thyssenkrupp to build three major polymer plants for Merions in Turkey

thyssenkrupp to build three major polymer plants for Merions in Turkey

MOSCOW (MRC) -- thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions’ subsidiary Uhde Inventa-Fischer signed a contract to build new world-scale polymer plants for MERINOS HALI SANAYI VE TICARET A.S., Turkey, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The plant will use Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s proprietary patented MTR (Melt-to-Resin) technology to produce 330,000 tpy of resin for the production of PET bottles as well as bright chips for textile applications.

Ali Erdemoglu, Chairman of Merinos Hali San. Ve Tic. A.S.: “The foundations of the companies and brands of Erdemoglu Holding, which have become a giant company by adding new ones to its achievements day by day, were laid in 1970. Merinos Hali, one the major group of companies of Erdemoglu Holding, will secure his international quality standard and global leadership in the carpet industry with its state-of-the-art production facilities. It is an honor to cooperate with UIF for our growth strategy."

Werner Steinauer, CEO of Uhde Inventa-Fischer: “We are very proud that Merinos chose us to build a MTR plant for bottle grade and textile application. Scope of delivery for all plants includes basic and detail engineering, delivery of all necessary components, technical services regarding plant erection as well as supervision of erection and commissioning."

MTR – a cost-effective solution for producing high-quality PET resin The MTR process eliminates the SSP (solid-state polycondensation) and leads to substantial energy savings. It reduces investment, operating and maintenance costs, has a higher raw material yield and results in products of superior quality. The MTR process is based on Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s proprietary 2-Reactor technology which uses the patented ESPREE and DISCAGE reactors to obtain the desired high melt viscosities.

As per MRC, Thyssenkrupp suspended its 2021/22 forecast for free cash flow before mergers and acquisitions for due to the Ukraine crisis and said it was unclear if it would still be able to spin off its steel division, said the company.
Although the group’s sales from Russia and Ukraine are negligible at significantly less than one percent of total sales, the Executive Board estimates that the group’s business performance will be impacted by the far-reaching macroeconomic and geopolitical consequences of the war in Ukraine. The Executive Board currently assumes that the global disruptions at various points in the supply chain will affect above all thyssenkrupp’s steel and automotive supply businesses. Opposing developments in materials trading, which is benefiting from the current increase in raw material and material prices, and the countermeasures initiated will not be able to fully compensate these impacts.

Braskem Idesa announced partner for new $400 MM Mexico ethane terminal

Braskem Idesa announced partner for new $400 MM Mexico ethane terminal

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Braskem Idesa's new partner in a USD400 MM investment in an ethane import terminal in Mexico will be Advario, part of the storage and logistic infrastructure company Oiltanking, Braskem said on June 14, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Construction is scheduled to begin in July and end in 2024. The venture is majority owned by Sao Paulo-based Braskem with Mexico?s Idesa group as minority partner. Braskem and Idesa have been partners since winning in a consortium a tender for a long-term contract to buy ethane from Mexico?s Pemex about 12 years ago. The Puerto Mexico Chemical Terminal, as the ethane import terminal project will be called, will create 2,000 jobs during construction, the company has said.

The site will be connected to Braskem Idesa?s polymer complex through an 11-kilometer pipeline. Braskem Idesa built the Nanchital complex to produce ethylene based on the contract to purchase the ethane feedstock that it had won in public bidding.

Braskem Idesa?s ethylene and polyethylene complex in Nanchital has capacity to produce 1.1 MMtpy of polyethylene. It needs imported ethane because Mexican ethane production declined over the past decade and Pemex cannot supply enough feedstock to run the plant at capacity. The Nanchital plant has not run at capacity since completion in 2016.

A new jetty will also be built with an exclusive area for operations with cryogenic ethane, the company said. Advario's portfolio comprises world-scale storage terminals located strategically in key hubs across the globe, Braskem Idesa said.

Braskem had said in its first quarter earnings call that it planned to make an announcement of a partner by June. The Braskem investment is the biggest current foreign private investment in Mexico. Braskem started to import ethane from the U.S. around the first quarter of 2020 but it is limited in the volumes that it can import due to logistics constraints that will be solved with the new terminal.

Ethane, fractioned from natural gas, is the raw material for the ethylene that is polymerized into the polyethylene material most commonly seen as plastic supermarket bags or milk jugs.

As per MRC, Braskem S.A. informs its shareholders and the market that its indirect subsidiary Braskem Idesa has entered into agreements with Advario B.V for the sale of a 50% stake in Terminal Quimica Puerto Mexico, a subsidiary of BI responsible for the development and operation of the ethane import terminal Project in Mexico.

As per MRC, Braskem (Sao Paulo, Brazil) said it is supporting the efforts by Danish company Plastix (Lemvig) to market recycled plastics fibre waste of old fishing nets and other marine debris collected at various ports.

As per MRC, Braskem has agreed with Dutch recycler Terra Circular to enter a joint venture for mechanical recycling.

Shell completes acquisition of 1,400 retail outlets in the U.S.

Shell completes acquisition of 1,400 retail outlets in the U.S.

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Shell Retail and Convenience Operations LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell Oil Products US, has completed the acquisition of certain company-owned fuel and convenience retail sites from the Landmark group of companies, said Fuelsandlubes.

The acquisition also includes supply agreements for the independently operated fuel and convenience sites. Building on the strength of its existing networks, this acquisition brings Shell closer to its customers and enhances Shell’s market presence by growing its mobility footprint in a key region in the U.S., which is one of the largest fuels and convenience retail markets in the world.

On October 26, 2021, Shell announced it had reached an agreement to purchase the Landmark fuel and convenience network. The agreement has been adjusted to remove 64 company-owned Landmark sites, which currently sell ExxonMobil branded fuels, as well as removing fuel supply agreements for nine dealer-owned sites, which currently sell Chevron and Texaco branded fuels. There is no change in the agreement for sites within Texas Petroleum Group, LLC (TPG), previously a 50-50 joint venture between Equilon Enterprises LLC (d/b/a Shell Oil Products US) and Landmark Industries Holdings, Ltd.

TPG will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell Retail and Convenience Operations LLC, within Shell’s Downstream Mobility business. More than 1,400 Landmark team members enable Shell to grow its company-owned network in the U.S. Shell, through wholesalers, dealers, and JV partners, currently own and operate more than 13,000 Shell-branded sites across the U.S.

With this acquisition, Shell is advancing its Powering Progress strategy in three ways: by growing its retail footprint in a core market; by providing opportunities to offer customers expanded fuelling options, including electric vehicle charging, hydrogen, biofuels and lower-carbon premium fuels, and by allowing for the growth of non-fuel sales through an enhanced convenience offering.

As per MRC, Shell is building larger vessels that can carry more carbon dioxide over longer distances as part of the company's plans to expand its carbon capture storage (CCS) business globally. The ability to ship large volumes of CO2 from industrial sites to offshore CCS hubs is critical in improving the economies of scale for these projects. CCS is aimed at decarbonising heavy industries such as refining, cement and steel.

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

LyondellBasell issues special dividend of USD5.20 per share

LyondellBasell issues special dividend of USD5.20 per share

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell announced its board of directors has declared a special dividend of USD5.20 per share and a quarterly dividend of USD1.19 per share, said the company.

The quarterly dividend represents a 5 percent increase over the company's first quarter 2022 dividend. The special and quarterly dividends will both be paid on June 13, 2022 to shareholders of record as of June 6, 2022, with an ex-dividend date of June 3, 2022.

"LyondellBasell established new records for cash generation in 2021 and we have a strong outlook for our company. Capital returns have always been an important component of LyondellBasell's value proposition for shareholders. 2022 will mark our 12th consecutive year of regular dividend growth. The combination of today's special and quarterly dividends returns $2.1 billion to shareholders. As the incoming CEO, I would like to make it very clear that I support the continuation of our balanced and disciplined capital allocation strategy with both dividends and share repurchases playing a central role," said Peter Vanacker, CEO of LyondellBasell.

"As a management team, we are confident that strong markets for our products and accretive growth underway from investments in our asset base will continue to provide significant cash generation. Our investment-grade balance sheet, disciplined approach to growth and focus on safety, sustainability and circularity provide a powerful foundation for advancing LyondellBasell's leading positions over the coming years," said Vanacker.

As per MRC, LyondellBasell announced that Levima Green (Shandong) Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. will use LyondellBasell’s Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology at a new site. The Lupotech T process technology will be used for a 200 kiloton per year (KTA) vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) line. The new line will be located in the Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province, P.R. of China.

Occidental signs lease agreement for carbon capture and sequestration project in Louisiana

Occidental signs lease agreement for carbon capture and sequestration project in Louisiana

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Occidental’s Low Carbon Ventures’ (OLCV) subsidiary, 1PointFive, and Manulife Investment Management have announced a lease agreement for approximately 27,000 acres of Timberland in Louisiana to develop carbon capture and sequestration hubs, said the company.

The companies say that some of the hubs will be Direct Air Capture (DAC) facilities, which will take the carbon dioxide from the air and directly sequester it.

Manulife's acreage will be used to develop and operate a carbon sequestration hub, with access to permanently store industrial carbon emissions. The land offers proximity to point source industrial emitters as well as copious storage capacity, and the company has already filed two required Class IV injection permits for the project.

In addition to this venture, 1PointFive and Manulife are exploring other locations for more carbon capture and sequestration projects throughout the U.S. The lease agreement furthers Oxy's commitment to creating carbon capture hubs to decarbonize the atmosphere.

As MRC wrote previously, Occidental Petroleum's low-carbon unit said in May 2021 it plans to construct and operate a pilot plant that would use human-made carbon dioxide, instead of hydrocarbon-sourced feedstocks, to produce bio-ethylene. The pilot plant will be jointly developed by Occidental's venture capital arm, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures LLC, and bio-engineering startup, Cemvita Factory. It is expected to start functioning in 2022. Bio-ethylene is currently made from bio-ethanol, which is made from sugarcane.

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.