Total shuts some units at Gonfreville refinery following incident

MOSCOW (MRC) -- French oil and gas company Total has shut down some units at its 247 Mbpd Gonfreville refinery in northern France following a technical incident, a spokesman said Monday, reported Reuters.

The spokesman said the incident occurred in a steam producing unit whose backup was under maintenance.

"The site decided to protectively shutdown some of its units," he said, adding that it was still unclear how much production was affected and when the units would resume.

As MRC wrote before, in late 2014, Total, Europe’s third-largest oil company, permanently shut its high density polyethylene (HDPE) line in Belgium. The plant was shut permanently owing to weak margins which have arisen on account of cheap imports in the region. Located at Antwerp in Belgium, the line has a production capacity of 70,000 mt/year.

Total S.A. is a French multinational oil and gas company and one of the six "Supermajor" oil companies in the world with business in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia. The company's petrochemical products cover two main groups: base chemicals and the consumer polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene) that are derived from them.
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MOL Group included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

MOSCOW (MRC) -- MOL Group is once again part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, said the company on its site.

This places the company in the top 15% of integrated oil and gas companies based on its corporate sustainability performance. MOL Group is the only company from the Central Eastern European region to be included in the index.

The evaluation was conducted by RobecoSAM, a specialist in sustainability investment. RobecoSAM invited the 68 largest publicly listed upstream and integrated oil and gas sector companies, finally only admitting 10. Following the inclusion, MOL is now ranked in the top 15% of the companies worldwide based on its sustainability performance. The company was already listed between 2010 and 2011 and became an index constituent again following a five-year absence.

Membership in the DJSWI is restricted to corporations judged to be best-in-class when compared to industry peers based on a range of sustainability metrics. Metrics include environmental, social performance factors and economic sustainability.

"Our goal is to fully integrate sustainability in our daily operations. We continue to have the highest regard for the safety of our people, the communities and the environment wherever we operate. The inclusion in the DJSI World Index, will further boost our commitment to continuous improvement and represents a major recognition to everyone in MOL who is working on improving our processes and performance at our sites and in our offices through their personal dedication," said Mr Jozsef Molnar, GCEO of MOL Group.

The MOL Group is an integrated oil and gas company that operates 4 refineries and 2 petrochemical plants. Its refineries produce a wide range of products, including motor fuel, LPG, fuel oil and bitumen. The petrochemical plants produce ethylene and propylene and a range of other products.

As MRC informed earlier, MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Public Limited Company in 2013 reached an agreement with JSR Corporation (JSR) to establish a joint venture in Hungary and construct a new plant to manufacture solution polymerization styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR).

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas PLC is an integrated oil and gas company. The Company produces crude oil, petroleum products, bitumens, lubricants and natural gas. MOL owns and operates refineries, oil and gas pipelines, service stations, and natural gas storage facilities.
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Evonik holds groundbreaking ceremony for new polyamide 12 powder plant in Marl

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Evonik Industries has officially broke ground in Marl for construction of a new production plant for specialty polyamide 12 (PA12) powders, as per the company's press release.

The specialty chemicals company will thus increase annual capacity for its VESTOSINT brand of PA12 powders by 50 percent. The amount invested lies in the mid-double-digit million euro range. The new plant is scheduled to come on stream at the end of 2017.

Dr. Ralph Sven Kaufmann, Chief Operating Officer of Evonik, says: "Organic growth is an essential cornerstone of our long-term growth strategy, which is why we’re continually investing in new capacities and innovative products. With the Marl investment we’re also further consolidating our leading position as a supplier of polyamide 12 based high-performance polymers."

Dr. Claus Rettig, Chairman of the Management Board of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH, says: "Our polyamide 12 powders are targeted at highly attractive markets such as the coatings industry and additive manufacturing. We see strong potential for growth here. New production capacities in Marl will enable us to service the growing demand for specialty high-performance polymers."

Evonik’s Resource Efficiency Segment is the market leader in polyamide 12 powders, which are marketed under the VESTOSINT brand name. The powders are used, for example, for coating of metals in household goods such as dishwasher racks, in the automotive industry, and in medical technology. For many years Evonik has also been developing specialty polymer powders that allow industrial production of high-tech components in 3D printing. VESTOSINT impresses here by its high quality, and its processing behavior and property profile are optimally suited to the relevant 3D printing technology.

VESTOSINT is a modified PA12 powder produced from polyamide granules by a special proprietary process at Evonik’s Marl site.

As MRC reported earlier, Evonik Industries invested over EUR400 mln in its plants in Germany in 2015. Last year, Evonik once again demonstrated its considerable power to create at its German sites. Thus, according to a recent projection, the company invested more than EUR 400 million in its domestic production plants. The lion’s share of the funds (around two-thirds) was divided among Evonik’s five-largest sites in Germany: Marl (hundreds of millions of euros), Hanau, Essen, Darmstadt, and Wesseling (tens of millions of euros at each site).

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2015 more than 33,500 employees generated sales of around EUR13.5 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about EUR2.47 billion.
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Evonik reduces production capacity for superabsorbents

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Essen-based Evonik Industries, a leading specialty chemicals manufacturer has recently reduced production capacity for superabsorbents by 40,000 metric tons to 530,000 meric tons per year. The production lines concerned are those at the Garyville and Greensboro (North Carolina, USA) sites, two of Evonik’s five superabsorbents production sites worldwide, said the producer in its press release.

"With this measure we’re adapting to demand trends. We plan to take the opportunity to bring capacity to the technological state of the art and to start up the lines again in 1-2 years," says Norbert Westerholt, head of the Baby Care Business Line at Evonik.

Evonik is pursuing the goal of remaining a reliable, competitive, and innovative partner of superabsorbents customers over the long term.

As one of the leading suppliers of superabsorbents, Evonik is established as a reliable, innovative and long-term partner in the superabsorbents industry.

As MRC informed before, in 2015, Evonik Industries invested over EUR400 mln in its plants in Germany in 2015. Last year, Evonik once again demonstrated its considerable power to create at its German sites. Thus, according to a recent projection, the company invested more than EUR 400 million in its domestic production plants. The lion’s share of the funds (around two-thirds) was divided among Evonik’s five-largest sites in Germany: Marl (hundreds of millions of euros), Hanau, Essen, Darmstadt, and Wesseling (tens of millions of euros at each site).

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2015 more than 33,500 employees generated sales of around EUR13.5 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about EUR2.47 billion.
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Jacobs to build linear alpha olefin unit for INEOS in Texas

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has received a contract from INEOS Oligomers to design and build a large linear alpha olefin (LAO) unit at the INEOS petrochemical complex in Chocolate Bayou, Texas, as per Jacob's press release.

The LAO unit is expected to come online in November 2018, with a production capacity of 380 Mtpy.

Jacobs is providing engineering, procurement and construction services for the new unit, which is based on proprietary and differentiated INEOS Oligomers technology.

Jacobs Senior Vice President Petroleum and Chemicals Manuel Junco stated, "With a streamlined project execution approach, our team is committed to delivering a safe, innovative facility that allows INEOS to meet increasing demand for LAO in the Gulf Coast region and beyond."

As MRC reported earlier, in June 2016, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. received a contract to provide detailed engineering and procurement assistance services to TCI Sanmar Chemical for its PVC-2 polyvinyl chloride plant expansion project in Port Said, Egypt. When complete, the PVC-2 facility’s production capacity is expected to be 200 kilo-tonnes per annum (KTPA). Combined with its other global facilities, this takes TCI Sanmar’s total PVC production capacity to 400 KTPA, strengthening the company’s position as one of the largest PVC producers in the Middle East and North Africa. The project’s schedule includes 18 months of engineering and 21 months for mechanical completion.

Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. The company employs 60,000 people and operates in more than 30 countries around the world.
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