advisory services to OCI’s integrated
ammonia-methanol facility in Beaumont, Texas.
KBR Insite, a cloud-based remote plant monitoring service,
utilizes deep domain expertise to help diagnose operational
problems, determine probable root causes, and recommend
corrective actions to prevent events that could
lead to unplanned shutdowns and unnecessary emissions,
KBR explained.
“KBR Insite aims to extend the operating life of the
Beaumont plant, while helping drive carbon reduction and
energy efficiency in a sustainable way,” said Jay Ibrahim,
president of sustainable technology solutions at KBR.
“Our team will remotely monitor and evaluate the performance
of OCI’s ammonia-methanol production facility in
Beaumont and provide timely recommendations to onsite
personnel and support them in operating the plant efficiently,
reliably and safely.”

 

Yara Restricts Ammonia Production, Cites Increased Natural Gas Prices

Oslo—Yara announced
it is curtailing ammonia production at a number
of its plants because of record high natural gas prices in
Europe.
“Including optimization of on-going maintenance, Yara
will by next week have curtailed around 40% of its European
ammonia production capacity,” the company noted on
17 Sept. 2021.
Yara will continue to monitor the situation, with plans
to keep supplying customers, but curtailing production
where necessary.

 

Lummus Licensing Versalis Technology For Chimei’s New Chinese DPC Plant

Beijing—
Lummus Technology has been awarded a contract by
Zhangzhou Chimei Chemical Co., a subsidiary of Chimei
Corp. of Taiwan, to license Versalis’ DPC (diphenyl carbonate)
technology for a grassroots DPC plant in Fujian
Province, China.
Zhangzhou Chimei will build a new polycarbonate production
plant that utilizes the DPC technology for the production
of 156,000 t/y of DPC. Mass production is expected
in the fourth quarter of 2024.
Lummus’ scope of work includes the technology license,
process design package services, operator training and
technical services.
Versalis’ DPC technology “enables the production of
polycarbonate without phosgene or chlorine, which enables
a more environmentally safe and non-corrosive process,”
Lummus noted. “It also has very low utility costs and is
proven to be highly-efficient in recovering byproduct
streams.”

 

CF Restarts Billingham Ammonia Complex Recently Shut Due to High NatGas Prices

London—
CF Industries Holdings announced the restart of its ammonia
unit at its complex in Billingham, UK, which was
suspended earlier this month because of high natural gas
prices (PCN, 20 Sept 2021, p 3).
The restart follows an interim agreement reached with
the government to cover the costs to restart the ammonia
plant and produce carbon dioxide (CO2) for the UK market.
“We want to thank the Honorable Kwasi Kwarteng,
secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy,
and his entire staff for working tirelessly to bring
about this agreement enabling restart of the plant and
averting a potential CO2 supply disruption impacting
many industries, including food and beverage availability
to UK consumers,” said CF President and Chief Executive
Tony Will.
“We look forward to working with Secretary Kwarteng
and the UK government on developing a longer-term solution,
including the development of alternative suppliers of
CO2 for the UK market.”
The company’s Ince fertilizer complex in the UK was
suspended at the same time as the Billingham facility. No
update was given for the Ince complex.

 

Ineos Grangemouth Details Next Phase Of Plan to Achieve Net Zero Emissions

London—
Ineos Grangemouth announced it is moving forward on the
next phase of its journey to cut greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions to net zero by 2045, with a further investment of
more than £1-billion (PCN, 4 Mar 2019, p 1).
The company has already committed over £500-million
on projects, which have been approved and are currently
being implemented at its UK site. This includes investment
in its New Energy Plant that is due for completion in
late 2023 and will supply energy to all of the company’s
site operations. The highly efficient technology will lower
emissions by at least 150,000 t/y of carbon dioxide (CO2).
The next phase of its Road Map involves delivering
emissions savings of more than 60% across the site by
2030, through a series of investments, partnerships and
innovative engineering.
The Road Map involves a move to the production and
use of hydrogen by all businesses at the Grangemouth site,
accompanied by carbon capture and storage of at least 1-
million t/y of CO2 by 2030. This will include capturing
CO2 from existing hydrogen production, as well as the construction
of a world-scale carbon capture enabled hydrogen
production facility.
Ineos will also further invest in energy reduction and
optimization, along with electrification of key equipment.
There will also be a shift in its polymer product portfolio to
include higher levels of post-consumer recycled content.
“Our challenge is to deliver a Road Map which ensures
a Just Transition to Net Zero,” said Stuart Collings, chief
executive of Ineos O&P UK. “This can only be achieved if
we remain globally competitive and we stay ahead of evolving
regulations and legislation.
“Hydrogen will play a very important role in the decarbonization
of our manufacturing plants. Building the infrastructure
for large-scale utilization of hydrogen creates
a foundation to achieve net zero by 2045 and enables wider
use of hydrogen by Ineos and others in and around
Grangemouth.”

 

Danimer Scientific and CPChem Team Up For Lower-Cost Biopolymer Production

Bainbridge—
Danimer Scientific announced it is collaborating with
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) to develop technology
for lower-cost biodegradable polymer manufacturing.
Through the partnership, Danimer will evaluate the
use of CPChem’s loop slurry reactor design to develop a
continuous reactor system in the manufacturing process
for Rinnovo.
Rinnovo is a type of polyhydroxyalkanoate synthesized
from lactones produced using Danimer’s Novo22 catalyst
technology that can be used in the production of biodegradable
alternatives to traditional plastics.
If successful, the reactor design is expected to increase
utilization of future plants, drive higher production volumes
and lower overall costs, as compared to the polymerization
reactor design currently used in the production of
Rinnovo, said Danimer.
“CPChem’s loop slurry technology is one of the world’s
most renowned processes for producing polyolefins efficiently
and economically,” noted Danimer Chief Executive
Stephen E. Croskrey.
“This collaboration enhances our strategy of accelerating
the production of our biodegradable polymers to better
serve our customers and reduce the environmental impacts
of plastic waste.”

 

Versalis to Become Sole Owner of Finproject With Acquisition of Remaining 60% Stake

Milan—
Versalis announced it has exercised the call option to purchase
the remaining 60% interest in Italian compounder
Finproject, giving Versalis 100% ownership (PCN, 2 Mar
2020, p 3).
The transaction, scheduled for completion in the fourth
quarter of 2021, follows Versalis’ acquisition of a 40% stake
in Finproject from VEI Capital in July 2020. It confirms
Versalis’ strategy to become the Italian leader in the high
performance formulated polymers sector, Versalis noted.
“The acquisition aims to create an all-Italian leading
platform, leveraging the synergy between Versalis’ technological
and industrial leadership in the chemical industry
and Finproject’s positioning on the market of high added
value applications, with a business that is resilient to the
volatility of the chemical industry scenario,” Versalis said.
The transaction is subject to the authorization of the
competent antitrust authorities. Value of the transaction
was not disclosed.

 

People on the Move

Air Liquide—Pascal Vinet has been appointed senior
vice president. He was most recently group vice president
in charge of Europe Industries and Africa, Middle East and
India, as well as supervising SIS (safety and industrial
system).
Marcelo Fioranelli, chief executive of Airgas since July
2021, has been named group vice president and member of
the executive committee of Air Liquide.
National Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC)—Mohsen Khojasteh
Mehr has been appointed chief executive of NIOC and
Iran’s Deputy Minister of Petroleum. He succeeds Masoud
Karbasian.

 

Celanese Declares Force Majeure in China; Updates on Western Hem Force Majeure

Dallas—
Celanese confirmed a declaration of force majeure for certain
acetyl chain products manufactured at it Nanjing,
China, facility.
The company has temporarily shut down acetic anhydride
and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) production at the
site to comply with recent governmental requirements to
achieve dual energy consumption targets in Jiangsu Province
in 2021.
As a result of the shutdown of VAM production, it was
also necessary to shut down downstream vinyl acetate
emulsions and redispersible powders. The acetic acid production
unit is in operation.
Celanese has partially lifted its Western Hemisphere
force majeure, which was declared on 18 Feb. 2021 due to
the impacts of extreme weather on its operations and supply
chain in the U.S. Gulf Coast (PCN, 22 Feb 2021, p 4).
Force majeure was lifted on acetic acid, ethyl acetate,
acetic anhydride, methyl acetate, dimethylamine and
trimethylamine, methyl isobutyl carbinol and methyl isobutyl
ketone, and paraformaldehyde.
Force majeure remains in place at this time for VAM,
vinyl and acrylic emulsions, redispersible powders and
ethylene vinyl acetate, as a result of ongoing interruptions
to the availability of raw materials and global logistics.
An updated will be provided next month in the company’s
third quarter 2021 financial results.

 

Oiltanking Agrees to Sell Evos Its Stake In Four European Storage Terminals

Hamburg—
Oiltanking has entered into an agreement to divest its 55%
interest in four European liquid storage terminals to Evos,
through Evos Finance BV.
The four terminals, which provide a combined total of
3.8-million cu m of liquid storage capacity and associated
services, include Oiltanking Amsterdam BV, Oiltanking
Gent NV, Oiltanking Malta and Oiltanking Terneuzen BV.
The sale is subject to customary approvals by third
parties. Completion is expected in the fourth quarter of
this year. Value of the transaction was not disclosed.
Evos will also acquire 3i Infrastructure’s 45% stake in
the terminals. Oiltanking and 3i Infrastructure will retain
their interests in Oiltanking Singapore Ltd.
“The divestment of our four European terminals is in
line with Oiltanking’s strategy 2025, as we shift our portfolio
and focus on gas, chemicals and new energy,” noted Oiltanking
Chief Executive Matti Lievonen.

 

LG Chem & TK Chemical Form Partnership To Develop, Produce Biodegradable PBAT

Seoul—LG
Chem and TK Chemical plan to establish a partnership to
develop and produce biodegradable polybutylene adipate
co-terephthalate (PBAT) in South Korea.
The companies expect to sign a contract within the year
and establish a PBAT production line, which would begin
production by the second half of 2022. Capacity of the proposed
plant was not disclosed.
LG and TK will also continue discussing expanded cooperation
plans across the entire eco-friendly materials
industry.

 

Gevo Inks Asset Purchase Agreement For the Full Butamax Patent Estate

Englewood—Gevo
has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Butamax
Advanced Biofuels and its affiliate, Danisco US, under
which it will acquire full rights to sublicense the entire
Gevo/Butamax isobutanol and isobutanol derivatives patent
estate in the fields of fuels, isooctane, industrial chemicals,
isobutylene, oligomerized isobutylene and paraxylene.
The transaction contemplated by the agreement closed
on 21 Sept. 2021 and is subject to certain existing rights
and obligations. It provides Gevo with direct ownership
and management over the entire known isobutanol patent
portfolio of Butamax.
“Gevo is ‘all in’ on IBA-related technologies,” said Gevo
President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Chris Ryan.
“We are finding strong commercial demand for our products.
So, it simply makes sense for us to own the patent
estate.
“In addition, it gives us more flexibility in adding to the
combined patent estate and eliminates the complexity for
out-licensing that existed under the [former] Patent-Cross
License Agreement.”

 

Toray Plastics Signs LoI to Divest Old Baptist Road Facility to Arlin

Providence—Toray
Plastics (America) Inc. announced it has signed a letter of
intent (LoI) with Arlin Manufacturing Co. to sell its Old
Baptist Road (OBR) plant in North Kingstown, Rhode Island,
to Arlin for an undisclosed amount.
Arlin, based in Lowell, Mass., specializes in custom extrusion
and converting of plastic films. It will continue
operating the OBR plant and service existing customers.
The transaction is scheduled to be completed on 31 Dec.
2021.
“Arlin also has a legacy of commitment to excellence in
the manufacture of cast film and customer service, and we
are pleased to be able to acquire the plant,” said Steven
Mitchell, vice president of Arlin. “The OBR facility will
complement our Trico Specialty Films Division and expand
our capabilities.”

 

MEGlobal Enters Agreement to Purchase Renewable Energy from Calpine Energy

Houston—
MEGlobal Americas has agreed to purchase renewable
electricity from Calpine Energy Solutions to fulfill 100% of
the expected power requirements of its facility in Oyster
Creek, Texas, beginning in 2023.
MEGlobal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical,
has a 750,000-t/y ethylene glycol facility at the
site. The company will begin transitioning to renewable
electricity next year.
Under the five-year deal, MEGlobal will purchase over
1.5-million MWh (megawatt-hour) of renewable electricity,
resulting in the displacement of 600,000 tons of carbon
dioxide.
“We pride ourselves on our cutting-edge technology and
we are constantly seeking ways we can make a great facility
even better,” said MEGlobal Oyster Creek Site Leader
Scott Daigle.
“Now, in addition to providing a valuable product that
helps meet world demand, we are also working to optimize
the way we integrate sustainability into our day-to-day
operations.”

 

MPS Introduces MeOH-To-Go Plant For Oil, PC and Process Industries

Houston—Modular
Plant Solutions (MPS) recently introduced MeOH-To-Go, a
small-scale modular methanol plant that enables users to
produce their own methanol output from associated,
stranded, flared or pipeline gas.
The plant’s small-scale modularization not only helps
customers save on upfront costs, but also ensures the
plants are easy to transport, assemble and disassemble to
move if needed – even in remote locations.
Its patent-pending design is based on ISO 1496 container
standard, so the modules can be shipped all over the
world via container ship, rail and truck, and re-assembled
in the field.
“We created a design that takes the guesswork out of
planning and cost estimates and created something that is
easily-transportable, constructible and operable,” said
Russell Hillenburg, president and co-founder of MPS.
“The way we approach modularization is about efficiency
and standardization of components, opening up options
for locations that were previously unattainable.”

 

Eni and CLG to Cooperate in Licensing Residue Hydrocracking Technologies

Richmond—Eni
and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) have executed a joint
cooperation and licensing agreement for a complete suite of
residue hydrocracking solutions.
The agreement covers Eni’s EST (Eni Slurry Technology)
and LC-Fining, LC-Max, LC-Slurry and LC-LSFO
technologies from CLG, which will offer refiners a wide
range of conversion options, including complete conversion
of residua to valuable distillate products.
Eni and CLG will work closely at their research and development
facilities in Italy and the U.S. to develop the
next generation of process and catalyst technologies suited
to address the complete conversion of low-value residua
and alternative feedstocks to petrochemical precursors and
transportation fuels.
“With the signature of this agreement, we believe that
CLG and Eni will be able to offer the market a new range
of services to better respond to industry needs,” said Eni
Energy Evolution Chief Operating Officer Giuseppe Ricci.
“Moreover, we are convinced that this cooperation will
lead to an important step in the energy transition by advancing
our hydrocracking technologies to also process alternative
and more challenging feedstocks like plastic
waste.”

 

Solvay Adds Thermoplastic Composite Line At South Carolina Manufacturing Facility

Greenville—
Solvay has completed the installation of a new thermoplastic
composites (TPC) manufacturing facility at its site in
Greenville, S.C.
The plant will have the ability to manufacture unidirectional
composite tape from a range of high-performance
polymers, including polyvinylidene fluoride, polyphenylene
sulfide, polyether ether ketone. Capacity of the unit was
not given.
“Upon commercialization of the Greenville facility, Solvay
will be uniquely positioned with proprietary technologies
enabling the company to position the right product for
the right application,” Solvay noted.

 

Indian Petrochem Conference Moved

Mumbai—Elite
Conferences announced it has shifted the dates of its 22nd
international Indian Petrochem conference to be held virtually
from 17-18 Nov. 2021 rather than 21-22 Oct. 2021,
as previously planned (PCN, 6 Sept 2021, p 2).
The conference will cover the entire petrochemical industry,
with a primary focus on Indian markets and an
overview of Asian and global markets.
Further information about the event, including speakers
and registration information, are available on Elite’s
website at www.eliteconferences.com.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

SCG Chemicals’ has become the “first” in Thailand to
receive the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification
(ISCC Plus) in the advanced recycling category for
its process that turns post-consumer plastics into recycled
feedstock for petrochemical plants, the company stated.
Borealis recently announced its cracker in Stenungsund,
Sweden, was carrying out its first test run of a feedstock
derived solely from vegetable-based waste streams,
which should determine the extent to which the feedstock
could serve as a replacement for fossil fuel-based feedstocks.
Satisfactory results will enable the plant to gradually
increase the share of renewable feedstocks in the mix.
LG Chem has begun producing transparent acrylonitrile
butadiene styrene using chemically recycled methyl
methacrylate, through a strategic partnership with Veolia
R&E of South Korea.

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Gail Selects Grace’s Unipol PP Process For ‘First of Its Kind’ Project in India

Mumbai—W.R.
Grace & Co. has licensed its Unipol PP (polypropylene)
process technology to Gail (India) Ltd. for a “first of its
kind” project in Usar, Maharastra, India (PCN, 20 May
2019, p 1).
The project includes a 500,000-t/y PP production plant,
as well as an integrated propane dehydrogenation (PDH)
unit. No other details were given.
In May 2019, Gail said the project would be built at an
estimated cost of Rs 8,800 crore and was scheduled to be
commissioned by fiscal year 2023-2024.
Gail recently selected Grace’s Unipol PP process for a
60,000-t/y PP plant being set up at Gail’s existing Pata
petrochemical complex in India (PCN, 23 Aug 2021, p 3).
Grace’s all gas-phase Unipol PP process provides a
broad range of PP homopolymers, random copolymers and
impact copolymers.

 

Bp, Brightmark to Evaluate Development Of New Plastic Renewal Plants in Europe

London—
Bp and Brightmark have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) to jointly evaluate opportunities for developing
next generation plastic waste renewal facilities in
Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Brightmark has developed a plastic renewal process
that recycles plastic waste that has reached the end of its
useful life, including items not currently recyclable using
conventional mechanical processes.
Under the MoU, Bp will bring together its extensive
knowledge and trading experience in petrochemical and
refining markets, with Brightmark’s proprietary advanced
recycling technology.
Each plastics renewal plant could divert up to 400,000
t/y of waste plastic from disposal. Brightmark’s goal over
the next five years is to divert 8.4-million tons of plastic
from landfills and the environment to produce the feedstock
necessary to make new products.
“Promoting circularity and unlocking new sources of
value are part of our sustainability frame,” said Carol
Howle, executive vice president of trading and shipping at
Bp.
“We are excited to extend our work with the team at
Brightmark as we seek to develop new sustainable products
and supply chains. Their innovative technology complements
our refining and trading businesses, while providing
opportunities for a more sustainable future, enabling
materials to be kept in use for longer.”

 

Kem One Enters Into Exclusive Talks To Divest Company to Apollo Funds

Lyon—Polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) producer Kem One Group has entered into
exclusive negotiations to divest the company to funds
managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management (Apollo
Funds).
Kem One has eight industrial sites across France and
Spain, and 1,400 employees. It produces mass and suspension
PVC, specialty PVC (including paste PVC and chlorinated
PVC), chlorine, caustic soda and chloromethane.
Since 2014, Kem One has undergone a “complete transformation,”
to improve the quality and reliability of its
production plants, lower production costs and reduce its
environmental footprint, Kem One noted.
The strategy was anchored by a €500-million investment
program with three strategic projects: the conversions
and upgrade of the Lavera electrolysis units, completed
in 2017; a new ethylene storage terminal at the Fossur-
Mer plant, to be finalized this year; and the conversion
and upgrade of the Fos-sur-Mer electrolysis units, which
will be launched in the coming months.
The sale, for which financial terms were not given, is
subject to customary approvals and to the information and
consultation process of the bodies representing the personnel
concerned. Completion is expected by the end of 2021.

 

LG Chem and ADM Enter MoU to Partner On Lactic Acid, PLA Production in U.S.

Chicago—LG
Chem and ADM have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) to jointly explore U.S.-based production of
lactic acid and polylactic acid (PLA) for bioplastics and
other plant-based products.
Under the MoU, the parties would initiate the launch
of a joint venture in early 2022 that would build, own and
operate a facility in the U.S. to produce high-purity cornbased
lactic acid on a commercial scale.
In addition, the companies would collaborate on a second
joint venture that would use the lactic acid from the
first joint venture to produce and commercialize PLA, a
plant-based, biodegradable plastic that can be used in a
wide variety of products.
LG and ADM also agreed to actively cooperate in the
joint development of technology for other biomaterials that
can be applied in the biochemical and sustainability sector
in the future.
“The establishment of a joint venture with ADM would
be the beginning of a new journey, formalizing our cooperation
and advancing us toward a sustainable business structure
for the benefit of the environment and society,” said
LG Chem Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Hak Cheol
Shin.
“Once the joint venture is established, LG Chem would
receive a stable supply of raw materials needed to enter
the bioplastics market in earnest,” he noted, adding that
LG plans to accelerate the commercialization of biodegradable
resins, and will actively seek new ways to contribute
to carbon-neutral growth.

 

SKC, Kuwait’s PIC Agree to Cooperate On Expanding Bioplastics Business

Kuwait City—SK
Group’s chemical affiliate SKC and Kuwait’s Petrochemical
Industries Co. (PIC) have signed a memorandum of understanding
to work together to expand its eco-friendly plastic
business in Kuwait, according to the Korea Herald.
Under the agreement, SK picglobal, a joint venture of
the two companies, will analyze and perform research on
market trends and related regulations for biodegradable
plastics and oil produced from plastic waste.
Following completion of the studies, the parties will
work together to establish a joint venture or discuss exporting
technologies.
SKC has been expanding its biodegradable plastic portfolio,
and acquired technology from the Korea Research
Institute of Chemical Technology for the production of
polybutylene adipate-co-terephthalate.
It plans to share its accumulated technologies and
business know-how with PIC for their planned eco-friendly
plastic business.

 

Chemex Begins Construction on Encina’s Circular Chemical Unit in San Antonio

San Antonio—
Chemex Global announced it has begun work on a circular
chemical facility for Encina Development Group in San
Antonio, Texas.
The plant, which will be based on Encina’s proprietary
plastic waste catalytic conversion technology, will consist
of additional new equipment, including four vertically
stacked proprietary modules.
Chemex is performing the work under an engineering,
procurement and fabrication contract awarded earlier by
Encina. Further information was not available.
“Encina is excited to work with Chemex on the commencement
of our circular chemical plant in San Antonio,
Texas,” said Carlo Badiola, senior vice president of engineering
and technology at Encina.
“Chemex is one of the most advanced modular designers
and constructors in the petrochemical space. Their
process engineering capabilities greatly facilitated the implementation
of our proprietary technology. This partnership
is strategic for us in our effort to further realize our
customers’ circular supply chain requirements.”

 

Maersk Invests in WasteFuel Start-Up For the Production of Green Methanol

Copenhagen—
A.P. Moller – Maersk, through its corporate venture arm
Maersk Growth, has invested in WasteFuel, a Californiabased
start-up focused on turning waste into bio-methanol,
renewable natural gas and sustainable aviation fuel.
With Maersk’s investment, WasteFuel will be able to
develop biorefineries in the Americas and Asia that use the
most effective technologies available to produce sustainable
fuels from unrecoverable waste. Value of the investment
was not given.
“Maersk is confident that green bio-methanol is one of
the promising fuels of the future as it can be scaled up and
play an important role in decarbonizing supply chains
within the next 10-15 years,” said Maersk.
“For each feedstock and project, we evaluate its sustainability,
as well as the emission reductions, using lifecycle
analysis including all greenhouse gases.”

 

Mitsui & PureCycle Sign MoU to Develop Ultra-Pure Recycled PP Plant in Japan

Tokyo—
Mitsui & Co. and PureCycle Technologies have entered
into a memorandum of understanding (MoU), as a first
step to developing and operating a recycling facility in Japan
to transform polypropylene (PP) waste into ultra-pure
recycled PP (UPRP).
Mitsui will help facilitate the pre-construction, on-theground-
operations for the plant, which will be based on
PureCycle’s technology, and will be an integral part of
PureCycle’s work in Japan, PureCycle said. Details of the
new facility were not available.
“Through this partnership with PureCycle, Mitsui aims
to support the Japanese government’s goal to increase
plastic recycling toward 2030, and enhance supply capability
of recycled polypropylene resin,” Mitsui noted.
“We believe Mitsui is the best partner for PureCycle to
help us lead and navigate the process of building an
[UPRP] plant in Japan,” said PureCycle Chief Executive
Mike Otworth.
“Through the collaboration with Mitsui, we are now one
step closer to our goal of reducing plastic waste across the
world and revolutionizing the way people use plastic products.
There is no reason polypropylene waste shouldn’t be
recycled and transformed into ultra-pure, sustainable
polypropylene.”

 

Sasol, Topsoe Expand G2L Collaboration For Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals

Johannesburg—
Sasol and Haldor Topsoe said they have grown their G2L
collaboration to jointly license and develop their technologies
for sustainable liquid fuels and chemical production
through Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology.
The partners have been offering integrated end-to-end
solutions to gas-to-liquid (GTL) ventures for the production
of synthetic fuels and chemicals using Topsoe’s SynCor and
Sasol’s low temperature FT technologies.
With the expanded partnership, they now offer integrated
end-to-end solutions to produce sustainable fuels
and chemicals, specifically power-to-fuels or e-fuels, utilizing
sustainable carbon sources or carbon dioxide, green
hydrogen and renewable energy.
The partners are also in the process of developing new
technologies, such as Topsoe’s electrified reforming platform,
solid oxide electrolysis and Sasol’s next-generation
FT catalyst to further maximize desired product yields,
enhance carbon and hydrogen conversion efficiency.
As a single-point licensor, the companies will offer customers
all the necessary technology licenses for complete
sustainable fuels solutions. This also includes basic engineering,
catalyst, hardware and specialized technical support
to ensure a bankable and successful project.

 

People on the Move

European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)—
Daniel Witthaut has joined Cefic as executive director for
the innovation team. He was most recently head of portfolio
and processes for Research, Development & Innovation.
Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials—
Henning Bloech will become global director of sustainable
solutions, effective 1 Oct. 2021. He has more than 15 years
of professional experience in sustainability and corporate
governance in Europe and North America.

 

Versalis Signs Deal to Acquire Ecoplastic’s Mechanical Recycling Process and Plants

Milan—
Versalis has signed an agreement to acquire, on an exclusive
basis, the mechanical recycling technology and plants
of Ecoplastic, an Italian company of the De Berg Group
specializing in the recovery, recycling and transformation
chain of styrenic polymers.
The assets will allow Versalis to accelerate developments
in advanced mechanical recycling and expand its
portfolio of Versalis Revive range of recycled polymers
(PCN, 28 Oct 2019, p 4).
Ecoplastic has developed a production process of styrenic
polymers, expanded polystyrene (PS) and solid PS
with up to 100% recycled content from secondary raw material
obtained from PS waste.
“The agreement . . . constitutes a concrete step for the
start of the first phase of construction of the advanced mechanical
recycling hub, as part of the transformation project
of the Porto Marghera plant, where the installation of
the units acquired from Ecoplastic . . . will take place from
next year,” said Versalis.
The overall capacity of the first phase will be approximately
20,000 t/y.

 

Uniper, Port of Rotterdam Ink Agreement To Develop Green Hydrogen Production

Rotterdam—
Uniper and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed a
memorandum of understanding for a green hydrogen
production project at Uniper’s Maasvlakte site within the
Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Following a recent feasibility study, it was decided that
Uniper’s location is ideally suitable for the large-scale production
of green hydrogen using power generated by North
Sea wind farms.
The plant, on which an investment decision is expected
in 2022, would be connected to the HyTransport.RTM pipeline
running through the Port of Rotterdam. The pipeline
also connects the Uniper plant to the national hydrogen
infrastructure and the Delta Corridor pipeline bundle.
The latter project is intended for delivering hydrogen to
chemical clusters in Moerdijk and Geleen, and farther
away in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The next step in the hydrogen project is the front-end
engineering and design study, which will take nine
months. It is currently being contracted out. An expected
completion date for the project was not given.

 

Petronas, Eneos Expand Partnership To Include Hydrogen Supply Chain

Kuala Lumpur—
Petronas, through its Petronas Gas & New Energy subsidiary,
has signed a memorandum of understanding with
Eneos to jointly develop a hydrogen supply chain between
Malaysia and Japan, and explore other hydrogen opportunities.
Under the MoU, the parties will undertake a technicalcommercial
joint study of a hydrogen supply chain, which
includes hydrogen production and its transportation in
methylcyclohexane form.
They will also explore low carbon hydrogen production
from Petronas’ petrochemical plants and in the future,
green hydrogen produced by renewable energy.

 

Shell Makes FID to Build Biofuels Plant At Shell Energy and Chemicals Park

Rotterdam—
Royal Dutch Shell announced a final investment decision
to build Europe’s “biggest” biofuels facility at the Shell Energy
and Chemicals Park (formerly known as Pernis refinery)
in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The facility is expected to use carbon capture technology
to capture emissions from the manufacturing process
and store them beneath the North Sea. Production is expected
to begin in 2024.
The project has the potential to produce enough renewable
diesel to avoid 2.8-million t/y of carbon dioxide emissions
(CO2).
“This investment is an important step as we transform
the Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam from a traditional
refinery into a sustainable energy park,” said Marjan
van Loon, president director of Shell Netherlands.
“The project will mean hundreds of millions of dollars of
investment each year during construction; it will create
hundreds of jobs, and help to maintain the facility’s competitiveness
for years to come.”

 

Hengli Starts Construction on ‘High-End’ Chem Manufacturing Complex in China

Beijing—
Hengli Petrochemical has begun construction on a new
“high end” chemicals manufacturing base in Suzhou,
China, Reuters reported.
The $3-billion complex will include the production of
polyester film and plastics with a total combined capacity
of 1-million t/y. An 800,000-t/y facility is planned for the
first phase and is expected to be completed in about 30
months.

 

CF Industries Suspending Operations At Billingham, Ince Plants in the UK

London—CF
Industries has decided to halt operations at its Billingham
and Ince fertilizer manufacturing complexes in the UK.
The plants, which produce ammonia, ammonium nitrate
and NPK compounds, are being suspended because of
high natural gas prices, the company noted. It does not
have an estimate for when production will resume.

 

Agilyx Granted a Patent Continuation For Its Depolymerization Technology

Tigard—Agilyx
Corp. said has been granted a patent continuation for its
process of breaking down waste polystyrene (PS) into its
chemical building block, styrene monomer.
The continuation of US patent number 11,041,123 further
confirms Agilyx’s depolymerization technology extends
to the breaking down of all waste plastic polymers into
their respective discrete monomers and is not only limited
to PS.
“Essentially, our process has not changed,” said Agilyx
Chief Technology Officer Dr. Chris Faulkner. We are using
the same technology on the same machinery, though it may
be operated in a slightly different way depending on the
polymer.
“The recognition that this technology applies to a
broader range of polymers is an exciting advancement in
our mission to increase recycling and circularity of post-use
plastics.”

 

Neste Partnering with Kinder Morgan On Renewable Fuels Logistics Project

New Orleans—
Neste and Kinder Morgan said they have agreed to partner
on a project to create a “premier” raw material storage and
logistics hub in the U.S., supporting increased production
of renewable feedstock for polymers and chemicals, renewable
diesel and sustainable aviation fuel.
Kinder Morgan will modify existing tanks and piping at
its Harvey, La., facility to enable segregated storage for a
variety of Neste’s raw materials across 30 tanks. The facility
will serve as Neste’s primary storage hub.
The project, supported by a long-term commercial commitment
from Neste, is expected to begin operations in the
first quarter of 2023. Neste has the option for further expansion.
“We are thrilled to partner with Neste, a global leader
in renewable fuels, on this important logistics project,”
noted Kinder Morgan Terminals President John Schlosser.
“As North America’s largest terminal operator with existing
infrastructure, including 80 million barrels of storage,
266 docks, 462 truck bays and 6,800 rail car spots,
Kinder Morgan Terminals is uniquely positioned to play a
leading role in the transition to renewable fuels.”
Kinder Morgan’s scope of work also includes installation
of a new boiler for heating tanks and railcars and infrastructure
improvements for rail, truck and marine
movements.

 

IHS Markit Schedules GPS and PEPP To Be Held Online from 25-28 Oct. ‘21

London—IHS
Markit said this year’s Global Plastics Summit (GPS) will
be combined with the Polyethylene-Polypropylene Chain
Global Technology & Business Forum (PEPP) scheduled
online from 25-28 Oct. 2021.
Based on the theme Future Plastic Markets: Supply
Chains and Innovation in Extraordinary Times, the event
will feature expert insight – from upstream business reviews
to downstream technical applications and end-user
trends.
“The combination of GPS and PEPP will provide plastic
processors, convertors and brand owners with an unparalleled
opportunity to expand their horizons and connect
with an expanded global audience in order to get at the
root of what they do best – innovate,” IHS Markit stated.
For more information and to register, email IHS Markit
at plastic.events@ihsmarkit.com or visit the website at
https://globalplasticssummit.com.

 

Companies in Houston Industrial Area To Discuss Plans for Large-Scale CCS

Houston—
Eleven companies have agreed to discuss plans that could
result in the large-scale deployment of carbon capture and
storage (CCS) technology in Houston, Texas.
The discussions could lead to Dow, ExxonMobil, Ineos,
LyondellBasell, Linde, Chevron, Phillips 66, Valero, Marathon
Petroleum, Calpine and NRG Energy collectively
capturing and storing around 50-million t/y of carbon
dioxide (CO2) by 2030 and about 100-million t/y by 2040.
There are ongoing discussions with other companies
that have industrial operations in the area to add even
more CO2 capture capacity.
“Wide-scale deployment of CCS in the Houston area
will require the collective support of industry, communities
and government,” said ExxonMobil. “If appropriate policies
and regulations are put in place, CCS could generate
tens of thousands of new jobs, protect current jobs and reduce
emissions at a lower cost to society than many other
widely available technologies.
“The 11 companies will continue to advocate for policies
that enable the long-term commercial viability of new, expanded
and existing CCS investments in Texas.”

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Incitec Pivot has not identified any material damage
from Hurricane Ida to its Waggaman, La., ammonia plant,
which was brought down on 28 Aug. 2021, in anticipation
of the storm. It is currently awaiting restoration of power
and utilities. The total outage is expected to be about four
weeks from the date the plant was brought down.
Petronet LNG is looking to enter the petrochemical
segment and is considering an ethane or propane import
facility at the Dahej terminal in India, reported MENAFN
(Middle East North Africa Financial Network). It is also
planning to set up a petrochemical complex based on imported
propane at Dahej LNG Terminal. No other details
were given.
Jacobs informed Worley that it has entered into a
block trade agreement with Citigroup Global Markets Australia
to sell all its shares in Worley (9.85%) via an underwritten
block trade.
Iran’s National Petrochemical Co. has awarded a
contract to Oil Industries Commissioning and Operation
Co. (OICO), under which OICO will be responsible for the
operation, repair and maintenance of the West Ethylene
Pipeline in Iran. National Petrochemical Co. is owner of
the pipeline.

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Repsol Chooses Univation’s PE Process For New Production Facility at Sines

Sines—Repsol
has selected Univation Technologies’ Unipol polyethylene
(PE) process for a new PE plant at Repsol’s Industrial
Complex in Sines, Portugal (PCN, 2 Aug 2021, p 1).
The project, valued at around $775-million, includes a
300,000-t/y PE unit, along with a 300,000-t/y polypropylene
plant. Operations are expected to begin by 2025.
Repsol selected a full-density plant design with production
capabilities for a broad range of high-density PE and
linear low-density PE products. It also selected Univation’s
XCat metallocene technology to produce specialty
metallocene PE grades.
In addition, Repsol will utilize Univation’s advanced
software platforms for process control capability and its
Unipol PE Virtual Plant Simulator for virtual process
training.
“The Unipol PE technology platform provides Repsol
with multiple sustainable operational benefits – including
low carbon footprint, minimized emissions, reduced energy
consumption, and maximized raw material utilization – to
enable Repsol to achieve its objective of sustainable development,
while delivering positive economic activity within
the regions that it operates,” said Univation Technologies
President Dr. Steven Stanley.
“Additionally, we look forward to supporting Repsol’s
vision of producing value-added, recyclable materials for
the European market with this new Unipol PE plant.”

 

Shell Ventures Partners with BlueAlp For Waste-to-Chemicals Technology

The Hague—Shell
Ventures BV and BlueAlp Holdings BV have formed a strategic
partnership to develop, scale and deploy BlueAlp’s
plastic waste-to-chemical feedstock technology that turns
plastic waste into pyrolysis oil for use in sustainable
chemicals.
Under the agreement, the parties will form a joint venture
company to build two new conversion units in the
Netherlands, which are expected to convert over 30,000 t/y
of plastic waste to pyrolysis oil. The units are scheduled to
become operational in 2023.
The pyrolysis oil will be supplied as feedstock to Shell’s
Moerdijk cracker in the Netherlands and its Rhineland
cracker in Germany. Shell is also considering licensing an
additional two units for deployment within Asia to supply
the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Singapore.
“With BlueAlp’s innovative technology and Shell’s size
and experience, we can advance the plastic waste recycling
technology needed to meet growing customer demand for
sustainable chemicals,” noted Robin Mooldijk, executive
vice president of Shell Chemicals and Products.
“This partnership is one of the most important steps
Shell is taking to reach our ambition of recycling 1-million
tons of plastics waste a year in our global chemicals plants
by 2025.”
As part of the agreement, Shell has acquired a 21.25%
equity stake in BlueAlp.

 

Bolivia’s YPFB Resumes Operations At Shuttered Ammonia, Urea Plant

La Paz—Bolivia’s
Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) said it
has restarted its ammonia and urea facility in Bulu Bulu,
Cochabamba Province, which had been “paralyzed” in 2019
following a government coup.
The 590,000-t/y plant was shut down for 22 months.
The abrupt closure caused “severe” damage to the plant’s
machinery and over $428-million in economic damage to
the state, YPFB noted.
Bolivian President Luis Arce drew up and implemented
a reactivation plan for the facility that included the acquisition
of chemical inputs, machinery, spare parts and repair
of critical equipment, enabling the plant to resume
operations.
A majority of the production will be exported to Brazil
(391,000 t/y), while 46,000 t/y will be sold in the domestic
market, 125,000 t/y will be exported to Argentina, 22,000
t/y will be sold to Paraguay and 6,000 to Peru, until September
2022.
The ammonia and urea facility originally began operations
in December 2017 (PCN, 25 Sept 2017, p 1).

 

Braskem, SCG Ink MoU to Study Feasibility Of Thai Unit to Produce Bio-Ethylene, PE

Bangkok—
Braskem and SCG Chemicals have signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to study the feasibility of a joint
investment in a new bio-ethanol dehydration facility for
the production of bio-ethylene and bio-based polyethylene
(PE) in Map Ta Phut, Rayong, Thailand.
The proposed production facility would be located inside
SCG’s petrochemical complex and up to double the existing
capacity of Braskem’s I’m green brand bio-based PE.
Braskem would contribute its technology and know-how
in the ethanol dehydration process and its I’m green biobased
PE marketing expertise, while SCG would contribute
its knowledge of the Asian market and expertise in PE
production. No other details were given.
The project is subject to conclusion of the feasibility
study, mutual agreement of Braskem and SCG, and approval
by competent governance bodies.

 

Westlake Chemical Finalizes Acquisition Of Dimex from Grey Mountain Partners

Marietta—
Westlake Chemical has concluded the purchase of Dimex,
manufacturer of products made from post-industrial recycled
(PIR) plastics, from private equity firm Grey Mountain
Partners (PCN, 9 Aug 2021, p 3).
Based in Marietta, Ga., Dimex produces a variety of
consumer products made from PIR polyvinyl chloride,
polyethylene and thermoplastic elastomer materials, which
will make this transaction an “important” piece of Westlake’s
growth trajectory and ESG (environmental, social
and governance) commitment for a “long time,” Westlake
noted. Value of the transaction was not disclosed.

 

LyondellBasell Considering Possible Sale Of Gulf Coast-Based Refining Business

Houston—
LyondellBasell said it is weighing strategic options for its
refining business on the U.S. Gulf Coast, including a potential
sale of the business.
The company’s 268,000-t/y Houston Refinery in Texas is
one of the “largest” refineries in the world, the company
noted. It is strategically located on the Houston Ship
Channel and covers around 700 acres. It has been owned
by LyondellBasell since 2006.
“While the Houston Refinery is a valuable, wellperforming
asset, we have long held the belief that it may
be even more valuable as part of a larger refining system,”
said Chief Executive Bob Patel. “To that end, we are actively
gauging market interest in this business with the
goal of delivering the greatest value to all our stakeholders.”
The company stated that it cannot provide assurances
regarding the outcome or timing of this process and does
not intend to make further announcements regarding the
review unless and until it is required or appropriate.

 

Viridis Begins Construction on Project To Produce Bio-Based Ethyl Acetate

Houston—Viridis
Chemical said it has begun Phase II of a capital improvement
project to produce bio-based ethyl acetate at its facility
in Columbus, Nebraska.
The project, being built by Koch Project Solutions, will
produce bio-based urethane grade ethyl acetate for a variety
of applications. Operations are expected to begin in
early 2023.
Once complete, Viridis will be the “first and only” largescale
producer of bio-based ethyl acetate in North America,
the company noted.
Helm is exclusive global marketing partner for the
products produced at the Columbus plant.
Viridis recently completed Phase I of the project, which
involved building a USP grade bio-based ethanol production
unit at the site. Production began in August 2021.

 

MyRechemical, JM to Commercially Develop Waste-to-Methanol Technology Globally

Milan—
NextChem’s MyRechemical subsidiary and Johnson Matthey
(JM) have agreed to cooperate to commercially develop
waste-to-methanol technology worldwide.
The agreement involves integrating JM’s proven syngas-
to-methanol technology into the waste-to-chemical
process to implement new commercial waste-to-methanol
plants around the world.
“This alliance with JM adds a new important piece to
our business strategy,” said Pierroberto Folgiero, chief executive
of Maire Tecnimont and NextChem.
“Circular methanol obtained from the technology on
which we are partnering with JM can be used in better
performing, low-carbon fuels for sustainable mobility, for
example for the shipping sector, and as a more sustainable
product for the chemical industry.
“There is a wide and promising market for such a product,
aimed at driving the industry towards the use of more
sustainable feedstocks, avoiding the consumption of natural
resources. This technology, which is immediately applicable,
provides a concrete answer to these needs.”

 

EPCA Details 55th Annual Meeting To Be Held Virtually Next Month

Brussels—The European
Petrochemical Assn. (EPCA) has scheduled its 55th
annual meeting to be held virtually from 5-7 Oct. 2021,
based on the theme “Future Reimagined.”
This year’s theme is set to offer both optimism and reflection
on the future role of the petrochemical industry
and its place in the world, said EPCA.
The three-day conference will include 22 sessions with a
focus on three major topics: Industry Reimagined on 5 Oct.,
Sustainability Reimagined on 6 Oct., and Success Reimagined
on 7 Oct.
Among the 33 announced speakers are Martin Brudermüller,
chairman of the board of BASF SE; EPCA Chief
Executive Caroline Ciuciu; Jim Fitterling, chairman and
chief executive of Dow; Shell Executive Vice President
Thomas Casparie; Eelco Hoekstra, chairman and chief executive
of Royal Vopak; EPCA President Hartwig Michels;
Gina Fyffe, chief executive of Integra Petrochemicals; Neil
Carr, President, Dow EMEA & India at Dow Chemical, and
the Alliance to End Plastic Waste President and Chief Executive
Jacob Duer.
For further details and to register, visit EPCA’s website
at https://epca.eu.

 

Zeon Starts Acrylic Rubber Production At ZCA Company in Rayong Province

Bangkok—Zeon
Chemicals Asia (ZCA) Co. Ltd., a group company of Zeon
Corp., has begun commercial production of acrylic rubber
at its site in Rayong Province, Thailand (PCN, 10 Sept
2018, p 3).
The facility, built to meet growing demand for the
product, has a production capacity of 22,000 t/y of acrylic
rubber. Cost of the project was not disclosed.
The Zeon Group also produces acrylic rubber at sites in
Japan and the U.S.

 

RusKhimAlyans Lets Construction Contract To Linde, Renaissance for Ust-Luga GPC

Moscow—a
consortium of Linde and Renaissance has been awarded an
engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract
by RusKhimAlyans to build a natural gas liquefaction
plant, within the gas processing complex (GPC) being built
near Ust-Luga, Russia (PCN, 14 June 2021, p 1).
Under the contract, Linde and Renaissance will provide
the design works and supply of equipment and materials,
as well as perform the construction and installation of two
production trains with a total capacity of 13-million t/y of
liquefied natural gas (LNG).
RusKhimAlyans is a special-purpose company formed
by Gazprom and RuzGazDobycha to operate the GPC project,
which, once complete, will process 45-billion cu m/yr of
gas and produce the LNG, as well as ethane fraction, liquefied
petroleum gas and pentane-hexane fraction.
Baltic Chemical, a subsidiary of RuzGazDobycha, is
building a gas chemical facility that will be technologically
interconnected with the GPC. It will include two ethane
cracking plants with a capacity of 1.4-million t/y each of
ethylene, as well as six polyethylene reactor lines, each
designed to have a capacity of 500,000 t/y. Completion is
expected in 2024.
Linde and Renaissance were recently awarded the EPC
contract for the GPC.

 

SABIC and FJPEC Enter Agreement To Build Petchem Complex in China

Shanghai—
SABIC and Fujian Petrochemical Industrial Group Co.
(FJPEC) have signed a joint venture agreement to set up a
“mega” petrochemical complex in Fujian Province, China,
according to several local media reports.
The approximately $6-billion project, to be built at
Gulei Industrial Park, would involve a mixed-feed steam
cracker with 1.5-million t/y of ethylene capacity, as well as
downstream units for the production of polyethylene, polypropylene,
ethylene glycol and polycarbonate, among others.
A schedule for the project was not given.
FJPEC is a wholly-owned affiliate of Fujian Petrochemical
Group Co.

 

Zachry Group Adds Consulting Practice With Trillium Advisory Group Purchase

Calgary—
Engineering and construction firm Zachry Group has acquired
Trillium Advisory Group, a full-service construction
consultancy with a focus on digitalization and digital transformation,
for an undisclosed amount.
Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Trillium
works with organizations and project teams to identify,
develop and deploy best practices and digital initiatives
across the project lifecycle in a variety of industry sources.
“The acquisition . . . adds specialized resources to better
support Zachry Group’s growing customer base and enables
Zachry to demonstrate distinct improvements in project
execution and reporting, including digitalization of the
project and digital project delivery,” said Zachry.
“Analytical insights into project performance will help
pinpoint new opportunities for optimization and support a
growing movement across markets and industries toward
enhanced business intelligence.”

 

Gevo to Establish Pilot Unit at Luverne For Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Process

Englewood—
Gevo plans to install a new alcohol-to-hydrocarbon process
pilot plant at its Luverne facility in Minnesota (PCN, 9
Aug 2021, p 3).
The pilot unit is being designed to produce market development
quantities of sustainable aviation fuel, renewable
premium gasoline, other renewable fuel products, as
well as provide capability to supply market development
quantities of chemical products. Start-up is expected in
the fourth quarter of next year.
Setting up the pilot unit at Luverne is part of Gevo’s
plan to use the facility as a technology development and
piloting site.
In addition, Gevo said it expects to test and evaluate
certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated
into its Net-Zero 1 production facility in Lake Preston,
S.D., which is expected to begin production in 2024.
“The work we do at the Luverne facility will be critical
in establishing a smooth start up of Net-Zero 1 and future
Net-Zero projects for ramping up capacity right out of the
gate,” noted Dr. Paul Bloom, chief carbon and innovation
officer.
“We also plan to use the new pilot capability to support
our robust pipeline of new renewable fuel and chemical
projects in the future, which is also a first step in converting
Luverne into a hydrocarbon facility.”

 

Mitsubishi and Shell Canada Sign MoU For Blue Hydrogen Project in Canada

Edmonton—
Mitsubishi Corp. (MC) and Shell Canada have signed a
memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a lowcarbon
(blue) hydrogen project through the use of carbon
capture and storage (CCS) near Edmonton, Canada.
Mitsubishi plans to build the facility near the Shell Energy
and Chemicals Park Scotford, while Shell would provide
carbon dioxide (CO2) storage via its proposed Polaris
CCS project (PCN, 23 Aug 2021, p 3).
The hydrogen project is expected to produce about
165,000 t/y of blue hydrogen in the first phase using natural
gas feedstock. Production would be increased in future
phases. The hydrogen would be converted to low-carbon
ammonia for export to Asian markets. Start-up is expected
“towards the latter half of this decade,” the parties noted.
“MC is looking into such clean energy opportunities,
globally,” said Hiroki Haba, senior vice president, division
chief operating officer, Next-Generation Fuels & Petroleum
Business Division at MC. “This opportunity in Canada
would support Japan’s requirements for clean energy.”
Shell Canada’s proposed Polaris project would capture
and store around 750,000 t/y of CO2, in the first phase,
from Shell’s refinery and chemicals plant at the Scotford
complex. A final investment decision is expected in 2023.
The second phase of the Polaris project would involve
setting up a new CO2 storage hub in Alberta, further decarbonizing
Shell’s facilities and storing emissions on behalf
of third-party industry sources.

 

FACT Restarts Caprolactam Production

Kochi—
Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) has resumed
caprolactam production in Kerala, India, after almost nine
years, according to several local media reports.
In October 2012, FACT discontinued production at the
50,000-t/y facility because of rising naphtha prices. It is
now using liquefied natural gas as the major feedstock.
Restarting caprolactam production is in line with the
country’s vision of achieving self-sufficiency, reported the
Hindu citing FACT. The majority of the product will be
sold in the domestic market.

 

JM Forms Hydrogen Technology Business

London—
Johnson Matthey (JM) announced it is combining its Green
Hydrogen business and its Fuel Cells business into a new
Hydrogen Technologies business to accelerate its growth
and scale-up in both markets.
“Merging both businesses builds on JM’s leading technologies,
with the global hydrogen market set to grow exponentially
due to clean hydrogen’s important role in decarbonization
– demand for green hydrogen is projected to
grow by almost ten-fold between now and 2050, along with
blue hydrogen, and the hydrogen fuel cell market is forecast
to grow more than three-fold through to 2027,” the
company explained.
The new Hydrogen Technologies business will be
headed up by Ralph Calmes, who has been appointed managing
director of the business, effective 1 Oct. 2021. He
previously led JM’s Platinum Group Metal Services business.
JM’s blue hydrogen team will remain within its Efficient
Natural Resources sector.

 

DSM Enters Renewable Energy PPAs For Four Plants in Jiangsu Province

Shanghai—
Royal DSM announced that its four plants in Jiangsu,
China, have joined the first batch of companies in Jiangsu
Province to sign Renewable Energy Power Purchase
Agreements, putting them on track to be powered by 100%
renewable energy from January 2022.
The companies that signed the agreement are DSM Engineering
Materials, DSM Jiangshan Pharmaceutical,
DSM Biotechnology and Biomin China.
The company recently committed to halving its 2016
greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from operations by 2030,
exceeding its original target of a 30% reduction.
“China is one of DSM’s most important regional markets,”
said Joe Zhou, president of DSM China. “The country’s
green transformation and industrial upgrading are
crucial for DSM to achieve our sustainability goals.
“DSM is committed to sourcing 75% of its global energy
needs from renewable resources by 2030. The signing of
the . . . agreement for all of DSM’s plants in Jiangsu will
make a significant contribution to achieving our goal.
“DSM is actively aligning with the concept of green development
and will continue to work closely with all our
partners to enhance local innovation capabilities and use
energy more efficiently across the value chain.
“We are committed to supporting China in achieving
the dual goals of peaking carbon emissions by 2030 and
reaching carbon neutrality by 2060.”

 

Sumitomo Launches Meguri Brand For Its Recycled Plastic Products

Tokyo—Sumitomo
Chemical has launched Meguri, meaning circularity in
Japanese, a new brand of plastic products obtained
through recycling technology.
The Meguri products, expected to contribute to the reduction
of greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental
impacts, covers a variety of recycled plastic products,
such as polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polyethylene
(PE) and polypropylene (PP).
Sumitomo will begin promoting Meguri with recycled
PMMA obtained from a chemical recycling pilot facility,
which is planned to be built at Ehime Works in Japan, and
plans to include PE derived from municipal waste and PP
compounds made by recycling used plastic.
The Ehime facility is expected to begin pilot tests in the
fall of 2022 and start providing samples in 2023 (PCN, 30
Aug 2021, p 3).

 

Brookfield, Inter Pipeline Give Update On Planned Acquisition Transaction

Calgary—Brookfield
Infrastructure and Inter Pipeline have entered into an
agreement regarding a statutory plan of arrangement, under
which Brookfield will acquire all remaining shares of
Inter Pipeline (PCN, 2 Aug 2021, p 4).
Under the terms of the arrangement agreement, Inter
Pipeline shareholders can elect to receive C$20 per share
in cash; 0.25 of a Brookfield share; or any combination
thereof.
Brookfield also announced the expiry of its takeover bid
dated 22 Feb. 2021 to acquire all common shares of Inter
Pipeline not currently owned by Brookfield.
Upon payment for the incremental Inter Pipeline common
shares tendered before the expiry of the offer, Brookfield
will own 76.4% of Inter Pipeline’s common shares.
The transaction to acquire the remaining stake in Inter
Pipeline is expected to occur late next month. Following
completion of the transaction, Brookfield plans to delist
Inter Pipeline common shares from trading on the Toronto
Stock Exchange.

 

Stolthaven, Revivegen Agree to Build New Greenfield Terminal in Taiwan

Taipei—Stolthaven
Terminals and Revivegen Environmental Technology
have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop a new
greenfield terminal in Kaohsiung Port, Taiwan.
The terminal would handle and store chemicals and industrial
gases for local and multinational companies, including
those with manufacturing operations in Taiwan.
No other details of the terminal were available.
The partners are currently working in a comprehensive
feasibility study. A final investment decision is expected in
the fourth quarter if this year, subject to final internal and
external approvals.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Dow has started bringing operations back online at
Plaquemine, La., which were impacted by the recent Hurricane
Ida (PCN, 6 Sept 2021, p 4). The company’s St.
Charles operations unit and its Greensburg facility are
making progress toward restart. Start-ups will be prioritized
based on third-party utility balances and raw materials
availability.
Huntsman on 7 Sept. 2021 said Hurricane Ida caused
no significant damage to its Geismar, La., manufacturing
facility. Restart of each unit is dependant on the availability
of utilities and the ability of other third-party suppliers
to restart their respective operations. “Currently, the
company’s best estimate is that production comes back
online slowly this coming weekend with an increase in
rates next week,” Huntsman noted.
CF Industries has begun restarting its ammonia
plants at the Donaldsonville complex in Louisiana, which
was impacted by Ida. Start-up of product upgrade units
(urea, nitric acid and urea ammonium nitrate) will follow.
Shipping will proceed on an as available basis.

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Sadara Reaches Mechanical Completion Of EO/PO PL Project to PlasChem Park

Jubail—
Sadara Chemical announced it has achieved mechanical
completion of its ethylene oxide/propylene oxide (EO/PO)
pipeline project for the transport of EO/PO from Sadara’s
facilities to the adjacent PlasChem Park in Jubail Industrial
City, Saudi Arabia (PCN, 11 Mar 2019, p 2).
The two parallel feedstock pipelines will distribute EO
and PO feedstock to various business tenants at the park,
enabling them to produce diversified specialty chemical
products, Sadara noted.
Developed by the Royal Commission for Jubail and
Yanbu, PlasChem Park is dedicated to downstream chemical
and conversion industries in the country.
“Congratulations to our team and partners for the safe
completion of this unique project,” said Sadara Chief Executive
Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer. “The EO/PO pipeline transportation
system will be the first of its kind in the Middle
East and North Africa region.
“Our project serves as a significant driver of downstream
manufacturing in the Kingdom. It’s a significant
part of the Kingdom’s downstream transformation under
Vision 2030, developing new business opportunities and
thousands of new jobs in the chemical industry and related
sectors,” he added.

 

Orion Engineered Carbons Breaks Ground On Second Carbon Black Plant in China

Beijing—
Orion Engineered Carbons has begun construction on its
second facility in China for specialty and high-performance
carbon black.
The new plant, located in Huaibei, Anhui Province, is
planned to have an initial production capacity of 65,000 t/y
to 75,000 t/y. Completion is expected in late 2022, with
operations scheduled to start in 2023.
“The strongest growth in demand for carbon black in
the coming years is widely projected to be in Asia,” said
Orion Chief Executive Corning F. Painter. “The new site
in China will enable us to better supply our customers and
strengthen our position as a leading global supplier of specialty
and high-performance carbon black.”

 

PetroChina’s Dushanzi PC Subsidiary Launches Chinese Ethylene Project

Xinjiang—
Dushanzi Petrochemical Co., a subsidiary of PetroChina,
has commissioned an ethane-to-ethylene project in Xinjiang,
China, according to several industry sources.
The $1.24-billion project, which will utilize ethane extracted
from natural gas from PetroChina’s Tarim oilfield,
will produce 600,000 t/y of ethylene and 300,000 t/y of
high-density polyethylene.
Last month, PetroChina completed trial operation of an
800,000-t/y ethane-to-ethylene plant in Shaanxi Province,
China. Dushanzi now has 2-million-t/y of ethylene capacity.

 

LanzaTech & Twelve Form Partnership To Produce PP from CO2 Emissions

Berkeley—
LanzaTech and carbon transformation company Twelve
have partnered to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
into polypropylene (PP).
The partners will combine LanzaTech’s Pollution To
Products carbon recycling technology, which uses naturebased
solutions to produce ethanol and other materials
from waste carbon sources, with Twelve’s carbon transformation
technology that converts CO2 into materials
(“CO2Made”) that are traditionally made from fossil fuels.
Bringing the two technologies together will enable additional
product development from CO2 streams, representing
just one of the pathways to scale carbon transformation
solutions, the companies noted.
LanzaTech and Twelve have been awarded a $200,000
grant from Impact Squared to move forward with the partnership.
Impact Squared is a $1.1-million fund that was
designed and launched by British universal bank Barclay’s
and Unreasonable, a catalytic platform for entrepreneurs.
“Polypropylene is a key material for essential medical
supplies and for many products we rely on in our daily
lives,” said Twelve Chief Science Officer Dr. Etosha Cave.
“Today, 100% of new polypropylene in use worldwide is
made from petrochemicals.
“We now have a way to produce this critical material
from CO2 and water instead of from fossil fuels, with no
tradeoffs in quality, efficacy or performance.
“Replacing all of the world’s fossil polypropylene production
with CO2Made polypropylene would reduce carbon
emissions by an estimated 700-million t/y or more.”

 

Novatek and JBIC Sign Deal to Cooperate On Several Low-Carbon Russian Projects

Moscow—
Novatek announced it has signed a strategic cooperation
agreement with Japan Bank for International Cooperation
(JBIC) to work together on a variety of low-carbon projects
in Russia.
Specifically, the parties intend to cooperate on projects
to produce hydrogen and ammonia, carbon capture, utilization,
and storage technologies, as well as renewable energy
projects in Russia, including ammonia and hydrogen production
projects in the Yamal Peninsula.
“We are actively studying options to further reduce our
current low carbon footprint from Novatek’s LNG production
by using renewable energy sources, carbon capture
and storage and hydrogen-based fuels at our LNG projects,”
said Leonid Mikhelson, chairman of the management
board of Novatek.
“This strategic cooperation agreement provides opportunities
for us to work with Japanese companies and financial
institutions on developing our low-carbon solutions,
attracting investments and expanding the range of
suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies.
“Moreover, it facilitates opportunities for us to market
our clean fuel products to a wider range of customers from
Japan to reduce the total carbon emissions.”

 

Black Bear and Helm Agree to Collaborate On Marketing Sustainable Carbon Black

Limburg—
Black Bear Carbon and Helm have signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on long-term supply
chain and marketing of sustainable carbon black from
Black Bear’s first flagship plant in Geleen, the Netherlands.
The facility, located at the Chemelot Industrial Park,
will produce 12,000 t/y of recovered carbon black from used
tires via Black Bear’s proprietary technology. Start-up is
expected in the second half of 2023.
Under the MoU, Black Bear will contribute its extensive
knowledge in product and application development,
while Helm will provide its supply chain know-how and
commercial expertise for the production and marketing of
carbon black.
Both partners seek to extend their cooperation through
further projects that Black Bear is planning, the companies
noted.
“Transforming the chemical industry towards a circular
and sustainable future is a major task, which can only be
achieved through partnership, a long-term agenda and
commitment from all stakeholders in our business,” said
Axel Viering, member of the executive board of Helm.

 

Sumitomo Chem Decides to Terminate Production, Sales of EPDM at Chiba

Tokyo—
Sumitomo Chemical said it will discontinue the production
of ethylene propylene diene rubber (EPDM) at Chiba
Works in Japan and will terminate sales of the product by
the end of March 2023.
“Sumitomo Chemical has been working to increase the
value added to its products and reduce manufacturing
costs to strengthen the competitiveness of its EPDM business,”
the company noted.
“The maintenance and repair costs of the production facilities
for EPDM, however, which have been in operation
for more than 50 years, [are] increasing year after year.
Under these circumstances, we reached the conclusion that
it is difficult to secure stable profits over the medium to
long term.”
The Chiba site has a production capacity of 40,000 t/y of
EPDM.

 

KBR Awarded Contract from PKN Orlen To Evaluate Plastics Recycling Projects

Houston—
PKN Orlen has awarded a contract to KBR to study the
feasibility of plastics recycling projects in Central Europe
utilizing KBR’s Hydro-PRT technology, and have signed a
letter of intent to work together on the development of future
projects.
Hydro-PRT is an advanced recycling technology that
converts waste plastic into petrochemical and refinery
products. It is offered by KBR in alliance with Mura Technology.
Along with KBR, PKN Orlen will assess the implementation
of Hydro-PRT as the core technology for recycling
waste plastics to support its corporate ESG (Environmental,
Social and Governance) and circularity objectives.
“We are confident that Hydro-PRT will enable PKN Orlen
to achieve its corporate ESG and decarbonization objectives,”
noted Doug Kelly, president of technology at KBR.

 

Lummus Gets Successful Plant Acceptance For Formosa’s Cumene & Phenol Plant

Ningbo—
Lummus Technology said it has achieved successful plant
acceptance from Formosa Chemicals and Fibre Corp. for a
cumene and phenol expansion in Ningbo, China.
The project involved expanded the facility to a capacity
of 600,000 t/y of cumene and 400,000 t/y of phenol from its
existing capacity of 450,000 t/y of cumene and 300,000 t/y
of phenol. Cost of the project was not disclosed.
Lummus licensed the original facility in 2010, and, in
2017, was again selected by Formosa to provide the technology
license and engineering design for this expansion
(PCN, 15 May 2017, p 1).
“We are proud that this plant has successfully demonstrated
reliable operation since its first start-up,” noted
Lummus Technology President and Chief Executive Leon
de Bruyn.

 

Annual Indian Petrochem Conference Being Held Virtually This October

Mumbai—Elite
Conferences announced that the 22nd international Indian
Petrochem conference will be held virtually from 21-22 Oct.
2021.
The conference will cover the entire petrochemical industry,
with a primary focus on Indian markets, and an
overview of Asian and global markets.
Further information about the event, including speakers
and registration information, will soon become available
on Elite’s website at www.eliteconferences.com.

 

People on the Move

Standard Industries Holdings—Bhavesh V. (Bob)
Patel, previously chief executive of LyondellBasell, has
been appointed chief executive of W. R. Grace & Co., effective
January 2022, subject to the closing of Standard’s acquisition
of Grace in the fourth quarter of this year (PCN,
12 July 2021, p 1). He will succeed Hudson La Force, who
will continue as chief executive until the end of 2021 and
will join the advisory board of Standard in January 2022.
The Plaza Group—Paco Rangel has joined the international
petrochemical marketing firm as commercial director
for benzene and styrene. He comes from Argus Media,
where he led the global aromatics practice.
Wood—Ken Gilmartin has been appointed chief operating
officer to replace Dave Stewart, who is planning to retire
at the end of the year. Gilmartin was most recently
executive vice president of Jacob’s People & Places solutions
business.
Cyclyx International—Bill Cooper has been named
senior vice president, strategic partnerships. He was previously
senior vice president of strategy and development
of Agilyx.
DuPont Korea—Shin Dong-man, sales director of Du-
Pont’s mobility and materials group in the Asia Pacific region,
has been named to the additional role of chief executive
of DuPont Korea.
Engineers India Ltd.—Vartika Shukla has become
chairman and managing director of the company until
2026. She had been director of technical.

 

Sibur, RusHydro Ink Power Purchase Deal For Clean Energy Supply to Amur GCC

Moscow—
Sibur Holding and RusHydro have signed a power purchase
agreement for the supply of clean energy produced
by Nizhne-Bureyskaya HPP to the Amur Gas Chemical
Complex (GCC) in Russia (PCN, 4 Jan 2021, p 1).
Amur GCC, a joint venture of Sibur and Sinopec, will
process ethane fraction from Gazprom’s Amur Gas Processing
Plant for the production of 2.3-million t/y of polyethylene
and 400,000 t/y of polypropylene. Construction is underway
and commissioning is scheduled for 2024.
The agreement guarantees the supply of around 1.3-
billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year for a period of 20
years.
“Reduction of adverse effect on climate from production
is one of our strategic priorities,” noted Dmitry Konov,
chairman of the management board of Sibur.
“The Amur region has an enormous potential of renewable
energy sources, which not only satisfies the environmental
requirements of our project, but also reduces the
carbon footprint of our manufactured goods. We will strive
for our production to become one of the most environmentally
friendly in the country.”

 

Mitsubishi Chemical Suspends Operations At Mie Epoxy Resin Manufacturing Unit

Tokyo—
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) said it has suspended
operations of its solid epoxy resin manufacturing facility at
the Mie plant in Japan, due to partial damage to the facility.
“As a result of verification, it has been determined that
it will be difficult to restore the facility by repairing it, and
restoration is expected to take a long time to complete,” the
company explained. “Therefore, MCC will not be able to
accept orders for some affected products for the time being.”
MCC did not disclose the cause of the damage.

 

Venture Global, PGNiG Finalize Agreement For Additional Supply of LNG to Poland

Warsaw—
Venture Global LNG and Polish Oil and Gas Co. (PGNiG)
have concluded an agreement for the purchase of an additional
2-million t/y of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by
PGNiG from Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass LNG and
Plaquemines LNG export facilities in Louisiana.
The latest agreement amends the existing sales and
purchase agreements signed by the two companies in 2018,
increasing the volume of LNG purchased from Calcasieu
Pass LNG to 1.5-million t/y and the volume from Plaquemines
LNG to 4-million t/y (PCN, 7 Dec 2020, p 3).
This brings the total volume of LNG that PGNiG has
committed to buy from Venture Global facilities to 5.5-
million t/y for 20 years on a free-on-board basis.
“Poland will lower its carbon footprint and diversify its
energy mix by incorporating more American natural gas
into its portfolio,” noted Mike Sabel, chief executive of Venture
Global.
“Pivoting towards cleaner natural gas from the United
States will not only increase Poland’s energy security, but
also decrease its carbon emissions, and Venture Global
looks forward to supporting our partner PGNiG in these
efforts for years to come.”

 

SK Global Chemical Changes Name To Support Circular Economy Plan

Seoul—SK Global
Chemical announced it has changed its name to SK Geo
Centric, effective 31 Aug. 2021, and has revealed its intention
to become the “world’s largest urban oil field company
that will lead the plastic recycling market.”
To reach this goal, SK Geo’s primary aim is to secure
the facilities and capability to process 900,000 t/y of plastic
waste, which is equal to the company’s domestic plastic
production volume, noted Na Kyung-soo, chief executive of
SK Geo.
It plans to invest around KRW 5-trillion by 2025, both
domestically and overseas, including investing in expanding
green materials, and expected to increase production
capability for eco-friendly materials to 1.9-million t/y from
500,000 t/y, currently, by 2025.
In addition, plans were unveiled to recycle 2.5-million
t/y of plastic, either directly or indirectly, which is equal to
100% of the company’s annual global plastic production
volume.
“The plastic recycling market will grow by 12% by 2030,
and the plastic waste market size is expected to reach
KRW 600-trillion by 2050,” said Na. “This implies that
there is much room for growth.
“In the year 2025, we will create KRW 600-billion in
EBITDA from the eco-friendly and recycling sector to offset
existing businesses, and also become a completely green
company, even from a financial standpoint.”

 

BASF Finalizes Purchase of 49.5% Stake In New European Offshore Wind Farm

Antwerp—
BASF has completed the €300-million acquisition of a
49.5% interest in Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm, Hollandse
Kust Zuid, currently being built in the Dutch North
Sea (PCN, 28 June 2021, p 2).
Once fully operational in 2023, the wind farm will be
the “largest” offshore wind farm in the world with a total
installed capacity of 1.5 gigawatts, BASF noted. It will
allow BASF to supply renewable electricity to its Antwerp
Verbund site and several other European production sites.
Including BASF’s contribution to fund the wind farm
construction, its total commitment amounts to about €1.6-
billion. BASF plans to reduce its investment by selling
shares to a financial co-investor and has already initiated
the respective process.

 

Trinseo Concludes Acquisition of Aristech

Berwyn—
Trinseo has completed the purchase of Aristech Surfaces, a
North American manufacturer and global provider of polymethyl
methacrylates (PMMA) continuous cast and solid
surface sheets, for $445-million (PCN, 2 Aug 2021, p 3).
Aristech strengthens Trinseo’s position in acrylic solutions
and broadens its product portfolio offerings in “important”
markets, Trinseo noted.
The acquisition includes around 300 employees across
two manufacturing and research and development locations
in Florence, Kentucky, and Belen, New Mexico.
Aristech will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity
within the engineered materials segment, while Trinseo
continues the integration of Arkema’s PMMA business it
purchased earlier this year (PCN, 31 May 2021, p 1).

 

Hurricane Ida Slams U.S. Gulf Coast, Causing Flooding & Power Outages

A PCN Roundup—
Hurricane Ida made landfall on 29 Aug. 2021 on Louisiana’s
Gulf Coast with high winds, heavy rain and a storm
surge causing damage, flooding and power outages, affecting
many refineries and chemical plants.
As of PCN’s deadline, most facilities are in the process
of restarting after shutting down as a precautionary measure
ahead of the storm. Several companies have declared
force majeure.
Westlake Chemical said it has incurred limited physical
damage. Restart of its units will mainly depend on the
availability of electricity, industrial gases, and other utilities
and feedstocks. Separately, Argus Media reported
that Westlake declared force majeure on polyvinyl chloride
and vinyl chloride monomer.
Dow reported that initial assessments don’t show any
major damage to its production facilities throughout Louisiana.
It expects to begin bringing operations back online
next week at Plaquemine; however, due to lack of functioning
infrastructure in St. Charles Parish, it is too soon to
predict when operations will start up there.
OxyChem has declared force majeure on chlorine, caustic
soda, ethylene dichloride and other products, reported
S&P Global Platts citing a customer letter. It is currently
unable to give an estimate of the duration of the force majeure
event or its impact on OxyChem’s operations.
S&P also reported that Shintech has declared force majeure
on caustic soda and is waiting for gas feedstock supply
to be restored.
Power has already been restored at ExxonMobil’s Baton
Rouge refinery and chemicals plant, allowing it to restart
ahead of other companies in the area, said Argus.
Nova Chemicals’ Geismar olefins facility did not sustain
any damage from Ida and it currently has power to the
site, multiple reports said. The plant was shut down ahead
of the storm and it is unknown when it will restart.
Shell’s Norco manufacturing plant in St. Charles Parish
is experiencing elevated flaring after Ida knocked out its
power. The flaring is expected to continue until power is
restored.

 

Covestro Plans to Cut Global Workforce

Leverkusen—
Covestro is planning to reduce up to 1,700 of its 16,500 jobs
worldwide, reported Reuters citing the Rheinische Post.
A further update is expected in the coming months, a
company spokeswoman told Reuters.

 

Huntsman Plans Project to Increase PU Catalysts and Amines Capacity

Budapest—
Huntsman’s Performance Products Division is planning a
multimillion-dollar investment project to further expand
its manufacturing plant in Petfurdo, Hungary, to meet the
growing demand for polyurethane (PU) catalysts and specialty
amines.
The project, scheduled to be completed by mid-2023, is
expected to increase Huntsman’s global capacity and to
provide more flexibility and innovative technologies for the
PU, coatings, metalworking and electronics industries, the
company noted.
Huntsman has received a $3.8-million investment grant
for the project from the Hungarian government.

 

Tatneft and Uzbekneftegaz in Discussions To Jointly Implement Small PC Projects

Tashkent—
Tatneft and Uzbekneftegaz are in talks to jointly develop
projects in Uzbekistan, including small-tonnage petrochemical
projects.
“A very trusting relationship has developed between the
leaders of our republics,” said Tatneft General Director
Nail Maganov. “We consider Uzbekistan a fraternal country,
the Uzbek people a fraternal people.
“Recently, our joint projects with Uzbekistan have received
a new impetus; new directions have appeared for
the development of partnership. We have outlined further
steps to expand cooperation.” No details were given.

 

Ashland Enters Agreement with Arkema To Sell Performance Adhesives Assets

Wilmington—
Ashland LLC, a subsidiary of Ashland Global Holdings,
has signed a definitive agreement to divest its performance
adhesives business to Arkema in an all-cash transaction
value at around $1.65-billion.
The transaction, expected to close by the end of 2021, is
subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and
receipt of regulatory approvals.
Once the sale is complete, Ashland will be a focused additive
and ingredients company.

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Invista to Double Production Capacity For Nylon 6,6 Polymer in Shanghai

Shanghai—Invista
Nylon Chemicals (China) Co. said it has signed a memorandum
of cooperation with Shanghai Chemical Industry
Park (SCIP) to double nylon 6,6 production capacity at its
facility there.
The $230-million project will double the plant’s existing
capacity to 400,000 t/y. The expanded line will be equipped
with three continuous polymerization lines and six batch
autoclaves. Construction of the lines is scheduled to begin
in the second quarter of 2022, with operations beginning in
the first quarter of 2024.
Invista recently completed a 40,000-t/y nylon 6,6 expansion
at the site, raising Invista’s total nylon 6,6 capacity
to 190,000 t/y (PCN, 23-30 Nov 2020, p 2).
The company also has a 215,000-t/y hexamethylene
diamine unit at the site and is currently building a new
400,000-t/y adiponitrile plant that is planned to start up
next year.
“We truly appreciate SCIP’s support for our ongoing investment
in China and are excited to deepen cooperation to
consolidate our nylon 6,6 value chain here,” said Angela
Dou, director of intermediates, Asia.
“With the expanded capacity we look forward to providing
the supply of nylon 6,6 polymer that our customers
need for their projects, and we hope to co-develop innovative
solutions and applications with our customers and
partners across the industries.”

 

Agilyx and Kumho to Study Feasibility Of Chem Recycling Facility in S. Korea

Seoul—Agilyx
Corp. and Kumho Petrochemical are partnering to explore
the development and construction of a new chemical recycling
facility in South Korea to turn post-use plastics into
raw material for tires.
The project would utilize Agilyx’s “unique and novel”
chemical recycling technology to produce pure styrene from
post-use polystyrene (PS), Agilyx noted. The styrene would
be used as a virgin equivalent raw material to produce solution
styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR), a new pathway for
PS into SSBR.
“We’re very interested in recycling of post-use plastics,
while focusing on utilizing post-use polystyrene into pure
styrene,” said Kumho Petrochemical Chief Executive Jong-
Hoon Baek. “Collaboration with Agilyx will give Kumho
Petrochemical an opportunity of proposing [a] new line of
eco-SSBR products to most of our customers who prefer
sustainable products.”

 

Lukoil Commences Construction at Perm On New Catalytic Cracking Complex

Moscow—Lukoil
announced it has begun construction on a new catalytic
cracking complex project at the Perm refinery in Russia,
which will allow it to produce polymer-grade propylene to
feed its petrochemical facilities.
The 1.8-million-t/y complex will include a catalytic
cracking unit, a high-octane gasoline components unit and
infrastructure facilities. A “distinctive” feature of the complex
will be the high adjustable propylene yield, Lukoil
noted. Start-up is scheduled for 2026.
The project is being implemented under an agreement
with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation on
providing an investment incentive, as part of the negative
excise tax on refinery feedstock until 1 Jan. 2031.

 

KBR, Johnson Matthey Ink Alliance Deal To License Integrated UFC Technology

Houston—
KBR announced it has signed an alliance agreement with
Johnson Matthey (JM) to license the Formox Integrated
UFC (iUFC) technology.
The technology consists of JM’s methanol and UFC
(urea formaldehyde concentrate) production processes integrated
with KBR’s proprietary ammonia process, enabling
low-cost production of UFC for higher grade urea,
KBR noted.
“Following our successful alliance for ammoniamethanol
co-production with JM last year, KBR is excited
to offer the iUFC process for new and existing fertilizer
complexes to efficiently upgrade their end products,” said
Doug Kelly, president of technology at KBR.
“With KBR’s market leading ammonia technology, this
offering will allow integrated fertilizer complexes to upgrade
their urea quality for maximizing crop yields while
ensuring the lowest carbon footprint.”
Last September, the companies signed an alliance
agreement to license the ammonia-methanol co-production
process (PCN, 14 Sept 2020, p 1).
The ammonia-methanol co-production process utilizes
KBR’s proprietary Purifier ammonia process and JM’s
methanol process.

 

Hyosung Starts Up Second PP Facility At Site in Vietnam’s Ba Ria-Vung Tau

Hanoi—South
Korean petrochemical producer Hyosung recently began
production at its second polypropylene (PP) unit in Ba Ria-
Vung Tau province, Vietnam, according to Argus Media.
The new 300,000-t/y PP plant is located at the same
complex as the company’s 300,000-t/y PP facility, which
started up in March 2020.
Hyosung is also expected to begin operations this
month at a new 600,000-t/y propane dehydrogenation unit
at the same location. The company is currently importing
propylene to the site.
Both PP plants are based on LyondellBasell’s Spheripol
technology (PCN, 9 Mar 20210, p 1).

 

Abu Qir, Helwan & Al Ahly Capital Sign Pact To Establish Methanol, NH3, PCs Project

Cairo—Abu
Qir Fertilizers and Chemical Industries, Helwan Fertilizers
and Al Ahly Capital Holding have signed a shareholders’
agreement to form a new company, Misr Methanol and
Petrochemical Co., to produce methanol, ammonia, petrochemicals
and other products in Ain Sokhna, Egypt, according
to Egypt Today.
The project, to be built in two phases, would include the
production of 1-million t/y of methanol and 400,000 t/y of
ammonia in the first phase. A feasibility study has already
been performed and necessary approvals have been obtained.
An expected completion date was not given.
Abu Qir and Helwan Fertilizer would each hold a 35%
interest in the new company, and Al-Ahly Capital, the investment
arm of the National Bank of Egypt, would hold a
30% stake, said the report citing a statement from Egypt’s
Petroleum Ministry.
Last October, PCN reported that the project would cost
a total of $2.6-billion, and would include acetic acid, MTO
and calcium ammonium nitrate in the second phase (PCN,
12 Oct 2020, p 2).

 

Enter Selects Casale Technology For Uzbekistan Ammonia Plant

Tashkent—Casale was
recently chosen by Enter Engineering to provide the
technology and design for a new ammonia unit to be built
in Yangiyer City, Syrdarya, Uzbekistan.
The 495,000-t/y ammonia plant will be part of a large
fertilizer complex that will produce 900,000 t/y of mineral
fertilizer and is expected to become fully operational in
2023.
Casale will also have the opportunity to participate in
the future development of the project.

 

Funds Advised by SK Capital Partners Acquires Certain Deltech Businesses

New York—
Deltech Holdings has divested its Monomers, Polymers and
European businesses to funds advised by SK Capital Partners
for an undisclosed amount.
The transaction gives SK Capital a majority interest in
Deltech, with Bob Elefante, one of Deltech’s founders and
current president and chief executive, retaining a “significant”
ownership stake in the company, SK Capital noted.
Elefante will remain actively involved in the business, including
serving on the board of directors.
“Deltech is a world leader in the production of highperformance
aromatic monomers and specialized crystal
polystyrene,” said SK Capital Managing Director Mario
Toukan.
“Deltech offers an attractive product portfolio with leading
market positions in niche technologies. Their portfolio
includes vinyl toluene, divinyl benzene and para methyl
styrene, in addition to their specialty crystal polystyrene.
“Deltech’s products deliver critical attributes to products
across a diverse set of end markets, including coatings
adhesives resins, ion exchange resins, insulation and
molded composites, to name a few.”
Early last year, Deltech Resins sold the remainder of its
alkyd resins product line to Gabriel Performance Products
(PCN, 13 Jan 2020, p 4).

 

Nayara Energy Gets Funding to Build New PP Plant at Its Vadinar Refinery

Gujarat—
Nayara Energy has secured an Rs 4,000 crore loan from an
Indian lenders’ consortium to help fund its planned polypropylene
(PP) facility at its Vadinar refinery in Gujarat,
India, reported The Economic Times.
The project involves construction of a new 450,000-t/y
PP plant at the 10-million-t/y refinery. Completion is expected
in 2023.
“The financial closure brings to fruition our growth
plans to become one of the largest integrated energy and
petrochemicals complexes in the country,” said the report
citing Nayara Chief Executive Alois Virag.
In 2019, PCN reported that Nayara was planning to invest
in a development program at the refinery, which
would be its entry into the Indian petrochemicals market
(PCN, 28 Jan 2019, p 2).
The first phase of the project was to include a 450,000-
t/y propylene recovery unit, the PP unit and a 200,000-t/y
methyl tertiary butyl ether unit.

 

Ineos Styrolution Joins U.S. Plastics Pact To Accelerate Circular Economy Progress

Chicago—
Ineos Styrolution said it has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact,
led by The Recycling Partnership and the World Wildlife
Fund in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation,
to advance a circular economy for plastics.
The company joined the U.S. Plastics Pact in its support
for collaborative, solution-driven initiatives intended
to drive significant system change in the design, use and
reuse of plastics.
U.S. Plastics Pact brings together cross-sector approaches,
setting a national strategy, and creating scalable
solutions to create a path forward toward a circular economy
for plastics in the U.S. by 2025, Ineos noted.
“We must be solution-focused,” said Ricardo Cuetos,
vice president of standard products at Ineos Styrolution
America. “It is paramount that we see innovative advancements
in sustainability and a circular economy of
plastics brought into a global reality.”

 

People on the Move

LyondellBasell—Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel, chief executive
of LyondellBasell, plans to retire from the company,
effective 31 Dec. 2021. Upon his departure, he will also
resign from the board of directors. A subcommittee has
been established to oversee the search for a new chief executive
and will consider both internal and external candidates.
Agilyx—Carsten Larsen has been appointed chief commercial
officer and senior vice president of business development,
effective 1 Sept. 2021, to succeed Bill Cooper.
Larsen most recently served as commercial director of
plastics circularity for Europe, Middle East, Africa and
Asia Pacific at Dow.
S&B Engineers and Constructors—Jeff Sipes has
joined the company in the newly created role of chief commercial
officer. He had been with Bechtel as principal vice
president and manager of global business development.
Sam Mavalwalla, most recently chief information officer
at Just Energy, has been named chief information officer
at S&B.

 

Sumitomo Chemical Building Pilot Facility To Chemically-Recycle PMMA in Japan

Tokyo—
Sumitomo Chemical said it has decided to construct a pilot
facility for the chemical recycling of polymethyl methacrylate
(PMMA) in Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.
The company has combined its expertise on methyl
methacrylate monomers and acrylic resins with Japan
Steel Works’ (JSW) continuous plastic decomposition technology
for the new plant, which is scheduled to begin pilot
tests in the fall of 2022 and start providing samples in
2023.
“In parallel with the project, the company will work to
develop a recycling system for PMMA, from collection of
used acrylic resin to recycling and reprocessing into products,
aiming for early commercialization of chemicallyrecycled
PMMA,” Sumitomo noted.
Nippura Co. will supply the used acrylic resin to the pilot
plant. In order to commercialize chemically-recycled
PMMA, Sumitomo will begin to study the development of a
stable raw materials procurement system.
According to Sumitomo, global demand for acrylic resins
exceeded 1.3-million tons last year, and is expected to
continue to grow steadily in the future.

 

Occidental Chemical Closing N.Y. Plant Due to Market Conditions, Rail Costs

Buffalo—
Occidental Chemical Corp. (OxyChem) announced it is closing
its manufacturing operation in Niagara Falls, N.Y., due
to “unfavorable” regional market conditions, as well as
“unreasonable and continually escalating” rail transportation
costs.
According to OxyChem’s website, its produces chlorine,
hydrochloric acid, sodium hypochlorite and caustic soda at
the Niagara Falls site.
“OxyChem and the Niagara Falls plant employees have
made significant efforts over the last several years to give
this facility the opportunity to be viable,” said the company.
“Despite these efforts, the plant continues to have a
negative economic outlook.”
The facility will close in about 90 days, according to
several local news reports.
OxyChem will maintain certain corporate service functions
in the area. In addition, employees of Glenn Springs
Holdings, an affiliate of OxyChem, will oversee the Niagara
Falls property following decommissioning of the facility.

 

Asahi Kasei Closing Asaflex Business

Tokyo—Asahi
Kasei has decided to discontinue its Asaflex clear styrenic
block copolymer business at its Kawasaki, Japan, site in
2023.
The company has manufactured Asaflex since 1982,
supplying customers around the world. “Recently, however,
with the deterioration of its profitability caused by
environmental factors, such as obscure business prospects
in major markets, it has become difficult to formulate a
strategy for future expansion,” Asahi Kasei noted. “The
decision was thus made to discontinue the business.”
Manufacturing of Asaflex is scheduled to end on 31
Mar. 2023, with sales of the product planned to be discontinued
on 30 Sept. 2023.

 

BASF Constructing Pilot Plant Center For Production of Chemical Catalysts

Berlin—BASF
is building a pilot plant center to serve as a global hub for
pilot-scale production and process innovations of chemical
catalysts at its Ludwigshafen site in Germany.
The new Catalyst Development and Solids Processing
Center, scheduled to be completed by mid-2024, will help
chemical catalyst experts transfer laboratory recipes to a
production scale more quickly, and manufacture sample
quantities of new catalysts on a technical scale with short
lead times.
“The new Catalyst Development and Solids Processing
Center strengthens our focus on innovative and sustainable
solutions that benefit our customers and the environment,”
said Dr. Peter Schuhmacher, president of catalysts
at BASF.
“It is a strong sign of our continuous commitment to innovation
in our chemical catalysts portfolio. It allows us to
more quickly respond to market needs and contribute to a
more sustainable chemical industry.”

 

Acron Selects Stamicarbon Technology For Second Urea Granulation Plant

Moscow—
Stamicarbon has been chosen by Acron to supply its technology
for a second urea granulation unit at Acron’s site in
Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
“The new granulation plant will be built based on the
same design as Acron’s first granulation plant, successfully
commissioned in 2020, despite the challenges presented by
the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Vladimir Trunov,
deputy director general for organization and support of
projects at Acron Engineering Research and Design Center.
The technology supplied by Stamicarbon, offers both investment
and operating cost savings, while meeting environmental
requirements, Stamicarbon noted. Cost of the
project and an expected completion date were not given.

 

Braskem Doubles ETBE Production

Brasília—
Braskem has doubled its production capacity for ethyl tertiary
butyl ether (ETBE) at its Triunfo complex in Rio
Grande do Sul, Brazil.
The project, which cost more than R$5-million, involved
converting it methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) unit at
the complex, including adjustments in the plant, asset recovery
and procurement of a strainer for receiving hydrated
ethanol, a raw material used as a methanol replacement.
Capacity was not given.
ETBE, which has been produced in the Camacari complex
in Bahia State since 2009, is obtained from the reaction
of ethanol (43%) and isobutene (57%), Braskem explained.
Since it contains raw materials from renewable
resources, it is a sustainable alternative to MTBE.
“In addition to the benefits associated with sustainability,
doubling the production volume meets the growing demand
of ETBE clients, a product that meets the requirements
of biofuel mandates in different markets, especially
in European and Asia countries,” said Eduardo Camelyer,
commercial manager of blendstocks, GLP and fuel oil.

 

Tecnicas Reunidas Awarded EPC Contract For QP’s North Field Expansion Project

Doha—Qatar
Petroleum (QP) said it has awarded a “major” engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Tecnicas
Reunidas for its North Field liquefied natural gas (LNG)
expansion project in Ras Laffan, Qatar (PCN, 15 Feb 2021,
p 2).
North Field Expansion Project involves the North Field
East (NFE) project, which will raise Qatar’s LNG production
capacity to 110-million t/y from 77-million t/y, and the
North Field South (NFS) project that will further increase
the production capacity to 126-million t/y.
Tecnicas Reunidas will act as EPC contractor for the
expansion of existing liquid products (condensate, propane
and butane) storage and loading facilities, and the expansion
of import facilities for monethylene glycol within Ras
Laffan Industrial City, as well as other ancillary facilities
and pipelines serving the North Field Expansion Project.
The new facilities will be used to handle liquid products
from four new LNG trains, each with a capacity of 8-
million t/y, comprising the NFE project. The trains are
expected to start up before the end of 2025.
The facilities will also support the two new 8-million-t/y
LNG trains of the NFS Project, planned to begin production
in 2027.
Ethane from the projects will feed a new world-scale
petrochemical complex that QP is planning with Chevron
Phillips Chemical Co. at Ras Laffan.
The complex would include a 1.9-million-t/y ethane
cracker, as well as two high-density polyethylene units
with a combined capacity of 1.68-million t/y. Start-up is
scheduled in late 2025.

 

Black Diamond to Become Sole Owner Of Specialty Chemicals International

Brussels—The
European Commission, under the European Union Merger
Regulation, has approved the acquisition of sole control of
Specialty Chemicals International by Black Diamond Capital
Management.
Specialty Chemicals International, a holding company
for Polynt-Reichhold, is active in the development, production
and distribution of specialty chemicals and performance
chemicals.
The commission concluded that the proposed acquisition
would raise no competition concerns, given that Black
Diamond already holds joint control over Specialty Chemicals
International.

 

Naftogaz, RWE Sign MoU to Explore Opportunities in Green Hydrogen

Essen—Ukraine’s
Naftogaz and RWE Supply & Trading of Germany have
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore
mutually beneficial opportunities to cooperate along the
full value chain of green hydrogen and its derivatives produced
in Ukraine.
The agreement includes the development of green hydrogen
and ammonia production and storage in Ukraine
and its import to Germany.
In addition, the parties intend to jointly explore commercial
opportunities for the sale of Ukrainian green hydrogen
in European markets, with a focus on RWE’s core
markets.
Naftogaz and RWE will also consider sharing knowledge
of technical aspects along the green hydrogen value
chain.
“Ukraine has great potential for the development of the
hydrogen economy in cooperation with Germany,” said
Naftogaz Chief Executive Yuriy Vitrenko.
“As a national company, Naftogaz is ready to be a pillar
of this development. We consider green hydrogen as our
strategic priority, and we are happy to work on it with
RWE, our reliable partner in trade and natural gas supplies,”
he added.
“Hydrogen will be key to the decarbonization of the industry,
as certain parts cannot be electrified with renewable
energy,” noted Ulk Kerstin, member of the board of
RWE.
“As a partner of the industry, RWE is part of that solution.
We are very pleased to jointly explore with Naftogaz
opportunities for supply of green hydrogen from the
Ukraine in [the] future.”

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Gail India Selects Grace’s Unipol Process For New PP Facility at Pata PC Complex

Pata—W.R.
Grace & Co. has licensed its Unipol PP (polypropylene)
process technology to Gail (India) Ltd. for a new PP unit
being set up at Gail’s existing Pata petrochemical complex
in Uttar Pradesh, India (PCN, 2 Sept 2019, p 3).
The plant will have the capacity to produce 60,000 t/y of
PP using propylene produced at the integrated gas cracker
complex. Gail also has units for the production of linear
low-density polyethylene (PE), high-density PE and butene-
1. Cost of the project and an expected completion
date were not given.
“We are excited to partner with Grace and their Unipol
PP process technology at our existing gas cracker complex
in Pata, India,” said M.V. Iyer, director of business development
at Gail.
“The total project economics, which included a catalyst
supply agreement, made this an easy choice for us. We
plan to produce a variety of homo-, random and impactcopolymer
resins using our existing propylene supply.”

 

CTCI Beijing Finalizes First Phase of EPC Of Chimei’s ABS, AS Unit in Zhangzhou

Beijing—
CTCI’s Beijing subsidiary has begun commissioning the
first phase of Zhangzhou Chimei Chemical Co.’s (Chimei)
new acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile
styrene (AS) plant at the Zhangzhou Gulei Port Economic
Development Zone in Fujian Province, China.
The facility, expected to begin commercial operation
next month, is slated to produce 450,000 t/y of ABS and
AS. The second phase is now underway and will produce
150,000 t/y of ABS and AS. Commercial operation of the
second phase is planned to start in July 2023.
The location of the project allows quick access to required
materials, such as styrene and butadiene, as well as
fine utility resources, such as natural gas, plant air, nitrogen,
steam and wastewater treatment, CTCI noted.

 

Toray Begins Commercial Production At New ABS Resin Plant in Malaysia

Penang—Toray
Industries announced it has reached full-scale commercial
production at its new Toyolac brand acrylonitrile butadiene
styrene (ABS) resin facility at its Toray Plastics (Malaysia)
Sdn Bhd (TPM) subsidiary in Penang, Malaysia (PCN, 10
Dec 2018, p 3).
The 75,000-t/y ABS plant increases TPM’s ABS production
capacity to 425,000 t/y and Toray Group’s ABS production
capacity to 497,000 t/y.
The Toyolac range produced by Toray includes transparent
grade ABS, which offers improved anti-static,
scratch and chemical resistant properties, Toray noted.
“To boost sales in its key Chinese and Southeast Asian
markets, and in anticipation of the rising demands from
Europe, the United States of America, and India, Toray
look[s] forward to increasing its worldwide production further,
including the facilities at TPM,” it added.

 

Army to Conduct Environmental Review Of FG’s Sunshine Project in St. James

St. James—The
U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers will perform a thorough environmental
review of Formosa Group’s (FG) planned
world-scale ethylene complex, known as the Sunshine Project,
in St. James Parish, La. (PCN, 16 Nov 2020, p 2).
The two-phase project would include the production of
ethylene, linear low-density polyethylene (PE), highdensity
PE (HDPE), ethylene glycol (EG), propylene, polypropylene,
and ancillary support facilities for product loading
and utilities, including electricity and wastewater
treatment.
The second phase would involve an additional ethylene
facility, a low-density PE unit, an HDPE plant, and a second
EG facility.
An environmental impact assessment, which could take
years to complete, would review the proposed project’s potential
impacts on the quality of the human environment
in the region, reported Reuters citing a memo posted on a
Twitter feed of an Army Civil Works official.
Last November, the Army announced that it temporarily
suspended FG’s construction permit for the complex so
that it could further review certain portions of its permit
analysis. The permit remains suspended.

 

Metafrax Awards EPC Contract to Casale for Second Melamine Plant in Gubakha

Moscow—
Casale has received an engineering, procurement and construction
(EPC) contract from Metafrax Chemicals for a
second melamine unit at Metafrax’s site in Gubakha,
Perm, Russia.
The new 40,000-t/y melamine plant, based on Casale
technology, will be integrated into Metafrax’s existing
ammonia-urea-melamine (AUM) complex. Commissioning
is scheduled for 2024.
Casale will be responsible for the design, supply of all
necessary equipment and materials, construction work and
commissioning.
The AUM complex currently has a design capacity of
300,000 t/y of ammonia, 575,000 t/y of urea and 40,000 t/y
of melamine.
“The signed document marks a new stage of longstanding
fruitful cooperation between Casale and . . . Metafrax,”
said Metafrax General Director Vladimir Daut.
“We will become one of the largest producers of melamine
in Europe, provide ourselves with raw materials for
the expanding production of resins and create new hightech
jobs for residents.”

 

Indorama Ventures Enters Agreement To Purchase Oxiteno from Ultrapar

Bangkok—
Indorama Ventures (IVL) said it has agreed to acquire
Oxiteno, a subsidiary of Ultrapar, for $1.3-billion to create
a “unique” portfolio in high-value surfactants and “significantly”
extend its existing Integrated Oxides and Derivatives
(IOD) business.
The acquisition includes Oxiteno’s 11 manufacturing
plants and five research and technology centers, as well as
customers in four continents and an experienced management
team. Subject to customary closing conditions and
relevant regulatory authorities’ approval, the transaction
is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022.
“The combination of Oxiteno and IVL’s existing Integrated
Oxides & Derivatives business is highly complementary,”
said D. K. Agarwal, chief executive of the combined
PET, IOD and Fibers business.
“It gives us a presence in the high-growth Latin American
markets, and we also become a more reliable supplier
to our global customers, especially in Europe and the U.S.
“It will drive sustainable long-term value creation by
accelerating our expansion in downstream chemicals, increasing
our exposure to high-quality markets, and adding
to our R&D and sustainability credentials. The portfolio
will accelerate revenue and EBITDA growth, and deliver
cost synergies.”

 

Dow Plans Project to Increase Capacity of Methyl Acrylate at St. Charles Site

St. Charles—
Dow said it will invest in increasing the production capacity
for methyl acrylate at its St. Charles operations in Louisiana.
The project, which will have a nameplate capacity of
50,000 t/y of methyl acrylate, is scheduled to begin operations
in the first half of next year. It is expected to meet
growing market demand in North America.
Once the capacity increase comes online, the St.
Charles operations will primarily focus on the production
of methyl acrylate and 2-ethyl-hexyl-acrylate. Ethyl acrylate
production will be fully supported by the company’s
Deer Park, Texas, operations, which has the capacity to
manage existing demand for customers.
“This investment in methyl acrylate capacity will better
support our customers not only in America, but on a global
scale as well,” said Jim Knaub, global business director of
Dow Performance Monomers & Plastics Additives.
“We look forward to the possibilities that will be enabled
by the investment being made in Louisiana.”

 

Riken Technos Investing in Expansion Of PVC Compound Plant in Thailand

Bangkok—
Japanese firm Riken Technos Corp. plans to invest around
$13.7-million to expand its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound
facility near Bangkok, Thailand, according to several
Japanese media reports.
The project, being implemented to meet growing demand
in the local market, is expected to become fully operational
in the summer of 2023. Capacity was not given.
The PVC compound facility is operated by Riken (Thailand)
Co., a venture of Riken Technos (40%) and Thai Plastic
and Chemicals (35%), a subsidiary of Siam Cement
Group’s SCG Chemicals Co.

 

BP Confirms Feasibility of Export-Scale Green Hydrogen, NH3 Facility in WA

Perth—BP Australia
announced it has completed a study that confirms
the feasibility of building a new export-scale green hydrogen
and ammonia production facility using renewable energy
in Western Australia (WA).
First announced in May 2020, the study considered the
financial and technical implications for a fully integrated
renewable hydrogen and ammonia supply chain.
The study examined, among other things, the hydrogen
supply chain and domestic and export markets at demonstration
and commercial scale. It also considered three
different hydrogen technologies, and the plant power
source was modeled as a mix of solar and wind with some
battery support.
Development of the facility would require “significant”
investment in ports, water and electricity networks and
distribution, BP noted.
“This study confirms the potential for scaled-up green
hydrogen in Western Australia,” said Frederic Baudry,
president, BP Australia, and senior vice president of Fuels
& Low Carbon Solutions, Asia Pacific. “This looks particularly
promising in the mid-west of WA, which has existing
infrastructure, access to land and abundant renewable energy
resources, such as wind and solar.
“Importantly, our study also confirmed strong demand
from potential customers in the hard-to-abate sectors, and
for both local and export markets. This has the potential
to position Australia as a regional powerhouse of the energy
transition.”
The study was supported by GHD Advisory, Lightsource
BP and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

 

Odfjell Exiting Gas Carrier Segment

Oslo—Odfjell
Gas Shipowning, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Odfjell SE,
has decided to exit the gas carrier segment and has entered
into an agreement with BW Epic Kosan Ltd. (BWEK)
for the sale of two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)/ethylene
carriers, Bow Guardian and Bow Gallant.
The purchase price, which was not disclosed, will be
settled partly in cash, to be used for the full repayment of
mortgaged loans on the vessels, and partly by the issuance
of 6,889, 611 freely transferable shares (4.3% stake) in
BWEK. The transaction is expected to close before 31 Oct.
2021.

 

People on the Move

Shell—Thomas Casparie, most recently executive vice
president of chemicals, has become senior vice president of
Chemicals & Products, Europe.
Nova Chemicals—Sarah Marshall has been named to
the newly-created role of vice president of sustainability.
She was previously director of sustainability.
SNC-Lavalin—Tom Hasker, most recently chief executive
of Keross LLC, has rejoined SNC-Lavalin in the newly
created role of Australia Chief Executive.
Tomra—Tove Andersen has joined the company as
president and chief executive, succeeding Stefan Ranstrand.
Andersen comes from Yara International, where
she was executive vice president, Europe.

 

Thyssenkrupp Gets Contract from Helios For Green Hydrogen, Ammonia in UAE

Abu Dhabi—
Helios has awarded a contract to Thyssenkrupp to perform
a technical study for a new green hydrogen and green ammonia
project at Kizad in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
(UAE).
The two-phase project, estimated to cost over $1-billion,
will utilize Thyssenkrupp’s green hydrogen and green ammonia
technologies. It will include a multi-megawatt electrolyzer
plant and an ammonia production facility with the
capacity to produce a total of 40,000 t/y of green hydrogen
and 200,000 t/y of green ammonia at peak capacity.
The Helios facility will be powered by a dedicated 800-
megawatt solar power plant within Kizad. An expected
completion date was not given.
“This project is another important milestone . . . in the
UAE’s shift to a lower carbon renewable energy future,”
said Helios Managing Director M. K. Saiyed.
“The new facility will produce green ammonia, which is
an energy carrier that enables easy transportation of renewable
energy, e.g. via ship. It can also be used as emission-
free transport fuel and in the fertilizer and chemical
industries.”

 

HIF Breaks Ground on Haru Oni Project To Produce Green Methanol in Chile

Punta Arenas—
The Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF) consortium has begun
construction on Haru Oni, a green hydrogen pilot project
that will use wind energy to produce green methanol (emethanol)
in Punta Arenas, Chile.
The consortium, consisting of Siemens Energy, alongside
several international companies lead by HIF, will establish
the “world’s first” integrated and commercial largescale
plant for the production of climate neutral e-fuel, according
to Siemens.
In the pilot phase, e-methanol production will initially
reach around 750,000 liters/yr by 2022. A portion of the
methanol will be converted to 130,000 liters/yr of egasoline
by 2024 and to over 550-million liters/yr of egasoline
by 2026.

 

CB&I Storage Solutions Wins AG&P Contract For PLNG Import & Gasification Terminal

Manila—
Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Co. of Manila (AG&P) has
awarded an engineering, procurement and construction
(EPC) contract to McDermott International’s CB&I Storage
Solutions business for its Philippines LNG (PLNG) liquefied
natural gas (LNG) import and gasification terminal in
Batangas Bay, Philippines.
Under the contract, CB&I Storage Solutions will be responsible
for the EPC of a second LNG storage tank and
double-wall LNG bullet. It was awarded the first LNG
storage tank by AG&P earlier this year.
The additional scope includes a 1,200-cu m shopfabricated
double wall LNG bullet and a second 60,000-cu
m full containment steel LNG tank along with geotechnical
investigation, soil improvement, foundation and topside
platform structure, pre-commissioning, purging and
commissioning activities.
Mechanical completion is scheduled for the first quarter
of next year for the LNG bullet and the second quarter of
2024 for the second tank with purging and commissioning
activities to follow.

 

Mitsubishi and Eneos Decide to Establish New Plastic-to-Oil Conversion Business

Tokyo—
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) and Eneos Corp. have
agreed to launch a joint plastic-to-oil conversion business
at MCC’s Ibaraki plant in Japan.
The partners will build a 20,000-t/y chemical recycling
facility, which will convert waste plastics into oil to be used
as raw material at both companies’ existing refinery and
naphtha cracker. Operations are planned to begin in fiscal
year 2023.
“The two companies aim to realize a highly-efficient
chemical recycling by reprocessing the oil to petroleum
products and various plastic products,” the partners noted.
“Both companies plan to achieve high added value for
products through the stable procurement of waste plastics,
the installation of certifications related to a circular economy,
and the further acquisition of technical knowledge as
a next-generation business.”

 

Shell Canada Awards Worley Contract For New CCS Project at Scotford Site

Calgary—
Worley has received an engineering services contract from
Shell Canada Products for a planned large-scale carbon
capture and storage (CCS) project at Shell’s Scotford Complex
near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (PCN, 19-26 July
2021, p 4).
In the initial phase, the Polaris project would capture
and store around 750,000 t/y of carbon dioxide (CO2) from
Shell’s refinery and chemicals plant at the complex. It
would cut the company’s direct and indirect emissions
(Scopes 1 and 2) by up to 40% from the refinery and by up
to 30% from the chemicals facility.
The second phase involves setting up a new CO2 storage
hub in Alberta, further decarbonizing Shell’s facilities
and storing emissions on behalf of third-party industry
sources. The project could serve as a CO2 storage hub for
over 10-million t/y of CO2, fully built, conditional on acquiring
pore space leases from the Province of Alberta.
Subject to a final investment decision by Shell, which is
expected in 2023, Polaris would have a storage capacity of
about 300-million tons of CO2 over the life of the project.
The first phase is expected to begin operations around
2025.
Worley will provide preliminary front-end engineering
and design services for the project.

 

Ineos Styrolution Latest to Join Cyclyx

Portsmouth—
Cyclyx International, a consortium-based feedstock
management company, announced that Ineos Styrolution
has joined the consortium as a founding member.
As a member, Ineos Styrolution will have access to the
Cyclyx platform, which includes chemical characterization
of plastics and predictive modeling of feedstock sources to
product pathways, custom feedstock recipes, and customized
supply chains.
“These innovations aim to deliver waste plastic feedstock
appropriate for all existing and new mechanical and
advanced recycling pathways,” Cyclyx noted.
Additionally, Ricardo Cuetos, vice president of Ineos
Styrolution America, will join the Cyclyx board. He will
actively contribute to innovative advancements in the sustainability
and circular economy of plastics.

 

AFPM’s 2021 International PC Conference Being Held 17-19 October in San Antonio

Austin—The
American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
has scheduled its 2021 International Petrochemical Conference
(IPC) for 17-19 Oct. 2021 at the Grand Hyatt San
Antonio in Texas.
Cancelled last year due to COVID-19, the event will be
based on the theme “Remaining Resilient and Building a
Sustainable Future.”
The IPC will focus on several topics, including Disruptors
& Recovery in the Petrochemical Industry—The Current
and Future State of the Industry in the post-COVID
Era, and The Future of Sustainability—Innovation, Ingenuity,
and Collaboration in the Petrochemical Industry.
The conference will also cover industry trends and updates
and include a CEO panel, as well as virtual access to
education sessions.
For more details or to register, visit AFPM’s website at
https://www.afpm.org/events/2926d800000001.

 

Proman & Global Energy Group Agree To Develop Green Methanol Project

Edinburgh—
Proman and UK port operator Global Energy Group (GEG)
have entered into an agreement to develop an industrialscale
renewable power-to-methanol plant and export facility
at GEG’s Nigg Oil Terminal in Scotland.
The project, known as the Cromarty Clean Fuels Project,
would utilize recycled carbon dioxide and hydrogen
produced from renewable electricity, using proven technologies,
such as electrolysis, to produce green methanol.
Cromarty Clean Fuels Project is subject to successful
completion of ongoing financial and technical feasibility
studies, and further development and financing of the project.
Proman would be owner, operator and offtaker of the
methanol facility. A schedule was not available.
“Onshore and offshore wind is one of the world’s fastest
growing sources of energy; however, wind power must be
dispatched as soon as it is produced, even if there is not
enough demand for electricity,” said GEG Chief Executive
Tim Cornelius. “When this happens, operators have little
choice but to disconnect the renewable source from the
grid, leading to wasted energy and costs for governments
and operators.
“This plant will have the capability of harnessing excess
power to produce green methanol, which can then be used
as an automotive or shipping fuel, or as a chemical building
block in thousands of everyday products.”

 

Eneos, Nippon and Mitsubishi Consider Manufacture, Sale of Bio-Derivatives

Tokyo—Eneos
Corp., Nippon Shokubai Co. and Mitsubishi Corp. have
agreed to study the feasibility of manufacturing and selling
ethylene derivatives from bio-based raw materials (bioderivatives).
Nippon Shokubai manufactures and sells ethylene oxide
using ethylene from petroleum products produced by
Eneos. Mitsubishi’s expertise is to supply stability in
chemical products and raw materials, as well as business
development and marketing capabilities in bio-based and
eco-friendly raw materials.
“By leveraging our respective strengths, our companies
shall endeavor to forge Japan’s first bio-derivatives supply
chain, thereby better equipping us to contribute to the realization
of a low-carbon and carbon-free society, and circular
economy,” Nippon Shokubai noted. Operations are
planned to begin in fiscal year 2024.

 

Yara and Partners Launch HEGRA For Norwegian Green NH3 Project

Oslo—Yara International,
Aker Clean Hydrogen and Statkraft have
launched Heroya Green Ammonia (HEGRA), co-owned by
the partners, to establish a large-scale green ammonia project
at Yara’s existing ammonia plant at Heroya, Porsgrunn,
Norway (PCN, 22 Feb 2021, p 3).
The partners will target green hydrogen and green
ammonia opportunities within shipping, agriculture and
industrial applications by electrifying and decarbonizing
Yara’s ammonia facility, with the aim of fully removing
carbon dioxide emissions from ammonia production.
The project could be realized within five to seven years,
provided power is available at the site and the required
public co-funding is secured. The partners also have future
plans to explore the potential for green ammonia production
in Northern Norway.
“The timing of HEGRA is important because it will be
key to establish a well-functioning domestic and regional
market before the global demand for ammonia increases,”
said Auke Lont, chair of HEGRA’s board.
“We look forward to engaging with authorities and the
industry on how to realize one of the first large-scale industrial
projects within green hydrogen and ammonia in
Norway.”

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KBR Wins Ethylene Technology Contract For PKN Orlen’s Plock Olefins Complex

Plock—
Hyundai Engineering and Tecnicas Reunidas have
awarded an ethylene technology contract to KBR for PKN
Orlen’s Olefins Complex III project in Plock, Poland (PCN,
31 May 2021, p 1).
The complex will include a new 740,000-t/y steam
cracker and five additional production units, including a
large ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol plant.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide technology
license, basic engineering design and proprietary
equipment for its Selective Cracking Optimum Recovery
ethylene (SCORE) technology.
“KBR is privileged to be selected as the ethylene technology
licensor for this ambitious project and contribute to
PKN Orlen’s growth and sustainability objectives,” noted
Doug Kelly, president of technology at KBR.
“SCORE continues to lead the industry in delivering the
highest yields and operational flexibility, while minimizing
the carbon footprint.”
PKN Orlen earlier said the project would be the “largest”
petrochemical investment in Europe in the last 20
years.

 

PureCycle & SK Global Chem Sign MoU To Build PP Recycling Unit in S. Korea

Seoul—
PureCycle Technologies said it has signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) with SK Global Chemical as a first
step to enable the building and operating of a polypropylene
(PP) recycling facility in South Korea.
The proposed plant, which would transform PP waste
into ultra-pure PP resin (UPRP), would allow the partners
to work toward solving the ongoing plastic water “crisis” in
South Korea and globally. No other details on the planned
project were available.
“Partnering with the leading recycling waste company
in South Korea is a major milestone for PureCycle,” noted
PureCycle Chief Executive Mike Otworth.
“We are bringing together a premier team of experts to
achieve our goal of recycling 1-billion pounds of polypropylene
waste by 2025.
“The sad reality is that 91% of plastic waste is not recycled.
That is exactly why our work with SK Global Chemical
will be incredibly important to reducing plastic waste
and helping society view plastic as an infinitely sustainable
material.”
PureCycle uses proprietary technology that can process
a wide range of waste PP with varying levels of contamination
and effectively remove the containments to create
UPRP.

 

Prime Polymer Picks Toyo Engineering To Build PP Facility at Ichihara Site

Tokyo—Prime
Polymer, a subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals and Idemitsu
Kosan, has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction
contract to Toyo Engineering for a new polypropylene
(PP) plant at its Ichihara site in Chiba, Japan
(PCN, 7 June 2021, p 1).
The 200,000-t/y PP unit will be based on Mitsui Chemicals’
Hypol process to enable the production of highperformance
PP. Completion is scheduled for 2024. Value
of the contract was not given.
Prime Polymer earlier said the PP facility is part of a
“scrap-and-build” style restructuring of its production systems,
which is expected to result in a reduction of around
70,000 t/y of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

NatureWorks Gets Approval to Build New Ingeo PLA Production Plant

Bangkok—PTT
Global Chemical (GC) and Cargill, joint owners of Nature-
Works, have approved construction of NatureWorks’ new
Ingeo polylactic acid (PLA) manufacturing complex at the
Nakhon Sawan Biocomplex in Nakhon Sawan Province,
Thailand (PCN, 7 June 2021, p 4).
The complex, estimated to cost over $600-million, will
include production sites for lactic acid, lactide and polymer,
making it the world’s “first” PLA facility designed to be
fully integrated, NatureWorks noted.
The PLA plant will have 75,000 t/y of Ingeo biopolymer
production capacity. Construction is expected to begin in
the second quarter of next year, with operations beginning
in 2024.
Jacobs, who previously provided the front-end engineering
design for the project, will now complete final detailed
engineering. IAG has been chosen to partner with
NatureWorks on engineering and construction, providing
project management, project controls and procurement
services.

 

Sinochem Starts Up New EVA Facility, Part of Quanzhou Expansion Project

Beijing—
Sinochem Quanzhou Petrochemical Co. has launched a
new ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer plant at its
ethylene and refining expansion project in Quanzhou, Fujian
Province, China (PCN, 14 Dec 2020, p 1).
The EVA plant will help to meet demand in South
China and contribute towards economic development in the
region, the company noted. Capacity of the unit was not
available.
Late last year, the company launched a new 1-milliont/
y ethylene facility and a 400,000-t/y high-density polyethylene
plant at the site, part of Sinochem’s ongoing expansion
project.
PCN earlier reported that the project would also include
a 350,000-t/y polypropylene unit, an 800,000-t/y paraxylene
plant, a 300,000-t/y aromatics extraction unit, and
expanding refining capacity by 60,000 b/d to 300,000 b/d.

 

Acron Completes Comprehensive Revamp Of Urea-6 Unit at Veliky Novgorod Site

Moscow—
Acron said it has concluded an $85-million comprehensive
overhaul of its Urea-6 plant at its site in Veliky Novgorod,
Russia.
The upgrades to the unit have more than tripled capacity
to 2,050 t/d from 600 t/d, making Acron the “largest”
urea facility both in Russia and in Europe, the company
noted. Acron Engineering was the general designer.
“Right now we are focusing on projects that make
maximum use of our existing production potential,” said
Alexander Popov, chairman of the board of directors. “The
Urea-6+ project is the flagship for Acron’s highly efficient
projects with small payback periods. Importantly, it also
aligns with the company’s ESG strategy.
“The high-performance, state-of-the-art integrated sewage
treatment unit installed at our upgraded urea facility
will significantly mitigate Acron’s environmental impact.
Urea production involves the use of carbon dioxide [CO2],
and the project will reduce CO2 emissions by over 350,000
t/y.”
The Urea-6 unit was originally commissioned in late
2018 (PCN, 10 Dec 2018, p 3).

 

LG Chem Mass Produces World’s ‘First’ ISCC Plus Certified Bio-Balanced SAP

Yeosu—LG
Chem recently announced it has mass-produced the world’s
“first” ISCC Plus certified bio-balanced super absorbent
polymer (SAP) at its plant it Yeosu, South Korea.
Last year, LG and Neste entered into a partnership for
the supply of renewable hydrocarbons to LG for the production
of renewable polymer and chemical products, and
since last month, it began full-fledged production of SAP.
LG aims to launch a total of nine bio-balanced products
within the year, with ISCC Plus certification, including
SAP, such as polyolefins, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
and polyvinyl chloride.
The SAP is part of LG’s recently launched LETZero
brand of eco-friendly products.

 

Mitsui & Co. and CF Industries Ink MoU For U.S.-Based Blue Ammonia Projects

Deerfield—
Mitsui & Co. and CF Industries Holdings have signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly explore
the development of blue ammonia projects in the U.S.
Under the MoU, the parties plan to execute various preliminary
studies on the feasibility of the planned projects.
Some of the areas they will study include establishing blue
ammonia supply and supply chain infrastructure, carbon
dioxide transportation and storage, expected environmental
impact, and blue ammonia economics and marketing
opportunities in Japan and other countries.
“As countries and industries continue to develop plans
to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, there is broad interest
in blue and green hydrogen and ammonia to help meet
the world’s clean energy needs,” said Tony Will, president
and chief executive of CF Industries Holdings.
“CF Industries and Mitsui share a belief that blue ammonia
will play a critical role in accelerating the world’s
transition to clean energy and that demand for blue ammonia
will grow meaningfully.”

 

Nizhnekamskneftekhim Selects Contractors To Construct New PP Plant in Tatarstan

Moscow—
Nizhnekamskneftekhim has awarded contracts to China
Machinery Engineering Corp. and China Huanqiu Contracting
& Engineering Co. to build a new polypropylene
(PP) production facility in Tatarstan, Russia, according to a
local news report.
The 400,000-t/y PP unit will utilize LyondellBasell’s
Spheripol technology (PCN, 5 July 2021, p 4). Value of the
contracts and a schedule for the project were not given.

 

Lummus Achieves ‘Successful’ Start-Up Of New CDAlky Unit at ZPC Refinery

Beijing—
Lummus Technology announced the “successful” start-up
of its new CDAlky alkylation unit at Zhejiang Petroleum &
Chemical Co. Ltd.’s (ZPC) refinery in Zhejiang Province,
China.
The 45,000-BPSD alkylation unit processes C4s from
upstream refining and petrochemical units, resulting in a
“very high” concentration of isobutylene in the total olefins
blend, while producing a “superior” alkylate quality, Lummus
noted.
“Given the unit’s unique and advanced features, such as
the scale and the nature of the feedstock, this achievement
reflects Lummus’ ability to adapt, innovate and collaborate
closely with our customers,” said Lummus Technology
President and Chief Executive Leon de Bruyn.

 

Gulei PC Starts Operating EO/EG Facility

Beijing—
Fujian Gulei Petrochemical (Gulei PC) has begun operation
of its new ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol (EO/EG) facility in
Fujian Province, China, reported Argus Media.
The EO/EG unit, located in Zhangzhou, has 100,000 t/y
of EO capacity and 700,000 t/y of EG capacity (PCN, 12
Apr 2021, p 2).
The project also includes a 1-million-t/y ethylene
cracker, a 600,000-t/y styrene monomer unit and a
300,000-t/y ethylene vinyl acetate plant, which are expected
to start up in the third quarter of 2021, as well as a
350,000-t/y polypropylene plant, which was started up earlier
this year.
Gulei PC is owned 25% by Sinopec, 25% by Fujian
Chemical and 50% by Xuteng Investment.

 

People on the Move

Birla Carbon—John Loudermilk, most recently chief
operating officer, has become chief executive.
Borealis—Thomas Reutter has joined the company as
vice president, product asset management and supply
chain. He was previously senior product director for linear
low-density polyethylene at Dow.
Viridis Chemical—Keith Terhune has been named
senior vice president of operations. He was previously
with Baker Hughes for eight years and with Eastman
Chemical Co. for 19 years.
Enterprise Products Partners—Carrie L. Weaver,
most recently vice president, commercial, regulated pipelines
for the eastern region, has been named vice president,
commercial, evolutionary technology.

 

SK Global Chemical Invests $10-Million In Two Closed Loop Partners’ Funds

New York—SK
Global Chemical (SKGC) announced a $10-million investment
in two of Closed Loop Partners’ funds—Closed Loop
Circular Plastics Fund and the Closed Loop Leadership
Fund—to advance circular business models, scalable recycling
technologies, and materials recovery infrastructure in
the U.S. and Canada.
The investment will help increase the supply of highquality
recycled content to meet growing demand, return
valuable materials to manufacturing supply chains and
ultimately reduce extraction of virgin resources, SKGC
noted.
SKGC’s support of the Closed Loop Circular Plastics
Fund bring the fund closer to its goal of deploying $100-
million to advance the recovery of plastics in the two countries.
The Fund will invest in three strategic areas to increase
the amount of high-quality recycled plastic available:
 Access–Boosting the collection of targeted polyethylene
(PE) and polypropylene (PP) plastics by advancing
current and next-generation material collection
systems.
 Optimization–Upgrading recycling systems to more
efficiently aggregate, classify and sort the targeted
plastics to increase the total amount of high-quality
plastic, including food- and medical-grade plastic,
sent for manufacturing.
 Manufacturing–Investing in facilities and equipment
that manufacture finished products, packaging
or related goods using recycled content, including
recycled PE and PP.
The Closed Loop Leadership Fund, Closed Loop Partners’
private equity arm, is a complementary market rate
strategy that proves the growth and profitability of circular
economy business models.
The Fund acquires and scales best-in-class companies
along the value chain to build circular supply chain in the
U.S.—focused on extending the useful life of materials,
including plastics and packaging, organics, electronics and
apparel.
Since its establishment in 2014, Closed Loop Partners
has made more than 50 investments, diverting over 4,600
million pounds of materials from landfills and back into
manufacturing supply chains.

 

Nissan Restructuring Chems Business; Will Terminate Melamine Production

Tokyo—Nissan
Chemical Co. has decided to discontinue melamine production
at its Toyama City, Japan, plant in June 2022 in order
to restructure its chemicals business.
The company will concentrate its management resources
on high value-added products and high market
share products with expansion of sales and reduction of
costs, thereby boosting the profitability of its chemicals
business.
“In recent years, global production capacity of melamine
has greatly exceeded the demand, and price competition
with overseas manufacturers has intensified,” Nissan said.
“Consequently, the profitability of this business has deteriorated
significantly.”
Nissan will continue to produce melamine derivatives
through the purchase of melamine from other suppliers.

 

ET’s Acquisition of Enable Midstream Expected to Close in 2nd Half of ‘21

Dallas—Energy
Transfer (ET), in its second quarter results for 2021, said it
expects to finalize the approximately $7.2-billion purchase
of Enable Midstream Partners in the second half of this
year (PCN, 22 Feb 2021, p2).
Enable owns, operates and develops “strategically located”
natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets in
the U.S., the companies earlier said.
The assets include about 14,000 miles of natural gas,
crude oil, condensate and produced water gathering pipelines;
around 2.6-billion cu ft/d of natural gas processing
capacity; approximately 7,800 miles of interstate pipelines
(including Southeast Supply Header of which Enable owns
50%); about 2,200 miles of intrastate pipelines, and seven
natural gas storage units comprising 84.5-billion cu ft of
storage capacity.
Acquiring Enable will increase ET’s footprint across
multiple regions and provide increased connectivity for
ET’s natural gas and natural gas liquid transportation
businesses, ET said. The transaction was originally
planned to close in mid-2021.
The parties are still working toward obtaining Hart-
Scott-Rodino Act clearance for the merger.

 

IFL Starts Up 2nd Ammonia-Urea Line At Its Port Harcourt Site in Nigeria

Lagos—Indorama
Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd. (IFL) has started up
and begun production at a second ammonia and urea line
(Line 2) at its site in Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PCN, 21 May
2018, p 1).
Line 2 has a production capacity of 2,300 t/d of ammonia
and 4,000 t/d of granulated urea, and includes relevant
utilities and offsite facilities.
Toyo provided the technology licensing for its ACES21
urea technology, as well as basic design, detail engineering,
procurement and commissioning services for the project.
KBR licensed its ammonia technology and was responsible
for the basic engineering design, proprietary equipment
and catalyst.
IFL commissioned the first line in late 2016, which cost
around $4.4-billion and also included a 2,300-t/d ammonia
plant and 4,000-t/d urea granulation unit.
With commissioning of the second line, IFL is the “largest”
urea producer in Africa, IFL noted.

 

Dialog, Diyou Fibre Ink MoU to Set Up New Recycled PET Production Unit

Kuala Lumpur—
Dialog Group has signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with Diyou Fibre to establish a special purpose vehicle
(SPV) to build, own and operate a food-grade recycled
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pellets production facility
in Malaysia, according to several media reports.
The proposed plant, expected to require an investment
of around $25-million, would be Dialog’s “first” investment
into the downstream petrochemicals business, reported
The Star.
Dialog would own a 51% equity stake in the SPV, while
Diyou Fibre, a Malaysian recycling and manufacturing
company, would hold the remaining 49% interest.

 

ADNOC & Fertiglobe Partner to Deliver Blue Ammonia to Customers in Japan

Abu Dhabi—
Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) and Fertiglobe have
formed a partnership for the production of blue ammonia
for ADNOC’s customers in Japan.
Fertiglobe, a 58-42 partnership of OCI and ADNOC, is
producing blue ammonia at its Fertil plant at the Ruwais
Industrial Complex in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
(UAE), for delivery to ADNOC’s Japanese customers.
ADNOC recently sold its “first” cargo of blue ammonia
to Itochu for use in fertilizer production in Japan, and now
has an agreement to sell blue ammonia to Idemitsu for use
in its Japanese refining and petrochemicals operations.
“I am pleased that Fertiglobe is growing its low-carbon
production capabilities in partnership with ADNOC,” said
Nassef Sawiris, executive chairman of OCI and chief executive
of Fertiglobe.
“As a result of decarbonizing the feedstock supply, we
can materially reduce the carbon intensity of our downstream
customers along the value chain and across a wide
range of industries.
“We are pleased to leverage the Fertiglobe and ADNOC
platforms to help decarbonize our production and customers’
footprints, while creating value to shareholders, a winwin
across the board.
“This project shows that Fertiglobe is on track to become
a global leader in low-carbon solutions, leveraging its
globally leading position in ammonia.”

 

LyondellBasell Joins Cyclyx International

Houston—
LyondellBasell is the latest company to join consortiumbased
feedstock management firm Cyclyx International as
a founding member.
In addition, Ganesh Nagarajan, associate director,
polymers business development and projects at Lyondell-
Basell, has joined the executive advisory board of Cyclyx.
“As a founding member of Cyclyx, increasing the recycling
rate of plastic waste is incredibly important to our
sustainability journey,” said Ken Lane, executive vice
president, global olefins and polyolefins, LyondellBasell.
“LyondellBasell recognizes the challenges plastic waste
brings, and we aim to be a part of the solution through our
involvement with Cyclyx, which can help us and our industry
achieve our recycling ambitions.”
LyondellBasell has pledged to produce and market 2-
million t/y of recycled and renewable-based polymers by
2030.

 

MCC Makes Final Investment Decision To Build HydroPRS Recycling Plant

Tokyo—Mitsubishi
Chemical Corp. (MCC) has decided to invest in a new
HydroPRS (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) recycling
facility at its Ibaraki plant in Japan.
The HydroPRS process, developed by Mura Technology
and licensed by KBR, converts mixed plastic waste back
into fossil-replacement oils and chemicals, enabling plastic
waste to be upgraded into new plastics and products (PCN,
21 June 2021, p 2).
The project will have the capacity to handle 20,000 t/y
of plastic waste, with the aim to initially use postindustrial
plastics. Construction is expected to be completed
in 2023. MCC is studying the possibility of increasing
capacity in the future.
“Plastic waste is polluting our environment at an
alarming rate, not to mention the carbon emissions caused
by utilizing the fossil fuels needed to make virgin plastics,”
said Mura Technology Chief Executive Dr. Steve Mahon.
“We need global, sustainable and scalable solutions today.
That is why we are taking an international approach
– to scale fast and meet the challenge head on – and we are
proud of the work that will be completed at the Ibaraki
plant.
“Our collaboration with KBR makes this kind of global
expansion possible, and we look forward to exploring new
future projects with them in Europe and Asia in the coming
months.”

 

CPI Moves Date of Tech Conference To 5-7 October 2021 in Colorado

Washington—The
Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American
Chemistry Council (ACC) will now hold its 2021 Polyurethanes
Technical Conference from 5-7 Oct. 2021 at the
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora,
Colo. (PCN, 18 Jan 2021, p 3).
The annual conference offers networking events hosted
by industry leaders and a lineup of technical education
sessions showcasing important topics of the industry. It
will also highlight the latest innovative polyurethanes
technologies.
This past January, the ACC announced that the conference
would be held from 4-6 Oct. 2021.

 

Adani Forms Petchems Subsidiary

Mumbai—Adani
Enterprises, in a regulatory filing, announced it has incorporated
a wholly-owned petrochemicals subsidiary.
The new company, Adani Petrochemicals Ltd. (APL),
was formed to set up refineries, petrochemical complexes,
specialty chemicals units, hydrogen and related chemicals
plants, and other similar units, Adani noted.
APL is incorporated in India and, as of 31 July 2021,
has yet to begin business operations.

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Tecnimont Subsidiaries Get EP Contract For KOS’ New Russian LDPE/EVA Plant

Kazan—
Kazanorgsintez (KOS) has awarded an engineering and
procurement (EP) contract to Tecnimont Planung & Industrieanlagenbau
GmbH and MT Russia LLC, subsidiaries of
Maire Tecnimont SpA, for a new low-density polyethylene
(LDPE)/ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) facility to be built in
Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia.
The 100,000-t/y LDPE/EVA plant, based on Sumitomo
technology, will be set up inside existing KOS facilities.
Completion is expected within about 40 months from the
date the contract was signed.
Under the contract, valued at around €130-million, the
Tecnimont subsidiaries will supply engineering and procurement
services under a lump sum scheme, and equipment
and material supply under a reimbursable scheme.
“We are eager to put at KOS’ service our technological
know-how, as well as our engineering and construction
capabilities to support the industrial development of
Tatarstan, with state-of-the-art technologies that will ensure
best environmentally performing standards,” said
Maire Tecnimont Group Chief Executive Pierroberto Folgiero.
“With this award, we further consolidate our very
strong track record in the Russian Federation, thanks to
our global leadership in polyolefins and the synergies
within the group.”

 

RIL Doubling PET Recycling Capacity With Recycled PSF Facility in India

Mumbai—
Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) said it is doubling its polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) recycling capacity by setting
up a recycled polyester staple fiber (PSF) manufacturing
plant in Andhra Pradesh, India.
RIL currently converts more than 2-billion postconsumer
PET bottles a year into polyester fiber at its
Barabanki, Hoshiarpur and Nagothane facilities in India.
The fibers manufactured through this process are branded
as Recron GreenGold.
Srichakra Ecotex India Pvt. Ltd. will build and operate
the new recycled PSF – Recron GreenGold and PET flakes
wash-line exclusively for RIL. Cost of the project and an
expected completion date were not given.
“The agreement with RIL provides an excellent opportunity
for Srichakra to expand its footprint into the recycled
polyester staple fiber market,” said Srichakra Ecotec
Director Srinivas Mikkilineni. “The alliance will propel
Srichakra’s commitment to reduce plastic pollution and
facilitate both organizations to advance the circular economy
for plastic waste in India.
“RIL’s industry expertise, technical knowledge, and
business assurances will allow Srichakra to research, innovate
and develop high-quality and sustainable products
for RIL’s GreenGold portfolio.”
Increasing the recycling capacity to 5-billion used PET
bottles a year will ensure that India maintains an over
90% recycling rate, RIL noted.

 

ZapSibNeftekhim Modernizing PDH Unit To Boost Russian Propylene Production

Moscow—
Sibur Holding’s ZapSibNeftekhim will modernize its propane
dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at its petrochemical
complex in Tobolsk, Russia, to increase production of
polymer-grade propylene.
The PDH unit currently produces approximately
500,000 t/y propylene. The revamp will enable it to boost
propylene production by more than 8%, to 561,000 t/y. An
expected completion date was not available.
“We are modernizing a propane dehydrogenation unit
using Honeywell UOP C3 Oleflex technology to costeffectively
boost its performance, reliability and operations,”
said Maxim Rogov, general director of ZapSib-
Neftekhim.
“The global olefin market is growing by 3% to 4% per
year, so scaling up capacity at this plant will help us to
participate in the growing market for products made from
propylene, while reducing production costs.”
UOP provides technology licensing and basic engineering
design, as well as services, equipment, catalysts and
adsorbents for the unit, Honeywell noted.

 

Balaji Receives BoD Approval to Build New Acetonitrile Manufacturing Unit

Mumbai—
Balaji Amines Ltd., in a notification to the stock exchange,
announced it has received approval from the company’s
board of directors to set up a new manufacturing plant for
acetonitrile in India.
The project, expected to cost between Rs 70 and Rs 80
crore, will involve construction of a 16,500-t/y acetonitrile
facility to meet growing demand. Balaji currently has
9,000 t/y of acetonitrile capacity. Construction is expected
to take 12 to 18 months.

 

Michelin Lets FEED Contract to McDermott For New Generation Tire Recycling Plant

Santiago—
McDermott International has been awarded a front-end
engineering design (FEED) contract from the Michelin
Group for an innovative waste tire technology for Michelin’s
first new-generation tire recycling facility being built
in Chile.
The project, which will be capable of recycling 30,000
t/y of waste tires, is being built in collaboration with Enviro,
a Swedish company that has developed a patented
technology to recover carbon black, oil, steel and gas from
end-of-life tires. Work will begin immediately and is expected
to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.
“The Michelin Group is pioneering advancements in
waste recycling technology and has once again selected
McDermott to help advance the next generation of sustainable
tires,” said Samik Mukherjee, executive vice president
and chief operating officer of McDermott International.
“This latest contract award strengthens our shared vision
for a more sustainable future and solidifies our longstanding
relationship.”

 

BASF and Sinopec Expanding Capacities At BASF-YPC Verbund Site in Nanjing

Nanjing—
BASF-YPC, a 50-50 joint venture of BASF and Sinopec,
plans to expand capacity of several downstream chemical
plants and add a new facility at their state-of-the-art Verbund
site in Nanjing, China.
The joint venture will increase production capacities for
purified ethylene oxide, ethyleneamines, ethanolamines,
propionic acid and propionic aldehyde. Capacities were not
given.
Also included in the project is construction of a new
tert-butyl acrylate plant, which will be the “first” outside of
Germany using BASF technology. The expanded and new
plants are scheduled to come on stream in 2023.
“With the envisioned investment bundle, we will introduce
state-of-the-art technologies and use the Verbund
advantages to the fullest,” noted Dr. Stephan Kothrade,
president and chairman of BASF Greater China.
“Tert-butyl acrylate as a new product in our portfolio
will further strengthen the market position of BASF-YPC,”
said Bran Jansen, president of BASF-YPC. “Based on the
20-year success, we are expanding the local capacities to
better meet the continually rising demand of our customers.”

 

Inter Pipeline Provides Progress Report On Heartland Petrochemical Complex

Calgary—Inter
Pipeline has released an update on its Heartland Petrochemical
Complex (HPC), an integrated propane dehydrogenation
(PDH) and polypropylene (PP) production facility,
which is in the final stages of completion in Strathcona
County, Alberta, Canada (PCN, 26 Apr 2021, p 2).
The project, estimated to cost around $4.3-billion, will
convert 22,000 b/d of locally sourced, low-cost propane into
around 525,000 t/y of high-value PP.
Inter Pipeline is planning a “staggered” start-up of the
complex with the commencement of PP plant operations
expected early in the second quarter of 2022. The PDH
facility, which is substantially mechanically complete, is
planned to be operational “several months later,” the company
noted.
In addition, the company has successfully negotiated an
eighth take-or-pay agreement for HPC’s production capacity
with an investment grade, multinational energy producer.
With the eighth agreement, Inter Pipeline has now secured
68% of HPC’s production capacity, close to its stated
objective to contract a minimum of 70%.

 

Correction

Correction In the 2 Aug. 2021 issue of PCN, we reported
that Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) and Thaioil have
signed definitive agreements to proceed with a capital increase
in CAP of up to $1.3-billion for a 15% stake in CAP
via a pre-emptive rights issue.
It should have read that CAP, Thaioil and SCG signed
definitive agreements to proceed with a capital increase in
CAP of up to $1.3-billion, with Thaioil obtaining a 15%
stake and SCG retaining its 30.57% stake.
If the project proceeds, Thaioil and SCG may further
collectively invest up to $400-million, not $400,000. We
apologize for any confusion we have caused.

 

KBR, Petron Scientech Ink Agreement To License Sustainable Technologies

Houston—KBR
and Petron Scientech Inc. (PSI) have entered into an alliance
agreement to license differentiated, energy-efficient,
and sustainable technologies for renewable chemicals production.
Under the agreement, KBR will be exclusive licensor for
PSI’s ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol (K-MEG), alcohol dehydration
(K-SEET), and maleic anhydride (Max-Leic)
technologies, which are used to convert ethanol into ethylene
and further derivative chemicals.
KBR will also provide engineering services for new biorefineries,
and integrate the technologies in existing refineries
and petrochemical plants to offer sustainable alternatives.
“PSI offers unique, patented, renewable and sustainable
technologies and services for broad industrial applications,
which are highly sought after today to reduce carbon
footprint and mitigate climate change,” said PSI Founder
and Chief Executive Yogendra Sarin.
“We are proud to work with KBR, who have the right
experience and leadership to help advance and commercialize
our technologies on a global scale.”

 

SABIC Launches Certified Circular PC

Riyadh—
SABIC announced the launch of its certified circular polycarbonate
(PC) resin and blends produced from postconsumer
mixed plastic waste.
The circular PC, certified by an independent third party
under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification
(ISCC PLUS) scheme, is produced through a pyrolysis
process. It has a potential carbon footprint reduction
up to 23% compared to traditional PC.

 

People on the Move

Encina Development Group—David Roesser has
joined the company as chief executive. He most recently
served as global category lead in performance chemicals at
Cargill.
Borealis—Leo Alders has been appointed acting chief
executive for Borealis’ fertilizers, melamine and technical
nitrogen business (Borealis’ nitrogen business) to succeed
Rainer Hoefling. Alders is currently chief operating officer
of Borealis’ nitrogen business.
Caliche Development Partners—Steve Markovich
has joined Caliche as chief commercial officer, succeeding
Ron Baker. Markovich was previously head of global marketing
in industrial solutions at Sasol.
Aspen Technology (AspenTech)—Jill D. Smith,
most recently president, chief operating officer and director
of Allied Minds, has been elected board chair of AspenTech
and will also be joining the Nominating and Corporate
Governance Committee. She replaces Robert M. Whelan
Jr., who will remain a member of the board.
Nexeo Plastics—Nathan Wiker has become vice president
of sales for North America. He comes from Dow,
where he was North American senior sales director for
Food & Specialty Packaging, Packaging & Specialty Plastics.

 

SK Global Chemical Finalizes Purchase Of 10% Equity Stake in Loop Industries

Montreal—
SK Global Chemical (SKGC) has completed the acquisition
of a 10% equity stake in Loop Industries for $56.5-million
(PCN, 28 June 2021, p 2).
The companies recently signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) to form a joint venture with exclusivity
to build polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic and polyester
fiber manufacturing facilities throughout Asia, using
Loop’s patented technology, which allows for waste PET
plastic and polyester fiber to be upcycled into virginquality
PET. The joint venture would be owned 51% by
SKGC and 49% by Loop.
SKGC and Loop plan to build at least of four plants by
2030, starting with a first facility in Ulsan, South Korea,
expected to begin preparation in 2022. Combined, the facilities
are expected to process about 400,000 t/y of PET
plastic and polyester fiber.

 

Gevo Recommences Isobutanol Operations At Renewable Fuels Facility in LuVerne

Englewood—
Gevo announced that production operations have restarted
at its advanced, renewable fuels production plant in
Luverne, Minn., which is expected to produce fuel-grade,
renewable isobutanol (PCN, 6-13 Apr 2020, p 2).
In the first quarter of last year, the company suspended
operations at the facility, citing the impact COVID-19 has
had on the economy and Gevo’s industry.
The renewable isobutanol (IBA) will be used as feedstock
by Gevo for the production of sustainable aviation
fuel and renewable premium gasoline at South Hampton
Resources’ hydrocarbon production plant in Silsbee, Texas.
Gevo also plans to utilize some of the IBA to develop certain
IBA specialty markets.
In addition, production operations at Luverne will allow
Gevo to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations
that may be incorporated into its state-of-the-art Net-Zero
1 production unit in Lake Preston, South Dakota, that is
scheduled to begin production in 2024.

 

Westlake Chem to Obtain Dimex From Grey Mountain Partners

Marietta—A subsidiary
of Westlake Chemical plans to purchase the parent company
of Dimex, producer of consumer products made from
post-industrial recycled (PIR) plastics, from private equity
firm Grey Mountain Partners.
Based in Marietta, Ohio, Dimex produces flexible polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE)
compounds from PIR polyethylene, PVC and TPE.
The transaction, for which a value was not given, is
subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration
or termination of the applicable waiting period under
the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements
Act of 1976. Closure is expected during the second half of
this year.
“Westlake’s pending acquisition of Dimex underscores
the company’s longstanding commitment to stewardship of
the environment and recycling, and to taking actions that
contribute to a sustainable, circular economy,” said Robert
Buesinger, executive vice president of vinyl products at
Westlake.

 

Riverrecycle, Clean Planet Energy Partner To Turn Waste Plastic into Clean Fuels

Manila—
Riverrecycle and Clean Planet Energy have signed a partnership
agreement to remove non-recyclable plastics from
rivers and the environment in Southeast Asia, and repurpose
the waste as new ultra-clean fuels.
Riverrecycle will install its waste management systems
to collect plastic waste and floating debris from the most
polluted rivers, while Clean Planet Energy will build and
operate ecoPlants, environmentally friendly facilities that
can convert the waste plastic into circular products, which
can act as fossil fuel replacements.
The partners have already begun the development
phase of the first ecoPlant and collection system in Manila,
Philippines. Construction is anticipated to begin in early
2022, with work in Indonesia to follow.

 

Oiltanking Reaches Advanced Stage Of Review of European Terminals

Hamburg—
Oiltanking said that a strategic review of its four European
terminals in Amsterdam and Terneuzen, the Netherlands;
Ghent, Belgium; and Malta has reached an advanced
stage.
Oiltanking GmbH, 3i Infrastructure, and Evos, through
Evos Finance BV, plan to enter into an agreement for the
sale and purchase of Oiltanking’s 55% stakes in the respective
entities, as well as the remaining 45% held by affiliates
of 3i Infrastructure.
The sale and purchase agreement is subject to applicable
Dutch and Belgian employee consultation procedures.

 

Lanxess Acquires Emerald Kalama

Cologne—Lanxess
said it has completed the acquisition of specialty chemicals
manufacturer Emerald Kalama Chemical at a purchase
price of around $1.04-billion, the second-largest acquisition
in its history (PCN, 22 Feb 2021, p 2).
Emerald has production sites in Kalama, Wash.; Rotterdam,
the Netherlands; and Widnes, UK, and approximately
470 employees. It had been majority-owned by private
equity firm American Securities.
“The acquisition makes Lanxess one of the leading providers
of products for flavors and fragrances – an area in
which the specialty chemicals company expects to see sustained
strong growth rates,” Lanxess noted.

 

Ecolab Forms New Global Chem BU

Naperville—
Nalco Water, the water and process management business
of Ecolab, recently announced the launch of Global Chemical,
a new strategic business unit that will focus on end-toend
holistic approaches to water, carbon and energy challenges
for a variety of chemical segments.
The new organization combines the company’s Heavy
Chemical and Downstream Chemical Process Industries
groups into a single unit.
“Global Chemical will leverage 100 years of Ecolab water
and process experience to create new, streamlined approaches
for the chemical industry that include the use of
digital ecosystems, combined with circular economy expertise,”
Nalco Water noted.

 

Genomatica Raises $118-Million to Scale Production of Its Sustainable Products

San Diego—
Genomatica has closed $118-million in Series C funding to
accelerate the global commercialization and expansion of
sustainable materials and to continue investing in new
technologies.
The round was led by life science investor Novo Holdings,
with additional participation by existing and new investors,
including Viking Global Investors, Casdin Capital
and others.
“Sustainability is a must-have for consumers and for increasingly
ESG [environmental, social and governance]-
focused investors, making it a business imperative for
brands,” said Anders Bendsen Spohr, senior partner at
Novo. “We see a massive opportunity for biological manufacturing
to help industries meet this demand for sustainable
products.
“Genomatica is creating more sustainable value chains
with both a breadth of partnerships and products that it is
distinctively executing on at commercial scales that can
deliver the kinds of impact that today’s climate crisis requires.”

 

Agilyx Advances Recycling Capabilities To Include Flame Retardant-Laden PS

Portland—
Agilyx announced a “significant” milestone in their collaboration
with a strategic technology partner, which will allow
for the recycling of brominated flame retardant-laden polystyrene
(PS) into a high purity styrene monomer.
The monomer can be used in downstream products including
PS, expandable PS, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene,
styrene butadiene rubber, styrene acrylonitrile and
unsaturated polyester resins, at a quality level equivalent
to those manufactured from any other styrene monomer,
Agilyx noted.
“This new advancement in our advanced recycling capabilities
truly demonstrates the excellence of Agilyx’s collaborations,”
stated Tim Stedman, chief executive of Agilyx.
“The ability to recycle flame retardant-laden polystyrene
not only allows this contaminated material to be part
of a sustainable recycling value chain, but it will open up
new markets that were previously closed due to the contamination
associated with these materials.
“This is an exciting step on our mission to making all
plastics circular, even those that are most distressed and
contaminated.”

 

NGC and MHTL Ink Gas Supply Contract For MHTL’s Methanol Complex in T&T

Point Lisas—
The National Gas Co. of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC) has
signed a consolidated gas supply contract (CGSC) with
Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Ltd. (MHTL) to support operations
at MHTL’s methanol complex in Point Lisas,
Trinidad and Tobago (T&T).
MHTL has five methanol facilities at the site, with a
combined capacity of over 4-million t/y, as well as an AUM
(ammonia, urea ammonium nitrate and melamine) complex
comprised of seven individual plants.
Previously, MHTL’s plants were supplied under individual
gas sales contracts; the CGSC is a single contract,
which will govern the sale of gas to the entire complex.
“Today’s agreement creates a period of stability that
will provide immediate benefit to all parts of the gas value
chain and indeed the entire national economy,” said MHTL
Managing Director Jerome Dookie.

 

SCD JV Selects Air Products Technology For NLNG’s Train 7 Project in Nigeria

Bonny—Air
Products’ liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology has been
chosen by a joint venture of Saipem, Chiyoda and Daewoo
(SCD JV), for the Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Train 7 project at
Bonny Island in Nigeria (PCN, 18 May 2020, p 3).
The project will include one complete LNG train with
approximately 8-million t/y of LNG capacity, and one combined
liquefaction unit. Air Products will provide the main
cryogenic heat exchangers (MCHE) and the process technology
for both liquefaction units. Delivery is targeted for
2023.
Air Products previously provided the MCHEs and process
technology for NLNG’s first six trains at Bonny Island,
which are currently in operation and have around 22-
million t/y of LNG capacity.
NLNG is owned by Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.
(49%), Shell (25.6%), Total (15%) and Eni (10.4%).

 

Covestro Closes Divestment of JV Shares In Dubai Polyurethane Systems House

Dubai—
Covestro has completed the sale of its 51% stake in Pearl
Covestro Polyurethane Systems FZCO, a joint venture
polyurethane systems house in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
to Pearl Industries Overseas.
With the transaction, valued in the mid-single-digit
mullion euro range, Covestro has now fully divested its
systems house business, as part of its ongoing portfolio
optimization.
In 2017, Covestro sold its North American systems
house business, followed by the sale of its European systems
house business in 2019.
Pearl Industries will operate the Dubai systems house
as Pearl Polyurethane Systems. Covestro will remain the
key supplier of polyurethane raw materials.

 

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GCGV Reaches Mechanical Completion Of MEG, PE Units Near Corpus Christi

Houston—
Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV), a 50-50 joint venture
of ExxonMobil and SABIC, has reached mechanical completion
of a monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit and two polyethylene
(PE) plants near Corpus Christi, Texas (PCN, 9
Dec 2019, p 3).
The project, anticipated to start up in the fourth quarter
of this year, will produce 1.1-million t/y of MEG and
1.3-million t/y of PE, and includes a 1.8-million-t/y ethane
steam cracker. The site will be operated by ExxonMobil.
“Gulf Coast Growth Ventures is a key development of
our plan to serve growing demand for our high value performance
products,” said ExxonMobil Chemical President
Karen McKee.
“This is truly a best-in-class project, as demonstrated in
schedule acceleration and cost competitiveness, despite the
many challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
GCGV is expected to be delivered under budget and
about 25% less than the average cost of similar projects
along the U.S. Gulf Coast, the companies noted. Start-up
was originally expected by 2022.

 

Repsol Awards EPC Contract to Tecnimont For New Polymer Plants at Sines Complex

Sines—
Tecnimont, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont, has been
awarded an engineering, procurement and construction
(EPC) contract from Repsol for two new polymer facilities,
as part of Repsol’s expansion of its Sines Industrial Complex
in Portugal (PCN, 12 July 2021, p 1).
The project, anticipated to cost around €657-million,
will include a 300,000-t/y linear polyethylene unit and a
300,000-t/y polypropylene plant, each based on “state-ofthe-
art” technologies, Maire Tecnimont noted. Operations
are expected to begin by 2025.
Valued at about €430-million, the lump sum turn-key
contract involves complete engineering services, equipment
and material supply, installation and construction activities
and, as an optional part of the scope, commissioning
and start-up.

 

LyondellBasell’s Chem Leak at La Porte Kills Two Contractors, Injures Others

La Porte—
LyondellBasell said that about 100,000 lbs of an acetic acid
mixture was released in a leak on 27 July 2021