Honeywell's UOP and Foster Wheeler Technology selected for Oman refinery expansion

(Honeywell) -- UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced that Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (Orpic) has selected UOP/Foster Wheeler technology to help process heavy oil and expand fuel and petrochemicals production at a refinery in Sohar, Oman.

Orpic will use the UOP/Foster Wheeler Solvent Deasphalting (SDA) process technology to convert heavy crude to low-contaminant deasphalted oil, a product that is further processed in refineries to produce liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and propylene. The new unit will process 2.5 million metric tonnes per year of heavy crude to significantly increase the refinery's production of valuable petroleum products.

Honeywell's UOP and Foster Wheeler in collaboration will provide the technology license and basic engineering package for the new unit, which is expected to start up in 2015.


EPA registered NanoBioMatters' BactiBlock antimicrobial polymer preservative SpecialChem

(SpecialChem) -- NanoBioMatters, Valencia, Spain announced that its BactiBlock antimicrobial polymer preservative has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in the U.S. BactiBlock is a very durable and cost-effective solution based on silver-functionalized clay and is designed to suppress the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria, which cause deterioration, odors, corrosion, and stains in polymer-based products.

"The recent EPA registration opens the door for commercial entry of these unique antimicrobial preservatives into the U.S.," said Ole Faarbaek, Vice President of NanoBioMatters North America. BactiBlock antimicrobial preservatives are already produced at commercial scale, having been used in Europe since 2010. "Several major U.S. brand owners in key markets have finalized testing and commercial use in the U.S. is expected later this year," added Faarbaek.

The proprietary and patent-pending BactiBlock technology features purified and modified phyllosilicate clay which is used as a performance-enhancing carrier of the silver antimicrobial agent. BactiBlock is engineered for long-term applications and will provide superior antimicrobial performance for several years.

The BactiBlock range of products are compatible for use with a range of polymers and plastics including polyolefins, engineering resins, powder coatings, liquid coatings, and thermosets. The additive can be delivered as a micronized powder, gel concentrate, or a masterbatch and specific levels of each component can be fine tuned to achieve the desired performance.


Petron Corp. reported more than double profits in H1-2011

(Plastemart) -- Petron Corp. reported more than double profits in H1-2011 on account of substantial revenue growth. Petron earnings spiked P6.04 bln from P2.96 bln in H1-2010, mainly due to its diversification into petrochemicals.

"While Petron continues to show strong results from its core businesses, we are now reaping the benefits from the production of higher-margin petrochemical feedstocks," Ramon Ang, Petron chairman and chief executive officer, said. Exports primarily of petrochemicals jumped by 54% to 3.14 mln barrels. Overall revenues however were partly offset by the drop in domestic volumes of 1.9 mln barrels amid reduced domestic demand for fuel.


Celanese recognized for technical innovation for the production of ethanol

(Celanese) -- The Metroplex Technology Business Council, the largest technology trade organization in Texas, has named Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, a finalist in the ⌠Innovator category as part of the 11th Annual Tech Titans and Titan Fast Tech Awards. Tech Titans are recognized as outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made significant contributions to their industries during the past year.

Celanese has been named a finalist for its technical advancements in the production of industrial and fuel-grade ethanol. Celanese has developed an advanced process to produce ethanol from non-food sources. The new process, known as TCX, integrates elements of Celanese's leading acetyl technologies with new advancements to manufacture ethanol from basic hydrocarbon sources such as natural gas, coal and pet coke.


Tetra Pak achieves milestone towards goal of 100% renewable packaging

(Tetra Pak) -- Tetra Pak achieves a significant milestone towards its goal of producing 100% renewable packaging with Nestle Brazil's launch of two popular milks brands in carton packaging featuring caps made with green polyethylene (PE).

The first ever use of plant-based polyethylene in carton packaging further strengthens Tetra Pak's renewability credentials, nudging still higher the average 73% of renewable material used to manufacture the company's broad portfolio. Over time, as the company increasingly adopts plant-based plastics, it expects to be able to offer a carton range that is 100% renewable.

The green polyethylene has been developed by Braskem, Brazil's largest petrochemical company, and is made out of sugar cane derivatives, which are polymerized in plastics for cap production.

Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company, providing safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world.