Russia to resume oil flows to Slovak oil refiner Slovnaft

Russia to resume oil flows to Slovak oil refiner Slovnaft

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Slovak oil refiner Slovnaft said on Wednesday it expected Russian oil flows through Ukraine to resume in the coming days after it had made a payment for transit through Ukraine to remove an obstacle that halted flows through the southern leg of the Druzhba pipeline earlier this month, said Bloomberg.

"Slovnaft has already made the payment to the (Ukrainian transit) company's account," Slovnaft said in a statement. "Based on this, Slovnaft is expecting oil supplies to resume in the coming days. The Russian side also agreed with this solution."

As per MRC, Italian energy group Eni believes it will be able to completely replace Russian gas imports by 2025 as uncertainty over Moscow's energy supplies to Europe forces countries to seek alternative sources. After signing new gas supply agreements with Algeria, Egypt and Congo earlier this year, Eni sees additional opportunities arising in other countries including Libya, Angola, Mozambique, and Indonesia, as well as in its home country. The initiatives are designed to secure up to an equivalent of 100% of Russia's 20 Bcm3 of annual gas exports to the Italian market by 2025.

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Japan lowers gasoline subsidy

Japan lowers gasoline subsidy

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Japan lowered its gasoline subsidy for oil distributors to 31.4 yen (23.3 cents) a litre for the seven days from Thursday, versus 37.7 yen a week earlier, the industry ministry said on Wednesday, said Reuters.

The temporary subsidy programme was adopted in January to cushion the blow from high crude prices because of tight global supplies, later exacerbated by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

As per MRC, Japan's chemical exports rose by 19.6% year on year to yen (Y) 1,058bn in June, supporting the overall increase in shipments abroad. The country's exports of organic chemicals rose by 22.8% year on year to Y196bn in June, while shipments of plastic materials were up by 13.9% at Y283bn. On a volume basis, exports of plastic materials fell by 4.2% year on year to 474,344 tonnes.
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Topsoe joins circular industrial plastics initiative, will increase plastic recycling by 20%

Topsoe joins circular industrial plastics initiative, will increase plastic recycling by 20%

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The newly formed partnership, Circular Industrial Plastics, which consists of large Danish companies, commits to increase recycling of industrial plastics by at least 20% before 2025, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Circular Industrial Plastics has a budget of USD5.6 MM, of which USD2.4 MM were granted by the Danish Eco-Innovation Program under the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. The ambition is to make knowledge and technology within circular plastic available for Danish companies.

Today, many industrial products made of plastic are burnt or deposited after use because they either are not designed for recycling or because the available recycling technologies cannot handle the products. Several of the largest Danish companies prefer a change, and they would like recycling to increase by at least 20% before 2025.

Besides Topsoe, the project partners comprise Coloplast, Novo Nordisk, Danfoss, BASF, Grundfos and COOP. Danish Technological Institute has united the companies in a project called Circular Industrial Plastics.

“By joining forces, we expect to significantly increase knowledge and improve technologies for recycling of plastics. This project will address the issue of plastic waste that our society is struggling with by speeding up the transition to circular economy,” said Kim Gron Knudsen, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Topsoe.

As per MRC, Topsoe’s technologies are set to reduce its customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 12 MMt in 2022 alone. These reductions will not be one-offs but ongoing for the years to come. The key driver is Topsoe’s renewable fuels solutions, producing low-carbon fuels from waste and biomass.
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Eastman board declared dividend

Eastman board declared dividend

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The Board of Directors of Eastman Chemical Company has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.76 per share on the company’s common stock, said the company.

The dividend is payable Oct. 7, 2022, to stockholders of record as of Sept. 15, 2022.

As per MRC, Eastman announced a planned increase of its Therminol 66 heat transfer fluid manufacturing capacity in Anniston, USA. The plant expansion is expected to be complete in 2024. With the expansion of its capacity for Therminol 66, Eastman increases its production volume for this heat transfer fluid in the US by 50?%. The expansion of the company’s plant in Annistion, USA, is expected to be completed in 2024.

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenue of approximately USD10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.
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Saudi Kayan swings to Q2 net profit

Saudi Kayan swings to Q2 net profit

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Saudi Kayan Petrochemical posted a second-quarter net profit of Saudi riyal (SR) 781m (USD208m), reversing a loss in the same period last year on the back of higher product prices and lower cost, said the company.

The company swung into a net profit for the period despite higher average cost of feedstock and reduced sales volumes and production due to a turnaround, the company said in a filing on the Saudi Exchange on 26 July.

We remind, Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company has appointed Metab Zaid Al Shahrani as the company's CEO, effective 24 July 2022. Al Shahrani succeeded Omar Ali Al Ruhaily, who occupied another position in the manufacturing sector at Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), according to a press release. The new appointment was based on the recommendation of the remuneration and nominations committee.

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