French refinery strikes continue at two sites

French refinery strikes continue at two sites

The strike at the TotalEnergies' Gonfreville and Feyzin refineries have been renewed on Monday, a CGT trade union representative told Reuters.

We remind, TotalEnergies has shut down its OX production unit at Gonfreville, France, following a strike that affected a cracker and refinery at the site, according to market sources. This information has not been confirmed by the company. Unions at several TotalEnergies sites in France began industrial action in late September to demand a pay increase.

We remind, the Flemish government recently awarded TotalEnergies the contract to install 1,500 electric vehicle charging points in Antwerp. In the heart of Europe and in Belgium's most populous city, the company is reinforcing its commitment to offering and developing sustainable mobility, with the aim of becoming Belgium's leading company in the public charging market by 2024.

TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our more than 100,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible.

INOVYN becomes INEOS Inovyn, unveils new logo

INOVYN becomes INEOS Inovyn, unveils new logo

INOVYN officially unveiled its new name and logo on the occasion of the INOVYN Awards 2022 Opening Ceremony. The vinyl chloride producer will now be referred to as INEOS Inovyn, said the company.

The new logo sees INOVYN fully align its company brand as a full member of the INEOS family. The INEOS brand has continued to strengthen over its 25 years, with the development of its different businesses in chemicals, energy, sports, hygienics, automotive and clothing.

“Our new logo and visual profile shows just how we’ve all come to share the same DNA and values across the wider INEOS Group,” says Geir Tuft, CEO of INEOS Inovyn. “It shows consistency across our brands and it is a nod to our common nature as a diverse, ambitious, committed, optimistic, empowered, open-minded, uncompromising and bold brand."

The new direction also marks a turning point for INOVYN’s hydrogen business which will now be renamed as INEOS Hydrogen. The name of most legal entities and commercial products of INEOS Inovyn, however, will remain unchanged.

We remind, INEOS has agreed a long-term Power Purchase Agreement for renewable offshore wind power in Belgium with sustainable energy producer Eneco. Under the terms of the ten-year deal, which begins in 2022, INEOS will purchase 65,5-Megawatt (250 GWh per annum) of off-shore wind power from Eneco, produced at the SeaMade offshore wind park in the Belgian North Sea.

INEOS Group Limited is a privately owned multinational chemicals company consisting of 15 standalone business units, headquartered in Rolle, Switzerland and with its registered office in Lyndhurst, United Kingdom. It is the fourth largest chemicals company in the world measured by revenues (after BASF, Dow Chemical and LyondellBasell) and the largest privately owned company in the United Kingdom.

Linde proposes delisting from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Linde proposes delisting from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

MRС) -- Linde Board of Directors approved a proposal for shareholders to vote on an intercompany reorganization that would result in the delisting of Linde plc shares from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, said the company.

If implemented, a new holding company would be created through an Irish scheme of arrangement and related domestic Irish merger. Shareholders would receive one share of the new holding company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange in exchange for each share of Linde plc they own. The new holding company will be named Linde and is expected to trade under the existing ticker.

After due consideration and analysis, Linde’s management and board determined that shareholders of Linde plc have become negatively impacted by various factors associated with the stock being dual listed in the United States and Germany.

Sanjiv Lamba, CEO of Linde plc stated, “We are very proud of our rich history and strong presence around the world, including the heritage in Germany. While the dual listing structure has served us well since inception, it has constrained our stock valuation through European restrictions in addition to incremental complexity. We would like to inform our shareholders of these limitations and bring a proposal to let them decide the path forward."

Mr. Lamba continued, “This proposal has no impact on the Linde organization, our employees, customers, or to our commitment to the regions where we operate, including Germany which will continue to be an important market for us. It only reduces the number of stock exchanges that offer trading of the Linde stock."

As per MRC, Linde has completed their efforts as part of implementing the Amur Gas Chemical Complex (AGCC) construction project. "Linde has completed its work within the AGCC project framework. We are dealing with its adaptation to new conditions together with partners from Sinopec," the Russian chemical giant said. Early in 2020, Linde made the contract for provision of pyrolysis services for AGCC. The Amur Gas Chemical Complex is the joint venture of Sibur (60%) and China’s Sinopec (40%) for polyethylene and polypropylene production. The capacity of the plant will be up to 2.7 mln tonnes of polymers annually.

Fire reported at Tobolsk-Neftekhim site

Fire reported at Tobolsk-Neftekhim site

A fire broke out at a small storage unit of Russia's Tobolsk-Neftekhim facility on Monday, the emergency situations department of the country's Tyumen region said in a statement, said Interfax.

Occurring at 5:47 local time, the fire affected 15 square metres of the gas storage unit, according to authorities. There were no casualties among the company’s employees and the fire is under control, it said. Production is understood to be unaffected.

Tobolsk-Neftekhim had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.

Based in Tyumen region, Western Siberia, Tobolsk-Neftekhim is controlled by Russia's major petrochemical holding SIBUR. It has capacities to produce 207,000 tonnes/year of butadiene, and 155,000 tonnes/year of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), according to the company.

Tobolsk-Neftekhim is a part of SIBUR's ZapSibNeftekhim giant petrochemical complex based in Tobolsk.

We remind, SIBUR has launched production of PET granules using recycled feedstock. The new product, Vivilen rPET granules, contains up to 25–30% recycled polymers and will now be manufactured at POLIEF.

China diesel fuel exports more than doubled in September

China diesel fuel exports more than doubled in September

China's diesel exports in September surged to their highest in more than a year while aviation fuel shipments were the most in 29 months as refiners rushed to cash in on robust export margins, said Reuters.

Exports of diesel fuel last month more than doubled from a year earlier to 1.73 MMt last month, the highest monthly rate since July 2021, according to data from the General Administration of Customs.

That was up from 830,000 tons in August and 780,000 tons a year ago. Exports of aviation fuel, including refueling at Chinese airports for airlines plying international routes, jumped by 38.6% from a year earlier to 1.23 MMt last month. This is the highest monthly volume since April 2020, the data showed. Data from air traffic tracking specialist Variflight showed total passenger flight turnover last month, including departures and landings, amounted to 369,536 trips, which was 36.5% lower than August and 42% below September of 2021.

September gasoline exports were 660,000 tons, down 28.3% from a year earlier and also down 41% from August, the data showed. China had maintained broad curbs on fuel exports earlier this year, resulting in total fuel exports in the first nine months of 2022 falling 28% from a year earlier. But in an about-turn in fuel trade policy, Beijing in late September released an additional large batch of 15 MMt of export quotas, including 13.25 MMt for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, with the remainder for marine fuel. The move was seen helping to bolster exports in the coming months and likely through March of 2023.

Data also showed liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports rebounded to 5.9 MMt ahead of the winter heating season, the highest monthly volume since January, though that was 11.6% below the year-ago rate. Year-to-date shipments were also down 20% from the same period in 2021 at 46.51 MMt, with whole-year imports on track to post the first major decline since China began importing the super-chilled fuel in 2006, as COVID restrictions and high global prices blunted Chinese purchases.

Pipeline gas imports last month, on the other hand, rose 9.8% from a year earlier to 4.25 MMt, the data showed. Year-to-date imports rose 10.5% from a year earlier to 34.66 MMt.

We remind, Clariant will create a second production line at its new CHF 60 million state of the art facility for Exolit OP halogen-free flame retardants currently under construction in Daya Bay, China. This additional CHF 40 million investment will further expand access to innovative and sustainable fire protection solutions and related technical expertise to support the significant growth of engineering plastics applications in E-mobility and electrical & electronic segments.