Five-year Sabic deal goes to WorleyParsons

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (Sabic) has awarded WorleyParsons a five-year framework agreement ot provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services, WorleyParsons reported Wednesday.

According to a WorleyParsons statement, the company will assist Sabic by optimizing operating efficiency at the Saudi Arabia-based company’s five production sites in Europe.

"We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Sabic and working with them to optimize their European facilities’ performance," noted WorleyParsons CEO Andrew Wood.

WorleyParsons stated that it will execute the services from its offices in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. The company added that the EPCM deal bolsters its efforts to "establish a strong presence in the European chemicals sector."

"We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Sabic and working with them to optimise their European facilities’ performance," said Andrew Wood, Chief Executive Officer of WorleyParsons.

As MRC wrote previously, in October 2016, the first product of a new generation of low density polyethylene (LDPE) foam grades from Sabic was designed to increase production efficiency at the foam manufacturer.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) ranks among the world's top petrochemical companies. The company is among the worldпїЅs market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.

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SIDPEC chooses Grace Unipol PP process for new PP facility

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals Co. (SIDPEC) has selected W.R. Grace & Co.'s Unipol PP (polypropylene) process technology for a new 450,000 t/y world-scale PP facility in Alexandria, Egypt, as per GV.

Grace's all gas-phase Unipol process provides the "most advanced and broadest range" of homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers in the industry, Grace noted.

"As the simplest of all PP process technologies, without any moving parts inside of the reactor and less equipment than any alternative, its reliable, safe and stable operation leads to lower capital, operating and maintenance costs," said Grace.

Earlier this year, SIDPEC chose Honeywell UOP's C3 Oleflex technology for a new 500,000 t/y propylene plant at SIDPEC's refinery in Amerya, near Alexandria. No other details of the projects were given.

We also remind that, as MRC wrote previously, in June 2018, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, entered into a joint venture agreement with Dhunseri Petrochem Ltd. (Dhunseri) to acquire its Egyptian Indian Polyester Company S.A.E. (EIPET) PET facility located in Ain Sokhna free trade zone, North West of the Gulf of Suez in Egypt.

PepsiCo sets recycled-content goals

MOSCOW (MRC) -- PepsiCo Inc. wants to use 25% recycled content in its plastic packaging by the middle of the next decade, the Purchase, New York.-based company announced 26 Oct., as per Plasticsnewseurope.

"PepsiCo's sustainable plastics vision is to build a PepsiCo where plastics need never become waste. We intend to achieve that vision by reducing, recycling and reusing, and reinventing our plastic packaging — and leading global change through partnerships," said Mehmood Khan, vice chairman and chief scientific officer, in a statement.

"Already, PepsiCo is one of the world's largest users of food-grade recycled PET. To further boost recycled content across all plastic packaging and drive progress towards a circular economy for plastics, it is vital to dramatically increase global waste collection and recycling rates through investment in recycling infrastructure and technology," Khan said.

PepsiCo will use collaboration with suppliers and partners, consumer education, industry and public-private partnerships and advocacy for improved recycling infrastructure and regulatory reform to help achieve the goal, the company said.

While the 25% goal is across all plastics packaging, the company said it aims to use 33% recycled content in its PET bottles by 2025. PepsiCo recently struck an agreement with Loop Industries Inc. to use recycled PET in its products by the middle of 2020.

While the company is well known for its soft drinks, PepsiCo has a number of other brands that use plastics packaging. They include Frito-Lay, Gatorade and Tropicana.

While the company is well known for its soft drinks, PepsiCo has a number of other brands that use plastics packaging. They include Frito-Lay, Gatorade and Tropicana.

Repsol, UK waste specialist to study film waste recovery

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Spanish energy company Repsol and UK recycling specialist Saica Natur have joined forces to increase the recycling of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) film waste and develop new polyolefins with post-consumer recycled materials, as per Plasticsnewseurope.

The two companies announced 31 Oct that the partnership aimed to develop materials with high quality consistency for more demanding applications.

The partnership, which falls under Repsol’s circular economy project Reciclex, will be carried out at the Repsol’s technology centre and will make use of Saica Natur’s expertise in waste management and production of LDPE recycled pellets.

"In an environment increasingly oriented to the circularity of resources, film waste recovery is a challenge and a business opportunity alike," said Roberto Gomez, circular economy manager at Repsol’s Chemicals Division.

The objective of the partnership, according Gomez, is to develop materials that meet the demanding requirements of the film market. The agreement is part of the two companies’ circular economy pact which they signed last year.

Nature Cycle Plus, a division from Saica Natur, is specialised in the recovery, classification and treatment of LDPE to produce recyclates.

Saica Natur analyses the supply chain of its clients and proposes alternatives to maximise the use of resources so they can become secondary raw materials.

AkzoNobel acquires Malaysias Colourland Paints business

MOSCOW (MRC) -- AkzoNobel has strengthened its business in Asia by acquiring (100% shares in) Colourland Paints Sdn Bhd and Colourland Paints (Marketing) Sdn Bhd – both referred to as “Colourland Paints” – a home-grown paints and coatings manufacturer with wide distribution across Malaysia, said the producer.

The acquisition enhances AkzoNobel’s global portfolio with a much-loved local brand. It also means the company will be able to provide an improved customer experience through an expanded product offering and distribution network. Financial details were not disclosed.

“As a leading global paints and coatings company, we are proud to add the well-established brands and expertise of Colourland Paints to our business,” said AkzoNobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker. “We are looking forward to unlocking the value it will bring as we accelerate our Winning together: 15 by 20 strategy and increase our footprint in this fast-growing region.”

Added Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director of AkzoNobel Decorative Paints in the region: “This deal marks another milestone in ensuring that we continue to deliver the best brand and customer experience. The combination of global and local expertise is also an excellent strategic fit and will accelerate our development as we further build on our strong market position in Malaysia.”

The transaction includes all relevant technologies, patents, trademarks and assets of Colourland.