Uzbekistan GTL plant produces synthetic jet fuel by synthesizing natural gas

Uzbekistan GTL plant produces synthetic jet fuel by synthesizing natural gas

MOSCOW (MRC) -- At the initiative and support of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a new period has begun in Uzbekneftegaz JSC and in system enterprises - the process of implementing priority tasks and long-term plans, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

On the basis of the "gas-liquid" technology, the production of one of the leading plants in the world - "Uzbekistan GTL" is expanding. In order to produce new types of products, constantly monitor their quality at the Uzbekistan GTL plant, a “Working Group” was created, headed by the Chairman of the Board of JSC “Uzbekneftegaz” Mekhriddin Abdullayev, which constantly studies the state of production of synthetic fuel products, processes of storage, sale and delivery of products.

It is gratifying that during the visit of the members of the "Working Group" headed by the Chairman of the Board, the production of another new type of product was launched. For the first time in the history of not only Uzbekistan, but the whole world, the Uzbekistan GTL plant has launched the production of synthetic jet fuel that meets international standards (ASTM D-7566) and technical requirements.

Twenty-three basic physicochemical and technical parameters of synthetic kerosene have been brought to the full required level. Work has been completed to bring the freezing point, which is one of the main indicators, to the level of international standard requirements (-47°C). At the moment, the Uzbekistan GTL plant has received positive conclusions from the international organizations IATA, ASTM International, Def Stan on permission to use GTL kerosene as a synthetic component for aviation fuel.

In accordance with the recommendations of the International Aviation Regulatory Organization (IATA), a sample taken from the first batch of synthetic kerosene produced at the GTL plant was sent to the SGS laboratories in Estonia, Belgium and France for analysis and relevant conclusions in order to obtain a certificate compliance.

The Chairman of the Board noted that on June 15 this year, the production of the first synthetic oil in the history of Uzbekistan was launched at the Uzbekistan GTL plant, on June 29, 2022, the first synthetic diesel in the history of the petrochemical industry of Uzbekistan, and then synthetic GTL naphtha, and officially announced that another development of specialists gave its results, and for the first time in world history, synthetic jet fuel was produced by synthesizing natural gas.

In addition, during the visit, members of the Working Group, headed by the Chairman of the Board, studied the processes of production, storage, sale and supply of import-substituting petroleum products and hydrocarbons. Instructions were given to increase the production of synthetic jet fuel, control the production of synthetic jet fuel in accordance with the international standard (ASTM D-7566) and technical requirements.

It was emphasized that in connection with the transition of the Uzbekistan GTL plant to full operation, it is necessary to gradually increase the production of synthetic fuel and ensure high quality products. Also, as a result of the increase in production volumes, tasks were identified to reduce the cost of production.

It was established that from September 14 of this year, the starting price per ton of synthetic diesel fuel sold through the Uzbek Republican Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange will be reduced to 13 MM 897 thousand 109 soums. The price was reduced for the second time in two months, on August 29 of this year, the starting price for synthetic diesel fuel was reduced from 15 MM 550 thousand 500 soums to 14 MM 504 thousand 378 soums.

The state of work to ensure the synchronous operation of about 11 thousand pieces of equipment and main production units at the plant was also studied and an open conversation was held with engineers, young specialists working in technological processes.

A working meeting was held with the participation of the heads of production departments of the plant and management personnel, the necessary instructions were given to ensure the uninterrupted production of synthetic fuel products, timely and high-quality delivery of fuel products to consumers.

To date, the GTL complex has produced only 55 thousand tons of synthetic diesel fuel and 20.5 thousand tons of synthetic naphtha, and are daily supplied to consumers through the Uzbek Republican Commodity Exchange. It should be noted that the Uzbekistan GTL complex plans to produce import-substituting oil products and hydrocarbons for a total of USD1 B U.S. dollars or more than 12.8 T soums per year.

We remind, the capacity of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex will triple, investments in the expansion project will amount to USD1.8 billion. Uzbekneftegaz has launched a project to expand the Shurtan gas chemical complex in the Kashkadarya region in the south of the country. "The capacities of the Shurtan gas chemical complex, the firstborn of our gas chemical region, will triple," said President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the expansion project.

Nexam signs a new agent in South Korea

Nexam signs a new agent in South Korea

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Nexam Chemical - which invents, develops, produces and sells additives to the plastics industry worldwide - signs a new agent in Seoul, South Korea, said the company.

An order to carry out a larger industrial trial to repair recycled plastic with Nexam Chemical's Reactive Recycling solution has been placed. The Reactive Recycling solution significantly improves the properties of plastics and polymers.

The order for reactive recycling for recycled PET (r-PET) to Korea is worth SEK 140,000. The upgraded r-PET is to be used in automotive applications with a sales potential for Nexam Chemical of SEK 14 million per year.

"With a new agent and in a new market, we look forward to more projects and new business. Being able to repair recycled plastic has many advantages - in this case providing the automotive industry with new applications," says Johan Arvidsson, CEO of Nexam Chemical.

"In 2020, South Korea banned the import of PET bottles to encourage and improve domestic collection and recycling of PET. From 2022, they will ban the import of plastic waste from abroad, which could be a good business opportunity for us. This is because it puts more focus on domestic recycling and can accelerate demand for Nexam's products," said Mr. Saan-Soo Cha.

The agent, Mr. Sang-Soo Cha, has almost 30 years of experience from the chemical industry and has previously, among other things, worked for several years as sales director and general manager for Perstorp AB within the Korean division.

"For the product portfolio for reactive recycling, Mr. Cha is also developing our NEXIMID portfolio with a focus on the electronics industry, an area where a lot of research and development is going on in South Korea," says Johan Arvidsson.

As per MRC, Nexam Chemical has received an order from an existing customer in the area of PET additives for deliveries to the USA. The customer is a market-leading manufacturer of PET foam. It is the single largest order in the United States and also one of the largest ever for Nexam Chemical globally. Nexam Chemical has previously delivered products to this customer and this order confirms good growth in the business.

Repeats Group acquires Italian producer of recycled LDPE

Repeats Group acquires Italian producer of recycled LDPE

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The spread between European 90 percent mixed polyolefin bale values and monomaterial polyolefin bale values is at its lowest on record, said Recyclingtoday.

This is with the exception of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) postcommercial flexible bales, where the spread has been at its narrowest since January.

The value of 90 percent mixed polyolefin bales is at 50 euros per metric ton on average below that of monomaterial high-density polyethylene mixed-colored bales, 75 euros per metric ton on average below postconsumer polypropylene (PP) bales and 100 euros per metric ton on average below black postindustrial PP bales and natural LDPE flexible postcommercial 98/2 bales.

In addition, there was talk in recycled polyolefin markets as of the week of Sept. 5 that players are starting to restrict activity to core markets. This is amid high energy costs, macroeconomic weakness, substitution to virgin and narrowing margins for nonpackaging markets such as construction and automotive.

Meanwhile, downstream spot recycled mixed polyolefin pellet prices—typically used by nonpackaging mechanical recycling applications such as construction—were heard as low as 760 euros per metric ton ex-works northwest Europe as of the week of Sept. 5.

Despite these factors, players are not currently seeing downward pressure on 90 percent mixed polyolefin values. This was, in part, attributed to low availability and partly attributed to pyrolysis-based chemical recyclers absorbing demand loss from mechanical recycling, as pilot plants continue to scale up. The onboarding of pyrolysis-based chemical recycling is expected to further tighten availability.

The 90 percent mixed polyolefin merchant market availability has narrowed throughout the year as waste managers have increasingly onboarded capacity to reprocess material captively. Most of the chemical recycling market remains precommercial. Although volumes are expected to increase significantly in 2023 and 2024, most expect it to take at least five years for the market to reach scale.

Multiple market players have voiced concern in recent months that waste availability in Europe remains insufficient to cover future volume needs from the chemical recycling industry in 2023 and 2024. Although chemical recycling can take waste fractions that are not possible to mechanically recycle, there are still a number of technical requirements for waste input.

Pyrolysis, for example, typically requires the minimization of chlorine content (typically to 0.1 percent or less) due to its corrosive effect. In addition, it requires the removal of polyethylene terephthalate because it oxygenates the process and does not depolymerize using pyrolysis. It also requires the avoidance of nylon and flame retardants.

Coupled with this, the ongoing lack of clarity over chemical recycling’s legal status continues to concern industry players and, along with access to waste, remains one of the key risk factors to industry growth. Current European Union regulations typically use the definition of recycling set out in Directive 2008/98/EC in which recycling is any recovery operation by which waste materials are reprocessed into products, materials or substances whether for the original or other purposes. It includes the reprocessing of organic material but does not include energy recovery and the reprocessing into materials that are to be used as fuels or for backfilling operations.

This leaves the regulatory status of chemical recycling under the proposals uncertain.

We remind, Repeats Group B.V., a Netherlands-based plastics recycling platform focused on producing high-quality recycled low-density polyethylene (LDPE), has acquired Polimero Srl, a producer of recycled LDPE based in northern Italy. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Polimero uses a mechanical process to convert plastic scrap into resin suitable for commercial and industrial applications. As part of Repeats Group, Polimero will continue to expand its production to meet demand for recycled LDPE in Europe.

Huntsman updates third Quarter 2022 outlook

Huntsman updates third Quarter 2022 outlook

MOSCOW (MRC) -- During Huntsman's second quarter earnings conference call, the Company provided third quarter adjusted EBITDA guidance of between approximately USD310 million and USD355 million, excluding Textile Effects, said the company.

The Company now expects third quarter adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations to be between USD260 million and USD280 million. As previously announced, Huntsman will begin reporting Textile Effects as discontinued operations following the announced agreement to sell the division to Archroma, a portfolio company of SK Capital Partners.

Peter Huntsman, Chairman, President, and CEO commented: "Huntsman is feeling the same pressures as others in the industry as we are being impacted by persistent and extraordinary cost of energy in Europe, together with lower than expected demand across segments in our portfolio, primarily within Polyurethanes and Performance Products. The economy in China continues to lag our expectations due to continued Covid-related lockdowns. While the United States remains our most resilient market, demand in residential housing has slowed.

"We remain on track to exceed our previously announced cost optimization and synergy program and expect to deliver an annualized run rate of approximately $170 million by year-end. Given the current operating environment, we are evaluating further cost reduction and optimization opportunities and we are actively moving product into Europe from our facilities in the United States and Asia."

We remind, Huntsman Corporation announced the start of commercial operation of a new methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) splitter at its Geismar site in Louisiana. The USD180 million splitter gives Huntsman the ability to produce more high value, differentiated grades from the crude MDI manufactured at the plant, thereby enabling growth in key customer applications.

Neste launches study on transitioning its Porvoo refinery to a renewable and circular site

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Building on its capability of proactive transformation, Neste launches a strategic study on transitioning its refinery in Porvoo, Finland to non-crude oil refining and into a globally leading renewable and circular solutions site, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Through co-processing and retrofitting of units, and benefiting from available refining assets, experience and know-how, Neste targets to significantly grow its renewables and circular production in Porvoo long term. The transformation under study would start with the co-processing of both renewable and circular feedstock and could continue with retrofits of existing units at a later stage, with a long-term capacity potential of 2 to 4 million tonnes per year. The targeted transformation would lead to a discontinuation of crude oil refining in Porvoo in the mid-2030s. Neste will also continue to actively study opportunities of green hydrogen at its Porvoo refinery. These developments would significantly contribute to the realization of Neste’s climate commitments, and make Neste a global frontrunner in the transformation of the fossil fuel industry.

"Neste’s growth strategy is centered on renewable and circular solutions. We continue to set our ambition level high, launching this study on the long-term transformation path for our Porvoo refinery and targeting to ultimately replace crude oil with alternative feedstocks. The Porvoo site provides a flexible and large-scale base that can grow into a major site for our renewables and circular business,” says Matti Lehmus, President and CEO of Neste.

Transformation of such scale would create the need for significant investments over the coming decade. Separate investment decisions would be taken as the planning proceeds. As the time span of the plan is more than a decade, it would be built on modularity and flexibility and could be adjusted to reflect variations in the pace of change in both the renewable and circular businesses as well as in traditional refining. Independently of the planned transition, Neste will continue to provide access to fossil fuel products for its customers.

As per MRC, Technip Energies has been awarded a significant contract by Neste for the expansion of their renewable products production capacity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as part of the existing Partnership Agreement between Technip Energies and Neste. The contract covers Engineering, Procurement services and Construction management (EPsCm) for the expansion of Neste’s existing renewables refinery in Rotterdam which will increase Neste’s overall renewable product capacity by 1.3 MMtpy.