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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Indian oil tanker suffers explosion off Oman, three crew missing

An Indian shipping company said one of its crude oil tankers suffered an explosion off the coast of Oman and three of its sailors are missing.
The Shipping Corporation of India said the explosion struck the MT Desh Vaibhav in the Gulf of Oman while it was en route to Fujairah on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates.
The shipper said crew member suffered burns in the blast and was evacuated by helicopter. It said the Omani navy and other ships responded to the fire.

Hot isotope container scare briefly shuts Budapest Airport terminal

A terminal of Budapest Airport was briefly shut down due to an overheated container carrying an isotope, a spokesman for the Hungarian Disaster Management Authority said.
“Material damaging to health did not get into the environment,” the spokesman, Marton Hajdu told Reuters, adding that the passengers are perfectly safe and Terminal 2B was shut down to facilitate a fast investigation.
The terminal was shut late on Wednesday between 7.30 pm (1730 GMT) and about 10.30 pm. Eight incoming and eight outgoing flights were affected, Budapest Airport spokesman Laszlo Kurucz told Reuters.
The national news agency MTI said the material was iridium (Ir) ordered by a Hungarian company from the Russian city of Dimitrovgrad, and the container arrived in Budapest on a flight which arrived in the evening from Istanbul.
Gabor Kaszas, an official of the company, Izotop Intezet Kft, was quoted by MTI as saying that a rise in temperature was normal when such materials are transported. The company, Izotop Intezet is focused on research, development and production of radioisotopes used in healthcare, research and industry.
Iridium is the second-densest element (after osmium) and also the most corrosion-resistant metal. It is a very hard, brittle, silvery-white transition metal of the platinum group. The most important iridium compounds in use are the salts and acids it forms with chlorine, though iridium also forms a number of organometallic compounds used in industrial catalysis, and in research.

Brenntag acquires Belgian specialty chemicals distributor Alphamin

Brenntag AG has completed the acquisition of all shares of specialty chemicals distributor Alphamin SA, headquartered in Wavre, Belgium, and its subsidiary Alphamin Inc, based in New Jersey, US.
The company is focused on specialty polymers and waxes, and serves customers in a wide range of industries and across all continents.
Karsten Beckmann, Member of the Board of Management of Brenntag Group and CEO Brenntag Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA):

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Aramco, Air Products, ACWA Power to form gasification/power JV

Saudi Aramco, Air Products (APD), and ACWA Power has signed a Term Sheet to form an over $8 billion gasification/power joint venture (JV).
Located at Jazan Economic City (JEC) in Saudi Arabia, the JV will purchase the gasification assets, power block and the associated utilities from Saudi Aramco for over $8 billion.
These assets are currently under construction and will be transferred to the JV upon successful start-up, currently scheduled in 2019.
The JV will own and operate the facility under a 25-year contract for a fixed monthly fee. Saudi Aramco will supply feedstock to the JV, and the JV will produce power, hydrogen and other utilities for Saudi Aramco.
Air Products will own at least 55 percent of the JV, with Saudi Aramco and ACWA Power owning the balance. The JV builds upon the importance and recognition that critical infrastructure assets in the region are being developed and operated under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
The consortium will increase job opportunities, transfer the most advanced technologies in this field to the Kingdom, and enable Saudi talent to employ this technology for the first time.

Indian Oil, LanzaTech inaugurate CO2 to lipids pilot plant

Indian Oil Corporation said that Krishan Pal, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt of India, unveiled two innovative technologies developed by its R&D Centre to coincide with the World Biofuel Day 2018.
Krishan Pal inaugurated the IOC-DBT-Lanzatech pilot plant set up at Indian Oil’s R&D Centre to convert carbon dioxide to high-value lipids. This novel 3rd generation biofuel technology has been developed by the DBT-IOC Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy Research at Indian Oil R&D by integrating two technologies:

a) LanzaTech-USA’s patented anaerobic gas fermentation technology to convert carbon dioxide into acetic acid, and

b) Indian Oil R&D’s patented aerobic fermentation technology to convert acetic acid to lipids (algal oil), including the highly valuable Omega 3-fatty acids (DHAs). The lipids are then trans-esterified followed by separation of Omega 3-fatty acids (DHAs) esters as high-value product. The remaining lipid esters are used as biodiesel fuel. DHAs esters are essential components of nutrient formulation for children, adults and are used to combat childhood malnutrition. Thus, this value chain makes the overall process economically feasible. 

Lanxess forecasts leather trends for autumn-winter 2019/2020

Lanxess AG is giving its customers a real competitive advantage by forecasting future colours and trends.
In a specially made collection, Lanxess is revealing leather patterns with the novelties for the autumn/winter 2019/2020. The leather patterns reflect the future leather fashion in terms of appearance, surface touch and overall look.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Ferrari introduces world’s first low-bake paint tech in partnership with PPG

With the on-going collaboration with PPG Industries, Ferrari has introduced an innovative low-temperature paint system. Making the Prancing Horse, the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt the new Low Cure clear coats technology.
This move further underscores Ferrari’s ongoing commitment to the pursuit of both excellence and sustainability. In 2004, it became one of the first companies in the world to introduce a water-based paint system which significantly lowered the environmental impact of its cars.
The new two-component paint system incorporates a specially formulated clear coat which makes it possible for the car to be baked at 100 degrees instead of 150 degrees, thereby cutting energy costs and enhancing the sustainability of the process.

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