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V60 N43 – 7 November 2022

Stavian Selects Spheripol Technology For PP Production Plant in Vietnam

Hanoi—
LyondellBasell announced that its Spheripol technology
has been selected by Stavian Quang Yen Petrochemical
Ltd. (Stavian) for a world-scale polypropylene (PP) production
facility in Vietnam (PCN, 1 Aug 2022, p 3).
The new 600,000-t/y PP plant, to be built in Quang
Ninh Province, will commence operation using Lyondell-
Basell’s Avant ZN catalyst. PCN earlier reported that the
project would cost $1.5-billion and was expected to begin
commercial operations from the fourth quarter of 2026.
“We are delighted Stavian Quang Yen Petrochemical
selected LyondellBasell as its polypropylene licensor for
their first polyolefin facility,” said Neil Nadalin, director of
licensing at LyondellBasell.
“The selection of the Spheripol process will enable Stavian
to produce benchmark polypropylene resins in a stateof-
the-art process technology, allowing them to best serve
the fast growing Vietnamese polyolefin market.”

 

SK Innovation Plans Recycling Complex For Waste Plastics at Its Site in Ulsan

Seoul—SK Innovation
expects to spend $1.19-billion on construction of a
new waste plastic recycling complex in Ulsan, South Korea,
according to the Korea Herald.
The complex will house units to collect 250,000 t/y of
waste plastic and recycle around 80-90% of them. Construction
is scheduled to start next September, with startup
expected by the second half of 2025.
PureCycle Technologies and Loop Industries will supply
the technologies for the project. SK Innovation has also
announced joint ventures with the two companies to build
and operate parts of the complex.
“We expect 250,000 tons of plastic waste feedstock to
yield about 220,000 tons of pure plastic every year,” said
the report quoting Park Chun-seok, GT1 squad professional
leader at SK Geo Centric, a plastic recycling business
of SK Innovation.

 

Tecnicas Reunidas Agrees to Carry Out FEED For Australian Methanol, Blue NH3 Plant

Darwin—
Tecnicas Reunidas and Allied Methanol Pty. have entered
into an agreement in which Tecnicas will carry out the
front-end engineering design (FEED) for Allied’s new integrated
methanol and blue ammonia production facility
planned in Darwin, Australia.
The $800-million project would include a 1,350 t/d
methanol plant and a 415-t/d blue ammonia unit, both
based on Haldor Topsoe technology. Subject to securing
the necessary funding and permits, the plant is scheduled
to be commissioned in 2026.
Tecnicas is expected to carry out the FEED of the facility
in the coming months, it noted, adding that the plant
configuration would enable carbon emissions to be cut in
half compared to traditional technologies.

 

MGC & Cement Australia Ink MoU to Study Manufacture, Sale of Methanol from CO2

Canberra—
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. (MGC) and Cement Australia,
a Holcim and Heidelberg Materials joint venture company,
have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
to study the manufacture and sale of green methanol made
from carbon dioxide (CO2) in Australia.
The proposed project, which would be based on MGC’s
newly developed green methanol production technology,
would manufacture the green methanol from hydrogen and
from CO2 captured at Cement Australia’s Gladstone plant.
The project would also include the use of renewable electricity.
MGC’s Carbopath technology recycles CO2, waste plastics,
biomass and other inputs into methanol for use in
chemical products, fuel, and power generation.

 

Ineos & Plastic Energy Partner to Produce Recycled Raw Material from Plastic Waste

Koln—
Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe and Plastic Energy have
entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to
use Plastic Energy’s patented TAC recycling technology to
produce recycled raw materials from plastic waste.
The plant, based in Koln, Germany, will turn difficultto-
recycle plastic waste otherwise destined for incineration
or landfill, into 100,000 t/y of the raw material Tacoil,
which can be used to create virgin-quality polymers. Production
is targeted for the end of 2026.
In addition, Ineos will invest in technology to process
the Tacoil further before feeding it to their steam crackers,
where it will replace traditional raw materials derived
from oil.
“We are pleased to announce this project with Ineos to
further scale our portfolio of plants in Europe,” said Plastic
Energy Chief Executive Carlos Monreal. “Tacoil from our
recycling process has already been used in products that
have been commercialized on the European market, and
we look forward to working with Ineos to enable the production
of more recycled content.”

 

Pembina Plans Fourth Fractionator At Its Redwater Complex in Alberta

Alberta—Pembina
Pipeline Corp., in its third quarter 2022 results, said
it was currently developing a project to add a fourth fractionator
at its Redwater fractionation and storage complex
in Alberta, Canada.
The proposed fractionator is envisioned as a 55,000-b/d
propane-plus facility. The company continues to work toward
a final investment decision, and has recently signed
commercial agreements with three leading NEBC (Northeast
British Columbia) producers that could provide volumes
to underpin the construction of the fourth fractionator.
No other details were available.
Pembina said it believes the additional fractionator is
necessary given rising utilization at its facilities and across
the industry.

 

OMV & Wood Sign MoU to Collaborate On Commercial Licensing of ReOil

Vienna—OMV and
Wood have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
to enter into a mutually exclusive collaboration agreement
for the commercial licensing of OMV’s ReOil technology.
The patented chemical recycling technology converts
end-of-life plastic waste into pyrolysis oil, which is primarily
used to produce new high-quality, sustainable plastics.
The parties expect to agree on a binding cooperation by the
middle of next year.
Last December, OMV made a final investment decision
to build a 16,000-t/y ReOil demo unit at its site Schwechat,
Austria, with operations expected to start in 2023 (PCN, 14
Mar 2022, p 3). The unit will be fully integrated within the
petrochemical site at the Schwechat refinery.
By the end of 2026, OMV plans to further scale-up
ReOil into a fully industrial-scale chemical recycling facility
with a processing capacity of 200,000 t/y at the refinery.
OMV and Wood intend to jointly bring the ReOil technology
to the market and possibly integrate some of Wood’s
other complementary technologies, the parties noted.
They will form a joint ‘technology and engineering delivery
team,’ which will support clients through the whole
process of adopting and successfully implementing the
technology at their sites. ReOil licenses will be provided
will full asset life cycle support.

 

Celanese Concludes Acquisition of Majority Of DuPont’s Mobility & Materials Business

Dallas—
Celanese has finalized the purchase of the majority of Du-
Pont’s Mobility & Materials (M&M) for $11-billion (PCN,
17 October 2022, p 4).
The transaction includes a broad portfolio of engineered
thermoplastics and elastomers, “industry-renowned brands
and intellectual property, global production assets and a
“world-class” organization, Celanese noted.
Last month, the European Commission said the combined
entity would be the “largest” producer of thermoplastic
copolyester (TPC) in the European Economic Area and
globally, with only a few alternative suppliers remaining.
To address the commission’s concern, Celanese offered
to sell its global TPC business, including its production
facility in Ferrara, Italy, and its Pibiflex and Riteflex TPC
brands.

 

Solvay and Orbia to Form Partnership To Produce PVDF in North America

Boston—Solvay
and Orbia have entered into a joint venture framework
agreement to create a partnership to produce suspensiongrade
polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) in the southeastern
portion of the U.S.
The partners plan to use two production sites for the
PVDF project, one for raw materials and one for finished
product. Both facilities are scheduled to be fully operational
by 2026. Capacities of the plants were not given.
Estimated to cost around $850-million, the project will
create the “largest” capacity of PVDF in North America,
Orbia noted. It is expected to be funded in part by a $178-
million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Formation of the joint venture is subject to finalizing
and entering into definitive agreements between the parties
and satisfaction of customary conditions, including
obtaining regulatory approvals.

 

CF, Mitsui & Co. Commence FEED Study For Proposed U.S. Blue Ammonia Plant

Deerfield—CF
Industries, in its third quarter 2022 earnings, said it has
initiated a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study
with Mitsui & Co. for their proposed joint venture to build
an export-oriented greenfield blue ammonia facility in Ascension
Parish, La. (PCN, 9 May 2022, p 3).
ThyssenKrupp Uhde is responsible for conducting the
FEED study and a final investment decision is anticipated
in the second half of 2023. Construction and commissioning
expected to take about four years from that point.
CF would be responsible for plant operations and
maintenance, while Mitsui & Co. would lead the marketing
and distribution for the facility. Capacity was not given.
The partners earlier said the facility would produce the
ammonia by leveraging carbon capture and sequestration
processes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than
60% compared to conventional ammonia.
The proposed joint venture would be owned 52% by CF
and 48% by Mitsui & Co.

 

Ineos Europe Increasing Ethane Fleet

London—Ineos
Europe AG and Pacific Gas (Hong Kong) Holdings Co. have
signed long-term time charter agreements for four new
very large ethane carriers (VLECs).
The new 99,000-cu m VLECs will bring Ineos’ ethane
fleet to 16 vessels, with eight VLECs and eight Dragon
class ethane carriers.
With these new agreements, Ineos will have a total of
six VLECs under time charter with Pacific Gas.
“The signing of the long-term time charter agreements
for four 99,000 cubic meter VLEC vessels will take Pacific
Gas’ ethane carrying capacity to the largest in the world,”
Ineos noted.

 

People on the Move

OMV—Daniela Vlad has been appointed executive
board member responsible for Chemicals & Materials to
succeed Chairman and Chief Executive Alfred Stern, effective
1 Feb. 2023. Stern will continue to be responsible for
Chemicals & Materials until that time. Vlad is currently
managing director of the industrial coatings business at
AkzoNobel.
Kraton Corp.—Pedro Lopes, formerly senior director
of performance chemical sales, has been named chief sustainability
officer.
Far Eastern Union Petrochemical (Taiwan)—Jack
Wu has become president of the company, a subsidiary of
Oriental Union Chemical Corp. He replaces James Chou.
Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Assn. (GPCA)—
Abdulrahman S. Al-Fageeh, acting chief executive of
SABIC, has been elected chairman of GPCA, replacing
Yousef Al-Benyan.
Sabri Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, managing director of Chemanol,
has joined the board of directors of GPCA to succeed
Ali Al-Asiri, previously chief executive of Chemanol.
Air Liquide—Dennis Norris has become vice president
– senior business owner at Air Liquide Large Industries
U.S. He was previously managing director of Air liquide
Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Evonik Inks Long-Term PPA with EnBW For Supply of Wind Energy in Europe

Essen—Evonik
has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA)
with energy supplier EnBW for the supply of wind energy
to cover approximately 25% of Evonik’s electricity needs in
Europe with renewable energy.
Under the 15-year PPA, EnBW will provide Evonik
with 100 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy from the
new 900-MW He Dreiht wind farm under construction in
the German North Sea. The wind farm is scheduled to
start operating at the end of 2025.
Evonik is also working on other agreements for green
electricity purchased directly from producers.
“Together with EnBW, we are accelerating the implementation
of our ambitious sustainability strategy,” said
Evonik Chief Executive Christian Kullmann. “We are becoming
less dependent on fossil fuels and their price fluctuations.
“Clearly, the less fossil and more green energy
we use, the better the future opportunities for our German
and European sites will be.”

 

Ineos, SIETF Undertaking Study to Improve Energy Efficiencies at Grangemouth Site

London—
Ineos is taking part in a co-funded feasibility study with
the Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund
(SIETF) to lower carbon production through energy efficiency
improvements at Ineos’ primary manufacturing asset
in Grangemouth, UK – the KG ethylene plant.
The study will consider energy efficiency improvements
that will cut natural gas consumption at the site, which
could result in a decrease of carbon dioxide emissions by up
to 50,000 t/y.
“This feasibility study demonstrates our creative thinking,
innovative engineering and determination to address
the need to reduce our carbon footprint and deliver on our
commitment to net zero operations by 2045,” noted Andy
Hughes, operations director for Ineos O&P UK Grangemouth.
“The study will review the technical and economic viability
of redesigning the furnace convection section of the
ethylene manufacturing process.”

 

Lion Elastomers Enters Distribution Deals With ChemSpec Canada, Arisan Kimya

Austin—Lion
Elastomers has entered into distribution agreements with
Arisan Kemya, a Vinmar Group company, and ChemSpec
Canada for the distribution of its product portfolio in Turkey
and Canada, respectively.
Arisan Kimya is now offering Lion Elastomers’
Royalene ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM),
RoyalEdge EPDM, RoyalTherm silicone modified EPDM,
Trilene liquid EPDM, Trilene FreeFlow EPDM, Lion Elastomers
styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), Lion Elastomers
black masterbatch SBR, Duradene solution SBR, Diene
polybutadiene rubber (PBR) and Stereon styrene butadiene
styrene (SBS) in Turkey.
In Canada, ChemSpec Canada, a subsidiary of Safic-
Alcan Group, will now distribute Lion Elastomers’ portfolio
of Royalene EPDM, Royaledge EPDM, Royaltherm EPDM,
Trilene liquid EPDM, Duradene SSBR, Diene PBR and
Stereon SBS in the Canadian market

 

KBR Launches Mega Ammonia Technology To Meet Current and Future Demands

Houston—
KBR announced the launch of its mega 10,000-t/d blue and
green ammonia technology offering to help meet the current
future sustainable energy and fertilizer demands.
The new offering leverages the company’s experience in
capacity scale-up and integrates KBR’s implemented designs
with advanced digital technologies to provide owners
the reliability, flexibility and scale required to deliver clean
ammonia and hydrogen demands for energy transition, the
company noted.
“We are truly excited to launch our mega ammonia
technology for the green hydrogen and ammonia space,”
said Doug Kelly, president of technology.
“Given the projected volumes for green hydrogen and
ammonia, capacity scale will play a defining role in helping
owners implement projects with favorable economics, and
we are confident mega plants will allow our clients to realize
attractive returns on their low-carbon hydrogen investments.”

 

BASF’s New Low Water Chem Tanker Arrives in Rotterdam for Outfitting

Rotterdam—
BASF and Stolt Tankers announced that Stolt Ludwigshafen,
an innovative new chemical tanker that can operate
in extreme low-water conditions on the Rhine, has arrived
in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and will now be fitted
out (PCN, 25 Jan 2021, p 2).
Built by Mercurius Shipping Group in China, on behalf
of Stolt, the ship has a transport capacity of about 2,500
tons at average water depths twice that of conventional
inland vessels, Stolt earlier said. It will be operated exclusively
by Stolt with its first voyage anticipated in spring
2023.
“Following the unprecedented low water levels of the
Rhine in 2018, I am pleased that with our robust contingency
measures already taken, we were able to manage the
challenges of this year’s low water period quite well,” noted
Uwe Liebelt, president of European Verbund sites at BASF
SE.
“The innovative design of the Stolt Ludwigshafen will
be another crucial element for further increasing the supply
security and thereby competitiveness of our largest
manufacturing site in the world.”

 

Iran Sells Stake in PGPIC to Ahdaf

Tehran—The government
of Iran has sold 12% of its shares in Persian Gulf
Petrochemical Industries (PGPIC) to Ahdaf Investment
Co., a subsidiary of Iran’s Oil Pension Fund, for around
$3.3-billion, according to local reports.
Last December, the Iranian government said it intends
to divest its entire stake in PGPIC, which equals 18% of
the shares in the company.

 

Bolder Selects Three Partners to Launch Its ‘First’ Tire Recycling Plant in the EU

Antwerp—
Bolder Industries, manufacturer of recovered carbon black
and other petrochemicals from end-of-life tires, has formed
partnerships with Antea Group, Cyclops and OSQB to advance
its “first” European Union (EU) tire recycling facility
planned in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium.
The facility, to be located in the NextGen District, will
be based on the design of its first two plants in the U.S.
Phase 1 will house three reactors on site, which will process
over 3-million end-of-life tires per year for the production
of BolderBlack and BolderOil. Commercial operations
are scheduled to begin in 2024.
Antea Group was involved in helping Bolder identify
the site of the new plant and will support permitting moving
forward; Cyclops was chosen as project management
partner because of their experience with industrial recycling
facilities; and OSQB was selected for the build-out of
the site.
The location of the project will boost Bolder’s environmental
savings by using 98% less carbon dioxide and 85%
less water and energy than traditional methods of virgin
carbon black production, while utilizing 98% of every scrap
tire, Bolder noted.
“Bolder made a smart move by developing in the specific
location near the largest petrochemical cluster in
Europe – the multimodal transport possibilities, and the
site’s focus on circular make it the ideal choice,” said Jan
Parys, general manger of Antea Group Belgium.

 

QatarEnergy Orders 5 Newbuild LNG Carriers, Lets Charter Contracts to MISC Consortium

Doha—
MISC Berhad, through its wholly-owned Portovenere and
Lerici (Labuan) subsidiary, together with its consortium
partners, have been awarded long-term time charter contracts
by QatarEnergy for five newbuild liquefied natural
gas (LNG) carriers.
The 174,000-cu m LNG ships, to be built by Hudong-
Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., will be equipped with
eco-efficient technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Together with seven long-term time charter contracts
that were secured earlier this year, these new contracts
bring the total to 12 newbuilding LNG carriers awarded by
QatarEnergy (PCN, 15-22 Aug 2022, p 4).
The consortium partners include Nippon Yusen Kabushiki
Kaisha, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and China LNG
Shipping (Holdings).

 

Maire Tecnimont Subsidiary Inaugurates Polymers Re-Processing, Upcycling Unit

Abu Dhabi—
Maire Tecnimont’s NextChem subsidiary, through its associate
company GCB Polymers, has inaugurated a new reprocessing
and upcycling facility for polymers in the Kezad
Industrial Zone, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The plant, built by GCB, processes a wide range of
polymer products, from near to prime to the lower end of
plant scraps, post-industrial and post-consumer waste and
recycled polymers, and upcycles it into higher-value, qualified
products fit for specific industrial applications. The
unit is expected to produce as much as 180,000 t/y of polymers
in the next few years.
“The plant at Kezad is an example of made in Italy
know-how, which was developed at home and now has been
exported to help countries like the UAE develop circular
economy on an industrial scale,” said Maire Tecnimont
Chairman Fabrizio Di Amato.
“By converting lower quality polymers into higher value
products, and at the same time upcycling plastic waste, we
are industrializing an innovative and effective way to decisively
put circularity into the picture in the UAE.
“We are glad to keep on supporting the country in the
realization of its vision in the energy transition with more
energy produced and less emissions.”
GCB Polymers is a joint venture of NextChem, P2
Polimeri and Polyme General Trading.

 

Petronas Temporarily Shuts Petchem Units After Fire at Integrated Complex in Johor

Johor—
Petronas recently experienced an explosion and fire at its
integrated refinery and petrochemical complex joint venture
with Saudi Aramco in Malaysia, resulting in the temporary
shut down of its petrochemical plants there,
Reuters reported.
The fire occurred at the Pengerang Integrated Complex
(PIC) causing damage to interconnecting pipes. The incident
did not occur within the petrochemical plants.
“However, due to the integrated nature of PIC and to
ensure the safety and wellbeing of the employees, workers
and surrounding communities, the petrochemical plants
have been temporarily shut down,” said the report quoting
Petronas Chemicals.
Petronas is assessing the damage to the interconnecting
pipes. Start-up activities will begin once all safety
measures and other considerations have been undertaken,
the company added.
The refining and petrochemical complex, a joint venture
with Saudi Aramco, consists of a 300,000-b/d refinery and
1.2-million-t/y naphtha cracker.

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EC Okays Ineos & Sinopec’s Acquisitions Of Three Chinese Petchem Producers

Brussels—The
European Commission (EC) has approved three separate
joint acquisitions by Ineos and Sinopec that include the
takeover of Shanghai Secco Petrochemical Co., Shanghai
Ineos Sinopec HDPE (Tianjin) Ltd. and Ineos Styrolution
Advanced Materials (Ningbo) Pte., all based in China.
The commission concluded that the proposed acquisitions
would raise no competition concerns because of the
limited activities of the three Chinese companies in the
European Economic Area.
This past July, Ineos and Sinopec signed three agreements
for petrochemical deals in China with an aggregate
value of $7-billion (PCN, 1 Aug 2022, p 1).
Under the first agreement, Ineos will acquire a 50%
stake in Shanghai Secco Petrochemical, a subsidiary of
Sinopec. Shanghai Secco has a production capacity of 4.2-
million-t/y of petrochemicals, including ethylene, propylene,
polyethylene, polypropylene, styrene, polystyrene,
acrylonitrile, butadiene, benzene and toluene.
In the second deal, Ineos and Sinopec will establish a
50-50 joint venture for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
(ABS) production. This will include a 600,000-t/y facility
being built by Ineos Styrolution in Ningbo, which is scheduled
to begin operations by the end of 2023.
The ABS venture is also expected to build two 300,000-
t/y plants, one in Tianjin and one at a site not yet decided.
In the third agreement, Ineos and Sinopec will establish
a 50-50 joint venture to build a new 500,000-t/y highdensity
polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Tianjin.
The companies also plan to build at least two additional
500,000-t/y HDPE units in the future to produce Ineos pipe
grade under license.

 

Braskem and Sojitz Launch Sustainea JV To Produce & Market BioMEG, BioMPG

São Paulo—
Braskem and Sojitz have launched Sustainea, a new joint
venture that will produce and market bio-MEG (monoethylene
glycol) and bio-MPG (monopropylene glycol) at an
undecided location (PCN, 28 Mar 2022, p 4).
Subject to the approval of technology, the joint venture
plans to build three industrial plants, with a combined
production capacity of up to 700,000 t/y of bio-MEG. The
plants could be located in Europe, Asia, the U.S. or Brazil.
The first unit is expected to start up in 2026.
“Sustainea is born as a disruptive initiative in the petrochemicals
markets,” said Gustavo Sergi, chief executive
of Sustainea Bioglycols.
“We wish to positively impact the polyester and PET
[polyethylene terephthalate] markets, which are continuing
to grow, especially in Asia, driving the strong demand
for sustainable and renewable products.
“Sustainea will also establish an entire production
chain to ensure the supply of sustainable and competitive
feedstock, as well as a logistics operation that ensures the
lowest carbon footprint.”

 

Celanese Lifts Force Majeure Declared On Certain Acetyl Chain Products

Dallas—Celanese
announced it is lifting the force majeure declared on 11
May 2022 on certain Western Hemisphere acetyl chain
products (PCN, 16 May 2022, p 1).
The products include acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer,
ethyl acetate, acetic anhydride, vinyl and acrylic
emulsions, redispersible powders and ethylene vinyl acetate
polymers.
Celanese is currently unable to lift the force majeure in
connection with its acetate tow products, due to ongoing
supply chain disruptions and an inability to reliably obtain
certain necessary raw materials.
“Celanese is continuing to assess our suppliers’ and logistics
partners’ ongoing operational issues and will provide
notice of when normal supply of these products will
resume,” the company noted.

 

Milliken and PureCycle Jointly Create Sustainable Concentrate Using rPP

Ghent—Milliken
& Co. and PureCycle Technologies announced they have
created the “first” fully sustainable concentrate for polypropylene
(PP) on the market using recycled PP (rPP)
resin.
The new concentrate enables the production of parts
that are free of odor and color, which makes using rPP an
attractive option for PP converters because it can be used
in various applications, provides the same quality as virgin
PP and has crystal clear clarity, the companies noted.
Also, customers should not need to adjust their operations
to accommodate the concentrate, unlike using alternative
recycled material, which typically requires color or
formulation adjustments.
“This development advances circularity, since the concentrate
based on PureCycle materials will allow for
greater use of 100% recycled content,” the parties noted.
“Additionally, when used in combination with PureCycle’s
recycled PP, it produces a formulation with a carbon footprint
approximately 35% lower than that of virgin PP.”

 

Inovyn Gets Renamed Ineos Inovyn; Hydrogen Business Also Renamed

London—Vinyl
chloride producer Inovyn announced that it will now be
referred to as Ineos Inovyn.
The company also unveiled a new logo, which sees
Inovyn fully align its company brand as a full member of
the Ineos family.
In addition, Inovyn’s hydrogen business will now be renamed
Ineos Hydrogen. The name of most legal entities
and commercial products of Ineos Inoyvn, however, will
remain unchanged.
In October 2021, Ineos announced plans to invest over
€2-billion, through its Inovyn business, into electrolysis
projects to make zero carbon, green hydrogen projects
across Europe.

 

Rohm, OQ Chem Officially Break Ground For New MMA Plant on U.S. Gulf Coast

Houston—
Rohm and OQ Chemicals have broken ground on a new
world-scale methyl methacrylate (MMA) facility at OQ’s
production site in Bay City, Texas, on the U.S. Gulf Coast
(PCN, 1 Aug 2022, p 2).
The 250,000-t/y MMA plant, being built by Rohm, will
utilize Rohm’s proprietary LiMA technology. Completion
is scheduled for early 2024. Cost of the project was not
disclosed.
OQ will supply the MMA plant with key raw materials
and provide site services and utilities. Earlier this year, it
announced a final investment decision to increase capacity
of propionic aldehyde to supply the MMA unit.
“With our project ‘Propel,’ short for ‘Propyls Elevated,’
we are expanding portfolio applications whilst supporting
Rohm’s new MMA plant . . .,” said OQ Chief Executive Dr.
Oliver Borgmeier.
“Our business in North America is strong, sustained
and successful, and the Bay City site is a core site for OQ
Chemicals.
“Our significant investment in additional capacity for
propionic aldehyde and infrastructure there emphasizes its
importance and the trust we put in the Bay City site and
its employees.”

 

Shunli Begins Production at ‘World’s First’ Commercial Scale CO2-to-Methanol Plant

Anyang—
Carbon Recycling International (CRI) announced that
Shunli, majority owned by Henan Shuncheng Group, has
started production at the “world’s first” commercial scale
carbon dioxide (CO2)-to-methanol facility in Anyang, Henan
Province, China (PCN, 27 May 2019, p 2).
The plant, based on CRI’s Emissions-to-Liquids process,
can capture 160,000 t/y of CO2 emissions. The captured
CO2 is then reacted with recovered hydrogen in CRI’s proprietary
reactor system with the capacity to produce
110,000 t/y of methanol. Shunli is owner and operator of
the project.

 

Oxy’s OLCV & NRP Ink Agreement to Study Possible CO2 Sequestration Hub in Texas

Houston—
Occidental’s (Oxy) Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV) subsidiary
has signed an agreement with Natural Resource Partners
to evaluate and potentially develop a permanent carbon
dioxide (CO2) sequestration hub located in Southeast
Texas.
The agreement gives OLCV exclusive rights to develop
a CO2 sequestration hub on a site controlled by NRP that
offers proximity to a large number of industrial CO2 emissions.
The approximate CO2 storage potential is at least
500-million tons. OLCV expects its 1PointFive subsidiary
to complete the development of the project.
“We look forward to working with Natural Resource
Partners LP as we advance our sequestration hubs that
will provide industrial emitters with an economic and practical
solution to capture and securely store CO2,” said Dr.
Doug Conquest, vice president of OLCV.
“This agreement furthers our commercial-scale decarbonization
solutions as we work to achieve net zero and
help others do the same.”

 

Denka and SCGC Agree to Establish JV To Manufacture, Sell Acetylene Black

Tokyo—Denka
and SCG Chemicals (SCGC) have entered into an agreement
to form a joint venture company to operate an acetylene
black manufacturing and sales business.
The joint venture, to be owned 60% by Denka and 40%
by SCGC, is expected to build acetylene black facilities
with about 11,000 t/y of capacity. Production is anticipated
to start at the beginning of 2025.
The partnership will combine Denka’s high-purity
acetylene black manufacturing technologies and sales network,
with SCGC’s extensive and stable raw materials
supply capabilities.
Denka currently produces Denka Black and Denka
Black/Li acetylene black at three sites located in Japan
and overseas.

 

Nova Commercializes 100% Post-Consumer Mechanically Recycled Polyethylene Resin

Calgary—
Nova Chemicals has launched its new post-consumer mechanically
recycled polyethylene (PE) resin (EX-PCR-NC4)
to enable a fully circular plastics economy for flexible film.
The new PE resin, available commercially, contains
100% post-consumer recycled PE (rPE) and offers highly
versatile design flexibility, the company noted.
The rPE is sourced from distribution center flexible
film, which includes a blend of back-of-store stretch and
front-of-store consumer drop off, and is processed using
state-of-the-art technology resulting in a low odor, consistent
and stable product, it added.

 

Eastman & PepsiCo Sign Definitive Deal For New Molecular Recycling Facility

Kingsport—
Eastman Chemical Co., in announcing its third quarter
2022 financial results, said it has reached a definitive
agreement with PepsiCo for its third planned molecular
recycling facility.
The proposed project would process around 160,000
tons of hard-to-recycle polyethylene terephthalate, carpet
and textiles for the production of over 150,000 tons of recycled
polymers for packaging and textiles to supply to PepsiCo
and other brands. Start-up is expected in 2026.
“PepsiCo’s sustainable packaging vision is to build a
world where packaging never becomes waste, and we collaborate
with suppliers and partners to scale new technologies
to meet that ambition,” noted PepsiCo Chief Sustainability
Officer Jim Andrew.
“Molecular recycling, enabled through agreements like
this one, can drive systemic change by diverting landfillbound
plastic, delivering a lower carbon footprint, and providing
infinite circularity.”

 

People on the Move

Agilyx—Jan Secher has become chair of the board of
directors to succeed Peter Norris, who has stepped down as
chair but will remain on the board. The appointments,
effective 21 Oct. 2022, are for a two-year term. Secher was
previously chief executive of Perstorp Group before it was
recently acquired by Petronas Chemicals Group (PCN, 17
Oct 2022, p 2).

 

U.S. Biden-Harris Administration Expands Cybersecurity Initiative to Chem Sector

Washington–
The U.S. White House announced that the Biden-Harris
administration has expanded the Industrial Control Systems
(ICS) Cybersecurity Initiative to include a fourth sector
– the chemical sector.
“The majority of chemical companies are privately
owned, so we need a collaborative approach between the
private sector and government,” the administration said.
“The nation’s leading chemical companies and the government’s
lead agency for the chemical sector – the Cybersecurity
and Infrastructure Agency – have agreed on a plan
to promote a higher standard of cybersecurity across the
sector, including capabilities that enable visibility and
threat detection for industrial control systems.”
The plan will serve as a roadmap to guide the sector’s
review of their current cybersecurity practices over the
next 100 days. The Chemical Action plan will:
Focus on high-risk chemical plants that present
significant chemical release hazards with the ultimate
goal of supporting enhanced ICS cybersecurity
across the entire chemical sector;
Drive information sharing and analytical coordination
between the federal government and the
chemical sector;
Foster collaboration with the sector owners and operators
to facilitate and encourage the deployment
of appropriate technologies based on each chemical
facility’s own risk assessment and cybersecurity
posture. The federal government will not select,
endorse, or recommend any specific technology or
provider; and,
Support the continuity of chemical production critical
to the national and economic security of the U.S.

 

QatarEnergy Picks Shell, TotalEnergies As Partners in NFS Expansion Project

Doha—
QatarEnergy has selected Shell and TotalEnergies as international
partners in the North Field South (NFS) liquefied
natural gas (LNG) expansion project in Qatar (PCN,
27 June 2022, p 2).
The NFS project comprises two LNG trains with a combined
capacity of 16-million t/y, which will raise Qatar’s
total LNG export capacity to 126 million-t/y.
Shell and TotalEnergies will each have an effective net
participating interest of 9.375% in the project, out of a 25%
interest available for three international partners. Qatar
Energy will hold the remaining 75% interest. The third
partnership will be announced in due course.
The North Field Expansion Project, comprising NFS
and the North Field East (NFE) expansion projects, is the
industry’s “largest ever” LNG project, QatarEnergy noted.
It will begin production in 2026 and will add over 48-
million t/y by 2027.
The NFE project will add four new LNG trains with a
total capacity of 32-million t/y.

 

Vopak Singapore Mulls Expansion Of NH3 Storage Infrastructure

Jurong Island—Vopak
Singapore said it is exploring expanding its ammonia storage
infrastructure with full import/export capabilities at
its Banyan Terminal on Jurong Island in Singapore.
The terminal, which has around 1.5 million cu m of
storage capacity, is an integrated oil, chemical and gas hybrid
storage terminal. It currently owns and operates a
refrigerated ammonia tank with 10,000 cu m of capacity,
which is supporting petrochemical activities in Singapore.
Subject to a final investment decision, the expansion
project would add new ammonia storage capacity mainly
for the power and maritime sectors. The conceptual design
of the project has been completed and a quantitative risk
assessment study has begun.
“In line with Singapore’s ambition on net-zero carbon
emissions, Vopak can leverage on our proven expertise of
safely storing ammonia in Banyan,” said Vopak Terminals
Singapore Managing Director Rob Boudestijn.
“We have the right expertise and are at the right location
to facilitate new supply chains for low carbon ammonia.
We do see a strong potential in Singapore that supports
the momentum of developing ammonia ready infrastructure
ahead of other locations.”

 

Port Arthur LNG, Bechtel Amend Contract For EPC of Liquefaction Project in Texas

Houston—
Port Arthur LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra, and Bechtel Energy
have amended and restated the fixed-price engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the
proposed Phase 1 liquefaction project under development
in Jefferson County, Texas (PCN, 27 June 2022, p 3).
Phase 1 is permitted and expected to include two new
natural gas liquefaction trains and liquefied natural gas
(LNG) storage tanks, and associated facilities capable of
producing up to around 13.5-million t/y of LNG, under optimal
conditions. No schedule was available.
Under the amended contract, Bechtel will perform the
detailed engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning,
start-up, performance testing and operator
training activities for Phase 1 at an updated price of about
$10.5-billion.
Phase 2, which would be similar in size to the first
phase, is under active marketing and development.
Development of the two-phase project is contingent
upon a final investment decision, completion of required
commercial agreements and securing all necessary permits,
among other factors.

 

Univar, Arkema Expand Distribution Deal To Include Belgium, France and Turkey

Chicago—
Univar Solutions said it has expanded its authorization
with Arkema to distribute Arkema’s cross-linking organic
peroxides in Belgium, France and Turkey, starting 1 Jan.
2023.
The agreement adds to the companies’ existing distribution
partnership currently serving rubber and plastic
additives customers in Portugal and Spain’s cross-linking
markets.
The distribution agreement covers Arkema’s Luperox
and Retic organic peroxides for cross-linking of rubber and
elastomers.

 

Denbury Agrees to Provide CO2 Services To LCM’s Planned Blue Methanol Plant

Plano—
Denbury Carbon Solutions, a subsidiary of Denbury Inc.,
has signed a 20-year definitive agreement with Lake
Charles Methanol (LCM) to supply carbon dioxide (CO2)
transportation and storage services to LCM for a planned
blue methanol project along the Calcasieu River near Lake
Charles, Louisiana.
The 3.6-million-t/y blue methanol plant will utilize Topsoe’s
SynCor technology to convert natural gas into hydrogen,
which will be synthesized into methanol, while incorporating
permanent carbon capture and sequestration. A
final investment decision is anticipated next year with
production expected to start in 2027.
LCM expects to capture around 1-million t/y of CO2
that will be transported by Denbury to its Green Pipeline
and then to one of several planned sequestration sites
along Denbury’s Gulf Coast CO2 pipeline network.
Denbury, in connection with the project, plans to build
a pipeline connection from the Lake Charles industrial
area to its Green Pipeline, located approximately 10 miles
from LCM’s proposed facility.
It is anticipated that the new pipeline will facilitate the
transportation and storage of “significant” additional CO2
emissions from the Lake Charles industrial area, currently
estimated at 20-million t/y, Denbury noted.

 

QatarEnergy, ExxonMobil to Offtake, Market LNG from New Golden Pass Export Project

Doha—
Affiliates of QatarEnergy and ExxonMobil have agreed to
independently offtake and market their respective proportionate
equity shares of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced
by the Golden Pass LNG export project being built in
Sabine Pass, Texas (PCN, 25 Feb 2019, p 3).
A joint venture of QatarEnergy and ExxonMobil, the
$10-billion Golden Pass project will have a production capacity
of 18-million t/y of LNG. Production is expected to
begin by the end of 2024.
Under the agreement, QatarEnergy’s wholly-owned
subsidiary, QatarEnergy Trading, will offtake and market
70% of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced by Golden
Pass.
As a result of this arrangement, OceanLNG, a joint
venture established in 2016 between affiliates of QatarEnergy
and ExxonMobil for the purpose of offtaking and marketing
the entire production of Golden Pass, has ceased
operations and will be wound down, QatarEnergy noted.

 

Toyotsu PET Recycling Systems Starts Up Horizontal PET Bottle Recycling Facility

Tokyo—
Toyotsu PET Recycling Systems, manufacturer of recycled
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for beverage bottles, has
begun full-scale operations at its new horizontal PET bottle
recycling facility in Japan (PCN, 5 Oct 2020, p 4).
The company, established in 2020 by Toyota Tsusho,
Utsumi Recycle Systems, Chuo Warehouse and others,
sorts, shreds and washes used PET bottles to recycle them
into around 40,000 t/y of recycled PET resin for new PET
bottles.
“In Japan, approximately 97% of disposed PET bottles
are collected, of which 88.5% are recycled (98% as an effective
utilization rate when heat recovery is included),” noted
Toyota Tsusho. “However, only 15.7% of PET bottles are
horizontally recycled from PET bottle to PET bottle,” said
the company citing the Council for PET Bottle Recycling’s
PET Bottle Recycling Annual Report 2021.

 

Shell to Supply Sustainable Butadiene For Use in Zeon’s S-SBR Production

Tokyo—Shell has
entered into a memorandum of understanding to supply
biomass-derived butadiene to Zeon Chemicals Singapore
(Pte) Ltd. (ZCS), a subsidiary of Zeon Corp., for future use
in ZCS’s production of solution-polymerized styrene butadiene
rubber (S-SBR).
Zeon, which has been actively shifting to sustainable
raw materials, said it is currently in the process of obtaining
international certification for biomass-derived raw materials,
and it considers sales of S-SBR made from sustainable
butadiene as a certified product.

 

Nova Chem Plans to Select Tricon Energy As European Distributor of Sclairtech

Calgary—Nova
Chemicals said it intends to enter into a letter of intent
with Tricon Energy to be a branded distributor of its Advanced
Sclairtech technology and other high-performance
polyethylene resins in the European market.
The arrangement would provide European converters,
manufacturers and brand owners with expanded access to
Nova’s entire portfolio of products, increased traceability,
local sales and service, and manufacturer technical support
starting early next year.

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Ineos O&P Plans €30-Million Upgrade Of Lillo Polyolefins Unit in Belgium

Antwerp—Ineos
O&P said it will spend €30-million in the conversion of its
polyolefins facility in Lillo, at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium,
to enable its existing capacity to produce either
monomodal or bimodal grades of high-density polyethylene.
Following the upgrade, the site will increase production
of the highly engineered polymers that Ineos combines
with recycled plastic to form the Recycl-IN range. A
schedule for the project was not given.
The Recycle-IN range enables converters and brand
owners to produce products that meet consumer demands
for increased use of recycled materials, while continuing to
deliver the high-performance specifications they expect,
Ineos noted.
“This investment will enable our business to support
the growing use of products that play a key role in the
transition to net zero, as well as other uses essential to
homes and businesses,” said Rob Ingram, chief executive of
Ineos O&P Europe North.

 

Air Liquide, LyondellBasell and Two Others Study Gulf Coast Hydrogen, NH3 Plant

Houston—Air
Liquide, LyondellBasell, Uniper and Chevron announced
plans to partner in a joint study that will evaluate and potentially
advance the development of a hydrogen and ammonia
production facility along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Specifically, the consortium will assess the feasibility of
producing hydrogen using natural gas with carbon capture
and storage (CCS) and renewable hydrogen via electrolysis
to supply end-use markets, including the petrochemicals,
ammonia, power and mobility markets.
Collectively, the companies will bring capabilities and
expertise in air separation technology, hydrogen technologies,
lower carbon intensity and renewable natural gas,
CCS, electrolysis-based technologies, and petrochemicals.
The proposed project could use existing advantages
along the U.S. Gulf Coast, including pipeline infrastructure,
to supply lower carbon and renewable hydrogen to
local industrial clusters. Also, ammonia infrastructure
could support exports to both Europe and the Asia Pacific
region.
“While our products plan an important role in helping
to enable greenhouse gas emissions reductions through
their use in renewable energy technologies, such as wind
turbines, solar panels and electric batteries, we are also
taking concrete steps to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions
from our operations,” said Aaron Ledet, senior vice
president, olefins and polyolefins, Americas at Lyondell-
Basell.
“We look forward to collaborating with the members of
this consortium to continue evaluating and advancing
clean hydrogen as a potential solution for reducing the
greenhouse gas emissions of our U.S. Gulf Coast manufacturing
assets.”

 

GS Caltex Awards KBR Technology Contract For Plastics Circularity Facility in S. Korea

Yeosu—
KBR has been awarded a contract from GS Caltex to provide
plastics recycling technology for GS Caltex’s planned
plastics circularity project in South Korea.
The 50,000-t/y unit, based on KBR and Mura’s Hydro-
PRT process, will convert waste plastics into raw materials
for conversion into new plastics, “achieving total circularity,”
KBR noted. No other details were available.
Early this year, PCN, citing a report by the Korea Herald,
said that GS Caltex would begin pilot production of
propylene using oil extracted from plastic waste in a pyrolysis
process at its Yeosu site in South Korea (PCN, 3 Jan
2022, p 4).
According to the report, GS Caltex said if the pilot project
proved successful, the company would build a waste
plastic oil production facility with 50,000 t/y of capacity,
which would start up in 2024.

 

Mitsui Enters MoU with Shell for Supply Of Ethylene Derived from Plastic Waste

Tokyo—
Mitsui Chemicals has signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with Shell Eastern Petroleum for the supply
of ethylene from plastic waste to be used in the production
of chemically recycled polyethylene (PE).
Prime Polymer Co., part of the Mitsui Chemicals
Group, will begin efforts toward the production of chemically
recycled PE via its Prime Evolue Singapore Pte. subsidiary.
The circular polyethylene will be supplied by
Prime Evolue Singapore as a new part of the Evolue lineup
it manufactures and sells.
Mitsui Chemicals and Prime Polymer each aim to
achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through a two-pronged
approach that combines recycling with a biomass transition
for chemicals and plastics, the companies noted.

 

Borealis Plans Commercial-Scale Borcycle M Advanced Mechanical Recycling Facility

Vienna—
Borealis said it is designing a first-of-its-kind commercialscale
advanced mechanical recycling plant to be built in
Schwechat, Austria.
The plant, which will be based on Borealis’ Borcycle M
technology, will have the capacity to produce over 60,000
t/y of advanced mechanical recycled polyolefin solutions
and compounds. Operations are expected to begin in 2025.
NextChem will be responsible for the front-end engineering
design (FEED). Once the FEED phase is complete,
Borealis expects to take a final investment decision in the
second half of 2023 and begin construction by the end of
2023.
Borealis decided to go ahead with the project following
positive feedback from the market on recycled polyolefins
delivered by a demonstration plant based on the same
technology.

 

PureCycle & SKGC Agree to Create JV For Asia’s ‘First’ PP Recycling Facility

Ulsan—
PureCycle Technologies and SK geo centric (SKGC) announced
the signing of a joint venture agreement to build
Asia’s “first” polypropylene (PP) recycling plant in Ulsan,
South Korea.
The facility, which will have an operating capacity of up
to 60,000 t/y, will turn contaminated plastic feedstock into
ultra-pure recycled resin that can be infinitely reused and
recycled, PureCycle noted. Completion is expected by the
second quarter of 2025.
The parties will jointly invest in construction of the
plant and will each have a 50% ownership in the joint venture.
PureCycle has also agree to provide SKGC with certain
first rights to participate with PureCycle should it
decide to expand in the Asian region.
PureCycle will provide its patented purification recycling
technology/IP and contribute technical capabilities to
the venture, while SKGC will bring its marketing capabilities
related to market development, strategy, and sales.
“Asia’s first commercial production of ultra-pure recycled
PP is in sight,” noted SKGC Chief Executive Na
Kyung-soo. “This will take SK geo centric to the next level.
“We will continue to contribute to making Korea play a
key role in the rapidly growing global recycling industry.”

 

Chemfab Lets EPCM Contract to Nuberg For Chlor-Alkali Plant Project in India

New Delhi—
Nuberg EPC has been awarded an engineering, procurement
and construction management (EPCM) contract from
Chemfab Alkalis for a chlor-alkali plant project in Karaikal,
Puducherry, India.
The new 250-t/d chlor-alkali plant, which will utilize
the latest bipolar membrane-based electrolysis system
technology, will produce caustic soda, hydrochloric acid,
sodium hypochlorite, and others. Production is expected to
begin in 22 months.

 

Ineos Signs Deal with Bigshire Mexico To Buy Chlor-Alkali Producer Ashta

Columbus—Ineos
Enterprises has entered into an agreement to acquire
chlor-alkali producer Ashta Chemicals from Bigshire Mexico
for an undisclosed amount.
The deal includes a facility in Ashtabula, Ohio, with
100,000 t/y of potassium hydroxide capacity and 65,000 t/y
of chlorine capacity. The plant is located close to the Ineos
Pigments facility. Subject to regulatory approvals, the
transaction is targeted to close before the end of the year.
“Ashta has undergone significant investments in the
past few years under Bigshire’s ownership, most notably
the construction and commissioning of a modern membrane
cell chlor-alkali plant, which utilizes Ineos’ Bichlor
technology,” noted Bigshire Chief Financial Officer Ruy
Zavala.
“Once completed, we believe the deal presents an excellent
strategic fit for the long-term local supply and use of
chlorine between Ashta and Ineos Pigments,” said Ineos
Enterprises Chief Executive Ashley Reed.
“In addition, Ashta Chemicals will bring a wellestablished
and respected North American potassium hydroxide
business into the Ineos Enterprises portfolio.”

 

Cyclyx, ExxonMobil & LyondellBasell To Advance Plastic Processing Unit

Houston—Cyclyx
International, ExxonMobil and LyondellBasell announced
the signing of an agreement to advance the development of
a “first-of-its kind” plastic waste sorting and processing
facility in the Houston area of Texas.
The Cyclyx Circularity Center, estimated to cost $100-
million, will be designed to produce 150,000 t/y of plastic
feedstock to supply ExxonMobil and LyondellBasell advanced
recycling projects, as well as mechanical markets.
The feedstock can be used for both mechanical and advanced
recycling, making it unique among plastic recovery
facilities, Cyclyx noted.
A final investment decision is expected in early 2023,
with start-up anticipated in 2024.
“We are growing our global recycling capacity and actively
pursuing opportunities to help capture more plastic
waste from landfills in order to make it suitable for recycling,”
noted Yvonne van der Laan, executive vice president
of circular and low-carbon solutions at LyondellBasell.
“This agreement is a perfect example of how collaboration
across the value chain can help close the gaps to make
a circular economy possible, such as access to plastic waste
feedstock.”

 

LyondellBasell & Shakti Plastic Ink MoU For Indian Mechanical Recycling Plant

Mumbai—
LyondellBasell said it has signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with Shakti Plastic Industries, India’s
“largest” plastic scrap recycler and waste collection company,
to build and operate a fully-automated, mechanical
recycling facility in India.
The new plant, which is envisaged to become the “largest”
of its kind in India, is expected to process rigid packaging
post-consumer waste and produce 50,000 t/y of recycled
polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). Start-up is anticipated
at the end of 2024.
LyondellBasell will be responsible for marketing the recycled
products under its Circulen Recover range of PE and
PP materials.
“The proposed joint venture will allow us to address the
issue of plastic waste in the second most populated country
in the world and expand our circular polymer product offering
to India,” noted Yvonne van der Laan, executive vice
president of circular and low carbon solutions at Lyondell-
Basell.
“Combining our respective expertise with Shakti . . .
will create an innovative system that can be scaled as the
circular economy grows.”

 

People on the Move

Lummus Technology—Marlene DellaCrosse has become
senior business development specialist. She was
previously sales operations projects specialist at Axens.
Sulzer AG—Suzanne Thoma, chairwoman of the board
of directors of Sulzer, has been appointed executive president.
She will succeed the current chief executive, Frederic
Lalanne, who is resigning at the end of this month.
Incitec Pivot Ltd.—Christine Corbett has been named
chief executive designate of the proposed standalone Incitec
Pivot Fertilisers business, beginning 9 Jan. 2023.

 

GCR Investing in Recycling Facility To Meet Demand for R-Polyolefins

Barcelona—GCR
Group said it plans to open a new dedicated recycling plant
in Spain to serve the increased global demand for its Ciclic
range of recycled polyolefins (R-polyolefins).
The 200,000-t/y facility, to be built in Castellet i La
Gornal, Barcelona, will be “one of the largest of its kind”
the company noted. Commissioning is expected in 2023,
with full operations in 2025.
“The Ciclic [R]-polyolefins are based on upcycling fully
traceable waste streams and can deliver similar and consistent
material properties as the virgin plastic,” GCR
noted. “By replacing virgin plastic with these grades, carbon
footprint certification can be 60-80% lower without
compromising performance and quality.”

 

Cefic Calls for Action from EC, Member States To Tackle Energy Crisis’ Affect on Chems

Brussels—
The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), in a call
for action to the European Commission (EC) and European
Union (EU) member states, said the current energy crisis
has reached an unsustainable level for the European
chemical industry and it is reaching its breaking point.
For the first time, the EU imports more chemicals than
it exports, both in volume and value, resulting in a trade
deficit of €5.6-billion for the first half of 2022, Cefic noted.
The energy crisis is making a dent in the competitiveness
of the chemical industry, which is one of the most energy
intensive in Europe, having to compete on the global
market with players from regions with more favorable energy
prices, it added.
“We are approaching the point of no-return: if no emergency
solution to the energy prices is provided to our sector,
we are not far off the breaking point,” said Cefic Director
General Marco Mensink.
“Hundreds of businesses in the chemical sector are already
in survival mode and we have started seeing the first
closures. We need action now.”
Cefic calls on the EC and member states to immediately
design and implement closely coordinated pan-European
measures to limit the impact of energy prices vis-à-vis
competing economies, increase energy supply and incentivize
reductions in energy consumption, which both target
the upcoming winter and prepare for 2023 and beyond.

 

Ascend Launches ReDefyne Portfolio Of Recycled Polyamide Materials

Houston—Ascend
Performance Materials has launched ReDefyne, a new
portfolio of sustainable polyamides created with up to
100% pre- and post-consumer recycled polyamide 66 or 6.
ReDefyne products, which are third-party certified, provide
a low carbon footprint and reliable performance, even
in demanding applications, the company noted.
“ReDefyne combines our expertise from Poliblend with
our integrated operations and our global application development
expertise to produce a recycled polyamide that performs
in areas recycled materials have typically been ruled
out of,” said Steve Manning, senior director for engineered
materials.
In addition, the company said it is partnering with ITW
Global Fasteners to pilot blockchain traceability through
Plastic Finder’s Certified Circular Plastic program.

 

Reliance Gets CCI Approval to Purchase Certain Businesses of SPL and SPTex

New Delhi—
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved
Reliance Polyester’s proposed acquisition of certain businesses
of Shubhalakshmi Polyesters Ltd. (SPL) and
Shubhlaxmi Polytex Ltd. (SPTex).
The transaction involves the acquisition of SPL and
SPTex’s business undertakings pertaining to the manufacture
of polyester products on a slump sale basis for a lump
sum consideration.
Reliance Polyester is a subsidiary of the Reliance Industries
Ltd. group.

 

Dow Accelerating Sustainability Goals With ‘Transform the Waste’ Target

Midland—Dow
said it will accelerate the sustainability goals set by the
company in 2020 by expanding its “Stop the Waste” target
to a “Transform the Waste” target.
By 2030, Dow will transform plastic waste and other
forms of alternative feedstock to commercialize 3-million
t/y of circular and renewable solutions.
In order to achieve its goal, Dow will expand its efforts
to stop the waste by building industrial ecosystems to collect,
reuse and recycle waste and expand its portfolio to
meet “rapidly” growing demand.
“We are expanding our commitments to address plastic
waste and meet customers’ increasing demands for more
sustainable and circular products,” noted Dow Chairman
and Chief Executive Jim Fitterling.
“Through investments in key technologies, infrastructure
and strategic collaborations, we are expanding our
Stop the Waste goal to reflect the transformation of Dow’s
plastic franchise and leadership to enable a circular economy.
“We will increase the value of waste and enable a new
industrial ecosystem to grow, which in turn will allow Dow
to scale our ability to produce circular and low-carbon
emission solutions.”
The company recently formed a new business platform,
Circular & Renewable Solutions, aligned within the Packaging
& Specialty Plastics segment.
“The creation of the Circular & Renewable Solutions
business platform will accelerate our ability to deliver on
these enhanced commitments and advance our circular
plastics business model,” said Diego Donoso, president of
Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics.

 

ExxonMobil Divesting Billings Refinery; Will Invest in Higher-Value Products

Irving—
ExxonMobil and its affiliates have agreed to divest the
Billings refinery, as well as associated pipelines and product
terminals in Montana and Washington, to Par Pacific
Holdings.
The sales agreement includes the Silvertip pipeline,
ExxonMobil’s interest in the Yellowstone pipeline and Yellowstone
Energy, and its stakes in product terminals in
both states. The transaction is expected to close in the
second quarter of next year.
“ExxonMobil is focused on investing in facilities where
we can manufacture higher-value products such as lubricants
and chemicals,” said ExxonMobil Product Solutions
President Karen McKee.

 

Agilis & SpecialChem Launch PIM System For Chem Producers and Distributors

Newark—
Agilis and SpecialChem have launched ionicPIM, a cloudbased
product information management (PIM) system designed
specifically for chemical producers and distributors.
IonicPIM is a digital platform that enables companies
to centralize, organize, enrich and distribute product information,
helping them maintain a single source for all
product data and documents.
The PIM system is preconfigured for chemicals, making
it easy to implement and adopt, the partners noted. It also
allows for producers and distributors to connect their PIMs
to share product information.
IonicPM is currently in the pilot phase. Full availability
is expected in January 2023.

 

Planic JV Announces Full Operation At Japanese Plastic Recycling Plant

Tokyo—Planic, a
joint venture of Veolia Japan, Toyota Tsusho and Kojima
Sangyo, recently announced the start of full operation at
“one of Japan’s” largest plastic recycling plants in
Omaezaki-shi, Shizouka (PCN, 8 Apr 2019, p 2).
The 40,000-t/y facility collects mixed plastic from recycling
and other facilities and sorts and compounds the
mixed plastic based on material type to recycle them back
into plastic raw materials. The plant uses an advanced
gravity separation technology licensed by Galloo Plastics.

 

ASC to Buy Renewable Energy from PLN For Its Chemical Production in Indonesia

Jakarta—
Asahimas Chemical (ASC), a subsidiary of AGC Group, has
signed a contract to purchase renewable energy certificates
from Indonesia’s state-owned electricity company (PLN) for
its integrated chlor-alkali to polyvinyl chloride production
complex in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The contract, which involves the supply of around
18,000 gigawatt hours for about 15 years, is effective from
October 2022.
The market for ASC’s caustic soda and polyvinyl chloride
is expected to continue to grow at about 4% a year in
line with economic growth in the Southeast Asia region,
AGC noted.
ASC will continue to expand in the region to meet demand
and, at the same time, focus on reducing the environmental
impact of our production.

 

SABIC Begins Commercial Operations For EG Unit at JUPC’s Jubail Site

Jubail—SABIC, in
an announcement to Tadawul, said it has started commercial
operations at its third ethylene glycol (EG) plant
within its Jubail United Petrochemicals Co. (JUPC) subsidiary
site in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia (PCN,
22-29 Nov 2021, p 1).
The plant has a production capacity of 700,000 t/y of
monoethylene glycol. Samsung was responsible for the
engineering, design, supply and construction of the unit.

 

Arakawa to Permanently Shut Down European Hydrocarbon Resin Plant

Tokyo—The
board of directors of Arakawa Chemical Industries Ltd. has
decided the company will permanently shut down the
Arkon hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin production facility
at its Arakawa Europe GmbH consolidated subsidiary in
Germany.
The 20,000-t/y hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin plant,
which will cease production on 31 Mar. 2023, was acquired
from Dow Chemical in 2010.
“After the shutdown of production at Arakawa Europe,
we will supply Arkon resin continuously from two plants,
Mizushima and Chiba Arkon Manufacturing Co. Ltd. [both
in Japan],” the company noted.
“The global sales and marketing strategy will be restructured
to ensure a stable supply and improve our competitiveness
in the hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin business.
Arakawa Europe will continue its business activities
as [a] sales and marketing organization in Europe.”

 

Chemanol & GDI Sign HoA to Partner In Production of Specialty Chemicals

Riyadh—
Methanol Chemicals Co. (Chemanol) and the Global Company
for Downstream Industries (GDI) have signed a
heads of agreement (HoA) for a strategic partnership to
produce specialty chemicals in Saudi Arabia (PCN, 21 Feb
2022, p 1).
Under the HoA, Chemanol and GDI would form a strategic
partnership to produce specialty chemicals, including
methyl diethanolamine, choline chloride, and other chemicals
at a cost of around SAR 500-million.
Earlier this year, the two companies signed a nonbinding
memorandum of understanding in which Chemanol
would supply methanol to GDI, and the parties
would jointly explore opportunities for future collaboration
in the field of petrochemical products.
The two companies are currently working on the preparation
of the economic and technical feasibility studies for
the future projects.

 

 

V60 N40 – 17 October 2022

LyondellBasell and Genox Sign Agreement To Form Plastics Recycling Joint Venture

Beijing—
LyondellBasell and Genox Recycling have signed a memorandum
of understanding to establish a joint venture to
build a plastics recycling facility in China.
The plant, to be located in Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province,
will use mechanical recycling technology to turn postconsumer
plastic waste into new polymers that will be sold
under the LyondellBasell CirculenRecover product portfolio.
Start-up is expected in 2023.
“This new joint venture will help develop the local plastics
recycling infrastructure in China and is an important
milestone for LyondellBasell to contribute to its goal to
produce and market two million metric tons of recycled and
renewable-based polymers annually by 2030,” noted Limin
Fu, vice president of LyondellBasell China Polyolefins.
“Genox Recycling believes that innovation and collaboration
are necessary ways to achieve carbon neutrality,”
said Jingfa Jiang, chairman of Genox. “We are delighted to
join hands with LyondellBasell to lead the development of
plastics recycling with a complementary mix of strengths
from both parties and accelerate a circular and low-carbon
future together.”

 

Linde Starts Up New ASU to Support Wanhua Chem’s Yantai Site in China

Yantai—Linde
has started up a new separation unit (ASU) to supply
gaseous oxygen and nitrogen to Wanhua Chemical’s integrated
chemical site and production center at the Yantai
Industrial Park in China.
The new ASU joins four existing ASUs, also built,
owned and operated by Linde, and concludes a major expansion
project for Wanhua at the Yantai site, Linde
noted, adding that Wanhua is the “world’s largest” isocyanate
producer (PCN, 15 Feb 2021, p 1).
“Linde’s advanced technology and engineering expertise
means all five ASUs have the capacity to operate flexibly,
resulting in higher reliability, improved energy efficiency
and lower carbon emissions,” said Linde.
The industrial complex will also provide industrial
gases to other customers within the Yantai Chemical Industrial
Park.

 

BASF Investing in NPG Facility At New Zhanjiang Verbund Site

Hong Kong—BASF
announced it will invest in a new world-scale neopentyl
glycol (NPG) plant at its new Zhanjiang Verbund site in
China.
The NPG facility will increase the company’s global
NPG capacity to 335,000 t/y from 255,000 t/y currently.
The new unit is expected to come on stream in the fourth
quarter of 2025.
BASF also has NPG production facilities in Ludwigshafen,
Germany; Freeport, Texas; and in Nanjing and
Jilin, China.

 

Covestro Breaks Ground in Antwerp For New World-Scale Aniline Plant

Antwerp—
Covestro said it has broken ground for a new world-scale
aniline production facility in Antwerp, Belgium.
The aniline plant, requiring an investment of over
€300-million, is scheduled to be operational in early 2025,
depending on the “volatile” economic situation, the company
noted. It will use state-of-the-art technologies to increase
energy efficiency. Capacity of the plant was not
available.
Currently, about 20% of the steam required on site is
covered by using process heat generated during production.
With the start-up of the new plant, the share of steam generated
from process heat will double to 40% of local demand.
“The capacity expansion will enable us to continue to
ensure the sustainable and efficient supply of our MDI
network in Europe,” said Dr. Georg Wagner, site manager
for Covestro in Antwerp.
“In doing so, we will continue to draw on the attractive
infrastructure and logistics at the heart of the port, from
where we also have direct access to the raw materials we
need. This investment further anchors us here in Antwerp
and also creates sustainable jobs for the future.”

 

LyondellBasell and 23 Oaks to Form JV For New Recycling Facility in Germany

Berlin—
LyondellBasell and 23 Oaks Investments have entered into
an agreement to establish a new joint venture, named
Source One Plastics, to build an advanced plastic waste
sorting and recycling plant in Germany.
The new energy-efficient facility is designed to process
the amount of plastic packaging waste generated by approximately
1.3-million German citizens per year, LyondellBasell
noted.
The sorting and recycling plant will provide a material
part of the feedstock for an advanced recycling facility that
LyondellBasell plans to build at its Wesseling, Germany,
site. Based on LyondellBasell’s MoReTec technology, the
plant will be the first commercial scale, single-train advanced
recycling plant.
LyondellBasell’s planned advanced recycling facility is
designed to convert hard-to-recycle post-consumer plastic
waste into feedstock for new plastic materials, such as
multi-layered food packaging items or mixed plastic containers.
A final investment decision on this project is
scheduled for the coming months.
“With our global experience at all levels of the circular
economy and our extensive knowledge in all areas of the
plastic recycling value chain, combined with our strong
hands-on approach, we feel we have the right mix of competencies
to make Source One Plastics a success,” noted
Kai Hoyer, managing partner of 23 Oaks.
“Together with LyondellBasell’s commitment to expand
on its circular polymer product offering and its work to develop
advanced recycling into an industrial scale technology,
23 Oaks can contribute its part to make this a reality.”

 

Hyundai Chem JV Finalizes Construction Of Heavy-Feed PC Complex in S. Korea

Seoul—
Hyundai Chemical, a joint venture of Hyundai Oilbank and
Lotte Chemical, has completed construction on a new
heavy-feed petrochemical complex (HPC) at Hyundai Oilbank’s
Daesan complex in South Korea, reported Yonhap
News Agency citing South Korea’s industry ministry.
PCN earlier reported that the project would cost around
$2.5-billion and include the production of 750,000 t/y of
polyethylene and 400,000 t/y of propylene (PCN, 4 Feb
2019, p 4). Operations had been expected to begin at the
end of 2021.
According to the industry ministry, the new complex
will have the capacity to produce 850,000 t/y of ethylene
and 500,000 t/y of polypropylene.
“This HPC project has heightened the competitiveness
of the domestic petrochemical industry,” said the report
quoting Second Vice Industry Minister Park-Il Jun.
“The government will ease regulations to help companies
better achieve goals through new projects and investment.”

 

Iran’s Fanavaran Petrochemical Launches Project to Produce Methanol, PE and PP

Tehran—
Iranian petrochemical company Fanavaran has begun construction
of a new project to produce methanol for the
manufacturer of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP)
in Iran, according to local reports.
The plant, being built in Mahshahr Special Economic
Zone, would produce methanol from natural gas feedstock
for the production of 280,000 t/y of linear low- and highdensity
PE and 450,000 t/y of PP, as well as other products.
Cost of the project and an expected completion date
were not given.

 

Inovyn’s ‘Electra’ Project to Electrify Vinyl Chloride Production in Rafnes

Rafnes—Inovyn
announced, as part of its “Electra” project, it will develop
and install new “world leading” technology to electrify the
production of vinyl chloride at its site in Rafnes, Norway.
Project Electra, which has just entered its industrial
demonstration phase, will cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
from the operations at Rafnes by up to 21,000 t/y.
In this next phase, Inovyn intends to build the groundbreaking
electrical reactor at industrial demonstration
scale.
“The project is part of a roadmap for the stepwise decarbonization
of our activities in Norway, in which the use
of renewable hydropower will play an important role,” said
Nils Eirik Stamland, project director and chairman of
Inovyn Norge.
In parallel with Electra, Inovyn is already well advanced
on project Aquarius, which involves the installation
of a 20-megawatt hydrogen production facility at Rafnes
(PCN, 2 May 2022, p 3). Both projects combined are expected
to cut CO2 emissions in Norway by a total of approximately
40%.
Enova, owned by Norway’s Ministry of Climate and the
Environment, earlier said it would award NOK 10-million
in funding to Inovyn for project Aquarius, and NOK 138-
million to support project Electra.

 

Grupa Azoty Companies Resume Production At Some Polish Plastics, Fertilizer Units

Warsaw—
Grupa Azoty Group’s Grupa Azoty S.A. and Grupa Azoty
Pulawy, which temporarily shut down or scaled down production
of ammonia, caprolactam, polyamide 6 (PA6) and
other products this past August in response to record high
gas prices, have decided to resume production of some of
the Polish units (PCN, 29 Aug 2022, p 2).
Grupa Azoty S.A. restarted production at its nitrogen
fertilizer, caprolactam and PA6 plants in Tarnów, Poland,
as of 12 Oct. 2022.
Grupa Azoty Pulawy has decided to increase capacity
utilization and start up process units in the agro segment
that are used to make nitrogen fertilizers, as of 12 Oct.
2022.
The caprolactam unit and melamine unit at Grupa
Azoty Pulawy will remain shut down after the full start-up
of the fertilizer production units.

 

PCG Completes Purchase of Perstorp From PAI Partners’ Financiere Foret

Malmö—
Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) has finalized the acquisition
of the entire equity stake in Perstorp from Financiere
Foret Sarl, a company under European private equity firm
PAI Partners.
The deal, valued at around RM10.5-billion, will add up
to 2.3-million t/y to PCG’s production capacity and immediately
contribute about 28% incremental revenue to PCG
based on 2021 results. It will also support PCG’s mediumterm
goal of establishing 30% revenue generated from nontraditional
businesses by 2030, PCG earlier noted.
“We are delighted to have completed this acquisition,”
said PCG Managing Director and Chief Executive Mohd
Yusri Mohamed Yusof. “The acquisition is part of our
stepping-out strategy, creating a new platform for our
growth in the specialty chemicals industry.
“It also goes beyond earnings potential; Perstorp is a
strategic fit with similar values and talented workforce
who are experts in the industry. We are excited to welcome
the Perstorp team to the PCG family.”

 

LanzaTech Touts Specialized Biocatalysts To Directly Produce Ethylene from CO2

Chicago—
LanzaTech NV said it has successfully engineered specialized
biocatalysts to directly produce ethylene from carbon
dioxide (CO2) in a continuous process.
The company has previously produced ethylene via the
indirect ethanol pathway, taking ethanol produced from
carbon emissions and then converting the ethanol to ethylene.
This latest development bypasses this conversion step
in sustainable ethylene production, making the process
less energy intensive and more efficient, LanzaTech explained.
“Ethylene production is one of the three largest carbon
emitters in the chemical industry,” noted LanzaTech Chief
Executive Dr. Jennifer Holmgren. “Now is the time to
break free from relying on virgin fossil inputs as a feedstock
for the things we use in our daily lives.
“With the ability to directly produce this bulk chemical
commodity, we aim to make synthetic biology accessible
and bring it to people in everyday consumer goods.”

 

CF Signs Agreement with ExxonMobil For New Emissions-Reduction Project

Irving—CF
Industries has entered into a commercial agreement with
ExxonMobil to capture and permanently store up to 2-
million t/y of carbon dioxide emissions from its manufacturing
complex in Louisiana.
Earlier this year, CF said it will invest $200-million to
build a carbon dioxide (CO2) dehydration and compression
facility in Donaldsonville, La., to enable captured CO2 to
be transported and stored (PCN, 16 May 2022, p 4). Startup
of the project is scheduled for early 2025.
ExxonMobil will transport and permanently store the
captured CO2 from CF’s complex in secure geologic storage
it owns in Vermilion Parish, La.
Also, as part of the project, ExxonMobil has signed an
agreement with EnLink Midstream to use EnLink’s transportation
network to deliver CO2 to permanent geologic
storage.
Once CF’s 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.

 

Synpet Planning to Build Plant to Process Used Plastics into Circular Feed for PCs

Genk—
Synpet Technologies said it plans to invest €90-million in
Genk, Belgium, to build a unit to process difficult-torecycle
plastics into circular naphtha for the petrochemical
industry.
The new plant would use Synpet’s cost-effective proprietary
technology, which provides a continuous process
that is scalable and carbon neutral, Synpet noted. The
technology is currently deployed at pilot scale.
At the same time, Kolmar announced its intention to
invest in Synpet. As part of the investment, Kolmar will
have marketing exclusivity of products produced from the
Synpet technology.
Kolmar will work with Synpet to provide around
150,000 t/y of circular feed to the market by 2027. The
first volumes will be available in 2025.
“This investment supports Kolmar’s strategic ambition
to invest in renewable, bio and low carbon technologies to
gain access to the associated products and markets, and to
serve the chemical markets’ continuing and evolving
needs,” said Kolmar Chief Executive Ruth Sandelowsky.

 

Borealis Signs PPA with Axpo Nordic For Wind Power to Stenungsund Site

Stockholm—
Borealis and Axpo Nordic have signed a wind power purchase
agreement (PPA) for the supply of renewable electricity
to Borealis’ production operations in Stenungsund,
Sweden.
Under the 10-year deal, Axpo will supply more than
130,000 megawatt/hr of wind power generated by the 60-
megawatt Hultema wind farm currently under construction
in Sweden. Delivery will begin in January 2024.
The renewable electricity will reduce Borealis’ indirect
carbon dioxide emissions (Scope 2 emissions) at the site by
around 10,000 t/y.
The Hultema wind farm is owned by Swiss infrastructure
asset manager Reichmuth & Co.

 

IVL & Coca-Cola Open Joint Venture Bottle-to-Bottle PET Recycling Plant

Bangkok—
Indorama Ventures (IVL) and Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines
have opened their joint venture polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) recycling facility in General Trias,
Cavite Province, Philippines (PCN, 16 Mar 2020, p 2).
The joint venture, PETValue Philippines, is the country’s
“first” food-grade, bottle-to-bottle recycling facility,
and the largest in the country.
IVL earlier said the plant was expected to be able to
process around 30,000 t/y of PET bottles using advanced
recycling technology and have an output of 16,000 t/y of
recycled PET resin. The recycled PET resin is suitable for
use in food-contact applications.
Last year, IVL’s post-consumer PET for recycling
reached 317,064 t/y, almost half of its goal of 750,000 t/y by
2025, IVL noted.

 

Lanxess Digitally Transforming Facilities With Emerson’s Automation Technology

Berlin—
Lanxess has selected advanced automation technology
from Emerson for upgrading its control and safety systems
and digitally transforming its production plants.
As Lanxess’ global alliance partner for automation
technology, Emerson will help drive the adoption of advanced
automation technologies and enable more efficient
project implementation that will allow Lanxess to achieve
shorter time-to-market for new products.
The agreement, which will initially run for a period of
five years, will be supplemented by joint projects to develop
and implement applications and analytics software to identify
opportunities for increased efficiency and performance,
said Lanxess.

 

BASF Begins Construction in Mumbai On PU Application Development Lab

Mumbai—BASF
said it broke ground on a new Polyurethane Application
Development Laboratory in Mumbai, India.
The lab, which will open in the first half of 2024, will
house state-of-the-art application equipment to offer improved
customer support services ranging from troubleshooting
to customized formulations, line trials, and customer
training sessions, BASF noted.

 

SIDPEC Mulls 100% Stake in Ethydco

Cairo—Sidi
Kerir Petrochemical Co. (SIDPEC) is considering the purchase
of the remaining stake in Egyptian Ethylene Production
Co. (Ethydco), pending an evaluation by an independent
financial adviser, according to Daily News Egypt.
SIDPEC, which already owns an approximately 20% interest
in Ethydco, plans to make a decision on the transaction
once it receives the results of the evaluation, which is
expected within a month.
According to Ethydco’s website, its petrochemicals complex
in Alexandria is the “largest” in Egypt and Africa, and
has a production capacity of 460,000 t/y of ethylene,
400,000 t/y of polyethylene, 20,000 t/y of butadiene and
26,000 t/y of butadiene derivatives.
SIDPEC produces ethylene, polyethylene, butene-1 and
liquefied petroleum gas at its complex in Alexandria.

 

EC Gives Conditional OK for Celanese’s Acquisition of DuPont’s M&M Business

Brussels—The
European Commission (EC) has approved the planned acquisition
by Celanese of DuPont’s Mobility and Materials
(M&M) business, subject to conditions (PCN, 21 Feb 2022,
p 3).
This past February, Celanese said it had signed a definitive
agreement to purchase a majority of DuPont’s
M&M business, including a broad portfolio of engineered
thermoplastics and elastomers, for $11-billion.
Following completion of the transaction, the combined
entity would become the “largest” producer of thermoplastic
copolyester (TPC) in the European Economic Area and
globally, with only a few alternative suppliers remaining,
the commission noted.
To address the commission’s concerns, Celanese offered
to divest its global TPC business, including its production
facility in Ferrara, Italy, and its Pibiflex and Riteflex TPC
brands.
The commitments consist of the sale of a stand-alone
business, which fully removes the overlap between the parties’
activities.
Celanese earlier said the sale was expected to close
around the end of this year.

 

Uniper Lets FEED Contract to Technip For Dutch Green Hydrogen Project

Rotterdam—
Uniper has awarded a front-end engineering design
(FEED) study contract to Technip Energies for its
H2Maasvlakte green hydrogen project at the Maasvlakte
power plant site within the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands
(PCN, 20 Sept 2021, p 3).
The project will have an initial electrolysis capacity of
100 megawatt in 2025, with the aim to gradually scale up
the electrolysis capacity to a total of 500 megawatt by
2030.
The electrolysis plant, which will run on power generated
by North Sea wind farms, will 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.
Under the contract, which is effective immediately,
Technip Energies will be responsible for the full FEED
package, including a design for a large-scale water electrolysis
system, the balance of plant as well as site integration.

 

Indaver to Supply Recycled PC Feedstock To TotalEnergies for Circular Polymers

Antwerp—
Indaver and TotalEnergies have signed an agreement, in
which Indaver will supply recycled petrochemical feedstock
to TotalEnergies to be processed into high-quality circular
polymers at its plants in Antwerp, Belgium.
Under the commercial offtake agreement, TotalEnergies
will purchase petrochemical feedstock produced from
Indaver’s first Plastics2Chemicals plant in Antwerp, which
is currently under construction. Operations are expected
to begin by 2024.
Indaver will transform post-consumer mixed plastic
waste, such as polyolefins and polystyrene, into the petrochemical
feedstock utilizing its proprietary depolymerization
technology. The feedstock has properties and quality
identical to virgin polymers, and is suitable for a wide
range of high demanding applications, the companies
noted.
“This partnership contributes to our ambition of producing
30% circular polymers by 2030,” said Valerie Goff,
senior vice president of Renewable Fuels & Chemicals at
TotalEnergies

 

Repsol Acquires 27% Interest in Acteco To Ensure Its Access to Plastic Waste

Madrid—Repsol
said it has purchased a 27% stake in comprehensive waste
management and recovery company Acteco to guarantee its
access to plastic waste and promote the circular economy of
its Reciclex range of products.
The two companies have been collaborating since 2018
to promote new circular economy models through the recovery
of polymers after their useful life and their reincorporation
into new high-added value products, Repsol noted.
In 2020, the partners launched a joint project to increase
the capacity of Acteco’s recycled material production
plant in Ibi, Alicante, Spain.
With Repsol as a shareholder, Acteco will double its
plastic recycling capacity in five years.
“This new step in the collaboration between the two
companies represents an essential boost to achieve Repsol’s
goal of recycling the equivalent of 20% of its polyolefins
production by 2030,” said Jaime Martin Juez, refining
and chemicals executive director at Repsol.

V60 N39 – 10 October 2022

MCG Postpones FID for MMA Facility Citing Current Market Volatilities

Geismar—Mitsubishi
Chemical Group (MCG) has decided to defer a final
investment decision (FID) by six to 18 months for its proposed
methyl methacrylate (MMA) facility in Geismar, La.,
due to current market volatilities.
The 350,000-t/y MMA plant, on which a FID is expected
in fiscal year 2023, will be based on Lucite’s ethylene-based
Alpha technology. The project will also include integrated
production units for key raw materials, such as carbon
monoxide and methanol.
The front-end engineering design stage was recently
completed and the company is in the process of applying
for the required wetland and air permits, which are expected
to be granted in 2023.
“MCG remains committed to working with its suppliers
and partners in Geismar in preparation for FID and sourcing
all of its customers’ requirements from its global asset
base,” MCG noted.

 

BASF Awards Two Contracts to Flour For EO/EG Unit at Zhanjiang Site

Beijing—Fluor has
received two reimbursable engineering, procurement and
construction management contracts by BASF for an ethylene
oxide (EO)/ethylene glycol (EG) plant at BASF’s new
Verbund site in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China
(PCN, 12 Sept 2022, p 2).
The site, which is being built in phases, will also include
a steam cracker and downstream plants for the production
of various petrochemicals and intermediates. Capacities
were not given. The site is expected to be fully
operational by 2030.
Fluor’s scope of work includes two primary packages,
including the EO/EG derivative unit and the infrastructure,
offsites and utilities scope, comprised of site infrastructure,
utility generation and site logistics.
Fluor is also performing services as part of the centralized
program management team activities. Value of the
contracts is valued at over $2-billion.

 

Meghmani Expands Caustic Soda Capacity At Integrated Complex at GIDC Dahej

Dahej—
Meghmani Finechem said it has commissioned additional
caustic soda capacity at its fully integrated complex at
GIDC Dahej, a Petroleum, Chemicals & Petrochemicals
Investment Region in Gujarat, India.
The company added 106,000 t/y of caustic soda capacity
with a 36-megawatt captive power plant, resulting in a
total capacity of 400,000 t/y of caustic soda and 132 megawatt
of captiva power plant.
Meghmani also recently commissioned India’s “first”
epichlorohydrin unit based on 100% renewable resources,
and India’s “largest” chlorinated polyvinyl chloride resin
facility with 30,000 t/y of capacity.

 

Borealis Resumes Construction in Kallo; Selects New Contractor for PDH Plant

Kallo—
Borealis said it has restarted construction on its new propane
dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Kallo, Belgium, after
carrying out a re-tendering process for the mechanical and
piping construction works, which were previously awarded
to IREM Group (PCN, 29 Aug 2022, p 1).
The world-scale PDH plant will have a targeted production
capacity of 750,000 t/y of propylene, utilizing Honeywell
UOP’s Oleflex technology. Start-up was originally
expected in mid-2022, but is now planned during the second
half of 2024.
This past August, Borealis decided to terminate all contracts
with IREM Group after Belgian authorities investigated
alleged human trafficking by contractor IREMPonticelli.
After careful consideration, Borealis has now granted a
majority of the mechanical and piping construction works
to Ponticelli, Borealis noted.

 

Technip Energies Wins Contract from Ineos For Belgian Project One Ethane Cracker

Antwerp—
Ineos has awarded a contract to Technip Energies for the
proprietary equipment supply for Ineos’ Project One ethane
cracker being built in Antwerp, Belgium (PCN, 15-22 Aug
2022, p 1).
Estimated to cost between €3-billion and €4-billion, the
cracker will have a production capacity of about 1.5-million
t/y of ethylene. Operations are expected to begin in 2026.
The cracker is designed using Technip Energies’ latest
enhancement on technologies to achieve a carbon dioxide
footprint less than 50% of the best 10% of European crackers,
Technip Energies noted.
The furnaces are modularized and designed to fire high
hydrogen fuel, and to transition to 100% hydrogen firing in
the future, in addition to the plant being carbon capture
ready.
The contract, valued at between €250-million and €500-
million, consolidates the successful completion of the ethylene
license and extended front-end engineering and design
previously awarded to Technip Energies by Ineos.

 

MPL Receives Government Approval For PG Expansion Project in India

Mumbai—Manali
Petrochemicals Ltd. (MPL) has been granted clearance
from India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate
Change to increase propylene glycol (PG) capacity at its
existing “Plant 2” in India (PCN, 28 Sept 2020, p 2).
The two-phase project, estimated to cost around Rs 150
crore, will boost PG production capacity by 48,000 t/y to a
total of 70,000 t/y.
In the first phase, which is expected to be completed
within 18-21 months of receipt of other regulatory approvals,
MPL will add 24,000 t/y of PG capacity. The second
phase will add another 24,000 t/y of PG capacity.

 

Ingevity Completes Capa Polyols Expansion; Increases Global Polyols Capacity by 40%

DeRidder—
Ingevity has concluded an expansion of its DeRidder, La.,
facility that included launching new Capa polyols production
and producing the first commercial quantities of its
high performance caprolactone polyols in the U.S.
The completion of the expansion project increases the
company’s global capacity for producing polyols by 40% and
positions Ingevity to better meet increasing demand for the
Capa portfolio and more effectively serve its customers by
reducing global lead times, the company noted.
“The investment in Ingevity’s DeRidder plant includes
installation of monomer storage capacity to not only support
the manufacturing of polyol derivatives, but also to
streamline and enable bulk monomer shipments to U.S.
customers,” said Ingevity.
Ingevity acquired the Capa Carolactone Division of Perstorp
in 2019 for $652.5-million (PCN, 18 Feb 2019, p 3).
The transaction included a polycaprolactone production
facility in Warrington, UK, which is still in operation.

 

Dow Makes Additional Investment in Mura To Build HydroPRS Units in Europe, U.S.

Horgen—
Mura Technology said it has received an additional strategic
investment from Dow that will enable Mura to develop
several HydroPRS advanced recycling facilities in Europe
and the UK.
This past July, the two companies announced plans to
build multiple world-scale 120,000-t/y advanced recycling
plants in the U.S. and Europe, adding as much as 600,000
t/y of aggregate advanced recycling capacity by 2030 (PCN,
19 Sept 2022, p 3).
The HydroPRS process is a highly scalable form of advanced
recycling, which uses supercritical water to convert
waste plastics, including difficult to recycle flexible and
multi-layered materials, into high yields of stable hydrocarbon
products for use in the manufacture of new plastics
and materials, Mura explained.
“Mura brings an important element to Dow’s lowcarbon
circular plastics business model,” noted Diego
Donoso, president of Dow’s packaging and specialty plastics.
“The collaboration not only accelerates the strategic
transformation of our feedstock slate and enables us to
secure circular feedstocks, it also helps us meet strong and
growing customer demand for circular polymers.
“Importantly, this capacity will help Dow scale these
technologies globally as we continue to drive our long-term
strategy to decrease use of virgin fossil-based feedstocks.”

 

PTTGC’s GCM Completes Purchase Of Remaining Interest in PT GCM

Jakarta—GC Marketing
Solutions Co. (GCM), a wholly owned subsidiary of
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC), has purchased the remaining
33% stake in PT GCM Marketing Solutions Indonesia
(PT GCM) from PT Cipta Aneka Air, making GCM sole
owner of PT GCM.
GCM established PT GCM to support its import and
export trading business (PCN, 13 Jan 2020, p 4). PT GCM
engages in the retail and wholesale distribution of polymer
products in Indonesia.

 

KBR Confirms Technology Contract Award For OCI’s Blue NH3 Project in the U.S.

Houston—
KBR confirmed it has received a technology contract from
Tecnimont SpA, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont, for OCI
NV’s new low-carbon blue ammonia facility being built in
Beaumont, Texas (PCN, 12 Sept 2022, p 1).
The world-scale plant will have a capacity of 1.1-million
t/y of blue ammonia with infrastructure to double capacity
to 2.2-million t/y. Production is scheduled to begin in the
first quarter of 2025.
The project will be designed to transition from blue to
green ammonia production as green hydrogen becomes
available at larger scale in the future.
Under the terms of KBR’s contract, it will supply the
technology license, basic engineering design, proprietary
equipment and catalyst.
Maire Tecnimont was recently awarded the project on
an engineering and procurement basis.

 

Orlen Unipetrol Starts Up New Facility For the Production of DCPD in Europe

Praha—Orlen
Unipetrol said it has opened a new 26,0000-t/y dicyclopentadiene
(DCPD) production unit in the Czech Republic,
making it “one of the four largest” producers in Europe.
The CZK 831-million plant utilizes a process developed
by Orlen Unipetrol researchers in collaboration with the
University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech
Republic.
DCPD will be produced with a distillation purity between
80% and 94% for use in the further production of
polymer materials, resins and chemical specialties.
“There is high demand for this product on global markets,”
noted Tomasz Wiatrak, chairman of the board. “In
Europe, there is currently a deficit in DCPD production
capacity. We expect demand to increase by an additional
26%, by 40% in American markets and by 60% in Asian
markets by 2030.
“The implementation of our own production technology
allows us to use the flexibility of the unit and produce a
product in a wide range of qualities from basic technical
DCPD to highly pure DCPD for more demanding applications,
for example for the production of transparent substances.”

 

Deltech Finalizes StanChem Purchase

Baton Rouge—
Deltech Holdings, a portfolio company of SK Capital Partners,
has completed the acquisition of StanChem, an emulsion
polymers and protective coatings provider.
StanChem will operate as StanChem Resins, a division
of the larger Deltech platform, and will continue to be
overseen by existing management. Value of the transaction
was not disclosed.
“StanChem’s advanced R&D [research and development]
capabilities, portfolio of innovative products, excellent
manufacturing flexibility, and strong customer relationships
will complement Deltech’s existing monomers
business, creating opportunities for the company to better
serve its customers and find commercial opportunities in
line with its vision,” Deltech noted.
Funds advised by SK Capital acquired Deltech’s monomers,
polymers and European businesses in August 2021,
giving SK Capital a minority interest in Deltech (PCN, 30
Aug 2021, p 2).

 

Neste, Idemitsu, Chimei & Mitsubishi Partner To Build Renewable Plastics Supply Chain

Espoo—
Neste, Idemitsu Kosan, Chimei and Mitsubishi have
agreed to partner to create a renewable plastics supply
chain utilizing Neste RE bio-based hydrocarbons from
Neste.
Neste RE is produced from 100% bio-based raw materials,
such as waste and residues, and its use can “significantly”
reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional
fossil feedstock use, Neste noted.
Neste will provide Neste RE to Idemitsu Kosan in Japan
for the production of styrene monomer (bio-SM) based
on the mass balance method. Idemitsu will then supply
the bio-SM to Chimei, the “biggest” acrylonitrile butadiene
styrene manufacturer in the world, for its renewable plastics
production, said Neste.
Mitsubishi will coordinate the collaboration between
the partners to develop the renewable products’ market.
The bio-SM production in Japan and the renewable
plastics production in Taiwan will mark the first of such
production in each country, and they are planned to take
place in the first half of 2023.

 

ACC’s CPI Announces Two Recipients Of Distinguished Leadership Awards

Annapolis—The
Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American
Chemistry Council (ACC) has named Nigel Barksby of
Covestro and Mary Bogdan of Honeywell as the two CPI
Distinguished Leadership Award recipients.
Barksby, who will be retiring next year after 45 years in
the polyurethane industry, is currently a science fellow at
Covestro in their performance materials business. His accomplishments
include, among other things, new product
development and commercialization that have resulted in
several technical presentations, reviewed papers, and
granted patents.
Bogdan is a senior principal scientist for Honeywell and
is the technology lead for the Blowing Agent Technical
Sales and Service Group.
Her accomplishments, to name a few, include over 30
U.S. patents and numerous published technical articles on
the development and use of fluorocarbons.

 

Ascend Making Progress Towards Goal To Cut Carbon Footprint of Products

Houston—
Ascend Performance Materials, as part of its aim to reduce
its carbon footprint, said it has made its global compounding
operations carbon neutral, and has secured ISCC+ certification
for the use of bio-based materials.
The company is the first integrated polymer producer to
decarbonize a substantial part of its operations, Ascend
noted. It has seven compounding sites in North America,
Europe and Asia, which produce its Vydyne, Starflam and
HiDura engineered materials.
Carbon neutrality for the sites’ Scope 1 and 2 emissions
was accomplished through a mix of process improvements,
renewable energy and carbon offsets.
With the ISCC+ certification, Ascend is able to use biobased
feedstocks to produce acrylonitrile, adiponitrile, hexamethylene
diamine and polyamide 66 utilizing a massbalanced
approach. Customers would have the option to
request grades with as much as 40% bio-based material.

 

Topsoe, Skogaard & Vestas Break Ground On Green Ammonia Project in Denmark

Egtved—A
Danish partnership comprising Topsoe, Skovgaard Energy
and Vestas have begun construction on a demonstration
plant that will produce green ammonia based on renewable
power and electrolysis of water near Lemvig, Denmark
(PCN, 14 Dec 2020, p 4).
The “first-of-its-kind” project will show how renewable
power can be coupled directly to the ammonia plant while
taking fluctuations in power production into account, and
at the same time making it a cost-effective way of producing
green ammonia, Topsoe noted.
The plant will produce more than 5,000 t/y of green
ammonia, preventing 8,200 t/y of carbon dioxide from being
emitted into the atmosphere. Operations are scheduled to
begin by 2023.
The partnership has received around €11-million in
funding from the Danish Energy Technology Development
and Demonstration Program for the project.
“We are very excited to begin this next chapter going
from maturing the project to actually begin construction of
this cutting-edge green ammonia plant,” said Kim Gron
Knudsen, chief strategy and innovation officer at Topsoe.
“The plant will serve as a prime example of how we can
replace fossil-based fuels and fertilizer by carbon-neutral
alternatives via electrolysis.”

 

Borealis Plans Joint Project with Verbund To Produce Hydrogen for Linz Operations

Linz—
Borealis and Verbund have begun a joint decarbonization
project that will produce green hydrogen for use in the production
of fertilizers, melamine and technical nitrogen at
Borealis’ operations in Linz, Austria.
The project, taking place within the framework of the
pan-European IPCEI (Important Projects of Common
European Interest) process, involves the production of hydrogen
at an industrial electrolysis plant using electricity
from renewable sources and deionized water. The oxygen
generated by water splitting during the electrolysis process
will be used directly in production.
The electrolyzer plant, which will also provide grid services
for the transmission network, is scheduled to begin
operations in 2025, with projected carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions reductions of up to 90,000 t/y.
“We are pleased to continue the successful co-operation
with Verbund in Linz in order to jointly develop solutions
for the energy transition,” said Borealis Chief Executive
Thomas Gangl.
“For Borealis, green hydrogen is an alternative to natural
gas in ammonia production, and using it will lead to a
reduction in CO2 emissions. This joint effort is another
example of how we are reinventing essentials for sustainable
living.”

 

LyondellBasell Opens New Plant in Germany For Expanded Catalyst Production Capacity

Berlin—
LyondellBasell has started up a new catalyst production
plant at its site in Frankfurt, Germany, to support the increasing
demand for high performance polyethylene (PE)
resins.
“The expansion of our catalyst production capacity in
Frankfurt secures the supply of Ziegler Avant Z catalysts
for our license technology customers throughout the
world,” said Andrei Gonioukh, site manager.
“Operating one of the most advanced catalyst production
facilities that is using industry-leading production
technology, this investment is also a commitment to the
catalyst production at the Frankfurt site and the growing
market for our products.”
The new plant directly correlates to investments in infrastructure
projects, increased demand for polymers by a
growing population, particularly in emerging countries,
and the value of the Hostalen ACP PE technology, the
company noted.

 

Repsol-Led Consortium Planning Project To Build Spain’s ‘Largest’ Electrolyzer

Madrid—
Repsol announced that a consortium led by Repsol, and
made up of Enagas, Iqoxe and Messer, are working on the
design and construction of the “largest” electrolyzer in
Spain.
The electrolyzer, to be built in the petrochemical pole of
Tarragona, is expected to have a capacity of 150 megawatts
of renewable hydrogen in the first phase. Commissioning
is scheduled for 2025. In a second phase, expected to start
in 2027, production capacity will be raised to 1 gigawatt.
“The electrolyzer will preferentially use renewable energy
from the surrounding environment and will have the
best technologies to minimize water consumption to produce
renewable hydrogen and oxygen,” Messer noted.
Hydrogen from the project will be used as a feedstock in
the local industry, as an industrial fuel, in mobility, and
will be fed into the natural gas transportation network.
Also, a hydrogen collector will be built to transport gas
between the electrolyzer in the northern industrial area of
the petrochemical park and the southern area, connecting
different consumers through an open network.
Renewable oxygen will also be used in the surrounding
industry and distributed through Messer’s existing gas
pipeline network at the petrochemical park. Iqoxe will use
the oxygen to produce ethylene oxide.

 

BASF Petronas JV Investing in Project To Boost 2-EHA Capacity in Malaysia

Kuantan—
BASF Petronas Chemicals (BPC), a joint venture (JV) of
BASF and Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG), has decided
to invest in an expansion of its 2-ethylhexanoic acid (2-
EHA) production plant in Malaysia.
The project, to be built at BPC’s integrated Verbund
site in Kuantan, will double 2-EHA production capacity to
60,000 t/y. Start-up is planned by the fourth quarter of
2024.
“BPC is one of our strategic JV investments, which
capitalizes on the integration between BPC and other PCG
plants in the Kuantan Verbund site,” said Mohd Yusri Mohamed
Yusof, managing director and chief executive of
PCG.
“The integration allows BPC to maximize the value
chain by improving the quality and cost competitiveness of
the products to continue delivering innovative solutions to
our customers. 2-EHA has been an integral part of BPC’s
growth and this expansion will capture the growing market
demand.
“The expansion is also in line with PCG’s sustainable
growth strategy to expand our portfolio with higher value
products,” he concluded.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Ineos Styrolution said it has launched Terluran Eco
B100, the “world’s first” fully bio-attributed acrylonitrile
butadiene styrene.
Cray Valley has received ISCC Plus certification for
the production of its renewable resins in Carling, France.
The Carling Saint-Avold petrochemical platform produces
specialty resins, as well as value-added polymers, and is
also TotalEnergies’ main polystyrene production site in
Europe.
Japanese firms are interested in investing in Alberta,
Canada, for the production of ammonia and methanol, said
Reuters citing a provincial minister. As part of these efforts,
the companies plan to increase investment in liquefied
natural gas and low-carbon fuels, such as hydrogen
and ammonia. Japan aims to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Olin expects to discontinue production of methylene
chloride and chloroform at its facility in Stade, Germany,
by the third quarter of next year. The company will continue
to produce both products at its Freeport, Texas,
plant.
Iran and Uzbekistan plan to establish a joint working
group to develop relations between the two countries in the
field of petrochemicals, as well as oil and gas, said Hossein
Alimorad, head of international affairs at the National Petrochemical
Co. of Iran. According to Alimurad, there was a
66% increase in the export of Iranian petrochemical products
to Uzbekistan in 2021, compared to 2020.

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Lihuayi Weiyuan Picks Lummus’ Technology For New Polypropylene Facility in China

Beijing—
Lummus Technology’s Novolen technology has been selected
by Lihuayi Weiyuan for a new polypropylene (PP)
plant to be built in Shandong Province, China.
Lummus’ scope includes the technology license for the
PP unit, as well as basic engineering, training and services.
A schedule for the project was not given.
“We are grateful for Lihuayi Weiyuan’s selection of Novolen,
and proud to support our customer across the full
value stream from propane feedstock to high-value polypropylene
product,” said Lummus President and Chief Executive
Leon de Bruyn.
“Our technology has proven to yield our customers significant
CAPEX and OPEX advantages, coupled with the
ability to produce a comprehensive range of highperformance
polymers.”
Last year, Lihuayi Weiyuan also chose Lummus’ Catofin
technology for a new 600,000-t/y propane dehydrogenation
unit in China.

 

Red Sea Awards Technology Contracts For PE Lines and PP Plant in Egypt

Cairo—Red Sea
National Petrochemicals Co. has selected polyethylene
(PE) technology and polypropylene (PP) technology from
Univation Technologies and W. R. Grace & Co., respectively,
for its planned refinery and petrochemicals complex
in Ain Sokhna, Egypt (PCN, 21 Feb 2022, p 2).
The project, to be located in the Suez Canal Economic
Zone, would convert around 4-million t/y of crude oil into
refined products and petrochemicals, including jet fuel, low
sulfur oil, ethylene, PE, PP, paraxylene and monoethylene
glycol. Cost of the project and a schedule were not given.
Univation’s Unipol PE process was selected for two reactor
lines, each designed to achieve world-scale nameplate
capacities. Specific capacities were not available.
Red Sea will also use Univation’s high-density PE
(HDPE) technology platforms, including Prodigy Bimodal
HDPE technology and Acclaim Unimodal HDPE technology.
In addition, Univation will supply its XCat metallocene
process and its APC+3.0 advanced process control
platform.
Grace will provide its Unipol PP technology for the industry’s
“largest” single PP reactor line with the capacity
to produce homopolymers and random copolymers, Grace
noted.
Red Sea recently signed an agreement with Linde Engineering
for a steam cracker unit to produce ethylene
feedstock for the two PE reactor lines. Linde will be responsible
for the basic design engineering package for the
two lines.
Univation and Linde have signed a cooperation agreement,
which was formed “to enable measurable capital investment
synergies and overall lower operation cost derived
from a high degree of integration of the Unipol PE
process with the cracker platform,” said Univation.

 

EC Approves Proposed Joint Venture Between ADNOC, ADQ and Reliance

Brussels—The
European Commission (EC) has cleared the creation of a
joint venture by Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC),
Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Co. (ADQ) and Reliance
Industries Ltd. (RIL) to produce and sell caustic soda, ethylene
dichloride (EDC) and polyvinyl chloride in Abu
Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The commission concluded that the proposed concentration
would raise no competition concerns, given the joint
venture’s negligible foreseen activities and assets in the
European Economic Area.
Earlier this year, RIL and Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives
Co. (TA’ZIZ), a joint venture of ADNOC and ADQ,
signed a formal shareholder agreement for the TA’ZIZ EDC
& PVC joint venture project planned in Ruwais, UAE
(PCN, 2 May 2022, p 1).
TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC will invest more than $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 EDC and
360,000 t/y of PVC.

 

Anqing Chooses Dow, JM Technology For Expansion of Chinese Oxo Plant

Beijing—Anqing
Shuguang Petrochemical Oxo Co. has licensed LP Oxo
technology by Dow and Johnson Matthey (JM) for a new
oxo facility in China.
The plant, expected to come online in 2024, will have a
production capacity of around 200,000 t/y of 2-ethylhexanol
and 25,000 t/y of isobutyraldehyde.
This will be Anqing’s second plant utilizing LP Oxo
technology in China. The first oxo unit, which started up
in 2016, has a production capacity of 100,000 t/y of 2-
ethylhexanol, 115,000 t/y of normal butanol and 23,000 t/y
of isobutanol.
“This is a significant endorsement of our technology,”
said Hector Miravete, global commercial director of catalyst
technologies at JM.
“The new design includes improvements we have made
to ensure LP Oxo technology remains world leading. We
have started the process design and look forward to working
closely with Anqing as they construct the plant.”

 

LyondellBasell Delays Berre Cracker Restart

Berre—
LyondellBasell announced it will postpone the restart of an
ethylene cracker at its integrated olefins and polyolefins
production site in Berre, France.
The cracker, which was damaged by a fire on 2 Aug.
2022, will not restart until early 2023.
“While repairs should be completed by November, the
combination of persistently high energy costs, compressing
margins and falling demand for products in the region contributed
to the decision to delay the restart,” the company
explained.

 

Trinseo Initiates Process for Possible Closure Of Styrene Production Site in Germany

Berlin—
Trinseo said it has begun an information and consultation
process with the Works Council of Trinseo Deutschland
GmbH regarding the potential closure of its styrene
monomer production site in Boehlen, Germany.
The plant, which has a nameplate capacity of 300,000
t/y, has generated negative profitability of around $30-
million over the last four quarters ending second quarter
2022, the company noted.
“Given the current economic outlook of higher inflation,
lower customer demand and elevated energy costs, we are
evaluating asset optimization across our portfolio,” said
President and Chief Executive Frank Bozich.
“The cost position of the Boehlen facility is challenged
due to the current energy cost environment in Europe, as
well as the facility’s smaller scale, and it’s difficult to envision
significant earnings improvement at the site in the
near to medium term. Therefore, we have decided to evaluate
the potential closure of this plant.
“In addition to improved profitability for Trinseo, we believe
a closure will aid in achieving our 2030 sustainability
goals, as Boehlen is one of our most carbon intensive
plants.”

 

Biotrend Energy Picks Honeywell Process For Plastics Recycling Facility in Turkey

Istanbul—
Honeywell announced that its UpCycle process technology
has been selected by Biotrend Energy for a planned advanced
plastics recycling plant in Turkey.
The facility is expected to have the capacity to transform
30,000 t/y of mixed waste plastics into Honeywell recycled
polymer feedstock. Once complete, it will become
the “first” commercialized waste plastics recycling facility
in Turkey using the UpCycle process. A schedule for the
project was not disclosed.
Honeywell UOP will provide related engineering and
technical services, including start-up, commissioning, and
technical support services during the plant’s lifetime.
Biotrend and Honeywell intend to also collaborate on
multiple, additional waste plastic recycling facilities in the
future.
“Honeywell’s UpCycle process technology will help Biotrend
Energy tackle the challenge of plastic waste in Turkey,”
said Barry Glickman, vice president and general
manager, Honeywell Sustainable Solutions.
“Turkey will be able to increase the range of plastics
that can be recycled, which offers the potential to displace
a portion of fossil feedstocks for new plastic production.”

 

Stepan Buys PerformanX Specialty Chem’s Surfactant Business, Associated Assets

Springfield—
Stepan Co. has completed the previously announced purchase
of the surfactant business and associated assets of
PerformanX Specialty Chemicals (PCN, 19 Sept 2022, p 4).
The acquisition includes intellectual property, commercial
relationships and inventory. Financial terms of the
transaction were not disclosed.
“Alkoxylates are a core surfactant technology critical to
Stepan’s agriculture, oilfield, construction and household
end use markets,” noted Stepan President and Chief Executive
Scott R. Behrens.

 

Infinity Invests in Chem Recycler Clariter To Support Chem Upcycling Process

Luxembourg—
Infinity Recycling and chemical recycler Clariter announced
a strategic investment by Infinity’s Circular Plastics
Fund for the scale-up of Clariter’s proprietary, breakthrough
chemical upcycling technology.
“Clariter is on the cusp of a new phase in its evolution,
with its impending global rollout and rapid growth,” said
Clariter Founder and Chief Executive Ran J. Sharon.
“We have spent 19 years perfecting our technology to
create a viable solution to plastic waste – creating highquality,
high-value products from most types of plastic
waste using a highly efficient process with minimal waste
and emissions.
“Having achieved a mature and market-ready technology,
it is the perfect time to partner with expansionoriented
impact investors like infinity. This investment
will accelerate our growth, bringing us faster towards a
sustainable future for all.”

 

LyondellBasell Making Company Changes To Show Deliberate Steps in Its Evolution

Houston—
LyondellBasell announced organizational changes, effective
1 Oct. 2022, to increase value from existing assets and
targeted growth opportunities while accelerating the development
of its circular and low carbon solutions, signifying
deliberate steps it is taking in the company’s evolution.
The company’s business unit executive officers will be
as follows: Kimberly Foley, executive vice president, Refining,
Intermediates and Derivatives; Kenneth Lane, executive
vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins (O&P); Torkel
Rhenman, executive vice president, Advanced Polymer Solutions;
James Seward, executive vice president and chief
innovation officer, and Yvonne van der Laan, executive
vice president, Circular and Low Carbon Solutions.
To align business strategy with execution, business
units will now have global responsibility for manufacturing
operations.
In addition, the following leaders will be the executive
officers for the various central functions within the organization:
Tracey Campbell, executive vice president, sustainability
and corporate affairs, and Dale Friedrichs, executive
vice president, operational excellence and HSE. Friedrichs
will also serve in the interim as executive vice president,
people and culture, until a new leader is named.
James Guilfoyle will assume the role of senior vice
president, O&P Europe, Africa, Middle East and India.
The new Circular and Low Carbon Solutions business
unit will focus on the growth of LyondellBasell’s Circulen
renewable and circular solutions, and accelerate the development
of scalable sustainable and circular technologies.

 

People on the Move

Nova Chemicals—Danny Dweik, a Nova board member
and head of industrials at Mubadala Investment Co.,
has been appointed chief executive of Nova, effective 1 Oct.
2022. He succeeds Luis Sierra, who is stepping down as
chief executive and will serve as an adviser to the company.
IRPC Public Co. Ltd.—Kris Imsang has become president,
chief executive and director to replace Chawalit Tippawanich.

 

India’s CIL, IOCL, Gail & BHEL Planning To Set Up New Coal-to-Chem Projects

New Delhi—
Coal India Ltd. (CIL), under the aegis of India’s Ministry of
Coal, will partner with Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOCL), Gail
(India) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to set up
four new coal-to-chemical projects in India.
Utilizing a surface coal gasification (SCG) route, coal is
converted into syngas, which can be subsequently processed
for the downstream production of value added chemicals
such as dimethyl ether, synthetic natural gas and
ammonium nitrate.
The Ministry of Coal has set a target to achieve 100-
million tons of coal gasification by 2030.

 

SCGC Invests in PCR Expansion at Sirplaste To Meet Rising Demand in Europe, Africa

Bangkok—
SCG Chemicals (SCGC), majority shareholder in Portuguese
recycling firm Sirplaste-Sociedade Industrial de Recuperados
de Plastico, said it recently invested in Sirplaste
to expand production capacity of high quality postconsumer
recycled resin (PCR) to address the growing
market demand in Europe and Africa.
In order to increase PCR or recycled high-density polyethylene
capacity by 9,000 t/y to over 45,000 t/y, PCGC has
invested in new technologies and machinery at Sirplaste.
Completion is expected by the second quarter of 2023.
“In the future, there are plans to constantly increase
production capacity to support the expanding green packaging
market in the long run,” said Sirplaste Chief Executive
Ricardo Pereira. “This serves to solidify Sirplaste’s
commitment to European customers and reinforces our
position as a leader in Portugal’s recycled plastics industry.”
SCGC acquired a 70% stake in Sirplaste this past April
through its SCG Chemicals Trading (Singapore) Pte. subsidiary
(PCN, 11-18 Apr 2022, p 4).
The PCR produced by Sirplaste is certified by EUCertplast,
a European standard that verifies that raw material
sources for PCR are responsibly sourced post-consumer
resin, SCGC noted.

 

Ineos Lets Contract to Atkins to Design New Hydrogen Plant at Grangemouth

London—
Atkins, a member of SNC-Lavalin Group, has been
awarded a contract from Ineos to design a world-scale low
carbon hydrogen unit at Ineos’ Grangemouth site in Scotland,
UK.
The new hydrogen plant will see Ineos remove over 1-
million tons of carbon emissions from its already improving
performance since it purchased the site in 2005 and comes
on top of other significant investments at the site, Ineos
noted.
The hydrogen project will have access to the Scottish
Cluster carbon capture and storage infrastructure. Carbon
dioxide from the hydrogen plant will be sent directly offshore
to be permanently and safely stored in rock formations
deep below the North Sea, Ineos stated.
Ineos is also actively involved in the Forth Green Freeport
bid, which if successful, will further support the early
development of Ineos’ hydrogen production facility and its
ambitions to achieve more than 60% carbon reduction by
2030.

 

BASF Introduces CircleStar Catalyst to Lower CO2 Footprint in Bio-ethylene Value Chain

Berlin—
BASF has launched CircleStar, a new dehydration catalyst
to process renewable feedstocks that decreases the carbon
dioxide (CO2) footprint in the bio-ethylene value chain by
over 10% for products ranging from plastics to jet fuel.
The innovative catalyst achieves a 99.5% selectivity for
the ethanol-to-ethylene (E2E) conversion and has an operating
temperature more than 25°C lower compared to conventional
processes.
In addition, the packed density in the reactor bed is
“significantly” lower compared to conventionally shaped
catalysts, which impact the overall cost optimization of the
reaction, BASF noted. The novel geometry also leads to a
better mass transfer and a longer catalyst lifetime due to
the beneficial temperature and pressure-drop profile.
“Our novel CircleStar for the bio-ethanol to bio-ethylene
conversion has excellent product properties and helps our
customers to significantly increase their production efficiency,
while reducing carbon emissions and supporting
their net zero targets,” stated Detlef Ruff, senior vice president
of process catalysts.

 

BASF and GS E&C Sign MoU to Develop Modular Solutions for Carbon Capture

Hong Kong—
BASF and GS Engineering and Construction (GS E&C)
have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to
form a strategic partnership to jointly develop modular
solutions for carbon capture facilities.
The partners plan to develop individual package solutions
for customers from all industries to remove carbon
dioxide (CO2) from exhaust gases and process it so it can
be further utilized or stored.
They would combine BASF’s advanced OASE blue CO2
capture process technology with GS E&C’s specialized engineering
capabilities to deliver a modular carbon capture
package that can be delivered quickly with optimized capital
expenditures and operating expenses.
“The essence of OASE technology is that it can be
highly customized to meet the intended outcome of each
and every application,” said Lawrence Loe, director, OASE
gas treating excellence, intermediates Asia Pacific, BASF.
“One of the biggest challenges the renewable energy
sector faces is to reduce the uncertainty related to safety,
quality, cost and schedule, which can seriously affect economic
options for the project,” noted GS E&C Modular Division
Lead John Kwangho Jung. “GS E&C’s extensive
modular experiences can provide an effective solution to
mitigate the risks.”

 

Solvay Boosting Amodel PPA Capacity

Augusta—
Solvay announced it is increasing its Amodel polyphthalamide
(PPA) resin capacity at its manufacturing site in Augusta,
Ga.
Amodel PPA capacity will be expanded to 15% at the
site. No other details of the project were given.
“The new capacity facilitates the production of innovative
and more sustainable Amodel PPA grades that offer a
reduced CO2 [carbon dioxide] footprint due to manufacturing
improvements,” Solvay noted.
Currently, 100% of the electricity sourced by the site is
renewable.

 

Sumitomo & Lotte Conclude MoU to Partner In the Fields of Hydrogen and Ammonia

Tokyo—
Sumitomo Corp. has finalized a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with Lotte Chemical to collaborate in
the hydrogen and ammonia fields, mainly in Japan and
South Korea.
The companies will jointly look into a wide range of
business development opportunities in hydrogen and ammonia,
including:
Joint investment in hydrogen and ammonia production
projects in Australia, Chile and other regions
and the establishment of value chains to Japan and
South Korea.
Development of ammonia storage terminals in Japan
and South Korea.
Commercialization of new hydrogen and ammoniarelated
technologies and their deployment in the
Japanese and South Korean markets.
Collaboration in the carbon dioxide capture, utilization
and storage field.
As part of the collaboration, this past August, Sumitomo,
Lotte and Syzygy Plasmonics agreed to conduct the
“world’s first” joint demonstration test of hydrogen production
by ammonia decomposition using photocatalyst in
South Korea (PCN, 29 Aug 2022, p 1).

 

EPCA’s Releases New Study with Deloitte On Building Future-Proof Supply Chain

Brussels—
The European Petrochemical Assn (EPCA) has put out a
new report, in which EPCA’s Supply Chain Program Committee
and Deloitte investigate how to build supply chain
resilience in the petrochemical industry.
The study, based on views and insights from industry
players within the EPCA community, captures, understands
and decodes the impact of the recent disruptions
and longer term trends on the petrochemical supply chain
in an era of volatility.
The research methodology included a survey to over 170
supply chain professionals across more than 100 companies,
both chemical and petrochemical producers and logistics
service providers, in-depth interviews to supply chain
leaders and desk research on the petrochemical endmarkets.
The report summarizes those findings, identifies common
themes and provides recommendations and calls to
action for petrochemical companies to thrive in uncertainty
and build a resilient, future proof supply chain.

 

Navigator Holdings, Greater Bay Form JV; Plans to Purchase Five Ethylene Vessels

London—
Navigator Holdings, owner and operator of the “world’s
largest” fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers, said it has
entered into a joint venture agreement with Greater Bay
Gas Co. (Liberia), effective 30 Sept. 2022.
The new joint venture, owned 60% by Navigator and
40% by Greater Bay Gas, plans to purchase a total of five
ethylene vessels over the next 15 months at an aggregate
value of around $233-million.
The acquisitions will include two 17,000 cu m ethylene
vessels built in 2018, and three 22,000 cu m ethylene carriers
built in 2019. The vessels are currently commercially
managed by the Luna Pool collaborative arrangement,
which was formed in March 2020 by Navigator, Greater
Bay Gas Co. (HK) and Pacific Gas Pte. (Singapore).
Once acquired, each of the vessels will continue to be
commercially managed by the Luna Pool. Pacific Gas Co.
will remain the technical manager of the carriers.
“The joint venture . . . will result in a reduction in the
average age of Navigator’s fleet and will allow us to take
advantage of more efficient vessels, lowering emissions and
offering improved economics to our customers,” noted
Navigator Chief Executive Mads Peter Zacho.
“The joint venture is accretive as it further consolidates
the handysize segment and puts us in a strong position for
further growth and development in an evolving marketplace.”

 

Methanex Makes Investment in Technology To Lower Carbon Emissions at Motunui

Motonui—
Methanex announced it has made a “significant” investment
in technology to reduce carbon emission at its Motunui
site in New Zealand.
The multimillion-dollar project, which will take place
over the next 12 months, will involve improving the technology
in the facility’s distillation columns. Once complete,
carbon emissions at the site have the potential to be reduced
by more than 50,000 t/y.
The New Zealand project is just one of several opportunities
currently being progressed by the company, globally,
to further improve its environmental performance through
emissions reduction, Methanex noted.

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PKN Orlen Picks Lupotech T Process For New LDPE Facility at Plock Site

Plock—
LyondellBasell announced it will license its Lupotech T
high-pressure polyethylene technology to PKN Orlen for a
low-density polyethylene (LDPE) line to be built at PKN
Orlen’s existing complex in Plock, Poland.
The process technology will be used for a new 250,000-
t/y LDPE plant. Further details of the project were not
available.
“Investment in modern technology is one of our strategic
goals,” said Daniel Obajtek, president of the management
board of PKN Orlen. “In this way, we are consistently
bolstering our position in the European market and
increasing profits.
“Petrochemicals are crucial to the future of the Orlen
Group and the strength of the Polish economy. According
to global forecasts, the value of the petrochemicals and
base plastics market is expected to double by 2030. That is
why we are investing heavily in this area of our business,
effectively leveraging the potential of the Plock plant.
“The project we are looking into will allow us to add another
petrochemical product to our portfolio, develop our
competencies and create specialized jobs.”

 

EC Approves Proposed Acquisition Of HIP-Petrohemija Stake by NIS

Brussels—The European
Commission (EC), under the European Union Merger
Regulation, has approved the planned acquisition of HIPPetrohemija
LLC Pancevo (HIPP) by Naftna Industrija
Srbije a.d. Novi Sad (NIS).
HIPP, active in the production and distribution of petrochemical
products such as ethylene, polyethylene and
synthetic rubber, and vertically integrated energy firm
NIS, are both based in Serbia.
The commission concluded that the acquisition would
raise no competition concerns given the companies’ moderate
combined market positions resulting from the proposed
transaction.
This past December, HIPP said it signed an agreement
with NIS and Serbia’s Ministry of Economy, in which it
will increase its share in HIPP to 90% from 20.86%, and
would build a polypropylene plant with a minimum capacity
of 140,000 t/y within six months.

 

Air Products Planning to Build Second Liquid Hydrogen Plant in Rotterdam

Rotterdam—Air
Products announced it was planning to start construction
of a second hydrogen liquefaction facility in Rotterdam, the
Netherlands.
The new plant will double Europe’s total current liquid
hydrogen capacity to meet increased demands. Operations
are scheduled to begin in 2025.
Air Products already has a liquid hydrogen facility in
Botlek, the Netherlands.

 

PT KPI Selects Grace’s Unipol Technology For New Indonesian Polypropylene Plant

Jakarta—
W.R. Grace & Co. said its Unipol polypropylene (PP) technology
was picked by PT Kilang Pertamina International
(PT KPI) for a new PP facility in Indonesia.
The 600,000-t/y PP plant, part of the Trans-Pacific Petrochemical
Indotama (TPPI) Olefin Complex Development
Project, will be designed to produce homopolymers, random
and impact copolymers.
In December 2021, Pertamina said the TPPI project
would also consist of a naphtha cracker and downstream
units for the production of 1-million t/y of polyethylene
(PE) products, including low-density PE, high-density PE
and linear LDPE. Completion is targeted in 2024.
“We thank PT KPI for trusting Grace Unipol PP technology
to deliver the technology, innovation and services
that PT KPI will use to enhance the polymer market in
Indonesia and beyond,” said Laura Schwinn, president of
Grace’s specialty catalysts business.
PT KPI and TPPI are subsidiaries of Pertamina.

 

Axens to Provide AlphaButol Technology For Socar’s GPC Project in Azerbaijan

Baku—Socar
has selected Axens’ AlphaButol technology for a 1-butene
unit as part of its Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex
(GPC) project in Azerbaijan, according to a local media
report (PCN, 17-24 Apr 2017, p 3).
The 32,000-t/y unit will be installed at the GPC for the
production of high purity 1-butene through ethylene
dimerization.
The GPC project includes a gas processing unit with
about 10-billion cu m/y of capacity, a new steam cracker, a
600,000-t/y swing polyethylene line and the production of
120,000 t/y of propylene.
According to Socar’s website, the primary purpose of
the GPC project is to provide end users in the country with
purified natural gas and ensure production of high value
added polymers.

 

Neste Aims to Shift Porvoo Refinery To a Renewable and Circular Site

Porvoo—Neste said
it is launching a strategic study on transitioning its Porvoo
refinery in Finland to non-crude oil refining and into a
globally leading renewable and circular solutions site.
The transformation under study would begin with the
co-processing of both renewable and circular feedstock and
could continue with retrofits of existing units at a later
stage, with a long-term capacity potential of 2-million to 4-
million t/y.
If Neste goes ahead with the project, it would lead to a
discontinuation of crude oil refining in Porvoo in the mid-
2030s.
In addition, the company said it would continue to actively
study opportunities of green hydrogen at the refinery.

 

Technip Providing Early Engineering Support For Ineos’ New AA Unit on U.S. Gulf Coast

Houston—
Technip Energies has signed an engineering services
agreement with Ineos Acetyls to provide early engineering
support to Ineos’ recently announced investment in a
world-scale acetic acetic acid plant and associated derivatives
on the U.S. Gulf Coast (PCN, 20 June 2022, p 1).
The plant, for which a location has not yet been decided,
will be based on Ineos Acetyls proprietary Cativa
technology. A final investment decision is expected before
the end of next year.
“We are pleased to continue our collaboration with
Ineos and to contribute to their global expansion plans,”
said Bhaskar Patel, senior vice president of Sustainable
Fuels, Chemicals & Circularity at Technip Energies.
“Technip Energies is committed to continue supporting
their leading Cativa acetic acid technology deployment by
bringing our engineering and technology expertise. We
look forward to integrate this technology into world-scale
acetic acid plants for Ineos.”

 

PCG & ExxonMobil Agree to Partner On Plastics Recycling in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur—
Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) and ExxonMobil have
signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on
creating a circular economy for plastics in Malaysia.
The partners will assess the potential for large-scale
implementation of plastic recycling technology in the country,
and also evaluate opportunities to support improvements
to plastic waste collection and sorting there.
“PCG has been continuously exploring and implementing
innovative technologies to develop sustainable solutions
demanded by its customers,” said Mohd Yusri, managing
director and chief executive of ExxonMobil.
“This collaboration is yet another significant step towards
the transition into a circular economy on the back of
increased demand for circular products and signifies our
commitment to use recycled raw materials in the chemical
industry.”

 

AmSty, Encina Ink MoU, Offtake Deal For Circular Polystyrene Feedstocks

Houston—
Americas Styrenics (AmSty) has signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) and long-term offtake agreement
with Encina Development Group for circular polystyrene
(PS) feedstocks.
Under the MoU, AmSty will have the opportunity to
purchase up to 250,000 t/y of the circular feedstocks from
Encina’s facilities.
The offtake agreement is for the purchase of circular
feedstocks from Encina’s first U.S. commercial plant being
built in Point Township, Penn., which is now expected to
begin production in early 2025 (PCN, 19 Sept 2022, p 1).
The circular feedstocks will then be available for purchase
as recycled content credits based on the ISCC Plus
mass-balance system.
AmSty plans to enter into further offtake agreements to
purchase circular feedstocks from each new plant that Encina
starts up.
AmSty has committed to a 2030 goal that all PS products
designed for food packaging applications will contain
at least 30% recycled content.

 

Eastman and Interzero Sign Supply Deal For Planned Recycling Plant in France

Paris—
Eastman said it has entered into a long-term agreement
with Interzero for the supply of plastic waste to Eastman’s
planned molecular recycling facility in Normandy, France
(PCN, 4 Apr 2022, p 1).
Eastman 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 will be used to create virgin-quality
material with a “significantly” lower carbon footprint. Operations
are expected to begin in 2025.
Interzero will provide up to 20,000 t/y of hard-to-recycle
polyethylene terephthalate household packaging waste
that would otherwise be incinerated.
“Interzero and Eastman are committed to reducing
plastic waste and creating circularity through collaboration
and innovation,” noted Brad Lich, executive vice president
and chief commercial officer of Eastman.
“This agreement marks an important milestone towards
Eastman’s investment in France. We are happy to
build a strong collaboration in Europe with Interzero to
provide a portion of the feedstock needed to successfully
operate our facility.
“This collaboration reinforces the complementary nature
of mechanical and molecular recycling, and the importance
of working together to create true circularity.”

 

Grupa Azoty Police Serwis Gets Contract For Maintenance to Polymer Project

Warsaw—Grupa
Azoty Police Serwis has won a comprehensive maintenance
contract from Grupa Azoty Polyolefins for the Polimery
Police project in Poland (PCN, 7 Feb 2022, p 3).
The project, estimated to cost around €1.5-billion, will
include a propane dehydrogenation unit for the production
of up to 437,000 t/y of polymer-grade propylene, as well as
a polypropylene plant. Commercial operations are planned
to begin in 2023.
The contract covers maintenance of automation, electrical,
mechanical and civil engineering systems and works,
and the key responsibilities of the contractor include performing
inspections, maintenance work and repairs, and
correcting any failures, defects and malfunctions.

 

People on the Move

Borealis—Jonatas Melo has been appointed vice president
of performance materials, effective 1 Aug. 2022. He
had been senior vice president, Asia South at Borouge.
Viridis Chemical—Rick Cochrane, previously senior
vice president of strategy and business development at
Cyclyx International, has joined Viridis as senior vice
president of commercialization and business development.
Honeywell—Lucian Boldea has been named president
and chief executive of Honeywell’s Performance Materials
and Technologies segment, effective 3 Oct. 2022, succeeding
Vimal Kapur, who was appointed president and chief
operating officer of Honeywell this past July.
Boldea was most recently executive vice president of
additives and functional products, and chemical intermediates
at Eastman Chemical.

 

Orlen Enters Mechanical Recycling Sector With Proposed Acquisition of REMAQ

Plock—The
Orlen Unipetrol Group said it will enter the mechanical
recycling of waste segment with the planned purchase of
Italian-Czech company REMAQ.
REMAQ focuses on production and trading with plastic
recyclates, particularly polypropylene, polyethylene and
polystyrene. It has a production plant in the Otrokovice
industrial zone, Czech Republic, that has four production
lines with a total capacity of 2,400 tons a month.
“Our projects in the field of chemical recycling of plastics
will allow us not only to implement the assumptions of
the circular economy, but also to reduce the demand for oil
and gas in petrochemical production,” noted Daniel Obajtek,
president of the management board of PKN Orlen.
“The acquisition of REMAQ will enable the expansion of
the Orlen Group’s competences in the field of mechanical
recycling. Our goal is to properly link all waste recycling
methods to create a fully functional chain in which local
governments, waste distributors and final processors work
together efficiently.
“In line with the Orlen Group’s strategy, we strive to
have a recycling capacity of plastics and natural waste of
up to 400,000 tons in 2030. It is also our contribution to
the protection of the environment and the planet, which
will also contribute to building the value of the concern in
the long term.”
The transaction, for which is a value was not given, is
expected to be completed by the end of March 2023 at the
latest.

 

Braskem Launches New Company to Invest In Sustainability, Digital Transformation

São Paulo–
Braskem announced the launch of a new company, Oxygea,
that will foster the appearance and development of new
business initiatives focused on sustainability and digital
transformation, through dealings with startups in the
market.
The initiative has two main pillars: Venture Builder, a
vehicle for incubating and accelerating new businesses,
including those created within Braskem, and Corporate
Venture Capital, for investment in more mature startups.
Oxygea will receive investments of $150-million for new
business development in up to five years. Of the total
amount, $50-million will be allocated to the incubation arm
and $100-million to the investment arm.
“This launch is in line with the company’s ESG commitments
for 2030 and 2050, seeking to innovate with a
focus on sustainable solutions,” Braskem noted.

 

Repsol Selects Quimidroga as Distributor Of Polypropylene Compounds in Morocco

Rabat—
Quimidroga Maroc has been chosen by Repsol as exclusive
distributor of Repsol’s polypropylene (PP) compounds
range in Morocco.
The deal will help Repsol respond to the demand of
large local converters and smaller emerging companies
resulting from the sector’s development, Repsol noted.
Repsol recently announced it was building a new PP
compound production plant in the Alawite country, which
will begin operations in mid-2023.

 

Solvay and Iberdrola Team Up on Project To Supply Green Power to Solvay’s Units

Paris—
Solvay and Iberdrola have decided to partner on a project
that will supply green electricity to Solvay’s plants in Tavaux
and Saint Fons, France.
Iberdrola Renouvelables France will build and operate
a new solar facility that will produce close to 75 gigawatts,
making the facility “one of the largest” such installations
in Europe, Solvay noted.
The companies plan to sign a 20-year corporate power
purchase agreement, in which 60% of the green electricity
produced will be supplied to the Solvay sites.
“We are delighted to partner with Iberdrola on this
clean energy project that will significantly reduce the energy
footprint of our specialty polymers and aroma businesses
in France,” said Ilham Kadri, chief executive of Solvay.
“It’s another important step in our Solvay One Planet
roadmap, as we continue to raise the bar and accelerate
progress towards our goal of achieving carbon neutrality.”

 

KBC Releases Process Simulation Software To Optimize PC and Refinery Operations

Houston—
KBC recently announced the release of a new version of its
Petro-SIM process simulation software to help operators
optimize petrochemical and refinery operations.
Petro-SIM 7.3 software with Predici-SIM technology
can now simulate polymerization processes. This allows
operators to evaluate and manage challenges so they develop
and produce new polymer grades with desirable
properties, while optimizing key performance indicators
and maintaining operating conditions in steady-state and
dynamic modes for the entire petrochemical-polymer supply
chain.
In addition to other features, the simulation tool has
also broadened its decarbonization simulation capabilities
to accurately depict decarbonization processes, making it a
scalable solution that helps operators overcome these challenges.

 

Sibur Begins Producing PET Granules From Recycled Polymers Feedstock

Moscow—Sibur
said it has launched production of polyethylene terephthalate
(PET) granules that contain up to 25%-30% recycled
polymers feedstock (PCN, 9 Sept 2019, p 3).
The Vivilen rPET granules will be produced at Sibur’s
Polief facility in Bashkortostan, Russia. The plant will use
up to 34,000 t/y of recycled feedstock for the production of
up to 144,000 t/y of Vivilen rPET granules at full capacity.
In order to produce Vivilen at the Polief site, Sibur integrated
the recycled feedstock supply line into the primary
PET process of the site. The total project cost was
over RUB 4-billion, and was supported by a loan of RUB
1.2-billion from Russia’s Industrial Development Fund.
“The testing and homologation of the new equipment
with the first potential customers have been successfully
completed,” Sibur noted. “The results of the tests confirm
that Vivilen rPET is on a par with the primary polymer in
terms of technical and operational qualities, it complies
with food safety standards and can be used in the production
of packaging for food and beverages.”

 

NextChem Gets Grant for Project to Develop World’s ‘First’ Waste-to-Hydrogen Facility

Milan—
Maire Tecnimont SpA said its NextChem subsidiary has
been awarded a €194-million grant to develop the world’s
“first” waste-to-hydrogen plant as part of the “IPCEI
Hy2Use” European Union project.
The facility, based on proprietary technology from Next-
Chem’s MyRechemical subsidiary, will have a production
capacity of 1,500 t/y of hydrogen and 55,000 t/y of ethanol
in the first phase, which can be increased up to 20,000 t/y
at full capacity. It will use 200,000 t/y of non-recyclable
solid waste as raw material. Start-up is planned for the
first half of 2027.
The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley of Rome, the
first industrial-scale technological hub for the development
of the entire national hydrogen supply chain for the production,
transport, storage and use of hydrogen.
In addition, the project includes a contribution of
around €4-million for further research and development
activities in waste-to-hydrogen technology, leveraging scientific
partners such as Enea, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
and La Sappienza University of Rome.
“We are proud of the goal achieved by Maire Tecnimont
Group with NextChem, and of the recognition of the industrial
and technological skills of our country by the European
Union to develop a low-carbon and low-cost hydrogen
economy,” noted Alessandro Bernini, chief executive of
Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem.

 

KBR Enters Agreement with Giammarco To License Carbon Capture Technology

Houston—
KBR has signed a master license and engineering agreement
with Giammarco-Vetrocoke for KBR to license its
carbon capture technology worldwide.
The “well proven, energy efficient” technology is flexible
and can be integrated across the value chain for petrochemical,
blue ammonia and refining industries, KBR
noted.
“We are excited to enter into this agreement with
Giammarco-Vetrocoke, as it enables us to integrate and
deploy critical carbon capture solutions today to help our
clients meet their sustainability targets,” noted Doug
Kelly, KBR President, technology.
“Further, by leveraging this solution across the breadth
of our portfolio, we believe we can implement smart and
efficient carbon capture solutions on both existing and new
projects.”

 

ExxonMobil Shutting French Refinery In Response to Ongoing Strike Action

Paris—Exxon-
Mobil on 21 Sept. 2022 said it was gradually closing down
its 235,000-b/d Fos-Sur-Mer refinery in France due to ongoing
strike action, reported Reuters quoting the company.
On 20 Sept. 2022, walkouts caused the gradual shut
down of the company’s 240,000-b/d Port Jerome-
Gravenchon oil refinery and Notre Dame de Gravenchon
petrochemical site in France.
French unions CGT and Force Ouvriere called for a
strike following wage negotiations with ExxonMobil.
“This unfortunate situation may impact our customers,
contractors, suppliers, and employees, and affects the international
reputation of ExxonMobil activities in France,”
ExxonMobil stated.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Mubadala Petroleum recently changed its brand
name to Mubadala Energy to reflect a new strategic direction,
which will see it expanding its gas-weighted portfolio
in areas such as liquefied natural gas, while exploring new
energy sectors including blue hydrogen and carbon capture.
Eni and the Saudi Ministry of Investment have
signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at promoting
cooperation between Eni and Saudi institutions and
companies, mainly in the field of sustainable development
around the country, and specialty conversion chemicals.
Yara has completed a triangular merger of its clean
ammonia business into Yara Clean Ammonia.
Dow recently said it has become the “first” to achieve
traceability and recycled content certification for polyethylene
compounds. Its post-consumer recycled-rich resins,
Revoloop, have been certified by AENOR, a global body for
management systems and product certification. The certification
covers all three grades offered by Dow in Europe.

 

V60 N36 – 19 September 2022

Hanwha Selects Lupotech T Technology For New EVA Facility in South Korea

Yeosu—Lyondell-
Basell’s Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology
has been chosen by Hanwha Solutions for a vinyl acetate
copolymer (EVA) line in South Korea.
The 300,000-t/y EVA line will be built at a new site in
Yeosu. Cost of the contract and details of the project were
not disclosed.
“Hanwha is an experienced producer of LDPE [lowdensity
polyethylene] and EVA resins in South Korea and
we are excited that Hanwha opted for the Lupotech T process
to expand their production capacity with this significant
award,” said Neil Nadalin, global licensing and services
at LyondellBasell.
“When it comes to high-pressure LDPE technology capable
of producing the full spectrum of EVA and LDPE
grades, the Lupotech T Process is the ultimate choice for
operators around the world in today’s fast-changing market.”

 

ALPLA and GC Complete Construction On Envicco Recycling Plant in Rayong

Rayong—
ALPLA and PTT Global Chemical (GC) have completed
construction and are starting up their new joint venture
Envicco recycling facility in Rayong Province, Thailand
(PCN, 16 Sept 2019, p 4).
The plant, Thailand’s “largest” plastics recycling plant
of its kind, has a production capacity of 45,000 t/y of recycled
polyethylene terephthalate and high-density polyethylene,
ALPLA noted.
“Today, GC is proud to reveal that Envicco is ready for
commercial operation,” said Kongkrapan Intarajang, president
and chief executive of GC, during a grand opening on
13 Sept. 2022.
“Used plastics within the Kingdom of Thailand will
make up 100% of the raw materials processed by Envicco’s
cutting-edge production technologies to transform used
plastics into valuable products.
“The Envicco production plant is part of our long-term
circular economy strategy to fully realize GC’s value
chain.”

 

RIL Enters Definitive Agreements to Buy Indian Polyester Producers SPL, SPTex

Mumbai—
Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) has signed definitive agreements
to acquire the polyester business of Shubhalakshmi
Polyesters Ltd. (SPL) and Shubhlaxmi Polytex Ltd.
(SPTex) for a cash consideration of Rs 1,522 crore and Rs
70 crore, respectively, according to local news reports.
The transaction is subject to approval of the Competition
Commission of India, and the respective lenders of
SPL and SPTex. No other details were available.
“The acquisitions are part of the company’s strategy to
expand its downstream polyester business,” said the reports
quoting RIL.

 

Encina Produces High Purity Aromatics Made 100% from End-of-Life Plastics

Houston—
Encina Development Group announced the “first-ever”
production of high purity aromatics made entirely from
end-of-life mixed plastics, and confirmed that ongoing production
will continue.
The company has a circular chemicals facility in San
Antonio, Texas, which is designed to accept mixed end-oflife
plastics and catalytically convert them into circular
chemicals (PCN, 20 Sept 2021, p 2). An expansion phase of
the plant was recently completed by Chemex Global.
“According to the EPA [U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency], less than 10% of plastics are currently recycled,”
noted Carlo Badiola, senior vice president of engineering
and technology at Encina.
“Encina’s large-scale solution being deployed next year
will enable the diversion of 450,000 tons of mixed plastic
streams from landfills or incineration to manufacture
ISCC+ circular chemicals to help our customers meet their
ongoing sustainability goals.”
The Encina Point Township Circular Manufacturing
Facility, to be built in Point Township, Penn., will use the
company’s advanced proprietary to process the 450,000 t/y
of end-of-life plastic feedstock and convert it into BTX (benzene,
toluene and xylene). Operations are planned to begin
by fall 2024 (PCN, 12 Sept 2022, p 1).

 

Prime Polymer Launches New Brands For Circular & Carbon Neutral PO

Tokyo—Prime
Polymer, a subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals, revealed two
new polyolefin (PO) brands it is launching for carbon neutral
and circular economy products.
Re’PRM is the brand name for recycled products with
the concept of “Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Reborn,” the company
said. Prime will apply the quality improvement
technologies that it has refined in order to build a highvalue-
added recycling business and contribute to the circular
economy.
Prasus, short for “Prime and Sustainable” is the brand
name for eco-friendly and sustainable products using new
feedstocks. Prime has decided to shift to new feedstocks
from conventional ones to contribute to a sustainable society
with plastics.

 

OQ Begins Ammonia Production in Dhofar

Muscat—
OQ Group said it has begun production at its new ammonia
plant in Dhofar Governorate in Oman, and the first
shipment of liquid ammonia has been exported, reported
the Oman Observer.
The $463-million facility has a design capacity of 1,000
t/d of ammonia and is fully integrated with an existing 1-
million-t/y methanol plant, which “will enable OQ Group to
rationalize the cost and optimize performance and production
efficiency,” noted Hilal Al Kharusi, chief executive of
the commercial and downstream unit at OQ.

 

FPG Still Planning Sunshine Project, Despite Judge Canceling Air Permits

Baton Rouge—
Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) said it still plans to build
and operate a world-scale ethylene complex, known as the
Sunshine Project, in St. James Parish, La., despite a recent
court ruling that vacated air permits for the project, reported
Reuters.
The proposed two-phase project would include the production
of ethylene, linear low-density polyethylene (PE),
high-density PE (HDPE), ethylene glycol (EG), propylene,
polypropylene, and ancillary support facilities for product
loading and utilities (PCN, 23 Aug 2021, p 1).
The second phase would involve an additional ethylene
facility, a low-density PE unit, an HDPE plant and a second
EG facility.
In her ruling, Louisiana District Court Judge Trudy
White said state regulators used “selective” and “inconsistent”
data in evaluating the permit application and didn’t
consider the air quality impacts of the project on the local
community.
In August 2021, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers said
it would perform a thorough environmental review of the
project, after temporarily suspending the construction permit
for the project in November 2020. The assessment
could take years to complete.

 

GS Caltex Studying Possible Conversion Of Some Gas Lines for PC Production

Seoul—GS Caltex
is studying the potential modification of some of its
gasoline refining lines into facilities to refine basic petrochemical
products, such as ethylene and propylene, according
to industry sources.
GS Caltex has been in talks with Chevron, majority
shareholder in GS Caltex, about the potential conversion,
which is expected to offset an expected drop in oil consumption
due to the transition from combustion to electric
vehicles.
The company plans to invest up to $370-million in the
proposed project, which would make it a general petrochemical
company, rather than an oil refiner. Construction
could take several years to begin.

 

Plastics Industry Assn. Names Anellotech Winner of Bioplastics Innovation Award

Washington–
The Plastics Industry Assn. (PLASTICS) announced sustainable
technology firm Anellotech as winner of PLASTICS’
2022 Innovation in Bioplastics Award.
Anellotech was recognized for its development of the
first polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle made entirely
from loblolly pine and other biomasss feedstocks.
“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the employees
of Anellotech,” said Anellotech Chief Executive
David Sudolsky.
“We’re excited to join our Bio-TCat process development
partners, IFP Energies nouvelles and Axens, as well as our
strategic partner Suntory, in creating new routes to sustainable
plastics.”
Anellotech’s patented Bio-TCat technology converts
biomass into benzene, toluene and xylene, and paraxylene,
which are chemically identical to their petroleum-based
counterparts and result in a product with 70% lower
greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum-based PET.

 

Mitsui Chem to Utilize SC&T’s Catalyst To Cut CO2 Emissions at EO Refinery

Osaka—Shell
Catalysts & Technologies (SC&T) said its ethylene oxide
(EO) catalyst has been selected by Mitsui Chemicals to
help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at Mitsui’s EO
refinery in Osaka, Japan.
The Shell S-896 catalyst will allow Mitsui to maximize
its assets without having to make an investment in refinery
hardware revamps. It is expected to provide important
economic benefits from raw material (ethylene) savings
and help the company meet its decarbonization goals for
the refinery, SC&G explained.

 

People on the Move

Shell plc—Wael Sawan has been appointed chief executive,
effective 1 Jan, 2023, when he will also join the
company’s board of directors. He succeeds Ben van Beurden,
who will step down as chief executive at the end of
2022, but continue as adviser to the board until 30 June
2023.
Methanex—Rich Sumner, currently senior vice president
of global marketing and logistics, has been named
president and chief executive, and member of the board of
directors, effective 1 Jan. 2023. He will replace John
Floren, who is retiring from those positions as of 31 Dec.
2022.
QChem—Lou Compton has become deputy chief executive
of QChem, a joint venture of QatarEnergy and Chevron
Phillips Chemical Co. (CPChem). He was most recently
general manager of CPChem’s Performance Pipe
Division.
Jacobs—Bob Pragada, currently president and chief
operating officer, will become chief executive, effective 24
Jan. 2023. He will succeed Steve Demetriou, who will continue
as executive chair of the board.
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals—Rajesh
Kumar Srivastava, chief managing director (additional
charge) and director of exploration at Oil & Natural Gas
Corp., has been appointed chairman of the board of Mangalore.
He succeeds Dr. Alka Mittal.
Evonik—Claus Rettig has been selected as the new regional
president of Asia Pacific, responsible for the entire
Asian business. He is currently head of Evonik’s Smart
Materials Division.
Ralph Marquardt, previously senior vice president and
general manager of Strategy & New Growth Business at
Evonik Resource Efficiency, has become chief innovation
officer at Evonik Operations.
Nayara Energy—Prasad K. Panicker, director and
head of refinery, will assume the role of chairman, effective
3 Oct. 2022.
Euro Chlor—Johan Van Den Broeck has been elected
chairman of the management committee of Euro Chlor for
a period of two years. He is executive vice president, commercial,
at Vynova Group.
European Petrochemical Assn. (EPCA)—Frederic
Vartician, global vice president of raw materials and energy
purchasing at Arkema, has joined the board of directors
of EPCA to replace Marc Schuller, chief operating officer
of Arkema.

 

CRI & Dastur Sign Agreement to Develop New CO2-to-Methanol Projects in India

New Delhi—
Carbon Recycling International (CRI) and Dastur Energy
Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Dastur Energy, have entered into
a partnership agreement for setting up carbon dioxide
(CO2)-to-methanol projects in India based on CRI’s ETL
technology.
The agreement covers marketing, business development,
technology licensing, design and engineering of the
CO2-to-methanol projects.
ETL technology is based on the conversion of CO2 released
by industry into methanol, which replaced petroleum
raw materials and has a “much lower” environmental
impact, CRI noted.
“Economically viable methods for utilizing [CO2] are
key to accelerating global efforts to reduce emissions,” said
Atanu Mukherjee, chief executive of Dastur Energy and
Dastur. “We see significant opportunities in India for
methanol produced sustainably.”
According to CRI, India’s methanol sales are growing
“rapidly” and are now around 2.5-million t/y. The market
size is expected to reach over 7.5-million t/y within 10
years.

 

BASF Inks Agreement with X-ELIO For Solar Power to Freeport Site

Freeport—BASF and
X-ELIO have entered into a power purchase agreement for
the supply of solar power to BASF’s Verbund site in Freeport,
Texas.
Under the 12-year deal, X-ELIO will supply 48 megawatts
of solar power to the site from its Liberty Solar
Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Plant being built in
Houston, Texas. Operations are planned to begin by 2024.
The solar power supply will further reduce carbon
emissions at BASF’s site and offset more than 82,000 t/y of
carbon dioxide emissions, based on U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency estimates, BASF noted.
“With this agreement, we take a big step forward,
reaching 100% of the site’s purchased power to be supplied
from renewable energy,” said Brad Morrison, senior vice
president and site manager for the BASF site in Freeport.
“Securing renewable energy at our Freeport site is a
necessary step to improving our energy footprint and we
appreciate the partnership with X-ELIO, which helps us
realize the company’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.”

 

Air Liquide Withdrawing from Russia; Signs MoU for Management Buy Out

Moscow—Air
Liquide recently said it intends to withdraw from Russia
and has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
with the local management team to transfer its activities
there in the framework of a management buy out (MBO).
“This divestment project to local managers aims to allow
an orderly, sustainable and responsible transfer of its
activities in Russia, ensuring notable the continuity of oxygen
supplies to hospitals,” the company noted. The MBO is
subject to Russian regulatory approvals.
“In parallel, as a consequence of the evolution of the
geopolitical context, the activities of the group in Russia
will no longer be consolidated starting September 1, 2022.”
Air Liquide has close to 750 employees in Russia and
its turnover in the country represents less than 1% of the
group’s turnover.

 

Mura & Dow Pick Dow Site in Germany For New Advanced Recycling Facility

Leipzig—Mura
Technology and Dow announced plans to locate Europe’s
“largest” advanced recycling plant at Dow’s site in Bohlen,
Germany (PCN, 25 July 2022, p 2).
The project, the first expected to be based at a Dow site,
would have about 120,000 t/y of advanced recycling capacity.
A final investment decision is targeted by the end of
2023, with operations anticipated to begin by 2025.
This past July, the companies announced plans to build
multiple world-scale 120,000-t/y advanced recycling plants
at sites in the U.S. and Europe, with Dow being the offtaker
of the circular feed that Mura produces.
Together, the new plants will add as much as 600,000
t/y of aggregate advanced recycling capacity by 2030 using
Mura’s HydroPRS advanced recycling process.
“We continue to increase Dow’s capacity to use recycled
content as feedstock, and continue to invest in the most
effective technology available to enable our circular business
model for plastics,” said Diego Donoso, president of
Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics.
“The diversification of our feedstock slate and decarbonization
of our assets will enable the achievement of
Dow’s goal of a sustainable, low-carbon future, and meet
strong and growing customer demand for circular polymers.
This will be a significant step forward to decrease
our dependency on virgin fossil-based feedstocks.”

 

Air Products JV Acquires Air Liquide’s Saudi Industrial Merchant Business

Riyadh—
Abdullah Hashim Industrial Gases & Equipment Co., Air
Products’ merchant industrial gas joint venture in Saudi
Arabia, has purchased Air Liquide’s industrial merchant
business in Saudi Arabia.
The transaction, for which a value was not disclosed,
includes Air Liquide’s share in Air Liquide Khafra Industrial
Gases.
The divestment complements the sale announced this
past April of Air Liquide’s industrial merchant business in
the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to Air Products
group, Air Liquide noted (PCN, 25 Apr 2022, p 4).

 

First Ammonia to Install Topsoe’s SOEC In Green Ammonia Plants Worldwide

Lyngby—
Topsoe and First Ammonia have entered into a capacity
reservation agreement for Topsoe’s energy efficient solid
oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC) to be installed in First
Ammonia’s green ammonia facilities around the world.
The agreement involves the initial purchase of 500
megawatt of SOEC units and is expandable to up to five
gigawatt over the lifetime of the agreement.
The first 500 megawatt of capacity will be installed in
the “world’s first” commercial-scale green ammonia plants
at sites in Northern Germany and Southwestern U.S.,
Topsoe noted. Operations are planned to begin in 2025.
Topsoe recently received a final investment decision
from the company’s board of directors to build a new largescale
SOEC manufacturing facility in Herning, Denmark.
PCN earlier reported that construction on Topsoe’s
SOEC manufacturing plant would begin in 2022 with operations
planned to start in 2023 (PCN, 8 Mar 2021, p 3).

 

Bridgestone Investing in Commercialization Of Natural Rubber from Desert Shrubs

Nashville—
Bridgestone plans to invest $42-million to establish commercial
operations for producing natural rubber from desert
shrubs (guayule), as part of its effort to achieve 100%
renewable tires and carbon neutrality by 2050.
The company will collaborate with local U.S. farmers
and Native American tribes to secure up to 25,000 additional
acres of farmland for planting and harvesting guayule
at scale. Sustainable commercial production of guayule-
derived natural rubber is targeted by the end of the
decade.
Bridgestone has already invested over $100-million in
guayule research, and has received several U.S. government
grants for the research and development of guayule.
It is also actively researching a range of solutions to support
the recycling of materials from end-of-life tires and
promote the replacement of non-renewable materials such
as oil, silica and virgin carbon black in new tires.
“We’re extremely bullish on the potential for guayule as
a domestic source of strategically critical materials such as
rubber, hypoallergenic latex, building material adhesives
and renewable fuel, just to name a few,” said Nizar Trigui,
chief technology officer and group president, solutions
businesses, at Bridgestone Americas.

 

Stepan Signs Agreement to Purchase Surfactant Business of PerformanX

Springfield—
Stepan has entered into an agreement with PerformanX
Specialty Chemicals to acquire its surfactant business and
associated assets.
The deal, for which a value was not given, includes intellectual
property, commercial relationships and inventory.
Subject to normal closing conditions, the acquisition
is expected to be finalized in the third quarter of this year.
“PerformanX is a strong strategic fit within Stepan’s
surfactants business and provides attractive market diversification
opportunities for our alkoxylation product line,”
noted Stepan President and Chief Executive Scott R.
Behrans.
Stepan recently began construction on a new $220-
million global alkoxylation facility at its site in Pasadena,
Texas (PCN, 13 June 2022, p 1).
The plant, to be operated by Stepan, will have a capacity
of 75,000 t/y of alkoxylates made via ethoxylation and
propoxylation. Operations are expected to begin late next
year.

 

KTS, Ioniqa in Partnership to Advance Ioniqa’s PET Recycling Technology

Amsterdam—
Koch Technology Solutions (KTS) and Ioniqa Technologies
announced a partnership to scale up and commercialize
Ioniqa’s advanced circular polyethylene terephthalate
(PET) recycling technology.
The technology utilizes low-grade post-consumer PET
to infinitely produce a feedstock that displaces virgin raw
materials used in the production of polyester products.
“After scaling of our technology to a 10,000-t/y depolymerization
plant in the Netherlands, this KTS partnership
is a major stepping stone for Ioniqa in commercializing its
technology on a global level,” said Ioniqa Founder and
Chief Executive Tonnis Hooghoudt.
“Our expertise in breaking down plastic waste into virgin-
like monomers matches seamlessly with KTS’ track
record in designing and licensing PET production processes
worldwide. We believe that together we can meet the
strong market demand for recycled PET materials by
jointly providing licenses and cleaning up the planet.”
As part of the partnership, KTS has committed to invest
up to €30-million in Ioniqa.

 

Yuri Lets Construction Contract to T.EN For Green Hydrogen Plant in Australia

Newman—
Technip Energies (T.EN), leader of a consortium with Monford
Group, has been awarded a contract by Yuri Operations
Pty. to develop Project Yuri Phase 0, a green hydrogen
plant in Western Australia.
Project Yuri, being developed in partnership with Yara
Clean Ammonia and Engie, will include the production of
up to 640 t/y of green hydrogen for use in Yara Pilbara’s
existing ammonia plant.
The project will involve a new 10-megawatt electrolysis
plant and an 18-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) farm
with an 8-megawatt battery energy system to provide the
required energy for electrolysis.
T.EN is responsible for the overall project management
as well as the engineering, procurement, commissioning
and start-up of the electrolysis plant, while Monford is responsible
for the overall project construction and the engineering,
procurement, commissioning and start-up of the
PV farm.
Project Yuri will involve multiple phases and is intended
to make renewable hydrogen and ammonia as feedstock
for renewable chemical production, as well as renewable
fuel for power generation and shipping, serving local
and export markets.
Mitsui & Co. has agreed to acquire a 28% stake in Yuri
Operations, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions
under its investment agreement.

 

 

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Tokai Carbon Receives Board Okay For New Thai Carbon Black Plant

Rayong—Tokai
Carbon Co. announced its board of directors has approved
construction of a new carbon black facility in Rayong, Thailand,
through its consolidated Thai Tokai Carbon Product
Co. subsidiary (TCP).
The plant, which will utilize “cutting edge” technologies,
will have a production capacity of 180,000 t/y of carbon
black. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2023
with completion planned in April 2025.
Since TCP’s establishment, it has been producing carbon
black on leased land; however, because the demand for
carbon black is expected to continue in the region, it has
decided to establish a more sustainable supply platform by
relocating production to new land owned by TCP.

 

Clough Wins Encina Contract to Build U.S. Circular Manufacturing Facility

Harrisburg—
Encina Development has awarded a front-end engineering
design and engineering, procurement and construction contract
to Clough, in partnership with Hyundai Engineering
USA, for a new manufacturing plant that will convert postconsumer
plastics into feedstock to manufacture new products
in Point Township, Penn (PCN, 11-18 Apr 2022, p 1).
The facility, named Encina Point Township Circular
Manufacturing Facility, will use Encina’s advanced proprietary
technology to process 450,000 t/y of end-of-life
plastic feedstock and convert it into BTX (benzene, toluene
and xylene). Operations are planned to begin by fall 2024.
“Manufacturers can be responsive to increasing consumer
demand for circular and recycled content by seamlessly
incorporating these products into their manufacturing
processes,” Encina noted.

 

Lummus Offering LEAP Technology To Cut CO2 Emissions from Heaters

Houston—
Lummus Technology said it has made “major” advancements
to the Lummus External Air Preheater (LEAP)
technology to “significantly” reduce carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions from cracking heaters at ethylene plants, as well
as other fired heaters.
The technology, which is now available for commercial
use, can be applied to both new and existing heaters with
minimal mechanical changes to help decarbonize intensive
petrochemical manufacturing processes.
“Lummus is committed to decarbonizing our entire
technology portfolio, and these advancements underscore
the continued progress we are making in meeting our
commitments,” said Lummus Technology President and
Chief Executive Leon de Bruyn.
LEAP technology also features lower fuel firing, much
higher thermal efficiency, and the ability to combine with
selective catalytic reduction systems to minimize nitrogen
oxides emission.

 

KIPCO Gets Shareholders’ Approval To Merge With Qurain Petrochem

Kuwait City—
Shareholders of Kuwait Projects Co. (Holding) KSC
(KIPCO), during an Extraordinary General Assembly
Meeting, approved the company’s planned merger by
amalgamation with Qurain Petrochemical Industries Co.
(PCN, 21 Mar 2022, p 3).
Earlier this year, KIPCO and Qurain signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to evaluate the proposed
merger. Under the MoU, Qurain would be the merged entity
and KIPCO would be the merging entity.
The combined business is expected to benefit from a
balanced and diversified portfolio of assets that includes
petrochemical and oil services, banking and others.
The merger is subject to Qurain shareholders’ approval,
following which several procedures must take place. Completion
is expected before the end of 2022.

 

OCI Beginning Construction on World-Scale Hydrogen-Based Blue NH3 Plant in Texas

Houston—
OCI NV announced it will start building its new worldscale
hydrogen-based blue ammonia (NH3) facility in
Beaumont, Texas.
The project, based on KBR technology, will have a capacity
of 1.1-million t/y of blue ammonia with infrastructure
to double capacity to 2.2-million t/y. Production is
scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2025.
Maire Tecnimont was awarded the project on an engineering
and procurement basis, critical long-lead pieces of
equipment have been ordered, and site works are anticipated
to start in the “coming week,” OCI noted.
“The U.S. Gulf is a strategic location that allows the facility
to serve both the U.S. market and export clean ammonia
as a hydrogen carrier to hydrogen deficit markets
around the world, such as Europe and Asia, as well as catering
for expected significant demand from new applications,
including power and shipping fuels,” said OCI.
“The blue ammonia will be delivered to customers using
future zero carbon ammonia-fueled engine ships, leveraging
OCI’s global infrastructure.”

 

Phoenix Boosting rPET Resin Capacity

Columbus—
Phoenix Technologies International is planning to double
food grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) capacity
at its Bowling Green facility in Ohio.
The project, scheduled to be completed by mid 2023, is
expected to double the plant’s rPET capacity to 64,000 t/y,
processing 5-billion bottles annually.
“The expansion will consist of process technology that is
known and tested throughout the industry, and will allow
us to support our increasing demand immediately at start
up,” Phoenix noted.
Phoenix is owned by Taiwan-based Far Eastern New
Century Corp., self described as a leader in both the recycled
and virgin PET markets.

 

Technip Energies and APChemi Partner For Plastic Waste-to-Olefins Technology

Paris—
Technip Energies and APChemi have agreed to cooperate
to commercialize APChemi’s advanced plastic waste to
high-quality pyrolysis oil technology for recycling plastic
waste, in conjunction with Technip’s pyrolysis oil upgradation
and steam cracking technology to produce olefins.
APChemi’s patented Pyromax pyrolysis technology
takes dirty and mixed plastic waste, including municipal
solid waste segregated plastics and multilayer packaging,
and breaks it down to produce high-quality pyrolysis oil,
which can be chemically recycled into circular plastics,
Technip explained.
The process has a lower carbon footprint since it displaces
the need for crude oil-based feedstocks for plastics
manufacturing, while reducing the need for thorough plastic
waste sorting.
“This strategic partnership with APChemi will provide
Technip Energies’ clients with an additional option in our
growing plastic waste-to-olefins solution portfolio setup
around our Pure.rOil technology,” said Bhaskar Patel, senior
vice president of sustainable fuels, chemicals and circularity
at Technip.
“It will help to solve the puzzle of circular economy by
offering a waste-to-olefins solution, reducing carbon dioxide
emissions and end-of-life plastic pollution. The approach
is a way to achieve recycled content targets, while
continuing the use of current packaging materials.”

 

Wanhua Touts ‘World’s First’ TPU Product From 100% Biomass-Sourced Feedstock

Beijing—
Wanhua Chemical announced the development of the
“world’s first” thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) product
that is made from 100% biomass-sourced raw material.
The Wanthane brand TPU product is processed from
bio-based pentamethylene diisocyanate that is derived
from non-edible corn stalks. The TPU product has a biocontent
range up to 98%.
“Called by the diverse needs of customers, Wanhua
Chemical has launched a series of TPU products in which
the bio content proportion varies from 10% to 98%,” the
company noted.
“In the future, we will continue pursuing sustainability
from the origins of the materials and strive to facilitate the
low-carbon industrial chain alongside with both upstream
and downstream partners.”

 

Annual Indian Petrochem Conference Being Held in November in Mumbai

Mumbai—Elite
Conferences has scheduled the Indian Petrochem – 2022
international conference from 8-9 Nov. 2022 at The LaLit
Hotel in Mumbai, India.
The conference, based on the theme “How Will Petchem
Rebound after the Twin Effects of War & Inflation,” will
feature speakers from Reliance Industries, Ineos Polyolefins,
Johnson Matthey, Nayara Energy, S&P Global Commodity
Insights, Nayara Energy, Ernst & Young, Hindustan
Petroleum, Argus, ICIS and Aarti Industries, and
presentations from LyondellBasell and W.R. Grace & Co.
For more information and to register, visit Elite’s website
at www.eliteconferences.com.

 

BASF Begins Operating First Plant At New Verbund Site in Zhanjiang

Beijing—BASF has
inaugurated a new engineering plastics unit – the first
plant of its new Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China (PCN, 25
July 2022, p 1).
The site, expected to require an investment of up to
€10-billion, will also include a steam cracker and downstream
plants for the production of petrochemicals and
intermediates. It will be built in phases and is scheduled
to be fully operational by 2030.
BASF plans to power the entire site with electricity
from renewable resources and “targets to achieve 100% by
2025,” the company noted.
Once complete, the site in Zhanjiang will be BASF’s
third largest Verbund site after Ludwigshafen, Germany,
and Antwerp, Belgium.

 

MadoquaPower2X Awards NextChem Contract For Renewable Hydrogen, Green NH3 Plant

Sines—
Maire Tecnimont’s NextChem subsidiary has been
awarded a pre-FEED (front-end engineering design) engineering
services contract by MadoquaPower2X to develop
and operate an integrated renewable hydrogen and green
ammonia project in Sines, Portugal.
MadoquaPower2X, a consortium led by Madoqua Renewables
along with CIP’s Energy Transition Fund and
Power2X, will produce 50,000 t/y of green hydrogen and up
to 550,000 t/y of green ammonia using renewable energy
and 500 megawatt of electrolysis capacity. The project is
expected to avoid up to 600,000 t/y of carbon dioxide emissions
in this initial phase. A schedule was not given.
NextChem’s scope of work includes early studies, technology
and process review, modularity and logistics analysis,
and front end loading of engineering required to undertake
the permitting and licensing for the project.
“We are proud of this agreement with MadoquaPower-
2X and CIP as it targets a project with a significant impact
on the renewable potential of Portugal with Northern
European energy infrastructure through green hydrogen,”
said Alessandro Bernini, chief executive of Maire Tecnimont
Group and NextChem.

 

Sasol to Double Green Steam Usage In Chem Production at Brunsbuttel

Berlin—Sasol
Chemicals said it expects to double the use of green steam
in chemical production at its Brunsbuttel, Germany, site,
from a first-of-its-kind biomass cogeneration plant to be
built adjacent to the site.
The company will lease land for the cogeneration unit
to Hamburger Energiewerke, Hamburg’s municipal utility,
which plans to build the facility by the end of 2024.
Once fully operational in 2025, the plant will supply at
least 70,000 megawatt hours of steam to Sasol annually,
enabling Sasol to cut its carbon dioxide emissions there by
around 13,000 t/y.
The biomass plant will also produce over 90,000 megawatt
hours a year of sustainable electricity.
Since 2014, the Brunsbuttel facility has used green
steam from another nearby biomass facility. The two facilities
combined will be capable of supplying half of the
plant’s steam consumption.

 

Sulzer & Cellicon Partner to Scale Up Renewable Biopolymer Technology

Zurich—Sulzer
Chemtech has partnered with Cellicon for the scale-up and
commercialization of Cellicon’s G2 technology for renewable
biopolymer.
The technology is used to produce nano structured cellulose
– a highly sustainable, plant-based alternative to
conventional polymers, Sulzer noted.
Sulzer has also acquired a minority stake in Cellicon,
with the option to increase its holding in the future.
The G2 technology “reduces the costs, cycle times and
environmental footprint associated with the production of
nanocellulose, thereby enabling the large-scale adoption of
this highly sustainable biopolymer,” Sulzer stated.
“We are thrilled to support Cellicon and further drive
the global adoption of greener materials produced with
sustainable processes,” said Daniel Rytz, head of strategy
and business development at Sulzer.
“With our extensive know-how in scaling up technologies,
we are an ideal partner for innovative companies like
Cellicon. This collaboration is a further step in our strategy
to enable circular, eco-conscious manufacturing and
processing practices on a global scale.”
Separately, Sulzer and BASF recently signed a memorandum
of understanding with the goal of advancing technologies
for renewable fuels and chemically recycled plastics.

 

Linde Will More than Double Production Of Green Hydrogen in the United States

New York—
Linde will install a new 35-megawatt proton exchange
membrane (PEM) electrolyzer to produce green hydrogen
in Niagara Falls, N.Y., which will more than double its
hydrogen production capacity in the U.S.
The company will build, own and operate the electrolyzer
and use hydroelectric power to produce green liquid
hydrogen for new and existing customers. Start-up is expected
by 2025.
“Linde is the largest liquid hydrogen producer in the
U.S. and this new capacity will increase product availability
at a time of growing demand from customers across
several end markets, including aerospace, electronics and
manufacturing,” said Todd Lawson, vice president, East
region at Linde.
“We will continue investing in green hydrogen projects
to help meet growing demand, as well as contribute to a
more sustainable energy economy.”

 

SK Capital Completes Sale to Chase Of NuCera Solutions for $250-MN

Houston—An affiliate
of funds advised by SK Capital Partners said it has
finalized the sale of NuCera Solutions to global specialty
chemicals company Chase Corp. for $250-million.
Based in Houston, Texas, NuCera develops and manufactures
highly differentiated specialty polymers and polymerization
technologies for the global plastics, adhesives,
coatings, masterbatches, imaging and personal care markets,
among others.
NuCera was formed through the carve-out of Baker
Hughes’ specialty polymer business. Its primary production
facility is located in Barnsdall, Okla.

 

GC Ventures Moves Toward Net Zero Goal With Investment in Econic Technologies

Bangkok—
GC Ventures Co. (GC Ventures), a subsidiary of PTT
Global Chemical (GC), has moved closer to its net zero goal
with an investment in Econic Technologies, developer of an
advanced technology that recycles captured carbon dioxide
for use as a raw material in polymer production.
GC invested in Econic through a fundraising and round
of investment, which closed “successfully” with a total of
£10.4-million raised from investors and companies worldwide.
The investments will enable Econic to continue with
its commercial production and process technology development.
GC has targeted a 20% reduction of greenhouse gas
emissions by 2030 and the achievement of net zero by
2050.

 

Sinochem Begins First Phase Operations At New ABS, PC Compounding Factory

Beijing—
Sinochem International recently started up the first phase
of a new compounding facility for acrylonitrile butadiene
styrene (ABS) and polycarbonate (PC) modified materials
in the Yizheng Chemical Industrial Park, Yangzhou,
China.
The new plant, operated by Sinochem Engineering
Plastics (Yangzhou) Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinochem
International, has a production capacity of 24,000
t/y of ABS and PC modified materials in the first phase.
The second phase, scheduled to begin production in
2023, will have a capacity of 32,000 t/y of the modified materials.
Cost of the project was not disclosed.
Sinochem entered the ABS market through the acquisition
of Elix Polymers in 2019.

 

Gunvor Lets FEED Contract to McDermott For Green Hydrogen Import Terminal

Rotterdam—
McDermott International, together with its storage business,
CB&I, has been awarded a front-end engineering design
(FEED) contract from Gunvor Petroleum for a planned
green hydrogen import terminal project in Rotterdam, the
Netherlands (PCN, 4 July 2022, p 4).
Recently, Air Products signed a joint development
agreement with Gunvor to partner on the import terminal.
Air Products said it was considering the Rotterdam site for
the import terminal, as it offers strategic access for receiving
green ammonia from large-scale green hydrogen production
locations operated by Air Products and its partners
from projects around the world.
The green ammonia will be converted to hydrogen and
distributed to markets within Europe. Subject to a final
investment decision, among other things, the terminal is
expected to begin operating in 2026.
Under the contract scope, CB&I will provide the FEED
of the ammonia tank and associated inside battery limits
equipment. McDermott will support FEED activities for
the interconnecting pipeline, tie-ins and other outside battery
limits scope.
As part of the FEED, a project execution cost estimate
will be developed as basis for a potential conversion into an
engineering, construction and procurement contract for the
implementation phase.

 

BASF Secures Pyrolysis Oil from Arcus To Use in Production at Ludwigshafen

Berlin—BASF
and Arcus Greencycling Technologies have signed an
agreement, in which Arcus will supply BASF with pyrolysis
oil from mixed plastic waste for BASF to use in its production
plants in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
BASF will use the pyrolysis oil as raw material for the
production of its Ccycled products, which have the same
properties as conventionally manufactured products. Customers
can therefore process them in the same way and
also use them in applications that place high demands on
quality and performance, BASF explained.
Arcus produces the pyrolysis oil at its process demonstration
unit in Frankfurt, Germany. With this agreement,
Arcus can build larger capacity plants and make a
“significant” contribution to closing material cycles together
with BASF, noted Daniel Odenthal, chief operating
officer of Arcus. The agreement foresees the take-up of up
to 100,000 t/y of pyrolysis oil.
“The collaboration with Arcus underscores BASF’s
commitment to conserving resources by using recycled raw
materials in the chemical industry and to drive the transition
to a circular economy,” said Christoph Gahn, vice president
of Chemical Recycling Business & Technologies at
BASF.

 

IPL Studies Carbon Capture Unit At Waggaman Ammonia Facility

Baton Rouge—Incitec
Pivot Ltd. (IPL) has begun a front-end engineering design
(FEED) study for a carbon capture facility at the site of its
800,000-t/y Waggaman ammonia plant in Waggaman, La.
The new facility would be capable of processing up to
950,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) to transport via pipeline
to a permanent geological sequestration site. Subject
to a successful FEED study, construction is planned to begin
in 2023 and be completed by the end of 2025.
IPL has also completed a thorough selection process
and has established memorandums of understanding with
several short listed parties to work through options to
transport and sequester CO2 from Waggaman.
“The geology is Louisiana is particularly suitable for
permanent storage of CO2,” noted IPL Managing Director
and Chief Executive Jeanne Johns.
“Our partners will use proven technology and management
techniques to meet the very stringent regulatory requirements
set by the U.S. EPA [Environmental Protection
Agency] for Class VI wells.”

 

OCI Reaches FID on First Phase of IFCo’s Carbon Capture & Sequestration Project

Wever—OCI
has made a final investment decision (FID) on the first
phase of a project to capture and sequester carbon dioxide
(CO2) produced on-site at its wholly-owned Iowa Fertilizer
Co. (IFCo.) subsidiary.
The first phase will abate up to 40%, or around 450,000
t/y, of IFCo’s CO2 emissions from the ammonia production
process. The ammonia plant has a production capacity of
nearly 1-million t/y. Completion is expected by the first
quarter of 2025.
OCI is also currently studying a second phase, which
would reduce post-consumption CO2 streams up to about
700,000 t/y and could materially store all of IFCo’s emissions.
Various capture technologies are being evaluated.
In addition, OCI has signed long-term binding transportation
and sequestration agreements with Navigator CO2
to transport captured CO2 through its Heartland Greenway
carbon platform.
It has also signed a lump-sum turnkey contract with
Enerflex, under which Enerflex will engineer, fabricate and
install a modularized integrated carbon capture facility to
capture IFCo’s CO2.

 

L&T Starts Up Green Hydrogen Plant At Hazira Manufacturing Complex

Mumbai—Larsen
& Toubro (L&T) has commissioned a new green hydrogen
facility at its AM Naik Heavy Engineering Complex in
Hazira, Gujarat, India.
The plant, based on an alkaline electrolysis process,
will produce 45 kilograms a day of green hydrogen, which
L&T will use for captive consumption in its Hazira manufacturing
complex.
L&T’s new plant is designed for an electrolyzer capacity
of 800 kilowatts comprising both alkaline and PEM technologies,
and will be powered by a rooftop solar plant and a
battery energy storage system.
As part of the first phase, the alkaline electrolyzer was
installed, while the PEM electrolyzer along with solar
plant capacity augmentation will be part of a future expansion.
The Hazira site is equipped to manufacture extra-large
and very heavy equipment for chemical, refinery, petrochemical
& fertilizer industries, as well as power projects,
which can be shipped out via waterways, according to
L&T’s website.

V60 N34 – 5 September 2022

RIL Planning to Invest Rs 75,000 Crore To Expand New & Existing Capacities

Mumbai—
Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani,
during the company’s recent Annual General Meeting, said
RIL would invest Rs 75,000 crore to expand capacities in
new and existing value chains.
In the polyester value chain, RIL will build “one of the
world’s largest” single-train purified terephthalic acid
plants with 3-million t/y of capacity, and a 1-million-t/y
polyethylene terephthalate facility, both in Dahej, India.
The plants are scheduled for completion by 2026.
The company will also invest in polyester filament yarn
and polyester staple fiber. The polyester expansion, with a
capacity of over 1-million t/y, will be completed in phases
by 2026.
In the vinyl chain, RIL will more than triple capacity of
its existing world-scale plants at Dahej and Jamnagar in
India, and also in Ruwais, the United Arab Emirates.
More specifically, RIL aims to expand polyvinyl chloride
(PVC) capacity in India by 1.5-million t/y in phases by
2026, and add capacities at Ruwais to make ethylene dichloride
and PVC, as part of the TA’ZIZ Chemical Zone
(PCN, 16 May 2022, p 1).
Finally, the company will build, in phases, India’s
“first” and “one of the largest” carbon fiber plants at
Hazira. The 20,000-t/y facility will utilize acrylonitrile
feedstock. Acrylonitrile production will begin next year
and RIL aims to complete the first phase of the carbon fiber
plant in 2025.

 

Technip Energies Buys DSM’s Technology For Biodegradable Polymers Production

Houston—
Technip Energies has acquired DSM’s Biosuccinium
technology for bio-sourced and fully biodegradable
polymers production.
Biosuccinium provides a commercially referenced production
of bio-based succinic acid that serves as feedstock
for the production of polybutylene succinate. It will be the
only technology licensed on the market for bio-based succinic
acid production, Technip Energies noted.
The acquisition includes a wide range of patent families
and proprietary yeast strains that have been demonstrated
in production facilities of licensees at large scale.

 

Advario and Sasol Enter into Agreement For German Ethylene Import Terminal

Berlin—
Advario and Sasol have signed an agreement to carry out
technical study work for a potential ethylene import terminal
in Brunsbuttel, Germany.
The proposed facility would include a 30,000-cu m tank,
which could store conventional ethylene, as well as green
ethylene. Planning and construction is expected to take
approximately four years.
The facility would supply ethylene to Sasol Germany’s
site at ChemCoast Park to use in its production processes.

 

Mitsui Increasing Production Capacity For Tafmer Elastomers at Singapore

Singapore—
Mitsui Elastomers Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Mitsui Chemicals, is planning to boost production capacity
for Tafmer high-performance elastomer at its existing facility
in Jurong Island, Singapore.
The project, scheduled for completion during fiscal
2024, will increase Tafmer capacity from 225,000 t/y to
345,000 t/y.
“Demand for Tafmer is strong amid robust global economic
growth, and is expected to rise further on the back of
efforts to achieve a circular economy and step up the introduction
of clean energy,” the company noted.
“Via the supply of Tafmer, which meets these needs,
Mitsui Chemicals aims to become a global solutions company
that leads change and contributes to the sustainable
societies of the future.”

 

ReNew Lets O&M Contract to PX Group For New Plastic Recycling Plant in UK

London—PX
Group has been awarded a 10-year operations and maintenance
(O&M) contract by ReNew ELP, a subsidiary of
Mura Technology, for the “world’s first” commercial-scale
plastic recycling facility (PCN, 25 July 2022, p 2).
The plant, based on Mura’s proprietary HydroPRS
technology, is being developed at the Wilton International
site in Teesside, UK.
The first 20,000 t/y line is expected to be operational in
2023. Once all four lines are complete, Mura will be able
to recycle up to 80,000 t/y of plastic waste. It will supply
Dow with materials produced by the process.
Mura’s HydroPRS technology can recycle all forms of
plastic, including multi-layer, flexible plastics used in
packaging, which are currently harder to recycle and frequently
incinerated or sent to landfill.
PX is owner of Saltend Chemicals Park and operator of
several critical energy infrastructure sites in the UK.

 

JGC Consortium Awarded EPC Contract For AGC’s VCM, PVC Expansion Project

Bangkok—
AGC Vinythai Public Co. has awarded an engineering, procurement
and construction (EPC) contract to a consortium
of JGC Corp. and GC Maintenance and Engineering for a
vinyl chloride monomer (VCM)/polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
expansion project in Thailand (PCN, 9 May 2022, p 1).
The project involves adding VCM and PVC production
facilities with a production capacity of 400,000 t/y each, as
well as outside battery limits (OSBL). Value of the contract
and a schedule for the project were not available.
Under the contract, JGC will be responsible for EPC of
the VCM and PVC production units along with management
of the overall project, while GC Maintenance and
Engineering will be responsible for the EPC for the OSBL.

 

Chandra Asri Partnering with LX to Produce Naphtha from Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil

Jakarta—
Chandra Asri is collaborating with LX International for a
potential investment in developing a hydrotreated vegetable
oil (HVO) facility that can produce renewable bionaphtha
feedstock for use in petrochemicals production.
The HVO plant would have a capacity of 300,000 to
500,000 t/y and would be located close to Chandra Asri’s
petrochemical complex in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia. A
schedule for the project was not given.
The bio-naphtha would be used to develop products
such as bio-polyethylene, bio-polypropylene, bio-polyvinyl
chloride, and bio-solution styrene butadiene rubber.
LX will participate in market investigation studies related
to products and raw material supply. The results of
the studies will be applied to plans and configurations for
the development of CAP2, Chandra Asri’s second worldscale
petrochemical complex, in order to meet domestic
petrochemical needs.
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, 10
Jan 2022, p 3). Subject to a final investment decision
planned this year, operations would begin from 2026.

 

Kraton & Formosa Planning Expansion Of Their JV HSBC Facility in Taiwan

Mailiao—
Kraton and Formosa Petrochemical have approved an expansion
project for their joint venture hydrogenated styrenic
block copolymer (HSBC) manufacturing plant in
Mailiao, Taiwan.
The parties plan to expand capacity of the existing
30,000-t/y HSBC plant by 30%. Start-up is scheduled for
the third quarter of 2024.
With the expansion, Kraton will be able to offer its full
range of SEBS (styrene ethylene butylene styrene) and
SEPS (styrene ethylene propylene styrene) products, both
in crumb and pellet form, using its latest state-of-the-art
technology to customers in Asia from a regional base.
The Mailiao facility originally started up in 2017 (PCN,
15 May 2017, p 2).

 

Celanese Selects Ravago as Distributor For Santoprene, Geolast TPV in NAM

Dallas—
Celanese has chosen Ravago as the exclusive distributor
for its Santoprene and Geolast thermoplastic vulcanizates
(TPV) in North American (NAM) countries, including the
U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Ravago will begin fulfilling orders on 1 Jan. 2023. Any
immediate material needs should still be ordered through
the current distributor through 31 Dec. 2022.
Celanese acquired the Santoprene TPV elastomers
business from ExxonMobil Chemical late last year for
$1.15-billion (PCN, 6 Dec 2021, p 3).
The transaction included 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.

 

BASF and SABIC Start Building Demo Plant For Electric Heated Steam Cracker Furnace

Berlin—
BASF and SABIC, along with their engineering, procurement
and construction partner Linde, said they have begun
building the “world’s first” demonstration plant for largescale
electrically heated steam cracker furnaces (PCN, 29
Mar-5 Apr 2021, p 1).
The plant will be fully integrated into one of the existing
steam crackers at BASF’s Verbund site in Ludwigshafen,
Germany, and will test two different heating concepts.
Start-up is expected next year.
BASF will operate the unit, which will process around 4
tons per hour of hydrocarbon and consume 6 megawatts of
renewable energy. It will use technology that has the potential
to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least 90%
compared to conventional steam crackers.
Both BASF and SABIC are investing together into the
project, and it has also received a €14.8-million grant from
the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and
Climate Action under its “Decarbonization in Industry”
funding program.
“Our vision is to transform our business and to help address
urgent global challenges through efficient carbon
management,” stated SABIC Vice Chairman and Chief
Executive Yousef Al-Benyan.
“This project holds huge potential for all of the petrochemical
industry around the world in our drive for low
carbon emitting processes.”

 

Anellotech Demonstrates Plas-TCat Process To Make Chem Feed from Plastic Waste

Silsbee—
Anellotech said it has, for the first time, continuously processed
solid, post-consumer plastic waste into light olefins
and aromatics using its Plas-TCat catalytic pyrolysis technology
at its demonstration plant in Texas (PCN, 31 Jan
2022, p 4).
The trial took place at the company’s TCat-8 fully automated
process development pilot plant near Houston,
which has a nameplate capacity of 0.5 t/d.
The technology employs one thermal catalytic reactor to
convert a wide range of waste plastics, with the exception
of polyvinyl chloride, into the same chemical feedstocks to
make virgin plastics. These include benzene, toluene and
xylene, as well as ethylene, propylene and butylene.
“Plas-TCat is advantageous due to its high olefin and
aromatic hydrocarbon selectivity, high scalability, broad
feedstock tolerance, as well as its substantial carbon dioxide
emissions savings compared to industrial steam crackers,”
said David Sudolsky, president and chief executive.
“The TCat-8 unit will be used in future month-long 24/7
trials to prove the robustness of the process and generate
process performance data over an equilibrated catalyst,
which are required to design a commercial plant.”

 

People on the Move

Trinseo—Hans Hendriks has been appointed to the
newly created role of chief technology officer, effective 1
Oct. 2022. He was most recently chief technology officer at
Yanfeng, an automotive supplier in China.
Methanol Chemicals Co.—Habes Yaseen Al Shammary,
previously with Saudi Aramco, has become chief operation
officer.

 

QatarEnergy Renewable, QAFCO Ink Deal For ‘World’s Largest’ Blue NH3 Facility

Doha—
QatarEnergy announced that Qatar Energy Renewable
Solutions and Qatar Fertiliser Co. (QAFCO), affiliates of
QatarEnergy, have signed agreements to build the “world’s
largest” blue ammonia (NH3) facility in Mesaieed Industrial
City, Qatar.
The 1.2-million-t/y “Ammonia-7” project will be operated
by QAFCO as part of its integrated facilities. Startup
is anticipated in the first quarter of 2026.
ThyssenKrupp, in a consortium with Consolidated Contractors
Co., has been awarded a contract, valued at
around $1-billion, for the engineering, procurement and
construction of the ammonia facility.
QatarEnergy Renewable Solutions will develop and
manage integrated carbon capture and sequestration
(CCS) units capable of capturing and sequestering about
1.5-million t/y of carbon dioxide (CO2) for the new ammonia
plant; supply more than 35 megawatt of renewable
electricity to the ammonia plant; develop and lead a process
for certifying the product produced by the ammonia
facility as blue ammonia; and be the sole off-taker and
marketer of all the ammonia produced by the project.
“Ammonia-7 is a landmark project for Qatar and the
industry as a whole,” noted Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, president
and chief executive of QatarEnergy and Qatar’s Minister
of State for Energy Affairs. “It builds on our expertise
in installing, operating, and maintaining conventional
ammonia plants to produce fertilizers.
“We are also building on our unique position in the renewables
and carbon capture and sequestration space, as
well as on our ideal logistical capabilities and advantages
to supply differentiated, low carbon products and fuels to
the world.
“Our investment in this project speaks to the concrete
steps we are taking to lower the carbon intensity of our
energy products, and is a key pillar of QatarEnergy’s sustainability
and energy transition strategy.”

 

Sasol & Itochu Sign MoU to Study, Develop Green Ammonia Supply Chain and Market

Tunis—
Sasol and Itochu have entered into a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) to jointly study and develop the market
and supply chain for green ammonia.
The companies will also evaluate Itochu’s possible involvement
and participation in Sasol’s green ammonia export-
oriented project(s), including product offtake, as well
as financial support from Japan for studies and grants relating
to green ammonia projects in South Africa.
“Sasol is excited about our collaboration with Itochu to
unlock South Africa’s significant potential as a large-scale
producer of green hydrogen and ammonia,” said Priscillah
Mabelane, senior executive vice president, energy business.
“This marks yet another milestone in our ambition to
lead the energy transition in South Africa through decarbonization,
while stimulating industrial development.”

 

Sibur Constructing New Hexene Facility At NKNK Olefins Complex in Russia

Moscow—Sibur is
planning to set up a new hexene unit at the Nizhnekamskneftekhim
(NKNK) petrochemical plant’s olefins
complex in Russia, Interfax reported.
The plant, which will have the capacity to produce up to
50,000 t/y of hexene, will utilize in-house technology at
NKNK.
“This covers 125-130% of Sibur’s immediate demand,
and what we used to buy in the UK and Germany,” said
the report quoting Mikhail Karisalov, head of Sibur.
“We expect to start pilot operation of this capacity
within 18-20 months, and have it in our portfolio as a
product from the end of 2024.”

 

Eurotecnica Awarded ‘Large’ Contracts For Its Euromel Melamine Technology

Milan—
Eurotecnica said it has received two “large” contracts for
the implementation of high-pressure melamine plants utilizing
its Euromel technology.
The contracts involve a 60,000-t/y melamine plant and
an 80,000-t/y melamine unit. Both facilities will feature
single reactors and utilize the ultimate fifth generation
proprietary Euromel technology. Name of the customer, a
location, and schedule for the project were not disclosed.
Last month, Eurotecnica received a technology contract
from Xinji Energy Chemical for the “world’s largest” highpressure
melamine facility (PCN, 15-22 Aug 2022, p 3).
The 120,000-t/y unit will also be based on Euromel
technology. No other details were available.

 

Evonik Opens Hub in the U.S. to Support Research, Development and Innovation

Allentown—
Evonik has launched a new innovation hub at its site in
Allentown, Penn., to support its global research, development
and innovation strategy (RD&I).
The hub consists of several state-of-the-art testing and
processing labs, a pilot plant, and a newly designed collaboration
space to support a hybrid and creative work
environment, the company noted.
“We are strengthening regional RD&I hubs in Asia and
North America to benefit from innovative ideas outside of
Europe and be closer to our customers in those regions,”
said Evonik Chief Financial Officer Ute Wolf.

 

Sekisui Studying PVOH Expansion

Dallas—Sekisui
Specialty Chemicals said it is launching feasibility studies
for an expansion of its polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) supply
network to meet the growing needs of its downstream customers.
The company currently operates three world-scale
PVOH units globally, two in the U.S. and one in Spain, and
plans to make highly capital-efficient investments to expand
its operations, Sekisui noted. When completed, the
investments will boost PVOH capacity by as much as 25%.
“With out current footprint and growth opportunities,
we believe Sekisui is well positioned to expand and meet
customer needs, particularly in the Western Hemisphere,
which today relies heavily in PVOH imports from Asia,”
said President Cory Sikora.

 

LG Chem Selects Technip’s Technology To Capture CO2 from Daesan Complex

LG Chem Selects Technip’s Technology
To Capture CO2 from Daesan Complex
To Capture CO2 from Daesan Complex Daesan—
Technip Energies said its Blue H2 by T.EN blue hydrogen
technology has been chosen by LG Chem to capture a “significant”
amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and reduce carbon
emissions from LG’s petrochemical complex in Daesan,
South Korea.
The hydrogen plant, with a nominal capacity of 56,000
cu hrs, will utilize the steam reforming technology to convert
methane-rich offgas from the naphtha cracking process
into hydrogen. The unit will include a selective catalytic
reduction unit for control of NOx emissions.
LG’s new hydrogen unit will be integrated with its
naphtha cracking complex to allow LG to convert the petrochemical
pyrolysis complex to a more sustainable lowcarbon
process, Technip noted.
“We are pleased to work with LG Chem to decarbonize
their petrochemical complex by incorporating our lowcarbon
hydrogen solution, Blue H2 by T.EN,” said Loic
Chapuis, senior vice president, Gas & Low Carbon Energies
at Technip.
“Our technology has been proven to reduce carbon
emissions by up to 99% and has the flexibility to be tailored
for various applications in industry.”

 

Ube Starts PCD Expansion at Rayong

Rayong—Ube
Industries has begun an expansion of its polycarbonate diol
(PCD) production plant at its Ube Fine Chemicals (Asia)
Co. subsidiary in Rayong, Thailand.
Expected to meet the growing demand for PCD in the
Asian region, the project will increase PCD production capacity
to 12,000 t/y from 8,000 t/y currently. Operations
are expected to begin in August 2023. Cost of the project
was not disclosed.

 

Arkema Acquires Polimeros Especiales

Mexico City—
Arkema has completed the purchase of Polimeros Especiales,
an emulsion resins producer based in Cuautitlan Izcalli,
Mexico (PCN, 25 July 2022, p 4).
Polimeros Especiales has become part of Arkema’s
Coating Solutions segment, and is expected to strengthen
the group’s position in high-growth markets, drive the development
of further sustainable innovations together with
Arkema’s other key solvent-free technologies, and reinforce
its presence in the Americas market, Arkema noted.

 

ET Inks 20-Year SPA with Shell NA LNG For LNG from Lake Charles Facility

Lake Charles—
Energy Transfer (ET) has entered into a 20-year liquefied
natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase agreement (SPA)
with Shell NA LNG related to ET’s planned Lake Charles
LNG export facility in Louisiana (PCN, 13 June 2022, p 2).
The proposed 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.
Under the SPA, ET will provide Shell with 2.1-million
t/y of LNG on a free-on-board basis. First deliveries are
expected to begin as early as 2026.
ET has announced six SPAs in the last several months,
bringing the total amount of LNG contracted from its Lake
Charles LNG export facility to nearly 8-million t/y.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Mitsui Chemicals will transfer its entire shareholding
in consolidated subsidiary Mitsui Phenols Singapore
Pte. to Ineos Holdings Ltd. for $330-million. After the
transfer in March 2023, Mitsui will continue to supply customers
from its other sites producing phenols.
Ineos Styrolution has received RecyClass certification
for its recycled acrylonitrile butadiene styrene grades.
The Recycled Plastics Traceability certification is valid for
Terluran ECO MR and Novodur ECO MR grades.
Nobian has begun supplying caustic soda and chlorine
from 100% renewable electricity in the Netherlands
and Germany. The products have received ISCC Plus certification.
Covestro will start receiving mass-balanced raw materials,
phenol and acetone, from Ineos’ Inviridis product
range. They are produced from bio-attributed cumene at
Ineos’ Gladbeck, Germany, and Antwerp, Belgium, sites,
without competing with the food supply.
Bridgestone Americas’ announced its Firestone
Polymer Engineering Pilot Center in Akron, Ohio, has
earned ISCC Plus certification for its transparency and
traceability of sustainable raw materials including bio, biocircular
and circular-based material to replace synthetic
rubber. It aims to produce tires made from 100% renewable
materials by 2050.
Covestro has earned ISCC Plus certification for its
Map Ta Phut production site in Thailand. It can now offer
its customers in the ASEAN region large volumes of polycarbonate,
including compounds and polycarbonate films,
produced with alternative raw materials.
IndianOil plans to achieve net-zero operational emissions
(Scope 1 & 2) by 2046.

 

V60 N33 – 29 August 2022

Ineos Phenol Inks Deal with Mitsui Chem To Purchase Mitsui Phenols Singapore

Jurong—Ineos
Phenol said it will acquire the entire asset base of Mitsui
Phenols Singapore from Mitsui Chemicals for $330-million.
Mitsui Phenols, located on Jurong Island, Singapore,
produces 410,000 t/y of cumene, 310,000 t/y of phenol,
185,000 t/y of acetone, 20,000 t/y of alpha methylstyrene
and 150,000 t/y of bisphenol A.
“The addition of the . . . assets provide a good fit with
our existing asset portfolio and expertise of Ineos Phenol
and presents significant integration opportunities with our
manufacturing sites in Germany, Belgium and the United
States,” Ineos Phenol noted.
Ineos Phenol currently produces nearly 1.9-million t/y
of phenol and about 1.2-million t/y of acetone. Subject to
customary regulatory approval, the transaction is expected
to close in the first quarter of next year.

 

Enter Engineering Lets Contract to Wood For New MTO Complex in Uzbekistan

Tashkent—
Wood has received a multimillion-dollar contract from Enter
Engineering to provide detailed engineering and procurement
assistance services for a new methanol-to-olefins
(MTO) based gas chemical complex being built for an unidentified
client in the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan.
The scope of work will include delivering process units
for methanol, MTO, monethylene glycol, low-density polyethylene
and polypropylene (PP).
Wood will also provide a tailored digital strategy to integrate
the control systems of the entire complex through
its consulting business.
In April 2021, Enter Engineering Selected W.R. Grace
& Co.’s Unipol PP technology for a new 257,000-t/y PP line
to be built as part of Jizzakh Petroleum’s new MTO complex
planned in the Bukhara region (PCN, 19 Apr 2021, p
1). Start up is expected by 2025.
Jizzakh previously said the complex would process 1.5-
billion cu m/yr of natural gas for the production of 500,000
t/y of olefins.

 

Syzygy Signs JDA with Lotte, Sumitomo For Electric Chem Reactor Technology

Houston—
Syzygy Plasmonics has entered into a joint development
agreement (JDA) with Lotte Chemical, Sumitomo Corp.
and Lotte Fine Chemical to test a fully electric chemical
reactor for the production of clean hydrogen.
Syzygy’s process can efficiently split ammonia and produce
hydrogen gas without combustion, eliminating emissions
that are traditionally associated with powering
chemical processes. The process can not only reduce the
carbon footprint of hydrogen production, but it can also
help lower costs.
The reactor will be installed at Lotte Chemical’s facilities
in Ulsan, South Korea, and is scheduled to come online
in the second half of 2023.

 

Fujian Eversun Picks Lummus Technologies For PDH & PP Plants to be Built in China

Beijing—
Fujian Eversun New Material Co. has awarded two technology
contracts to Lummus Technology for a new largescale
propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit and a new
polypropylene (PP) plant being built at Fujian Eversun’s
complex in Fujian Province, China.
The 900,000-t/y PDH plant, which will be the world’s
“largest,” will be based on Lummus’ Catofin technology,
while the 800,000-t/y PP facility will utilize Lummus’ Novolen
technology, Lummus noted. A schedule for the project
was not available.
Lummus’ scope includes the license for the technologies,
basic design engineering, training, services and catalyst
supply.
“Catofin and Novolen have very strong market positions
due to their high reliability, lower capital and operating
expenses, exceptional environmental performance and
simple processes,” said Lummus President and Chief Executive
Leon de Bruyn.

 

Borealis Expects ‘Substantial’ Delay In Construction of Kallo PDH Unit

Kallo—Borealis
said it has decided to terminate all contracts with IREM
Group related to construction of its propane dehydrogenation
unit (PDH) being built in Kallo, Belgium, and retender
the contracts, causing a “substantial” delay in construction
works (PCN, 8 Aug 2022, p 1).
The world-scale PDH unit, expected to cost $1.1-billion,
will have a targeted production capacity of 750,000 t/y of
propylene utilizing Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology.
The plant was initially scheduled to start up in mid-2022.
Earlier this month, Borealis decided to postpone construction
on the unit to allow Belgian authorities to investigate
alleged human trafficking by contractor IREMPonticelli.
Borealis has now decided to terminate the contracts
with IREM, who was in charge of 80% of the remaining
construction work, including highly specialized piping and
mechanical works, as well as electrical and instrumentation
work, and retender the contracts.

 

CDNM Starts Up Polycarbonate Project

Tianjin—
Cangzhou Dahua New Materials (CDNM) has “successfully”
put its polycarbonate project into operation in Cangzhou
City, Hebei Province, China, according to a report on
Sinochem’s website.
The 200,000-t/y polycarbonate facility, which required a
total investment of RMB 1.198-billion, will help reduce
China’s dependence on imported raw materials (PCN, 12
Feb 2018, p 2). It is one of the “key” projects of Hebei Province
and Sinochem Holdings, the report stated.
In October 2020, CDNM started up a 200,000-t/y polycarbonate
line at the site, based on KBR’s proprietary
PCMax technology.

 

Grupa Azoty Scales, Shuts Down Production Of Ammonia, Caprolactam, PA6 and Others

Pulawy—
Grupa Azoty Group subsidiaries, Grupa Azoty S.A. and
Grupa Azoty Pulawy, plan to temporarily shut down or
temporarily scale down production of ammonia, caprolactam,
polyamide 6 (PA6) and other products in response to
record high gas prices.
Grupa Azoty Pulawy will reduce ammonia output to
about 10% of its production capacity. Production in the
plastics and agro segments will be halted, with the exception
of ammonium sulfate from the FGD plant, NOXy,
Likam and Pulnox.
Grupa Azoty S.A. will temporarily suspend its caprolactam,
PA6 and nitrogen fertilizer production units.
During this time, the companies will carry out investment
and repair work, included a scheduled overhaul of
the polyamide unit of Grupa Azoty S.A.
“The company constantly monitors the price level of all
raw materials and commodities as well as profitability of
production processes, and will make further business decisions
based on the results of the monitoring,” Grupa Azoty
Group noted.

 

Covestro Invests in More Sustainable Polycarbonates Production in Asia

Shanghai—
Covestro announced plans to invest in mechanical recycling
(MCR) of polycarbonates at two sites in Asia-Pacific
to produce more sustainable polycarbonates.
The company will invest over €27-million to set up its
first dedicated line for MCR of polycarbonates at its integrated
site in Shanghai, China, which will address the
growing demand for more sustainable solutions, in particular
with post-consumer recycled products.
The new line will be capable of producing more than
25,000 t/y of high-quality polycarbonates and blends containing
mechanically recycled content. Commissioning is
scheduled for next year.
In addition, the company will repurpose an existing
compounding line in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, to enable
MCR. The conversion is expected to be completed by the
end of this year.
Covestro’s goal is to have the capacity to deliver over
60,000 t/y of polycarbonates with recycled content in Asia-
Pacific until 2026.

 

Petronas Chemicals Begins Construction On New Melamine Facility in Malaysia

Kedah—
Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) has launched its melamine
plant project at the complex of its Petronas Chemicals
Fertiliser Kedah Sdn. Bhd. subsidiary in Gurun, Kedah,
Malaysia (PCN, 14 Feb 2022, p 1).
The new 60,000-t/y plant, which will make Petronas the
“sole” melamine producer in Southeast Asia, will utilize
Casale’s Low Energy Melamine technology to enable the
plant to operate with high efficiency, especially in terms of
energy consumption, PCG noted. Start-up is targeted in
2024.
Earlier this year, Petronas Chemicals Fertiliser
awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and
commissioning contract for the project to a consortium of
Technip Energies and Dialog E&C, with Technip as leader
of the consortium.

 

Olin Plans to Shut Down Diaphragm-Grade Chlor-Alkali Capacity at Freeport Plant

Freeport—
Olin Corp. plans to permanently shut down about 225,000
ECU (electrochemical unit) tons of diaphragm-grade chloralkali
capacity at its facility in Freeport, Texas, by the end
of this year.
“Including this closure, Olin will have rationalized over
1-million ECU tons of diaphragm-grade chlor-alkali capacity
in less than two years,” noted Olin Chairman, President
and Chief Executive Scott Sutton.
“These actions demonstrate our commitment to lift and
maintain our ECU values, while developing a more sustainable
asset configuration.”
Last October, the company announced its intention to
shut down the remaining 200,000 ECU tons of diaphragmgrade
chlor-alkali capacity at its McIntosh, Ala., facility by
the end of the third quarter of 2022, after permanently
shutting down about 50%, equivalent to around 200,000
ECU tons, earlier in 2021.
Also, in May 2021, Olin said it planned to permanently
shut down about 225,000 ECU tons (about 25%) 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 Freeport in the second quarter of 2021.

 

GPCA’s 7th R&I Conference Next Month

Dubai—The
Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Assn. (GPCA) will hold
its 7th Research & Innovation (R&I) Conference on 26-27
Sept. 2022 at the Address Sky View Hotel in Dubai, United
Arab Emirates.
The conference, based on the theme “Catalyzing a Sustainable
Future through R&I,” will focus on the importance
of research and innovation to transition towards a low carbon
future; trends in green fuels and new technologies for
energy and transportation; the latest hydrogen developments
at chemical companies in the region; circular economy
and sustainable feedstocks.
For additional information, visit GPCA’s website at
www.gpca.org.ae.

 

People on the Move

Toray Plastics (America)—Ken Kurokawa has become
chairman and chief executive. He had been chief
technology officer and executive vice president.
Christopher Roy, previously executive vice president for
the company’s Torayfan and Lumirror divisions, has become
president and chief operating officer.
Kurokawa and Roy succeed Michael Brandmeier, who
has retired as president and chief executive of Toray Plastics
(Americas) and is now deputy chief representative and
executive vice president of Toray Industries Americas.
Nexam Chemical—Christer Svanberg has been named
chief technology officer, effective this November, to succeed
Francesco Pisciotti, who is leaving the company. Svanberg
was most recently head of Borealis’ Competence Centre
Energy and head of the Borealis Innovation Centre in
Stenungsund, Sweden.
Topsoe—Andreas Bruun Jorgensen, previously interim
chief operations officer, has become chief operations officer,
succeeding Kim Saaby Hedegaard, who has been appointed
executive vice president of the company’s Power-to-X Division.

 

Mitsui & Teijin to Develop and Market Biomass-Derived BPA and PC Resins

Tokyo—Mitsui
Chemicals and Teijin Ltd. said they will become Japan’s
“first” companies to develop and market biomass-derived
bisphenol A (BPA) and polycarbonate (PC) resins.
This past May, Mitsui received ISCC Plus certification
for BPA raw material used in PC resins. Mitsui will supply
the certified BPA to Teijin to produce biomass-derived
PC resins.
“The aim is to acquire ISCC Plus certification for all of
the company’s phenol-chain products and then begin sales
within fiscal 2023 ending in March 2024,” Mitsui noted.
“Teijin also expects to acquire ISCC Plus certification in
the first half of fiscal 2023 and thereafter start commercial
production of biomass-derived PC resins.”

 

LG Chem & ADM Forming Joint Ventures To Produce Lactic Acid, PLA in the U.S.

Decatur—LG
Chem and ADM have signed agreements to launch two
new joint ventures for the production of lactic acid and
polylactic acid (PLA) in Decatur, Ill.
The first joint venture, GreenWise Lactic, would be majority
owned by ADM and would produce up to 150,000 t/y
of high-purity corn-based lactic acid. ADM would contribute
fermentation capacity from its Decatur bioproducts
facility to the venture.
LG Chem Illinois Biochem, the second planned joint
venture, would be majority owned by LG Chem and would
build a facility that would use product from GreenWise
Lactic to produce around 75,000 t/y of PLA.
The joint ventures, which are subject to required regulatory
approvals, anticipate making final investment decisions
on the Decatur projects in 2023. If the projects are
approved, construction would begin in 2023, with production
expected to begin in late 2025 or early 2026.
“LG Chem is the first Korean company to build a PLA
plant with integrated production capacities ranging from
raw materials to the final product,” said LG Chem Chief
Executive Hak Cheol Shin.
“With the establishment of this [joint venture], LG
Chem will not only procure production capacities for highly
pure lactic acid needed for commercial-scale PLA production,
but will also be able to apply biomaterials in the development
of various high-value-added products.”

 

Technip & Agilyx Launch TruStyrenyx For Chemical Recycling of Polystyrene

Weymouth—
Technip Energies and Agilyx said they have advanced their
technology collaboration with the launch of TruStyrenyx
brand, the “only” all-in-one solution for the chemical recycling
of polystyrene (PCN, 7 June 2021, p 2).
TruStyrenyx combines Technip’s purification technology
with Agilyx’s pyrolysis process to yield a recycled styrene
monomer with “exceptional” high purity.
“We are pleased with the results of our pilot plant testing
in our R&D facility in Weymouth, Mass.,” said Bhaskar
Patel, senior vice president of Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals
and Circularity.
“Our joint innovative solution, TruStyrenyx, for the
chemical recycling of polystyrene offers potential clients a
feasible way to make polymer products from recycled
sources without compromising product integrity.”

 

CF Fertilisers UK Temporarily Halting NH3 Production at Billingham Facility

Ince—CF Fertilisers
UK, a subsidiary of CF Industries, plans to temporarily
pause ammonia production at its Billingham complex
in the UK due to market conditions.
“At current natural gas and carbon prices, CF Fertilisers
UK’s ammonia production is uneconomical, with marginal
costs above £2,000 per ton and global ammonia prices
at about half that level,” the company explained.
“The current cost of natural gas at NBP is more than
twice as high as it was one year ago, with the NBP forward
strip suggesting that this price will continue to rise in the
months ahead.”
In the meantime, CF Fertilisers plans to use the site’s
capability to import ammonia in order to continue to operate
its ammonium nitrate and nitric acid upgrade plants.
The company has not yet determined the date when it
will begin the temporary shutdown.

 

JGSOC Adopting Aspen Technology To Optimize Production Operations

Manila—Aspen
Technology (AspenTech) announced that JG Summit Olefins
Corp. (JGSOC) has selected AspenTech’s Aspen Unified
PIMS to enable production optimization with greater
intuition, accuracy and accessibility.
“Aspen Tech is pleased to deepen our partnership with
JG Summit Olefins Group through the company’s latest
adoption of Aspen Unified PMS software,” noted Lawrence
Ng, vice president of sales, Asia Pacific & Japan.
“In advancing toward the self-optimizing plant, this
planned deployment empowers JGSOC with a scalable
technology solution amidst industry skills shortage.”
JGSOC is the “largest” petrochemical company in the
Philippines, AspenTech stated.

 

Pembina and KKR Complete Transaction To Combine Assets into Single JV Entity

Calgary—
Pembina Pipeline has finalized its previously announced
transaction with KKR to combine their respective western
Canadian natural gas processing assets into a new single
joint venture entity, Pembina Gas Infrastructure (PCN, 1
Aug 2022, p 4).
The new business includes Pembina’s field-based natural
gas processing assets; the Veresen Midstream business;
and the business presently being carried on by Energy
Transfer Canada, which is currently owned 49% by funds
managed by KKR.
Concurrently, with the closing of the transaction, the
new joint venture also acquired Energy Transfer’s 51%
stake in ETC.
“We are excited to officially announce the creation of
PGI [Pembina Gas Infrastructure], a premier gas processing
entity in Western Canada that will provide incredible
value for Pembina, our partner KKR and our customers,”
said Scott Burrows, president and chief executive of Pembina.
“Pembina has enjoyed a strong relationship with KKR
at Veresen Midstream over the past four years and the
creation of PGI is a natural step that will unlock growth
and provide increased service offerings to customers
throughout the Montney and Duverney formations, from
Central Alberta to Northeast British Columbia.”

 

SABIC’s SSNC JV to Expand Capacity For Advanced Polyolefin Materials

Ulsan—SABIC SK
Nexlene Co. (SSNC), a joint venture of SABIC and SK Geo
Centric, will increase the capacity of their facility in Ulsan,
South Korea, for the production of advanced polyolefin
materials.
Operated by Korea Nexlene Co. (KNC), the Ulsan plant
uses Nexlene technology for the production of SABIC’s
broad portfolio of Cohere metallocene polyolefin plastomers
(POP), Supeer metallocene linear low-density polyethylene
(MLLDPE) and Fortify polyolefin elastomers (POE). The
expansion is expected to be operational in the second quarter
of 2024.
“We have identified a strong trend towards customized
and high-performance polyolefins, especially metallocene
polyethylene [PE] materials, in several important new
technology markets,” noted Sami Al-Osaimi, vice president
of PE & Sales at SABIC and board chairman of SSNC.
“Our Cohere POP, Supeer mLLDPE and Fortify POE
polymers are ideally positioned to meet the needs of our
global customers for enhanced toughness, flexibility, elasticity,
heat-sealing properties, and optical properties,
amongst others.
“The KNC plant capacity increase will provide the operational
efficiency to boost the growth of these Nexlene
based materials. At the same time, it will give us a significant
competitive edge to strengthen the market penetration
of our brands.”

 

Freeport LNG Gives Update After Incident At Quintana Island Liquefaction Plant

Freeport—
Freeport LNG said it has completed a detailed assessment
of alternatives for resuming operations at its liquefaction
facility on Quintana Island, Texas, following a gas leak and
fire at the plant this past June (PCN, 20 June 2022, p 4).
On 8 June 2022, an incident occurred at the facility,
which resulted in the release of liquefied natural gas
(LNG) and a subsequent fire. The incident occurred in pipe
racks that support the transfer of LNG from the plant’s
LNG storage tank area to the terminal’s dock facilities located
in the intracoastal side of Freeport’s dock basin.
It is anticipated that initial production will begin in
early to mid-November 2022, will full operations expected
to restart in March 2023.
Kiewit will be responsible for the engineering, procurement
and reconstruction activities required to implement
the company’s recovery effort.

 

VTT Spinning Out New Olefy Technologies To Transform Circular Plastic Recycling

Espoo—VTT
Technical Research Centre of Finland said it plans to
launch a new company – Olefy Technologies – for its patent-
pending technology that can “revolutionize” circular
plastic recycling.
The technology can extract over 70% virgin-grade plastics
and chemical raw materials components from plastic
waste in a single step, reducing the cost of plastic recycling
and making recycling a preferred option for large amounts
of landfill-bound plastic waste that current methods are
unable to process.
“This technology enables direct parallel integration of
the Olefy modules into existing steam cracker sites around
the world to effectively produce virgin-grade olefins, which
are converted back to virgin-grade plastics,” noted Timo
Sokka, head of business at Olefy.
“Significantly lower capital expenditure requirements,
accelerating market demand, and price premium make
these investments also very attractive for the steam
cracker operators.”
VTT has an Olefy pilot plant in Espoo, Finland, and its
first industrial demonstration operation is expected to
start up by 2026.

 

McDermott Awarded Pre-FEED Contract For Woodside’s Planned H2Perth Project

Perth—
Woodside Energy has selected McDermott to provide the
pre front-end engineering design (pre-FEED) for its proposed
H2Perth export-scale hydrogen and ammonia production
facility in the Kwinana/Rockingham area in Western
Australia.
The project, to be developed in phases, would be “one of
the largest facilities of its kind in the world” at full potential,
according to Woodside’s website. It would utilize electrolysis
technologies and natural gas reforming with 100%
of carbon emissions abated or offset.
It would produce up to 1,500 t/d of hydrogen for export
in the form of ammonia and liquid hydrogen. Subject to
necessary commercial and regulatory approvals, and a final
investment decision, construction is planned to begin in
2024.
Initially, H2Perth will target 300 t/d of hydrogen production,
or 20% of expected total capacity, which can be
converted into 600,000 t/y of ammonia or 110,000 t/y of
liquid hydrogen.
This contract follows the successful completion of a concept
study on H2Perth, McDermott noted.

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SABIC Americas Growth Proposes Project To Build New PC Complex at Texas Site

Austin—
SABIC Americas Growth LLC is evaluating the possible
development, design and construction of a petrochemical
facility within the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery Complex in
Texas, or at other potential sites along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The planned complex would involve the production of
400,000 t/y each of polypropylene impact co-copolymer,
high-density polyethylene C4/C6 bimodal, and Nexlene
polyethylene, and would also include associated utilities
and support units.
If the Motiva site is selected, the new plants could receive
ethylene, propylene and other feedstock from the refinery.
“A project team is evaluating these opportunities with a
focus on global logistics, efficiency, scale and site integration.
The project is still in an evaluation stage; only very
preliminary development activities have begun,” the company
noted.
“No engineering, procurement or construction contracts
have been negotiated or signed to support this project.”
SABIC Americas Growth is a wholly-owned indirect
subsidiary of SABIC.

 

Honeywell Finalizes Engineering Evaluation For PEC Aromatics Project in Malaysia

Johor—
Honeywell has completed the engineering assessment for
Pengerang Energy Complex’s (PEC) greenfield integrated
condensate splitter and aromatics complex to be built in
Johor, Malaysia, Bernama reported.
The project, being developed by ChemOne Group, will
include a 6.5-million-t/y facility with a processing capacity
of 150,000 b/d of condensate plus side feed of naphtha, 2.3-
million t/y of aromatics products, 3.9-million t/y of energy
products and 50,000 t/y of hydrogen (PCN, 10 Feb 2020, p
1). The facility is expected to be fully operational in 2026.
PEC will utilize Honeywell UOP’s latest generation LD
Parex technology for the production of paraxylene.
“We are delighted to partner with our trusted colleagues
at Honeywell UOP for this mega greenfield development,”
said the report quoting PEC Chief Executive Alwyn
Bowden.
“With the petrochemical market set to pick up further,
PEC is poised to deliver profitable growth while creating
local employment and moving Malaysia further up the
value chain in the petrochemical sector.”

 

Ineos Awards EPCM Contract to Wood For New Project One Ethane Cracker

Antwerp—Wood
has won a contract from Ineos, valued at over $100-million,
to provide engineering, procurement and construction
management (EPCM) services for Ineos’ new Project One
ethane cracker being built in Antwerp, Belgium (PCN, 20
June 2022, p 1).
The cracker, estimated to cost between €3-billion and
€4-billion, will have a production capacity of 1.5-million t/y
of ethylene. Operations are planned to begin in 2026.
Once complete, it will have the “lowest” carbon footprint in
Europe, Wood noted.
Wood’s scope is focused on the outside battery limit facilities
for the ethane cracker and follows successful completion
of front-end engineering design for the plant.
“The chemicals sector, like all industries, is forging its
own path to carbon neutrality,” said Giuseppe Zuccaro,
president of Process & Chemical at Wood.
“What Project One represents is the next era of ethylene
production, a key component in most plastics.
Through the combination of technology and an innovative
technical design approach, it will be the most sustainable
and energy-efficient steam cracker in Europe.”

 

MyRechemical Gets Engineering Contract For Waste-to-Methanol, Hydrogen Plant

Milan—
Maire Tecnimont’s MyRechemical subsidiary has been
awarded a basic engineering contract by Alia Servizi Ambientali
for a waste-to-methanol and hydrogen plant to be
built in Empoli, Italy.
Once operational, the facility will process 256,000 t/y of
non-recyclable waste and produce 125,000 t/y of methanol
and 1,400 t/y of hydrogen using MyRechemical’s chemical
conversion technology. An anticipated completion date for
the facility was not given.
MyRechemical’s scope of work includes basic engineering
design of the plant and the provision of necessary
documentation to start the plant’s public authorization
process with the Tuscany region. The basic engineering
phase is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The chemical conversion technology converts carbon
and hydrogen contained in the non-recyclable waste
through a gasification process into a synthesis gas, which
is used to produce low-carbon methanol and hydrogen.
“This is one of the more interesting waste-to-chemicals
initiatives that Maire Tecnimont is developing in Italy,”
said Alessandro Bernini, chief executive of Maire Tecnimont
Group and NextChem.
“This is the first application worldwide of an integrated
technological scheme that allows to produce methanol from
waste for sustainable mobility and hydrogen that will substitute
methane in glass production processes, enabling
both recycling and industrial symbiosis. It responds to the
core need of circular economy and creates the bases of a
new era of waste as a resource.”

 

SK Geo Centric & Weixing to Establish JV To Build EAA Production Plant in China

Beijing—SK
Geo Centric has signed an agreement with Weixing Chemical
to form a joint venture that will construct a new ethylene
acrylic acid (EAA) manufacturing facility in China to
respond to Asian demand.
The joint venture plans to invest around KRW 290-
billion to build a 40,000-t/y EAA unit in Lianyungang, Jiangsu
Province. The plant is scheduled to be completed in
the first half of 2025.
SK Geo Centric will hold a 60% stake in the new joint
venture, while Weixing Chemical will hold the remaining
40% interest.
“We will preempt the demand in China and Asia
through the only EAA manufacturing plant in China,” said
SK Geo Centric Chief Executive Na Kyung-soo.
“We will actively utilize SK Geo Centric’s technological
prowess and marketing capabilities in Asia to strengthen
our portfolio of high value-added chemical products and to
be reborn as a global leader in the field of eco-friendly
chemical materials.”
SK Geo Centric currently has EAA production sites in
Texas and Tarragona, Spain, which it acquired in 2017
through the acquisition of Dow’s EAA business (PCN, 11
Sept 2017, p 1).

 

Stamicarbon Picked as Urea Licensor For a Project in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lagos—
Stamicarbon, the innovation and license company of Maire
Tecnimont, said it has been chosen as the urea licensor for
a project in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The project involves a 4,000-t/d melt and granulation
plant for an unidentified client. Value of the contract and
a schedule for the project were not available.
Stamicarbon will supply the process design package for
the front-end engineering and design of the plant. The
urea melt unit with a pool reactor will use Stamicarbon’s
MP flash design, part of the Launch Melt series, and the
fluid bed granulation design including acidic scrubbing,
part of the Launch Finish series.
The fluid-bed granulation design features low formaldehyde
consumption, low dust and ammonia emissions,
high product quality and high on-stream times.
“The minimal equipment items result in a significant
reduction of the footprint and the overall capital cost of the
plant,” Stamicarbon noted. “Less equipment allows for a
reduction in maintenance costs and OPEX savings.”

 

LG Chem Issues Letter of Intent to DL To Modernize & Expand ABS Facility

Seoul—LG
Chem plans to invest $382-million to upgrade and expand
its acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plant in Yeosu,
South Korea, and has delivered a letter of intent to construction
firm DL E&C, reported Pulse News.
LG will modernize the ABS facility with energy-efficient
technology, and plans to install a new 220,000-t/y ABS
production line, while phasing out n older ABS line with
140,000 t/y of capacity. Completion is expected by 2024.
Once the upgrade is concluded, LG’s domestic ABS production
capacity will be increased to 1.08-million t/y from
1-million t/y currently.

 

Evonik Replacing up to 40% of Natgas At Its Production Sites in Germany

Essen—Evonik
said it is substituting up to 40% of the natural gas used at
its German sites with alternative energy sources without
“significantly” curtailing chemical production.
The most significant measure is being implemented at
the company’s largest German site in Marl, where liquefied
petroleum gas (LPG) supplied by BP will be used instead of
natural gas to generate energy.
“This does not only secure the energy supply and thus
continuation of production in Marl,” Evonik noted. “The
natural gas volumes released are available to replenish
Germany’s natural gas storage facilities.”
The company has also identified measures for natural
gas substitution at its other German sites, such as Steinau,
Essen, Krefeld, Lülsdorf and Wesseling. Here natural gas
is to be partially replaced with fuel oil.
“Energy supplies to Evonik sites outside Germany, for
example in Antwerp (Belgium), are largely independent of
gas supplies from Russia. In Germany, on the other hand,
a loss of Russian gas supplies would seriously jeopardize
chemical production.”

 

Saudi Egyptian Investment Agrees to Buy 25% Stake in Misr Fertilizers Production

Cairo—
Saudi Egyptian Investment Co. (SEIC), a new subsidiary of
Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), will purchase a 25%
interest in Misr Fertilizers Production Co. (MOPCO), according
to several media reports.
Established in 1998, Egypt’s MOPCO mainly produces
ammonia and urea with a production capacity of 2-million
t/y of urea.
SEIC also plans to buy minority stakes in Abu Qir Fertilizers
Chemicals Industries, as well as two other Egyptian
companies.
“Egypt is one of the fastest-growing economies in the
Middle East and North Africa,” said Reuters quoting a
statement from PIF. “The acquisitions are in line with
SEIC’s objective to invest in promising sectors,” PIF noted.

 

Arvand Petrochemical Plans PVC Unit

Tehran—Iranbased
Arvand Petrochemical Co. said development plans
for a new polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant are underway,
with the project expected to turn the company into the
“largest” PVC chain producer in the Middle East, reported
NIPNA.
The facility, estimated to cost €600-million, will include
the production of 300,000 t/y of PVC. The project is expected
to take three years to complete.
“With the development of Arvand Petrochemical Company,
the feedstock of downstream industries will be fully
supplied and the development of downstream industries
will result in wealth creation, hard currency generation
and sustainable job creation in the country,” noted Arvand’s
Mohammad Reza Karimi.

 

People on the Move

European Petrochemical Assn. (EPCA)—Danielle
Ebentreich, chief marketing officer at Shell Chemicals
Europe BV, has become a new member of EPCA’s board of
directors. Ebentreich succeeds Kate Johnson.

 

Xinji Energy Selects Eurotecnica’s Technology For ‘Largest’ High-Pressure Melamine

Milan—
Eurotecnica said it has been awarded a technology contract
from Xinji Energy Chemical, part of the Xinji Xuefeng
group, for the world’s “largest” high-pressure melamine
facility.
Under the contract, Eurotecnica will supply its fifth
generation Euromel technology for a new 120,000-t/y
melamine unit. The location of the project and an expected
completion date were not disclosed.
The Euromel technology features the “lowest” energy
consumption on the market, Eurotecnica noted.

 

Econic Technologies Raises Funds to Support Proprietary Carbon-to-Value Technology

London—
Econic Technologies has successfully closed on a second
funding round, raising a total of $12.45-million, which it
plans to use to support the commercialization of its carbonto-
value technology that enables carbon dioxide (CO2) to be
used in the production of polymers.
The latest round follows the first close this past April,
which was led by OGCI Climate Investments and Capricorn
Sustainable Chemistry Fund. Joining them in the
Series D second tranche are CM Venture Capital Fund III,
GC Ventures Co. and ING Sustainable Investments BV.
Econic’s catalyst technology efficiently converts captured
CO2 into a usable raw material for use in the manufacturing
of essential products, initially serving the polyurethane
industry.
The technology’s potential also goes beyond the polyurethane
market, as the company recently announced a
novel CO2 surfactant development, supported by the UK
government BEIS grant, Econic noted.
“It is an exciting time for Econic,” said Econic Chief Executive
Keith Wiggins. “We are delighted to have the
funds to commercialize our technology and thank our existing
and new investors for their support to complete this
raise.
“With record high temperatures and soaring oil prices,
the timing is right for Econic Technologies.”

 

Alpek Becomes Latest Cyclyx Member

Portmouth—
Alpek said that its expandable styrenics subsidiary, Styropek
SA de CV, has become the newest member of Cyclyx
International, a consortium-based company that focuses on
establishing a circular pathway for plastic recycling
through innovative methods.
As a member of Cyclyx, Styropek will have access to recycled
feedstock, which will “significantly” support its expandable
polystyrene (EPS) projected recycling capacity to
achieve its circularity target, Alpek noted.
“Alpek commits to grow its long-term usage and sustainable
applications for EPS, work on biodegradable alternatives
and increase recycling content in select products
to at least 30% by 2030,” stated Alpek.

 

Lanxess Launches Program to Achieve Climate Neutrality in Supply Chains

Cologne—
Lanxess has launched the Net Zero Value Chain Program
as part of its scope 3 target to make its upstream and
downstream supply chains climate-neutral by 2050.
This includes eliminating indirect emissions, particularly
from purchased raw materials, but also from logistics
and end products. The company will focus on sustainable
raw materials, green logistics and climate-neutral products.
“With the Net Zero Value Chain Program, we are continuing
to drive forward the transformation of our product
portfolio toward climate neutrality,” said Matthias
Zachert, chairman of the board of management of Lanxess.
“In this way, we are also supporting our customers, who
are increasingly looking for sustainable solutions.”
By 2030, scope 3 emissions are expected to be reduced
by 40% compared with the base year 2015, from 27,000 to
16,500 kilotons of carbon dioxide equivalents.
For direct emissions in production (scope 1) and for energy
sourced (scope 2), Lanxess has already set a target of
becoming climate-neutral by 2040.

 

LyondellBasell Inks Two More PPAs To Achieve Renewable Energy Goal

Houston—
LyondellBasell has signed two additional long-term renewable
electricity power purchase agreements (PPAs) with
Buckeye Partners to help achieve its 2030 goal of procuring
at least half of its current electricity consumption from
renewable sources.
The two additional PPAs with Buckeye are for a total of
165 megawatts to be sourced from Buckeye’s solar farms
currently under construction in Falls County, Texas, on
adjacent sites. Commercial operations are planned to begin
in the third quarter of 2023.
Last month, LyondellBasell signed its first two PPAs,
which included a 12-year PPA with Engie North America
for 100 megawatts of renewable electricity from Engie’s
new Limestone wind project in Navarro and Limestone
counties in Texas (PCN, 4 July 2022, p 3).
The other PPA was with Buckeye for 116 megawatts of
renewable electricity sourced from its Files solar project in
Hill County outside of Dallas, Texas. The solar farm is
expected to begin operations in the second quarter of next
year.
LyondellBasell’s renewable energy source target is estimated
to reduce around 1.5-million t/y of greenhouse gas
emissions from its scope 2 emissions.

 

Qatar Melamine to Merge into QAFCO

Doha—The
board of directors of Qatar Fertilizer Co. (QAFCO), following
an internal review, have decided to transfer the assets
of Qatar Melamine Co. (QMC) to QAFCO through a merger
scheme.
QMC, owned 100% by QAFCO, has a 60,000-t/y melamine
plant in Qatar. QAFCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Industries Qatar, produces 3.8-million t/y of ammonia
and 5.6-million t/y of urea.
The business transfer is expected to be completed before
the end of December 2022 and the related formalities
are in progress.

 

Topsoe Joins Circular Plastics Initiative To Increase Plastic Recycling by 20%

Copenhagen—
Topsoe announced it has joined a newly formed Danish
partnership, Circular Industrial Plastics, which has committed
to increase recycling of industrial plastics by at
least 20% before 2025.
The partnership, which also consists of BASF,
Coloplast, Novo Nordisk, Danfoss, Grundfos and COOP,
will initially survey and investigate the plastic materials
that are currently used in the companies and create an
infrastructure for further treatment and recovery.
The objective of the initiative will be to demonstrate
full-scale solutions for selected products within the categories
of consumer plastics, medical and technical, and to
demonstrate the interaction of new recovery technologies
in the circular flow.
“The Circular Industrial Plastics project lays the foundation
for a platform that matches materials and recovery
technologies,” noted Kim Gron Knudsen, chief strategy and
innovation officer at Topsoe.
“This will give Danish companies easy access to cooperation
and knowledge about specific solutions that can be
implemented at once – but also knowledge about innovation
in the future. In brief, the project will be a catalyst for
the transition from linear to circular production and use of
plastics.”
The project is supported by the Danish Environmental
Protection Agency.

 

MISC, Consortium Partners & QatarEnergy Sign Agreement for Seven LNG Carriers

Doha—
MISC Berhad, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Portovenere
and Lerici (Labuan) Pte., together with its consortium
partners announced the award of “landmark” longterm
time charter contracts by QatarEnergy for seven
newbuild liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.
The LNG carriers, to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries,
will be equipped with eco-efficient technologies to
help contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Delivery of the vessels is scheduled for 2025.
According to MISC, QatarEnergy is one of the world’s
“largest” LNG producers. The additional LNG carriers will
serve the needs of QatarEnergy in the transportation of
LNG to various countries around the world.
MISC consortium partners include Nippon Yusen Kabushiki
Kaisha, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. and China
LNG Shipping (Holdings) Ltd.

 

AmSty Gets ISCC Plus Certification At Allyn’s Point Facility in the U.S.

Hartford—AmSty
said that its Allyn’s Point plant in Gales Ferry, Conn., is
its latest site to receive ISCC Plus certification, bringing
the company closer to its goal for all polystyrene food
packaging products to have 30% recycled content by 2030.
The company has already received certification at its
facilities in St. James, La.; Hanging Rock, Ohio; Joliet, Ill.,
and Cartagena, Columbia.
The plants were ISCC Plus certified based on fulfilling
stringent requirements aimed at validating post-consumer
recycled content in designated AmSty products.
In addition, Regenyx, the depolymerization recycling facility
that AmSty shares with Agilyx, is also certified.
“This is yet another step in our journey to create a circular
economy for polystyrene by repurposing plastic waste
into new products, while also reducing our carbon footprint
to promote the health of our planet,” said Tim Barnette,
vice president of polystyrene and sustainability.
“This process certifies a recycling stream at Allyn’s
Point producing more than 4.5-million lbs/yr of recycled
polystyrene.”

 

AIChE Announces EMET Conference

Manama—The
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), along
with Energy Events Experts, will hold the 2022 Ethylene
Middle East Technology (EMET) Conference from 14-15
Sept. 2022 at the Gulf Hotel and Convention Centre in
Manama, Bahrain.
Technical experts from the global ethylene industry will
share practical experiences, innovative idea and strategies
for reducing costs, maximizing return and creating value
on issues related to planning, design, operation and maintenance,
said AIChE.
In addition, industry leaders and senior executives from
the regional petrochemicals market, including producers,
operators, owners, and technology and solution providers
will discuss market challenges, new opportunities, evolving
demand, long-term outlook and trade flows.
Visit www.ethylene-me.com/home for more information
and to register.

V60 N31 – 8 August 2022

Worley Awarded Contracts from CCP For New PET-PTA Facility in Texas

Corpus Christi—
Worley said it has been awarded construction management
and general services contracts from Corpus Christi Polymers
LLC (CCP) for an integrated polyethylene terephthalate
(PET)-purified terephthalic acid (PTA) facility in Corpus
Christi, Texas (PCN, 25 July 2022, p 1).
The new PTA-PET project is expected to produce
around 1.1-million t/y of PET and 1.3-million t/y of PTA.
Production is planned to begin in 2025.
The project will utilize three state-of-the-art technologies
– IntegRex for PTA production; Invista for PET melt;
and Horizontal Continuous slightly inclined Rotary Reactor
for PET solid state.
Under the contracts, Worley will provide construction
management for the PET and PTA units, and support to
the installation and maintenance of temporary facilities.
CCP is a joint venture of Indorama Ventures Corpus
Christi Holdings, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures; DAK
Americas, a subsidiary of Alpek; and APG Polytech USA
Holdings, a subsidiary of Far Eastern New Century.
Each party will procure its own raw materials and receive
one third of the PET and PTA from the project to sell
and distribute independently.

 

Bechtel Concludes Construction Phase Of Shell’s Pennsylvania PC Project

Pittsburgh—
Bechtel announced it has completed construction of Shell’s
petrochemical project in Beaver County, Penn. (PCN, 18
May 2020, p 1).
The project, originally estimated to cost $6-billion, includes
an ethane cracker, which will use low-cost ethane
from the Marcellus and Utica basins for the production of
1.6-million t/y of polyethylene.
Work was temporarily suspended in March 2020, in order
to contain the spread of COVID-19. In May 2020, Shell
said it would add 300 construction workers per week going
forward to ramp up activity at the site.
“All major construction activities on the site, including
bulk and equipment installation and other major tasks,
have now been completed,” Bechtel noted.
“The construction team has handed over responsibility
to the commissioning and start-up teams who will complete
our mission by taking the facility into operations later this
year.”

 

Ma’aden Begins Commercial Production At Ammonia 3 Plant in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh—Saudi
Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden), in a notification to the
Saudi Stock Exchange, said it has started commercial production
of ammonia at the Ammonia 3 facility in Ras Al-
Khair, Saudi Arabia (PCN, 21 Feb 2022, p 1).
The plant, with a design capacity of about 1.1-million
t/y of ammonia, is the first plant of Ma’aden Fertilizer Co.,
a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ma’aden, the company noted.

 

Borealis Postpones Construction at Kallo To Allow Investigation into Contractor

Kallo—
Borealis has decided to postpone construction on its new
propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Kallo, Belgium,
until further notice, to allow Belgian authorities to investigate
alleged human trafficking by Contractor IREMPonticelli.
The $1.1-billion world-scale PDH unit will have a targeted
production capacity of 750,000 t/y of propylene utilizing
Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology (PCN, 20-27 Dec
2021, p 2). The plant was originally scheduled to start up
in mid-2022.
On 27 July 2022, Borealis decided to halt construction
for three days and suspended the contract with IREM, the
contractor responsible for the piping and mechanical work
of the PDH unit.
As the thorough investigation and implementation of
additional compliance measures is ongoing, Borealis decided
on 1 Aug. 2022 to extend the shutdown. Work on the
project will be resumed step by step.
“In line with our Goal Zero approach, we are currently
putting in place additional social controls to identify and
address any potential lack of control by contractors as
quickly as possible,” said Wim De Smet, Kallo site manager.
“Borealis condemns any kind of human rights abuse.
Therefore we have decided to temporarily halt the construction
of our mega project in Kallo until all additional
compliance measures are in place.”

 

NextChem Awarded FEED Contract For Plastic Waste Recycling Plant

Milan—NextChem,
a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont SpA, has been awarded a
front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from an unidentified
plastics and chemicals producer for an advanced
mechanical recycling facility of municipal plastic waste in
Europe.
The plant will process up to 75,000 t/y of plastic waste
for the production of high-quality recycled plastic. Once
completed, it will be “one of the largest” advanced mechanical
recycling facilities worldwide, Maire Tecnimont
noted. An expected start-up date was not given.
NextChem will be responsible for the FEED, and will
assist the client in the development of the execution phase.
Completion of the FEED is anticipated by mid-2023.
“Enabling leading producers to include in their product
portfolio partially or completely recycled polymers is one of
the most effective ways to give plastics a sustainable life
cycle, reducing both consumption of fossil sources and the
carbon footprint,” noted Alessandro Bernini, chief executive
of Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem.
“This new recycling plant will also integrate Next-
Chem’s know-how and technology solutions, in order to
convert waste sources into new second-life products. We
are proud to enable this solution thanks to our technological
know-how.”

 

McDermott & KBR Ink Licensing Deal For KBR’s Ammonia Technologies

Houston—
McDermott and KBR have entered into a global licensing
agreement to provide integrated solutions for KBR’s proprietary
ammonia technologies.
“This agreement enables us to offer customers an integrated
approach for low-carbon ammonia projects by combining
KBR’s best-in-class ammonia technology with our
global project delivery know-how, low-carbon execution
approach and leadership in ammonia storage solutions,”
said Tareq Kawash, senior vice president, onshore at
McDermott.
“This technology partnership is an important addition
to our growing energy transition portfolio and strengthens
our concept-to-completion capabilities.”
As part of the agreement, the two companies will jointly
evaluate opportunities to provide modularized execution
concepts to drive additional efficiencies tailored to the
needs of green and blue ammonia projects.

 

Braskem Signs Agreement to Acquire Stake In Plastic Waste Recycler Wise Plasticos

São Paulo—
Braskem announced it has entered into an agreement to
purchase a 61.1% equity interest in Wise Plasticos, a Brazilian-
based recycler of plastic waste, for around R$121-
million.
Wise has the capacity to mechanically recycle approximately
25,000 t/y of waste plastic. With the investment
from Braskem, it plans to double that capacity to around
50,000 t/y by 2026.
The transaction is subject to approval from competent
authorities and other conditions precedent established between
the two parties. An expected closing date was not
given.
“This transaction aims to accelerate the development of
the chain and leverage recycling in Brazil, and is part of
the Macro Objective of the Plastic Waste Elimination
Company, which includes projects aimed at education, recycling
infrastructure, mechanical recycling and advanced
recycling,” Braskem noted.

 

Cyclyx Opens New Plastics Testing Lab To Expand Waste Plastic Processing

Portsmouth—
Cyclyx International said it has commissioned a new plastics
testing laboratory in Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
which will enable the consortium-based company to expand
its processing capabilities.
With the new lab, Cyclyx will be able to test and qualify
“significantly” larger quantities and a broader range of
qualities of waste plastic.
The testing protocols inform Cyclyx how these plastics
are sourced and processed for a wide range of mechanical
and advanced recycling applications, and they are also necessary
to gain ISCC Plus certification.
The lab and expanding database of waste plastics will
allow the company to target plastic that is too distressed to
be successfully recycled and include them in custom blends
that will meet customers’ specifications, Cyclyx noted.
By qualifying and including more waste plastics in
feedstock for its members, Cyclyx will be able to maximize
availability and lower the cost of its waste plastic feedstock.

 

ICI Pakistan Announces Plan to Acquire Majority Share of Lotte Chem Pakistan

Karachi—ICI
Pakistan Ltd. intends to purchase an approximately
75.01% interest in Lotte Chemical Pakistan Ltd., according
to several local media reports citing a notice to the Pakistan
Stock Exchange.
Lotte Chemical Pakistan has a 500,000-t/y state-of-theart
purified terephthalic acid plant in Port Qasim, Karachi,
Pakistan.
Value of the proposed transaction and an expected
completion date were not disclosed.

 

Ineos Styrolution Enters Agreement to Sell Stake in Ineos Styrolution India to Shiva

Vadodara—
Ineos Styrolution has agreed to divest its 61.19% equity
interest in Ineos Styrolution India to Shiva Performance
Materials.
Ineos Styrolution India is the “leader” and “number
one” producer of ABSOLAC acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
and ABSOLAN styrene acrylonitrile, according to its website.
“The business continues in Shiva Performance Materials’
experienced hands, serving the existing customer base
and seeking future growth potential to enhance the company’s
current position in the Indian market,” said Ineos
Styrolution Chief Executive Steve Harrington.
The transaction triggers a mandatory offer. Completion
is subject to fulfillment of customary conditions.

 

ACC Announces Release of Its Annual Guide to the Business of Chemistry

Washington—The
American Chemistry Council (ACC) has published the annual
Guide to the Business of Chemistry, which provides a
historical overview of the chemical industry through 2021.
The 2022 guide covers shipments, price indices, and
volume output data for basic, specialty, life sciences, and
consumer products chemicals. Raw data tables, dating
back to1989, were used in this year’s analysis, as well as
data on trade in chemicals, excluding pharmaceuticals.
Individual chapters are devoted to world trade, global
production, investment, employment, environmental,
health and safety, energy, and distribution. Solvency, liquidity,
debt and asset management, profitability and cash
flow measures are also included.
Visit www.americanchemistry.com for more information.

 

People on the Move

Methanol Chemicals Co. (Chemanol)—Sabri Al-
Ghamdi has been appointed managing director until November
2024. He previously held leadership positions at
SABIC, Saudi Aramco and Global Company for Downstream
Industries.
Tata Projects—Vinayak Pai recently joined the company
as chief executive and managing director. Before
joining Tata Projects, he was at Worley as group president,
energy and chemicals services, and then group president
for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific.

 

Sasol to Utilize AI-Driven Technology At Its Lake Charles Ethylene Plant

Lake Charles—
Sasol Chemicals said it will deploy “innovative,” artificial
intelligence (AI)-driven technology at its ethylene facility
in Lake Charles, La., to identify opportunities to cut carbon
dioxide (CO2) emissions and improve energy efficiency.
The technology, called emissions.AI, was developed by
UK-based data analytics experts OPEX, an ERM Group
company. It measures and monitors energy usage and
emissions and will give Sasol timely access to detailed
emissions data and analysis functionality to pinpoint emissions
reduction opportunities.
Sasol is the first company in the chemicals manufacturing
sector to introduce emissions.AI, which was originally
designed for complex oil and gas facilities. It has to potential
to be expanded to other Sasol units following the pilot
program.
“The way companies choose to operate their facilities
can have a significant impact on emissions and costs,”
noted OPEX Group Chief Executive Jamie Bennett.
“Our emissions.AI solution provides customers with
quality data and insights so they can identify opportunities
that will have the greatest impact, helping to quickly turn
their decarbonization promises into action.
“We are proud to play a part in supporting Sasol’s sustainability
goals and look forward to working in the chemicals
sector.”

 

ET Resumes Construction of Eighth NGL Fractionator at Mont Belvieu

Houston—Energy
Transfer (ET), in announcing its second quarter 2022 results,
said it recently restarted construction of Frac VIII,
an eighth natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator at its
Mont Belvieu, Texas, facility, on which construction was
suspended in 2020 (PCN, 17 Aug 2020, p 3).
The 150,000-b/d fractionator will bring the partnership’s
total fractionation capacity at Mont Belvieu to over
1.1-million b/d. Operations were originally expected to begin
in the second quarter of 2021, but are now anticipated
to start in the third quarter of 2023.
ET’s Mont Belvieu facility has connectivity to over 35
petrochemical plants, refineries, fractionators and thirdparty
pipelines.

 

Aramco & Sinopec Agree to Collaborate On Range of Projects in Saudi Arabia

Dhahran—
Saudi Aramco and Sinopec have entered into a memorandum
of understanding covering several areas of potential
collaboration on projects in Saudi Arabia.
The possible areas of cooperation include: assessing refining
and petrochemical integration opportunities; engineering,
procurement and construction; oilfield services;
upstream and downstream technologies, as well as collaboration
across carbon capture and hydrogen processes.
The companies will also discuss opportunities for the
establishment of a local manufacturing hub in King Salman
Energy Park.
This latest partnership builds on existing joint ventures
between the two companies, including Fujian Refining and
Petrochemical Co. and Sinopec Senmei (Fujian) Petroleum
Co. in China, and Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Co. in
Saudi Arabia.

 

Cepsa Quimica Delivers World’s ‘First’ NextLab Renewable LAB to Unilever

Madrid—Cepsa
Quimica said it has supplied Unilever with NextLab, the
world’s “first” renewable linear alkyl benzene (LAB).
NextLab LAB is the “first” LAB surfactant to be both
renewable and biodegradable, as an alternative to traditional
fossil LAB.
Cepsa uses a mass balance approach to create NextLab.
Through mass balance, traditional black carbon sources
are blended and co-processed with those from plant-based
sources, known as green carbon. Afterwards they are
tracked throughout the entire production process to ensure
that an appropriate amount of the green carbon content is
in the final linear alkylbenzene sulfonate surfactant.
“As of today, 85% of the overall carbon demand in
chemical and derived materials sector is still met using
fossil fuels,” noted Cepsa. “By offering renewable and recycled
alternatives, Cepsa Quimica is setting the path to a
circular chemistry industry, while directly impacting on
the planet, both in its own production process and in that
of its buyers.”

 

OQ Switching to Renewable Electricity As Part of Its Global ‘Reduce’ Program

Berlin—OQ
Chemicals said it is switching to electricity from renewable
sources (green power) at its sites, worldwide, as part of its
‘reduce’ program.
OQ’s sites in Monheim am Rhein, Germany; Houston,
Texas; and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, are already using
100% green power.
At its other sites in Germany and the U.S., the company
will initially use green power certificates during a
transitional phase. In the medium term, OQ plans to use
only green power at all of its locations.
In addition, the company has discontinued generating
electricity from natural gas in its power plant at the Oberhausen,
Germany, site.
“The switch to green power is a small but effective
building block in our global ‘reduce’ program, with which
we are aiming for climate neutrality by mid-century,”
noted OQ Chief Executive Dr. Oliver Borgmeier.
“We work holistically and look at all areas – raw materials,
production and the end product.”
OQ said it will also examine various options to produce
carbon dioxide-neutral energy to secure demand.

 

IISRP Publishes 2022 Rubber Statistics

Houston—
The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers
(IISRP) has published the 2022 edition of Worldwide Rubber
Statistics, which it describes as the “world’s leading”
source for authoritative data about synthetic rubber.
This edition of the publication, which is only available
electronically, has revisions to elastomer plant capacities
as the synthetic rubber market continues to be dynamic.
The publication provides a comprehensive analysis of
capacity by elastomer type, geographical distribution and
corporate ownership. It also features a graphics section
with statistics in easy-to-read format and a section on capacities
of synthetic rubber production plants throughout
the world, including a section on planned and announced
expansions of synthetic rubber facilities.
Visit www.iisrp.com/publications for further information
or to order the publication.

 

BASF Secures Clean Energy Supply For Over 20 BASF Sites in the U.S.

Florham Park—
BASF has entered into virtual power agreements with
Dawn Solar and EDF Energy Services for a total of 250
megawatts of wind and solar power for more than 20 of its
U.S. manufacturing sites.
BASF will purchase 100 megawatts of power generated
by Dawn Solar, and an additional 150 megawatts of renewable
energy capacity will be added through transactions
with EDF. With these agreements, the share of renewable
energy in BASF’s total North American electricity
consumption will increase to more than 25%.
Last year, BASF collaborated with EDF to add 35
megawatts of wind capacity to the energy mix for BASF’s
manufacturing sites in Freeport and Pasadena, Texas
(PCN, 15 Feb 2021, p 4).
BASF aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by
25% by 2030 compared with 2018, and achieve net-zero
emissions by 2050.
“These agreements help us reach our clean energy goals
in areas where the local electric utility does not supply
adequate renewable power,” said Tobias Dratt, president of
BASF North America.
“At the same time, our financial commitment enables
the realization of large solar and wind power projects and
adds clean energy to the grid.”

 

Petronas & Six S. Korean Firms Sign MoU To Explore Prospects in CCS Value Chain

Tokyo—
Petronas has entered into a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with six South Korean firms to undertake conceptual
and feasibility studies for establishing a full value
chain related to carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, transport
and storage (CCS).
The companies that signed the MoU include Lotte
Chemical Co., Samsung Engineering Co., Samsung Heavy
Industries, SK Earthon Co., SK Energy Co. and GS Energy
Corp.
The agreement also involves the evaluation of potential
CO2 storage site in Malaysia and exploration of other areas
across the CCS value chain.
“The feasibility studies undertaken through this collaboration
will identify suitable technologies for the CCS
and transportation value chain, bringing Petronas closer
towards establishing Malaysia as a leading regional CCS
solutions hub,” noted Emry Hisham, head of carbon management
at Petronas.

 

Quantafuel, BASF & Dubal Ink FEED MoU For Plastics-to-Liquid Facility in Dubai

Dubai—
Quantafuel, Dubal Holding and BASF have signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) to move to the
front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase for developing
a plastics-to-liquid processing plant in Dubai, United
Arab Emirates.
The 80,000-t/y facility will utilize Quantafuel’s technology
to convert low-quality, non-recyclable plastics into
“valuable” products, Quantafuel noted. A final investment
decision is targeted for early 2023.
Saipem has been selected as the FEED service provider.
The FEED is expected to be completed this year.
Last December, Quantafuel, Dubal and ENOC Holding
signed a MoU to study the potential project.
“We are excited about the opportunity to be a partner in
this FEED study for the plastics-to-liquid plant in Dubai
based on our know-how in the European ChemCycling project,”
said Udo Huenger, vice president and head of Market
Area Middle East at BASF FZE.
“Supporting our technology partner Quantafuel and
working with the visionary people at Dubal Holding to
drive Dubai’s vision of zero waste to landfill by 2030,
brings us another step closer to a circular economy.”

 

Bolder Secures Feedstock from Liberty For Terre Haute Tire Recycling Plant

Indianapolis—
Bolder Industries and Liberty Tire have formalized an
agreement, in which Liberty will supply feedstock to
Bolder’s tire recycling facility under development in Terre
Haute, Ind., to meet the rising demand for sustainable petrochemicals
and carbon black.
Bolder acquired the former Pyrolyx facility last year,
which it is retrofitting with its proprietary process to convert
over 3-million end-of-life tires a year into sustainable
carbon black (BolderBlack) and sustainable petrochemicals
(BolderOil). Commissioning is planned in 2023.
Given the projected increase in demand for BolderBlack
and BolderOil, the volume of tires processed at Terre
Haute could increase up to 6-million over the next two to
four years.
Bolder’s process generates 98% less carbon dioxide,
uses 85% less water and energy than traditional methods
and utilizes 98% of every scrap tire.
Bolder and Liberty have also come to a preliminary
agreement on expanding their partnership to other states,
including Illinois, South Carolina, Maryland and Tennessee.
This is Bolder’s second tire recycling facility. It began
full commercial operations at a plant in Maryville, Missouri,
in February 2019.

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Ineos & Sinopec Sign Petrochem Deals Worth a Combined $7-Billion in China

Beijing—Ineos
announced it has signed three agreements with China Petroleum
& Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) for “significant” petrochemical
deals in China with an aggregate value of $7-
billion.
Under the first agreement, Ineos will acquire a 50%
stake in Shanghai Secco Petrochemical Co. (Secco), a subsidiary
of Sinopec.
Located in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, Secco
currently has a production capacity of 4.2-million t/y of petrochemicals,
including ethylene, propylene, polyethylene
(PE), polypropylene, styrene, polystyrene, acrylonitrile,
butadiene, benzene and toluene.
In the second agreement, Ineos and Sinopec will establish
a 50-50 joint venture for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
(ABS) production, based on Ineos’ technology. This
will include the 600,000-t/y facility under construction by
Ineos Styrolution in Ningbo (PCN, 21-28 Dec 2020, p 1).
The ABS joint venture is also expected to build two new
300,000-t/y ABS plants based on Ineos’ Terluran ABS
technology. One will be located in Tianjin with the location
of the second plant not yet decided.
The ABS plant currently being built in Ningbo is
scheduled to begin operations by the end of next year.
The final agreement between Ineos and Sinopec will see
the parties establishing a 50-50 joint venture to build a
new 500,000-t/y high-density PE (HDPE) plant in Tianjin.
In addition, the companies will build at least two additional
500,000-t/y HDPE units in the future to produce
Ineos pipe grade under license.
The transactions are subject to regulatory approvals
and other conditions. Each transaction is anticipated to be
complete before the end of the year.
“These agreements significantly reshape Ineos’ petrochemical
production and technology in China,” said Ineos
Chief Executive Jim Ratcliffe.
“We are pleased to make these major investments with
Sinopec in areas that provide the best growth opportunities
for both companies. Both parties recognize the potential
for closer collaboration across a number of other areas
as we look ahead.”

 

Ineos Producing Bio-Attributed EO; Delivers GHG Saving of Over 100%

London—Ineos
Oxide said it has launched new bio-attributed ethylene
oxide (EO) based on certified bio-based sources that completely
substitutes fossil feedstock.
The product has been certified by RSB and ISCC+ as
being 100% renewable on a mass balance basis and delivering
a greenhouse gas savings of over 100% compared to
conventionally produced EO.
“Our new EO delivers identical performance to traditional
feedstocks – the fundamental performance of the
product is not changed, but it comes with huge savings in
fossil fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions,” noted
Ineos Oxide Chief Executive Tobias Hannemann.

 

Trinseo Decides to Suspend Process To Divest Its Styrenics Business

Berwyn—Trinseo has
decided to pause the previously announced sales process to
divest it styrenics business (PCN, 14 Feb 2022, p 1).
The potential divestiture was expected to include Trinseo’s
feedstocks and polystyrene segments, as well as its
50% interest in Americas Styrenics, a joint venture with
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
The deterioration of financing markets and the economic
uncertainty created by the war in Ukraine, particularly
in European energy markets, has affected the company’s
ability to obtain full value for the business, despite
significant interest from strategic and financial parties,
Trinseo noted.
“In the meantime, we will utilize the cash generation of
the styrenics and other businesses to invest in organic
growth projects, increase our sustainable product offerings,
decrease our CO2 [carbon dioxide] footprint and return
cash to shareholders,” said Trinseo President and Chief
Executive Frank Bozich.
Trinseo will reevaluate a potential sale of the styrenics
business when macroeconomic conditions improve.

 

CNTY Chooses Honeywell UpCycle Process For Plastics Recycling Facility in China

Shanghai—
Honeywell announced that China Tianying (CNTY) has
selected the Honeywell UpCycle process technology to use
in a new advanced plastics recycling plant to be built in
Jiangsu Province, China.
The facility, which will be the “first” commercialized
waste plastics recycling facility using the UpCycle process
in China, will convert mixed waste plastics into polymer
feedstock. A schedule for the project was not given.
Honeywell UOP will supply related engineering work
and technical services for the project up to its start-up and
commissioning, and provide technical support services for
the plant’s operations.
CNTY intends to use the UpCycle process in future recycling
plant. The two parties will also explore potential
collaboration in various fields, including waste plastics pretreatment
and pyrolysis equipment manufacturing.

 

MCG Boosting EVOH Capacity in the UK

London—
Mitsubishi Chemical Group (MCG) announced that it will
increase production capacity for SoarnoL ethylene vinyl
alcohol copolymer (EVOH) resin at its Mitsubishi Chemical
UK Ltd. site in Saltend, Hull, UK.
EVOH production capacity will be raised by 21,000 t/y
to a total of 39,000 t/y. Construction is planned to begin in
April 2023, with operations expected to begin in July 2025.
Multilayer films containing SoarnoL are certified as
highly recyclable in combination with MCG’s recycling
compatibilizer Soaresin, MCG noted.
“With increasing needs for eco-friendly products, MCG
anticipates solid growth in global demand for SoarnoL in
the coming years,” said the company.

 

PetroChina Begins Project to Expand PC Production at Guangxi Refinery

Beijing—Petro-
China has launched a $4.52-billion project to expand a
subsidiary refinery in Guangxi, China, into an integrated
petrochemical complex, reported Reuters citing Chinese
state media.
The refinery, owned by PetroChina’s Jilin Petrochemical
Corp. subsidiary, will be revamped to increase petrochemical
capacity and cut refined fuel production.
As part of the project, Jilin plans to add 21 plants, including
a 1.2-million-t/y ethylene facility and 600,000-t/y
acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plants, and it plans to
mothball seven units (PCN, 14 Feb 2022, p 3). Completion
is expected in 2025.
Once 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.

 

Cariflex Breaks Ground on ‘World’s Largest’ Polyisoprene Latex Facility in Singapore

Singapore—
Cariflex, a subsidiary of DL Chemical, said it has broken
ground on the “world’s largest” and Singapore’s “first” polyisoprene
latex facility at a site in Jurong Island.
Expected to cost over $350-million, the project will be
delivered in two phases, with at least 70 permanent jobs
created in the first phase. Operations are expected to begin
by the second half of 2024.
The company did not disclose capacity of the new plant,
but said it is expected to increase its global polyisoprene
latex production capacity by more than 50%.
Cariflex’s investment and expansion into Singapore is
supported by Singapore’s Economic Development Board
and JTC Corp., two statutory boards under Singapore’s
Ministry of Trade and Industry.
“Cariflex’s decision to locate the . . . plant on Jurong Island
attests to the attractiveness of the island’s plug-andplay
infrastructure and integrated ecosystem,” said Alvin
Tan, assistant chief executive, Industry Cluster Group at
JTC Corp.
“This allows companies to focus key investments on
core facilities, while leveraging on shared third-party utilities
and services.”

 

Sasol Earns ISCC-Plus Certification For Three Largest European Plants

Hamburg—Sasol
Chemicals has received ISCC-Plus certification for its
three largest manufacturing facilities in Europe.
The plants, located in Marl and Brunsbuttel, Germany,
and Augusta, Italy, have earned ISCC-Plus certification for
the use of mass balanced bio-based and recycled feedstocks
in the production of alcohols, ethoxylates, linear alkylbenzene
and derivatives.
Sasol’s German facilities use mass balanced bioethylene,
made from plant-based biomass and waste, along
with recycled ethylene. The Augusta plant uses mass balanced
bio-benzene, recycled benzene and bio-recycled benzene.
“Using the mass balance approach, Sasol Chemicals
traces the flow of materials through its value chain to ensure
that its end products are ISCC-Plus compliant,” the
company noted.

 

OQ Building Propionic Aldehyde Plant To Support Rohm’s New MMA Facility

Houston—OQ
Chemicals has made a final investment decision (FID) to
increase capacity of propionic aldehyde to supply Rohm’s
new methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant being built at OQ’s
production site in Bay City, Texas (PCN, 5 July 2021, p 2).
The 250,000-t/y MMA plant will utilize Rohm’s latest
LiMA technology, enabling a high yield with low energy
consumption and reduced wastewater volumes. Mechanical
completion is expected by the first quarter of 2024.
Wood is responsible for the engineering, procurement
and construction services for the MMA unit. Value of the
contract was not given.
“This project goes by ‘Propel,’ which is short for ‘Propyls
Elevated,” noted OQ Chemicals Chief Executive Dr. Oliver
Borgmeier. “We are excited to have achieved FID on Propel
and can move ahead as planned.
“At OQ Chemicals, we are looking forward to welcoming
Rohm to our site in Bay City. I am convinced that both
companies will greatly benefit from our future cooperation
and combined expertise.”

 

Econic Finalizes Agreement with MPL To Develop CO2-Containing Polyols

Chennai—Econic
Technologies and Manali Petrochemicals Ltd. (MPL) have
finalized a joint development and technology transfer
agreement to continue the global development of carbon
dioxide (CO2)-containing polyols for use in polyurethane
products.
The agreement sets the next phase of the partnership
to scale up and manufacture the CO2-containing polyols
initially at MPL’s demonstration-scale facilities in India,
followed by the retrofit of MPL’s over 12,000 industrial
scale reactors with Econic’s proprietary process.
“We appreciate this next development in our partnership
with MPL and the opportunity to work with them as a
pioneering licensee of Econic’s technology in one of the biggest
and fastest growing geographies,” noted Econic Chief
Executive Keith Wiggins.
“There is unbelievable momentum for solutions that
meet consumer demand for more sustainable products
made using waste CO2, and we’re delighted to be leading
the way together in this area,” he added.
“Science and innovation will play a key role in ensuring
that our manufacturing plants implement eco-friendly and
cost-efficient technology,” said Ashwin Mutiah, chair of
MPL’s parent company, AM International.
“MPL’s partnership with Econic Technologies brings
significant R&D-led improvements to the production process.
Alongside delivering a greener product to our customers,
it reaffirms our ESG commitment towards a carbon
neutral planet.”

 

People on the Move

Heartland Polymers—Todd Karran, previously
president and chief executive of Nova Chemicals, was recently
appointed chief executive, petrochemicals, at Heartland.
Toray Plastics (America)—Mark Turano has become
senior director of sales of the Lumirror Polyester Film Division.
He was previously director of sales of the same division.

 

Sojitz Plans Indonesian Methanol Plant In Partnership with Pupuk Indonesia

Jakarta—
Sojitz, in partnership with PT Pupuk Indonesia, will study
the feasibility of building a new methanol facility in West
Papua, Indonesia, Reuters reported.
The project, expected to cost around $1-billion, is being
initiated in order to increase the supply chain resilience for
Indonesia and Japan in the future, said the report citing
Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia.
The feasibility study is expected to be completed by the
end of this year. No other details were available.
In March 2021, PCN reported that Sojitz had expressed
interest in investing around $5-billion in the development
of the methanol and ammonia industry in Bintuni Bay Industrial
Area in Indonesia, with production expected to
begin in 2024 (PCN, 22 Mar 2021, p 3).

 

Ineos Olefins and Polymers Europe Joins HolyGrail 2.0 for Plastic Waste Recycling

Brussels—
Ineos Olefins and Polymers Europe announced it has
joined Digital Watermarks’ HolyGrail 2.0 initiative to “significantly”
improve the sorting and recycling of plastic
packaging waste.
The HolyGrail 2.0 initiative will provide the whole
packaging value chain with a “robust, cost-effective, and
easily scalable system” to optimize the sorting of postconsumer
plastics packaging using digital watermarks and
improve the quality of the recycled product, it noted.
Digital watermarks are imperceptible codes which cover
the surface of the packaging. About the size of a postage
stamp, they are detectable by special cameras linked to
high speed waste sorting systems.
“Partnering with HolyGrail 2.0 demonstrates our commitment
to taking action across the value chain, to create a
more sustainable future,” said Rob Ingram, chief executive
of Ineos Olefins and Polymers North.
“It fits perfectly with the Ineos goal to increase recycling
rates and the use of recycled materials back into everyday
products. This is an exciting next step on our path
to full packaging circularity.”

 

SKGC & Veolia Sign MoU to Expand Recycling of Waste Plastics in Asia

Seoul—SK Geo
Centric (SKGC) and Veolia have entered into a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to increase plastic waste recycling
in Asian countries where there is demand.
The two companies plan to build a recycling cluster in
Ulsan, South Korea, using SKGC’s recycling technology to
turn polyethylene terephthalate and polypropylene waste
that can not be mechanically recycled into pyrolysis oil to
be used for making new plastics.
The cooperation is expected to branch into China, Japan,
and Southeast Asian regions, where interest in plastic
recycling is growing, SKGC noted.
“We are pleased to take the first step in the circular
economy based on the eco-friendly competencies both countries
own here in the Asian market, which has great potential,”
said SKGC Chief Executive Na Kyung-soo.
“In keeping with the global trend for green businesses,
we will take our part in aiding South Korea to lead the circular
economy business, starting with the recycling cluster
in Ulsan and targeting the Asian market.”

 

SOCMA Releases State of Industry Report For the Specialty Chemicals Industry

Arlington—The
Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA)
has released its 2022 Specialty Chemicals Industry Census+
findings that show a positive outlook and business
confidence in the sector despite inflation and other postpandemic
impacts.
Conducted in partnership with Vault Consulting, the
annual census surveys manufacturer opinions on key operational
and decision points chemical manufacturers use
to benchmark business activities.
“Specialty chemical manufacturers anticipate continued
revenue growth over last year with a strategic focus on
expanding projects with existing customers,” said Paul
Hirsh, senior vice president of industry relations.
“Results reflect companies’ increasing prioritization of
sustainability and ESG initiatives across the manufacturing
environment in various ways, with emphasis on supply
chain management for business continuity.
“The industry’s resilience is underpinned by strong demand
for batch chemistry and reinforces how instrumental
specialty chemicals are to the global marketplace.”
To receive an executive summary of the census, contact
Samantha Hill at shill@socma.org.

 

Shell USA, Shell Midstream Partners Sign Definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger

Houston—
Shell USA and Shell Midstream Partners (SHLX) announced
the execution of a definitive agreement and plan
of merger, under which Shell USA will acquire all common
units representing limited partner interests in SHLX held
by the public for a total value of around $1.96-billion.
SHLX’s assets include interests in entities that own
crude oil and refined products pipelines and terminals that
serve as key infrastructure to transport onshore and offshore
crude oil production to U.S. Gulf Coast and Midwest
refining markets and deliver refined products from those
markets.
SHLX’s assets also include interests in entities that
own natural gas and refinery gas pipelines that transport
offshore natural gas to market hubs and deliver refinery
gas from refineries and plants to chemical sites along the
U.S. Gulf Coast.
Subject to customary closing conditions, the transaction
is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 2022.

 

Vietnamese JV Building PP Facility

Hanoi—Stavian
Quang Yen Petrochemical, a joint venture of Stavian
Chemical and Yen Hung Liquid Port, will set up a new
polypropylene (PP) plant in the northern Province of
Quang Ninh in Vietnam, Reuters reported citing the country’s
ruling communist party.
The $1.5-billion facility would have a production capacity
of 600,000 t/y of PP. Commercial operations are
planned to begin from the fourth quarter of 2026.

 

ONGC Moving Into Renewable Space With MoU to Form JV with Greenko

New Delhi—
India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) has signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) to form a joint venture
with Indian renewable energy company Greenko ZeroC
to pursue opportunities in renewables, green hydrogen,
green ammonia and other green hydrogen derivatives.
The proposed 50-50 joint venture would set up a 1.3-
gigwatt green hydrogen plant to produce 1-million t/y of
green ammonia. The parties may also jointly develop
around 6-gigawatt to 7-gigawatt of solar and wind capacity.
First production is expected around 2026.
The project is expected to require an investment of approximately
$6-billion over three to four years, and will be
instrumental in achieving India’s target production of 5-
million t/y of green hydrogen by 2030, ONGC noted.
The MoU, which is valid for two years, is in line with
National Hydrogen Mission launched by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi to make India a green hydrogen hub.
“By moving into renewable space, ONGC aims to meet
its objectives, such as de-risking of portfolio against longterm
disruptions and reducing carbon footprint,” said
ONGC.

 

Pembina Gets Final Regulatory Approval For Proposed Joint Venture with KKR

Calgary—
Pembina Pipeline said it has received final regulatory approval
from the Canadian Competition Bureau for Pembina
and KKR to combine their respective western Canadian
natural gas processing assets into a single, new joint
venture entity (PCN, 7 Mar 2022, p 4).
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 being carried on
by Energy Transfer Canada (ETC), which is currently
owned 49% by funds managed by KKR.
Concurrently, with closing of the transaction, the new
joint venture will also acquire Energy Transfer’s 51% stake
in ETC.
Pursuant to an agreement with the Competition Bureau,
Pembina and KKR’s global infrastructure funds will
divest the 50% non-operated interest in the Key Access
Pipeline System, which will be contributed into the new
joint venture as part of the transaction.
Subject to satisfaction of the remaining conditions, the
transaction is expected to occur in August 2022.

 

Wacker Chemie Begins Feasibility Study For New Silicone Production Facilities

Charleston—
Wacker Chemie has begun a feasibility study into a
planned production complex to manufacture silicone specialties
at its site in Charleston, Tenn.
In a first phase, the company expects to build production
plants for high-consistency silicone rubber and silicone
sealants. In addition, it plans to build units for the manufacture
of intermediates. Production plants for other product
groups could be added in further phases.
The capital expenditures earmarked for the entire expansion
project, which is scheduled to take several years,
is estimated to be more than $200-million, Wacker noted.
“The planned expansion measures in Charleston are a
further step toward making Charleston a fully integrated
site with closed production loops, and an important prerequisite
for accelerating our growth as planned,” said
Chief Executive Christian Hartel.

 

Dow & Al-Hejailan Group Sign MoU To Build JV MDEA Plant in Jubail

Jubail—Dow and
Al-Hejailan Group have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) to form a joint venture to design, build and
operate a methyl diethanolamine (MDEA) facility in
Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
The plant, to be located in the PlasChem Park, will be
built and operated by the Al-Hejailan Group. It will be
based on Dow’s technologies, and Dow will be responsible
for marketing the plant’s production. Construction is
planned to begin in 2024, with operations expected to start
in 2025.
Dow will hold a 25% stake in the joint venture, while
Al-Hejailan Group will hold the remaining 75% interest.
In addition, Dow will build a downstream manufacturing
facility, owned by Dow, that will source raw materials
from the new joint venture.
The plant will expand capacity of Dow’s MDEA-based
high performance Ucarsol products and will also blend
Dow’s Accutrace fuel markers for the region. It is expected
to come online in late 2024.

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Bayport Polymers Announces Start-Up Of New Port Arthur Ethane Cracker

Port Arthur—
Bayport Polymers (Baystar), an equally-owned joint venture
of TotalEnergies and Borealis, said it has started up a
1-million-t/y ethane cracker in Port Arthur, Texas (PCN,
21 June 2021, p 1).
The new ethane cracker, costing approximately $2-
billion, was built on the site owned and operated by the
TotalEnergies refinery.
Ethylene from the cracker will be used as feedstock at
Baystar’s existing 400,000-t/y polyethylene (PE) unit, as
well as a new 625,000-t/y Borstar technology PE plant (Bay
3) currently under construction in Pasadena, Texas.
“After significant investments in U.S. LNG [liquefied
natural gas] and renewable electricity in 2022, the start-up
of this new cracker is another milestone strengthening TotalEnergies’
presence in the United States,” noted Bernard
Pinatel, president of Refining & Petrochemicals at Total-
Energies.
“This investment is in perfect alignment with our strategy
to develop petrochemicals at our integrated platforms.
At Port Arthur, we take advantage of the abundance of
ethane in the U.S.”

 

Lummus’ Supplying Novolen Technology To NRL’s Planned PP Plant in Golaghat

Assam—
Lummus Technology has been awarded a contract from
Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL) to provide its Novolen
technology for a new polypropylene (PP) unit at NRL’s refinery
in Golaghat, Assam, India (PCN, 21 Mar 2022, p 3).
The board of Oil India recently approved an investment
of around Rs 6,555 crore for the new 360,000-t/y PP plant
and associated facilities. A project schedule was not given.
Lummus’ scope includes the technology license, basic
design engineering, training, technical services and catalyst
supply.
NRL earlier said it was 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.
NRL is owned 69.93% by Oil India, 26% by the government
of Assam and 4.37% by Engineers India Ltd.

 

Cargill Buys Stake in Croda Businesses

London—
Croda International has finalized the sale of the majority
of its performance technologies and industrial chemicals
businesses to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cargill for
around €775-million.
“This divestment accelerates Croda’s transition to being
a pure-play consumer care and life sciences company,”
noted Croda Chief Executive Steve Foots.
“We will redeploy capital and resources to scale our
consumer, health and crop care technologies, helping to
deliver consistent, superior sales growth and even stronger
profit margins.”

 

CCP Resuming Construction on Integrated PTA-PET Facility at Corpus Christi Site

Houston—
Corpus Christi Polymers LLC (CCP) will resume building
an integrated purified terephthalic acid (PTA)-polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) plant next month in Corpus Christi,
Texas, following a period of pandemic-related disruptions
(PCN, 7 Jan 2019, p 1).
The project, acquired from M&G USA in 2019, will have
a nominal capacity of 1.1-million t/y of PET and 1.3-million
t/y of PTA. It is expected to be the “largest” vertically integrated
plant in the Americas, noted Indorama Ventures, a
partner in the project. Production is expected to begin in
2025.
The project will employ three state-of-the-art technologies
– IntegRex for PTA production; Invista for PET melt;
and Horizontal Continuous slightly inclined Rotary Reactor
for PET solid state.
Each party will procure its own raw materials and receive
one third of the PTA and PET produced at the facility
to sell and distribute independently.
CCP is a joint venture of Indorama Ventures Corpus
Christi Holdings, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures; DAK
Americas, a subsidiary of Alpek; and APG Polytech USA
Holdings, a subsidiary of Far Eastern New Century.

 

BASF Grants Final Approval to Build Its Zhanjiang Verbund Site in China

Beijing—BASF
has given final approval for construction of the planned
Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China, and said it will now focus
on building a steam cracker and downstream plants,
the core of the Verbund, for the production of petrochemicals
and intermediates (PCN, 16 May 2022, p 3).
The company will invest up to €10-billion in construction
of the site, which will be built in several phases. The
site will be fully operational by 2030.
In 2020, construction began on the first plants of the
site – a 60,000-t/y engineering plastics unit and a plant for
thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) production. The engineering
plastics unit is currently starting up and the TPU
facility is scheduled to come on stream in 2023.
Earlier this year, BASF signed a 25-year renewable
electricity supply agreement with Brookfield for the supply
of solar and wind power for the Zhanjiang Verbund site.

 

Ashland Global Holdings Changing Name

Dover—
Ashland Global Holdings Inc. said it plans to change its
legal name to Ashland Inc., effective 1 Aug. 2022, subject
to the satisfaction of all applicable legal requirements.
The name change will be the final step of an internal
reorganization to simplify the company’s legal entity structure,
which will see Ashland LLC, a wholly-owned, indirect
subsidiary of the company, merging into its direct parent
Ashland Chemco Inc., a wholly-owned, direct subsidiary of
the company, which will immediately thereafter merge
directly with and into the company.

 

BASF Moving Ahead With Final Phase Of MDI Expansion Project at Geismar

Geismar—
BASF said it is moving forward with the third and final
phase of its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) expansion
project at its Verbund site in Geismar, La. (PCN, 20-
27 Dec 2021, p 2).
The company will invest $780-million to add several
new upstream units and a splitter, increasing MDI production
capacity to a total of 600,000 t/y. Completion is anticipated
by the end of 2025.
The first phase of the expansion, involving construction
of a new MDI synthesis unit, was put into operation in October
2020. The second phase, which began operations in
2021, included the expansion of several existing downstream
units and a splitter.
“This investment underlines our commitment to North
America and strengthens BASF’s supply reliability and the
competitiveness of our customers’ value chains in the region,”
said Michael Heinz, chairman and chief executive of
BASF Corp.

 

Dow and Mura Announce Plans to Build Multiple Advanced Recycling Facilities

Horgen—Dow
and Mura Technology said they intend to construct multiple
world-scale 120,000-t/y advanced recycling facilities at
site in the U.S. and Europe.
Together, the new plants will add as much as 600,000
t/y of aggregate advanced recycling capacity by 2030, and
will be based on Mura’s HydroPRS (Hydrothermal Plastic
Recycling Solution) advanced recycling process.
Dow will be key off-taker of the circular feed that Mura
produces, enabling it to produce a recycled plastic feedstock
for the development of new, virgin-grade plastics.
The partnership marks an important milestone in the
“rapid” scaling of the technology, which can be used to recycle
all forms of plastic, including flexible and multi-layer
plastics, which are destined for landfill or incineration, the
parties noted.
The “world’s first” plant using Mura’s HydroPRS process,
located in Teesside, the UK, is expected to be operational
in 2023 with a 20,000-t/y production line set to supply
Dow (PCN, 29 Mar-5 Apr 2021, p 3).

 

Geno and Aquafil ‘Successfully’ Complete Demo-Scale Production of Bio-Nylon-6

San Diego—
Genomatica (Geno) and Aquafil said they have “successfully”
completed the first demonstration-scale production
for plant-based nylon-6 and have now begun precommercial
production (PCN, 23-30 Nov 2020, p 2).
The partners produced the first several tons of the
plant-based nylon-6 building block caprolactam, converted
it to nylon-6 polymer, and are now in the process of transforming
it for evaluation in nylon applications, such as engineering
plastics and yarns for textile and carpet.
“Now more than ever, global brands are taking action to
incorporate sustainable materials into their products,” said
Christophe Schilling, chief executive of Geno.
“We’re working to build purposeful, traceable and
transparent supply chains, in this case for nylon-6, with
the goal to provide more sustainable products that consumers
demand and material solutions that can help
brands achieve their ESG goals.”

 

Technip Energies Wins Neste Contract For Renewable Products Expansion

Rotterdam—
Neste has awarded a contract to Technip Energies, as part
of an existing partnership agreement between the two
companies, for the expansion of its renewable products
production capacity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (PCN,
4 July 2022, p 3).
The project, expected to cost €1.9-billion, will expand
Neste’s overall renewable product capacity by 1.3-million
t/y to a total capacity of 2.7-million t/y. Start-up is anticipated
during the first half of 2026.
The contract includes engineering, procurement services
and construction management for the expansion. It
follows the front-end engineering and design delivered by
Technip Energies in 2021. Value of the contract is between
€50-million and €250-million.

 

Monolith Raises Over $300-Mn in Funding To Further Develop & Scale Technology

Lincoln—
Monolith, self-described as a “leader” in clean hydrogen,
carbon black and ammonia, recently announced its latest
investment round of more than $300-million, which will be
used toward further development of its methane pyrolysis
process.
Monolith’s proprietary methane pyrolysis process converts
natural gas into high-purity carbon black, ammonia
and hydrogen.
The company recently received conditional approval for
a $1.04-billion loan from the U.S. Dept. of Energy to help
fund an expansion of clean carbon black and clean hydrogen
at Monolith’s Olive Creek facility in Hallam, Neb.
(PCN, 3 Jan 2022, p 4).
Planned to begin construction this year, the expansion
will have a production capacity of about 194,000 t/y of
clean carbon black and 275,000 t/y of clean ammonia.
Completion is scheduled for 2026.
The money raised in the latest investment round will
also enable Monolith’s continued development of a deep
backlog of clean hydrogen, ammonia and carbon projects
with industry partners, the company noted.

 

People on the Move

Toray Plastics (America) Inc.—Christopher Roy has
become president and chief operating officer. He had been
executive vice president, overseeing the company’s Torayfan
and Lumirror Divisions (PCN, 5 Oct 2020, p 2).
Corpus Christi Polymers (CCP)—Russell Wilson,
previously head of Manufacturing Americas, Combined
PET, at Indorama Ventures, has become chief executive of
CCP.
Jeff Shea was named chief operating officer, effective 18
July 2022. He had been site manager.
Michael Day, who has held senior roles at KBR, CB&I
and Bilfinger, joined CCP last month as project director.
Worley—Angela Robledo has become senior director of
business development for chemicals and fuels. She had
been group director of business development for low-carbon
fuels.
Wood—Craig Shanaghey has joined the company’s executive
leadership team as executive president for the operations
business unit. He succeeds Stephanie Cox.

 

Nexus Circular and Dow to Construct Advanced Recycling Plant in Dallas

Dallas—Nexus
Circular and Dow announced plans to build a new advanced
recycling facility in Dallas, Texas, to accelerate
plastics production in the U.S.
The 26,000-t/y plant will based on Nexus Circular’s
proprietary process and pyrolysis technology to transform
waste plastics into high-quality circular feedstocks for use
in the production of circular polymers.
Nexus Circular has optimized the process to create a
“highly efficient, economic, commercial and scalable system
for delivering cost-effective, high-quality and environmentally-
friendly circular products for its partners and customers,”
the parties noted.
The two companies signed a detailed letter of intent for
Dow to secure the production output of the new advanced
recycling facility.
“Expanding our past, scaled success with Nexus to drive
production of high-quality circular feedstocks, the new facility
in Dallas marks an important step in meeting unmet
market demand for circular plastics in Texas and other
markets,” noted Manav Lahoti, global sustainability director
for hydrocarbons at Dow.
“We now have an even grater opportunity to close the
loop on Dow’s materials through the delivery of Nexus’ circular
products back to our plants, further accelerating progress
toward our 2030 goal to enable one million metric
tons of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled.”

 

Ineos Olefins & Polymers Plans to Invest In Multilayer, Blown Line Technology

Brussels—
Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe announced a multimillion
euro investment in state-of-the-art multilayer,
blown line technology with machine direction orientation
to design recyclable flexible packaging film.
Using the technology, Ineos and its partners will work
together to develop, design and produce polyethylene and
polypropylene-based flexible packaging film using less
polymers, increasing the recyclability of the product. The
technology will help prevent about 1-million t/y of waste
going to landfill.
A new line utilizing the technology will be installed
next year in Ineos’ research and development labs in Brussels,
Belgium, where Ineos will develop new mono-material
flexible film packaging products.

 

IndianOil Inks Deal with NGEL to Form JV For Renewable Energy for Its Refineries

New Delhi—
Indian Oil Corp. (IndianOil) and NTPC Green Energy Ltd.
(NGEL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC, have signed
an agreement to form a joint venture company to supply
renewable energy to IndianOil’s refineries.
Through the joint venture, the partners plan to set up
renewable energy-based power plants to meet the additional
power requirement of its refineries using round-theclock
renewable energy to 650 megawatts by December
2024.
“It is indeed a powerful statement, as two fossil giants
of the country – IndianOil and NTPC join hands for changing
their path towards green energy,” noted IndianOil
Chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya.

 

SABIC Begins Blockchain Pilot Project To Digitally Trace Trucircle Feedstock

Geleen—
SABIC, along with Plastic Energy, technology company
Finboot, and packaging specialist Intraplas, has launched
a pilot project to study the possibilities of blockchain technology
for digital traceability of certified circular feedstock
used in SABIC’s Trucircle solutions.
This is the “first” project of its kind in the industry to
trace the product from feedstock production to converter,
going further than previous industry application of blockchain
in end-to-end tracing, SABIC noted.
The project will use Finboot’s MARCO software solution,
which acts as middleware layer and will track the
Tacoil produced by Plastic Energy from their recycling
process, the delivery of the oil to SABIC for conversion into
its Trucircle circular polymers, and finally the delivery of
the polymers to Intraplas for conversion into their packaging
solutions.
The platform offers reduced costs, time and improved
data integration for all value chain partners.

 

QatarEnergy Selects ConocoPhillips As Partner in NFE LNG Expansion

Doha—Qatar-
Energy said it has picked ConocoPhillips as the third partner
in the North Field East (NFE) liquefied natural gas
(LNG) expansion project in Qatar, the “single largest” project
in the history of the LNG industry (PCN, 11 July 2022,
p 4).
The project, estimated to cost $28.75-billion, is expected
to increase Qatar’s LNG capacity to 110-million t/y from
77-million t/y by 2026. The expansion will add four new
LNG trains, and will integrate carbon capture and sequestration
to cut emissions.
QatarEnergy and ConocoPhillips will become partners
in a new joint venture company, in which QatarEnergy will
hold a 75% stake and ConocoPhillips will hold a 25% stake.
The joint venture will own 12.5% of the entire NFE project.
QatarEnergy recently partnered with Shell and
ExxonMobil, under similar agreements, in the NFE project.
More partners are expected to join the project.

 

Dow and Valoregen Agree to Collaborate To Build French Hybrid Recycling Plant

Paris—Dow
announced an agreement with French recycling firm
Valoregen to partner on building the “largest” hybrid recycling
facility in France.
The plant, to be owned and operated by Valoregen, will
have the capacity to process up to 70,000 t/y of plastic
waste. It will mark an important step in bringing together
mechanical recycling and newer, advanced recycling processes
in the future, Dow noted. Operations are expected to
begin at the end of the first quarter of next year.
“By bringing these technologies under one roof, the
plant will increase energy efficiency by enabling a yield
greater than 80%, well above the average conventional mechanical
recycling efficiency of approximately 60-70% –
minimizing waste – thanks to a smart energy management
system,” said Dow.
Dow will be the main offtaker of post-consumer resins
from Valoregen’s facility, which it will use to develop new
plastic products marketed under Dow’s Revoloop product
range. It will also provide expertise in recycling technology
to Valoregen to support the development of its capabilities.

 

LG Chem Exports Its First Bio-Balanced Phenol, Acetone to German Producer

Seoul—LG
Chem announced that it has shipped its first bio-balanced
phenol and acetone in earnest to one of the world’s “leading”
producers of renewable polymers in Germany.
The shipment included 4,000 tons of phenol and 1,200
tons of acetone for export to the German company’s facilities
in China and Thailand.
The phenol and acetone, which has received ISCC Plus
certification using renewable bio-feedstock such as biomass
or waste cooking oil, was shipped from LG’s Daesan plant
in South Korea.
LG expects that its eco-friendly product business will
continue to expand in global markets, including Europe
and the U.S., where there is growing demand.
Since the first export of bio-balanced super absorbent
polymer last August, LG has launched 41 products certified
by ISCC Plus, including polyolefin, acrylonitrile butadiene
styrene, polyvinyl chloride, neopentyl glycol, and
others.

 

Ineos Takes Steps Toward Net Zero At Its Cologne Site in Germany

Cologne—Ineos has
secured state support for a feasibility study into a green
hydrogen project in Cologne, Germany, that could cut
greenhouse gas emissions by more than 100,000 t/y, part of
a larger drive towards net zero emissions at the site.
Other steps the company has taken to lower emissions
at the site include: launching a pilot project on one of the
cooling towers to increase energy efficiency using a specialist
software solution; use of a state-of-the-art ultrasonic
device in the energy assets that identifies compressed air
or control air leaks; and introduction of a new dashboard to
improve energy efficiency.
In the first three months of 2022, a total of 215,000
kilowatt hours of electricity were saved in the cooling
tower, and work is now ongoing to include the other site
cooling towers; the ultrasonic device has reduced energy
use by 361 megawatt hours per year; and the dashboard
has saved up to 5% of total steam consumption in process
plants on the site.
The dashboard provides operators with a support tool
and an approach for increasing energy efficiency by guiding
operators to the root causes if deviations, providing insights
that allow operators to adjust process parameters
like temperature or pressure to optimize the energy and
resource efficiency of the plants.

 

Air Liquide to Build New Hydrogen Units At Shanghai Chemical Industry Park

Shanghai—Air
Liquide’s Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Industrial
Gases Co. (SCIPIG) subsidiary will invest over €200-
million to build two new hydrogen production units and
related infrastructure at the Shanghai Chemical Industry
Park (SCIP) in China.
Air Liquide Engineering & Construction will design and
build the steam methane reformers, which will have a total
hydrogen production capacity of around 70,000 nominal cu
m/hr, and will utilize carbon dioxide capture (CO2) and
recycle technology. The units are planned to be operational
in phases, starting from the end of 2023.
The units will replace current supply from a third party
coal-based gasification unit, and are in addition to two
other hydrogen units and four air separation units that
SCIPIG already operates at the park. They will be connected
to SCIPIG’s existing local network.
Both hydrogen plants will be equipped with CO2 recycle
units to contribute to the production of carbon monoxide
for a total capacity of 28,000 nominal cu m/hr. This will
avoid the emission of 350,000 t/y of CO2.
Through more than 15 year-long contracts, the hydrogen
production units will supply Covestro China and
Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate Co., a joint venture led by
BASF and Huntsman, in the park, as well as other industrial,
mobility and electronics customers.

 

Arkema Buying Polimeros Especiales

Mexico—
Arkema is acquiring Polimeros Especiales, a privatelyowned
emulsion resins producer in Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico.
The transaction, for which a value was not given, is
fully in line with Arkema’s strategy to expand its coating
solutions segment in growing markets and in low-volatile
organic compound solutions.
“Thanks to Polimeros Especiales, Arkema will develop
new positions in the Mexican market, which is experiencing
robust growth,” said Manuel Garcia, general manager
of Arkema in Mexico.
“This acquisition will ensure continuous strong support
to our customers and will enable Arkema to broaden its
product offering locally.”

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Lummus Introduces ‘Industry’s First’ Net Zero Ethane Cracker Technology

Houston—
Lummus Technology announced the launch of a breakthrough
technology for the “industry’s first” net zero ethane
cracker to help operators decarbonize their investments
and meet their sustainability goals.
The technology, now available for commercial use, can
be incorporated into both new and existing ethane crackers,
and at sites and facilities of different sizes.
Lummus developed this next generation design as part
of its comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions from all of its technology offerings.
The combustion of methane or other carbon-based fuels
can be eliminated through the new innovative design, resulting
in significant reductions in the fuel firing demand,
enhancements in the recovery section and a partial switch
from steam turbine to electric drivers on the major compressors,
Lummus explained.
“By launching the world’s first CO2-free ethane cracker,
we are leveraging Lummus’ innovative culture and proven
ability to commercialize breakthrough technologies to play
a critical role in the energy transition,” said Leon de
Bruyn, president and chief executive of Lummus Technology.

 

Chemanol Obtains Financing to Complete Methanol Expansion Project in Jubail

Jubail—
Methanol Chemicals Co. (Chemanol), in a notice to the
Saudi Stock Exchange, said it has signed an SAR 240-
million loan agreement with two Saudi banks to finance
the completion of its methanol expansion project at its
complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia (PCN, 31
Jan 2022, p 1).
The company is expanding 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.

 

Wanhua Selects Clariant’s SynDane Catalyst For New Chinese Maleic Anhydride Plant

Beijing—
Clariant has been awarded a contract by Wanhua Chemical
Group to supply its SynDane catalysts for a new worldscale
maleic anhydride facility in Yantai City, Shandong
Province, China.
The 200,000-t/y maleic anhydride plant, which will be
“one of the largest” in the world, is scheduled to begin operations
next year, Clariant noted.
Compared to conventional technology, the SynDane
catalyst improves production efficiency and reduces power
consumption, it added.
“Sustainability is a vital aspect of our company strategy,
and we are proud to support Wanhua in this ambitious
and important project with our innovative catalysts,” said
Jace Wang, head of business unit catalysts at Clariant in
China.

 

Huntsman Begins Commercial Operation Of New MDI Splitter at Geismar Facility

Geismar—
Huntsman said it has started commercial operation of a
new $180-million methylene diisocyanate (MDI) splitter at
its site in Geismar, La. (PCN, 18 Feb 2019, p 2).
The splitter, on which construction began in 2019, will
enable the company to produce more high value, differentiated
grades from the crude MDI manufactured at the
plant. The project was initially expected to require an investment
of around $125-million.
“Our new splitter bridges the gap between our upstream
MDI manufacturing assets and the downstream
needs of our customers – both domestic and international,”
noted Jan Buberl, vice president of polyurethanes for the
Americas.
“Our mission is to deliver what our customers need to
help them innovate and grow. This investment will
strengthen our ability to meet, and exceed, those expectations.”

 

KBC & CiT Partner on Simulation Software To Design, Optimize Polymer Unit Process

Houston—
KBC said it has partnered with Computing in Technology
(CiT) to launch simulation software for the design and optimization
of polymer plant processes to reduce process
scale-up risks and experimental time.
With the new software, which brings together CiT Predici
modeling software with KBC Petro-SIM simulation
platform and automated digital twin simulator, operators
can now simulate the entire refinery-petrochemicalpolymer
supply chain to predict yield, polymer properties,
and emissions in steady-state and dynamic models.
Users can monitor and analyze KPIs (key performance
indicators) manually, and with automated digital twins,
optimize the plant performance. The software also enables
users to track carbon intensity and determine the most
effective methods to decarbonize the entire supply chain
from end-to-end, including polymer recycling.

 

Grupa Azoty Temporarily Reduces Melamine Production in Poland

Tarnów—Grupa
Azoty Pulawy, citing rising gas prices and analysis of
achievable sales prices for melamine, has temporarily curtailed
melamine production in Poland.
The company has shut down one of its melamine production
units and has reduced capacity to 50% at another
unit due to current market conditions. Also, because of
planned maintenance work on two units, production will
run at about 20% of the maximum capacity of all units
from 9 July 2022, amounting to 270 t/d.
Existing commercial contracts will be fulfilled by the
operational melamine units and from inventories.
“Grupa Azoty is constantly monitoring feedstock price
levels and will adjust production to market conditions,” the
company noted.

 

Nexus & Braskem Sign MoU for Offtake From New Advanced Recycling Facility

Chicago—
Nexus Circular and Braskem have signed a detailed
memorandum of understanding (MoU) giving Braskem
exclusive rights to the circular plastic feedstocks from a
proposed advanced recycling plant near Chicago, Ill.
The new facility will have an initial capacity to convert
over 30,000 t/y of used plastic into new materials, with the
potential to “rapidly” expand the processing capacity to
more than 120,000 t/y, the partners noted. Cost of the project
or an expected completion date were not given.
The MoU supports Braskem’s strategic objective to sell
300,000 tons of products from recycled content by 2025 and
1-million tons by 2030.
“With the new facility, we will leverage Nexus’ proven,
commercial advanced recycling technology to secure highquality
feedstock for the production of Braskem’s certified
circular PP [polypropylene] resins,” said Braskem America
Chief Executive Mark Nikolich.
“Braskem has dedicated substantial resources towards
reducing plastic waste and is making significant progress
towards a more sustainable portfolio of PP to support our
clients’ goals.”
This past January, Braskem invested in a minority
stake in Nexus (PCN, 14 Feb 2022, p 4). Terms of the
transaction were not disclosed.

 

Hexion Begins Using Bio-Based Methanol To Produce Sustainable Formaldehyde

Baytown—
Hexion said it has started using bio-based methanol in the
production of formaldehyde at its manufacturing site in
Baytown, Texas, to supply a key customer that leverages
bio-benzene to produce methylene diphenyl diisocyanate.
The company has the capability to further adopt biobased
raw materials into its production processes at other
sites throughout its global manufacturing grid, Hexion
noted.
Compared to conventional fossil fuels, renewable
methanol reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 95%,
cuts nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80%, and eliminates
sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions, said Hexion
citing the Methanol Institute.
“By leveraging renewable feedstocks, such as bio-based
methanol, we are able to provide a solution that fully
meets our customers’ exacting performance standards and
offers additional sustainable benefits,” noted Dave Collins,
senior vice president, global formaldehyde.

 

BASF Starts Up New Production Line For Acrylic Dispersions at Dahej Site

Dahej—BASF
said it has completed and started up a new state-of-the-art
acrylic dispersions production line at its integrated site in
Dahej, India (PCN, 9 Dec 2019, p 4).
The line, which will almost double the company’s polymer
dispersions capacity in Dahej, complements the existing
setup and allows the production of new dispersions
technologies under Styronal 7918, Styronal ES series, Basonal
FCB, Acronal Edge, Acronal Plus, and nextgeneration
Acronal Eco Product ranges.
In late 2019, BASF said the project was expected to be
operational by early 2021 and would serve the growing
demand for customers in the Indian and South Asian markets.

 

PKN Orlen Gets Commission Approval For Planned Merger with Grupa Lotos

Gdansk—PKN
Orlen recently received European Commission (EC) approval
for its intended merger with Grupa Lotos (PCN, 20
July 2020, p 2).
Orlen, in early 2018, announced it had signed a letter of
intent with Poland’s state treasury to acquire at least a
53% majority stake in Lotos. The transaction was expected
to close within a year.
In 2020, following an in-depth investigation into the
merger, the EC approved the proposed transaction, subject
to full compliance with a commitments package offered by
Orlen, which included divestitures.
Last month, Orlen was notified by the EC of its approval
of the buyers of divestment assets proposed by Orlen.
The commission also approved the agreements entered
into with the prospective buyers.
Final consent to the merger must be received by the
shareholders of both Orlen and Lotos during their general
meetings, scheduled for 21 July 2022 and 20 July 2022,
respectively.
Under the transaction agreement, shareholders of
Grupa Lotos will receive 1.075 Orlen shares in exchange
for one share in Lotos.

 

Agilyx, ‘Leading’ PC Company Begin FEL1 To Develop PS Chemical Recycling Plant

Oslo—
Agilyx announced it has begun the first stage of engineering
(FEL1) with a “leading” petrochemical company to
build a full commercial-scale polystyrene (PS) chemical
recycling facility in Southern Europe.
The plant, for which a capacity was not given, will utilize
the Agilyx technology platform. The first stage of engineering
is the first step in the development of a process
design package for the facility.
“This partnership highlights the strong demand that we
are seeing for an integrated approach to managing waste
plastic,” said Agilyx Chief Executive Tim Stedman. “Our
proven pyrolysis technology has the capability to make
waste plastics circular.
“At the appropriate stage of the project development we
will also leverage the feedstock management capabilities of
Cyclyx, ensuring access to custom-tailored waste plastic
recipes to create new, high-quality products.”
Launched by Agilyx in 2020, Cyclyx is a consortiumbased
supply chain innovation company with a goal to increase
recycling rates to 90% from 10% currently (PCN, 11-
18 Apr 2022, p 4).

 

People on the Move

Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co.—Metab Zaid Al-
Shahrani has been appointed chief executive, effective 24
July 2022, succeeding Omar Ali Al-Ruhaily, who has transferred
to another position at SABIC. Al-Shahrani was
most recently chief executive of the Saudi Methanol Co.

 

Shell Chemicals Park Moerdijk Plans New Pyrolysis Oil Upgrader Plant

Moerdijk—Shell
Chemicals Park Moerdijk, a subsidiary of Shell, is building
a new pyrolysis oil upgrader unit in Moerdijk, the Netherlands,
that improves the quality of pyrolysis oil and turns
it into chemical feedstock for its plants.
The project involves a new 50,000-t/y unit to treat the
pyrolysis oil, liquid made from plastic waste that cannot be
mechanically recycled. Production is scheduled to start in
2024.
The project is expected to accelerate the transition of
the chemicals park into a site able to serve the changing
needs of its customers, the company noted.
“As our customers demand more low-carbon and circular
chemicals we are seeing the reinvention of the chemical
industry,” said Robin Mooldijk, executive vice president,
Shell Chemicals and Products.
Shell intends to invest billions in Shell Moerdijk’s
chemical complex over the next decade, subject to investment
decisions and within existing capital allocation
frameworks.

 

EU Innovative Fund to Give Neste Grant For Chem Recycling Project in Finland

Porvoo—
Neste will receive funding of up to €135-million from the
EU Innovation Fund to support Neste’s project to build
chemical recycling capacities at its refinery in Porvoo,
Finland.
The project, named Project PULSE (pretreatment and
upgrading of liquefied waste plastic to scale up circular
economy), aims to implement Neste’s proprietary technologies
to pretreat and upgrade liquefied waste plastic and
integrate the technologies into the refinery operations.
Project PULSE targets pretreatment and upgrading capacities
of 400,000 t/y, contributing to the company’s goal
of processing over 1-million t/y of waste plastic from 2030
onwards.
In March 2022, Neste announced a feasibility study for
the project. An investment decision is targeted for next
year, with gradual implementation expected to start in
2024.
“We are excited to be among the projects selected by the
EU Innovation Fund,” said Mercedes Alonso, executive vice
president of Neste Renewable Polymers and Chemicals.
“While showing recognition for and faith in our work on
chemical recycling, the funding also highlights the importance
of the approach itself. If we want to move towards a
circular economy for polymers and chemicals, chemical
recycling will have a major role to play.”

 

Clarification

Clarification In last week’s issue of PCN, 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
(PCN, 11 July 2022, p 1).
The contracts awarded to Samsung were for the PDH
unit. Tecnimont SpA and Tecnimont Arabia, subsidiaries
of Maire Tecnimont, were awarded the contract to set up
two new PP units.

 

Toray’s Certification Withdrawn/Suspended For Resin Processes at Nagoya and Chiba

Tokyo—
Toray Industries has received notification from the Japan
Quality Assurance Organization (JQA), a registered certification
body of the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO), that its ISO9001:2015 certification is to
be withdrawn or suspended for certain processes relating
to resin at its Nagoya and Chiba sites in Japan.
Upon conclusion of a special audit implemented by
JQA, Toray’s certification is to be withdrawn from the
processes relating to the design, development and manufacture
of nylon resin, polybutylene terephthalate resin,
polyphenylene sulfide resin, liquid crystal polyester resin,
and carbon fiber reinforced resin at Nagoya.
Certification has also been withdrawn at Chiba on
processes relating to the design, development and manufacture
of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene resin, polylactic
acid resin and carbon fiber reinforced resin pellets.
Furthermore, certification is to be suspended temporarily
for all other products that are designed, developed and
manufacture at the Nagoya plant.
The decision by the JQA is in connection with the inappropriate
action relating to UL (Underwriters Laboratories)
LLC certification, which Toray disclosed this past
January.
On 31 Jan. 2022, Toray announced that certain resin
products were improperly identified by the company as
receiving certification from UL.
“Toray will take definitive steps to prevent recurrence,
making every effort to regain the trust of customers and
the broader society,” the company noted.
“Toray will also work to reacquire certification where it
has been withdrawn and to qualify for reinstatement of
certification where it has been suspended.”

 

BASF Launches PuriCycle Portfolio To Remove Impurities from Pyoils

Ludwigshafen—
BASF announced the launch of its PuriCycle portfolio of
catalysts and adsorbents developed to selectively remove or
convert a wide range of impurities in pyrolysis oils (pyoils)
to enable downstream processing of circular plastic
streams.
“With our PuriCycle portfolio, we are in a very strong
position to make a difference in chemical plastics recycling
and to enable plastics circularity,” noted Detlef Ruff, senior
vice president, process catalysts at BASF.
“The ability of the PuriCycle products to purify the
most challenging pyrolysis oil streams is a major contribution
to help closing the plastics loop, minimizing waste and
ultimately opening up new feedstocks for the chemical industry.”

 

Pearl Polyurethane Systems to Receive Climate-Neutral MDI from Covestro

Berlin—Covestro
announced it will in future supply climate-neutral methylene
diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) to Pearl Polyurethane
Systems, the “leading” polyurethane (PU) systems house in
the Middle East and Africa region.
The cooperation will allow Pearl to help its downstream
customers reduce their carbon footprint by offering a
broader portfolio of more sustainable raw materials, as
part of its newly rebranded EcoPearl product range, Covestro
noted.

 

Borealis Strengthens EverMinds Offering With Borvida Circular Base Chemicals

Vienna—
Borealis recently introduced it is strengthening its Ever-
Minds circular product offering with Borvida, a portfolio of
circular base chemicals.
The Borvida portfolio will offer base chemicals or
cracker products, such as ethylene, propylene, butene and
phenol, with ISCC-Plus certified sustainable content from
the company’s sites in Finland, Sweden and Belgium.
The portfolio will initially comprise Borvida B, from
non-food waste biomass, and Borvida C, from chemicallyrecycled
waste. In the future, the range will include Borvida
A, sourced from atmospheric carbon capture.
Borvida is complementary and is the building block to
Bornewables, a portfolio of polyolefins based on renewablysourced
second generation feedstocks, and Borcycle, which
offers circular polyolefins produced from mechanically- and
chemically-recycled plastic waste.
“We are committed to helping to solve the climate crisis
through offering credible and sustainable solutions,” noted
Thomas Van de Velde, senior vice president of Hydrocarbons
& Energy.

 

Birla Adopts Green Finance Framework For Financing Eligible Green Projects

Mumbai—
Birla Carbon announced the formal adoption of a Green
Finance Framework that provides guidelines to finance
eligible green projects through green loans or bonds.
In addition, under the framework, the company has
successfully concluded the first green finance transaction,
in the form of a green loan of $50-million.
The loan will finance a portion of the costs that have
been incurred towards installing state-of-the-art absorber
technology to remove various compounds from air emission
levels at the North Bend plant in Louisiana.
“Achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is at the
core of our business strategy at Birla Carbon,” said Chief
Executive John Loudermilk.
“The . . . absorber technology initiative at our Louisiana
facility demonstrates our commitment towards using the
best available technologies for sustainable manufacturing
of carbon black products.
“In the years ahead, a significant commitment will be
required for decarbonization efforts of our process and the
introduction of more sustainable carbonaceous materials in
the market. Keeping this in mind, such a framework will
greatly help finance such projects.”

 

Yara Signs Offtake Deal with Acme, Scatec For Green Ammonia from Oman Facility

Muscat—
Yara has signed a term sheet for offtake from a new stateof-
the-art green ammonia facility being built by Acme
Group and Scatec in Oman.
In March 2022, Acme and Scatec signed an agreement
to form a joint venture to design, develop, build, own and
operate a large-scale green ammonia plant in the Duqm
Special Economic Zone.
The first phase of the facility is expected to produce
100,000 t/y of green ammonia with about 300 megawatts of
electrolyzer capacity and powered by 500 megawatts of
solar energy. Once fully complete, the plant is expected to
produce up to 1.2-million t/y of green ammonia. A schedule
for the project is under development.
Yara, Acme and Scatec have agreed that Yara will offtake
100,000 t/y of green ammonia in the first phase, with
a potential further offtake from the second phase.

 

NextChem Picked by Storengy to Take Part In French Project to Produce Biomethane

Paris—
NextChem, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont, has been
awarded a contract by Engie’s Storengy subsidiary to carry
out an advanced basic engineering study for a waste wood
and solid recovered fuel conversion plant to produce biomethane
in Le Havre, France.
The plant will produce 11,000 t/y of renewable and low
carbon natural gas (biomethane), subject to a final investment
decision targeted by the end of 2022, and approval of
permits. An expected completion date was not given.
Under the contract, NextChem will be responsible for
the engineering and cost estimating for the syngas purification,
methanation unit and methane upgrading of the
project, which will be the “first” in the world of its kind to
inject in the grid methane produced through pyrogasification
of waste wood.
Comessa will be responsible for the design and supply
of the chemical reactor. The technology to be used in the
plant has already been successfully applied to Engie’s
Gaya pilot plant near Lyon, France, which validated the
feasibility to produce biomethane.
NextChem and Storengy plan to establish a broader cooperation
agreement with the aim that NextChem would
act as strategic partner, co-developer and co-licensor of the
Gaya technology, currently patented and owned by Engie.

 

 

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Inter Pipeline ‘Successfully’ Commissions New PP Plant at Heartland PC Complex

Calgary—
Inter Pipeline Ltd. said it has “successfully” commissioned
its new polypropylene (PP) facility, branded Heartland
Polymers, at its Heartland Petrochemical Complex in
Strathcona County, Alberta, Canada, and initial production
has begun (PCN, 9 Aug 2021, p 2).
The project, estimated to cost around $4.3-billion, is expected
to convert locally sourced, low-cost propane into
525,000 t/y of PP. The primary source of feedstock will be
an on-site propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit, where the
propane will be turned into polymer grade propylene
(PGP).
The PDH plant is expected to enter integrated service
with the PP facility in the third quarter of 2022, making it
the “first” integrated complex of its kind in North America,
the company stated.
“The PP plant has been producing pellets since late
June with polymer grade propylene from our storage cavern,”
noted Jim Madro, senior vice president, petrochemicals.
“The entire Heartland complex remains on schedule
for an integrated start-up in the third quarter of this year,
at which point Heartland will begin commercial production.”

 

Petrobras Finalizes Sale of Entire Stake In Deten Quimica to Cepsa Quimica

São Paulo—
Petrobras announced it has concluded the divestment of its
entire 27.88% stake in Deten Quimica to Cepsa Quimica
for R$514-million in cash (PCN, 10 Jan 2022, p 1).
Cepsa already holds a 69.94% indirect interest in Deten,
which is the only linear alkylbenzene (LAB) producer
in Brazil.
Deten has a production capacity of 230,000 t/y of LAB
and 120,000 t/y of LABSA (LAB sulfonate acid) at its
Camacari industrial complex in the state of Bahia in Brazil.
It also produces 10,000 t/y of heavy alkylate.

 

Advanced Polyolefins Secures Funding For PDH, PP & IPA Plants at Jubail

Jubail—
Advanced Polyolefins Industry Co. has signed several Islamic
facility agreements to finance construction of a new
propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit, polypropylene (PP)
plant and isopropanol (IPA) facility at Jubail Industrial
City II, Saudi Arabia (PCN, 14 Mar 2022, p 1).
The facility agreements, totaling SR 6.1-billion, will
help fund the 843,000-t/y PDH unit, 800,000-t/y PP plant
and 70,000 t/y IPA unit. Commercial operations are
planned to being 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.
Samsung Engineering Co. and Samsung Saudi Arabia
are responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction
of the plants.

 

AGC Finalizes Integration, Reorganization Of Chlor-Alkali Subsidiaries in Thailand

Bangkok—
AGC has completed the previously announced integration
and reorganization of its three consolidated chlor-alkali
subsidiaries in Thailand, and formed a new company, AGC
Vinythai Public Co. Ltd. (AVT), to streamline and promote
its chlor-alkali business there (PCN, 9 May 2022, p 1).
The subsidiaries involved include Vinythai Public Co.
Ltd. (VNT), AGC Chemicals (Thailand) Co. (AGC-TH) and
AGC Chemicals Vietnam Co. (ACVN).
AGC implemented procedures to make ACVN a subsidiary
of AGC-TH. VNT and AGC-TH were then merged
to form AVT. AGC holds a 27.32% stake in the new company
and has the right to increase its stake to up to 30%.
AGC earlier said that following completion of the reorganization,
VNT would be delisted from the stock exchange
of Thailand. AGC would not tender its shares and would
remain a majority shareholder of VNT, which is owned
58.78% by AGC, 24.98% by GC and 16.24% by others.
Separately, GC announced it has acquired the entire
business of GC Glycol Co. and GC Styrenics Co., as part of
a business restructuring plan, and will further proceed
with dissolving the two subsidiaries.

 

CAP and OCBC NISP Sign Loan Facility To Help Grow Indonesian PC Industry

Jakarta—
Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) and OCBC NISP, an
Indonesian banking and financial services company, have
partnered to complete a $100-million loan facility to facilitate
the growth of the Indonesian petrochemical industry.
The 10-year loan facility is also OCBC NISP’s commitment
in maintaining CAP’s position as the “largest” integrated
petrochemical producer in Indonesia, CAP noted.
“This strategic cooperation is a good start for both parties
in reducing Indonesia’s dependence on imports, develop
the local petrochemical industry, support the government’s
vision for Industry 4.0 and create a long term,
high-value career,” said CAP.

 

Wacker Commissions New Site in Panagarh To Boost Silicones Production Capacity

Kolkata—
Wacker said it has opened a new production site for silicone
rubber and ready-to-use silicone compounds in Panagarh,
India, expanding its capacity for silicones in the
country.
The site, for which capacity was not given, will be expanded
in the medium term for the production of silicone
fluids and silicone emulsions. The company is planning to
invest a mid-double-digit million euro amount in Panagarh
in the next few years, in order to serve the increasing demand
for silicones in India.
Wacker and its Indian joint venture, Wacker Metroark
Chemicals, have been operating a smaller production site
for silicones in Amtala near Kolkata since 1999.

 

Versalis and Forever Plast Ink New Deal For Plastics Recycling Facility in Italy

Rome—Eni’s
Versalis and Forever Plast, a recycler of post-consumer
plastics, have entered into an agreement for a new plastics
recycling plant at Versalis’ Porto Marghera industrial site
in Italy.
The agreement, part of a project aimed at transforming
the site, involves an exclusive license from Forever Plast to
build an advanced mechanical recycling unit for selected
post-consumer plastics from waste sorting, in particular
polystyrene and high-density polyethylene.
Scheduled to go on stream in 2024, the facility will have
a capacity of 50,000 t/y of pre-sorted waste for use in the
production of recycled polymer compounds.
“The license acquired from Forever Plast will expand
Versalis’ product portfolio from recycled raw materials and
will strengthen its leadership in Europe in the mechanical
recycling of polystyrene (PS) for high value-added applications,
including food packaging,” Versalis noted.
The new agreement also includes an extension of a contract
with Forever Plast, which will guarantee the volumes
required for the expansion of Versalis’ portfolio of recycled
products.
In 2020, the two companies signed an agreement to develop
and market a new range of solid PS products made
from recycled packaging (PCN, 10 Aug 2020, p 3).

 

Axens Starts Licensing TAC Process For Advanced Recycling of Plastic

Paris—Axens announced
it has begun licensing Plastic Energy’s TAC Process
for advanced plastic recycling and the process has now
been fully integrated into Axens’ technology portfolio
(PCN, 15 Nov 2021, p 2).
The TAC process is a “unique,” patented and industrially
proven advanced recycling technology, processing endof-
life mixed plastic waste into Tacoil, which can be used to
create virgin-quality plastics, Axens noted. Plastic Energy
and Axens are the exclusive licensors for the process.
Axens will provide its customers with associated services
that include basic engineering, supply of proprietary
equipment, and technical assistance for start-up and operation
of the plant. It may also deliver the licensed technology
as a complete modular unit.
Late last year, the two companies signed a strategic collaboration
agreement to increase recycling and decrease
plastic waste through the advanced recycling of plastics.

 

Perstorp Boosts 2-EHA Production Capacity With Expansion at Its Stenungsund Site

Malmö—
Perstorp has increased its production capacity for 2-
ethylhexanoic acid (2-EHA) through a debottlenecking of
two existing plants at its site in Stenungsund, Sweden
(PCN, 7 June 2021, p 3).
The project included modifying both its 2-EHAL plant
and its 2-EHA unit with new installations, as well as replacing
and modifying existing equipment, piping and instrumentation.
Capacity was not given.
“The expansion is really important to further strengthen
our position in the 2-EHA market,” said Betty Lu, vice
president, business Oxo and Plasticizers. “There is a
healthy demand from our customers and these extra volumes
are most welcome.”

 

Ineos Receives State Funding to Study Feasibility of Green Hydrogen in Koln

Koln—
Germany’s state government of North Rhine-Westphalia
will provide €770,000 in funding to Ineos to study the feasibility
of a new 100-megawatt water electrolysis plant for
the production of green hydrogen at Ineos’ Koln site in Germany
(PCN, 25 Oct 2021, p 4).
The proposed project would involve Ineos’ building and
operating the green hydrogen plant that would use only
renewable energy. The hydrogen would be used in the
ammonia production unit at the site and, potentially in the
future, for the production of methanol.
The facility, part of the company’s package of green hydrogen
projects across Europe announced last year, could
lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of over
100,000 t/y at the Koln site.
Support from the state will cover 25% of the eligible
costs for carrying out the feasibility study, which will investigate
how the green hydrogen production plant can be
efficiently implemented at the Verbund site.
Last October, Ineos announced plans to invest over €2-
billion, through its Inovyn business, into electrolysis projects
to make zero carbon, green hydrogen projects across
Europe.
The first plant, to be built in Rafnes, Norway, involves
a 20-megawatt water electrolysis plant. The company also
has plans to build facilities in Belgium, the UK and
France, over the next 10 years.

 

DIC, SAP Partner in Pilot Project to Utilize Blockchain Technology to Trace Plastics

Tokyo—DIC
Corp. said it has partnered with SAP SE for a pilot project
that will use blockchain technology in the construction of a
waste plastics traceability system to advance the recycling
of plastic resources.
The project will use the GreenToken by SAP system,
which uses blockchain technology to make the supply chain
transparent. The system tracks raw materials across the
entire supply chain, from the point of generation, to enhance
the visibility of production and inspection processes,
and of data pertaining to physical properties and quality.
The system helps customers understand how much recycled
material is actually contained in the recycled plastics
they are using.
Digital twin technology makes it possible to record information
including unique raw material attributes related
to origin, carbon footprint and source of collected polystyrene
containers, as well as sustainability certification data,
using tokens.
The issue of tokens, a crypt asset, provides the means
to track recycled materials even when they are mixed with
other raw materials and processed into new products, DIC
explained.

 

People on the Move

Polystyvert—Nathalie Morin has been named chief
executive to succeed Founder and Chief Growth Officer
Solenne Brouard. Morin had been chief technology officer
since last year.
Nexus Circular—Joseph Huff has joined the company
as director of operations. He was previously operations
director for global industrial liquids at Axalta.

 

GACL & NTPC-REL Agree to Collaborate In Green Chemicals, Renewable Energy

Vadodara—
Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd. (GACL) and NTPC
Renewable Energy Ltd. (NTPC-REL) have signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to explore business opportunities
of mutual interest in the fields of green chemicals
and renewable energy.
Under the MoU, the parties will jointly work on synthesizing
green chemicals, such as methanol and ammonia, for
captive use by GACL using hydrogen and carbon dioxide
available at GACL.
The partners will also look into sourcing renewable
power–a mix of solar, wind and other clean energy–
including energy storage solutions to the extent of around
100 megawatts, as required for the operations and manufacturing
of GACL at its Vadodara and/or Dahej complex in
India, or any of its other complexes.

 

Domo and Hynamics Join Forces on Project To Produce Low-Carbon Hydrogen for HMD

Lyon—
Domo Chemicals and Hynamics have agreed to partner in
a joint project with the aim to achieve zero-carbon hydrogen
for the production of hexamethylene diamine (HMD) at
Domo’s Belle-Etoile industrial site in Saint-Fons, France.
The “HyDom” project will enable the installation of an
85-megawatt hydrogen production plant using the water
electrolysis process at the site. The hydrogen unit will
have a production capacity of 11,000 t/y of low-carbon hydrogen.
By 2027, it will supply 100% of the annual production
of HMD.
“This joint investment in a low-carbon hydrogen unit to
replace the existing natural gas-based production unit will
provide the first hydrogen infrastructure in the Lyon area,”
said Domo Chief Executive Yves Bonte.
“This strategic partnership will help us – and hopefully
an entire ecosystem in the Vallee de la Chimie – achieve
Domo’s ambitious goals for 2030, focused on decarbonization,
the use of renewable energy and delivering customer
solutions.”
The project will eventually prevent the emission of
84,000 t/y of carbon dioxide, Domo noted.

 

Wood Wins Owner’s Engineer Contract For Cameron LNG Expansion Project

Houston—
Cameron LNG has awarded an owner’s engineer contract
to Wood for the Cameron LNG expansion project in Cameron
Parish, La. (PCN, 27 June 2022, p 3).
The Phase 2 project will add a fourth liquefied natural
gas (LNG) train with a planned production capacity of
around 6.75-million t/y.
Wood’s contract will cover activities relating to the development
of the fourth train, and improved production
from the first three trains, which currently deliver 12-
million t/y of LNG export capacity.
“LNG has come into sharp focus as countries look to ensure
energy security, particularly with the disruption to
European energy supplies,” said John Day, senior vice
president of conventional energy, Americas, at Wood.
“The U.S. is positioned to become the largest LNG producer
in the world and projects such as this one will enable
the rapid and much-needed increase in the supply of
cleaner natural gas.”

 

Tecnimont, NextChem Win Contract to Build Low-Carbon Ammonia Unit in GCC Region

Riyadh—
Tecnimont SpA and NextChem, subsidiaries of Maire Tecnimont,
have been awarded an engineering, procurement
and construction (EPC) contract for a new low-carbon ammonia
Synloop facility to be built in the Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) region.
The project involves a 1-million-t/y ammonia plant on
which a final investment decision is expected later this
year. Completion is anticipated by the second half of 2025.
Under the lump sum turnkey contract, valued at
around $300-million, the companies will be responsible for
engineering activities, supply of all materials and equipment,
as well as construction activities.
Tecnimont will begin engineering work immediately.
The procurement and construction works will be confirmed
when a final investment decision is made.
“This strategic project is extremely important since it
will provide a significant contribution to the energy transition
of the GCC region by reducing the carbon footprint of
the fertilizer value chain,” said Maire Tecnimont Group
Chief Executive Alessandro Bernini.

 

Shell Building Holland Hydrogen I Plant To Supply Energy and Chemicals Park

Rotterdam—
Shell Nederland BV and Shell Overseas Investments BV,
subsidiaries of Shell plc, said they have made a final investment
decision to build Europe’s “largest” renewable
hydrogen plant, Holland Hydrogen I, to supply Shell Energy
and Chemicals Park Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Plans include construction of a 200-megawatt electrolyzer
on the Tweede Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam
to produce up to 60,000 kilograms a day of renewable hydrogen.
Renewable power for the electrolyzer will come
from the Hollandse Kust (noord) offshore wind farm, which
is partly owned by Shell. Operations are planned to begin
in 2025.
The renewable hydrogen will be delivered to Shell Energy
and Chemicals Park Rotterdam via the HyTransPort
pipeline, where it will replace some of the grey hydrogen
currently being used in the refinery.

 

Covestro Begins Construction in Shanghai On PUDS & Elastomers Production Units

Shanghai—
Covestro has broken ground for two new production plants
within the Covestro Integrated Site Shanghai in China to
meet the rising demand for polyurethane dispersions
(PUDs) and elastomers (PCN, 8 Feb 2021, p 4).
The PUD plant, as well as a further line for polyester
resins, is due to be completed in 2024. Both facilities represent
a combined investment of a mid double-digit million
euro amount. Capacities were not given.
“These projects will contribute to the high-quality and
sustainable development in China and beyond,” said
Covestro China President Holly Lei.
“They will also add to the scale and strength of our
Shanghai site, which will be playing a key role in the quest
of Covestro to becoming operational climate neutral by
2035.”
In the past year, the Shanghai site obtained ISCC Plus
mass balance certification, which will allow it to supply
customers with larger product volumes from renewably
attributed raw materials.

 

Arkema Group to Increase Investments To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Paris—Arkema
announced it has set itself an ambitious target, based on a
Science Based Target approach, to cut its Scope 1 and
Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and its Scope 3
emissions by 46% by 2030, through the support of an increase
in investments contributing to decarbonization.
In line with its expectations of the Paris Agreement to
contain global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels
by the end of the century, the company aims to limit
Scope1 and Scope 2 emissions to 2-million tons of carbon
dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2030, compared to the 3.7-
million tons emitted in 2019.
“As a responsible manufacturer, Arkema is strongly
mobilized to address the major societal challenge of decarbonization,”
said Luc Benoit-Cattin, executive vice president,
Industry and CSR.
“With this new ambitious climate plan, the group is
taking a new step forward in its action for the fight against
global warming. In particular, our cutting-edge expertise
and innovation benefit our partners and customers in their
own quest for sustainable performance, and we act on a
daily basis to limit our carbon footprint.”

 

Shell Selected by QatarEnergy to Partner In NFE LNG Expansion Project in Qatar

Doha—
QatarEnergy has chosen Shell to partner in the North
Field East (NFE) liquefied natural gas (LNG) expansion
project in Qatar (PCN, 27 June 2022, p 2).
As part of the agreement, Shell will hold a 25% share in
a joint venture company, which will own 25% of the NFE
expansion project, the single “largest” project in the history
of LNG, Shell noted.
The project, anticipated to cost $28.75-billion, is expected
to increase Qatar’s LNG capacity to 110-million t/y
from 77-million t/y by 2026. The expansion will add four
new LNG trains with a total capacity of 32-million t/y. It
will also be integrated with carbon capture and sequestration
to reduce emissions.
Last month, ExxonMobil and QatarEnergy signed an
agreement to form a joint venture company that will own a
25% stake in the entire expansion project. QatarEnergy
will hold a 75% interest in the new company, with Exxonmobil
holding the remaining 25% interest.
“Shell’s investment in this LNG expansion will support
delivery of much needed supplies of natural gas to markets
around the world,” said Shell.

 

Ravago Gains Aurora & Venture Polymers, UK-Based Recyclers of Post-Use Plastics

London—
Ravago said it has acquired Aurora Manufacturing Ltd.
and Venture Polymers (UK) Ltd., both “market leaders” in
recycling post-consumer waste plastics in the UK.
Aurura and Venture have a current production capacity
of 20,000 t/y of high-quality PCR (post consumer recycled)-
based polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene
(HDPE) compounds at their production site in Leigh.
The acquisition will extend Ravago’s Ravapura product
portfolio and support customer demand for PCR PP and
HDPE compounds.
“Following two decades of work within the UK plastics
recycling industry, we are pleased to announce the acquisition
of our businesses into the Ravago group,” noted Alex
Cook at Aurura.
“As the recycling market continues to mature within
the UK, we are very much focused on expansion and realizing
full potential in the coming years. The investment and
support of Ravago will play a key part in this and will accelerate
our ability to adapt and meet the requirements of
the future market for recycled plastics.”

 

APLA Schedules 42nd Annual Meeting For 12-15 November 2022 in Cancun

Cancun—The
Latin American Petrochemical and Chemical Assn. (APLA)
will hold its 42nd Latin American Petrochemical Annual
Meeting from 12-15 Nov. 2022 at the Grand Fiesta Americana
Coral Beach in Cancun, Mexico.
The event, organized by APLA, will feature conferences,
panel discussions, networking activities and more.
For further information or to register online, visit
https://apla.lat.

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Lummus Announces ‘Successful’ Start-Up Of Shandong Ruize’s Chinese PDH Unit

Beijing—
Lummus Technology said that a new propane dehydrogenation
(PDH) unit at Shandong Ruize Chemical Technology
Co.’s complex in Zibo City, Shandong Province, China,
has been commissioned and started up.
The 300,000-t/y PDH unit utilizes Lummus’ Catofin
PDH technology for the production of propylene.
Lummus was responsible for the technology license, basic
engineering design, and training and start-up services.
“Catofin has been selected for a majority of new PDH
awards recently because of its high reliability and performance,
which also lead to lower operating expenses and
higher profitability for Lummus’ customers,” noted Lummus
Technology President and Chief Executive Leon de
Bruyn.

 

Merinos Selects Uhde Inventa-Fischer To Build New Turkish Polymer Plants

Istanbul—
Uhde Inventa-Fischer, a subsidiary of Thyssenkrupp Industrial
Solutions, has been awarded a contract from Merinos
Hali Sanayi Ve Ticaret to build three “major” polymer
plants in Turkey.
The project, based on Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s patented
MTR (Melt-to-Resin) technology, will produce 330,000 t/y
of resin for the production of polyethylene terephthalate
bottles, as well as bright chips for textile applications.
Value of the contract and an expected completion date
were not given.
Scope of delivery for all plants includes basic and detail
engineering, delivery of all necessary components, technical
services regarding plant erection, as well as supervision
of erection and commissioning.
“The MTR process eliminates the SSP (solid-statepolycondensation)
and leads to substantial energy savings,”
Thyssenkrupp noted. “It reduces investment, operating
and maintenance costs, has a higher raw material
yield and results in products of superior quality.”

 

GC Inter BV Acquires Full Ownership Of Isocyanates Producer Vencorex

Rayong—PTTGC
International (Netherlands) BV (“GC Inter BV”), a subsidiary
of PTT Global Chemical Co., has purchased an additional
9.18% stake in isocyanates manufacturer Vencorex
Holding from Perstorp Holding, making GC Inter BV sole
owner of Vencorex.
Vencorex, with operations in Rayong, Thailand; Grenoble,
France, and Freeport, Texas, is a technology owner
and manufacturer of isocyanates, particularly in hexamethylene
diisocyanate (HDI) and HDI derivatives.
Prior to the share purchase, GC Inter BV held a 90.82%
stake in Vencorex. Value of the transaction was not disclosed.

 

Qingdao Jinneng New Material Opens New Catofin PDH Plant in Qingdao

Beijing—Lummus
Technology and its catalyst partner Clariant announced
the successful start-up and acceptance of Qingdao Jinneng
New Material Co.’s Catofin propane dehydrogenation
(PDH) unit in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China (PCN, 9
Apr 2018, p 1).
The new 900,000-t/y PDH unit, based on Lummus Technology’s
Catofin technology, is the “world’s largest”
operating Catofin PDH unit, Lummus noted.
“The successful start-up of the world’s largest PDH unit
demonstrates the continuous improvements of our Catofin
technology and Clariant’s catalyst performance,” said Leon
de Bruyn, president and chief executive of Lummus Technology.
“No other technology has such a strong track record of
reliability, productivity and performance, especially for
units at this scale, which is why it is the global leader in
propylene production.”

 

Linde Commissions Industrial Gases Units For JGSOC’s Naphtha Cracker Expansion

Manila—
Linde Philippines announced the recent start-up of its nitrogen
and hydrogen production units for JG Summit Olefins
Corp.’s (JGSOC) naphtha cracker expansion at
JGSOC’s manufacturing complex in Batangas City, Philippines
(PCN, 19 Feb 2018, p 2).
Linde invested more than $10-million in the new facilities,
which came on stream this past April. The plants will
supply nitrogen throughout the naphtha cracker complex,
and nitrogen and hydrogen will be supplied to JG Summit’s
polyethylene and polypropylene plants.
PCN earlier reported that JGSOC’s naphtha cracker is
being boosted to 474,000 t/y from 320,000 t/y, and ethylene
and propylene production were being expanded by 160,000
t/y and 50,000 t/y, respectively.

 

ExxonMobil, Shell and CNOOC Ink MoU For Potential CCS at Dayawan PC Park

Beijing—
ExxonMobil, Shell, CNOOC and the Guangdong Provincial
Development & Reform Commission have signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to jointly study a possible
world-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at
the Dayawan Petrochemical Industrial Park in China.
The proposed project could capture up to 10-million t/y
of carbon dioxide, supporting China’s ambition of carbon
neutrality by 2060. It could also serve as a model for the
chemical industry as one of the first petrochemical projects
to be decarbonized, the companies noted.
The partners will also evaluate the carbon policy systems
in China and propose policies for consideration that
would support the deployment of CCS in the Dayawan Petrochemical
Industrial Park.

 

PRL Awards FEED Contract to Wood For Refinery Expansion & Upgrade

Karachi—Wood
has won a multimillion-dollar front-end engineering design
(FEED) contract from Pakistan Refinery Ltd. (PRL) for a
planned Refinery Expansion and Upgrade Project (REUP)
in Karachi, Pakistan.
The project, estimated to cost over $1-billion, will involve
adding propylene production as a petrochemical feedstock,
and aims to increase crude processing capacity to
100,000 b/d by adding a 50,000-b/d crude unit and associated
processing facility to its existing refinery.
Wood completed the pre-FEED work last year. The
FEED portion of the project is expected to be completed in
August 2023.
“The REUP . . . plays an important role in Pakistan’s
energy landscape and is a significant addition to Wood’s
Process & Chemicals portfolio,” said Giuseppe Zuccaro,
president of Process & Chemicals at Wood.
“We are committed to delivering a world-class FEED,
and ready to support PRL in the subsequent phases of this
strategic investment.”

 

Ineos Opens Chocolate Bayou PAO Unit; Plans to Expand PAO Plant in LaPorte

Houston—
Ineos Oligomers said it has started up the “world’s largest”
single train, low-viscosity polyalphaolefin (LV PAO) plant
at Chocolate Bayou, Texas (PCN, 18-25 Dec 2017, p 1).
The new 120,000-t/y LV PAO unit, originally expected
to start up in 2019, is fully integrated into the company’s
production of linear alpha olefin (LAO). Its feedstocks are
also supplied from the adjacent LAO plant that started up
in 2020 and from its LAO unit in Joffre, Canada.
Separately, Ineos announced a phased 50% expansion
of its high-viscosity (HV) PAO plant in LaPorte, Texas,
which is expected to be fully effective by mid-2025.
The HV PAO unit, based on metallocene HV PAO technology,
was initially built with a nameplate capacity of
20,000 t/y. It was engineered to allow efficient expansion
to support anticipated sales growth. Last year, it was expanded
for the first time to reach a capacity of 25,000 t/y
and will expand again to nearly 40,000 t/y.

 

World’s ‘Largest’ Ethane Carrier Joins Ineos’ Expanding Fleet of Carriers

Houston—Ineos
announced that the “world’s largest” ethane carrier, built
in Jiangnan, China, has joined its growing carrier fleet.
The 99,000-cu m very large ethane carrier (VLEC),
named Pacific Ineos Belstaff, is fitted with type B tanks, a
brand new design for transporting ethane. Made of around
18,000 tons of steel, Pacific Ineos Belstaff is 230 meters
long, the length of about 8 basketball courts, Ineos noted.
The new ship, primarily built to transport U.S. ethane
to both China and Europe, has the potential to also carry
products such as ethylene and liquefied petroleum gas.
“As always at Ineos we have innovated and invested in
the future, so I am delighted that we now operate the
world’s largest VLEC and I look forward to this vessel
transporting vital feedstocks for years to come,” said Ineos
Trading & Shipping Chief Executive David Thompson.
Pacific Ineos Belstaff expands the Ineos ethane fleet to
11 vessels consisting of three VLECs and eight ‘dragon’
ships. A fourth VLEC is set to launch this spring.

 

Enterprise Products Responds to Reports Regarding Proposed Ethylene Cracker

Houston—
Enterprise Products Operating (Enterprise), in clarifying
media reports regarding a planned ethylene cracker, said,
while it has been working to develop and commercially underwrite
an ethane to ethylene facility for a number of
years, the company has neither approved nor sanctioned
the construction of such a facility.
Enterprise, a subsidiary of Enterprise Products Partners,
recently filed applications for tax abatements for six
proposed projects, including an ethane to ethylene cracker
that could be located in one of at least three jurisdictions.
“None of the six projects and their locations have been
finalized, approved or sanctioned at this time,” Enterprise
noted.

 

Sadara Touts EO/PO Pipelines Project ‘Fully Operational’ at PlasChem Park

Jubail—Sadara
Chemical Co. recently announced that its ethylene oxide
(EO) and propylene oxide (PO) pipeline transportation system
is now “fully operational” and supplying feedstock
from its Jubail chemical complex to the adjacent PlasChem
Park in Saudi Arabia (PCN, 6 Sept 2021, p 1).
The EO/PO pipeline transportation system is the “first
of its kind” in the Middle East and North Africa region,
said Sadara.
“This is a major step in the development of PlasChem
Park, which provides business tenants with an easy access
to one of our distinguished feedstocks,” stated Sadara
Chief Executive Dr. Faisal M. Al-Faqeer.
Located in Jubail Industrial City II, PlasChem Park
was developed by the Royal Commission for Jubail and
Yanbu, and is dedicated to downstream chemical and conversion
industries in Saudi Arabia. It is positioned to enable
and support many Sadara-based downstream opportunities
in many market segments, Sadara noted.

 

People on the Move

AkzoNobel—Gregoire Poux-Guillaume has been
named chief executive, effective 1 Nov. 2022, to succeed
Thierry Vanlancker, whose term is coming to an end. Gregoire
is currently chairman of the board of Medmix and
was previously chief executive of Sulzer.
Roger Jakeman has become chief technology officer to
replace Klaas Kruithof, who has retired. Jakeman will also
continue to head up the Product Management Center of
Excellence.
Worley—Scott Hildebrand has joined Worley as senior
director of business development – chemicals and energy
transition. He had been responsible for petrochemical
business development at Inter Pipeline.
Nexus Circular—Steve Adams, previously senior director
of manufacturing at Rockwater Energy Solutions,
has become director of engineering at Nexus Circular.
Neste—Chris Cooper, vice president for Americas for
Neste Renewable Aviation, has been appointed president of
Neste US as of 1 July 2022.
Arkema—Emmanuelle Bromet has been named sustainable
development vice president, effective 28 July
2022. Since 2021, she has been industrial director,
Europe, for the coating solutions business segment.

 

IVL Inks License Agreement with Binhua For PO, TBA, MTBE Co-Production Unit

Beijing—
Indorama Ventures (IVL) has entered into a license
agreement with Shandong Binhua New Material Co. (Binhua),
to build, own and operate a propylene oxide (PO), tbutanol
(TBA) and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) coproduction
unit in Shandong, China.
The plant, which will feature the “world’s only” MTBE
‘single-step’ reaction technology, is part of a larger complex
comprising propane dehydrogenation to propylene, butane
isomerization, synthetic ammonia and other installations.
Once complete, the project will be capable of producing
600,000 t/y of propylene, 800,000 t/y of butane isomerization,
150,000 t/y of synthetic ammonia, 240,000 t/y of PO
and 742,000 t/y of MTBE. An expected completion date
was not given.
Under the contract, IVL will supply the design package,
technology, operational know-how and training for the construction
and operation of the PO co-production with
MTBE and TBA units.
“With the lowest operational cost of all other propylene
oxide technologies and close to 50 consecutive years of successful
and safe operation, the license with IVL was selected
because of its superiority, unique features and competitiveness,”
said Liu Hongan, vice president of Befar
Group and general manager of Binhua.

 

BASF Expanding Production Capacity For Key Specialty Amines at Geismar

Geismar—
BASF said it will increase production capacity for key specialty
amines, including polyetheramines and tertiary
amines, at its site in Geismar, La.
Following completion of a capacity expansion of a flexible
world-scale production asset by mid-2023, the company
will be able to produce more of its key polyetheramines and
tertiary amines marketed under the Baxxodur and Lupragen
brands, respectively. No other details were given.
“This investment underlines our commitment to continuously
support the growth of our customers with highquality
specialty amines,” noted Kevin Anderson, vice
president, business management amines, acetylenics and
carbonyl derivatives, chemical intermediates, North America
for BASF.

 

Trinseo & GMP Intend to Collaborate On PS Recycling Facility in Europe

Amsterdam—
Trinseo and GMP Group plan to cooperate on a project to
establish a polystyrene (PS) waste recycling plant in the
Netherlands.
The collaboration aims at providing a frame work for
cooperation, on an exclusive basis, on the construction and
operation by GMP of an advanced pretreatment or regeneration
unit with a minimum 25,000 t/y of capacity. The
partners also plan to execute a long-term tolling and offtaking
agreement.
The new plant will purify PS waste and deliver highquality
recycled PS pellets via the Super Clean recycling
process. Start-up is expected in 2024.
Trinseo and GMP also plan to conduct research into
other supply and processing opportunities, utilizing their
combined technology expertise to help develop more sustainable
solutions.

 

Neste Confirms Final Investment Decision For Renewable Products Refinery Boost

Rotterdam—
Neste, in response to growing demand for renewable products,
has made a final investment decision to go ahead
with plans to expand production capacity at its world-scale
renewable products refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
(PCN, 31 May 2021, p 3).
The project, expected to require an investment of €1.9-
billion, will expand Neste’s overall renewable product capacity
by 1.3-million t/y to a total capacity of 2.7-million t/y
at Rotterdam. Start-up is planned during the first half of
2026.
“The investment in the expansion of our Rotterdam refinery
strengthens our global leading position in renewable
products,” said Neste President and Chief Executive Matti
Lehmus.
“It also marks an important step in ensuring our future
competitiveness and our renewables’ growth strategy execution,
as it will bring a substantial amount of renewable
diesel, SAF [sustainable aviation fuel] and renewable feedstock
for polymers and chemicals to our sustainabilityfocused
customers.
“This investment will further strengthen our competitive
advantages, which are based on the global optimization
of our production and waste and residue raw material
usage. With our proprietary NEXBTL technology, high
quality renewable products can be refined flexibly from a
wide variety of lower quality waste and residues.
“The new production line – together with our Singapore
expansion – will be best in class in terms of energy efficiency
and raw material flexibility.”
In 2018, the company announced plans to increase renewable
products capacity in Singapore by up to 1.3-
million t/y, with start-up expected in the first half of 2022
(PCN, 25 Oct 2021, p 3).

 

LyondellBasell Signs First U.S. PPAs To Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Houston—Lyondell-
Basell said it has entered into its first two U.S. power purchase
agreements (PPAs), which will enable to company to
reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by around 225,000 t/y.
The combined agreements, representing 216 megawatts
of renewable energy, support the company’s climate goal to
procure a minimum of 50% of electricity from renewable
sources by 2030.
The first 12-year PPA is with Engie North America for
100 megawatts of renewable electricity sourced from Engie’s
new Limestone wind project in Navarro and Limestone
counties in Texas. The Limestone project is expected
to begin operations late this year.
LyondellBasell also signed a 10-year PPA with Buckeye
Partners for 116 megawatts of renewable electricity
sources from its Files solar project in Hill County outside
of Dallas, Texas. The solar farm is planned to commence
operations in the second quarter of next year.

 

Balmoral Finalizes Trecora Acquisition

Los Angeles—
Balmoral Funds has completed the acquisition of Trecora
Resources at a total transaction value of $247-million
(PCN, 27 June 2022, p 1).
With the completion of the transaction, Trecora’s stock
will cease trading on the New York Stock Exchange and
Trecora will no longer be listed on any public marke

 

SDK, Microwave Chemical to Jointly Develop Microwave-Based Chem Recycling Process

Tokyo—
Showa Denko (SDK) and Microwave Chemical Co. have
begun the joint development of a new microwave-based
chemical recycling technology to directly transform used
plastic into basic chemical feedstocks.
The technology, expected to be commercialized “soon,”
will decompose used plastic containers and packaging by
irradiating microwave, which would produce chemical
feedstocks, such as ethylene and propylene, SDK noted.
Compared with other heating methods, microwave
heating heats only the object. The planned process would
use microwave absorber to give energy to used plastic in a
focused way, enabling efficient decomposition of the used
plastic into chemical feedstocks.
The process is expected to have low energy consumption
and be highly efficient, said SDK.
“By the end of this year, the two companies will study
conditions for formation of product through microwave
heating, search for catalysts to improve the yield of targeted
components, and try to optimize conditions and processes
for decomposition to establish basic technology,” said
SDK.

 

Neste Gets European Rights to Alterra’s Thermochem Liquefaction Technology

Akron—Neste,
which holds a minority stake in Alterra Energy, has purchased
the European rights to Alterra’s thermochemical
liquefaction technology to advance chemical recycling.
Alterra has developed the proprietary thermochemical
solution for liquefaction of hard-to-recycle plastic, and is
operating an industrial scale facility that transforms endof-
life plastics into an intermediate product that can be
further refined into raw material for new plastics and
other petrochemical products.
Neste has processed liquefied waste plastic sourced
from, among others, Alterra in a series of trial runs at its
Porvoo refinery in Finland. To scale up processing capacities
for the liquefied waste plastic at its Porvoo refinery,
Neste is currently conducting a feasibility study to examine
investing in proprietary pretreatment and upgrading
capabilities.
In addition, Neste previously announced plans to set up
a joint venture with Ravago to deploy the Alterra technology
in Vlissingen, the Netherlands (PCN, 22-29 Nov 2021,
p 2).

 

Azelis Reaches Agreement to Buy All Shares of Chemical Partners

Antwerp—Azelis has
entered into an agreement to purchase 100% of the shares
of Chemical Partners and Chempart Polymers’ entities in
Lebanon and Belgium.
Chemical Partners is “one of the leading” distributors of
specialty chemicals in Africa and the Middle East, with a
“strong foothold” in the industrial chemicals market, particularly
in CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers)
and R&PA (rubber and plastic additives), Azelis
noted.
“We are all very happy to be having Chemical Partners
joining Azelis, and to welcome their team, principals and
customers,” said Azelis MEA (Middle East and Africa)
Managing Director Chris Sacy.
“Chemical Partners has a strong reputation and benefits
from longstanding relationships in the region. They
are the ‘go to’ distributor in segments such as CASE and
plastic additives, and therefore a great fit with the existing
LVC [lateral value chain] of Azelis.”

 

Air Products, Gunvor Agree to Cooperate On Green Hydrogen Import Terminal

Rotterdam—Air
Products has signed a joint development agreement with
Gunvor Petroleum Rotterdam, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Gunvor Group, to partner on a green hydrogen import
terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Gunvor’s site in Europoort Rotterdam is one of several
European sites being considered by Air Products for the
import terminal, as it offers strategic access for receiving
green ammonia from large-scale green hydrogen production
locations operated by Air Products and its partners
from projects around the world, Air Products noted.
The green ammonia will be converted to hydrogen and
distributed to markets within Europe, including the Netherlands,
Germany and Belgium. Subject to a final investment
decision, among other things, the terminal is expected
to begin providing green hydrogen to the Netherlands
in 2026.

 

Lummus Digital, LACC to Develop Remote Monitoring for Louisiana Ethane Cracker

Houston—
Lummus Digital has entered into an agreement with
LACC, a subsidiary of Lotte Chemical USA, to focus on
developing a remote performance monitoring solution for
LACC’s 1-million-t/y ethane cracker unit in Lake Charles,
La. (PCN, 19-26 July 2021, p 2).
“We are proud to have built such a partnership with
LACC that serves as the cornerstone of their digital transformation
journey,” noted Debdas Sen and Ujjal Mukherjee,
joint managing directors at Lummus Digital.
“We will monitor and improve the plant performance
using KPIs [key performance indicators] and an intelligent
digital view of the plant to detect the problems, identify the
underlying causes and then recommend suitable actions.
“The remote performance monitoring will include realtime
data from Historian, LIMS, ERP and will be ingested
in our AI [artificial intelligence] platform, tcg mcube.”

 

 

V60 N25 – 27 June 2022

PCG Inks Deal with BPC JV to Acquire Shuttered MAN Facility in Kuantan

Kuantan—
Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) recently signed an
agreement with its joint venture company, BASF Petronas
Chemicals (BPC), to purchase a maleic anhydride (MAN)
plant in Gebeng, Kuantan, Malaysia, which was previously
shut down by BPC (PCN, 23-30 Nov 2020, p 1).
The 113,000-t/y MAN plant was closed last year by
BPC, following a product portfolio realignment exercise
that led to the permanent closure of its butanediol and derivatives
plant.
PCG plans to rejuvenate and upgrade the facility to produce
higher quality MAN that is better suited for the food
and pharmaceutical industries.
A detailed assessment is currently being performed by
PCG and is expected to be concluded in the first quarter of
next year. Subject to final approval, the plant is scheduled
to start up by the first half of 2025.
“Our current integrated facility will ensure competitive
and secure feedstock supply to the plant,” said PCG Chief
Executive and Managing Director Mohd Yusri Mohamed
Yusof. “In addition, the proximity of the plant and our
identified target markets within the Asia Pacific and Indian
subcontinents will enable us to provide competitive
pricing to our customers.”

 

Balmoral Completes Cash Tender Offer For All Outstanding Shares of Trecora

Sugar Land—
Balmoral Swan MergerSub, an affiliate of Balmoral Funds,
has successfully completed the previously commenced cash
tender offer to purchase all of the issued and outstanding
shares of common stock of Trecora Resources (PCN, 16
May 2022, p 2).
Under the terms of a merger agreement signed earlier
this year, Balmoral will purchase Trecora for $9.81/share
in cash, with a total transaction value of $247-million. The
merger is expected to be completed on 27 June 2022.
As a result of the tender offer and merger, Trecora will
become a privately-held, indirect wholly-owned subsidiary
of Balmoral, and Trecora’s stock will cease trading on the
New York Stock Exchange.
During the tender offer, a total of 16,781,352 shares
were validly tendered and not withdrawn from the tender
offer, representing about 70.73% of the aggregate voting
power of the shares. Balmoral has acquired enough shares
to close the merger without the affirmative vote of Trecora’s
stockholders.

 

Oxy Vinyls Planning Expansion, Revamp Of Its Battleground Chlor-Alkali Plant

Deer Park—
Oxy Vinyls LP (OV), a subsidiary of Occidental Chemical
and Occidental Petroleum, is planning an expansion and
modernization of its existing chlor-alkali manufacturing
complex, known as the Battleground site, in Harris
County, Texas.
The proposed project, named Project Orca, would integrate
new equipment that better utilizes the latest membrane
technology, which would result in a “significant” expansion
of production capacity, while at the same time
lowering the carbon intensity per ton of the product produced
and delivered, OV noted.
“This would help OV maintain its position as a top producer
of chlorine and caustic soda in the world, as well as
address potential future industry regulations that could
require OV to cease using its existing technology, require
significant additional cost and add complexity to production,”
the company explained.
An application has been submitted to the Deer Park Independent
School District (ISD), where the existing complex
is located, requesting an appraised value limitation
for the project.

 

Vynova Finalizes Upgrade of VCM Plant To Improve Environmental Footprint

Brussels—
Vynova said it has completed a major investment at its
vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant in Tessenderlo, Belgium,
to significantly improve the environmental footprint
of the operations.
The company invested €18.5-million in the project,
which was carried out over a period of three years and involved
replacing the older refrigeration units of both VCM
production facilities with state-of-the-art, environmentally
friendly units that use propane as refrigerant.
“The new refrigeration units are part of a major investment
program in new technologies to make our plants
even more sustainable and efficient,” noted Dimitri Wouters,
site manager of Vynova Belgium.
“Since 2016, we have already invested over €200-
million at our Tessenderlo site as part of that program.”

 

Stolthaven Terminals, Revivegen Form JV For New Greenfield Terminal in Taiwan

Taipei—
Stolthaven Terminals and Revivegen Environmental
Technology confirmed the formation of a joint venture
company to develop a new greenfield terminal in Kaohsiung
Port, Taiwan (PCN, 13 Sept 2021, p 4).
The planned terminal, announced last September, will
handle and store chemicals and industrial gases for local
and multinational companies, including those with manufacturing
operations in Taiwan.
The companies have completed a comprehensive feasibility
study and are working towards a final investment
decision this summer.

 

GCA & SWACO Sign Non-Binding MoU For Plastics Recycling Project in Ohio

Columbus—
PTTGC America (GCA) and the Solid Waste Authority of
Central Ohio (SWACO) have entered into a non-binding
memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build and operate
a manufacturing facility of recycled plastics at a new recycling
complex in Grove City, Ohio (PCN, 30 May 2022, p 3).
The proposed project, on which a final investment decision
is expected by the end of the year, would manufacture
recycled polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate into
new products. GCA signed a separate MoU with Rumpke
for feedstock plastics.
“Aligned with our Paris Agreement, GC Group aims to
reduce current CO2 [carbon dioxide] emissions by 20% by
2030 on our journey towards achieving Net Zero by 2050,”
said GCA Chief Executive Panod Awaiwanond.
“This project illustrates our commitment to fight climate
change and contribute to a circular economy. It also
reaffirms our commitment to the U.S. and the state of
Ohio.”

 

GPCA Schedules 16th Annual Forum To be Held This December in Riyadh

Riyadh—The
Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Assn. (GPCA) will hold
its 16th edition of the Annual GPCA Forum from 6-8 Dec.
2022 at the Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences in Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia.
The event, focused on the theme “Chemistry in Action:
Shaping a Sustainable Future,” will address the trends
shaping the chemical industry, and will bring together key
stakeholders with leading industry players and provide a
wide range of opportunities to network, exchange knowledge,
and influence the industry’s agenda, GPCA noted.
For further information, visit the event website at
https://www.gpcaforum.com, or contact the conference producer,
Samereen Bukhari, by phone 971 4 451-0666, ext.
127, or email samereen@gpca.org.ae.

 

Honeywell & EnLink Partner to Deliver Carbon Capture Solution in Louisiana

Houston—
Honeywell and EnLink Midstream announced they will
work together to provide carbon capture solutions to industrial-
scale carbon dioxide (CO2) emitters along the Louisiana
Gulf Coast.
The companies will jointly market Honeywell’s wide
range of ready-now technologies in CO2 capture, Honeywell’s
hydrogen purification technologies for lower-carbon
hydrogen production, and EnLink’s planned CO2 pipeline
transportation network.
The partnership will focus on the Mississippi River corridor
from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, an area that has
many large, concentrated sources of industrial CO2 emissions,
the companies noted.
“EnLink has existing pipeline infrastructure and decades
of experience operating these assets in the Gulf Coast
region,” said EnLink Chairman and Chief Executive Barry
Davis.
“When coupled with Honeywell’s proven carbon capture
and hydrogen technologies, we can provide customers with
a cost-effective approach to CO2 capture and transportation
that will ultimately accelerate carbon reductions in a
key industrial region.”

 

ANRPC Picks Honeywell Technology To Modernize Its Egyptian Refinery

Alexandria—
Honeywell has been selected by Alexandria National Refining
and Petrochemical Co. (ANRPC) to provide engineering
services for an upgrade of ANRPC’s refinery in Alexandria,
Egypt.
The project involves an upgrade to two UOP naphtha
hydrotreating units to pretreat the feedstocks to two CCR
Platforming process units and a Penex/DIH process units
to create “high-quality” product and feedstock for petrochemical
production, Honeywell noted.
The revamp will also increase the production of gasoline
to help decrease Egypt’s dependency on imported fuels.

 

ExxonMobil and QatarEnergy Forming JV To Participate in NFE Expansion Project

Doha—
ExxonMobil and QatarEnergy have signed an agreement to
form a joint venture company that will own a 25% stake in
the entire North Field East (NFE) liquefied natural gas
(LNG) expansion project in Ras Laffan, Qatar (see related
story, page 4).
The NFE project, estimated to cost $28.75-billion, is expected
to increase Qatar’s LNG capacity to 110-million t/y
from 77-million t/y by 2026. The expansion will add four
new LNG trains with a total capacity of 32-million t/y.
With NFE, ExxonMobil’s participation in Qatar LNG
volumes is anticipated to increase total capacity to 60-
million t/y from 52-million t/y.
QatarEnergy will hold a 75% interest in the new joint
venture company, with ExxonMobil holding the remaining
25% interest.
“We are collaborating with QatarEnergy on North Field
East to accelerate the production of secure, affordable and
cleaner energy our world needs,” noted ExxonMobil
Chairman and Chief Executive Darren Woods.
“ExxonMobil has a long history of working in Qatar, responsibly
producing energy, and we look forward to continuing
our relationship for the benefit of all our stakeholders.”

 

People on the Move

Wood—Ken Gilmartin has been named chief executive,
effective 1 July 2022. Most recently executive vice president
of Wood’s People & Places solutions business, he succeeds
Robin Watson, who is retiring and will remain at the
company until 30 Sept. 2022 in an advisory role.
Indorama Ventures (IVL)—Thom Stephens, previously
business manager for HPC/Oil & Gas at Oxiteno, has
become global marketing manager, HPC, for IVL’s Integrated
Oxides & Derivatives segment.
SK Capital—Asim Bhatia has been named director,
business development. He was most recently senior director
of corporate mergers and acquisitions at DuPont de
Nemours.
EuropaBio—Patricia Malarkey, global chief science officer
at DSM, has been appointed chair of EuropaBio, effective
immediately, for a period of two years.
Talke Logistics Malaysia—Vijaya Kumar Puspowanam
has joined the company as managing director.
He had been general manager, marketing and conventional,
at Westports Malaysia.

 

Jiangyin Foreversun Planning to Acquire 49% Stake in Odfjell Nangang Terminals

Tianjin—
Jiangyin Foreversun Chemical Logistics, a joint venture
company of Hengyang Petrochemical Logistics, has entered
into an equity transfer agreement with Odfjell Terminals
Asia for a 49% stake in the Odfjell Nangang Terminals
(Tianjin) joint venture in China, according to the Edge Singapore.
Odfjell Nangang Terminals, a joint venture of Odfjell
Terminals Asia and Tianjin Nangang Industrial Zone Port,
is located at Tianjin Port in the Nangang Industrial Zone.
The transaction, valued at RMB 167.6-million, is in line
with Jiangyin Foreversun’s aim to provide a full suite of
services to the petrochemicals industry. An expected completion
date was not disclosed.
Jiangyin Foreversun’s plans also include building and
developing a smart logistics system, creating an accessible
logistics channel for liquid petrochemical products and offering
integrated solutions in the supply chain management
field, the report said.

 

Tata Chemicals Europe Opens UK’s ‘First’ Industrial Scale Carbon Capture Plant

London—Tata
Chemicals Europe announced the official opening of UK’s
“first” industrial scale carbon capture and usage plant at
its Winnington site in Northwich, Cheshire.
The £20-million project, which was supported with a
£4.2-million grant from the UK Dept. of Business, Energy
and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), captures 40,000 t/y of carbon
dioxide and reduces the company’s carbon emissions by
over 10%.
“With the support of our parent company, Tata Chemicals,
and BEIS, we have been able to deliver this hugely
innovative project, enabling our UK operations to take a
major step in our carbon emissions reduction journey,” said
Martin Ashcroft, managing director of Tata Chemicals
Europe.
“Since 2000, we’ve reduced our carbon intensity by 50%
and have a clear roadmap to reduce this by 80% by 2030,”
he added.

 

Cheniere Makes Positive FID for Stage 3 Liquefaction Project in Corpus Christi

Houston—
Cheniere Energy said its board of directors has made a
positive financial investment decision (FID) on the Corpus
Christi Stage 3 Liquefaction Project in Corpus Christi,
Texas, and has issued full notice to proceed to Bechtel Energy
(PCN, 8 Nov 2021, p 4).
Bechtel began construction earlier this year, under limited
notice to proceed, and will now continue developing
the project to include up to seven mid-scale liquefaction
trains with a total nominal production capacity of over 10-
million t/y of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
“Reaching FID on Corpus Christi Stage 3 represents an
important milestone for Cheniere as we move forward on
this significant growth project, which will strengthen our
market-leading LNG infrastructure platform, provide
much-needed volumes to the global LNG market by the
end of 2025, and create long-term value for our stakeholders,”
said Jack Fusco, president and chief executive of
Cheniere.

 

LCI Lets Further Engineering Contracts For New Indonesian Ethylene Project

Cilegon—Lotte
Chemical Indonesia (LCI), a subsidiary of Lotte Chemical
Titan, has awarded additional contracts for its planned
integrated petrochemicals facility, known as Lotte Chemical
Indonesia New Ethylene (LINE) project in Cilegon,
Indonesia (PCN, 10 Jan 2022, 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. Completion is expected
by 2025.
According to a Bursa Malaysia filing, LCI recently
awarded a contract to Lotte Data Communication Co. for
offshore engineering and procurement of the automatic
warehouse area, and to Lotte Engineering & Construction
(LEC) for offshore engineering and procurement of the
bagging area.
It also signed a construction agreement with KINE Project
JO, a joint operation formed by LEC and Jaya Teknik
Konstruksi, for onshore construction of the automatic
warehouse and bagging area.
Earlier this year, Lotte said for the main cracker unit it
would award an engineering, procurement and construction
contract (EPC) for onshore construction to Hein Global
Utama, and to Hyundai for the offshore engineering and
procurement.
At the same time, it said it would award EPC contracts
for downstream plants and other infrastructure facilities to
LEC and Jaya Teknik Konstruksi for onshore construction,
and LEC for offshore engineering and procurement.

 

Ineos Energy Signs HoA with Sempra For Supply of LNG from N. America

Houston—Ineos
Energy announced its entry into the liquefied natural gas
(LNG) market with the signing of a Heads-of-Agreement
(HoA) with Sempra Infrastructure for the potential supply
of North American LNG by Sempra.
Under the 20-year deal, Sempra would deliver 1.4-
million t/y of LNG free-on-board, from either Sempra’s proposed
Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project or its Cameron
LNG Phase 2 project.
“This agreement represents a major step forward in the
Ineos Energy journey, at a time of significant transformation
in the energy industry,” said Ineos Energy Chairman
Brian Gilvary.
The Port Arthur LNG development project is a 13.5-
million-t/y, fully permitted facility in Jefferson County,
Texas (PCN, 9 Mar 2020, p 3). The Cameron LNG phase 2
project in Hackberry, La., would include a fourth LNG
train with 6.75-million t/y of LNG (PCN, 30 May 2022, p 2).
The HoA is a preliminary non-binding agreement, and
the development of the Port Arthur and Cameron LNG
projects are subject to receipt of all necessary permits, the
award of engineering and construction contracts, obtain
financing and a final investment decision.
“Ineos is one of Europe’s largest end-users of natural
gas and we look forward to building a long-term relationship
with a company that shares our vision of increasing
the world’s energy security, while simultaneously advancing
lower-carbon energy sources,” noted Sempra Chief Executive
Justin Bird.

 

Neste, Covestro & SK Geo Centric Cooperate For Renewable Attributed MDI in APAC

Shanghai—
Neste, Covestro and SK Geo Centric have decided to cooperate
to enable the production of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate
(MDI) based on renewable raw materials in the
Asia-Pacific region (APAC).
Neste will provide SK Geo Centric with renewable
Neste RE, an ISCC certified feedstock for polymers and
chemicals made from 100% renewable raw materials, such
as waste and residue oils and fats.
SK Geo Centric will process the Neste RE feedstock
into benzene at its facilities in South Korea and supply it
to Covestro to use as raw materials for MDI at its site in
Shanghai, China.
“With renewable solutions available, we are now entering
the phase of scaling up their usage in the chemical industry,”
said Mercedes Alonso, executive vice president,
renewable polymers and chemicals at Neste.
“This will be crucial in replacing the vast amounts of
fossil resources the industry is currently depending on. To
make this ramp-up a success, we’ll need to establish collaborations
along the value chain – and this one between
three sustainability-minded partners is a prime example of
how the industry can do just that.”
The partnership marks the beginning of possible future
collaborations between the companies, aimed at replacing
fossil feedstocks by more sustainable ones in the production
of polymers and chemicals in the APAC region and
beyond, they noted.

 

EC Approves Acquisition of Jindal PF By Jindal Group & Brookfield Asset

Brussels—The
European Commission has cleared, under the European
Union Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control of
Jindal’s plastic films (Jindal PF) business by B.C. Jindal
Group and Brookfield Asset Management (PCN, 11-18 Apr
2022, p 4).
Earlier this year, Jindal Poly Films signed an agreement
with Brookfield for the sale of a minority stake in its
packaging films business for Rs 2,000 crore. The transaction
is expected to close during the first half of fiscal year
2023.
The commission concluded that the proposed acquisition
would raise no competitive concerns, given that there
are no overlaps between the companies’ activities, the companies
are not active on related markets, and Jindal PF’s
activities in the European Economic Area are limited.

 

Eni Chosen by QaterEnergy to Partner In North Field East Expansion Project

Doha—Qatar
Energy, formerly Qatar Petroleum, has selected Eni as a
new partner in the North Field East (NFE) liquefied natural
gas (LNG) expansion project in Ras Laffan, Qatar
(PCN, 30 Aug 2021, p 4).
The $28.75-billion NFE project involves expanding
Qatar’s LNG export capacity to 110-million t/y from 77-
million t/y through the addition of four LNG trains, each
with a capacity of 8-million t/y. Production is expected to
begin before the end of 2025.
QatarEnergy, Eni and the Minister of State for Energy
Affairs signed a partnership agreement for the creation of
a new joint venture company, in which QatarEnergy will
hold a 75% interest and Eni will a 25% interest. The joint
venture will hold a 12.5% stake in the entire NFE project
(see related story, page 2).
Ethane from the NFE project and QatarEnergy’s North
Field South (NFS) project will feed a new world-scale petrochemical
complex that QatarEnergy is building with
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. at Ras Laffan.
The petrochemical complex will include an ethane
cracker with over 2-million t/y of capacity, as well as two
high-density polyethylene units. Production is planned in
2026.
The NFS project involves two new 8-million-t/y LNG
trains, which are planned to begin production in 2027.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Siemens Energy and Air Liquide are forming a joint
venture dedicated to the series production of industrial
scale renewable hydrogen electrolyzers in Europe. The
joint venture, subject to approval from competent authorities,
is expected to begin production in the second half of
2023 and ramp-up to 3-gigawatts a year by 2025. Siemens
will hold a 74.9% stake in the joint venture, with Air Liquide
holding the remaining 25.1% stake.
Sipchem said it has signed an agreement with
Maersk to export its petrochemical products through King
Abdullah Port in Saudi Arabia. The collaboration is expected
to enhance Sipchem’s position among petrochemical
producers, enabling it to market its products around the
world faster with reduced costs.
Shell has qualified BASF’s Puristar RO-20 and Sorbead
Adsorption technology for use in green hydrogen production.
The technologies purify and dehydrate the product
hydrogen stream from the water electrolysis process,
which can then be used for liquefaction and transportation,
as a petrochemical feedstock or energy source.
SABIC has launched a new range of ISCC Plus certified
polypropylene (PP) compounds and Stamax PP resins
based on renewable and advanced recycled feedstock at
Genk, Belgium.

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Ineos Acetyls to Construct World-Scale Acetic Acid Plant on U.S. Gulf Coast

Houston—Ineos
Acetyls has initiated a feasibility study into a world-scale
plant for acetic acid and associated derivatives on the U.S.
Gulf Coast.
Several locations are being considered for the project,
which will be based on the company’s proprietary technology
and take advantage of the latest carbon efficiency
processes. A final investment decision is expected before
the end of next year. No other details were given.
“The Gulf Coast is a location well known to the Ineos
Group where we already have a significant presence,” said
Ineos Acetyls Chief Executive David Brooks. “With its
abundance of competitively priced feedstocks, the area offers
a competitive advantage to support the continued
global growth and customer demand for acetyl products.”
Separately, Ineos said it will not proceed at present
with the previously announced vinyl acetate monomer
(VAM) unit planned in the UK given the “volatile and uncompetitive”
energy costs outlook (PCN, 5 Aug 2019, p 1).
In 2019, Ineos announced plans to build the 300,000-t/y
VAM plant at the Saltend Chemicals Park in Hull, UK.

 

SKGC Joining Loop & Suez JV to Build ‘First’ Infinite Loop Facility in Europe

Paris—SK Geo
Centric (SKGC), a subsidiary of SK Group, has decided to
participate as an equal partner in the previously announced
joint venture between Loop and Suez to build the
“first” Infinite Loop manufacturing plant in Europe (PCN,
24 Jan 2022, p 2).
Last year, Loop and Suez announced plans to build the
approximately €250-million facility for the production of
virgin quality, food grade, 100% recycled and infinitely recyclable
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic.
The plant, based on Loop’s patented and proprietary
low-energy technology, will be designed to produce 70,000
t/y of the PET resin. Construction is expected to begin in
2023, with commissioning about 18 months later.
Earlier this year, Loop said it had selected a site in
Port-Jerome, Normandy, France, for the project; however,
the partners said they are now reevaluating the optimal
location for the plant.
The expanded partnership will combine SKGC’s knowledge
in petrochemical manufacturing with Suez’s resource
management expertise and Loop’s technology.

 

Correction

In last week’s issue of PCN, we reported that
Ineos Olefins Belgium had been granted an environmental
permit to begin construction on its Project One ethane
cracker in the Port of Rotterdam (PCN, 13 June 2022, p 1).
The project is in fact located in the Port of Antwerp,
Belgium, not the Port of Rotterdam. We apologize for any
confusion we have caused.

 

Levima Green Picks Lupotech T Process For New EVA Line Planned in China

Beijing—
LyondellBasell has been selected by Levima Green (Shandong)
Advanced Materials Co. to provide its Lupotech T
high-pressure polyethylene technology for a new vinyl acetate
copolymer (EVA) plant planned in Shandong Province,
China.
The EVA line, to be located in Zaozhuang City, will
have 200,000 t/y of capacity. Value of the contract and a
schedule for the project were not given.
“Producing superior grades by using referenced, safe
and reliable Lupotech T high pressure process technology
is a tremendous benefit when competing in a rapid growing
market,” said Lao Daodan, vice general manager of Levima
Green.
“Despite global challenges, the teams concluded an accelerated
technology implementation schedule designed for
achieving the best possible time to market for such a complex
project implementation.”

 

Ineos Phenol Launches New Product Line For Sustainable Phenol, Acetone, AMS

Rolle—Ineos
Phenol announced the launch of its first bio-attributed
product line for phenol, acetone and alpha methyl styrene
(AMS), sold under the Inviridis brand.
The products, made using bio-attributed cumene to enable
the replacement of fossil fuel resources, are manufactured
at the company’s sites in Gladbeck, Germany, and
Antwerp, Belgium.
Inviridis products are certified by ISCC Plus and the
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials as delivering a
100% substitution of fossil feedstock in its production system,
enabling a lower carbon footprint compared to conventionally
produced products.

 

Repsol Investing Over €35-Mn to Build New XLPE Plant at Tarragona Site

Madrid—Repsol
said it plans to spend more than €35-million to build a facility
for the manufacture of cross-linkable polyethylene
(XLPE) in Tarragona, Spain.
The facility will have 27,000 t/y of XLPE production capacity
based on Buss AG’s Linear Short Hyperclean technology.
Commissioning is scheduled for mid-2024.
The new range of XLPE will be made up of seven
grades, based on a base polymer that Repsol already produces
– low-density polyethylene or EBA copolymers – and
will target the water-tree-retardant, high voltage (HV) extra
HV, and direct current segments.
“Repsol reaffirms with this new investment its longstanding
commitment to the wire and cable segment and to
its cable manufacturing clients with whom it has been collaborating
since the project’s conception, that have shown
great interest in having a new supplier with these quality
products available,” the company noted.

 

Olin Provides Update on Operations At U.S., Germany and Brazil Sites

Clayton—Olin has
announced updates on its chemical operations in Plaquemine,
La., Freeport, Texas; Stade, Germany; and Guaruja,
Brazil.
Half of company’s chlor-alkali facility in Plaquemine,
which has been down since April 2022, has returned to operation,
with the remainder expected to resume operations
early this August.
In Freeport, Olin continues to operate at a reduced level
of power generation. A portion of the power generation is
expected to be restored in the fourth quarter of this year.
Also in Freeport, the company said it is temporarily
curtailing a “significant” portion of its ethylene dichloride
and related chlor-alkali production.
“As Olin’s unique model adapts in real-time to globally
prioritize system value; with the resumption of its
Plaquemine, Louisiana, operations; with high electrical
power costs in Texas; and considering the poor-quality ethylene
dichloride market conditions, Olin has decided to
suspend this production,” Olin noted.
During the second quarter of 2022, demand for epoxy
resin in North America and South America was “weaker”
than Olin anticipated.
Since the company is unwilling to sell incremental volume
of epoxy resin into a “poor-quality” market, and operating
the plants at less than 50% operating rates is impractical,
Olin said it is temporarily curtailing epoxy and
related upstream inputs production at its Freeport and
Guaruja facilities.

 

Westlake Companies Agree to Cut Pollution At Plants in Lake Charles, Calvert City

Washington—
The U.S. Dept. of Justice said that five Westlake Chemical
Corp. subsidiaries have agreed to reduce air pollution at
two of their petrochemical manufacturing facilities in Lake
Charles, La., and one in Calvert City, Ky., to resolve allegations
that they violated the Clean Air Act and state air
pollution control laws at the plants.
According to the complaint, also filed by the U.S., the
Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the State of Louisiana,
Westlake Chemical OpCo LP, Westlake Petrochemicals,
Westlake Polymers, Westlake Styrene and Westlake Vinyls
failed to properly operate and monitor industrial
flares at the plants, resulting in excess emissions and
“harmful” air pollution.
The companies will spend around $110-million to install
pollution control and emissions monitoring equipment
at the facilities to reduce flaring. They will also monitor
the air quality to detect the presence of benzene at the
fence lines. The settlement will eliminate thousands of
tons of air pollution from flares.
“This settlement demonstrates that the Department of
Justice and Environmental Protection Agency are committed
to addressing excessive and harmful air pollution from
improperly operated petrochemical flares,” said Todd Kim,
assistant general attorney of the Justice Dept.’s Environment
and Natural Resources Division.
“The settlement’s significant reductions of hazardous
and other air pollutants and greenhouse gases will serve to
reduce exposure in the vulnerable nearby communities
with environmental justice concerns.”
The Westlake companies also agreed to pay a $1-million
civil penalty.

 

Braskem Idesa to Sell Advario a 50% Stake In Puerto Mexico Chem Terminal Project

Veracruz—
Braskem Idesa and Advario have signed an agreement in
which Advario will acquire a joint 50% stake in the construction
and operation of Puerto Mexico Chemical Terminal,
a greenfield ethane import terminal planned in Veracruz,
Mexico (PCN, 25 Oct 2021, p 2).
The estimated $400-million terminal, to be built in the
municipalities of Coatzacoalcos and Nanchital, will be connected
to Braskem Idesa’s complex via pipeline. Construction
is expected to begin in July 2022, with completion
planned by the end of 2024. Approximately 2,000 jobs are
expected to be created during construction.
In addition, a new jetty will be built in the Pajaritos lagoon
with an exclusive area for operations with cryogenic
ethane.
The terminal will be a “major” infrastructure for cryogenic
ethane to be supplied to Mexico and will provide the
additional raw material that Braskem Idesa needs to operate
at full capacity, noted Braskem Idesa. It will also support
other important production chains in Mexico’s petrochemical
industry.
Liquid storage logistics company Advario, a carve-out
from Oiltanking, was recently launched to focus on growth
in petrochemicals, gases and new energies (PCN, 9 May
2022, p 4).

 

Kuraray & Origin Form Strategic Partnership To Commercialize Carbon Negative Material

Tokyo—
Kuraray and Origin Materials have entered into a strategic
partnership to commercialize advanced carbon negative
materials for various polymer applications.
As part of the partnership, Kuraray has signed a capacity
reservation agreement with Origin to purchase carbon
negative intermediates chemicals used in large-scale synthesis
of many polymers, including purified terephthalic
acid, polyethylene terephthalate and polyamide.
Origin’s patented technology platform turns the carbon
found in wood residues into useful materials, the partners
noted. The technology can help revolutionize the production
of a wide range of end products and support the industry’s
transition to sustainable materials and lower greenhouse
gas emissions, they added.

 

People on the Move

LSB Industries—Brian Jensen has joined the company
in the newly created position of director of corporate
development. He comes from China Road and Bridge
Corp., where he served in the same position.
Viridis Chemical—John Colwell, previously chief financial
officer for VanZandt Controls, has become vice
president of corporate development at Viridis.
Zachry Group—Matthew Czuba has been named
president of Zachry Engineering Corp. He was most recently
senior vice president of large capital projects and
Mexico operations at Worley.
Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)—
David Bogle has been elected the newest president of
IChemE, succeeding Jane Cutler. Bogle is a professor of
chemical engineering and pro-vice-provost of the Doctoral
School and Early Career Researchers at University College
London in the UK.

 

TotalEnergies & Adani to Collaborate On Green Hydrogen Project in India

New Delhi—
TotalEnergies announced it will partner with Adani Enterprises
Ltd. (AEL) to create a “world-class” company for
the production of green hydrogen in India.
TotalEnergies has entered into an agreement with AEL
to acquire a 25% stake in Adani New Enterprises Ltd.
(ANIL), which will serve as the exclusive platform of TotalEnergies
and AEL for the green hydrogen production
As its first milestone, ANIL will target the production
of 1-million t/y of green hydrogen by 2030, underpinned by
about 30 gigawatts of new renewable power generation
capacity, the partners noted.
ANIL will be integrated along the value chain, from the
manufacturing of equipment to generate renewable power
and produce green hydrogen, to the production of green
hydrogen itself and its transformation into derivatives,
including nitrogenous fertilizer and methanol, for the domestic
market and for export, they explained.
Initially, ANIL plans to develop a project to produce
1.3-million t/y of urea derived from green hydrogen for the
Indian market, to substitute current urea imports. It also
plans to invest around $5-billion in a 2-gigawatt electrolyzer
fed by renewable power from a 4-gigawatt solar and
wind farm.
As part of the partnership, TotalEnergies will offer its
“thorough” understanding of the global markets, expertise
in renewable technologies and large-scale industrial projects,
and financial strength, while Adani will contribute
its knowledge of the Indian market, execution capabilities,
and operations and capital management “excellence.”

 

Neyveli Lignite Appoints EIL as PMC For Indian Lignite-to-Methanol Plant

New Delhi—
Engineers India Ltd. (EIL) said it has been chosen as project
management consultant (PMC) by Neyveli Lignite
Corp. for its “landmark” lignite-to-methanol project at Neyveli,
India.
The plant, which will be the “first of its kind in India,”
will have 1,200 t/d of methanol capacity. Commissioning is
scheduled for 2027.

 

GranBio Receives Patent Validation For Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

Brasília—GranBio
announced it has been granted a European patent in 31
countries for its 2G ethanol technology (GP3+), which converts
non-food lignocellulosic biomass into low-carbon second
generation fuels.
In 2020, NextChem, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont,
partnered with GranBio to co-develop and co-license the 2G
ethanol technology. The patent validation strengthens this
partnership.
The partnership combines GranBio’s technology and
knowledge in second generation biomass and biofuels with
NextChem’s engineering expertise, EPC (engineering, procurement
and construction) capabilities, and global presence
to offer integrated services, feasibility studies, integration
projects, engineering and construction of manufacturing
plants around the world.
Since 2014, GranBio has been successfully producing
2G ethanol at its plant in Sao Miguel dos Campos, Brazil.
It is currently the “first and only one of this kind” operating
on an industrial scale, NextChem noted.

 

Indaver & Ineos Sign Offtake Agreement For Recycled SM to Produce Polystyrene

Antwerp—
Indaver and Ineos Styrolution have entered into an offtake
agreement that gives Ineos Styrolution access to recycled
styrene monomer (SM), which Ineos Styrolution will use
for the production of polystyrene.
The SM will be produced from post-consumer waste using
Indaver’s depolymerization technology. Ineos Styrolution
will receive the SM feedstock from Indaver’s planned
depolymerization plant in Antwerp, Belgium, which is expected
to begin production in 2024.
Indaver’s depolymerization technology recycles polystyrene
by converting it back into its building block, SM. The
recycled material can meet strict food grade specifications.
“We recognize plastics waste as a valuable resource
that must not end up in landfill or be incinerated. Together
with Indaver we reduce waste, we produce polystyrene
with identical properties as the virgin material with a
lower CO2 [carbon dioxide] footprint and we reduce the use
of fossil feedstock.”

 

Solvay More Than Doubles Capacity For Solef PVDF at Changshu Site

Beijing—Solvay said
it has more than doubled production capacity for Solef
polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) at its plant in Changshu,
China, since mid-May 2022.
The company opened the unit in late 2017 as part of an
approximately $160-million investment in Changshu that
also included a fluoroelastomers facility, which started up
in 2015 (PCN, 13 Nov 2017, p 3).
Solvay recently announced a “significant” investment in
Solef PVDF production at its Tavaux, France, site, which
will turn it into the “largest” PVDF production site in
Europe (PCN, 30 May 2022, p 3).
In May 2022, Wood was awarded a multimillion-dollar
engineering, procurement and construction management
contract for the expansion project in France. Completion is
expected in 2023.

 

BP Agrees to Acquire 40.5% Equity Stake In Renewables and Green Hydrogen Hub

Pilbara—
BP said it has decided to acquire a 40.5% equity interest
in, and become operator of, the Asian Renewable Energy
Hub (AREH), potentially one of the largest renewables and
green hydrogen hubs in the world.
Based on the development of world-scale renewable
power generation, AREH, located in Pilbara, Australia,
plans to supply renewable power to local customers and
also produce green hydrogen and green ammonia for the
domestic market and for export.
AREH intends to develop onshore wind and solar power
generation in several phases to a total generating capacity
of up to 26 gigawatts.
At full capacity, the hub is expected to have a production
capacity of around 1.6-million t/y of green hydrogen or
9-million t/y of green ammonia.
Under the terms of the agreement, BP will assume operatorship
of AREH from 1 July 2022, subject to approvals.
The project, first proposed in 2014, has been developed
to date by partners that currently comprise InterContinental
Energy with a 26.4% stake, CWP Global holding a
17.8% stake, and Macquarie Capital and Macquarie’s
Green Investment Group with a 15.3% stake.

 

Shell and Dow Reach Key Milestone In e-Cracker Technology Program

Amsterdam—Shell
and Dow have opened an experimental unit to electrically
heat steam cracker furnaces at the Energy Transition
Campus Amsterdam in the Netherlands, a key milestone
in the companies’ joint technology program to electrify
steam cracker furnaces (PCN, 21 June 2021, p 2).
The purpose of the program, announced in 2020, is to
accelerate technology to electrify steam crackers, which
would enable zero carbon emissions cracking at economically
competitive costs with conventional crackers, the
partners noted.
Over the next year, the experimental unit will be used
to test a theoretical electrification model developed for retrofitting
today’s gas-fired steam cracker furnaces.
Data received by the unit will be used to validate the
model and allow the program to advance to the next
phase—the design and construction of a multi-megawatt
pilot plant, with potential start-up in 2025. The plant is
subject to financial support.
“Today, we have taken a great step forward in helping
to decarbonize one of the central processes of our industry,
while also supporting Shell’s goal to be a net-zero emissions
energy business by 2050,” noted Thomas Casparie,
senior vice president of Shell’s chemicals and products
business in Europe.

 

Freeport LNG Gives Details on Incident At Quintana Island Liquefaction Plant

Freeport—
Freeport LNG provided an update on an 8 June 2022 incident
that occurred at its liquefaction facility on Quintana
Island, Texas, which resulted in the release of liquefied
natural gas (LNG) and subsequent fire.
The incident occurred in pipe racks that support the
transfer of LNG from the facility’s LNG storage tank area
to the terminal’s dock facilities located in the intracoastal
side of Freeport LNG’s dock basin.
There were no injuries, or threat to the surrounding
community, and none of the liquefaction trains, LNG storage
tanks, dock facilities or LNG process areas were impacted.
Preliminary observations suggest that the incident resulted
from an overpressure and rupture of a segment of
an LNG transfer line. Further investigation is underway.
Currently, completion of all necessary repairs and a return
to full plant operations is not expected until late 2022.
Partial operations are targeted to resume in about 90 days.

 

OCI Makes FID for 1st Phase Expansion Of Port of Rotterdam NH3 Terminal

Rotterdam—OCI
NV has made a final investment decision for the first
phase of its planned ammonia import terminal expansion
project in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
In the first phase, estimated to cost under $20-million,
throughput capacity will be expanded to up to 1.2-million
t/y from about 400,000 t/y currently through upgrades to
OCI’s existing infrastructure. Completion is expected next
year.
For the second phase, OCI has completed a basic engineering
package for the construction of a new world-scale
ammonia tank at the terminal, which, along with a scaleup
in jetty infrastructure, will allow a potential increase in
throughput capacity to over 3-million t/y.
The company plans to begin permitting activities this
year, putting it in a position to rapidly increase throughout
capacity as demand for clean ammonia develops in the medium-
term, said OCI.
“The terminal is strategically located to enable import
of blue and green ammonia from OCI’s global operations in
the Middle East & North Africa at Fertiglobe and the U.S.,
connecting key infrastructure to serve Europe’s future hydrogen
deficit,” the company noted.
“OCI’s decision to invest in tripling its ammonia import
capacity in Rotterdam perfectly fits our plans,” said Port of
Rotterdam Chief Executive Allard Castelein.
“Our ambition is to be a carbon neutral port in 2050.
This regards not only the industry in the port area, but
also shipping.
“Ammonia is not only a hydrogen carrier and a feedstock
for the chemical industry, it’s also an important renewable
fuel for the shipping sector. To be able to bunker
ammonia, steps such as OCI’s need to be implemented to
increase the base.”

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

South Korean truck drivers ended an eight-day strike
that caused disruption in the transport of petrochemicals
and other products, reported Argus Media. The strike was
in response to the country’s plan to remove coverage by the
end of the year for drivers working in the container and
bulk cement sectors under South Korea’s “safe rates” system.
The country has agreed to extend the current system
and plans to review measures to expand oil subsidies and
support for truckers, in view of the recent rise in oil prices.
Perstorp said it has begun offering the “world’s first”
2-ethyl hexanol based partly on renewables (2-EH Pro 25).
It can be considered a drop-in replacement, ready for use in
existing formulation. It is designed to reduce the carbon
footprint throughout the value chain where it is used to
support sustainable sourcing of renewable and recycled
raw materials.

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Ineos Olefins Gets OK to Begin Building Project One Ethane Cracker in Belgium

Brussels—
Ineos Olefins Belgium has been granted an environmental
permit from Flemish Minister of Environment Zuhal
Demir enabling it to begin construction on its Project One
ethane cracker in the Port of Rotterdam, Belgium (PCN, 9
May 2022, p 1).
Ineos plans to invest between €3-billion and €4-billion
in the 1.5-million-t/y ethylene plant, which will have the
“lowest carbon footprint in Europe: three times lower than
the average European steam cracker,” the company noted.
Preparatory works are expected to begin this summer, with
operations planned to start in 2026.
The plant will reuse hydrogen from the cracking process
to meet 60% of the cracker’s heat consumption, and all
externally-sourced power is contractually sourced from
renewable offshore wind energy, Ineos noted.
The plant’s design includes the needed flexibility to integrate
other technologies as soon as they become mature,
such as carbon capture and storage, and increasing the use
of hydrogen as a low-carbon fuel to 100% as climatefriendly
hydrogen becomes available, the company explained.
Electrification of crackers will also be considered
when the technology becomes industrially applicable.
”Project One aims to become climate neutral within 10
years from the start up of the cracker, using one or more of
the above technologies,” said Ineos.
“Project One will give a new impulse to the chemical
cluster in Antwerp. By bringing technological renewal the
company aims to strengthen the resilience of the European
chemical industry in a global economy.”

 

CPChem Plans PAO Facility in Belgium To Double Local Production Capacity

Beringen—
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) plans to double production
capacity for polyalphaolefins in Belgium with construction
of a new low-viscosity PAO plant in Beringen.
The unit would increase the company’s production capacity
for Synfluid brand PAO in Belgium to 120,000 t/y.
Start-up is targeted for 2024. The plant would benefit
from “significant” advantages in infrastructure, feedstock
availability and operational expertise, CPChem noted.
“The construction of a new unit near our existing assets
will allow us to benefit from strong local expertise and leverage
Belgium’s central position to meet customer needs
globally,” explained Mitch Eichelberger, executive vice
president of polymers and specialties.
“Increased production from this new investment will be
critical to support growing demand at a time of great innovation
in several sectors that require PAOs,” said Antoine
Janssens, Europe Africa region general manager.

 

Stepan Starts Construction on New Alkoxylation Unit at Pasadena Site

Pasadena—Stepan
recently started construction on a new $220-million global
alkoxylation facility at its site in Pasadena, Texas, to support
the growing demand of its surfactant and polymer
businesses (PCN, 1 Nov 2021, p 1).
The plant, which will be operated by Stepan, will have a
capacity of 75,000 t/y of alkoxylates made via ethoxylation
and propoxylation. Operations are expected to begin late
next year.
The Pasadena site “will provide Stepan a footprint in
the globally strategic U.S. Gulf Coast, expanding our
alkoxylation network to three U.S. manufacturing locations,”
the company noted.
Stepan also produces alkoxylates at its sites in Winder,
Ga., and Millsdale (Joliet), Ill.

 

Perstorp Converting Majority of Its Polyols To ‘Pro-Environment’ Polyols in Sweden

Malmö—
Perstorp announced it will be converting most of the polyols
at its production plant in Sweden to Pro-Environment
products, enabling reduced greenhouse gas emissions for
its polyol customers and downstream value chains.
From 2023, the company will convert all base polyols
(pentaerythritol, neopentyl glycol and trimethylolpropane)
to Pro-Environment grades (Voxtar, Evyrone and Neeture)
with partly renewable or recycled origin, based on a traceable
mass-balance concept.
The Pro-Environment products are ISCC Plus certified
and are identical to the fossil-based versions, making them
drop-in replacements, Perstorp noted.
“Phasing out the fossil base polyols produced at the site
in Perstorp is a bold move, but we are convinced that this
is the only way forward for us, as an industry, to align with
the Paris Agreement and significantly reduce greenhouse
gas emissions,” said Group Chief Executive Jan Secher.
“As an upstream company in the chemical industry we
can, and should, make a positive impact across multiple
value-chains by offering products with a reduced carbon
footprint.”

 

Cosmo Concludes Deal with ADNOC For Blue Ammonia from Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi—
Cosmo Oil said it has finalized an agreement with Abu
Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC), in partnership with Fertiglobe,
for the purchase of blue ammonia in Abu Dhabi.
Fertiglobe, a partnership between OCI and ADNOC,
produces the blue ammonia at its exiting production plants
by capturing and separating carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted
during ammonia production and storing it underground.
The ammonia to be purchased by Cosmo will be shipped
as blue ammonia on a trial basis. Cosmo plans to use the
ammonia at its facilities to gain knowledge in this field, as
it seeks to establish its own blue ammonia supply chain.

 

CCC Wins Early Site Works Contract For Ras Laffan Petrochem Project

Doha—Consolidated
Contractors Co. (CCC) has been awarded an early
site works contract from QatarEnergy and Chevron Phillips
Chemical Co. (CPChem) for the Ras Laffan Petrochemical
Project (RLPP) planned in Ras Laffan Industrial
City, Qatar (PCN, 1 July 2019, p 1).
RLPP, a joint venture of QatarEnergy and CPChem,
will include an ethane cracking unit with over 2-million t/y
of capacity, as well as two high-density polyethylene units,
which will “significantly” increase Qatar’s current polyethylene
production capacity, QatarEnergy noted.
Under the lump-sum contract, CCC will begin preparing
the site this month for the new facility. When complete,
an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC)
contract is expected to be awarded.
Front end engineering design was concluded last year,
and the project is currently in the EPC tendering phase.
When tendering is complete and a final investment decision
has been made, the project will advance to the EPC
phase. Production is expected to begin in 2026.
“The award of this contract marks the start of the execution
phase of RLPP, which is a major building block in
QatarEnergy’s efforts to further expand and diversify its
business portfolio and implement [a] world-class downstream
project,” noted Saad Sherida Al-Kaani, minister of
state for energy affairs, and president and chief executive
of QatarEnergy.
“The project will increase Qatar’s polyethylene output
capacity by approximately 64%.”

 

Plug Power Building Green Hydrogen Generation Facility at European Port

Brussels—Plug
Power said it will set up a green hydrogen generation plant
at Port of Antwerp-Bruges in Flanders, Belgium, in the
“heart” of Europe.
The new 100-megawatt plant, which will utilize Plug’s
own electrolyzer and liquefaction technology, will have the
capacity to produce up to 12,500 t/y of liquid and gaseous
green hydrogen for the European market.
Plug anticipates construction will begin in late 2023,
once the permitting process is completed. Initial production
is expected in late 2024, with commissioning scheduled
for 2025. Cost of the project was not available.
Port of Antwerp-Bruges is at the center of the “largest”
chemical industry cluster in Europe and close to the North
Sea, Plug noted. It provides transportation connections to
Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and France.
“Hydrogen plays an important role in the energy transition
and at the same time offers many economic and societal
opportunities for Flanders,” said Flanders Minister-
President Jan Jambon.
“Due to the strategic location of our ports and the expertise
of our companies, research centers and educational
institutions, we have all the assets to become the hydrogen
hub of Western Europe. An opportunity that we must not
miss.
“Plug’s choice for Antwerp is the result of the strong relationship
that I, the Flemish government, Flanders Investment
& Trade, and the port have built with the company.
At the same time it confirms the role that Flanders
plays in renewable energy. I am therefore pleased to welcome
Plug in Flanders.”

 

ET Signs SPA with China Gas Hongda For LNG from Lake Charles Facility

Lake Charles—
Energy Transfer (ET) and China Gas Hongda Energy Trading
Co. have entered into a sales and purchase agreement
(SPA) related to liquefied natural gas (LNG) from ET’s
proposed Lake Charles LNG project in Louisiana (PCN, 9
May 2022, p 4).
Under the 25-year SPA, ET will provide China Gas
Hongda with 700,000 t/y of LNG on a free-on-board basis.
First deliveries are expected to begin as early as 2026, subject
to ET taking a final investment decision on the project.
The proposed Lake Charles LNG export facility 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.

 

IISRP Details Program for 62nd AGM

Houston—The
International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers
(IISRP) has set “Mission Possible: Journey into a Sustainable
Industry” as the theme for its 62nd Annual General
Meeting (AGM) to be held 12-15 Sept. 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.
To register, or for information on the meeting agenda,
hotel booking, IISRP committee meetings, business and
networking programs, practical information for traveling to
Lisbon, as well as the profiles of its speakers, visit the
event website at https://cvent.me/18bdb3.
“Our business program includes speakers who reflect
the challenges we face today and includes topics of great
interest to business leaders in our industry,” noted IISRP
Managing Director Juan R. Salinas.

 

People on the Move

Enerkem—Luc J. Messier has been appointed chief operating
officer, effective 6 June 2022. He comes from Reus
Technologies, where he served as president since 2015.
OQ Chemicals—Dr. Albrecht Schwerin, most recently
managing director and plant manager of Dynamit Nobel
GmbH, has become chief operating officer (COO), succeeding
Dr. Oliver Borgmeier, who was serving as interim COO.
Motiva Enterprises—Jeff Rinker has been named
president and chief executive, effective 1 July 2022, to succeed
Brian Coffman. Rinker was most recently chief executive
of Limetree Bay Energy.
Shell Catalyst & Technologies—Elise H. Nowee, currently
general manager for the Lubricants Supply Chain
organization in Europe, Middle East and Africa, has been
appointed president of Shell Catalysts & Technologies, effective
1 July 2022. She will replace Andy Gosse.
Azelis—Laurant Nataf has been named chief mergers
and acquisitions officer, effective 1 Sept. 2022. Currently
chief executive and president of Azelis Asia Pacific, he will
be replaced by Sertac Surur, who is presently managing
director of Azelis Turkey.
SNC-Lavalin—Ben Almond, currently chief operating
officer for the engineering services business in Canada, has
been appointed chief executive of engineering services in
Canada, effective 1 July 2022. He succeeds Dale Clarke,
who is retiring at the end of the year.

 

Cornerstone Declares Force Majeure On Melamine from Waggaman Site

Baton Rouge—
Cornerstone on 2 June 2022 issued a declaration of force
majeure on melamine from its Waggaman facility in Louisiana.
The company experienced an event beyond its control
that adversely impacts its ability to supply melamine to
customers under contracts and purchase orders.
“Cornerstone hereby gives notice that this event excuses
Cornerstone’s performance as a force majeure event.
When coupled with the continuing effects of Hurricane Ida,
we are unable to determine at this point how long this
force majeure event will continue, but believe that we will
resume deliveries after our melamine plant comes back
online following completion of repairs expected to take approximately
25 days,” the company explained.
Updates will be provided as more information becomes
available.

 

Brenntag Announces Intent to Acquire Majority Stake in Al-Azzaz Chemicals

Riyadh—
Brenntag said it will “greatly expand” its footprint in Saudi
Arabia through the acquisition of a majority interest in
specialty chemicals distributor Al-Azzaz Chemicals.
Following the completion of the transaction, expected in
August 2022, Al-Azzaz will be owned 75% by Brenntag and
25% by Al-Azzaz. Value of the transaction was not given.
“Saudi Arabia is by far the largest market in the Middle
East and a key market for Brenntag with a very attractive
specialties chemical distribution market size and favorable
geographic position in the region,” said Henri Nejade, member
of the management board of Brenntag Group and
chief operating officer of Brenntag Specialties.
“Therefore, I am excited to partner with Al-Azzaz
Chemicals. This joint venture will further strengthen our
position in the entire Middle East region.”
Al-Azzaz’s key markets are the food and pharmaceutical
industries, plastics and material science additives and
petrochemicals.

 

KEPCO and Samsung C&T Ink Agreement To Build Hydrogen, NH3 Plant in UAE

Abu Dhabi—
Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), Samsung C&T and
KEPCO’s Korea Western Power subsidiary, all based in
South Korea, have signed a joint development agreement
to build a green hydrogen and ammonia project in the
United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to the Korea
Times.
The project, which would be Korea’s “first” overseas
green hydrogen and ammonia project, involves construction
of a plant in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD)
with 200,000 t/y of production capacity, the report
said.
The partners would build the project in two phases,
with a 35,000 t/y green ammonia plant in the first phase
that would be increased to 200,000 t/y in the second phase.
A schedule was not available.
“Officials of the three firms visited KIZAD to meet with
their counterparts from Petrolyn Chemie, a joint venture
set up by two UAE energy firms – Petrolyn and Chemie
Tech,” stated the report.

 

Air Products to Supply Industrial Gases To IOCL’s Barauni Refinery in India

New Delhi—
Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOCL) has awarded Air Products a
long-term agreement for the supply of hydrogen, nitrogen
and steam to its Barauni Refinery in Bihar, India.
As part of the agreement, Air Products will build, own
and operate a new industrial gases complex that will provide
the gases to the refinery. The complex is expected to
come on stream in 2024.
The industrial gases complex will support IOCL’s capacity
expansion at the Barauni complex to 9-million t/y
from 6-million t/y producing Euro-VI and BS-VI complaint
gasoline and diesel (PCN, 10 Jan 2022, p 1).
Air Product’s complex will include the “latest generation”
multi-feed hydrogen production facility for the supply
of 70,000 normal cu m/hr of hydrogen, as well as steam,
and a high-efficiency air separation unit producing 4,000
normal cu m/hr of nitrogen, Air Products noted.
IOCL’s capacity expansion will include, among others, a
200,000-t/y polypropylene facility, PCN previously reported.

 

CF Fertilisers Proposes Restructuring Of UK-Based Fertilizer Operations

London—CF Fertilisers
announced proposals to restructure fertilizer operations
in the UK to position the business for long-term profitability
and sustainability.
The proposal, which will enable CF to continue to supply
fertilizer, carbon dioxide and other industrial products
to domestic customers, involves permanently closing its
manufacturing facility at Ince and focusing exclusively on
its manufacturing operations in Billingham.
The Billingham facility is the “largest” ammonia, ammonium
nitrate (AN) and carbon dioxide production facility
in the country, CF noted. It is better positioned for longterm
sustainability as it has enough capacity to meet all
forecasted domestic demand for AN, is more efficient than
Ince, has an installed customer base, and has the ability to
import ammonia.
CF expects to begin collective redundancy consultation
with union and other employee representatives shortly.

 

KBR, Terrestrial Energy Partner to Study IMSR Technology for Hydrogen & NH3

London—KBR
and Terrestrial Energy have entered into an agreement to
study the use of Terrestrial’s zero-emission Integral Molten
Salt Reactor (IMSR) nuclear cogeneration technology
for use in hydrogen and ammonia production.
Through the partnership, KBR’s energy advisory services
team and Terrestrial will analyze the integration of
the IMSR technology in the production of hydrogen and
ammonia.
KBR’s program management and integrator solutions
teams will further support the development of commercial
frameworks for future deployment and routes to market for
ammonia production technology and IMSR cogeneration.
Terrestrial’s small and modular IMSR plant is a cogeneration
facility that supplies zero-emissions thermal
energy at high-temperature for direct use in industrial
process and for high efficiency on-site electrical power generation.

 

ACC Honors Companies with Latest Sustainability Leadership Awards

Washington—The
American Chemistry Council (ACC) has selected four
member companies and one outside organization to receive
its 2022 Sustainability Leadership Awards.
The awards honor companies for their achievements
and contributions to sustainability in priority areas covered
by ACC’s Sustainability Principles: Products Safety,
Innovation & Transparency; Environment Protection; Circularity,
and Societal Contributions.
Nouryon was winner in the Product Safety, Innovation
& Transparency category for its Agrilan-1015 Biodegradable
Dispersant.
Clariant was recognized for its “Free N20 Removal
Catalysts for Nitric Acid Producers Worldwide” initiative
under the Environmental Protection category.
In the Circularity category, ExxonMobil was honored
for its multipronged initiative for “Advancing Circularity in
Houston and Beyond.”
Covestro was honored for its collaboration with the
University of Pittsburg to create the “first” circular economy-
focused graduate program in the U.S. to help address
global waste and its impact on the environment and climate,
ACC noted.
Finally, Closed Loop Partners, an external collaborator,
was recognized for its partnership with Nova Chemicals,
LyondellBasell and Dow to establish the Closed Loop Circular
Plastics Fund.
The multimillion-dollar fund was formed to accelerate
investment in technologies, companies and infrastructure
projects that are innovating to source, process and return
post-consumer and post-industrial polyethylene and polypropylene
plastic into manufacturing supply chains in the
U.S. and Canada for use as feedstock for future products
and packaging, ACC explained.

 

Santos Extends Deal to Supply Gas To Yara’s Australian NH3 Facility

Perth—Santos has
agreed to continue supplying natural gas to Yara Pilbara
Fertilisers’ liquid ammonia plant on the Burrup Peninsula
in Western Australia.
Under the new agreement, Santos will supply over 120
petajoules of natural gas over a period of five years. The
current agreement expires next year.
The companies have also agreed to work together to explore
decarbonization opportunities in Western Australia,
including carbon capture and storage.

 

Gas Liquids Engineering Develops Process To Recover Ethane, Propane from Nat Gas

Calgary—
Gas Liquids Engineering announced it has begun offering
licensing of a new process, named SABR (Split ABsorber
Reflux), which can extract ethane and propane from natural
gas using “less energy” than competitive processes.
“We are truly thrilled to offer SABR at this time to the
natural gas processing industry,” said Stuart MacKenzie,
vice president of operations.
“In many cases, SABR can recover propane and ethane
with lower energy use [5-20% less], and better turndown
than the historically used deep-cut technologies. Not only
does this equate to significant reductions in CO2 [carbon
dioxide] emissions, it also lowers gas plant operating
costs.”
Based in Calgary, Canada, Gas Liquids Engineering
specializes in natural gas and liquids processing, energy
projects, and carbon capture and sequestration.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Borouge said it has listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities
Exchange, following the completion of Abu Dhabi’s
“largest-ever” initial public coffering (IPO) and the Middle
East’s “largest-ever” petrochemicals listing. The IPO
raised gross proceeds of over $2-billion.
France’s General Confederation of Labour (CGT) is
pushing for a 24-hour strike at all of TotalEnergies’ French
sites to protest against the amount of money being returned
to company stakeholders, Argus Media reported.
The aim of the strike, to be held on 24 June, is for TotalEnergies
to implement “an immediate wage increase
that responds to the unprecedented inflation,” said the report
quoting CGT Official Thierry Defresne.
Canada has imposed new sanctions on Russian
chemical, oil and gas industries, said Xinhua citing Canadian
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly. The new
measures are imposing a ban on the export of 28 services
that are vital for the operation of these industries, including
technical, management, accounting and advertising
services.
Pupuk Kaltim plans to build a plant for the production
of ammonia, urea and methanol in Bintuni Bay, West
Papua, Indonesia, according to local reports. Construction
is expected to begin in 2022 or 2023. No other details were
available.

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Linde Selected by Slovnaft to Revamp PP3 Production Facility in Slovakia

Bratislava—
Slovnaft, a member of the MOL Group, has chosen Linde
Engineering to carry out a complex large-scale revamp of
its polypropylene plant (PP3) in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The project will involve boosting PP capacity by 18% to
300,000 t/y and expanding a storage facility to 61 silos
from 45 silos currently. It will incorporate environmental
measures to capture waste gas streams in compliance with
local regulations.
The revamp will enable PP3 to offer a higher degree of
operational flexibility by producing multiple product
grades and utilizing intermediate storage to ensure just-intime
production, Linde noted.
Linde will be responsible for completion of all installation
works, including construction, commissioning and
testing. Value of the contract and a schedule for the project
were not available.
“One of the goals of our updated 2030+ strategy is to
reduce the production of fossil fuels and strengthen the
production of basic plastics,” said Gabriel Szabo, executive
vice president of downstream at MOL.
“Linde Engineering is our reliable partner. Less than
20 years ago, the company built the PP3 polypropylene
production unit in Slovnaft and now it will renovate and
modernize it.”

 

Sadara & Tabadul Ink MoU to Develop Logistics Solutions for PC Industry

Riyadh—Sadara
Chemical Co. and Saudi Electronic Information Exchange
Co. (Tabadul) have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) aimed at developing specialized logistics solutions
for the petrochemical industry in Saudi Arabia.
The MoU will create a framework for sharing expertise
to facilitate the digital transformation of logistics in the
petrochemical industry, which is expected to improve the
performance and productivity of the sector, noted Sadara
Chief Executive Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer.
“Through this memorandum of understanding, Tabadul
hopes to achieve its vision of leading the digital transformation
of logistics services throughout the Kingdom, as
well as introducing innovative logistical solutions and
automating services for this vital sector,” said Majed Al
Otaibi, chief executive of Tabadul.
“We will also forge strong partnerships with various
government agencies and the private sector in a way that
improves their productivity and operational capacities,
while also achieving the goals of the National Industrial
Development and Logistics Program, Saudi Vision 2030’s
flagship program.”

 

Birla Carbon Plans Series of Expansions To Increase Carbon Black Capacity

Mumbai—Birla
Carbon announced global growth plans that include expanding
carbon black capacity across strategic markets in
Europe, India and China in support of both rubber and
specialty applications.
The company will expand carbon black capacity in India
by 80,000 t/y, in Hungary by 40,000 t/y and in China by
80,000 t/y aligned with customer growth plans. It will also
be adding capacity for surface treatment of high-value specialty
materials in India.
Further expansions will continue to be evaluated in
various locations in line with the company’s purpose to
‘Share the Strength,’ driven by customer needs, industry
trends and Birla Carbon’s aim to be the clear sustainability
leader in the industry, Birla Carbon noted.
“This investment marks yet another milestone in the
transformational journey of Birla Carbon in recent times,”
said Dr. Santrupt B. Misra, group director of Birla Carbon,
and director of chemicals and director of human resources
for Aditya Birla Group.
“From sustainability to circularity and finally, to its net
zero carbon emissions aspiration, Birla Carbon has led
changes in the industry, creating new benchmarks in line
with customer and industry expectations.”

 

Repsol Investing in Project to Construct New UHMWPE Plant in Puertollano

Madrid—Repsol
announced it will invest €105-million to build a new ultrahigh
molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) facility in
Puertollano, Spain.
The plant, based on DSM’s technology, will have 15,000
t/y of UHMWPE production capacity. Operations are estimated
to begin by the end of 2024.
Repsol will place an initial supply range of four grades
in the market, covering all molecular weights.
“Thus, Repsol advances in its commitment to offering
new solutions to contribute to its clients’ competitiveness,
enhancing its product portfolio with this ‘super polymer,’ a
highly differentiated material with toughness higher than
steel, high impact resistance, and self-lubricating capability,
among other properties,” Repsol noted.

 

Japan’s METI Chooses Toyo to Study Green NH3 Production in Indonesia

Jakarta—Toyo
Engineering has won a contract from Japan’s Ministry of
Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to begin a feasibility
study for green ammonia production in Indonesia, under a
collaboration with Pupuk Indonesia Holding (PIHC) and
Pupuk Iskandar Muda (PIM), a subsidiary of PIHC.
Toyo will study the feasibility of green ammonia production
at PIM’s exiting fertilizer plants, and plans to develop
a competitive green ammonia production plant by
modifying the existing facility in the most optimum way,
and selecting a renewable energy power source, Toyo
noted.

 

KBR Investing $100-Million in Mura For Advanced Recycling Projects

London—Mura
Technology announced a $100-million equity investment
from KBR that will provide the platform for Mura to develop
several plastic waste recycling projects, worldwide,
that will remove over 1-million tons of plastic from global
waste streams.
Mura and KBR, its exclusive global licensing partner,
have been in an alliance since January 2021. They have
combined technological expertise and global reach to bring
Mura’s Hydro-PRT (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Technology)
to markets around the world.
Since then, Mura has also announced licensing agreements
with Mitsubishi Chemical, as well as strategic partnerships
with Dow and Chevron Phillips Chemical Corp.
Mura and its licensees have plans to build advanced recycling
plants around the world.
The first facility is scheduled to open in Teesside, UK,
at the end of this year, and construction will begin in the
coming months at sites in the U.S. and Germany (PCN, 26
Apr 2021, p 4). There are also plans for further sites in
Europe and Asia, including a project with LG Chem in
South Korea.
“Plastic Pollution is a global crisis, which requires millions
of tons of advanced recycling in order to begin to address
this problem,” said Mura Chief Executive Dr. Steve
Mahon.
“At Mura, our goal is to design and deliver projects
which provide robust risk-return profiles, which ensure
investor confidence, and collaborations with partners, such
as KBR, will allow us to achieve this as quickly and effectively
as possible.”
Along with the investment, a representative from KBR
management will join Mura’s board of directors.

 

Deepak Nitrate Confirms Fire Incident At Its Nandesari Facility in Gujarat

Gujarat—Deepak
Nitrate confirmed that a fire that occurred on 2 June 2022
at its Nandesari facility in Gujarat, India, was extinguished
“within a couple of hours” and there were no
casualties.
The incident occurred in the warehouse of the facility.
Cause of the fire is being investigated and operations are
expected to resume in a phased manner, shortly, the company
noted.
According to Deepak Nitrate’s website, it is the “largest”
producer of phenol and acetone in India. It also has
sites in Dahej, Roha, Taloja and Hyderabad.

 

Evonik Opens New State-of-the-Art Center For PUs Technical Service and Training

Istanbul—
Evonik announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art
polyurethanes (PUs) technical service and training center
in Istanbul, Turkey.
The facility offers regional customers digital analysis
methods for PU foam applications, first-class technical service
and customized training opportunities.
“Evonik hopes the new center will help it to maximize
the region’s high-growth potential PU markets by scaling
up activities at the new regional hub more quickly,” the
company noted.

 

Neste and Circularise Team Up to Promote Traceability of Circular Polymers, Chems

Espoo—
Neste has partnered with Dutch startup Circularise to
bring Circularise’s traceability software into circular polymers
and chemicals supply chains, providing increased
transparency along the value chain.
The companies will use the blockchain-based supply
chain traceability software, which creates a digital twin for
the physical material. The twin stores information on the
used materials throughout the value chain, enabling all
value chain parties to keep track of the material. This allows
them to verify where materials come from and how
they were processed.
The digital twin can also give information on sustainability
data, such as the carbon footprint of the materials
or products made from them.
“It’s usually very easy to claim sustainability, but very
often, it’s not easy at all to back these claims,” said Isabella
Tonaco, vice president of strategy execution and marketing
at Neste Renewable Polymers and Chemicals. “Yet,
trust and credibility are crucial factors when it comes to
sustainability.
“Being able to track and trace all materials going into a
product provides a solid basis for gaining that trust and
credibility.”

 

Alpek Completes Purchase of Octal

Monterrey—Alpek
Polyester has finalized the acquisition of Octal Holding
SAOC for $620-million on a debt-free basis.
Octal produces polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sheet,
resin and packaging for the rigid plastic packaging market.
It has four locations in Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Oman
with the “largest” integrated PET producing site in the
world at any single location in Salalah, Oman, Octal noted.
Alpek assumed control of Octal’s operations on 1 June
2022.

 

People on the Move

Technip Energies—Samir Karoum has been appointed
chief strategy and sustainability officer, effective
25 May 2022, as well as a member of the group executive
committee. He was most recently start-ups partner vice
president at Schneider Electric.
Air Liquide—Francois Jackow, previously executive
vice president and member of the executive committee, has
become chief executive. He succeeds Benoit Potier, who
will remain president of the board of directors.
Cyclyx International—James Trevathan has been
appointed the company’s first chief operating officer, effective
immediately. He was previously global sales and
operations manager at ExxonMobil Chemical.
Joe Ledbetter, most recently vice president of operations,
will take over as vice president of feedstock sourcing.
Ascend Performance Materials—Dharm Vahalia,
most recently senior director of corporate strategy, has
been named country managing director for India.
Navigator Holdings—Mads Peter Zacho, previously
head of industry transition at the Maersk Mc-Kinney
Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, has been named
chief executive of Navigator Holdings, effective 1 Sept.
2022.

 

TPC Group Files for Chapter 11 Protection; Will Implement Financial Restructuring

Houston—
TPC Group said that the company and certain of its subsidiaries
have voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 protection in
the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
The company plans to use the proceedings to implement
a financial restructuring with the support of a majority of
its secured noteholders that will deleverage and recapitalize
the company’s balance sheet and definitively address
other legacy liabilities.
TPC has filed certain “First-Day” motions with the
court so that it can seamlessly transition into Chapter 11
without disruption to its ordinary course operations. It is
committed to continuing its operations in a safe and environmentally
responsible manner, while fulfilling its commitments
to its partners in the petrochemical industry, as
well as to its employees and surrounding communities.
“Over the past several years, TPC Group has positioned
our business as a critical partner and player in the petrochemical
industry,” said Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Edward J. Dineen. “However, a series of unprecedented
events, including the COVID-19 pandemic,
supply chain issues, commodity price increases, higher energy
costs and operational challenges resulting from 2021
winter storm Uri, and the explosion at our Port Neches
plant in November 2019, have caused financial strain for
the company.
“We have undertaken many efforts to address the impacts
of these events and preserve liquidity, which has
given us the necessary time to consider the best path forward
for our business and our stakeholders. We are confident
that through this process we will bolster our liquidity,
substantially improve our debt position, and definitively
resolve the liabilities associated with the Port Neches facility
incident.”
On 27 Nov. 2019, TPC experienced and explosion and
fire in a butadiene processing unit at its Port Neches petrochemicals
complex (PCN, 9 Dec 2019, p 1).
Twelve tanks were impacted by the fire and, at the
time, the company said there were plans to rebuild the facility,
which would be shut down for an indefinite, but extended
period.

 

Cabot Picks Univar as Distributor in Brazil For Its Specialty Carbon Black Products

Brasília—
Cabot Corp. has appointed Univar Solutions as distributor
of its specialty carbon black products for the plastics and
batteries markets in Brazil.
“We’re excited about our collaboration with Cabot in
Brazil, which further expands a key supplier relationship
and adds to our product offering to our customer base,”
said Chris Fitzgerald, global vice president, CASE, rubber
and plastic additives for Univar.
“This partnership with Univar Solutions will provide
more customers in Brazil access to Cabot’s product development,
technical support and manufacturing experience
in specialty carbon black materials for a variety of applications,”
noted Bill Masterson, vice president and regional
business director of performance additives at Cabot.
“Expanding our distribution agreement with Univar Solutions
will help us meet the growing demand for our specialty
carbon black products while providing customers
with innovative products and expertise to help advance
performance in their end use applications.”

 

Yara Implementing Internal Transfer To Prepare for Potential IPO of YCA

Oslo—Yara International,
which recently announced it was evaluating a
potential initial public offering (IPO) of Yara Clean Ammonia
(YCA), said its board of directors has signed a plan for
the internal reorganization and transfer of YCA to a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Yara.
The internal process is being initiated to organize YCA
assets, contracts, etc. into dedicated YCA entities
/subsidiaries that, for now, will remain under Yara’s ownership
as a preparatory step in the event of a potential future
IPO of YCA.
Yara’s board proposes that the transfer of YCA is carried
out by way of a demerger whereby the YCA business is
transferred to an intermediary company. After the
demerger, the intermediary company would be immediately
combined with the newly established Yara Clean
Ammonia Holding (YCA Holding).
YCA Holding will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yara,
and the reorganization will not alter Yara’s ownership of
YCA’s business.

 

Lanxess, Advent to Buy DEM from DSM; Forming HP Engineering Polymers JV

Cologne—
Lanxess and Advent International have signed an agreement
to acquire the DSM Engineering Materials (DEM)
business of Royal DSM for an enterprise value of €3.85-
billion.
The DEM business, along with Lanxess’ High Performance
Materials (HPM) business unit, will become part of a
new high-performance engineering polymers joint venture
that Lanxess and Advent are planning to establish.
DSM’s DEM business comprises polyamides (PA6 and
PA66), as well as various specialty materials (PA46,
PA410) and specialty polyesters, as well as polyphenylene
sulfide. It has around 2,100 employees at eight production
sites and seven research sites. In addition to Europe and
the U.S., DEM has a particularly strong presence in Asia,
Lanxess stated.
The HPM business is “one of the leading” producers of
PA6 and polybutylene terephthalate engineering polymers
and thermoplastic fiber composites, Lanxess noted. It has
a total of 1,900 employees at 10 production sites and seven
research sites worldwide.
Following transfer to the joint venture, the HPM business
will no longer be fully consolidated at Lanxess, and
Lanxess will consist of three specialty chemicals segments.
Advent will hold a 60% stake in the joint venture, while
Lanxess will receive a 40% stake and an initial payment of
at least €1.1-billion. Lanxess will have the option to divest
its stake to Advent at the same valuation earliest after
three years, said the companies. The transaction, expected
to close in the first half of next year, is subject to customary
conditions and approvals.
“Lanxess will once again become significantly less dependent
on economic fluctuations,” said Lanxess Chief Executive
Matthias Zachert.
“In addition, we as Lanxess will strengthen our balance
sheet with the proceeds from the transaction and gain new
scope for the further development of our group.
“With the new joint venture, we are forging a strong
global player in the field of high-performance polymers.
The portfolios, value chains and global positioning of the
two businesses complement each other perfectly.”

 

Perdaman Awards Clough & Saipem JV With New EPC Contract for Urea Plant

Canberra—
Clough and its joint venture partner Saipem have signed a
new engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract
with Perdaman Industries for a new urea plant to be
built northwest of Karratha in Australia (PCN, 17 May
2021, p 2).
The project will involve the “world’s largest” single-line
ammonia unit, based on Haldor Topsoe’s SynCor technology,
and a 2.14-million-t/y urea facility, utilizing Saipem’s
Snamprogetti urea technology, PCN earlier reported.
The new $2.7-billion contract, which replaces the $2.4-
billion EPC contract awarded in December 2020, reflects
the changed market scenario, which has developed globally
in recent months, the partners noted. The contract is subject
to a full notice to proceed to be issued by Perdaman
upon, among others, the closing of the project financing.
The latest agreement has further risk and reward provisions
to provide flexibility to manage any further potential
deterioration in market conditions.
Clough and Saipem’s scope of work includes engineering,
procurement of equipment and materials, construction,
pre-commissioning and commissioning for the urea
facility.

 

Eastman’s Mark Costa to be Awarded 2022 International Paladium Medal

New York—The
Societe de Chimie Industrielle (Societe) will present Eastman
Board Chair and Chief Executive Mark J. Costa with
the 2022 International Paladium Medal at a dinner in his
honor on 12 Sept. 2022 in New York.
Established in 1958, the award is being awarded to
Costa for his contributions to the chemical industry and his
leadership in enhancing the international aims and objectives
of the Societe de Chimie Industrielle.
“Mark has dedicated his career at Eastman to harnessing
the power of innovation and science to solve the world’s
biggest challenges, most notably in the circular economy,”
said Peter Young and James M. Weatherall, co-chairmen of
the Societe.
“He has applied his exceptional leadership skills to
guiding his company through a period of incredible growth,
while consistently forging constructive relationships with
multiple stakeholders and being fully dedicated to the success
of the chemical industry and the people around him.
This rare combination of leadership qualities is well
matched with the objectives of [Societe].”

 

Agrofert Makes Binding Offer to Purchase Borealis’ Nitrogen Business for €810-Mn

Vienna—
Borealis has received a binding offer from Agrofert for the
acquisition of Borealis’ nitrogen business at an enterprise
value of €810-million.
The nitrogen business, which includes fertilizer, melamine
and technical nitrogen products, has production assets
in Austria, Germany and France, as well as a comprehensive
sales and distribution network utilizing Danube
River. The transaction is expected to close in the second
half of 2022.
“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.

 

Ascend Acquires Formulated Polymers

Chennai—
Ascend Performance Materials has finalized the purchase
of Formulated Polymers, an engineered materials producer
based in Chennai, India, for an undisclosed price.
Ascend’s Starflam flame-retardant engineered materials,
currently being produced at the Chennai plant, will
continue to be produced there, and the company is qualifying
production of its other materials. This is Ascend’s first
production facility in South Asia, Ascend noted.
“Our strategy has been to expand our manufacturing
footprint and our product portfolio in line with our customers’
growth roadmaps,” said Isaac Khalil, senior vice president
for polyamides at Ascend. “South Asia is a vital part
of that growth.”

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Fujian Meide Selects Catofin Technology For 2nd PDH Unit at Fuzhou Complex

Fuzhou—
Fujian Meide, a subsidiary of Zhongjing Petrochemicals,
has awarded a contract to Clariant and its process partner
Lummus to supply Catofin technology and catalysts for a
second propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit being built at
its complex in Fuzhou, China.
The new world-scale PDH unit, which will produce
900,000 t/y of propylene, is scheduled to begin operating
next year. It will be “one of the largest” PDH units in the
world, Clariant noted.
“Our close partnership with Clariant has continued to
improve Catofin over the years to the benefit of our customers,”
noted Leon de Bruyn, president and chief executive
of Lummus Technology.
“The process has a proven track record of excellent productivity,
often even beyond design capacity (up to 110% on
average), giving producers a significantly higher return on
investment and more profitable daily operations. This has
made it a global leader for propylene production.”
Fujian Meide already has a 660,000-t/y PDH unit in operation
at the site.

 

Repsol Spending €18-Million at Tarragona To Expand Range of Polymeric Polyols

Madrid—
Repsol announced an €18-million investment to increase
the Alcupol range of high-quality polymeric polyols at its
industrial complex in Tarragona, Spain.
The project will involve installing a second reactor in
the production line of the existing polymeric polyols plant,
which will utilize a new technology developed by scientists
at the Repsol Technology Lab. Construction has already
begun and commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2023.
“Repsol’s commitment to offering solutions to our customers
and the polyurethane industry continues to be our
main motivation,” noted Antonio Portela, director of the
U.N. intermediate products.

 

Venture Global Makes FID to Build Plaquemines LNG Export Facility

Arlington—Venture
Global announced a final investment decision (FID) and
successful closing of the $13.2-billion project financing for
the initial phase of the Plaquemines liquefied natural gas
(LNG) facility in Plaquemines Parish, La., and associated
Gator Express Pipeline (PCN, 16 May 2022, p 2).
The project, on which early construction works began in
the third quarter of last year, is expected to have a total
capacity of up to 20-million t/y of LNG. An expected
completion date was not given.
The company has already executed 20-year sales and
purchase agreements for 80% of the project’s capacity.
Phase one customers include PGNiG, Sinopec, CNOOC,
Shell and EDF, and phase two customers announced to
date include ExxonMobil, Petronas and New Fortress Energy.

 

Worley Chosen to Supply PMC Services For EPC Phase of Borouge 4 Project

Ruwais—
Borouge has awarded a contract to Worley to provide project
management consultancy services (PMC) for the engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) phase of the
fourth expansion of its integrated polyolefins complex under
construction in Ruwais, United Arab Emirates (PCN,
21 Feb 2022, p 3).
Borouge, a joint venture of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.
(ADNOC) and Borealis, recently broke ground on the $6.2-
billion project, which includes 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. Operations are scheduled to begin in 2025.
When complete. The expansion will increase the company’s
total polyolefin production capacity to 6.4-million
t/y, making Borouge the “world’s largest” single-site polyolefin
complex, according to the joint venture partners.

 

Orlen Building Additional ASU at Plock; Gets Board OK to Ink Deal with Linde

Plock—PKN
Orlen recently received approval from its management and
supervisory boards to build another air separation unit
(ASU III) at its production facility in Plock, Poland.
ASU III, estimated to cost around PLN 760-million, will
produce 38,500 cu/h of oxygen and 75,000 cu/h of nitrogen
to serve the new Olefins III complex and other units at the
site (PCN, 24 Jan 2022, p 1). Completion is planned for
the beginning of 2025.
In addition, the company’s supervisory board has approved
the award of an engineering, procurement and construction
contract to Linde GmbH for the ASU III project.
The Olefins III complex will include a new 740,000-t/y
steam cracker and five additional production units, including
an ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol (EO/EG) plant. Production
is expected to begin in early 2025.
Earlier this year, Orlen awarded a contract to scientific
design to provide the technology for the EO/EG unit.

 

Nexeo Plastics Picks Highsun to Distribute Virgin PA Resins Throughout Americas

Houston—
Nexeo Plastics has entered into an agreement with Highsun
Engineering Plastics Co., a subsidiary of Highsun
Holding Group, to distribute Highsun’s high-quality virgin
polyamide (PA) resins to customers in the Americas.
“The number of packaging and virgin polymer applications
continue to increase across the globe, and we are
pleased to add Highsun’s high-quality products to our list
of solutions,” noted Arturo Hoyo, vice president, Nexeo
Plastics Product Line Management.
“Highsun’s and Nexeo Plastics’ synergistic competencies
will create a valuable platform for our accelerated
growth in the Americas,” said Stanly Tan, business general
manager, Highsun Engineering Plastics.

 

New Hope Energy Selects S&B to Build Advanced Recycling Facility in Texas

Houston—New
Hope Energy has signed an agreement with S&B Engineers
and Constructors (S&B) to provide engineering, procurement
and construction (EPC) services for New Hope
Energy’s advanced plastics recycling unit in Tyler, Texas
(PCN, 23 May 2022, p 1).
The project involves expanding the existing pyrolysis
unit to add 420 t/d of capacity to convert plastic waste to
chemical feedstocks. The expansion will enable the plant
to divert over 300-million lbs/yr of plastic waste from landfills.
Commissioning is expected in early 2024.
Under the multi-year master service agreement, S&B
will provide full EPC services for the pyrolysis unit expansion
to industrial-scale using Lummus New Hope pyrolysis
technology.
“We’re excited to partner with New Hope to boost its
advanced recycling capacity to create solutions for plastic
waste,” said Ray Sherman, president of S&B’s Energy
Transition, Power and Industrial business unit.
“S&B remains at the forefront of energy transition projects
because of our engineering expertise and the ability to
safely execute on time and within budget.”

 

Xycle Building Dutch Recycling Plant To Convert Waste Plastics into Pyoil

Rotterdam—
Xycle, a joint venture of Vopak, NoWit and Patpert
Teknow Systems, is nearing the start of construction of a
new plant that will convert non-mechanically recyclable
plastic into pyrolysis oil (pyoil), a high-quality sustainable
raw material for the production of new plastics in the
Netherlands.
The facility, to be built at a site in Rijndwarsweg in the
Port of Rotterdam, will use Xycle’s depolymerization technology
to convert 20,000 t/y of waste plastic into around 20-
million liters/yr of pyoil.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter
of 2022, with operations expected to start in the fourth
quarter of 2023.
“The Xycle plant is self-supporting and runs on the fuel
produced by the machine itself,” Xycle noted. “Recycling
plastic in this way not only requires fewer new raw materials,
but CO2 [carbon dioxide] emissions are also significantly
lower than when mixed plastic waste is incinerated,
as is now often the case.”
Xycle plans to roll out its technology worldwide and, in
the coming years, add several larger plants in various locations
around the world.

 

OASA Planning to Build Indonesia’s ‘First’ Biopropylene Glycol Unit on Java Island

Jakarta—
Protech Mitra Perkasa (OASA) recently announced plans
to construct Indonesia’s “first” plant for biopropylene glycol
production on Java Island, reported the Jakarta Globe.
The $50-million facility would have the capacity to produce
around 30,000 t/y of biopropylene glycol using glycerol,
a byproduct of biodiesel production, as its main ingredient.
Construction is expected to begin next year.
In addition, OASA signed a memorandum of understanding
with Sojitz, in which Sojitz will supply crude glycerin
and refined glycerin to the plant, and also be responsible
for distributing the biopropylene glycol.

 

Mitsubishi Enters Accord to Participate In Proposed HCS Project in Louisiana

Hackberry—
Mitsubishi Corp. has signed a participation agreement
with Sempra Infrastructure, TotalEnergies and Mitsui &
Co. for the development of the proposed Hackberry Carbon
Sequestration (HCS) project in Louisiana.
The project involves the capture, transportation and sequestration
of carbon dioxide (CO2), mainly sourced from
Cameron LNG in Cameron Parish, La. The participation
agreement provides the basis for the parties to potentially
enter into a joint venture with Sempra for the project.
An application for a Class VI injection well permit has
already been filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency by Hackberry Carbon Sequestration LLC, owned
by Sempra, for the storage of up to 2-million t/y of CO2.
Cameron LNG has three liquefaction trains with the
capacity to produce 12-million t/y of liquefied natural gas
(LNG) for export (PCN, 11-18 Apr 2022, p 3). The company
is also planning to build a fourth train with a production
capacity of up to 6.75-million t/y of LNG.
Cameron LNG is owned by Sempra, Mitsui & Co., Mitsubishi,
TotalEnergies and NYK Line.

 

Cepsa Decides to Retain Chems Business

Madrid—
Cepsa has completed a strategic review of options for its
Chemicals Division and has decided that it would remain
within the Cepsa group.
Last November, the company announced that the
chemicals business would operate within a new group
framework from January 2022, giving it greater flexibility
and speed of decision making to leverage opportunities in a
fast changing market.
The chemicals business has been delivering strong operational
and financial performance, therefore, shareholders
decided that the best way forward was to keep the
chemicals business, the company noted.

 

People on the Move

JSC NC KazMunayGas—Arman Kurmetovich Kairdenov
has been appointed deputy chairman of the management
board for oil refining and petrochemicals. He has
been serving as chief executive of Atyrau Refinery LLP.
Motiva Enterprises—Jeff Newman, currently vice
president of production at Motiva, has been named senior
vice president and general manager of the Port Arthur
manufacturing complex, effective 15 July 2022. He succeeds
Greg Lucchesi, who will retire.
Johnson Matthey (JM)—Anish Taneja, most recently
president and chief executive of Michelin Europe North,
will join JM’s new Clean Air business as chief executive,
effective 1 July 2022.
Mark Wilson will become chief executive of the new Hydrogen
Technologies business from 11 July 2022. He has
many years of experience in the chemical and energy industries.
Jane Toogood, sector chief executive of JM, has been
named chief executive of the new Catalyst Technologies
business.
Christian Gunther has been appointed chief strategy
and transformation officer. He is currently chief executive
of battery materials at JM.

 

LSB Plans Green Ammonia Project With Thyssenkrupp Uhde, Bloom

Pryor—LSB Industries
said it has entered into agreements with Thyssenkrupp
Uhde USA and Bloom Energy to develop a zerocarbon,
green ammonia project at LSB’s existing conventional
ammonia facility in Pryor, Okla.
As part of the two-phase project, Thyssenkrupp Uhde
will be responsible for the engineering design to convert a
small portion of the existing capacity to approximately
30,000 t/y of green ammonia capacity.
In the first phase, Bloom will supply a 10-megawatt
solid oxide electrolyzer, followed by the installation of an
additional 20-megawatt alkaline electrolyzer unit.
Bloom will own, operate and maintain the solid oxide
electrolyzer that, once in operation, will be the “largest of
its kind” in the world, LSB noted. Once the second electrolyzer
is installed and operational, Pryor will be the “largest”
green ammonia production site in North America.
The project is pending results of the feasibility study,
which is currently underway, and subsequent board approval.
An expected completion date was not given.
“We are very excited to partner with Bloom Energy and
Thyssenkrupp Uhde in taking our first step to becoming a
leading supplier of zero carbon or green ammonia in a
unique facility that will have two electrolyzer technologies
operating side by side,” said LSB President and Chief Executive
Mark Behrman.
“We believe that being an early entrant into the green
ammonia space will allow us to become a leading player as
the market evolves.”

 

Wood Wins EPCM Contract from Solvay To Build New PVDF Facility in France

Paris—Solvay
has awarded a multimillion-dollar engineering, procurement
and construction management (EPCM) contract to
Wood for a new polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) plant to be
built in Tavaux, France (PCN, 7 Feb 2022, p 4).
Under the contract, Wood will construct a highperformance
Solef PVDF unit that will increase Solvay’s
PVDF capacity in France to 35,000 t/y, making it the “largest”
PVDF production site in the region, Solvay noted.
Completion is scheduled for the end of 2023.
Solvay earlier said the project would require an investment
of €300-million.

 

Rumpke Agrees to Supply Waste Plastics To PTTGCA’s Planned Recycling Plant

Belmont—
PTTGC America (PTTGCA) and Rumpke have signed a
non-binding memorandum of understanding for Rumpke to
provide plastic waste bales to PTTGCA for a new recycling
complex at an undisclosed location in the U.S.
The proposed facility, for which a location will be announced
soon, will recycle plastics into new products. A
final investment decision is expected by the end of the
year.
“As the leader in Ohio when it comes to recycling, we
are always looking for new end users for our commodities,”
said Jeff Snyder, director of recycling at Rumpke. “We are
excited to have GC coming to the Midwest as this aligns
nicely with our announcement of our new Resource Recycling
plant in Columbus, Ohio, and the continued growth of
recycling.”

 

LG Chem & KIST Develop Technology To Turn CO2 into Carbon Monoxide

Seoul—LG Chem
and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)
have developed a new technology that turns carbon dioxide
(CO2) into carbon monoxide, which can then be used to
manufacture plastics and fuels, according to the Korea
Herald.
The conversion technology utilizes electricity, helping
cut greenhouse gas emissions and making use of the CO2
in the air to help achieve carbon neutrality. The electrochemical
reactor can also produce synthesis gas for use in
fuels and chemical compounds, the report noted.
LG and KIST intend to increase the size of the reactor
for mass production. They are also planning to develop a
process to collect CO2 from the atmosphere for the production
of ethylene.

 

Invest Alberta to Aid Inter Pipeline, Partners On Assessing Blue NH3, Methanol Plants

Calgary—
Inter Pipeline, along with its partners Itochu and Petronas
Energy Canada, signed a memorandum of understanding
with Invest Alberta for assistance in exploring the development
of world-scale integrated blue ammonia and blue
methanol production facilities in Canada (PCN, 23 May
2022, p 3).
The project, on which a final investment decision is anticipated
in early 2024, would consist of two facilities in
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. Construction is planned to
begin in late 2024 with a 2027 in-service date. Capacities
were not available.
Invest Alberta will work with the companies to connect
them to government departments, relevant stakeholders,
funds and accelerators, and assist with navigating Alberta’s
regulatory framework.
“This project would be among the first of its kind in
North America,” said Inter Pipeline President and Chief
Executive Brian Baker.
“Once operational, these facilities would be at the forefront
of diversifying Canada’s abundant supply of raw resources
by converting them to value-added, energy transition
products to supply growing global markets with low or
no-carbon fuel and energy products.”

 

Air Products, OQ & ACWA Power Ink JDA For Green Ammonia Facility in Oman

Muscat—Air
Products, OQ and ACWA Power have signed a joint development
agreement (JDA) for a world-scale green hydrogenbased
ammonia production facility in Oman.
The multibillion-dollar project, which is expected to be
equally-owned by the partners, would include the integration
of renewable power from solar, wind and storage; production
of hydrogen by electrolysis; production of nitrogen
by air separation, and production of green ammonia.
Air Products did not disclose the capacity of the plant,
but said it will be similar to a world-scale green hydrogen
project it is implementing with ACWA Power and Neom in
Saudi Arabia (PCN, 20-27 Dec 2021, p 2).
The Saudi Arabian project will produce 1.2-million-t/y
of green ammonia for export to global markets, and is
scheduled to come on stream in 2025. An expected completion
date was not disclosed for the Oman facility.

 

Texas LNG Awards Pre-FID Contract For LNG Export Facility in Texas

Houston—Technip
Energies and Samsung Engineering have received a pre-
FID (final investment decision) engineering contract by
Texas LNG for a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) export
facility on the Port of Brownsville’s deep-water ship
channel in Texas.
The proposed facility will include two 2-million-t/y liquefaction
trains utilizing Technip Energies’ SnapLNG solution,
which combines a compact modular design concept
for mid-scale trains with standardized components of technology.
A schedule for the project was not given.
“Developed in collaboration with Air Products, the system
[SnapLNG] benefits from speed to market, with
greater certainty around both costs and schedule, and best
available process technology, refrigerant compression and
digitalization,” Technip Energies noted. “As a result, this
solution offers lower emissions and is particularly suited
for low-to-zero carbon footprint LNG and phased developments.”

 

CJ Bio & NatureWorks Agree to Partner To Deliver ‘Next Generation’ Solutions

Plymouth—CJ
Bio and NatureWorks announced the signing of a letter of
intent to form a strategic alignment between the two companies
to develop “next generation” biopolymer solutions to
meet growing demand for sustainable materials.
The parties, which are working toward a master collaboration
agreement, will jointly develop advanced products
based on CJ Bio’s PHACT polyhydroxyalkanoate
(PHA) technology and NatureWorks’ Ingeo polylactic acid
technology.
The goal of the partnership is to develop highperformance
biopolymers that will replace fossil fuel-based
plastics in applications ranging from compostable food
packaging and food serviceware to personal care, and beyond.
Initial development and collaboration are showing “very
promising” results when using CJ Bio’s amorphous PHA in
combination with Ingeo biopolymer, the companies noted.
“NatureWorks and CJ Bio will collect feedback from existing
and potential customers across a range of applications
and markets . . . to understand the growing need for
functional product requirements that also align with sustainability
goals,” they noted. “These collaborations will
inform the companies’ product and technology development
roadmap.”

 

Vopak & Aegis Complete Formation Of Aegis Vopak Terminals Venture

Mumbai—Vopak
and Aegis said they have completed the formation of a new
joint venture, Aegis Vopak Terminals, and will become the
“largest” independent tank storage company for chemicals
and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in India (PCN, 19-26
July 2021, p 4).
The partnership operates a network of 11 terminals
that are located in five strategic ports along the east and
west coast of India with a total capacity of 1.5-million cu m.
“The joint venture is well positioned for further growth,
which targets mainly LPG but also chemicals, LNG [liquefied
natural gas] and industrial terminal opportunities,”
Aegis Vopak noted.
The transaction was originally planned to include 8
terminals with a total capacity of 960,000 cu m.

 

Azelis Named Distributor for Stepan’s Surfactant Product Line in Turkey

Ankara—Stepan
has selected Azelis as the exclusive distributor of its surfactant
product line for functional markets in Turkey.
Effective immediately, Azelis will distribute Stepan’s
broad product portfolio of specialty surfactants and emulsifiers
that serve the functional markets in areas such as
construction, emulsion polymerization, industrial lubricants
and additives, firefighting, and oil field, amongst
others.
“Stepan’s high-quality surfactants range is a great
complement to our product portfolio in Turkey, and the
partnership further strengthens our lateral value chain,”
said Stijn Vandevoorde, principal development manager at
Azelis.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Egypt plans to develop a project for green ammonia
in the Suez Canal Economic Zone, Reuters reported. The
project would initially produce 300,000 t/y of green ammonia,
with plans to produce 1.5-million t/y later.
Russian and Iran have signed a memorandum of understanding
on the exchange of technical savvy and knowledge-
based cooperation in the field of petrochemical
equipment, according to NIPNA. The agreement was
signed between the National Petrochemical of Iran and
Russian Chemical Industries Union.
Indorama Ventures (IVL) has moved to the commercial
phase of testing on a project to recycle polyethylene
terephthalate trays (PET). IVL has been working on PET
tray recycling for six years at its Wellman France Recycling
facility in France, through an ongoing project with
Valorplast and supported by Citeo. The trays are processes
and transformed into a high-quality tray flake to produce
new trays.

 

 

V60 N20 – 23 May 2022

New Hope Energy, TotalEnergies Partner On Advanced Recycling Plant in Texas

Houston—
New Hope Energy and TotalEnergies have signed a commercial
agreement, under which New Hope will supply
recycled polymer feedstock (RPF) to TotalEnergies from a
new advanced recycling plant to be built by New Hope in
Texas.
New Hope’s advanced recycling plant, based on a patented
pyrolysis technology developed in partnership with
Lummus Technology, will process and convert over 310,000
t/y of mixed plastic waste that would otherwise be destined
for landfill and incineration into RPF. Production is expected
to begin in 2025.
Under the agreement, TotalEnergies will use 100,000
tons of the RPF in its Texas-based production plants to
manufacture high-quality polymers suitable for food-grade
applications.
“We are pleased to partner with New Hope Energy,
which offers a promising technology and the ability to
scale,” said Valerie Goff, senior vice president, polymers at
TotalEneries.
“This new project is another concrete and significant
step TotalEnergies is taking to address the challenge of
plastic recycling and meet our goal of producing 30% circular
polymers by 2030.”

 

TotalEnergies Secures Supply of PCR For Circular Polymers Production

Paris—
TotalEnergies and Vanheede Environment Group have
entered into a long-term commercial agreement for the
supply of post-consumer recycled (PCR) raw material to
TotalEnergies to be used as feedstock in the production of
circular polymers for durable applications.
Under the agreement, Vanheede Polymers & Compounds
will supply PCR raw material to TotalEnergies
from its sites in France and Belgium, including Dottignies,
where a new plastic waste treatment facility is being built
based on innovative technology.
“This new agreement is an important step in securing
high quality post-consumer raw materials,” said Valerie
Goff, senior vice president, polymers at TotalEnergies.
“It will allow us to accelerate our growth in recycled
polymers and develop new projects to reach our ambition of
producing 30% circular polymers by 2030.”

 

Shenghong Commences Trial Operation At Refining Chem Integration Project

Beijing—
Shenghong Petrochemical has begun trial operation at its
new greenfield refining chemical integration project in
Lianyungang Port, Jiangsu Province, China, reported
Reuters citing industry sources.
The $9.93-billion complex, originally expected to begin
operation in late 2021, has a crude oil processing capacity
of 320,000 b/d. It also includes a 1.1-million-t/y ethylene
facility and a 2.8-million t/y aromatics plant (PCN, 18 Mar
2019, p 1).

 

BP and Linde Plan ‘Major’ CCS Project For Low Carbon Hydrogen Production

Houston—BP
and Linde announced a “major” carbon capture and storage
(CCS) project in Texas that will enable the production of
low carbon hydrogen at Linde’s existing facilities on the
Texas Gulf Coast.
The project involves the capture and storage of carbon
dioxide (CO2) from Linde’s hydrogen production plants in
the greater Houston area – and potentially from its other
Texas facilities – to produce low carbon hydrogen for the
region. The project could start up by 2026.
The hydrogen will be sold to customers along Linde’s
hydrogen pipeline network for use in the production of low
carbon chemicals and fuels.
BP will appraise, develop and permit the geological
storage sites for permanent sequestration of the CO2,
while Linde will utilize its technology and operational expertise
to capture and compress the CO2 from its plants.
BP’s trading and shipping business aims to bring custom
low carbon solutions to the project, including renewable
power and certified natural gas.
“The overall development . . . will also enable capture
and storage of CO2 from other large industrial facilities in
the region and could ultimately store up to 15-million t/y
across multiple onshore geologic storage sites,” the companies
noted.

 

Worley Provides Update on Avantium’s FDCA Facility Being Built in Delfzijl

Delfzijl—Worley
said it is progressing to the engineering, procurement and
construction (EPC) phase for Avantium Renewable Polymers’
100% plant-based furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA)
flagship plant being built at the Chemie Park Delfzijl in
the Netherlands (PCN, 31 Jan 2022, p 1).
The 5,000-t/y facility, which will be the “world’s first”
plant to produce FDCA on a commercial scale, will utilize
technology from Worley. Construction is planned to be
completed by the end of 2023, with commercial launch of
polyethylene furanoate (PEF) from 2024 onwards.
FDCA is a key building block for PEF, as well as many
other chemicals and plastics.
In January 2021, Worley announced a strategic partnership
with Avantium to acquire a stake in its Avantium
Renewable Polymers subsidiary in return for a €10-million
equity investment with a risk-sharing mechanism over the
EPC phase of the FDCA plant, Worley noted.
“Avantium is proud to be the world’s first company that
– together with Worley – is constructing a commercial facility
for the production of FDCA,” said Avantium Chief
Executive Tom van Aken. “And we are very pleased that
Worley has become a minority shareholder in our subsidiary,
Avantium Renewable Polymers.
“Avantium believes that the confidence in the project
demonstrated by Worley and their substantial experience
in scaling up to industrial plants adds strength and
credibility to Avantium’s technology and licensing
proposition.”

 

Nutrien Evaluating Existing Geismar Site For ‘World’s Largest’ Clean NH3 Facility

Geismar—
Nutrien announced plans to build the “world’s largest”
clean ammonia facility and is evaluating its existing site in
Geismar, La., as the location of the new plant.
The project, expected to cost around $2-billion, would
have a production capacity of 1.2-million t/y of clean ammonia
and capture at least 90% of carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions, utilizing innovative technology.
More than 1.8-million t/y of CO2 emissions from the
process would be permanently sequestered in dedicated
geological storage.
Pending a final investment decision expected in 2023,
construction would begin in 2024 with full production anticipated
by 2027.
“The new plant will use auto thermal reforming technology
to achieve the lowest carbon footprint of any plant
at this scale and has the potential to transition to net zero
emissions with future modification,” Nutrien noted.
The company has signed a letter of intent to collaborate
with Mitsubishi Corp. for offtake of up to 40% of expected
production from the plant to deliver to the Asian fuel market,
including Japan, if the project proceeds.
Nutrien was formed in January 2018, following the
merger of equals transaction between Agrium and Potash
Corp. of Saskatchewan (PCN, 8 Jan 2018, p 1).

 

Dimeta JV Picks Site in Teesworks to Build Its First Commercial Scale rDME Plant

London—
Dimeta BV, a joint venture of SHV Energy and UGI International,
have decided on a site in Teesworks, UK, as the
location of its first commercial scale renewable dimethyl
ether (rDME) production unit.
Subject to pending approvals, the facility would have
the capacity to produce 50,000 t/y of rDME utilizing gasification
technology from KEW Technology. Operations are
expected to begin by the middle of 2024.
Dimeta will offtake all rDME produced in the first production
plant, with the majority provided to SHV Energy
and UGI, and at least 20% made available to the liquefied
petroleum gas market.

 

Borealis, Verbund Install New PV Array To Power Chem Park Linz Operations

Linz—Borealis
and Austrian energy company Verbund AG announced the
installation of a new photovoltaic (PV) array to power operations
at Borealis’ production site at Chemical Park Linz
in Austria.
The rooftop PV array will supply around 1-gigawatt
hrs/yr of energy to the production location, and is expected
to enable Borealis to cut carbon dioxide emissions there by
350 t/y. Production is scheduled to begin later this month.
“The investment is in line with the Borealis aim to enhance
the sustainability of its own operations, while also
supporting the Upper Austria Photovoltaic Strategy for
2030,” said Borealis.
“The bests and probably only chance to reduce our dependency
on fossil fuel imports, counteract high energy
prices, and achieve our climate goals is to massively and
rapidly expand renewable power generation and restructure
our entire electricity system,” noted Verbund Chief
Executive Michael Strugl.

 

IPL and FFI Select Casale Technology For Green Ammonia Production Plant

Victoria—
Incitec Pivot Ltd. (IPL) and Fortescue Future Industries
(FFI) have selected Casale to provide basic engineering
design, including technology and know-how, to convert
IPL’s existing ammonia plant at Gibson Island in Australia,
for the production of green ammonia (PCN, 15 Nov
2021, p 3).
The project would involve building a new water electrolysis
unit at the site to produce 50,000 t/y of renewable
hydrogen, which would be converted into more than
300,000 t/y of green ammonia for Australian and export
markets.
IPL is expected to operate the ammonia plant, with FFI
responsible for constructing the electrolysis plant and developing
the hydrogen manufacturing facility.
IPL and FFI recently found the project to be technically
feasible and the parties are now conducting a front-end
engineering design study that will lead to a final investment
decision on the project. The study is expected to be
completed by the end of this year.
Last year, IPL announced its decision to discontinue
fertilizer manufacturing operations at the site, as it was
unable to secure an economically viable long-term gas supply
to the facility.

 

Vinnolit Becomes Westlake Vinnolit

Berlin—Vinnolit,
a Westlake company, has been renamed Westlake Vinnolit,
effective 16 May 2022.
Early this year, parent company Westlake restructured
to unify the brand identity of the corporation and its
subsidiaries. As part of the newly created “Performance &
Essential Materials” business unit, Vinnolit GmbH & Co.
KG now operates as Westlake Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG.
The well-know product brand Vinnolit, as well as
GreenVin for the company’s particularly sustainable products,
have been maintained, Westlake Vinnolit noted.
The company’s European sales companies and representative
offices have also been successively renamed
Westlake Vinnolit.

 

People on the Move

Lummus Technology—Ajay Gami, most recently with
Ineos as director of business development licensing, has
been appointed to lead corporate development at Lummus
Technology. He will be responsible for pursuing strategic
investments and acquisition opportunities to broaden
Lummus’ technology portfolio.
Plastics Europe—Marco ten Bruggencate has become
president, succeeding Covestro Chief Executive Markus
Steilemann. Bruggencate is commercial vice president for
packaging and specialty plastics, EMEA, at Dow.
Milliken & Co.—Cindy Boiter recently became executive
vice president and president of the company’s Chemical
Division, succeeding David Moody. She was previously
chief strategy officer.
Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC)—Rob
Beekers, director of new business development at Cargill
Bio-Industrial Group, has been appointed chair of the BIC
board. He has been a member of the board since 2019.
Beekers replaces Mat Quaedvlieg.

 

Inter Pipeline, Partners Assessing Project To Produce Blue NH3 & Blue Methanol

Calgary—
Inter Pipeline said it is partnering with Itochu and Petronas
Energy Canada to evaluate the development of worldscale
integrated blue ammonia (NH3) and blue methanol
production plants in Alberta, Canada.
The project, on which a final investment decision is expected
in early 2024, would be “among the first of its kind”
in North America, Inter Pipeline noted. It would consist of
two facilities for which capacities were not available. Construction
is planned to begin in late 2024 with a 2027 inservice
date.
The feasibility study for the project will include the
evaluation of plans to minimize emissions through integration
of the plants, and to permanently sequester carbon
dioxide emitted during operations in underground storage.
“Once operational, these facilities would be at the forefront
of diversifying Canada’s abundant supply of raw resources
by converting them to value-added, energy transition
products to supply growing global markets with low or
no-carbon fuel and energy products,” noted Inter Pipeline
President and Chief Executive Brian Baker.

 

Loop Enters Accord to Supply Danone With Its Loop Branded PET Resin

Montreal—Loop
Industries has entered into a commercial supply agreement
with Danone SA to deliver its Loop branded polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) resin made from 100% recycled
content.
Under the five-year agreement, Loop will supply the
resin from its proposed Infinite Loop Becancour facility in
Quebec, Canada, which is currently in the planning phase.
Production is anticipated to begin in the fourth quarter of
2024.
“We need cutting-edge technologies like the ones Loop
Industries has developed to reach our sustainable packaging
ambition,” said Nicolas Gregoire, vice president, packaging
cycle at Danone.
“This agreement is a natural next step in our partnership
with Loop Industries, moving from technology development
to the concrete production phase. “It is an important
milestone to establish ‘infinite’ closed-loop recycling
for PET bottles and enable the recycling of hard-to-recycle
packaging and materials.”

 

SABIC Launches LNP Elcrin iQ Resin Made from Ocean-Bound PET Bottles

Amsterdam—
SABIC announced the launch of LNP Elcrin WF0061BiQ
(iQ) resin, a novel material that uses ocean-bound polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) bottles as a feed stream for
chemical upcycling into polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)
resin.
The new grade is part of the company’s extensive portfolio
of chemically upcycled LNP Elcrin iQ materials, which
help support circularity while serving as potential drop-in
replacements for virgin PBT resins, SABIC explained.
“Within the next decade, we anticipate upcycling 10-
billion plastic bottles into higher-performing, durable materials
that deliver enhanced value to customers,” said
Sanjay Mishra, general manager of Technology & Footprint,
Specialties.

 

PCG Signs Deal with Financiere Foret To Acquire 100% of Perstorp Holding

Malmö—
Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) announced it has signed
a securities purchase agreement with Financiere Foret
Sarl, a company under European private equity firm PAI
Partners, to acquire the entire equity stake in Perstorp
Holding AB for around RM10.5-billion.
The acquisition, subject to relevant regulatory and
shareholders’ approvals, is a key platform for PCG’s step
out strategy into the specialty chemicals industry, and will
strengthen its decarbonization efforts towards its sustainability
goals, PCG noted.
“We find Perstorp attractive for their respective range
of products, established customer base, as well as their
market leadership in selected chemicals, which are complementary
to PCG,” said Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof,
managing director and chief executive of PCG.
“Perstorp will add up to 2.3-million t/y to PCG’s production
capacity and immediately contribute about 28% incremental
revenue to PCG based on 2021 results, as well
as support PCG’s medium-term goal of establishing 30%
revenue generated from non-traditional businesses by
2030.
“In addition, this acquisition will also contribute towards
strengthening Malaysia’s specialty chemicals industry,
benefiting the economy in the long run.”

 

Technip, Ocikumho Ink License Deal For New Epicerol Plant in Malaysia

Sarawak—
Technip Energies and Ocikumho, a joint venture of OCIM
and Kumho P&B Chemicals, has signed a license agreement
for a new Epicerol unit in Malaysia, for the production
of epichlorohydrin (ECH).
The plant, to be built in Sarawak, will produce 100,000
t/y of ECH from glycerin to meet growing demand. Value
of the contract and an expected completion date were not
disclosed.
Ocikumho’s Epicerol unit will be integrated into a new
processing complex using electricity from hydro power.
The company will be the “first” to manufacture ECH in
Malaysia, Technip Energies noted.
“Epicerol offers a cost-effective process with a reduced
carbon footprint compared to traditional propylene-based
ECH,” said Bhaskar Patel, senior vice president, sustainable
fuels, chemicals and circularity at Technip Energies.
“This breakthrough technology produces no waste water,
fewer emissions, effluents and harmful by-products,
making it one of the most environmentally friendly processes
possible.”

 

ADNOC Awards Contract to McDermott To Provide FEED for New LNG Facility

Dubai—
McDermott has won a contract from Abu Dhabi National
Oil Co. (ADNOC) to provide front-end engineering design
(FEED) services for the new Fujairah liquefied natural gas
(LNG) facility near Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 9.6-million t/y LNG plant will de designed with
electric drives for the liquefaction compressors and will
incorporate several features that “significantly” reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, capitalizing on the experience
McDermott has in the net zero sector, McDermott noted.

 

Ineos Styrolution, Barnes’ Molding Solutions Partner on Sustainable Styrenics Solutions

Berlin—
Ineos Styrolution and Molding Solutions, a business unit of
Barnes, said they have agreed to collaborate on a sustainable
acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) solution that
will make molding biomaterials and sustainable plastics
easier.
The parties will combine their extensive expertise and
unique technologies to make mechanically-recycled ABS
solutions easier to process and achieve repeatable molded
product quality with Ineos Styrolution’s Terluran ECO
MR-50/70 materials, in particular.
“We are convinced that our Terluran ECO is the best
mechanically-recycled ABS in the world,” noted Yohann
Bach, product director, ABS standard EMEA at Ineos Styrolution.
“It offers identical properties to the respective native
material. We are excited to offer it with a 50% recycling
content (MR50) or with a 70% recycled content (MR70).”

 

Chemours Leads 3-Yr Research Project To Recover & Reuse Polymers, TiO2

Wilmington—
Chemours is leading a three-year research project to develop
commercial-scale detection and extraction technologies
that enable the removal and recovery of polymers and
titanium dioxide (TiO2) from plastic end-use products for
use in new products.
The “Remove2Reclaim” initiative, launched in September
2020 with the support of Catalisti, the spearhead cluster
for the chemical and plastics industry in Flanders, Belgium,
includes a collaboration of the public and private
sectors, including Chemours as the project coordinator,
Ineos Styrolution, Lybover, Deceuninck, Matco Plastics,
Centexbel, VITO, Ghent University and KU Leuven.
“Current commercial scale recycling technologies do not
allow polymers and additives to be effectively removed and
separated, limiting the potential applications and overall
quality of products made with recycled plastic,” Chemours
explained.
The partners have already developed a sorting mechanism
to identify plastic wastes that contain TiO2 and determined
innovative solvent-based extraction routes to remove
TiO2 from different polymer matrices.
Other project milestones include developing methods
and equipment to detect TiO2 in specific polymer matrices,
recovering TiO2 from the polymer by dissolution route, and
eventually reusing the TiO2 and polymer.

 

PSC Opens New Advanced Recycling Plant To Offer Feedstock for Circular Polymers

Baytown—
PSC Group announced the opening of an advanced recycling
facility in Baytown, Texas, to provide advanced plastics
recycling services, including feedstock material for the
commercial production of circular polymers.
The company will receive industrial post-use plastic in
rigid, foam and film forms, and using specialized equipment
and advanced recycling prcoessess, PSC will combine
and densify these plastic streams into customized feedstock
material for the commercial production of circular
polymers.
“Our Baytown facility provides critical advanced recycling
capacity for the petrochemical industry and demonstrates
our commitment to support dramatically increasing
plastic recycling rates,” said PSC Chief Executive Joel
Dickerson.
“Our advanced recycling business is another example of
how PSC is investing in new technology and expanding our
services in order to offer meaningful sustainability solutions
to the industry and help protect the environment.”
PSC describes itself as a North American “leader” in
product handling, site logistics, railcar repair and sustainability
services for the petrochemical, refining and marine
industries.

 

PetroChemical News Briefs

Turkemengaz plans to add isobutane production at
its Kiyanly polymer plant in Turkmenistan to address increasing
demand for the product. No other details were
given.
ADNOC and Borealis confirmed their intention to
float 10% of their petrochemicals joint venture, Borouge,
on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, according to ADNOC’s
LinkedIn page.
Encina Development Group has achieved ISCC Plus
certification for its circular monomers converted from postconsumer
and scrap plastic.
Air Liquide and Shell signed a 10-year agreement, in
which Air Liquide will purchase 52-gigawatt hrs/yr of solar
photovoltaic renewable energy from Shell Energy Europe
to power industrial and medical gas production operations
in the northeast Italy.
Asahi Kasei has developed a system to calculate the
carbon footprint of products (CFP) for the synthetic rubber
and elastomers products Asadene, Tufdene, Asaprene,
Tufprene, Asaflex, Tuftec and S.O.E. with CFP data provision
to customers scheduled to begin next month.

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.
For more details, contact Research and Markets at
https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/n6dfs9.

 

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.

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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.

V60 N06 – 7 February 2022

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