Reliance Inks Deal to Partner with ADNOC On World-Scale Chem Project in Ruwais
Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) and Abu Dhabi National Oil
Co. (ADNOC) have signed an agreement in which RIL will
join ADNOC in a new world-scale chlor-alkali, ethylene
dichloride and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production facility
at TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais, Abu
Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (PCN, 28 June 2021, p 3).
Under the terms of the agreement, RIL and TA’ZIZ, a
joint venture of ADNOC and ADQ, will build an integrated
plant with the capacity to produce 940,000 t/y of chloralkali,
1.1-million t/y of ethylene dichloride and 360,000 t/y
of PVC. A final investment decision and awards for engineering,
procurement and construction contracts are
planned for 2022.
“We are delighted to attract an investor of Reliance’s
caliber to partner with ADNOC and ADQ in accelerating
growth at TA’ZIZ,” said UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced
Technology and ADNOC Managing Director and
Group Chief Executive Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber.
“This agreement is a significant milestone, as we continue
to grow a globally competitive industrial ecosystem
and highly attractive investor value proposition.
“In line with our 2030 strategy, we look forward to creating
further opportunities across the entire TA’ZIZ ecosystem
for the next generation of local industry. The domestic
production of critical industrial raw materials
strengthens our supply chains, drives In-Country Value
and accelerates the UAE’s economic diversification.”
IndianOil Gets Initial Approval to Build India’s ‘First’ SM Facility at Panipat
Oil Corp. (IndianOil) has received stage-1 approval from its
board of directors to set up India’s “first” styrene monomer
(SM) plant at the company’s Panipat refinery and petrochemical
complex in Haryana, India.
The proposed project, estimated to cost Rs 4,495 crore,
would include the production of 387,000 t/y of SM by 2026-
2027, reducing India’s dependence on imports of the product.
Earlier this year, IndianOil received approval for its
planned Panipat refinery expansion project, which will increase
refining capacity to 25-million t/y from 15-million t/y
As part of the Rs 32,946 crore expansion project, a new
2.5-million-t/y high severity fluidized catalytic cracking
unit, based on the company’s Indmax technology, would be
set up to allow the company to manufacture basic petrochemical
blocks – propylene and ethylene.
Shell Starts Up Europe’s ‘Largest’ Green Hydrogen Production Unit
the successful start-up of Europe’s “largest” green
hydrogen production facility at its Energy and Chemicals
Park Rheinland, near Cologne, Germany.
The new 10-megawatt PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane)
hydrogen electrolyzer uses renewable electricity to
produce up to 1,300 t/y of green hydrogen.
Plans are under way to expand capacity of the electrolyzer
to 100 megawatts at the site, where it also intends to
produce sustainable aviation fuel using renewable power
and biomass in the future. A plant for liquefied renewable
natural gas is also in development.
“Shell wants to become a leading supplier of green hydrogen
for industrial and transport customers in Germany,”
said Shell Downstream Director Huibert Vigeveno.
“We will be involved in the whole process—from power
generation, using offshore wind, to hydrogen production
and distribution across sectors. We want to be the partner
of choice for our customers as we help them decarbonize.”
Maersk, King Abdullah Port to Establish New Petrochemical Hub in Saudi Arabia
Maersk Saudi Arabia and King Abdullah Port have entered
into a strategic partnership to set up Maersk’s first
petrochemical hub in Saudi Arabia to provide logistics services
to local petrochemical exporters.
Maersk Integrated Logistics Hub, to be located at the
King Abdullah Port in King Abdullah Economic City, will
enhance the Kingdom’s logistics capabilities by adding
state-of-the-art services and technologies to the port’s offering.
The hub will serve as the focal supply chain solution,
mainly for Saudi Arabia’s petrochemical exporters, through
the large space allocated for handling and storing cargo. It
will also enable pallet handling, stuffing and shuttling.
Cost of the project and a completion date were not
Clariant and India Glycols Establish JV For Renewable EO Derivatives in India
Clariant and India Glycols Ltd. (IGL) have completed the
formation of a new joint venture, Clariant IGL Specialty
Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., for renewable ethylene oxide (EO)
derivatives in India (PCN, 15 Mar 2021, p 2).
The joint venture, owned 51% by Clariant and 49% by
IGL, combines IGL’s renewable bio-EO derivatives business,
which includes a multipurpose production plant and
an alkoxylation unit in Kashipur, Uttarakhand, India, with
Clariant’s local Industrial and Consumer Specialties business
in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Clariant IGL Specialty Chemicals will be led by Nitin
Sharma, currently head of Clariant’s Industrial and Consumer
Specialties business in South Asia. U.S. Bhartia,
chairman of IGL, will serve as chairman of the joint venture.
Rohm Begins Construction on MMA Plant At OQ Chemicals Site on U.S. Gulf Coast
Rohm announced the start of detail engineering and construction
of a new methyl methacrylate (MMA) production
facility at OQ Chemicals’ site in Bay City, Texas, on the
U.S. Gulf Coast (PCN, 8 Mat 2021, p 1).
The 250,000-t/y MMA plant will be the “first of its kind”
to utilize Rohm’s LiMA technology on a large industrial
scale, Rohm noted. Mechanical completion is expected in
2023. Value of the project was not disclosed.
The newly developed LiMA technology enables a high
yield with low energy consumption and reduced wastewater
Wood is responsible for the engineering, procurement
and construction services for the project.
“The LiMA project significantly strengthens Rohm’s position
in the MMA market,” said Ron Ayles, managing
partner at Advent International, financial sponsor of the
“At the same time, this groundbreaking technology sets
new standards for using resources efficiently and for making
notable reductions in its environmental impact.”
ExxonMobil Enters Definitive Agreement To Sell Santoprene Business to Celanese
ExxonMobil Chemical has signed a definitive agreement to
divest its global Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizates
(TPV) elastomers business to Celanese for $1.15-billion.
The sale includes two facilities in Pensacola, Fla., and
Newport, Wales, UK, with over 190,000 t/y of production
capacity; Santoprene, Dytron and Geolast trademarks and
product portfolios; all customer and supplier contracts and
agreements; comprehensive TPV intellectual property portfolio
with associated technical and research and development
assets; and about 350 employees.
Subject to regulatory, information and consultation
processes, and third-party approvals, the transaction is
scheduled to close in the fourth quarter of this year.
“Reaching this agreement with Celanese is consistent
with our strategy and allows us to focus on serving the
growing market for primary olefin derivatives, where we
can leverage our competitive advantages of industry leading
scale, integration and proprietary technology,” said
Jack Williams, senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corp.
“This transaction represents a high-return opportunity
to drive future shareholder value by deploying our excess
cash from the monetization of our passive ownership in
Polyplastics and continued strong cash generation in our
businesses,” noted Celanese Chairman and Chief Executive
“We are eager to welcome the Santoprene team to
Celanese and look forward to their contributions to our
continued growth in Engineered Materials.”
Lotte Chem Boosting ABS Production; EPS Production to be Discontinued
Chemical plans to discontinue expanded polystyrene (EPS)
production and convert the EPS facilities in South Korea to
produce acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) instead, according
to a report from BusinessKorea.
The company currently produces 670,000 t/y of ABS.
By 2023, Lotte will have a total ABS production capacity of
760,000 t/y. Cost of the project was not disclosed.
Enterprise Products Subsidiary Acquires Nova Chem’s Ethylene Storage Business
subsidiary of Enterprise Products Partners has purchased
an ethylene storage business and trading hub in Mont Belvieu,
Texas, from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nova
“The acquisition, which gives Enterprise ownership of
the largest ethylene market hub in Texas since it was established
in 2001, will complement Enterprise’s own growing
ethylene network in the region,” said Chris D’Anna,
senior vice president of petrochemicals of Enterprise’s general
“The combined system offers multiple benefits for producers,
consumers and traders, such as increased physical
connectivity, greater market liquidity and pricing transparency,
as well as improved access to Enterprise’s ethylene
midstream services, including our export terminal and
growing Gulf Coast pipeline system.”
Selling the Mont Belvieu ethylene storage business allows
Nova to focus on its core business of ethylene and
polyethylene production, noted John Thayer, senior vice
president of sales and marketing for Nova Chemicals.Value of the transaction was not given.
Yisheng Shutters Aging PTA Plant
Yisheng Petrochemical Co. has permanently shut down its
oldest purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit at its site in
Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China, Argus Media reported.
The 650,000-t/y PTA line was closed because of “weak
production margins,” due to a considerable expansion of
PTA capacity in China over the past two years, said the
report citing Yisheng.
The company expects to start up a new 3-million-t/y
PTA production line at the site early this month.
Nouryon Concludes Nobian Spin-Out
Nouryon announced the completion of the spin-out of its
base chemicals business, Nobian, into a separate company
remaining under the ownership of The Carlyle Group and
GIC, Nouryon’s equity owners (PCN, 10 May 2021, p 4).
“This is an important milestone, positioning Nouryon as
a global specialty chemicals leader,” said Charlie Shaver,
chairman and chief executive of Nouryon and chairman of
Nobian. “Our focused strategy will allow Nouryon to grow
and exceed our customers’ expectations by delivering innovative
and sustainable solutions that answer society’s
Nouryon will continue to provide transitional support
services to Nobian across multiple functional areas.
People on the Move
Encina Development Group—Aaron Domingo has
joined the company as managing director of Asia. He was
most recently senior adviser and chief representative at
Rothschild Global Financial Advisory.
Elkem ASA—Helge Aasen has been appointed interim
chief executive, while the company finds a successor for
Michael Koenig, who has left the company. The company
has initiated a succession process. Aasen is also a board
member of the company.
Dow Touts Series of Expansion Projects Aligned to Fast-Growing End-Markets
announced a series of incremental, high-return capacity
expansions to support rising demand across key endmarkets.
In the Consumer Solutions business, Dow will boost capacity
of silicone elastomers and thermally conductive materials;
silicone polymers and sealants; silicone engineered
materials and pressure sensitive adhesives, and cationic
hydroxyethylcellulose polymers and polyethylene glycols.
The projects are planned to start up, globally, throughout
Also, in the Polyurethanes & Construction Chemicals
business, Dow plans to increase propylene glycol capacity
at its existing facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, by 80,000
t/y to a total capacity of 250,000 t/y. Once complete, the
plant will be the “largest of its kind” in Asia Pacific, Dow
noted. Operations are scheduled to begin in 2024.
Frost & Sullivan Selects SABIC for ‘21 ‘Global Company of the Year’ Award
SABIC has been named “Global Company of the Year” by
consulting and research firm Frost & Sullivan, as part of
its 2021 Best Practices Recognition Program.
SABIC was awarded the title based on Frost & Sullivan’s
recent analysis of the global market for sustainability
and the circular economy of used plastics recycling and
The award recognizes SABIC’s efforts in driving forward
the development of a circular economy for used plastics
and its commitment to innovation and technology.
“SABIC’s Trucircle portfolio and services have found
significant adoption among businesses looking for commercially
and environmentally viable solutions,” noted Riana
Barnard, best practices research analyst.
“With its deep commitment to innovation and technology,
bolstered by pioneering partnerships and leadership
excellence, SABIC is all set to continue leading the global
market for more sustainable material solutions.”
Repsol, Tecnicas Reunidas Reach Agreement To Develop Decarbonization Technologies
Repsol and Tecnicas Reunidas have signed a strategic
agreement to co-develop technologies to produce bio-based
polymers and biofuels from agricultural and agri-food
The partners will also develop a new process for the
production of circular materials from used plastics, which
will be tested in one of Repsol’s industrial complexes.
Another project to be carried out by the two companies
involves optimizing the energy efficiency of industrial complexes
through the recovery of residual heat. The technology
will be implemented at the A Coruna Industrial Complex
Finally, the partners will share their knowledge, experience
and research and development resources with
other companies in the industrial sector. Small- and medium-
sized enterprises will be the main target.
This agreement is another step in Repsol’s industrial
transformation process to achieve net zero emissions by
Iran’s PGPIC Begins Construction On ‘Mega’ Petrochemical Complex
Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (PGPIC) of Iran has
started construction on the first phase of a “mega” petrochemical
complex in the Mahshahr Petrochemical Special
Economic Zone in Iran, Shana reported.
The first phase will involve construction of a facility for
the production of “1.26 tons” of ethylene and “420,000 tons”
of propylene, as well as relevant storage tanks and cooling
In the second phase, the company will build two highdensity
polyethylene (PE) plants, and units for the production
of linear low-density PE, polypropylene, monoethylene
glycol and butadiene. An expected completion date was not
“Persian Gulf Holding, while making serious efforts to
complete previous projects, feels a responsibility to begin
new large-scale projects for developing the petrochemical
industry,” said the report citing PGPIC Managing Director
LyondellBasell Buys PolyPacific Polymers; Exiting 50-50 Australian JV with Mirlex
LyondellBasell announced it has acquired 100% of Poly-
Pacific Polymers Sdn. Bhd. (PPM) for an undisclosed
Located in Port Klang, Malaysia, PPM has a 25,000-t/y
manufacturing facility for reinforced and modified polyolefin
Upon completion of the transaction, the plant will undergo
a rebranding and name change, and its employees
will become LyondellBasell employees. PPM will continue
to produce and supply the ongoing business products to its
In conjunction with the acquisition, LyondellBasell has
decided to exit PolyPlastic Pty. Ltd., a 50-50 Australian
compounding joint venture with Mirlex Pty. Ltd., making
Mirlex sole owner. No other details were available.
Maire Tecnimont, FerSam to Implement Green NH3 and Bio-Ethanol Projects
Chem and MET Development, subsidiaries of Maire Tecnimont
Group, have reached an agreement with FerSam
Uruguay, part of FerSam Group, to develop projects in
Latin America for the production of green ammonia (NH3)
Under the agreement, the partners will undertake feasibility
studies for two projects. The first project is to
evaluate and assess the possibility of jointly producing
The companies have also decided to develop a secondgeneration
bio-ethanol project, based on GranBio’s new 2G
ethanol technology in NextChem’s portfolio. The technology
produces the ethanol from non-food biomass, such as
Maire Tecnimont Group will supply technological solutions
and know-how in terms of project development, design
and engineering, and execution to the partnership,
combined with its portfolio of technologies.
FerSam will secure the biomass feedstock and energy
sources for the projects, as well as provide regulatory expertise.
Cost of the projects and schedules were not given.
Samsung and Baker Hughes to Partner On New CCUS & Hydrogen Projects
Samsung Engineering and Baker Hughes announced they
will collaborate on low- to zero-carbon projects utilizing
carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen
As part of the partnership, the parties will identify joint
business development opportunities for energy and industrial
customers to help reduce their emissions.
Baker Hughes will contribute compression and NovaLT
gas turbine technology for hydrogen, and for CCUS it will
supply flexible pipes for transportation; reservoir studies,
well construction services, flexible pipes, condition monitoring
solutions, and certain auxiliary solutions, such as
carbon dioxide compressions and liquefaction for key industrial
Samsung plans to provide engineering, procurement
and construction expertise for offering and deploying solutions
for projects across petrochemical plants, refineries,
and “cutting-edge” industrial and environmental facilities,
including water treatment and air pollution prevention
applications, the companies noted.
The companies will initially focus on projects with key
Korean customers, and will also consider expansion to
other customers or regions where there are opportunities.
IGP Converting Methanol Facilities For Production of ‘Blue Methanol’
Methanol said it is upgrading its world-scale methanol
plants in Myrtle Grove, La., to produce “blue methanol” to
meet “rapidly growing and unmet global demand” for ultra
The new design will utilize Haldor Topsoe’s Blue
Methanol technology, which uses hydrogen for heat, so
mostly water vapor, not carbon dioxide (CO2), escapes in
its exhaust, leaving no need for carbon capture.
“Our Gulf Coast Methanol Park design was already the
global leader in ultra low emissions,” noted James
Lamoureaux, chairman and co-founder of IGP. “Adopting
our partner, Haldor Topsoe’s, Blue Methanol technology
allows us to build a near-zero emission, hydrogen-fueled
“This changes the game for world-scale methanol from
this point forward. Combining these two approaches
represents one of the most promising solutions for decarbonizing
our industrial segment and is a powerful tool to
minimize or eliminate CO2.”
Borealis Acquires 10% Interest in Renasci; Will Jointly Develop Recycling Solutions
Borealis announced it has purchased a 10% interest in Renasci,
creator of the circular Smart Chain Processing (SCP)
concept, and will partner with Renasci to evolve and scale
up the SCP technology.
The SCP concept is a proprietary method of maximizing
material recovery in order to achieve zero waste. It enables
the processing of multiple waste streams using different
technologies – all under one roof.
Renasci has a new facility in Oostende, Belgium, where
mixed plastic is automatically selected and sorted multiple
times. It is then mechanically recycled, and in a second
step any remaining material is chemically recycled into
circular pyrolysis oil and lighter product fractions, which
are used to fuel the process.
Other types of sorted waste, such as metals and organic
refuse, are further processed using other technologies.
Only 5% of the original waste remains, Borealis explained,
noting that it intends to purchase the mechanically recycled
material from the Oostende facility.
The partners plan to develop future facilities, which
would source feedstock entirely from household waste.
Borealis recently agreed to source about 20,000 t/y of
circular pyrolysis oil from Renasci’s Oostende plant (PCN,
21 June 2021, p 4).
PetroChemical News Briefs
Nizhnekamskneftekhim intends to construct a new
400,000-t/y polypropylene production plant in Tatarstan,
Russia, in the “near future,” according to local media reports.
The tender has already been issued and bids have
been received from companies in Europe, Korea, Japan and
China to implement the project.
Mitsubishi Chemical has signed an agreement to license
a patent for biomass-based polyester to Kuraray.
The products covered under the license include polyethylene
terephthalate. Compared to conventional, petroleumderived
products, biomass-based polyester can be expected
to facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Sibur launched Vivilen brand of products containing
recycled waste. The brand manufactures polyethylene and
polypropylene utilizing partners’ capacities. At this stage,
the average share of recycled polymers in the Vivilen solutions
will account for about 25% of the end product depending
on its type.
Toray has opened its new Resins Technical Center
near Munich, Germany. The facility will support Toray
Resins Europe GmbH, which markets and sells high performance
resin compounds, and will support customer application