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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Praxair to supply industrial gases to Shanghai Huayi




Praxair Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc said that it will supply oxygen and other industrial gases to Shanghai Huayi. The complex will manufacture methanol, acetic acid and other chemicals.
Praxair will build, own and operate three air separation units that will supply up to 7,500 tons per day (TPD) of oxygen and 5,000 TPD of nitrogen to the site. The new plants will start up in the second half of 2020 and the complex is expected to be Praxair’s largest investment in China to date.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Laser technique may open door to more efficient clean energy




Research by the University of Liverpool could help scientists unlock the full potential of new clean energy technologies.
Finding sustainable ways to replace fossil fuels is a key priority for researchers across the globe. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a hugely abundant waste product that can be converted into energy-rich by-products, such as carbon monoxide.  However, this process needs to be made far more efficient for it to work on a global, industrial scale.
Electrocatalysts have shown promise as a potential way to achieve this required efficiency ‘step-change’ in CO2 reduction, but the mechanisms by which they operate are often unknown making it hard for researchers to design new ones in a rational manner.
New research published in the journal Nature Catalysis by researchers at the University’s Department of Chemistry, in collaboration with Beijing Computational Science Research Center and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, demonstrates a laser-based technique that can be used to study the electrochemical reduction of CO2 in-situ and provide much-needed insights into these complex chemical pathways.

FMC CEO wins 2019 International Palladium Medal award




The Societe de Chimie Industrielle said that it will award the 2019 International Palladium Medal to FMC Corporation chairman and CEO Pierre Brondeau.
Brondeau will receive the award for his contributions to the chemical industry and his leadership in enhancing the international aims and objectives of the Societe de Chimie Industrielle. He will receive the award on May 22, 2019.

TechnipFMC wins EPC contract for MIDOR refinery




TechnipFMC has signed a major Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract by Middle East Oil Refinery (MIDOR) for the modernization and expansion of their existing complex near Alexandria, Egypt. 
This EPC contract covers the debottlenecking of existing units as well as the delivery of new units including a Crude Distillation Unit, a Vacuum Distillation Unit, a hydrogen production facility based on our steam reforming technology, as well as various process units, interconnecting, offsites and utilities.
Starting in 2022, the modernized complex will exclusively produce Euro V products, with a 60 percent increase in the refinery’s original capacity to 160,000 barrels per day of crude oil. 

Monday, 29 October 2018

Lubrizol plans $25 million expansion at Kentucky plant




The Lubrizol Corporation said that it will invest more than $25 million in its Calvert City, Kentucky manufacturing facility.
The facility specializes in the production of Carbopol polymers and Pemulen(TM) polymeric emulsifiers. These polymers are used in consumer goods for personal care, home care, and pharmaceutical markets. This expansion will include advanced, proprietary process technology that will allow the Calvert City facility to continue to provide Lubrizol's partners with high-quality products.

CropEnergies to pause production at UK ethanol plant




CropEnergies AG said that will pause bioethanol production at its Wilton plant, UK, from the end of November 2018 on, due to low prices.
The company adjusts its outlook for the current financial year 2018/19 due to ethanol prices – both spot and forward prices – which have significantly fallen in the last few days contrary to all expectations.

P2 Science starts commercial production of renewable C9 aldehyde




P2 Science Inc, a bio-renewable chemistry company has produced the first ever commercial quantities of BioNonanal, at its new plant in Naugatuck.
BioNonanal is a 100 percent renewable, vegetable-based linear C9 aldehyde, commonly used in fragrances to impart waxy, citrus and floral notes to consumer products in both household and personal care markets.
To date, nonanal has been mainly produced from a petrochemical, Octene. The only option for a renewable nonanal has been via a costly extraction process from certain essential oils such as orange oil. The resulting cost of such a natural extract nonanal made it impractical to use in most fragrance applications. P2’s patented green chemistry process enables the efficient conversion of many common vegetable oils into nonanal and other valuable speciality products for use in cosmetics and related applications.

MHI wins fertilizer plant construction contract in Bangladesh




Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI), together with China National Chemical Engineering No.7 Construction Co Ltd, have signed a fertilizer plant construction project for Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation.
This will be the largest fertilizer plant in Bangladesh, with production capacity of 2,800 tonnes per day. The project will be managed through an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracting arrangement, with completion scheduled for 2022.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Kraiburg presents new TPE for soft-touch surfaces




Kraiburg TPE presented a new thermoplastic elastomers series specially developed for decorated surfaces that appeal to the touch and for functional parts inside motor vehicles’ cabins.
Design flexibility, cost-effective processability, and flawless surface quality are a must when it comes to the properties of high-performance materials for high-quality automotive interior parts. The specific compounds also comply with all of the industry’s strict regulations that stipulate the long-term behaviour of applications in this sophisticated environment.
The compounds of the new FG/SF THERMOLAST K series comply with all established automotive standards set by OEMs with regard to the emission and odour behaviour of components for vehicle cabins including DIN 75201-B (G) and VDA 278 on fogging and VOC (volatile organic compound) as well as VDA 270 Var. 3 (odour behaviour dependent on temperature and climatic influences). In addition, the compounds provide permanent UV stability, which is confirmed by comprehensive independent tests in accordance with DIN EN ISO 105-B06.

Vertellus appoints former PolyOne exec as next CEO




Vertellus has appointed former president of PolyOne’s global colour and additives business as its next CEO. Effective immediately, John Van Hulle brings to Vertellus more than three decades of leadership experience in the speciality chemical and plastics industries serving business sectors.

Unilever, Veolia join forces on sustainable packaging




Unilever and Veolia have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly work on emerging technologies that will help create a circular economy on plastics across various geographies, starting in India and Indonesia.
In reaching this important agreement, Unilever and Veolia acknowledge that the issue of plastic waste is a shared responsibility that requires bold action across the value chain to develop and scale up collection and reprocessing infrastructure, which is critical in the transition towards a circular economy.
The work will focus on material collection, which will help channel recycled content back into the value chain. Veolia will work with Unilever to implement used packaging collection solutions, add recycling capacity and develop new processes and business models through this partnership in various countries.

Givaudan opens $2.89 mn commercial centre in Indonesia




Givaudan has officially opened a new CHF 2.9 million ($2.89 million) commercial and development centre in Jakarta. The centre is designed to deliver a superior level of creative flavour, taste and fragrance solutions.
The new 2,600 square metres centre will enable Givaudan to serve customers across a wide range of food, beverage and consumer good segments including, sweet goods, savoury, snacks, beverages, fine fragrances, personal care, home care and fabric care.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Sika opens new concrete admixture plant in Russia




Sika has opened a new production plant for concrete admixtures near Yekaterinburg, Russia. In the area around the plant, there are five cities with populations of over one million and attractive construction markets. Large parts of the Volga region and Siberia can also be supplied from the new site.
The new production plant in Beryozovsky, to the north-east of Yekaterinburg, will deliver cost-savings and make it possible to supply customers in this fast-growing region with customized concrete admixtures for demanding construction projects.

Stork bags asset integrity contract extension by Chrysaor




Stork, part of Fluor Corporation’s diversified services segment was awarded a two-year contract extension by Chrysaor. Stork will deliver integrated specialist asset integrity services for its Armada, Everest and Lomond offshore production platforms located in the Central North Sea.
Under this contract, Stork will continue to deliver an inclusive range of solutions and capabilities to extend the offshore assets’ life cycle. Through proven methodologies and its integrity corrective action teams (ICATs), Stork will assess and optimize work, delivering an inspection process to meet the operational strategy for each asset and undertaking any necessary repairs.
This integrated capability reduces failures while extending the asset’s life.
ICAT is Stork’s process-led, multi-disciplined approach which identifies and rapidly remedies integrity anomalies before they require repair or replacement.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Total opens $50 mn lubricants oil blending plant in Russia




Total SA has inaugurated its new state-of-the-art lubricants oil blending plant, in Kaluga, Russian Federation.
The blending and production plant will allow Total to localize the production of its top-tier lubricants for the Russian market. With an investment equivalent to $50 million, this facility has been designed to produce initially 40,000 tons of automotive and industrial lubricants per year, with a scale-up option to bring this capacity up to 70,000 tons per year.
The plant is equipped with a fully automated blending system and ultramodern filling lines. Covering an area of 7 hectares of the Vorsino industrial park in the Kaluga Region, this facility opens less than two years after the start of construction. Its operations are creating 50 new working positions onsite.

KBR wins FEED contract for BP's Tortue project




KBR Inc’s UK subsidiary has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by BP Plc. The contract is for Phase 1 of the Tortue field Hub/Terminal development located on the maritime border between Senegal and Mauritania.
The agreement contains a mechanism to allow transition of the contract to an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract at a later date.
KBR will provide management of the Quarters and Utilities (QU) including Telecoms Systems FEED and provision of supplemental services (system engineering, interface oversight, technology planning, support and verification) of the Hub/Terminal for the Tortue project in Senegal and Mauritania.

Clariant's Hans joins executive board; Britta to leave




Clariant has appointed Hans Bohnen, currently head of global business services as the new member of executive committee.
Bohnen has been with the company for almost 10 years.
Simultaneously, Britta Fuenfstueck, member of executive committee has decided to leave Clariant as of 31 October 2018 to become CEO of the Hartmann Group.
Effective 12 October, Bohnen will be installed as a member of Clariant’s executive committee. He will assume responsibility for the business area plastics & coatings, global business services, group information technology, Digital4Clariant, and the regions Latin America and North America.

Jacobs bags contract for Sirius' materials handling facility




Jacobs Engineering Group Inc has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Sirius Minerals PLC for its new materials handling facility (MHF).
Located in Teesside, England, the MHF is being constructed as part of the company's North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project, which will supply a unique type of potash fertilizer.
Jacobs is designing the MHF to handle seven million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of granulated product in its first phase of development, with expansion considerations being developed into the design to support up to 20 MTPA of the granulated product. In addition, the facility will also handle three MTPA of coarse product.
Through the development of its North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project, the world's largest and highest-grade deposit, Sirius Minerals will become a leading global producer of polyhalite. At full production, the project will create over 1,000 direct jobs and many more indirectly, and has the potential to generate over £2 billion of annual exports for the U.K.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

IFF opens new flavours plant & lab in China




International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (IFF) has opened two new facilities in China. A flavours manufacturing facility in the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone and a Natural Product Research lab, located in the Nanjing Life Science Park.
The flavours plant is the company’s second in China and is designed to supplement IFF’s existing flavours and manufacturing operations in Guangzhou. The Naturals Lab is the company’s first outside of the US.
The Zhangjiagang site spans 66,800 sqm, encompassing the main manufacturing building that is fitted with a strong odour control system, quality control labs and an ambient warehouse for goods. Aligned with IFF’s commitment to sustainability, this facility is designed to have zero liquid discharge by reusing all water on-site, and is built to LEED Silver qualifications. 

Covestro to build €1.5 bn world-scale MDI plant




Covestro has approved an investment of around €1.5 billion to build a new world-scale methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) plant in Baytown, Texas. This investment at the existing site in Baytown is the largest single investment in the history of the company.
Total capacity of the new train will be 500 kilotons MDI per year, start of production is expected in 2024. At the same time an older, less efficient MDI unit of 90 kilotons production capacity will be closed. Thus, total MDI capacities of Covestro in the NAFTA region will reach around 740 kilotons per year making Covestro the industry capacity leader in the region by 2024. With that, Covestro will also strongly underline its global industry capacity leadership position.

Ascend sees constrained PA66 availability in short term




The US nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 (Polyamide 66-PA66) markets continue to face pressure despite decreasing feedstock costs amid severely constrained global supplies and strong demand.
In this market scenario, “PA66 availability will continue to be constrained for the short term,” said Phil McDivitt, President and CEO of Ascend Performance Materials, in a statement. “We are committed to meeting the long-term needs of our customers and maintaining reliable operations,” he added.
Due to conflicting reports on long-term PA66 availability, the company believed it necessary to restate its plans to meet the increased market demand, it stated.
A fully integrated producer and supplier of PA66, Ascend, declared force majeure on Pensacola, Florida site, mentioning that production continued to be around 90 percent of capacity. 

Monday, 8 October 2018

Wood bags multi-million-dollar contract in Oman




Wood Group has secured a new multi-million-dollar contract with Duqm Refinery and Petrochemicals Industries to provide two Terrace Wall double-fired delayed coker heaters at their refinery on the south eastern coast of the Sultanate of Oman.
The award follows on from Wood’s successful delivery of the engineering and process design phase, the technology package and licence of the company’s SYDEC (selective yield delayed coking) technology.
Effective immediately, the contract will be delivered by Wood’s process and technology specialists based in New Jersey, US, and builds on Wood’s strong contribution to the Duqm Refinery to date, including the successful delivery of the overall facility pre-FEED, FEED and ongoing project management.
The contract is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

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