Clariant announces ethoxylation expansion in Daya Bay

Clariant announces ethoxylation expansion in Daya Bay

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant will invest Swiss francs (Swfr) 80m (USD86m) to expand its Care Chemicals facility at Daya Bay in China’s Guangdong province, boosting support for pharmaceutical, personal care, home care and industrial application customers, the company said.

This investment will increase Clariant’s production capacity for existing products as well as the introduction of new products by the end of 2024. Clariant also aims for the site to become a new global hub for its healthcare business, saying it believes China would remain a growth driver for many chemicals.

Clariant is looking to expand the contribution of China sales in its global total to 14% from its present 11% and raise its China production share to 50% from 35%, both by 2025.

Its most recent investments in Daya Bay include a Swfr40m second production line of flame retardants, slated to come on stream in 2024, and its Swfr60m first line, due to start up in 2023.

The company on Thursday held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new surfactant plant at Daya Bay.

We remind, Clariant on Monday announced a financial impairment of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, Romania, amounting to some 225 million Swiss francs (USD241 million/ 225 million euro).

Eni eyes biorefinery in Malaysia with Petronas, Euglena

Eni eyes biorefinery in Malaysia with Petronas, Euglena

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Italian energy group Eni is studying the possibility of developing and operating a biorefinery in Malaysia together with Japan's Euglena and Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), said Reuters.

The plant would be based in the integrated refinery and petrochemical Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in Southeast Asia, they said in a joint statement.

An investment decision for the project is expected by 2023 and the plant is targeted to be completed by 2025.

The biorefinery would have a flexible configuration to focus on sustainable fuels for aircraft, on-road vehicles, train and marine transportation, the groups said.

The plant is expected to have the capability to process about 650,000 tpy of raw materials to produce up to 12,500 barrels per day of biofuels.

Eni, which plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, said earlier this year it aimed to build a third biorefinery in Italy by converting one of its industrial sites in Tuscany.

We remind, Eni confirmed it is conducting a feasibility study with the intention to build a new biorefinery in Livorno, Italy. Hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), which is produced by hydrogenating vegetable oils, will be the primary biofuel produced at the planned biorefinery. Three new plants are being planned for the biorefinery, including a biogenic feedstock pre-treatment unit, a 500,000 tonne/year Ecofining plant and a plant to produce hydrogen from methane gas.

Russia replaces Iraq as top oil supplier to India in November

Russia replaces Iraq as top oil supplier to India in November

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Russia has for the first time emerged as top oil supplier to India replacing Iraq as refiners last month snapped up oil from Moscow fearing a price cap from Dec. 5 could hit supplies and choke payment avenues, data obtained from trade sources showed, said Reuters.

India's oil imports from Russia rose for the fifth straight month, totaling 908,000 bpd in November, up 4% from October, the data showed. The Group of Seven nations, Australia, and the 27 European Union countries have imposed a price cap of USD60 a barrel on Russian seaborne oil from Dec. 5 as the West tries to limit Moscow's ability to finance its war in Ukraine.

The price cap plan calls for G7 countries to deny insurance, finance, brokering, navigation, and other services to oil cargoes priced above the price cap on crude and oil products. Russian oil accounted for about 23% of India's overall import of about 4 million bpd oil in November, the data showed.

India's overall imports in November declined 11% from October on lower purchases by Russia-backed Indian refiner Nayara Energy, which had shut its 400,000 bpd refinery for maintenance during the month, the data showed. India, which rarely used to buy Russian oil because of costly logistics, has emerged as Russia's second biggest oil client after China as refiners snap up discounted crude shunned by Western nations since the February invasion of Ukraine.

Last month India's oil imports from Iraq declined to the lowest since September 2020, while that from Saudi Arabia plunged to a 14-month low, the data showed. Indian refiners that were initially wary of placing orders for Russian crude for loading post Dec. 5, have resumed purchases from Moscow as sanctions allow direct payment for Russian oil, sources said.

Higher purchases of Russian oil dragged down Indian imports from the Middle East and member nations of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) declined to the lowest ever in November, the data showed. During April-November, the first eight months of this fiscal year, Iraq continued to be the largest oil supplier to India followed by Saudi Arabia and Russia, which has knocked down UAE to the fourth position.

We remind, BP would like to confirm the current status of its business and interests in Russia, said the company.
On 27 February 2022, bp’s board decided that bp would exit its 19.75% shareholding in Rosneft and its other business in Russia. bp was the first international company to announce such an exit. That decision remains unchanged and bp has no intention of returning to business as usual in Russia.

MEGlobal increased January MEG ACP by USD20/tonne

MEGlobal increased January  MEG ACP by USD20/tonne

MOSCOW (MRC) -- MEGlobal has nominated its January 2023 monoethylene glycol (MEG) Asian Contract Price (ACP) at USD820/tonne, up by USD20/tonne from the December ACP, said the company.

The price is on a CFR (cost and freight) Asia basis.

Asia MEG market has bottomed out in December after China relaxed its COVID curbs, but the upcoming new capacities in China and India may weigh on the prices.

We remind, MEGlobal has nominated its December 2022 monoethylene glycol (MEG) Asian Contract Price (ACP) at USD800/tonne, down by USD10/tonne from the November ACP.

Borealis appoints Michael Schenk as Vice President Treasury and Funding

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Borealis announces the appointment of Michael Schenk as Vice President Treasury and Funding effective 1 January 2023, said the company.

Michael Schenk is currently Director of Internal Audit & Risk Management at Borealis and joined the company in 2008, when he was appointed Head of Business Unit Controlling, Wire & Cable. In 2009, he became Head of Business Finance for Polyolefins & Innotech, and in 2013 took on the role of Head of Group Corporate Finance & Investor Relations. He became Chief Audit Executive of Internal Audit & Risk Management in 2017.

Before joining Borealis, Michael Schenk worked in Group Treasury at UBS Group in Zurich, Switzerland, and as an investment analyst at UBS Investment Bank in London, UK. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Vienna.

“For several years now, Michael Schenk has been fostering and developing a systematic, disciplined and innovative approach to risk management, financial control and governance processes at Borealis,” says Mark Tonkens, Borealis Chief Financial Officer. “His leadership experience and broad background in treasury, financial controlling and investment banking will be an asset to Borealis as it continues to develop its robust and well-diversified funding portfolio."

Michael Schenk succeeds Jan-Martin Nufer, who was appointed CFO of Borouge PLC effective 1 November 2022.

We remind, Borealis is designing a first-of-its-kind commercial-scale advanced mechanical recycling plant to be located in Schwechat, Austria. The plant will be based on Borealis’ own Borcycle™ M technology, which transforms polyolefin-based post-consumer waste into high-performance polymers suitable for demanding applications. This represents another tangible step forward on Borealis’ path to net zero.