SABIC to use Amarinth pumps in Yanbu petrochemical refinery

SABIC to use Amarinth pumps in Yanbu petrochemical refinery

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Amarinth has delivered an order through Gas Arabian Services for bespoke compact API 610 vertical in-line pumps to be used in the SABIC petrochemical refinery, Yanbu, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The Yanbu petrochemical refinery in the Al Madinah province of Saudi Arabia processes 400,000 bpd of crude oil from the Manifa offshore field producing high-quality, ultra-low sulfur-refined products. Two horizontal pumps were originally specified for the hazardous area, but these would not fit within the heavily restricted space. Amarinth therefore proposed using API 610 vertical in-line pumps.

The pumps were required on a tight 30-week delivery schedule and so Amarinth used its renown know-how and agility to leverage its existing range of API 610 vertical in-line pumps and create a bespoke design with a footprint of just 420mm x 420mm. The company used FEA analysis and a suite of design tools to ensure the pumps would operate reliably within the tight design envelope.

As MRC informed previously, in January 2022, ExxonMobil and SABIC announced the successful startup of Gulf Coast Growth Ventures world-scale manufacturing facility in San Patricio County, Texas. The new facility will produce materials used in packaging, agricultural film, construction materials, clothing, and automotive coolants. The operation includes a 1.8 MM metric tpy ethane steam cracker, two polyethylene (PE) units capable of producing up to 1.3 MM metric tpy, and a monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit with a capacity of 1.1 MM metric tpy.

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.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world's top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world's market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.
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Chevron Singapore launches Caltex carbon offset programme

Chevron Singapore launches Caltex carbon offset programme

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chevron Singapore Pte. Ltd., which markets the Caltex® retail brand in Singapore, has launched the Caltex Carbon Offset Programme, the first voluntary carbon offset programme for its Caltex service stations in Singapore, said the company.

Integrated into CaltexGO, Caltex’s mobile payment app, customers enrolled in the Caltex loyalty programme can choose to opt-in and use their loyalty points earned from their fuel purchase to offset a portion of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the combustion of the fuel purchased when they make payment for their fuel purchases via the CaltexGO app.

Using loyalty points voluntarily contributed by customers enrolled in the Caltex loyalty programme, Caltex and/or its affiliates will purchase verifiable carbon offsets from projects that reduce, remove or avoid portion of GHG emissions from the atmosphere and retire such carbon offsets on a monthly basis, so as to offset a portion of the greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of relevant fuel purchased.

When customers fuel up at Caltex service stations and pay via the CaltexGO app, a fuel purchase of 50 litres will generate 100 loyalty points. The customer may opt in to contribute their loyalty points earned from their fuel purchase towards the purchase of carbon offsets and offset a portion of the GHG emissions from the combustion of their fuel purchased. These carbon offsets are verified by an independent third-party, the Verified Carbon Standard Program.

For the launch, Chevron Singapore has chosen to purchase carbon offsets from identified nature-based projects from the Verra registry. More details of the projects can be found in Annex A.

"Chevron Singapore is committed to protecting the environment and we believe our customers are too. By integrating the option to participate in the Caltex Carbon Offset Programme in CaltexGO, we kept it simple, allowing our customers to enjoy the seamless experience they are familiar with,” said Fish. “We will continue to test and evaluate our programme to provide lower carbon options for our customers in the future."

As MRC wrote earlier, in August 2021, Chevron and other partners said they are investing in a startup to build modular waste-to-green hydrogen and renewable synthetic fuel facilities in northern California with tentative plans to eventually grow worldwide. The USD20 million investment in Wyoming-based Raven SR is focused on technology to develop combustion-free, green hydrogen for transportation that is cleaner than so-called blue hydrogen derived from natural gas.

We remind that Chevron Phillips Chemical, a joint venture of Phillips 66 and Chevron, will make a final investment decision on a new cracker in far southeast Texas in 2022, followed by an FID in 2023 on an USD8 billion joint venture petrochemical complex along the US Gulf Coast in 2023.

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.

Headquartered in San Ramon, California, Chevron Corporation is the the second-largest integrated energy company in the United States and among the largest corporations in the world. Chevron is involved in upstream activities including exploration and production, downstream activities including refining, marketing and transportation, and advanced energy technology. Chevron is also invested in power generation and gasification processes.
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BASF Venture Capital invests in Oceanworks, a sustainable plastic sourcing platform

BASF Venture Capital invests in Oceanworks, a sustainable plastic sourcing platform

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF Venture Capital GmbH (BVC), the corporate venture company of BASF Group, announced a strategic investment in Oceanworks, a sustainable plastic solutions provider that brings traceability and transparency through digitalization to recycled plastics, said the company.

Oceanworks is based in the U.S. and offers a powerful platform for brands looking to reliably secure high-quality sources of ocean, ocean-bound, and averted PCR plastic (Post-consumer recycled products are made from recycled plastic and discarded materials.). For BVC this investment underlines BASF’s commitment to developing sustainable solutions to raise the transformation towards a circular economy to a new level.

Plastics are an integral part of everyday life. But too much plastic too often ends up in the sea after its intended use. The responsible handling of plastic waste is therefore critical. One aspect of this is recycling: more and more companies aim for higher recycled content rates in their products and need new trusted sources of recycled plastics.

Oceanworks, with its global marketplace for recycled plastic materials and products offers a sophisticated solution. The young company makes it easy for buyers to source recycled plastics likely to add to the 11 million tons of plastic flowing into the ocean each year. Digitized blockchain-based traceability, material quality assurance, global logistics and marketing support are part of Oceanworks’ offer for its customers and their partners.

BASF Venture Capital’s investment comes as a part of Oceanworks Series Seed financing, enabling the company to accelerate the development of its sourcing engine and track-and-trace verification for recycled ocean plastic. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the investment.

As MRC reported earlier, Air Liquide and BASF plan to develop world largest cross-border CCS value chain. The goal is to significantly reduce CO2 emissions at the industrial cluster in the port of Antwerp. The joint project has been selected for funding by the European Commission through its Innovation Fund, as one of the seven large-scale projects out of more than 300 applications.

We remind that BASF aims is to electrify its production processes for basic chemicals, which are currently based on fossil fuels.

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 1,868,160 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 18% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.

BASF is the leading chemical company. It produces a wide range of chemicals, for example solvents, amines, resins, glues, electronic-grade chemicals, industrial gases, basic petrochemicals and inorganic chemicals. The most important customers for this segment are the pharmaceutical, construction, textile and automotive industries.

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Mitsui Chemicals announced sales of plant-derived high-index lens materials

Mitsui Chemicals announced sales of plant-derived high-index lens materials

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. announced an April 1 sales launch date for its newest product, MR-160DG, said the company.

Boasting a refractive index of 1.60, MR-160DG™ is being added to Mitsui Chemicals’ Do Green™ series of plant-derived high-index lens materials. MR-160DG™ has received Biomass Mark certification from the Japan Organics Recycling Association (JORA), which will make this new offering the world’s first optical lens material to be sold with Biomass Mark certification and a refractive index of 1.60.

Making use of an unparalleled material known as thiourethane resin, Mitsui Chemicals’ MR™ series exhibits characteristics not found in conventional resins. The series is rated highly as an optical lens brand of its own that underpins the superb quality of the world’s top brand optical lenses, and is used in many such lenses throughout the world.

Built upon the exceptional optical performance of MR, the Do Green series is thin and light; is safe and resistant to breakage; has lasting appeal; and provides a clear view. Following on from the ultrahigh-index product here that is Do Green™ MR-174™ and its refractive index of 1.74, the new offering from Mitsui Chemicals comes as a mass-market product with a refractive index of 1.60.

Mitsui Chemicals declared in November 2020 that it will endeavor to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. To this end, Mitsui Chemicals is pursuing a carbon neutral strategy based on the two-pronged approach of reducing the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions while also maximizing the ability of the Group’s products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Based on this strategy, Mitsui Chemicals’ Vision Care Materials Business aims to flesh out its lineup of Do Green™ products so as to meet various customer needs and provide solutions to social issues, ultimately contributing to a cohesive society in harmony with the environment.

As per MRC, Mitsui Chemicals, Maruzen Petrochemical Co., Toyo Engineering Corporation and Sojitz Machinery Corporation announced that a joint pilot project to be demonstrated by the four companies is to be funded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.

As MRC informed before, earlier this month, Covestro entered into an agreement with Mitsui Chemicals on the supply of raw materials phenol and acetone from ISCC Plus certified mass-balanced sources. Both components will be used for the production of polycarbonate at Covestro's Asian sites in Shanghai, China, and Map Ta Phut, Thailand. The high-performance plastic is used, for example, in car headlights, LED lights, electronic and medical devices and automotive glazing. Japan's Mitsui Chemicals and Mitsui & Co., Ltd are already a long-standing supplier to Covestro.
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Sinopec plans its biggest capital expenditure in history

Sinopec plans its biggest capital expenditure in history

MOSCOW (MRC) -- China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, better known as Sinopec, is planning its highest capital investment in history for 2022 after recording its best profit in a decade, echoing Beijing’s call for energy companies to raise production, said the company.

Sinopec expects to spend 198 billion yuan (USD31.10 billion) in 2022, up 18% from a year ago, beating the previous record of 181.7 billion yuan set in 2013, according to a company statement filed to the Shanghai Stocks Exchange on Sunday.

It plans to invest 81.5 billion yuan in upstream exploitation, especially the crude oil bases in Shunbei and Tahe fields, and natural gas fields in Sichuan province and the Inner Mongolia region.

We remind, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), the country's largest oil refiner, said its net profit rose 114% in 2021 from the previous year. The net profit attributable to shareholders of the parent company stood at 71.21 billion yuan (11.18 billion U.S. dollars) in 2021, the company said on Sunday. Its operating revenue reached 2.74 trillion yuan last year, up 30.2%year on year.

As it was written earlier, Sinopec will divest a 50% stake in Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical for a price of Yuan 10.3 bn (USD1.6 bn). The 50% stake comprises of 15% that is owned directly by Sinopec and 35% owned by its offshoot Sinopec Gaoqiao Petrochemical. Previously, Shanghai SECCO was 50% owned by BP East China, with Sinopec and Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical holding 30% and 20% stakes, respectively. The interest of BP was sold to Sinopec Gaoqiao Petrochemical in 2017.

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