PE units to be brought on-stream by FREP

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Fujian Refining & Petrochemical (FREP) is in plans to restart its No. 1 & 2 polyethylene (PE) units following a maintenance turnaround, as per Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in China informed that the company is likely to complete turnaround at the units in end-December, 2018. The units were taken off-line for maintenance in end-October, 2018.

Located in Fujian province, China, the No.1 & 2 units have a production capacity of 500,000 mt/year each.

As MRC informed previously, FREP restarted its No.3 polypropylene (PP) plant in Fujian on September 23, following an unplanned outage. The plant was taken off-line on September 18, 2018 owing to a technical issues. Located in Fujian province, China, the No. 3 PP plant has a production capacity of 220,000 mt/year.

The company also operates other two PP plants at the same location with production capacity of 120,000 mt/year and 360,000 mt/year.

FREP is a joint venture between Fujian Petrochemical Co. (50%), ExxonMobil China Petroleum and Petrochemical Co. (25%) and Saudi Aramco Sino Co. (25%). Fujian Petrochemical is a 50:50 JV between Sinopec and the Fujian provincial government.

Chevron projects USD20 billion spending budget for 2019

MOSCOW (MRC) - Chevron Corp, the second largest U.S.-based oil producer, is budgeting USD20 billion for capital projects next year, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The San Ramon, California-based company said it plans to spend USD3.6 billion to produce oil and gas in the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico and USD1.6 billion for other shale investments. Chevron will spend USD4.3 billion on its Tengiz field in Kazakhstan.

About USD2.5 billion of planned spending is for the downstream business that refines, transports and markets fuels and petrochemicals.

Praxair to build new liquid hydrogen plant in La Porte

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, the leading global producer of liquid hydrogen, has announced that it has commenced construction of its fifth liquid hydrogen plant in the US, adding geographic and source diversification, as per the company's press release.

The new investment in La Porte, Texas, is in response to growing demand from customers in sectors such as material handling, aerospace, manufacturing, metals, energy and electronics.

Praxair’s new plant, scheduled to start up in 2021, will produce over 30 tons per day of high purity liquid hydrogen. It will be integrated with the recently constructed air separation plant in La Porte, resulting in energy and capital cost savings. The new plant will complement Praxair’s existing liquid hydrogen plants in California, Alabama, Indiana and New York and will enhance supply reliability.

Praxair operates over 50 hydrogen generation plants and six pipeline networks globally. The La Porte hydrogen liquefier will be integrated with Praxair’s 350-mile gulf coast hydrogen pipeline network and storage cavern.

As MRC informed before, in summer, 2017, Praxair, Inc. started up a new air separation plant to supply 700 tons per day of nitrogen to Samsung’s display manufacturing complex in Tangjeong, South Korea.

Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company with 2016 sales of USD11 billion, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others.

European Coatings Show 2019: BASF to present new solutions covering the needs of customers

MOSCOW (MRC) -- At the 2019 European Coatings Show (ECS), which is going to take place in Nuremberg from March 19 to 21, BASF experts and specialists from BTC, the European distribution organization of BASF, will present new raw materials for the coatings, paint and construction industries at booth 523 in hall 7A, said the company.

The broad range of products offered by BASF includes dispersions, resins, additives, light stabilizers, antioxidants, pigments, hardeners, cross-linking agents, reactive diluents and solvents.

White coated furniture is becoming more and more popular, especially in living rooms and kitchens. However, in everyday life it can easily happen that colored liquids such as coffee or red wine leave irreversible stains on bright furniture surfaces – a major problem particularly for waterborne coatings. This does not have to be: Due to the new, physically drying resins, the recently launched Joncryl® 95XX series, furniture coatings end up with high levels of chemical resistance against aqueous stains even after 16 hours of exposure (according to DIN 68861-1B); they are also suitable for DIY-applications. Furthermore, Dispex® Ultra PX 4575, a dispersing agent for water-based systems, supports excellent chemical resistance and leads to greatly improved storage stability and anti-sedimentation behavior. For industrial UV applications, where immediate availability of properties is necessary, BASF developed Laromer® UA 9135 Aqua. The UV curable dispersion is designed for the formulation of highly resistant furniture coatings, fulfilling latest regulations and technical properties. It does not contain stenomeric monomers and Bisphenol A (BPA), offers immediate chemical and scratch resistance and is very compatible with mixing components (e.g. acrylic combination partners).

The screeds used in industrial buildings such as warehouses and cellars must withstand high levels of abrasion stress. Therefore, they are often coated with epoxy floor coating systems. From now on, there will be a waterborne alternative to conventional reactive systems: The new dispersion Acronal® 5522 for mineral surface protection combines the required performance with sustainability features. Floor coatings based on this acrylic composite polymer do not require labelling and can be applied easily.

Self-levelling underlayments (SLUs) gain increasing acceptance, when it comes to ensuring smooth and crater-free surfaces for subsequent floor installations. No wonder, as they can be applied easily and offer good mechanical properties compared with conventional methods. Melflux® SELECT 4411 F constitutes a new PCE based superplasticizer that has been specifically designed for classical ternary SLUs. This new superplasticizer in powder form enables longer slump retention and improved temperature robustness as well as compatibility with all kinds of fruit-based acids. Due to a reduced retarder dosage customers benefit from cost savings and achieve better hardening properties.

Universal adhesion performance on various substrates, low solvent demand and formulation robustness combined all in one solution offers Basonol PU 1035 W. This very flexible OH-functional aliphatic polyurethane dispersion (PUD) is suitable for 2K polyurethane (PUR) primer applications ideal for plastic and 1K melamine w/wo blocked polyisocyanate crosslinking primer applications on metal substrates. It does not contain any organic solvents e.g. N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidon (NMP) or N-Ethyl-2-pyrrolidon (NEP) and can be used as universal blending partner for acrylic dispersions.

AVEVA announces new global agreement with KBR

MOSCOW (MRC) -- AVEVA, a global leader in engineering and industrial software, announced KBR has signed a multi-phase agreement. AVEVA will be an important contributor to KBR’s digital transformation which will help to deliver significant cost savings and to provide service excellence to their clients, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

This enterprise agreement was only made possible due to the expanded, end-to-end solutions, technologies and services now part of the enhanced AVEVA portfolio. This agreement spans all three of KBR’s synergistic global businesses: Hydrocarbon Services, Technology, and Government Services.

"We are excited to work with AVEVA to accelerate our business transformation into being an industry-leading digital enterprise capable of providing even better value-added engineering and procurement services for our customers," said John Thomson, CIO of KBR. "The strength and depth of the AVEVA suite was a good fit for our needs, including their industry knowledge, digital solution expertise and service delivery excellence."

KBR will leverage AVEVA’s engineering and industrial solution portfolio to further digitally transform the delivery of KBR’s technology, value added services, integrated EPC and long-term operations and maintenance services. KBR can extend its Digital Asset delivery expertise by combining the strength of its EPC work with its world class Technology, Consulting and Industrial Services offerings.

"Leveraging 3D enhanced visualization - a Digital Twin - with performance monitoring, is just one example of how KBR can deliver compelling and differentiated value to plant operators and maintenance personnel during a plant’s full lifecycle, from pre-FEED through to decommissioning,” said Steen Lomholt-Thomsen, AVEVA’s Head of Global Sales, “As a result, KBR’s customers can benefit from reduced capital expenditures, faster and safer project delivery, smoother start-up and a single source of data for greater efficiency during project delivery and across operations and maintenance processes.

As MRC wrote before, in July 2018, BASF selected AVEVA to accelerate their strategic Smart Manufacturing programme. BASF will implement AVEVA’s Enterprise Asset Performance Management (APM) solution to improve connectivity of people, processes, and equipment, creating additional value for their customers through greater asset availability and workforce efficiency.