PP imports to Belarus rose by 1.5% in January-November 2021

MOSCOW (MRC) - Imports of polypropylene (PP) into Belarus increased to about 106,400 tonnes in first eleven months of this year, up 1.5% year on year. The greatest increase in imports accounted for homopolymer PP, according to MRC DataScope.

November PP imports into Belarus dropped to 9,000 tonnes from 9,100 tonnes a month earlier. Local companies increased their purchases of injection moulding propylene copolymers in Russia. Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 106,400 tonnes in January-November 2021, compared to 104,900 tonnes a year earlier. The volume of homopolymer PP imports increased, while the demand for propylene copolymers decreased.

The structure of PP imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.

November imports of homopolymer PP practically remained at a level a month earlier and amounted to less than 6,800 tonnes. Overall imports of homopolymer PP reached 78,800 tonnes in the first ten months of the year, up by 2.9% year on year.

November imports of propylene copolymers to Belarus were about 2,200 tonnes versus 2,300 tonnes a month earlier, local companies decreased significantly their procurement of injection moulding block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymer) from Russian producers.
Thus, overall imports of propylene copolymers reached 27,600 tonnes in January-November 2021, down by 2.4% year on year.


PT Polytama Propindo selects LyondellBasell Spheripol technology for its PP plant in Inonesia

PT Polytama Propindo selects LyondellBasell Spheripol technology for its PP plant in Inonesia

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell announced that PT Polytama Propindo will use the LyondellBasell Spheripol technology for expanding their existing facility, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The process technology will be used for an additional 300 KTA polypropylene (PP) plant to be built in Balongan, West Java, Indonesia, that is expected to be completed in 2024.

“PT Polytama Propindo is a long time customer of LyondellBasell and we are excited to be part of their growth aspirations with this new license for Spheripol technology,” said Jim Seward, Senior Vice President, R&D, Technology and Sustainability at LyondellBasell. Seward added, “Our Spheripol technology has been operating reliably at the Balongan site since the mid-90s, producing high value polypropylene resins. We therefore believe that the selection of this new Spheripol technology line was a natural choice for PT Polytama Propindo.”

Mr. Didik Susilo, President Director at PT Polytama Propindo stated: “The teams showed tremendous efforts to develop a site and specific solution allowing us to produce a wide range of polypropylene products based on LyondellBasell’s Spheripol technology. Opting again for a license from the market leader allows us to stay focused on implementing the project in a safe and timely manner.”

As MRC reported earlier, LyondellBasell announced it has been selected by Jiangsu Fenghai High-tech Materials Co. to supply the technologies for a polyolefin project to be built in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China. The new facility will include the production of 400,000-t/y PP, based on LyondellBasell?s Spheripol technology, and 300,000 t/y of high density polyethylene (HDPE) using its Hostalen ACP process.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,363,850 tonnes in January-November, 2021, up by 25% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 13,000 employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies.MRC

Shell to shut Pernis, Netherlands oil refinery for five-month turnaround until late June

Shell to shut Pernis, Netherlands oil refinery for five-month turnaround until late June

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Royal Dutch Shell said it plans to carry out major maintenance work at its Pernis oil refinery in the Netherlands in the coming five months, reported Reuters.

"We will inspect a large number of installations from the inside and out, clean them and replace parts", Shell said in a statement.

The work at Europe’s largest oil refinery, which has a capacity to process 404,000 bpd, will start at the end of January and is expected to last until the end of June, the company said.

As MRC informed earlier, Shell conducted a major maintenance on a unit at its Pernis oil refinery in the Netherlands from mid-October to end November, 2020.

We remind that Shell plans to reduce its refining and chemicals portfolio by more than half, it said in July 2020 without giving a precise timeframe. The move is part of the Anglo-Dutch company's plan to shrink its oil and gas business and expand its renewables and power division to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sharply by 2050.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,265,290 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2021, up by 14% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,363,850 tonnes in January-November, 2021, up by 25% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is an Anglo-Dutch multinational oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office in London, United Kingdom. It is the biggest company in the world in terms of revenue and one of the six oil and gas "supermajors". Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading.

China nets independent oil refiners, PetroChina unit in oil probe

China nets independent oil refiners, PetroChina unit in oil probe

MOSCOW (MRC) -- China found three independent oil refiners evaded fuel tax and punished a unit of a state oil major for irregular crude oil trade following months of investigations, part of a broader clampdown to consolidate its massive refining sector, said Reuters.

Under a drive to rein in surplus refining capacity and cut carbon emissions, Beijing last year introduced measures such as cutting import quotas and slapping a hefty tax on imports of blending fuels. That has led to China's first annual fall in crude oil imports, the world's largest, in two decades.

The clampdown is also set to result in a shrinking market share of the small independent refiners in China's oil imports, while allowing state refiners such as Sinopec Corp to reclaim market dominance. "The crackdown on teapots and blenders and the emission policy led to the collapse in 2021 crude imports. These are long lasting effects and will continue into 2022." said Liu Yuntao, analyst with Energy Aspects.

In October, Reuters reported that Unipec, the trading arm of Asia's largest refiner Sinopec, had stepped in to supply crude oil to Liaoning Bora and Panjin Haoye Chemical. A senior official with Bora Group declined to comment when contacted by Reuters and deferred media queries to the Panjin city government. Calls to Haoye Chemical were unanswered.

The firm is a subsidiary under China National Petroleum Corp. PetroChina said earlier it has always been cooperating with the government probe.

As per MRC, global oil refining capacity fell for the first time in 30 years last year, as new capacity was outweighed by closures. Refining capacity was down by 730,000 bpd in 2021, the IEA said, but net additions were expected to amount to 1.2 MMbpd in 2022.

As MRC wrote previously, China's refinery output hit a fresh high in 2021, up 4.3% from a year earlier on robust fuel demand especially in the first half of the year, and as refiners ramped up processing to fill a supply gap after a hefty new tax closed loopholes in blending fuel imports. Total refinery throughput last year reached 703.55 MM tons, or 14.07 MMbpd, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday, roughly 620,000 bpd above the 2020 level.

Swiss Clariant opens oilfield chem facilities in Angola

Swiss Clariant opens oilfield chem facilities in Angola

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant opened two oilfield chemical facilities in Angola, said the Swiss specialty chemicals company.

One facility, near Soyo at the mouth of the Congo River, was opened earlier this month and has already supplied first chemicals to offshore customers, “a landmark for Clariant’s deepwater operations in Africa”, the company said. Processing capacity at Soyo is expected to reach up to 1,000 tonnes/month.

The 3,400 square-metre complex also comprises offices and a covered warehouse with decanting and filtering equipment. Clariant also opened a warehouse and laboratory complex in Viana, near the Angolan capital Luanda.

"Over the last few years, we’ve significantly grown our operational footprint and capabilities in Angola,” said Mark Swift, head of Oil Services Africa at Clariant. "This base is of strategic importance to Clariant in Angola and makes a statement that we are ambitious and determined to grow the business in this area," he added. Clariant did not disclose how much money it had invested.

As it was earlier said, Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, completed the sale of its Pigments business to a consortium of Heubach Group and SK Capital Partners.

As MRC informed before, in October 2020, Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) announced the construction of a new state-of-the-art catalyst production site in China. This project represents a significant investment which further strengthens Clariant’s position in China and enhances its ability to support its customers in the country’s thriving petrochemicals industry.

Clariant AG is a Swiss chemical company and a world leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the textile, printing, mining and metallurgical industries. It is engaged in processing crude oil products in pigments, plastics and paints.