ExxonMobil and Pertamina advance regional carbon capture and storage project in Indonesia

ExxonMobil and Pertamina advance regional carbon capture and storage project in Indonesia

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The Heads of Agreement builds upon a joint study and memorandum of understanding that was signed at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland to assess carbon capture and storage technologies, low-carbon hydrogen and geologic data, said the company.

The agreement defines next steps for the project including concept-select, pre-Front End Engineering Design, and a subsurface work program. The agreement was signed by Pertamina President Director and Chief Executive Officer Nicke Widyawati and Irtiza Sayyed, vice president, ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions and president of ExxonMobil Indonesia. The signing was witnessed by U.S. Ambassador for Republic Indonesia, H.E. Sung Y. Kim and Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs H.E. Luhut B. Pandjaitan, and Jack Williams, senior vice president, Exxon Mobil Corporation.

“This agreement supports Indonesia’s net-zero ambition and its goal to become a carbon capture and storage leader in the region,” said Dan Ammann, president, ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions. “By providing a large-scale storage solution for hard-to-decarbonize sectors, our companies will support Indonesia’s growing economy through low-carbon investments, creating job opportunities and adding revenues for the country.”

The Indonesian government is working to develop supportive CCS regulations and initiating discussions with other governments in the region. “This milestone is a solid foundation for Indonesia to systematically work toward our net-zero target by 2060 or sooner,” said H.E. Luhut B. Pandjaitan. “Indonesia is growing, and it is imperative for us to address our carbon footprints for our future generations.”

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, United States. 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.

Carbon capture and storage is a safe, proven technology that can enable some of the highest-emitting sectors to meaningfully reduce their emissions. These industries include manufacturing, power generation, refining, petrochemical, steel, and cement operations. With effective government policies in place, broad deployment of commercial-scale carbon capture and storage projects could create a new industry, resulting in job creation and economic growth.

We remind, 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.

Azelis and DSM food specialties form partnership in Italy

Azelis and DSM food specialties form partnership in Italy

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Effective from 1 January 2009, this new partnership reflects DSM Food Specialties’ commitment to developing its baking enzymes and savoury ingredients business in the region, said Foodingredientsfirst.

08/01/09 Leading European specialty chemicals and ingredients distributor, Azelis, has been appointed by DSM Food Specialties for the exclusive distribution of its baking enzymes and savoury ingredients in Italy. Effective from 1 January 2009, this new partnership reflects DSM Food Specialties’ commitment to developing its baking enzymes and savoury ingredients business in the region and providing customers with consistently high quality service.

Commenting on the agreement, Tonio Grassman, international business director Azelis Food & Health and general manager of Giulio Gross, the Life Sciences competence centre of Azelis in Italy, commented: “We are delighted to be working with DSM Food Specialties. This partnership gives us an exceptionally strong portfolio of baking enzymes and yeast based ingredients to take to the Italian market, including recognised brands such as Bakezyme, Cakezyme, Gistex, Maxarome and Maxavor. It enables manufacturers to access innovative ingredients from a market leading global organisation, whilst still benefiting from our specialist local knowledge and market understanding. We look forward to a positive and rewarding relationship."

Hans Meeuwis , regional sales director Europe, Middle East and Africa, DSM Food Specialties, added: “We are focused on offering customers in Italy unrivalled ingredients innovation and demand the same level of commitment from our partners. With its exceptional understanding of local culture and business practice in Italy, combined with a robust infrastructure, Azelis is the perfect fit. Equally important in this partnership is the integration of our core values of excellence, reliability and customer support throughout our products’ route to market – an approach which is clearly used by Azelis.

“The recent expansion of our savoury ingredients production capacity means we are well placed to meet the anticipated growth in demand. Customers working with Azelis Italia can be confident of efficient supply and quality service tailored to meet their requirements."

The new agreement extends to additional market sectors. Azelis Italia is also the sole distributor of DSM Food Specialties’ beverage enzymes in Italy.

Earlier this week it emerged that following the recent distribution agreement for Baking Enzymes with DSM Food Specialities, S. Black is now also able to offer DSM Beverage Enzymes in the UK.

The product range includes Brewers Clarex, a breakthrough solution for brewers with many benefits. With Brewers Clarex, brewers are able to increase production capacity without any further investment. Energy costs are saved which helps boost profitability and the brewing process is simplified. Brewers Clarex allows the shelf life of beer to be extended whilst maintaining the quality of the final product. Last but not least Brewers Clarex is a natural and environmentally friendly concept.

S. Black’s Food Business Unit Manager, Peter Hardy comments “The addition of beverage enzymes of DSM Food Specialities to our portfolio extends our offering to this dynamic sector. These, combined with our speciality flavour, functional, nutritional plus basic ingredients, means that we are well placed to provide a good technical, product and logistics service to all beverage producers whether looking to reduce costs, improve efficiency or extend their product range."

As per MRC, Azelis, a leading global innovation service provider in the specialty chemicals and food ingredients industry, announces that it has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Chemical Solutions Sdn Bhd (“ChemSol”), one of the leading distributors of raw materials in the Personal Care, Cosmetics and Household markets in Malaysia.


Covestro and Circularise partner in ISCC PLUS certification across value chains

Covestro and Circularise partner in ISCC PLUS certification across value chains

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Covestro is proud to announce the successful completion of Circularise’s pioneering project with the certification scheme ISCC in which partners tested a blockchain system to complement the ISCC PLUS certification, said the company.

For the first time ten companies from the chemical industry and respective downstream sectors got together to test such a digital system to bridge the inter-company gap in the sustainability certification process across complex value chains.

Circularise’s blockchain-based digital system was tested with the ISCC PLUS certification to make auditing of certified parties more efficient, and to strengthen the integrity of certified data. Participants used a public blockchain enabling authentication, accessibility, decentralization, and encryption of data verifying material flows and related sustainability attributes. "We are excited to bring our knowledge in supply chain traceability and data management to project partners to test a public decentralised blockchain with the ISCC PLUS certification," said Mesbah Sabur, Founder of Circularise.

Material traceability and verification of data at individual sites and across the value chain are guaranteed by ISCC PLUS certification of each site of the operators, requiring site-specific audits, certification, and company-specific mass balance calculations to provide reassurance about the sustainable content. The data was uploaded to the Circularise software system to improve mass balance bookkeeping and reporting along the value chain through several companies.

"Certification will become more digital in the future. It will allow certification schemes to simplify the auditing process of supply chain actors and reduce the risk of mistakes. Companies will have an easier way to show compliance and adhere to auditing rules," says Jan Henke from ISCC. "We are excited to have tested Circularise’s traceability software on ISCC procedures."

We remind, Covestro has reached another important step towards its path to circularity, with the ISCC PLUS1 certification in Brazil for the sales of bio-2 and bio-circular2 attributed diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) and toluylene diisocyanate (TDI). With this important milestone the company is expanding its sustainable efforts in one of the biggest and most important markets in Latin America.

AkzoNobel completes acquisition of Lankwitzer Lackfabrik wheel coatings business

AkzoNobel completes acquisition of Lankwitzer Lackfabrik wheel coatings business

MOSCOW (MRC) -- AkzoNobel has completed the acquisition of the wheel liquid coatings business of Lankwitzer Lackfabrik GmbH, a deal which strengthens the company’s performance coatings portfolio, said the company.

The acquired business will complement AkzoNobel’s existing powder coatings offering and expand the range of innovative products the company supplies.

Operating out of a manufacturing site in Leipzig, Germany, Lankwitzer’s Rims and Wheel business supplies approved products for car manufacturers such as Daimler, Audi, VW, Opel, Fiat and Renault.

The business also has a growing presence in China and operates laboratories in Germany (Leipzig) and Turkiye.

The deal was first announced in July 2022.

We remind, AkzoNobel has become the global refinish partner for new energy vehicle manufacturer BYD Auto Sales Company Ltd. – currently the world’s leading seller of electric vehicles. The company has been a recommended supplier of vehicle refinish products and services to BYD in China since 2017. The new deal means that agreement will continue, while extending the partnership to serve BYD’s bodyshops and approved repairer networks worldwide.


Cepsa to develop renewable hydrogen hub in Spain

Cepsa to develop renewable hydrogen hub in Spain

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Cepsa, the leading company in Andalusia by sales volume, will invest more than 3 billion euros to establish the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley, creating the largest green hydrogen hub in Europe in southern Spain, according to the company.

The project, part of Cepsa’s 2030 strategy Positive Motion, will contribute to Europe's energy security and independence, in line with the objectives of the European Union's REPowerEU strategy. The investment is the biggest milestone to date of Cepsa's Positive Motion energy transition plan to lead sustainable mobility and the production of green hydrogen and advanced biofuels in Spain and Portugal this decade.

The company will build two plants with a total capacity of 2 GW to produce green hydrogen. The plants, with 1 GW of capacity each, will be located in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva) next to Cepsa’s La Rabida Energy Park and at the company’s San Roque Energy Park in Cadiz. The Huelva plant will start up in 2026, reaching full capacity in 2028, while the Cadiz facility will be operational in 2027. Cepsa is already working on the engineering and administrative processing of the project.

To generate the renewable electricity needed to feed production of green hydrogen, Cepsa will develop a 3GW portfolio of wind and solar energy projects with an additional 2 billion euro investment. The company will also collaborate with other renewable energy producers in Andalusia and the rest of Spain to promote the integration of these new plants into the electricity system.

During the presentation of this hub, held this morning at the San Roque Energy Park, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “This investment will help Spain achieve its goal to become an energy exporting country, with the first European green hydrogen corridor between the Campo de Gibraltar and the Dutch Port of Rotterdam. Andalusia has everything it takes to become one of the most competitive regions in the world for hydrogen production.”

Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, President of the Regional Government of Andalusia, noted that: “We are talking about the great energy source of the future, which can decarbonize industry, mobility, and households. Andalusia has the position and strength to lead in the generation and export of green hydrogen, and public-private collaboration can strengthen our position in the production of this clean energy vector. That is why we are setting up an Andalusian Green Hydrogen Alliance in which the Administration and all interested parties will participate."

We remind, Cepsa has signed a deal with the Dutch port of Rotterdam to ship green hydrogen from southern Spain to northern Europe. The hydrogen will be produced at Cepsa’s San Roque Energy Park near the Bay of Algeciras, and will be exported through hydrogen carriers such as ammonia or methanol to the Port of Rotterdam.