Wanhua Chemical has selected Scientific Design technology for EO/EG plant at Yantai

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Scientific Design Company, Inc. (SD) today announced that Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd. has selected SD’s EO/EG technology for their complex in Wanhua Yantai Industrial Park, Yantai, P.R. China, said the company.

The project will be composed of a plant having a capacity of 73 KTA Purified EO.

The award includes the license of process technology, the provision of a process design package, technical assistance and start up services and the initial charge of SD’s ethylene oxide catalyst.

SD has licensed over 100 ethylene oxide/monoethylene glycol plants in 25 countries around the

Scientific Design Company, Inc. is a process technology company providing licensing, basic engineering and catalysts for its proprietary processes. The Company is jointly owned by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and Clariant. Since its founding in 1946, Scientific Design has been one of the world’s leading process technology and catalyst development companies. Scientific Design has developed some of the petrochemical industry’s most significant process technologies and catalysts, which are used today to produce millions of tons of petrochemical intermediates in numerous process plants worldwide.

Maharashtra puts land purchase for Saudi Aramco refinery on hold

MOSCOW (MRC) -- India’s western state of Maharashtra has put on hold the process to buy land for the country’s biggest oil refinery that state-run oil companies are building with Saudi Aramco, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, after strong opposition from farmers, reported Reuters.

The USD44 billion refinery was seen as a game changer for both parties - offering India steady fuel supplies and meeting Saudi Arabia’s need to secure regular buyers for its oil.

But thousands of farmers are refusing to surrender land, fearing it could damage a region famed for its Alphonso mangoes, vast cashew plantations and fishing hamlets that boast bountiful catches of seafood.

"The entire (land acquisition) process has stayed. We haven’t acquired any land," Fadnavis told state assembly on Wednesday as opposition parties and a coalition partner Shiv Sena were opposing the refinery.

The Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (RRPL), which is running the project, says the 1.2 million barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery, and an integrated petrochemical site with a capacity of 18 million tonnes per year, will help create direct and indirect employment for up to 150,000 people, with jobs that pay better than agriculture or fishing.

RRPL, a joint venture between Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum , has said suggestions the refinery would damage the environment were baseless.

Issues related to the land for the refinery will be sorted out by the state government soon given the importance of the project, RRPL Chief Executive officer B. Ashok told Reuters.

Land acquisition has always been a contentious issue in rural India, where a majority of the population depends on farming for their livelihood.

In 2008, for example, India’s Tata Motors had to shelve plans for a car factory in an eastern state after facing widespread protests from farmers.

As MRC informed previously, in March 2018, Saudi Aramco announced that it was seeking a majority stake in a proposed refinery-cum-petrochemicals complex in Maharashtra, India.

LG Chem completes turnaround at Yeosu cracker

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LG Chem, the South Korean petrochemical major, has resumed operations at its naphtha cracker in Yeosu, according to Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in South Korea informed that the company has restarted the cracker on November 27, 2018 following a maintenance turnaround. The cracker remained off-line for around one month.

Located at Yeosu in South Korea, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1 million mt/year, propylene capacity of 500,000 mt/year.

As MRC informed before, LG Chem is planning to spend USD2.4-billion to expand its naphtha cracking center (NCC) and polyolefin (PO) plant in Yeosu, South Korea. The project, which will expand the NCC and PO facility by 800,000 t/y each, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021.

LG Chem Ltd., often referred to as LG Chemical, is the largest Korean chemical company and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. According to ICIS report, it is 15th biggest chemical company in the world in 2011. It has eight domestic factories and global network of 29 business locations in 15 countries. LG Chem is a manufacturer, supplier, and exporter of petrochemical goods, IT&E Materials and Energy Solutions.

Covestro increases stake in DIC Covestro Polymer JV to 80%

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Covestro has increased its stake in the joint venture DIC Covestro Polymer Ltd (DCP) from 50 percent to 80%, as per Worldofchemicals.

The investment is part of Covestro’s expansion of its global thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) business. The total investment sums up to a low double-digit million euro. Closing of the deal is planned for early second quarter of 2019.

DIC Corporation (DIC) will continue to support the success of DCP with its industry network, strong brand name, and as a reliable local partner.

“The strong and long-term partnership of both companies, as well as our thorough understanding of the future growth potential make this acquisition a fitting step in Covestro’s growth strategy focusing on sustainability-driven innovation,” said Dr Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro.

“DCP’s unique local capabilities together with Covestro’s global network will form a powerful combination going forward. The differentiated product portfolio fits well into our pursuit to grow in more resilient, profitable businesses. It shows a clear commitment from Covestro to the Japanese market,” added Kimiyasu Yonemaru, president of Covestro Japan.

Russian producers decreased December PVC prices

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Negotiations over December shipments of suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC) began in the Russian market this week. Expectedly producers had to reduce prices for supplies to the domestic market, according to ICIS-MRC Price Report.

SPVC prices reached the peak in the Russian market in October, and the traditional winter price fall began in November. November PVC prices decreased by roubles (Rb) 3,000–4,000/tonne from the October level.

Russian producers also had to cut December prices on average by Rb3,000/tonne. Demand for PVC from the Russian market began to decline in October under the pressure of the seasonal factor, and as a result, some producers increased exports volumes significantly.

October exports of suspension PVC from Russia exceeded 21,500 tonnes against 8,300 tonnes in September.
Total PVC exports from the country were about 109,700 tonnes in the first ten months of this year, up 52% year on year.

The demand for PVC from Russian consumers in a number of segments was at a high enough level in November as for the current time of the year. Some converters intend to keep large volumes of PVC purchases in December.

Nevertheless, despite the relatively good demand for PVC from the domestic market, Russian producers in November - December planned to increase exports further. In addition, there is an increased demand from some regions for Russian PVC. So, more than 11,000 tonnes of SPVC were shipped for export in the first half of November.

Some producers have significantly reduced their PVC stocks in the past few months on exports and intend to enter 2019 with minimal leftovers so as not to arrange so-called “winter programs” when significant discounts from current prices are given to large volumes of purchases. Overall, December deals for K64/67 PVC were negotiated in the range of Rb71,000-73,000/tonne CPT Moscow, including VAT, for lots of less than 500 tonnes.

Supply of K70 PVC has been tight for several months, and for December deliveries this material from a number of producers was on average by Rb2,000/tonne more expensive.