Cepsa announced an agreement to develop highly efficient green hydrogen projects

Cepsa announced an agreement to develop highly efficient green hydrogen projects

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Cepsa, a leading international company committed to sustainable mobility and energy, and Ohmium International, a company specialized in the design, manufacture, and deployment of PEM electrolyzers, have announced an agreement to develop highly efficient green hydrogen projects in the Iberian Peninsula, said the company.

The companies will collaborate to develop and build initially small scale projects aiming to develop a green hydrogen platform using Ohmium’s advanced modular PEM electrolyzers, with the possibility of providing Cepsa up to 300 MW of installed hydrogen production capacity. Under the agreement, the two companies will also work together on green hydrogen research and development initiatives.

The inclusion of bold goals for green hydrogen production in Cepsa’s Positive Motion plan is an explicit acknowledgement that green hydrogen is an ideal way to decarbonize multiple industries, including complex sectors such as heavy transport, aviation, and maritime traffic. Replacing “gray” hydrogen with cost effective renewable hydrogen – no-carbon hydrogen made from water electrolysis using renewable energy sources – will be critical to meet the world’s carbon targets. Further, green hydrogen can directly improve local and regional energy security and independence. Whereas conflicts can disrupt global energy supply chains, green hydrogen can be cost effectively produced locally where the appropriate renewable energy resources are available.

As per MRC, Cepsa reported a net income at current cost of supply of EUR58 MM (USD61.97 MM) in the first quarter, up by 9.4% year on year, pushed by high crude prices and stronger refining margins. Along with sharply higher crude prices, the value of refined products like gasoline and petrochemicals have been soaring globally, fueled by a strong post-pandemic recovery and most recently by the conflict in Ukraine.

Cepsa is a Spanish petrochemical company. Full name Compania Espanola de Petroleos S.A. The company is headquartered in Madrid. Refining is one of the main activities of CEPSA. The production of asphalt and other road surfaces is another of the company's core activities; nine CEPSA factories are engaged in the production of these products.
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Enterprise reports record natural gas pipeline volumes for Q2 2022

Enterprise reports record natural gas pipeline volumes for Q2 2022

MOSCOW (MRC) -- U.S. midstream energy company Enterprise Products Partners LP on Wednesday said its natural gas pipeline volumes reached a record level in the second quarter of 2022, said Reuters.

Enterprise’s total natural gas transportation volumes increased 19% to 16.8 trillion British thermal units per day (TBtus/d) in the second quarter from 14.2 TBtus/d in the same period of 2021.

Enterprise also reported a record total gross operating margin of USD2.4 billion and record distributable cash flow of USD2 billion.

As per MRC, Enterprise Product Partners and Occidental Petroleum plan to forge a carbon dioxide sequestration and transportation system that could sell carbon management services to emitters along the Texas Gulf Coast, they said in a statement. They plan to combine the pipeline company’s transportation network with carbon sequestration hubs under development by Oxy, an oil producer expanding into the carbon management business. The idea is to focus initially on capturing emissions along the industrial corridor from Houston to Beaumont and Port Arthur.
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Shell supplying hydrotreated vegetable oil to Deutsche Bahn for rail applications

Shell supplying hydrotreated vegetable oil to Deutsche Bahn for rail applications

MOSCOW (MRC) -- With the need to reduce CO2 emissions from the large number of existing vehicles around the globe, developing fuels that help meet sustainability needs is a priority for Shell, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

This includes the use of high-quality fuels with renewable components as well as nature-based solutions across different transportation sectors and applications, including trucks, cars, off-road and rail. Tackling rail as a sector which can be hard to decarbonize, Shell is supplying Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) to Deutsche Bahn, the national railway company of Germany, for their rail applications which are not electrified. This began with the Sylt Shuttle train, which is one of the most well-known and picturesque train connections in Germany. This is an important milestone to demonstrate the importance in neat HVO channels for existing modes of transportation to achieve substantial decarbonization.

“HVO is a fully renewable diesel fuel which meets the requirements of EN 15940 for paraffinic diesel fuels. For this application we source HVO derived from waste and residues, thus not competing with food and feed production,” said Felix Balthasar, Manager for Shell Specialty Fuels. “HVO plays a crucial role in helping meet the requirements of customers seeking sustainable fuel solutions without changing of refueling infrastructure or vehicle drive trains."

Shell is also working with Volkswagen and Bosch and other partners to produce renewable low-carbon R33 Blue Diesel and Blue Gasoline for use in existing vehicles. Both fuels are blended by Shell and contain up to 33 percent renewable content which helps ensure a reduction in carbon emissions of at least 20 percent per kilometer driven and with compensation of remaining emissions.

R33 Blue Diesel is a high-quality diesel that contains up to 33 percent renewable content and meets Europe’s EN 590 standard for diesel fuel. It is technically comparable to a standard diesel fuel that is compatible with traditional drivetrains and existing refueling infrastructure, while also helping consumers to lower their CO2 emissions and meet their carbon reduction targets. There are already more than 10 public fuel stations for R33 Blue Diesel across Germany giving also the general public access to high quality sustainable fuels.

Blue Gasoline complies with Europe’s EN 228/E10 standard and exceeds it in parameters such as storage stability and distillation behavior. The fuel is hence particularly suitable for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles. Lately, to complement the portfolio of renewable fuels the ADAC GT Masters is using Blue Gasoline 98 GT Masters for the German GT Championship. This innovative novel product contains approximately 50 percent sustainable components (compared to approximately 10 percent in standard E10 fuel). ADAC GT Masters and Shell are making an important contribution to improve carbon reduction in motorsports with the new fuel.

Shell recognizes that a broad range of cleaner energy solutions are needed across the many forms of transportation; HVO, R33 Blue Diesel and Shell Blue Gasoline are available to provide immediate application. Vehicles using the above renewable fuels across sectors and applications have traveled about 500-MM kilometers since 2018.

As per MRC, Shell posted record results, with a USD11.5 billion second-quarter profit smashing the mark it set only three months ago, lifted by strong gas trading and a tripling of refining profit. Higher feedstock and utility costs and higher turnaround activities hit Shell’s chemicals earnings in the second quarter. Shell reported an loss attributable to shareholders for the business of USD158m.
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BASF enters power agreements for clean energy supply of more than 20 BASF sites across the United States

BASF enters power agreements for clean energy supply of more than 20 BASF sites across the United States

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF is committed to renewable energy solutions to power its sites across the United States and has entered into virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for wind and solar power totaling 250 megawatts (MW), said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

They are designed to offset the carbon-intensive grid-supplied electricity being used at more than 20 of BASF’s manufacturing sites in several states across the country, from Texas to Michigan. “Renewable energy is an essential tool to reach BASF’s ambitious goal of net zero emissions by 2050,” said Michael Heinz, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE and Chairman and CEO of BASF Corporation. "We are committed to further improving our energy footprint in the region and we are eager to drive the energy transition for chemical manufacturing in North America."

The combined agreements for the output of 250 MW of renewable generation capacity will result in the purchase of more than 660,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year – the equivalent of electricity consumed by more than 90,000 average U.S. households. Based on EPA estimates, the VPPAs will offset more than 472,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.

With these agreements in place, the share of renewable energy in BASF’s total North American electricity consumption will rise to more than 25%. “These agreements help us reach our clean energy goals in areas where the local electric utility does not supply adequate renewable power,” said Tobias Dratt, President, BASF North America. “At the same time, our financial commitment enables the realization of large solar and wind power projects and adds clean energy to the grid."

To realize its ambitious emission goals, BASF is collaborating with various partners who are driving the sustainable change of the energy sector. The chemical company will purchase 100 MW of power generated by Dawn Solar. An additional 150 MW of renewable energy capacity will be added through transactions with EDF Energy Services. Last year, a collaboration with EDF Energy Services added 35 MW of wind capacity to the energy mix for BASF’s manufacturing sites in Freeport and Pasadena, Texas.

In another joint project with EDF Renewables, BASF’s property in Toms River became home to New Jersey’s largest solar project and the largest solar project built on a Superfund site in the United States. BASF aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared with 2018 by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. One important lever to bring down emissions is to replace fossil-based electricity with fossil-free electricity. BASF aims to secure the required amounts of renewable power it needs through a “make and buy” approach.

We remind, BASF Coatings (Guangdong) Co. (BCG) has expanded the production capacity of automotive refinish coatings at its coatings site in Jiangmen to 30,000 tonnes/year. The investment is a response to China’s rising demand of the material.
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Worley wins Corpus Christi contract

Worley wins Corpus Christi contract

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Corpus Christi Polymers LLC has awarded Worley construction management and general services contracts, said Hydrocarbonengineering.

The scope of the construction management contract includes Corpus Christi’s new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and purified tereph-thalic acid (PTA) facilities in Corpus Christi, Texas, US. The scope of the general services contract includes providing support to the installation and maintenance of the construction of temporary facilities.

The contracts will be executed by Worley’s field services team based in Houston, Texas. “We are pleased to support the installation of these facilities enabling Corpus Christi to produce products with enhanced durability and re-cyclability, in line with our purpose of delivering a more sustainable world.” said Chris Ashton, Chief Executive Officer of Worley.

As per MRC, Worley has been awarded a contract by Heartwell Renewables LLC, a joint venture between The Love’s Family of Companies and Cargill, for a greenfield renewable fuels plant in Hastings, Nebraska. The new plant will produce an estimated 80 MM gallons (around 303 MM liters) of renewable diesel per year from feedstocks such as vegetable oils and tallow.
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