Evonik to build silica plant in South Carolina

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Evonik Industries is building a production plant for precipitated silica in the US state of South Carolina to supply the tire industry, said the producer on its site.

The industry needs high-quality precipitated silica for producing fuel-efficient tires with good wet grip properties, which can save up to 8% fuel in comparison to conventional car tires.

In North America, the demand for tires with reduced rolling resistance and the associated higher fuel efficiency is experiencing above-average growth. Evonik is building the new plant near Charleston, South Carolina, close to the production plants of large tire manufacturers. The facility with an investment volume of around USD120 million is to be completed in 2018.

"The investment is an important part of our strategy to expand our position as a global partner for the automotive supplier industry,” Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries AG, said. “With the construction of the plant in the Southeastern United States and the planned acquisition of the silica business of Huber, we are strengthening our Resource Efficiency growth segment and are extending our leading market positon as a silica provider."

The use of silica in combination with silanes allows for manufacturing tires with significantly reduced rolling resistance that save fuel (compared to conventional car tires). Green tires therefore contribute to climate protection.

As MRC informed earlier, Evonik Resource Efficiency will invest in a capacity expansion of its performance foams business at its production site in Darmstadt, Germany.

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. 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.

Technip and Chemetry signed cooperation agreement for EDC technology

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Technip and Chemetry have signed an exclusive cooperation agreement for the licensing and engineering of Chemetry’s eShuttle technology for the production of ethylene dichloride (EDC), as per Technip's press release.

EDC is a commodity chemical produced worldwide and used primarily for PVC plastic production.

The technology uses a metal halide ion process to produce high purity EDC without the generation of chlorine gas. The process reduces electrical power consumption compared to latest generation chlor-alkali processes. Power savings can be reduced by nearly half compared to older diaphragm or mercury-based processes. Additionally, the process is suited for integration with oxygen depolarized cathode technology. The technology was pioneered in Chemetry’s laboratory and integrated pilot demonstration facilities in Moss Landing, California.

Technip’s operating center in Boston, Massachusetts will manage the agreement, with support from Technip’s office in Lyon, France. Both centers are part of Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, which looks after Technip’s expanding portfolio of onshore process technologies in petrochemicals, refining, hydrogen and syngas, polymers and gas monetization.

"Since its founding, Chemetry has been focused on redefining how chemicals are made," Dr. Ryan Gilliam, Chemetry CEO, said. "From lower energy requirements and improved margins, to less impact on the environment and safer operation, we are developing a technology platform that will have a lasting impact."

The eShuttle technology uses the same feedstocks and produces the same products (EDC, caustic and hydrogen) as conventional processes, allowing retrofitting to existing chlor-alkali/EDC plants.

As MRC wrote previously, in October 2016, Technip was awarded by Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC) Kazanorgsintez a contract to provide engineering and procurement of three proprietary SMK grassroots furnaces at Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. The furnaces will be part of the ethylene plant at the site. This project is another step in Kazanorgsintez’ ongoing cracking furnaces replacement program and confirms the long-standing relationship between the two companies.

In 2007 and 2015, Technip supplied SMK double-cell cracking furnaces to Kazanorgsintez with successful start-up and operation. This furnace type is particulary suitable for cracking high-capacity, low-cost ethane and propane gas feedstock. Technip’s operating center in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, will execute the project, which is scheduled for mechanical completion in 2018.

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Sinclair Casper Refining pays USD655K in cleanup costs to EPA

МOSCOW (MRC) -- Sinclair Casper Refining Company has paid $655,000 to reimburse the US Environmental Protection Agency for response costs incurred at the Empire State Oil Company Refinery Site in Thermopolis, Wyoming, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The company entered into a settlement agreement with EPA for the recovery of past costs associated with the cleanup of the site, including the removal of asbestos, in September. EPA received payment last week.

The Thermopolis refinery site operated as an oil refinery from 1920 until 1969. Beginning in 1974, the refinery was razed and equipment was sold and removed from the site by various entities, including Sinclair’s predecessor, Little America Refining Company. During demolition activities, a significant amount of asbestos-contaminated pipe insulation was stripped from equipment and disposed at the site.

EPA assessed the property in 2011 and identified significant asbestos contamination on the ground surface. In November 2013, EPA removed approximately 4,000 cubic yards of asbestos-containing materials and soils from the site. Excavated areas were backfilled with clean native soil from a property near the site and were re-seeded the following spring.

The agreement with Sinclair Casper Refining was entered into under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Recovery Act, also known as Superfund. Funds recovered as part of this settlement agreement will be deposited into the Superfund account used to address cleanup needs at contaminated sites across the United States.

The administrative settlement published in the Federal Register on Sept. 20, and became effective following a 30-day public comment period.

LiqTech to install water treatment system at DuPont facility

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LiqTech International, Inc. announced that the company has received a USD350,000 order for the company's water treatment systems for flue gas condensate, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The order was received from DuPont and will be installed at their facility in Grindsted, Denmark.

"We have invested significant resources in developing a standardized system for the treatment of flue gas condensate,” Sune Mathiesen, LiqTech CEO, said. “Our technology has proven to be well suited for this challenging application and we are very pleased to note that our product is gaining still more interest and acceptance from the industry."

"We are very happy to work with LiqTech on this project,” Steffen Bendstrup, DuPont Team Leader, said. “They have a proven technology and based on their prior experience they were able to provide us with the necessary process guarantees. When the system is installed it will remove heavy metals before discharge. In the future we have the opportunity to further add a reverse osmosis system, which will allow us to reuse the water."

DuPont is an American chemical company that was founded in July, 1802. The company manufactures a wide range of chemical products, leading extensive innovative research in this field. The company is the inventor of many unique plastics and other materials, including neoprene, nylon, Teflon, Kevlar, Mylar, Tyvek, etc. DuPont was the developer and main producer of Freon used in the production of refrigeration equipment.

Gazprom Neft and NIOC signed initial agreement for oil field studies

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Russia's Gazprom Neft and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday for feasibility studies on development of two oil fields, reported Reuters with reference to Iran's oil ministry news agency SHANA.

Gazprom will study both Changouleh and Cheshmeh-Khosh oil fields in Western Iran.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Iranian counterpart, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, were present at the signing ceremony in Tehran.

As MRC informed previously, in 2014, Shell and Gazprom Neft have kicked off pilot shale oil exploration under their joint venture partnership in Siberia.

Gazprom Neft, is the fourth largest oil producer in Russia and ranked third according to refining throughput. It is a subsidiary of Gazprom, which owns about 96% of its shares. The company is registered and headquartered in St. Petersburg after central offices were relocated from Moscow in 2011.