ExxonMobil, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries form carbon capture technology alliance

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ExxonMobil and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have joined forces to deploy MHI’s leading CO2 capture technology as part of ExxonMobil’s end-to-end carbon capture and storage (CCS) solution for industrial customers, said the company.

The joint effort combines ExxonMobil’s and MHI’s years of expertise in the industry and strengthens the companies’ ability to provide customers with solutions that will help advance a lower carbon future. By working together, the companies will provide industrial customers with the confidence that their CCS projects will be designed, built and executed effectively.

The companies have agreed to leverage their combined operating and engineering experience and core science capabilities with the support from The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO) to advance carbon capture technologies that could reduce the cost of CO2 capture for heavy-emitting industrial customers. The joint effort will build upon KM CDR Process® and Advanced KM CDR Process®, developed by MHI and KEPCO, the only liquid amine carbon capture technology commercially demonstrated at greater than 1 million metric tons per year.

“We’re excited to offer our large industrial customers the only complete carbon capture, transportation and storage solution in the market,” said Dan Ammann, president of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions. “Adding Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ leading carbon capture technology to ExxonMobil’s transportation and storage capabilities enables this compelling offering."

ExxonMobil has more than 30 years of experience capturing and transporting CO2 and safely injecting it into geological formations. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is the world’s largest licensor of post-combustion CO2 capture technology and has been developing it for more than three decades. The company’s record includes 14 commercial CO2 capture plants already delivered worldwide.

“Carbon capture and storage technology and innovation are critical to our path to net zero,” said Kenji Terasawa, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. “As an expert in advanced engineering, MHI is committed to leading the way in achieving decarbonization goals through strategic collaboration and investments in new technologies. We look forward to partnering with ExxonMobil to continue advancing carbon capture technologies to provide essential carbon neutrality solutions for various industries."

ExxonMobil and MHI have worked together to build world-scale petrochemical plants over the past two decades in Baytown, Corpus Christi and Singapore. This CCS partnership continues the companies’ commitment to developing solutions for the energy transition on their paths to net zero.

MHI Group declared “MISSION NET ZERO” last year and is committed to building an innovative solutions ecosystem to realize a carbon-neutral future and achieve its net zero ambitions within its own operations by 2040. This includes strengthening its decarbonization technology offerings, such as developing a CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage) value chain and advancing hydrogen solutions.

We remind, ExxonMobil, PT Indomobil Prima Energi (IPE), and chemical recycling pioneer Plastic Energy, signed a memorandum of understanding to assess the potential for large-scale implementation of chemical recycling technology in Indonesia. Some 100,000 metric tons capacity per year are envisioned, according to the partners. The first phase is projected to be completed in 2025. The companies will also look at improving the plastic waste collection and sorting systems in the country.

ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions is working to bring lower-emission technologies to market, making them accessible to hard-to-decarbonize industries, including its recent agreement with a leading global manufacturer of nitrogen and hydrogen products in Louisiana. It is focusing its carbon capture and storage efforts on point-source emissions, the process of capturing CO2 from industrial activity that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. Once captured, the CO2 is injected into deep, underground geologic formations for safe, secure and permanent storage.


Evonik receives the 2022 Ringier Coating Technology Innovation Award

Evonik receives the 2022 Ringier Coating Technology Innovation Award

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Evonik has received the 2022 Ringier Coating Technology Innovation Award for its TEGO® Foamex 812, a new defoamer designed specifically for waterborne coating and printing ink formulations, said Polymerupdate.

This new product is a perfect example to showcase Evonik’s sustainability strategy for the paints, coatings and inks industry. It focuses on a minimized environmental impact and a maximized handprint by enabling formulators to develop high performance and low VOC environmentally friendly waterborne formulations.

TEGO® Foamex 812 is a new generation environmentally friendly water-based defoamer. It is a 100% active matter content defoamer with polyether modified polysiloxane technology that offers excellent balance between defoaming efficiency and compatibility, while meeting increasingly stringent regulatory requirements.

TEGO® Foamex 812 does not contain biocides, nor does it require SVHC labelling. It can be used in formulations complying with current IKEA standards and EU-Ecolabel 2014/312/EU, etc. For food contact applications, the defoamer may safely be used in compliance with the Swiss Ordinance, FDA, 21 CFR 175.300 and more.

The excellent balance between defoaming efficiency and compatibility makes TEGO® Foamex 812 an ideal choice for a variety of binder systems. With its excellent comprehensive properties, it provides a universal, high performance and environment friendly defoaming solution for a wide range of applications such as pigment concentrates, wood coatings, printing inks, waterborne industrial and automotive coatings and can coatings.

We remind, Evonik has started manufacturing commercial quantities of ceramides - a special class of lipids - at its site in Dossenheim near Heidelberg in Germany. Maximizing capacity utilization at the Dossenheim site provides Evonik with further flexibility and supply security, including increased independence from alternative routes of supply, to cater to the growing demand for ceramides in the personal care market.


Groundbreaking ceremony for new HOERBIGER plant in Changzhou

Groundbreaking ceremony for new HOERBIGER plant in Changzhou

MOSCOW (MRC) -- With the groundbreaking of the new site in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, HOERBIGER strengthens its presence in China and lays the foundation for further growth in an important market for the company, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

In the presence of JIANG Hao, Member of the Standing Committee of Changzhou Xinbei District, Secretary of CPC of Administrative Committee of Changzhou Binjiang Economic Development Zone, HANG Hongwei, Deputy Director of Changzhou Xinbei District, Christian Fuchssteiner, Austrian Consulate General Shanghai, Commercial Consul,

Harald Stehr, Head of Regional Unit APAC at HOERBIGER, Zuwang Yang, Head of Regional Unit China at HOERBIGER initiated the construction work for the new plant in China on November 29, 2022. In the near future, company operations for both the Compression Division and Safety Business Unit for HOERBIGER China will be located together at the new location.

"HOERBIGER opened its first production site in China more than 27 years ago and our production in Changzhou began in 2009. We're pleased to strengthen our commitment to our Chinese operations with this groundbreaking ceremony for our new Changzhou facility. China is one of our most important markets and continues to offer high potential for the long-term growth of our business in the region," said Wolfgang Sautter, CEO Compression Division at HOERBIGER.

The new building will be completed by the end of 2023 and will provide space for more than 250 employees. In the future, all HOERBIGER products from our Compression and Safety groups will be manufactured in this new facility to better meet the needs of all of our customers in the region.

We remind, Invista (Wichita, Kan.) announced that INVISTA Nylon Chemicals (China) Co. held the inauguration ceremony for its new adiponitrile (ADN) plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). Being a critical part of INVISTA’s integrated nylon 6,6 value chain, the plant, which is a more than 7 billion RMB (over 1 billion USD) investment, has a capacity of 400,000-ton/year and is the largest capital project in in the company’s history. The plant will further boost local production capability for nylon 6,6 and help accelerate the high-quality upgrades of the Chinese chemical industry.

Honeywell and Environ intend to advance plastics circularity in Egypt through MoU

Honeywell and Environ intend to advance plastics circularity in Egypt through MoU

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Honeywell has signed an MoU with Egypt’s Environ Adapt for Recycling Industries with the aim of advancing plastics recycling in the country, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The two organizations will explore the development of the first chemical recycling facility in Egypt that would be equipped with Honeywell’s advanced technology, capable of converting waste plastic into valuable recycled polymer feedstock (RPF).

Under the proposal outlined in the MoU, Honeywell UOP will work with Environ to deploy its latest UpCycle Process Technology - a technology that, when used in conjunction with other chemical and mechanical recycling processes, along with improvements to collection and sorting - has the potential to help recycle up to 90 percent of waste plastics.

This represents a considerable increase in waste plastics that can be turned into polymer feedstock. “With a broad portfolio of ready now solutions that reduce waste, lower carbon emissions and support sustainable energy transition, Honeywell is well-positioned to support Middle Eastern and North African countries in their ESG goals,” said Khaled Hashem, president, Honeywell Egypt and North Africa.

“Our Upcycle Process Technology represents an important milestone in the area of plastics circularity, and we are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Environ to see how the technology could be deployed in Egypt in support of the country’s sustainability objectives.”

The MoU enables Environ to conduct a project feasibility study to explore trends, feedstock availability and potential markets, technical studies for the operation of the plant and facility, as well as overall project schedule, financial modelling and analysis. In parallel, Honeywell UOP will provide Environ with technical and commercial information and analysis and broader project support.

“We are fully invested along the entire waste value chain and moving into chemical recycling is a natural evolution of our scope of work,” said Omar M. El Hassanein, CEO for the Waste Treatment and Resource Recovery division within Intro Sustainable Resources. “We are always on the lookout for innovative technologies that will help us decarbonise our customers’ operations and contribute to the country’s NDCs. We see Honeywell’s UpCycle Process technology as a key enabler of this objective and are looking forward to working with Honeywell towards the deployment of this technology in Egypt.”

Honeywell is a world leader in sustainability-related innovation, combining this capability with a long legacy in technology for the digitalization of industries as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

While pursuing its own goal of becoming carbon neutral across its operations and facilities by 2035, Honeywell is supporting similar sustainability initiatives declared by nations, and their industries, across the Middle East and North Africa. The MoU, which was signed during the COP27 conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, supports the objectives of Egypt’s Vision 2030 – a unified long-term political, economic, and social vision developed in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Under Vision 2030 Egypt has set a target to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 10 percent from the energy sector, including oil and gas, by 2030 compared to 2016 levels. Additionally, Egypt’s National Climate Change Strategy aims to increase the share of renewables in its power mix to 42 percent by 2035 and intends to invest USD10 billion to develop 10 GW of renewables and upgrade its thermal power plants.

We remind, Honeywell and Aramco have announced the signing of a joint venture agreement to provide a set of end-to-end business process automation solutions, under the Aramco Namaat Industrial Investments Program.


Dow funds nine new global projects to drive social and sustainable solutions

Dow funds nine new global projects to drive social and sustainable solutions

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Dow announced its 2022 Business Impact Fund selections: nine projects that help solve social challenges and advance sustainable solutions through multistakeholder collaboration, said Polymerupdate.

Founded in 2016, the Business Impact Fund brings together nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and Dow customers, partners and employees to tackle many of society’s biggest challenges.

“Since its inception, Dow has awarded nearly $10 million through the Business Impact Fund to both solve world challenges while unlocking new business opportunities for the Company,” said Bob Plishka, global director of Strategic Corporate Partnerships, and Dow Company Foundation president. “This year, our selected projects address circularity and waste transformation initiatives, as well as climate protection, water conservation and biodiversity – all of which demonstrate Dow’s commitment to accelerating efforts to create a more sustainable and equitable future."

We remind, Dow, and ByFusion are announcing a new business agreement that continues their collaboration in the greater Boise area to divert hard-to-recycle plastics from the landfill. Dow, and ByFusion are announcing a new business agreement that continues their collaboration in the greater Boise area to divert hard-to-recycle plastics from the landfill, said the company.