Eni is not using Russian oil in Bayernoil refinery in Germany

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Italian oil and gas company Eni said on Friday it was not using oil of Russian origin in operations related to its 20% share in the Bayernoil refinery in the Germany state of Bavaria, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Swiss firm Varo Energy, another shareholder in the Bayernoil refinery, said it had not entered into new deals to buy Russian oil since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and did not plan to. It said previous contracts had expired.

The West has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia over the invasion. The US has banned Russian oil imports, while the European Union, which is more reliant on Russian fuel, has banned investments in Russia's energy sector.

Some buyers, meanwhile, appear to be shunning Russian oil to avoid becoming entangled in sanctions.

"In 2022, Eni Deutschland as a shareholder of Bayernoil has not used Russian crude oil, nor is the use of Russian crude oil planned in the near future," a spokeswoman for Munich-based Eni Deutschland GmbH said in a written statement.

"At the moment, Eni Deutschland sources its supply share in the Bayernoil refinery via other crude oils," she said.

Bayernoil processes 10.3 MMtpy of crude to make products including gasoline, diesel, heating oil and bitumen at its Neustadt and Vohburg sites.

Alongside from Eni's 20% stake in Bayernoil, Varo Energy holds 51.4% and Russia's Rosneft owns 28.57%.

Rosneft did not reply to enquiries about Russian oil flows.

As MRC wrote earlier, Eni is evaluating conversion of its Livorno refinery in northwest Italy into a biorefinery, as part of the Italian company's wider strategy to make its activities more environmentally sustainable. Eni has already converted two of its Italian refineries and is looking to almost double its biorefining capacity to around 2 million mt/year by 2024, and expand this to at least five times by 2050, as part of its pledge to achieve complete carbon neutrality 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 2,487,450 tonnes in 2021, up by 13% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 1,494.280 tonnes, up by 21% year on year. Deliveries of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whreas shipments of PP random copolymers decreased significantly.

Eni, abbreviation of Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi, in full Eni SpA, Italian energy company operating primarily in petroleum, natural gas, and petrochemicals. Established in 1953, it is one of Europe's largest oil companies in terms of sales.

Netstal produces biodegradable packaging using all-electric Elion

Netstal produces biodegradable packaging using all-electric Elion

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Netstal is presenting a thin-wall packaging application on a fully electric ELION 1200-510 based on biodegradable PHBH, said Sustainableplastics.

The Ecocup drinking cup, with a volume of 0.33 l is made of 100% biobased polymer and produced in a two-cavity mould from French partner SN Caulonque with a cycle time of less than 4 seconds.

The material, Kaneka’s Biodegradable Polymer Green Planet, is a PHBH produced via a revolutionary bio-fermentation process using renewable plant oils as feedstock. The polymer accumulates inside the bacteria and is subsequently extracted and purified by a water-based process. Kaneka Green Planet grades are certified "OK home" and "OK industrial" compostable, with selected grades also certified "OK biodegradable soil and marine."

PHBH has been listed in the European Commission's regulation no.10/2011 for all food type contact since 2019.

As per MRC, Munich, Germany-based KraussMaffei Group will transfer its KraussMaffei High Performance AG business into an independent unit operating under the Netstal name on 1 October 2021. The new subgroup will manage the Netstal new machines and service business worldwide from its subsidiaries.

The KraussMaffei Group is a global leader in the plastics and rubber processing industries. The company covers all areas of injection molding machinery, extrusion technology and reaction process machinery.

Ground fire at Equinor refinery in Mongstad, Norway put out, no production impact

Ground fire at Equinor refinery in Mongstad, Norway put out, no production impact

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A heather fire near Equinor's Mongstad refinery in western Norway was extinguished on Monday without affecting production, reported Reuters with referece to Equinor's statement.

Police had been evacuating staff from the premises after reports of the fire in the vicinity of the plant with a processing capacity of 226,000 bpd of oil.

Only non-essential staff had been evacuated and the refinery could maintain regular production, an Equinor spokesman told Reuters.

As MRC informed earlier, Equinor's Board of Directors has recently decided to stop new investments into Russia, and to start the process of exiting Equinor’s Russian Joint Ventures (JV).

At the end of 2021 Equinor had USD 1.2 billion in non-current assets in Russia. The company expects that the decision to start the process of exiting JVs in Russia will impact the book value of Equinor’s Russian assets and lead to impairments.

Flexible foam makers in Ukraine in need of raw materials

Flexible foam makers in Ukraine in need of raw materials

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Flexible foam makers in quiet western Ukraine want to make foam but are being starved of raw materials by international companies which refuse to supply them, said Sustainableplastics.

Speaking from Poland, Artur Gredzielski of Foam Group Holdings said at the start of the invasion, his company stopped production of foam and furniture. Last week he was able to locate a tanker of polyol and a tanker of TDI in Ukraine and started up foam production "on Tuesday (March 16), but we ran out of raw materials earlier today."

Foam Group Holdings, which uses its own foam to make furniture, said it had successfully sent 50 trucks of furniture this week, and plans 70 next week from its factory in Kvasilyv, near Rivne, 200 miles west of Kyiv. But the foam production underpinning this, and the tax revenue it raises to help fund the Ukrainian resistance to the Russian attack has stopped because the plant has run out of raw materials.

"The big companies decided that they will not supply to Ukraine because of the security measures. I told them, 'we will pick it up ourselves with our forwarders. We and a Ukrainian distributor have escalated it within Europe and to the US. We believe that this decision is completely wrong. If they really want to support Ukraine, they need to support supply," Gredzielski said.

"The risk is the same for a truck as it is for a factory if it were hit, he said. 'No-one came to take it [raw materials] back, when we were invaded. I can understand the logic but from the wider perspective, the risk is small, but the benefit is very high."

In an attempt to ease the situation, the Ukrainian government has put polyols on a list of strategic raw materials that can be purchased with the country's limited supplies of hard currency such as dollars and euro. "If companies and people really want to support Ukraine, they need to support supply otherwise it is just empty words," he said. "Please reconsider your decision."

As per MRC, Dow, the world's petrochemical major, has announced new product extension of VORASURF silicone surfactants to support the growing demand for enhanced energy efficiency and sustainable solutions in the rigid polyurethane foam market, with a specific focus on spray and construction applications.

We remind, BASF and foam specialist NEVEON are working together to further develop the recycling of mattresses.
The aim is to establish a closed product loop for mattresses. Currently, discarded mattresses are mainly thermally recycled or disposed of in landfills. BASF and NEVEON want to change this and return mattress foams to the product life cycle. As early as this year, the two companies plan to obtain the first pilot quantities of recycled mattress foams made from collected used mattresses. The next step will then be to transfer the recycling to a larger scale in subsequent years.

W. R. Grace to increase prices for FCC catalysts, additives

W. R. Grace to increase prices for FCC catalysts, additives

MOSCOW (MRC) -- W. R. Grace & Co. stated that it will increase prices for its Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalysts and additives this year as contracts allow, said the company.

As Grace offers products and services that continue to deliver increasing value, it faces rapidly escalating costs for key raw materials and energy, including aluminum-derived chemicals and natural gas. In addition, freight and logistics costs continue to rise at an extraordinary rate.

Grace remains focused on reducing operational expenses through increased efficiencies; however, those efforts cannot completely offset unprecedented inflationary trends.

We will initiate pricing actions necessary to sustain our on-going investment in new technology, enhanced technical services, and leading manufacturing capabilities to serve our global customers.

As per MRC, W. R. Grace & Co., a leading independent provider of polyolefin catalyst technology, polypropylene (PP) and process services, has awarded Oriental Energy a UNIPOL PP process license for its Maoming plant in China. This is Oriental Energy's fifth polypropylene production line and its fourth, which uses the Grace UNIPOL PP process with a production capacity of 400,000 tonnes per year.

Grace, a Standard Industries company, is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. With approximately 4,300 employees, Grace operates and/or sells to customers in over 60 countries.