Shell cuts emissions by 18% in 2021

Shell cuts emissions by 18% in 2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Shell reduced greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and energy consumed last year by 18% compared to 2016 levels, with the goal remaining to cut by 50% by 2030, said Reuters.

The company has moved to increase investment in low-carbon fields, as well as hydrogen and renewable power to reduce its scope 1 and scope 2 emissions. Shell reduced the carbon intensity of the products it sells by 2-3% as of the end of last year. The announcement, part of its regular progress reports and shareholder votes on its sustainability measures, follows a Netherlands court verdict to cut its carbon output by 45% from 2019 levels by 2030.

The mandate included scope 3 emissions, a substantial challenge for fossil fuel providers, as it encompasses greenhouse gases from retail customers. In its energy transition progress report, released on Wednesday, the company said that it has reduced scope 3 emissions by 16% from 2016 levels as of the end of last year.

Shell has milestone targets of a 50% reduction in scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050, but at present has no interim target for scope 3 beyond the overarching 2050 net zero goal. At present, ,the firm’s strategy for scope 3 emissions reductions centres around reducing the sale of oil an gas products and increasing ales of low- and zero-carbon products.

We remind, Shell Plc started to withdraw staff from its joint ventures with Russia’s Gazprom PJSC as it moves forward with plans to exit investments in response to the war in Ukraine. Dozens of Shell employees on temporary assignment at the Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas export project in Russia were removed over the weekend to be relocated back to other offices, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Operations at the facility are unlikely to be affected by the move, the people said, requesting anonymity to discuss private details.

In early March, Shell plc announced its intention to phase out participation in all Russian hydrocarbon projects, including oil, oil products, gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Earlier it was noted that in April 2019, Shell announced its withdrawal from the Baltic LNG project after Gazprom's decision to change the concept of the project development, fully integrating it with the gas processing plant in Ust-Luga. In 2015, Shell became the sole partner of Gazprom in the Baltic LNG, and in 2018, the development of a technical project began. Initially, Shell estimated the capacity of the plant at 10 million tons of LNG per year, with a possible subsequent increase in capacity to 13 million tons.

Shell is a British-Dutch oil and gas concern engaged in the extraction, processing and marketing of hydrocarbons in more than 70 countries.

Eneos to purchase alternative to Russian crude oil from Middle East

Eneos to purchase alternative to Russian crude oil from Middle East

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Japan's biggest oil refiner, Eneos Holdings Inc. has no plans to buy Russian crude until all problems related to the Ukraine crisis are over and will purchase alternative supplies from the Middle East, reported Reuters with reference to its chairman's statement on Wednesday.

"For now, we intend to get alternatives from existing trading partners such as Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, but we will continue our efforts to diversify our sources to reduce reliance on the Middle East in the future," Tsutomu Sugimori, chairman of Eneos Holdings, told reporters.

Last month, Sugimori said that Eneos had stopped buying Russian crude in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "special operation."

Japan was a buyer of Russian crude in 2021.

The United States said in March it would sell 180 MM barrels of crude from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve at a rate of 1 MM barrels per day starting in May to help dampen the surge in prices following the Ukraine crisis. This represents the biggest release from the stockpile since it was created in the 1970s.

Members of the International Energy Agency, including Japan, are releasing an additional 60 MM barrels.

"It's a fairly large volume and it will have a certain effect on oil market," said Sugimori, also president of the Petroleum Association of Japan.

As MRC informed previously, earlier this month, TotalEnergies and ENEOS announced a collaboration to jointly conduct a feasibility study to assess the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in ENEOS' Negishi refinery in Yokohama city, Japan.

We remind that ENEOS Corporation restarted its naphtha cracker in Kawasaki on 1 February 2021. The company shut this cracker with an annual capacity of 515,000 tons/year of ethylene, 300,000 tons/year of propylene, and 105,000 tons/year of butadiene on 4 December, 2020, for repairment after a technical issue reported at the butadiene separation unit and initially planned to resume operations on 28 December, 2020.

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.

Japan's largest refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy was renamed ENEOS Corporation on 25 June, 2020, as part of a wider re-organization of the parent company JXTG Holdings. The move, which also involved renaming the parent company to ENEOS Holdings upon approval at its annual shareholders meeting in June 2020, comes as it strives to be a more comprehensive energy and materials company under its 2040 vision announced in May, 2019. JXTG Holdings was formed as a result of a merger between JX Holdings and TonenGeneral in April 2017. This followed the establishment of JX Holdings as a result of the merger between Nippon Oil and Nippon Mining Holdings in April 2010.

Solvay implements global price adjustment for mining products in April

Solvay implements global price adjustment for mining products in April

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay is implementing a global price adjustment of 10% to 30% on certain product lines from its Mining Solutions business, effective for all shipments as of April 1 or as contracts allow, as per the company's press release.

Offered by Solvay’s global business unit Technology Solutions, the products subject to this price adjustment are: ACCO-PHOS depressants; ACORGA extraction reagents; AERO promoters; AERODRI surfactants; AEROFLOAT promoters; AEROFROTH frothers; AEROMINE promoters; AEROPHINE promoters; CYANEX extraction reagents;
CYBREAK defoamers; CYFLOC flocculants; CYQUEST modifiers; MAX HT scale inhibitors; OREPREP frothers;
and PHOSFLOW scale inhibitors.

The price adjustment addresses the global inflationary environment and unprecedented raw material, energy and logistics costs, which have been further heightened by geopolitical tensions and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

These price increases are necessary to maintain the high quality standards that Solvay’s customers have come to expect and to provide security of supply.

As MRC reported before, earlier this month, Solvay partnered with Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials to recycle end-of-life medical components. New collaboration will help customers reach sustainability goals for high-performance Udel PSU polymers in demanding applications.

We remind that Belgian chemicals group Solvay has suspended operations and new investments in Russia after the invasion of Ukraine. The suspension is temporary and will be reviewed in due course, a spokesperson said in early March, 2022, adding that the company had put a task force in place to manage the impact of the measures.

We also remind that in August, 2020, through the acquisition of the Solvay polyamide (PA) business, BASF enhanced its R&D capabilities in Asia Pacific with new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material and part testing services. BASF is planning to integrate the R&D centers from Solvay into its R&D existing facilities in Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. The enhanced capabilities will boost BASF’s position as a solution provider to develop advanced material solutions for key industries.

Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities.

Lanxess reports strong start to year, Q1 sales

Lanxess reports strong start to year, Q1 sales

MOSCOW (MRC) -- German specialty chemicals maker Lanxess said it expects a significant rise in first-quarter core profit and sales, citing strong demand, said Reuters.

First-quarter EBITDA pre-exceptionals is expected to rise 32% to 320 million euros (USD345 million), while sales are seen up 44% at 2.43 billion, the company said. Full results for the first-quarter are due May 5.

“Demand for our high-margin specialty chemicals products remains high now. This course makes us less vulnerable to global fluctuations in demand. Nevertheless, given the geopolitical uncertainties, we remain very vigilant for the rest of the year,” CEO Matthias Zachert said.

Lanxess reports its final Q1 results on 5 May.

As per MRC, Lanxess said it was suspending its business activities in Russia due to the war in Ukraine. Thus, the company had “suspended business activities with Russian customers as far as contractually possible until further notice” and had suspended all investments in Russia. Its sales in Russia and Ukraine made up less than 1% of its global sales, it said.

Lanxess is a leading specialty chemicals company with about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 74 production sites worldwide. The core business of Lanxess is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through Arlanxeo, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, Lanxess is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber.

CNOOC shares surge by 44% in Shanghai debut

CNOOC shares surge by 44% in Shanghai debut

MOSCOW (MRC) -- China oil giant CNOOC Ltd shares surged as much as 44% in their Shanghai debut on Thursday, defying broad market weakness, as investors sought safety in the Chinese oil giant amid high energy prices and quickening inflation, reported Reuters.

After opening 20% higher, CNOOC shares immediately shot up 44% on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, hitting a price ceiling for the day and triggering a 30-minute trading halt. The stock ended the session up 27.7%.

It marked a bright spot in a bleak Shanghai market that slumped more than 2% amid COVID-19 lockdowns and geopolitical tensions.

"CNOOC is being chased by investors who are seeking shelter in big caps with relatively low valuation and high dividends," said Linus Yip, chief strategist at First Shanghai Group. "The stock also whets market appetite at a time when oil prices are climbing and inflation accelerating."

China's largest offshore oil producer raised 28.08 billion yuan ($4.41 billion) in the country's 11th-biggest public stock offering. It said it would use the proceeds to fund one gas and seven oilfield projects in China and overseas, and to replenish capital.

The Shanghai listing "is a key milestone in the company's history," CNOOC Chairman Wang Dongjin said in a statement.

CNOOC will fully exploit financing channels both home and abroad, to promote quality growth, and create value for shareholders, he added.

As MRC wrote before, China's Ministry of Commerce on Nov. 10, 2021, allocated an additional 1 million mt of quotas to Sinopec, PetroChina and CNOOC to export their domestically produced bunker fuel oil for bonded bunkering at China's ports in 2021.

CNOOC is China's third largest national oil company after CNPC and Sinopec. The company was founded in 1982. The headquarters is located in Beijing. The company is engaged in the production, processing and marketing of oil and natural gas offshore China. The Chinese government owns 70% of the company's shares.