Clariant novel catalyst boosts HPPO process performance at China plant

Clariant novel catalyst boosts HPPO process performance at China plant

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant Catalysts has collaborated with Evonik and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) for a propylene oxide (PO) project in China, said the company.

Qixiang Tengda will depend on Evonik-tkIS HPPO technology to transform propylene into PO, in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. The new plant will have a capacity of 300,000 tonnes/y.

Once done, the NiSat 310 catalyst of Clariant will remove by-products by converting up to 95% or more of the unreacted hydrogen peroxide into water and unwanted aldehydes into alcohols.

We remind, Clariant is set to expand its Care Chemicals facility in Daya Bay, Huizhou, China, to boost its support for pharmaceutical, personal care, home care, and industrial application customers. The CHF 80 million investment will see capacity increases for existing products as well as the introduction of new products by the end of 2024.

Topsoe Technology chosen for low carbon ammonia project in Louisiana, US

Topsoe Technology chosen for low carbon ammonia project in Louisiana, US

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Technology major, Topsoe has been chosen as technology provider to Ascension Clean Energy (ACE), an industrial scale low carbon hydrogen-ammonia joint venture project in Louisiana, US, by Clean Hydrogen Works (CHW), Denbury Carbon Solutions and Hafnia, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

“The projected USD7.5 billion project is expected to produce 7.2 million tonnes of low carbon ammonia per year in Louisiana, US,” Topsoe wrote in a statement. To deliver the 7.2 million metric tons of clean ammonia annually ACE will use Topsoe’s integrated hydrogen and ammonia solutions, including state-of-the-art SynCOR™ auto-thermal reforming (ATR) technology, the statement noted.

“This industry-leading technology is targeting a reduction of up to 98% of all carbon dioxide, which is contracted to be permanently sequestered by Denbury Carbon Solutions,” Topsoe said in the statement. Commenting on the development, Peter Vang Christensen, Senior Vice President Technology, Topsoe, said,“Low carbon solutions are vital if we are to succeed with the energy transition, and this project will have a positive impact in leading the way for large-scale decarbonization of our global energy infrastructure.

“We are delighted to have been selected to support this project that will showcase not only Topsoe’s world leading technology but also ACE’s role in the transition to decarbonized fuels.” On the West Bank of the Mississippi River in Louisiana’s Ascension Parish, ACE will be sited on a prime 1,700-acre location near existing infrastructure, with direct access to the Mississippi River, Topsoe said while adding that a final investment decision regarding ACE is expected in 2024.

We remind, Topsoe, a global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies, has been appointed by SGP BioEnergy to support the production of renewable fuels in South America’s largest upcoming renewable fuels plant, located in Panama. Topsoe will provide its innovative HydroFlex technology to produce SAF and RD, while also deploying its H2bridge technology to ensure the plant has a net-zero greenhouse gas footprint, recycling green hydrogen generated by waste carbon and production by-product back into the plant’s operations.

Hyundai Engineering completes Long Son utility plant in Vietnam

Hyundai Engineering completes Long Son utility plant in Vietnam

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Hyundai Engineering announced that it has completed the construction of Long Son Utility Plant in Vietnam, said Businesskorea.

The company held an initial acceptance ceremony for the plant with the attendance of officials, including Hong Hyun-seong, CEO of Hyundai Engineering, and Thamasak Sethadom, executive vice president of Siam Cement Group, the client of the project.

The project involved building infrastructure, such as a boiler, a water treatment facility and electrical substations, for production of steam and industrial water for the Long Son Petrochemical Complex on Long Son Island of Vung Tau City, about 100 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam.

Steam and industrial water from this utility plant are essential to the operation of the petrochemical complex.

Hyundai Engineering has shortened the construction period for the project by three months. It started construction work in September 2018, started the normal operation of the utility plant in 41 months since the start of work, and obtained an official completion certificate in about 50 months. The completion of the plant was originally scheduled for February 2023.

We remind, Hyundai Chemical, a JV between South Korea’s Lotte Chemical and Hyundai Oilbank, has started to market cargoes from the new polypropylene (PP) plant in Daesan in mid-November. Chinese customers informed CommoPlast of having received offers for on-spec cargoes of homopolymer of propylene (homopolymer PP) from its newly launched plant.

ExxonMobil doubles PP capacity at Baton Rouge facility

ExxonMobil doubles PP capacity at Baton Rouge facility

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ExxonMobil announced the successful startup of its new polypropylene production unit at the Polyolefins Plant in Baton Rouge, said the company.

The unit increases polypropylene production capacity along the Gulf Coast by 450,000 metric tons per year, meeting growing demand for high-performance, lightweight and durable plastics, particularly for automotive parts that can improve fuel efficiency and reduce vehicle emissions. Polypropylene, a polymer with several applications, is also used to improve the safety and efficiency of everyday products like medical masks and food packaging.

“With the startup of this new production unit, we are well positioned to responsibly meet the growing global demand for these high-performance polymers,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Product Solutions. “The ingenuity of our people and our investments in technology enable us to produce high quality products that are essential to daily life."

ExxonMobil maintained its investments in this advantaged project through the COVID pandemic and related economic downturn. The total capital investment was more than USD500 million. ExxonMobil’s extensive mega-project management experience and unrivaled technology capability enabled the unit to start up according to planned cost and schedule.

During construction, the project employed more than 650 workers and with full operational status, requires an additional 65 full-time ExxonMobil jobs.

ExxonMobil’s integrated operations in Baton Rouge include a more than 500,000 barrel-per-day refinery, as well as chemical, lubricants, polyolefins and plastics manufacturing. ExxonMobil has more than 5,500 employees and contractors in the Baton Rouge area and its operations account for approximately one in every 10 jobs in the region.

We remind, ExxonMobil Corp., Irving, Texas, has announced plans to build its first large-scale postuse plastic advanced recycling facility in Baytown, Texas. The company says it expects to begin operations at the facility by the end of 2022.

Lukoil becomes leader of Esg-Indices

Lukoil becomes leader of Esg-Indices

MOSCOW (MRC) -- PJSC LUKOIL became one of the leaders of ESG-indices of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP): Responsibility and Transparency and Sustainability Vector, said the company.

The 2022 index participant list was compiled on the basis of RAEX-600 Top 100 rating of the largest Russian companies and the Moscow Exchange Index companies list. The ESG-indices calculations were based upon public reports of the enterprises. The assessment took into account 44 indices and 73 indicators that reflect economic, environmental, social and governance aspects of sustainable development.

?The RSPP indices became the first Russian tool for comprehensive assessment of companies based on ESG-factors.

We remind, Romania's Petrotel Lukoil refinery, owned by Russia's Lukoil has found alternative fuel supplies and its petrol stations will not be affected by a ban on Russian imports. A European Union embargo from Dec. 5 is banning European buyers from purchasing and transporting Russian oil.