Versalis Dunkerque cracker offline after fire

Versalis Dunkerque cracker offline after fire

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A major fire broke out this Friday evening, around 10:50 p.m. on the site of the petrochemical plant based in Mardyck, classified Seveso, in the industrial port of Dunkirk, said Francebleu.

Firefighters extinguished the fire overnight at 1:30 a.m. No injuries are reported.

A significant number of firefighters from the North lent a hand to the plant's own fire department, as required by procedure in this type of situation. The operation lasted from 10:50 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
We do not yet know the precise cause of the fire but Versalis speaks of " a hydrocarbon which spread and then ignited ". According to the subsidiary, there was no toxic discharge and there is no risk this Saturday of external pollution . The plant is Seveso classified , meaning that it is identified by the European Union as an industrial site at risk.

The fire did not cause any injuries but significant material damage, in particular to the metal structures. According to Versalis, the losses amount to millions of euros according to the first findings.

In September 2019, Versalis (part of Eni) took its cracker in Dunkirk, France offline due to a fire which broke out at the company’s petrochemical plant, as per NCT with reference to market sources. It is not yet known how long the unit will remain shut while the company could not be reached for comments at the time of press.

BASF polyol and polyurethane systems plant in Nansha ISCC+ certified

BASF polyol and polyurethane systems plant in Nansha ISCC+ certified

BASF’s Polyol and Polyurethane Systems (PU) plant in Nansha, China, is now ISCC+ certified. With the mass balance certification, BASF offers customers certified low-carbon mass balance PU solutions with equivalent product performance, said the company.

“The certification attests to our ability to produce certified low-carbon mass balance PU products that meet the high sustainability requirements of the ISCC+ standard. With this, we are helping our customers move ahead in their green journey,” said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific.

The certification paves the way for shoe manufacturers using BASF’s Elastopan® PU system to excite their customers with more sustainable footwear in commercial production. Elastopan PU system offers high-performance and innovative solutions for producers of casual shoes, safety shoes, boots, and sports shoes. These are tailor-made polyurethane foam systems for the production of unit-, mid-, out- and insoles. It is compatible with casting and direct injection machines.

BASF also offers formulated PU systems for a broad range of other applications. Polyol is a key component in PU.

ISCC is a sustainability certification system covering the entire supply chain and all kinds of biobased feedstocks and renewables. It is an internationally recognized certification scheme in the mass balance methodology.

We remind, Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, operating under the Chemetall brand, celebrated the inauguration of its state-of-the-art surface treatment production site in Pinghu City, Zhejiang Province, China. Spanning across 60,000 square meters, the Pinghu site is BASF’s first production site located in the Dushan Port Economic Development Zone and its largest surface treatment site globally.

Saudi Aramco discusses with investors the development of the largest gas field

Saudi Aramco discusses with investors the development of the largest gas field

MRC) -- Saudi Aramco has begun negotiations with potential investors to participate in the development of one of the world's largest unconventional gas fields worth USD110 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing informed sources.

The Saudi state-owned company is considering the possibility of attracting investors to the development of the Jafurah project in the east of the country in terms of transportation and processing. Aramco has reached out to private equity firms and large infrastructure funds, sources said. The company is advised by Evercore investment bank.

At the end of November, Saudi Aramco signed a USD10 billion EPC contract to develop the Jafura field, which includes the construction of a gas plant and gas compression facilities, as well as infrastructure and related onshore facilities.

In the first 10 years of development, capital expenditures at Jafur will reach USD68 billion, and more than $100 billion will be invested in the field over the entire life cycle.

We remind, Saudi Aramco and Shandong Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on downstream projects, including the construction of a refining and petrochemicals integrated complex. The deal, which includes the potential for a crude oil supply agreement and chemicals products offtake agreement, helps support Saudi Aramco's goal of building downstream assets in Shandong, China.

Siemens Energy halves emissions in its operations

Siemens Energy halves emissions in its operations

Siemens Energy improved in almost all areas of sustainability this past year, as reflected in its fiscal year 2022 Sustainability Report, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

"Global demand for electricity will increase by 25% by 2030,” said Christian Bruch, CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer for Siemens Energy. “Satisfying this hunger for energy sustainably, safely, and affordably is one of the core tasks of our time. Our mission is to support our customers in their transformation to greater sustainability. But this also means we must set a good example and apply the highest standards in our operations. Our goal is to be a leader within the energy industry when it comes to sustainability, corporate governance, and social issues. We're on a good path, but still a long way from where we want to be."

One important reporting parameter across the entire value chain is greenhouse gas emissions. Here, a fundamental distinction is made between Scope 1 (emissions for which the company is directly responsible or in control, such as gas consumption), Scope 2 (indirect emissions through purchased energy, e.g., electricity consumption), and Scope 3 (indirect emissions in the upstream and downstream supply chain).

In its direct area of responsibility (Scope 1 and 2), Siemens Energy emitted 21% fewer greenhouse gases in fiscal year 2022 than in the previous year. In fact, the company has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions in this area by 50% since the baseline year 2019. The original target was to reduce emissions by 46% by 2025. By 2030, Siemens Energy aims to be completely climate-neutral.

A key reason for the company's success in reducing greenhouse gases is its use of renewable energies. At Siemens Energy, 90% of the electricity required for its operations comes from renewable sources. The planned target was 84%. Conventional contracts were replaced more quickly by new agreements or supplemented by guarantees of origin, where it was impossible to purchase renewable energy directly from the supplier.

By September 30, 2023, electricity demand is expected to be covered entirely by green energy. Siemens Energy also reports emissions in Scope 3 that result from the operation of its own products over the entire life cycle. These account for more than 99% of Siemens Energy's total greenhouse gas emissions and represent the most significant challenge to climate neutrality.

In the past year, 46 MM metric tons fewer greenhouse gases were emitted in this category (a 3% reduction compared to 2021). Overall, there was a 12% reduction compared to the 2019 baseline. This is primarily due to the coal phase-out Siemens Energy implemented in 2020. This demonstrates the urgency to switch from coal to gas for power generation as quickly as possible, in addition to using renewable energies: Nearly 40% of the world's power is still generated using coal; switching to gas could eliminate approximately 50% of the emissions at each plant.

We remind, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Siemens Energy AG today announced plans to pilot blockchain technology to certify the carbon intensity of a range of products. By using smart sensor data gathered from across ADNOC’s operational chain – from the oil well right to the customer – the pilot will show how much CO2 was used to make products such as Murban crude, ammonia, and aviation fuels.

Evonik begins commercial-scale ceramides production

Evonik begins commercial-scale ceramides production

Evonik has started manufacturing commercial quantities of ceramides - a special class of lipids - at its site in Dossenheim near Heidelberg in Germany, said the company.

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.

The in-house production of ceramides bolsters Evonik’s position as leading provider of ceramide System Solutions. These combine ceramides with Evonik’s delivery systems and formulations to offer customers high-value solutions that are tailored to their unique needs. This reinforces the company’s position in active ingredients.

“Expanding our in-house production capacity for ceramides enables us to meet the demand of our strategic customers who have minimum volume commitments and very long-term agreements with us. We are also in a strong position to supply other customers with the flexibility and security they need,” said Johann-Caspar Gammelin, head of the Nutrition & Care division at Evonik. “This strategic move is our latest contribution to achieving our Vision at Nutrition & Care: life at heart, systems in mind, partners at hand.”

Ceramides are an integral part of many System Solutions for customers in the cosmetics industry. System Solutions are multi-component offerings across products, technologies and services that are tailored to a unique customer need and often have proven sustainability benefits. As an entry point to a world of consultancy, application expertise and customer service, System Solutions ensure that Evonik is the preferred partner for customers. By establishing the in-house production of ceramides, Evonik is accelerating the transition of its life sciences division, Nutrition & Care, which aims to increase its share of System Solutions from 20 percent today to 50 percent by 2030.

Ceramides are a special class of lipids. As cosmetic ingredients, their effect has been scientifically proven and is intensively promoted by the cosmetics industry. The market for ceramides offers considerable opportunities with a growing number of applications in skin care, hair care, sun care, color cosmetics, advanced food additives and animal care. Crucial to the effect of ceramides is the active ingredient delivery system, which transports the active ingredients to the correct layers of the skin.

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.