NOVATEK Group selects Topsoe hydrogen technology for their first refinery

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The hydrogen plant is slated to begin operation in the second quarter of 2020, and basic engineering has already begun, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Topsoe delivers all equipment, including pressure swing adsorption and water treatment units, as well as training of NOVATEK’s operators. The preassembled skid-mounted HTCR unit support tight construction deadlines because it can be installed at the site much faster than traditional top-fired designs.

"It is a top priority for our company to bring down construction time with no compromise on technological excellence. Topsoe’s HTCR hydrogen plant met our demands because is exceptionally compact, highly efficient, and industrially proven. In addition, the modular design brings down installation time and cost considerably. Also, HTCR met our demand for minimal water consumption," says Mr. A.V. Panov, First Deputy General Director and Chief Engineer, LLC NOVATEK – Ust-Luga.

The proprietary HTCR technology is industrially proven in many plants in the range 5,000-50,000 Nm3/hour hydrogen around the world. It can be applied as a grassroots hydrogen supply or an add-on unit in parallel to an existing plant. In Russia, UCC Shchekinoazot, AO Kuibyshev Refinery, TANECO Refinery, and Antipinsky Refinery are among the companies operating Topsoe HTCR hydrogen plants.

Many refineries demand more hydrogen to help better utilization of oil fractions and compliance with stricter regulations. Other applications for medium-sized hydrogen plants based on HTCR include specialty chemicals and the metallurgical industry.

When the hydrocracking complex is completed, LLC NOVATEK – Ust-Luga will increase production of kerosene, diesel, and naphtha due to deep conversion of atmospheric residue after distillation of stable gas condensate.

State oil company of Azerbaijan selects Honeywell for modernization program

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Honeywell announced that the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) will use Honeywell UOP's Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology to supply high-quality hydrogen as part of the modernization of the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery (HAOR) in Baku, Azerbaijan, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Pure hydrogen is essential to the refining process, where it is used to decontaminate oil and facilitate catalytic processes that produce clean-burning fuels, including those that meet Euro V standards for vehicle emissions. The PSA technology will help Azerbaijan meet growing domestic demand for transportation fuels that meet the Euro V standards.

"Honeywell UOP's hydrogen technology is an important element of SOCAR's modernization program for the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery," said Nigel Orchard, regional vice president – Europe, Africa and Central Asia, at Honeywell UOP. "The modernization program will help SOCAR to remain among the most advanced refiners in the region, further improving environmental protection along with the quality of life in Azerbaijan."

Honeywell UOP will provide two PSA units to the refinery, both of which will be controlled by Honeywell Process Solutions C300 distributed control systems.

When completed, the modernization will enable the refinery to process 7.5 million metric tons per annum of crude oil blended from local sources, including heavier Neft Dashlari and lighter Surakhani and Shirvan crude oils and efficiently produce Euro V gasoline and diesel, jet fuel and asphalt.

"Hydrogen is an important element in the refining process, being produced as a byproduct of refining, and on-purpose from a steam methane reformer," Orchard said. "UOP's PSA technology purifies this hydrogen so it essentially can be recycled into the refinery to remove impurities and to perform catalytic processes that transform crude oil into clean fuels and other products."

The Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery was originally established in 1953 by the Ministry of the Oil Industry of the former Soviet Union. In 1980, UOP installed the refinery's first CCR Platforming™ and naphtha hydrotreating units, marking an important step in the transition to high-octane gasoline production throughout the Soviet Union. On its 50th anniversary in 2003, the refinery was renamed in honor of Heydar Aliyev, the leader of Azerbaijan.

The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is involved in exploration of oil and gas fields; producing, processing, and transporting oil, gas, and gas condensate; and marketing petroleum and petrochemical products in domestic and international markets.

Shanghai SECCO to complete maintenance at PS plant

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical is in plans to restart its polystyrene (PS) plant following a maintenance turnaround, as per Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in China informed that the plant is expected to be brought on-stream this weekend. The plant was under maintenance from early-October, 2018.

Located in Shanghai, China, the PS plant has a production capacity of 300,000 mt/year.

As MRC informed before, in May 2017, BP announced that it had agreed to sell its 50% stake in the Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Company Limited (SECCO) to Gaoqiao Petrochemical Co Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), BP’s joint venture partner, for a total consideration of USD1.68 bln.

North American plastics industry associations support USMCA signing

MOSCOW (MRC) -- North America’s three largest plastics trade groups are praising the Nov. 30 signing of a new trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, as per Canplastics.

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), the Washington. D.C.-based Plastics Industry Association, and the Asociacion Nacional de Industrias del Plastico in Mexico City have issued a joint statement in response to the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), in which they “applaud the work of negotiators from the U.S., Mexico and Canada on the signing of a new, modernized trade agreement that sets the stage for greater certainty throughout the continent – certainty that will support continued business growth and innovation for the plastics industries of each party to the agreement."

"The USMCA makes crucial upgrades and updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will enable the world’s strongest trilateral trade relationship to become even stronger,” the statement said. "We urge the legislatures of the U.S., Canada and Mexico to ratify this agreement and give the industry the certainty it needs to hire new workers and invest in the future, safe in the knowledge that North America once again has a vibrant, reliable trade regime to build on."

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) also issued a statement in support of the USMCA signing, but also called on U.S. President Donald Trump to use the agreement to cancel tariffs on steel and aluminum. “The Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum still cast a shadow over the zero-tariff philosophy of the USMCA,” ACC said. “We urge President Trump to rescind all tariffs and avoid any quotas on steel and aluminum in order to maximize the job and economic growth made possible by the USMCA."

Unilever CEO Paul Polman to retire

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Paul Polman, the CEO of global consumer goods manufacturer Unilever, will retire from the company effective January 1, 2019, to be replaced byAlan Jope, who is currently the president of Unilever’s beauty and personal care division, as per Canplastics.

Polman has been Unilever CEO for over 10 years, during which time the company transitioned towards what it calls a “new model of sustainable growth.” Among other initiatives, Unilever announced plans to have all of its plastic packaging fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

“Paul is an exceptional business leader who has transformed Unilever, making it one of the best-performing companies in its sector, and one of the most admired businesses in the world,” Unilever chairman Marijn Dekkers said in a statement. “His role in helping to define a new era of responsible capitalism, embodied in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, marks him out as one of the most far-sighted business leaders of his generation.”

Jope, 54, has led beauty and personal care, Unilever’s largest division, since 2014, and has been on the company’s Leadership Executive since 2011. He joined the company as a graduate marketing trainee in 1985.

Unilever is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies. Its Canadian division, Unilever Canada, is headquartered in Toronto.