Borouge supplied its polyethylene material to a leading UAE pipe manufacturer

Borouge supplied its polyethylene material to a leading UAE pipe manufacturer

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Borouge’s ‘Made in UAE’ polyethylene materials are used by a leading UAE pipe manufacturer to make 1.8 metre diameter pipes for the cooling water system of the new Borouge 4 complex, said the company.

Union Pipes Industry (UPI), one of the MENA region’s manufacturers of large and durable pipes and a long-term value chain partner, used Borouge’s innovative materials to produce 2 kilometres of polyethylene pipes which have a flow rate of approximately 26,000 cubic meters per hour, equivalent to filling a 25-metre swimming pool in less than one minute. Localising the manufacturing of the pipes allowed for the production of very long length pipes, with each segment measuring 24 metres, unlike the industry standard of approximately 12 metres. Long length pipes require less joints and welds, enabling faster and safer installation. For these benefits, the pipes were selected for the Borouge 4 project.

Khalfan AlMuhairi, Senior Vice President Region MEAE, Borouge: “Our materials are specifically designed using Borstar® technology, for the production of thick-walled polyethylene pipes. By offering more durable and reliable pipe solutions, Borouge continues to boost the sustainability of pipe networks by making them safer, longer lasting and more efficient. This helps eliminate water leakage whilst at the same time offering energy savings.”

Borouge’s innovative and non-metallic pipe solutions are durable and allow the pipes to have a long service life of over 50 years. Borouge’s polyethylene materials are also lightweight and able to withstand ground movements and are the material of choice for key municipal projects in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Committed to sustainability, Borouge has a track record of contributing to the success of a wide range of mega projects worldwide by supplying its innovative polyethylene materials that are 100% recyclable. Solutions and material produced by Borouge are favoured over conventional materials which struggle with water losses. They also ensure a significant reduction in carbon footprint compared to conventional pipes, making them invaluable component of modern infrastructure.

Borouge is well known for supplying a cost-effective solution for pipe producers while delivering quality assurance in accordance with national and international standards. Borouge continues to offer leading, high performance polyethylene materials when it comes to facilitating access to clean drinking water, improving distribution networks for gas and water.

Using ‘Made in UAE’ materials produced by Borouge to make pipes made by UPI to be installed in a world class petrochemical production facility in the UAE is in line with Borouge’s commitment to support the UAE In-Country Value (ICV) Programme and aligned with the ‘Make It in The Emirates’ initiative.

We remind, Borouge Plc, a leading petrochemical company that provides innovative and differentiated polyolefin solutions, has entered into a Distribution Agreement with one of the biggest polyolefin distributors in East Africa, Somochem.

Technip Energies awarded a contract for Juhua Greenfield Chemical Complex in China

Technip Energies awarded a contract for Juhua Greenfield Chemical Complex in China

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Technip Energies has been awarded a contract by Ningbo Juhua Chemical & Science Co., Ltd. (Juhua) for a 1,3-propanediol (PDO) plant with a capacity of 72 kta(1) and a 150 kta polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) plant in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

These two products are based on Technip Energies’ proprietary Zimmer PDO and PTT technologies to strengthen and expand Juhua’s petrochemical new materials business while improving its competitiveness. Technip Energies will provide the licenses, Basic Design Packages and proprietary equipment for both technologies, as well as Detail Design services. This PDO technology was originally developed by Shell and Shell Catalysts & Technologies will be the catalyst supplier to the PDO plant.

For Technip Energies, this is the first commercial scale application of the Zimmer PDO technology. PDO is a colorless, odorless organic chemical that can be used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and plastics manufacturing fields. It is also the feedstock for PTT, a high performance and versatile polyester, used in the manufacturing of high quality carpet and textiles.

Bhaskar Patel, SVP Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Circularity of Technip Energies, stated: “We are very pleased that Juhua has selected two of our polymer technologies for the expansion of their facility in Ningbo. This is the first commercial scale application of our PDO technology, which produces a high quality monomer with excellent raw material utilization as feedstock for our PTT technology. "

We remind, Technip Energies announces the award of a contract for the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) phase of LanzaTech’s DRAGON Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Project based on LanzaJet Alcohol to Jet (ATJ) Technology, on track to be one of the first commercial SAF facilities in the UK.

Braskem, New Iridium partner on photocatalytic CO2 conversion

Braskem, New Iridium partner on photocatalytic CO2 conversion

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Braskem (Sao Paulo) has partnered with startup firm New Iridium (Boulder, Colorado) to develop technologies for the photocatalytic conversion of industrial CO2 emissions to chemical products, said the company.

The partnership marks New Iridium’s first efforts in the commodities sector, Braskem said in a press release on April 13.

Braskem said the first phase of the collaboration, which is focused on proofs of concept, has already begun. Subsequent phases will involve scaling and industrialization.

"The project is an excellent fit with Braskem's innovation portfolio for more sustainable solutions in which promising technologies such as photocatalysis can play a lead role in CO2 conversion," said Gus Hutras, global process technology director at Braskem. "This partnership holds great potential thanks to the combination of Braskem's expertise in industrial processes and commodity markets with New Iridium's capacity and knowledge in the state-of-the-art technology of photocatalysis."

We remind, Brazil’s mines and energy ministry (MME) has requested that federal oil firm Petrobras halt the sale of assets for 90 days starting March 1. The request was made due to the reassessment of the national energy policy and the establishment of a new composition of the national energy policy council (CNPE), which is part of the ministry.

Oil products shipments disrupted at two TotalEnergies refineries

Oil products shipments disrupted at two TotalEnergies refineries

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Oil products shipments from TotalEnergies' Donges and La Mede refineries were disrupted on Thursday, a company spokesperson said, with 20% of operational staff having joined strike action over the government's pension reforms, said Reuters.

The disruption is part of nationwide action against the government's plan to raise the retirement age by two years to 64, which was forced through parliament last month but is set to be reviewed by France's Constitutional Council on Friday.

The strikes had previously shuttered production at the company's refineries, but its Gonfreville, Donges and La Mede sites were increasing production on Thursday, the spokesperson said.

We remind, TotalEnergies and Paprec, leader in plastic recycling in France, have signed a long-term commercial agreement to develop a French value chain for advanced recycling of plastic film wastes. The agreement will secure the supply of TotalEnergies' future advanced plastic recycling plant in Grandpuits. Following the terms of this agreement, Citeo, the main organization in charge of end-of-life household packaging in France, will provide a stream of flexible plastic waste sorted from post-consumer packaging.

Vietnam Binh Son refinery delays maintenance, expects 88% profit fall this year

Vietnam  Binh Son refinery delays maintenance, expects 88% profit fall this year

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Vietnam's Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical will delay the maintenance at its refinery until next year, and said it expects profits to drop 88% this year due to rising costs, including higher taxes, said Reuters.

Binh Son said the maintenance delay would allow the company to "maximize its production, revenue and profit" this year. The 130,000-barrel-per-day refinery was originally scheduled to undergo major maintenance from June 22 to August 11 in 2023. The maintenance will now take place early next year, the company said in a statement.

Binh Son's net profit is forecast to fall this year to USD73.38 MM from USD625 MM last year, the company said. It is subject to corporate income tax of 10% this year, compared with 5% last year.

Binh Son is facing more competition in the local market as import tariffs on gasoline will be cut to 5% this year from 8%, it said. The company is also concerned it will not be able to buy enough crude oil for its operations this year due to tight supplies. "Global inflation remains at high levels, putting upward pressure on inflation in Vietnam, which relies heavily on imported materials," the company said. "This will push operation costs higher."

Vietnam's total crude oil imports in the first quarter rose 55% from a year earlier to 2.7 million tons. Binh Son, 92% owned by state oil company PetroVietnam, is also considering moving its shares to Vietnam's main bourse, Hochiminh Stock Exchange, this year. Its shares have been trading on the unlisted public company market, or UPCoM, since 2018.

We remind, Long Son Petrochemicals, a unit of Thailand's SCG Chemicals, will start commercial production at its petrochemical complex in southern Vietnam by mid-2023. The USD5-billion facility in Ba Ria Vung Tau province will produce 1.4 MMtpy of plastic resins, it said in an emailed statement. Its annual output will include 500,000 tpy of high-density polyethylene, 500,000 tpy of linear low density polyethylene and 400,000 tpy of polypropylene, it said.