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Thursday, 20 December 2018

KBR develops new propane dehydrogenation technology




KBR Inc has developed a new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology (K-PRO) that offers high propylene selectivity and conversion. This technology is based on KBR's catalytic olefins technology (K-COT) which is a commercially proven fluidized-bed technology for converting low-value olefinic, paraffinic or mixed streams into high-value propylene and ethylene.
K-PRO delivers significant capital cost and operating cost advantages when compared with conventional designs. This arises from its fluidized-bed design which delivers reliable operation and high on-stream factors when compared with fixed or moving bed reactors.
K-PRO technology combines the know-how and experience of K-COT with a novel high selectivity, low-cost, dehydrogenation catalyst that does not require precious metals. Plants based on this new technology will be designed as stand-alone propylene production units independent of a steam cracker or an FCC unit. Additionally, existing PDH operating units can be easily modified to benefit from the superior process performance and lower operating cost.

Covestro breaks ground on new production line in Thailand




Covestro AG has started to build up a new manufacturing line for polycarbonate films at Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, Thailand. With this new capacity, the company will serve the fast-growing demand in Asia Pacific and strengthen its own position as a market leader. The project is the first step of a global capacity increase for Covestro´s film production. The total investment of more than €100 million also includes an expansion of the associated infrastructure and logistics.
“Our existing films plant in Map Ta Phut has been a high-performing and valued facility. Our main objective with this expansion is to intensify our collaboration with customers in Asia Pacific, in particular, to improve efficiency and punctual delivery. With market-focused innovations and a stronger customer orientation we want to drive growth for Covestro,” said Dr Thorsten Dreier, global head of Covestro´s specialty films business.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Karnataka: 4 dead, 3 injured in distillery boiler blast




Four people died and three others were injured in a boiler blast at Nirani Sugars Limited at Mudhola, Karnataka’s Bagalkot district. The injured workers are shifted to the nearby hospital for treatment.
The sugar factory unit is part of the Nirani Group and is owned by the Nirani brothers — former BJP minister Murugesh Nirani and his brothers.
The police said that the explosion appeared to be at the safety valve of an effluent treatment plant. The whole building were the boilers were installed had fallen due to the impact, police said, adding that investigations were on into the matter

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