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Friday, 18 August 2017

KBR bags pre-FEED contracts for BP’s Tortue project

KBR Inc (KBR) has been awarded pre-front end engineering design (FEED) and project support services contracts by BP PLC for the development of the Tortue/Ahmeyim field offshore Mauritania and Senegal.
Under KBR's global services agreement with BP, KBR has won these new contracts to provide pre-FEED and project support covering design of the subsea, pre-treatment floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, inshore hub/terminal, and interfaces for floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) for the Tortue Project.
This new work will build on the earlier concept phase work for the development of the field already completed by KBR's subsidiary Granherne for BP's partner, Kosmos.
KBR's pre-FEED work is expected to be performed over the next six months, with KBR supporting BP in the optimize stage of the Tortue field development. The work will be executed from KBR's London office which has played a key role in multiple recent BP projects including the Glen Lyon FPSO and Shah Deniz Phase II projects.
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BHP approves $2.5 bn copper mine expansion project in Chile

BHP Billiton Ltd, a mining company said that it has approved a capital expenditure of $2.46 billion for the expansion of its Spence copper mine in Chile.
Under the Spence Growth Option (SGO) project the company will extend the mine life by more than 50 years.
BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie said the SGO project supports BHP’s strategy to deliver near-term, valuable copper production.
In the first 10 years of operation, incremental production from SGO will be approximately 185-kilo tonnes per annum (ktpa) of payable copper in concentrate and 4 ktpa of payable molybdenum, with the first production expected in the 2021 financial year. The current copper cathode stream will continue until the 2025 financial year.
The SGO project will draw on experience developed in the construction of the Organic Growth Project 1 concentrator and desalination plant at Escondida, and create up to 5,000 jobs during the construction phase. The project includes the design, engineering and construction of a conventional large-scale sulphide concentrator for both copper and molybdenum with a 95 ktpd nominal ore throughput capacity.
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SK Capital reinvests in Archroma

SK Capital Partners said that it is reinvesting in Archroma in support of the company’s ongoing initiatives to drive innovation, growth and operational efficiencies and to pursue strategic investments in both organic growth and industry consolidation.
Initially acquired by SK Capital in 2013, Archroma is a global, diversified provider of speciality chemicals serving the branded and performance textiles, packaging and paper, and coatings, adhesives and sealants end markets. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and operates a highly integrated, customer-focused platform that delivers products in over 100 countries.
Under SK Capital’s ownership, the company has revitalized its performance, having carved out three non-core divisions and establishing them as an independent and integrated company, installing an experienced and talented management team, and facilitating a cultural transformation that has resulted in Archroma becoming a leading participant in their sectors. The company has generated increased profitability and cash flow by improving capacity utilization, creating an integrated supply chain to simplify product flow, reducing corporate complexity by de-layering organizational structures, and improving key business processes.
“We are excited to be making this new investment in our existing portfolio company, Archroma. We believe there is an opportunity going forward to deliver new product innovations by capitalizing on significant investments made in new technologies that improve sustainability, enhance performance and create new features and benefits coveted by our customers in the branded textiles, packaging and coatings and adhesives markets,” said Barry Siadat, managing director of SK Capital.
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Adding sheen to the auto, electronic and fashion industry

In an interview, Gautam Kumar Bhalotra, Managing Director, Plating Sheen Chem (India) Pvt Ltd (PCI Chemicals) with Chemical Today Magazine mentions how electroplating chemicals have evolved and that the country has become self-sufficient in the segment. 
By Debarati Das
Trends, market potential in the electroplating chemicals industry.
The global electroplating chemicals industry is expected to increase, as significant opportunities for growth exist in the growing/emerging markets. The global electroplating market was valued above $14,540.5 million in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 3.7 percent to cross $21,160.0 million by the end of 2026. 
The electroplating industry in India has become self-sufficient, attaining world standard through its technical prowess. It has evolved to become a major hub in the South West Asian regions. Rising demands for consumer goods, which mandates more surface finishing services, growing demand for automobiles, fashion and hardware, robust growth of electronic industry are some of the key factors.
The Indian electroplating chemicals industry not only fulfils the domestic rising demands but it has grown to influence the markets all over the world, particular countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, as well as parts of Asean & Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
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Jacobs bags Pemex ammonia rehabilitation project

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (JEC) has been awarded a contract from Pemex Fertilizantes to deliver project management contract (PMC) services for the Ammonia IV rehabilitation project in the Cosoleacaque petrochemical complex in Veracruz, Mexico.
Pemex Fertilizantes is rehabilitating the Ammonia IV plant, and its associated auxiliary facilities, in order to restore its operating design capacity and reduce the risks associated with non-programmed shutdowns and abnormal operations. As PMC contractor for Pemex Fertilizantes, Jacobs supervises the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor developing the Ammonia IV plant rehabilitation.
“Building on our outstanding performance as PMC service provider for their Minatitlan refinery reconfiguration project, we are committed to support Pemex in delivering the Ammonia IV rehabilitation project safely and successfully,” said Mark Bello, Jacobs petroleum and chemicals senior vice president downstream.
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New heat-conducting plastic could lead to lighter electronics, cars

Advanced plastics could usher in lighter, cheaper, more energy-efficient product components, including those used in vehicles, LEDs and computers—if only they were better at dissipating heat.
A new technique that can change plastic's molecular structure to help it cast off heat is a promising step in that direction.
Developed by a team of University of Michigan (U-M) researchers in materials science and mechanical engineering and detailed in a new study published in the journal Science Advances, the process is inexpensive and scalable.
The concept can likely be adapted to a variety of other plastics. In preliminary tests, it made a polymer about as thermally conductive as glass—still far less so than metals or ceramics, but six times better at dissipating heat than the same polymer without the treatment.
"Plastics are replacing metals and ceramics in many places, but they're such poor heat conductors that nobody even considers them for applications that require heat to be dissipated efficiently," said Jinsang Kim, U-M materials science and engineering professor. "We're working to change that by applying thermal engineering to plastics in a way that hasn't been done before."
The process is a major departure from previous approaches, which have focused on adding metallic or ceramic fillers to plastics. This has met with limited success; a large amount of fillers must be added, which is expensive and can change the properties of the plastic in undesirable ways. Instead, the new technique uses a process that engineers the structure of the material itself.
Plastics are made of long chains of molecules that are tightly coiled and tangled like a bowl of spaghetti. As heat travels through the material, it must travel along and between these chains—an arduous, roundabout journey that impedes its progress.
The team which also includes U-M associate professor of mechanical engineering Kevin Pipe, mechanical engineering graduate researcher Chen Li and materials science and engineering graduate student Apoorv Shanker, used a chemical process to expand and straighten the molecule chains. This gave heat energy a more direct route through the material. To accomplish this, they started with a typical polymer or plastic. They first dissolved the polymer in water, then added electrolytes to the solution to raise its pH, making it alkaline.
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Painting the journey of technology and colour

Paints & coatings have constantly witnessed change to keep up with the industry demands. In an interview, X Arokianathan, Managing Director, Vitech Enviro Systems Pvt Ltd with Chemical Today Magazine talks about this transition and various new technologies that the industry will witness in the future.
By Shivani Mody
With the advent of the new generation automobile industry in late 70’s, the Surface Coating Industry started taking shape with new technologies in paint applications and paints to meet the specific requirements of the automobile industry. To cater to this segment all suppliers and vendors had to comply with standard procedures of metal pre-treatment and coatings for meeting the stringent specifications, which led to the proliferation of paint shop equipment manufacturers to meet the demand. Indigenous technology providers were few in number and imported equipments were the norm.
This nascent industry has evolved over the last two decades with indigenous design of the equipment’s saving an enormous amount of Foreign Exchange. The imported machines were not designed to cater to the local tropical climate and also their prohibitive costs boosted the design and manufacture of paint shop equipments locally. A handful of home-grown manufacturers have now blossomed into multimillion dollar industry. The market has seen tremendous potential not only in the Automobile sector but also other industrial products such as Electrical Panels, Architectural products, Appliances, Machineries, Furniture’s, etc.
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