ZPC selects LyondellBasell LDPE technology for its plant in Zhoushan City

ZPC selects LyondellBasell LDPE technology for its plant in Zhoushan City

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell announced that Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co. (ZPC) will again license LyondellBasell's high-pressure low-density polyethylene (LDPE) technology at its complex in Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, China, according to Apic-online.

The Lupotech A and Lupotech T process technologies will be used for a 100,000-t/y autoclave and a 300,000-t/y tubular line, respectively. Both trains will mainly be producing ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers.

Furthermore, an additional 400,000-t/y tubular line producing LDPE homopolymers will be built at the same site. Value of the contract and a schedule for the project were not given.

In 2018, ZPC licensed LyondellBasell's polypropylene (PP), LDPE and high-density PE (HDPE) technologies for five new plants at the complex.

The project included two 450,000-t/y PP units, based on Spherizone process technology; a 300,000-t/y and 400,000-t/y LDPE plant, based on Lupotech T process technology, and a 350,000-t/y HDPE unit, based on Hostalen ACP process technology.

As MRC wrote earlier, in July, 2021, Neste and LyondellBasell announced a long-term commercial agreement under which LyondellBasell will source Neste RE, a feedstock from Neste that has been produced from 100% renewable feedstock from bio-based sources, such as waste and residue oils and fats. This feedstock will be processed through the cracker at LyondellBasell’s Wesseling, Germany, plant into polymers and sold under the CirculenRenew brand name.

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, whereas shipments of PP random copolymers decreased significantly.

As a leader in the global chemical industry, LyondellBasell strives every day to be the safest, best operated and most valued company in our industry. The company's products, materials and technologies are advancing sustainable solutions for food safety, access to clean water, healthcare and fuel efficiency in more than 100 international markets. LyondellBasell places high priority on diversity, equity and inclusion and is Advancing Good with an emphasis on our planet, the communities where we operate and our future workforce. The company takes great pride in its world-class technology and customer focus. LyondellBasell has stepped up its circularity and climate ambitions and actions to address the global challenges of plastic waste and decarbonization. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.

Lummus appoints Atanas H. Atanasov as Chief Financial Officer

Lummus appoints Atanas H. Atanasov as Chief Financial Officer

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lummus Technology, a global provider of process technologies and value-driven technology solutions, announced that its board of directors has appointed Mr. Atanas H. Atanasov to serve as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), said the company.

In this role, Mr. Atanasov will have responsibility for Lummus’ financial management, accounting, reporting, audit, tax and treasury functions. Mr. Atanasov will assume the Chief Financial Officer role from Mr. John Albanese who is stepping down as CFO but will remain with Lummus for another 18 months to support several of the company’s strategic projects.

"We are very excited to welcome Atanas to Lummus,” said Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology. “Atanas brings to Lummus over 25 years of disciplined financial leadership experience with proven expertise in accounting, tax, financial planning and analysis, banking and capital markets. That, along with his chemical and energy-related experience, will prove valuable in driving growth and delivering value to Lummus’ customers, employees, partners and shareholders."

Mr. de Bruyn also noted the contributions of Mr. Albanese. “John has dedicated his entire career to Lummus, leaving a positive and long-lasting impact. He established the strong financial foundation we have in place today, which positions Lummus for success in the future."

Mr. Atanasov joins Lummus after previously serving as Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer of Kraton Corporation, a leading global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products. Prior to Kraton, he was CFO of Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC and CFO of NGL Energy Partners. He also spent nine years with GE Capital in various finance roles of increasing importance and responsibility.

Mr. Atanasov holds a Master of Business Administration from the Collins College of Business at the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Oral Roberts University. He is also a certified public accountant.

Lummus Technology is the global leader in developing process technologies that make modern life possible and focus on a more sustainable, low carbon future. Lummus is a master licensor of clean energy, petrochemical, refining, gas processing and renewable technologies, and a supplier of catalysts, proprietary equipment, digitalization and related lifecycle services to customers worldwide.

Lummus Technology's Green Circle and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) have announced the integration of multiple technologies from their portfolios for application in the circular economy.

As per MRC, Lummus Technology will supply 14 cracking furnaces for a Gas Chemical Complex that is part of the Ethane-rich Gas Processing Complex (GCC EGPC) located near Ust-Luga, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, on the Gulf of Finland.

Lummus Technology has been awarded a contract by Enter Engineering Pte. Ltd. for the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex in Uzbekistan. Lummus’ scope includes the design and supply of four proprietary Short Residence Time (SRT) VI and VII type cracking furnaces, which will more than double the production of ethylene at Shurtan’s facility.


ExxonMobil to shut down its No. 1 cracker in Singapore for unknown reasons

ExxonMobil to shut down its No. 1 cracker in Singapore for unknown reasons

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ExxonMobil Singapore is planning to take its No. 1 cracker in Jurong Island offline on 25 April 2022 for unspecified reasons, according to CommoPlast with reference to market sources.

The cracker, which is part of the old petrochemical complex with an annual output of 900,000 tons/year of ethylene and 490,000 tons/year of propylene, might be shut for around one to two months.

Market sources said that the decision to take the No. 1 cracker offline could be due to the production halt at the downstream plants.

In the previous week, the producer formally announced the suspension of several downstream units due to unforeseen external market factors that significantly impact the company’s businesses. ExxonMobil did not specify which units were affected by the shutdown.

Meanwhile, the company reassured buyers of a stable supply of performance polyethylene (metallocene grade). As such, it is assumed that the 650,000 tons/year metallocene PE (mPE) plant would continue to operate throughout April. The other downstream units at the Jurong complex include two PP lines with a combined capacity to 980,000 tons/year, and two LLDPE lines with total outputs of 1.25 million tons/year, which are most likely affected by the outage.

At the same time, there has not been any information on the operating status at Exxon’s second cracker at the same location at the time of this report.

As MRC reported earlier, last month, ExxonMobil announced that construction of the new linear alpha olefins (LAO) manufacturing unit at its Baytown, Texas, integrated petrochemical complex is progressing and targeting commercial start up in mid-2023. When fully operational, the new facility will have the capacity to produce approximately 350,000 metric tons of LAO annually.

We remind that in February, 2022, ExxonMobil and SABIC successful started up 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.

ExxonMobil is the largest non-government owned company in the energy industry and produces about 3% of the world's oil and about 2% of the world's energy.

Hualu Hengsheng plans BDO, NMP, PBAT project in China

Hualu Hengsheng plans BDO, NMP, PBAT project in China

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Hualu Hengsheng is planning to invest yuan (CNY) 5bn (USD784m) to construct a new materials project that will produce butanediol (BDO), N-methyl-pyrrolidone (NMP), polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT) and acetic anhydride at Jingzhou in Hubei province, the company said.

The capacities will be 200,000 tonnes/year for BDO, 100,000 tonnes/year for NMP, 30,000 tonnes/year for PBAT and 100,000 tonnes/year for acetic anhydride.

The facility will be located at Jiangling in Jingzhou. Hualu Hengsheng signed an investment agreement with Jiangling local government on the project last week. Timeline is not yet finalised.

We remind, Shandong Hualu Hengsheng Chemical is expected to release figures for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 on April 30, 2022 at the all-three-monthly financial conference. On average, 2 analysts expect earnings per share of 1.08 CNY. That would represent an increase of 44.77 percent compared to the previous year, when 0.746 CNY was generated.

Hualu Hengsheng is a China-based company principally engaged in the production and sales of chemical products. The Company's main businesses include the production and sales of chemicals and chemical fertilizers, as well as the electricity generation and heating supply businesses. The Company's primary products include fertilizers, organic amines, adipic acid and related intermediate products, acetic acid and derivatives, polyols, among others.

China refiners to reduce April crude output by 6% due to COVID-19 pandemic

China refiners to reduce April crude output by 6% due to COVID-19 pandemic

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chinese refiners are set to cut crude throughput this month by about 6%, a scale last seen in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago, to ease bulging inventories as recent COVID lockdowns undercut fuel consumption, reported Reuters with reference to industry sources and analysts.

Refiners are expected to lower crude oil processing in April by 3.7 MMt, or 900,000 bpd, equivalent to 6.3% of average national throughput in the latest annual figures, according to estimates by six industry sources and analysts.

Slowing demand at the world's top crude importer would help to cool global oil prices, which remain above USD100 after touching 14-year peaks last month, buoyed in part by supply disruption fears following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The slump in demand has also forced state refiners to export more fuel from their swelling inventories, countering government-led efforts to scale back overseas shipments after the Russia-Ukraine conflict stirred worries about supplies.

Companies are forecast to export approximately 2 MMt of gasoline, jet fuel and diesel combined this month, sources said, which could also allow Chinese refiners to reap the benefits of record Asian refining margins.

Customs data released on Wednesday showed that China's crude oil imports fell 14% in March from a year earlier. Imports had been pressured by deteriorating margins at small, independent refiners and by seasonal maintenance, and with the added impact of sliding demand, further declines are expected in April.

Chinese fuel demand took a sharp downturn in March when worsening coronavirus outbreaks were met by widespread lockdowns, including three weeks of mobility restrictions in Shanghai, China's largest city, to contain the highly contagious Omicron variant.

State refining giant Sinopec Corp, Asia's largest refiner, is leading this month's production cuts, lowering throughput by nearly half a MMbpd, followed by an estimated cut of 170,000 bpd by China's second-largest refiner, PetroChina, four sources familiar with the matter said.

As MRC wrote before, China plans to "steadily control" exports of some high carbon petrochemical products and will draw up a list of such goods, its industry ministry said, as the country strives to deal with climate change. China, the world's biggest GHG emitter, has cut export quotas of refined oil products such as gasoline and diesel to discourage plants from over-processing, as it has vowed to bring its carbon emissions to a peak by 2030.

We remind that China's state refiners are honoring existing Russian oil contracts but avoiding new ones despite steep discounts, heeding Beijing's call for caution as western sanctions mount against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. State-run Sinopec, Asia's largest refiner, CNOOC, PetroChina and Sinochem have stayed on the sidelines in trading fresh Russian cargoes for May loadings, according to sources. Chinese state-owned firms do not wish to be seen as openly supporting Moscow by buying extra volumes of oil, after Washington banned Russian oil last month and the European Union slapped sanctions on top Russian exporter Rosneft and Gazprom Neft.

We also remind that amidst the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine in Eastern Europe, key industry players are releasing announcements regarding their stand on this topic. From taking firm actions such as retracting services to provide humanitarian resources, there is a lot happening around the globe. In this curated piece, get a clear understanding on plastic additives industry’s take and the measures they are adopting that will alter the market trends and developments moving forward.