Covestro signs major renewable energy supply contracts with Chinese producer CGN

Covestro signs major renewable energy supply contracts with Chinese producer CGN

Covestro is taking another major step forward on its path to climate neutrality. The company has signed several multi-year power purchase agreements (PPA) with CGN New Energy, including one that will cover around 30 percent of the electricity needs of the important production site in Shanghai, said the company.

"Covestro aims to become climate-neutral by 2035 and is systematically converting its production worldwide to renewable energies to achieve this goal," says CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann. “On the way to achieving this, we have reached a new milestone with this agreement. At the same time, we are contributing to the further expansion of the entire market for renewable energies with our investments and our commitment.”

Under the PPA, the Covestro Integrated Site Shanghai will purchase approximately 300 gigawatt hours of green power annually from CGN's wind and solar farms in the town of Lenghu in northwest China's Qinghai province. The agreement will reduce Covestro's carbon emissions in China by around 126,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. This is equivalent to the emissions of around 60,000 gasoline-powered cars annually. The PPA is scheduled to take effect in January 2023.

"We are delighted to support leading chemical companies like Covestro in converting their production sites to renewable electricity. We look forward to our further cooperation with Covestro, and together we will also contribute to China's dual carbon targets and sustainable development," says Qi Fang, Deputy General Manager of CGN New Energy.

The Shanghai site is already partly supplied by renewable energy. For example, in 2022 alone, it is expected to use more than 300 gigawatt hours of solar power generated in northwest China.

"This new contract is a milestone in the Shanghai site's journey to net-zero emissions. We have increased energy efficiency and significantly reduced emissions over the years, and the use of green power and alternative raw materials will be a key focus as we strive for carbon-neutral production in the next decade," says Holly Lei, President of Covestro China.

We remind, 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.

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.