TotalEnergies to supply certified sustainable biomethane to Saint-Gobain

TotalEnergies to supply certified sustainable biomethane to Saint-Gobain

МОСКВА (MRC) -- TotalEnergies has signed a 100 GW biomethane purchase agreement with Saint-Gobain France for a three-year period starting in 2024, said the company.

The biomethane will be produced by TotalEnergies at its BioBearn biomethane plant, which came on stream at the beginning of the year and whose production is certified sustainable by ISCC1 under the highest sustainability criteria of the European Union REDII Directive. TotalEnergies is one of the very first producers to obtain this certification in France.

By acquiring the Guarantees of Origin, and thanks to their sustainable certification, Saint-Gobain will be able to attest, within the framework of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, to the decarbonization of its energy consumption in France. This contract is also an example of a purely commercial sale, i.e., non-subsidized, of biomethane.

We remind, TotalEnergies confirms its commitment to the energy transition in Kazakhstan with the signature of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Mirny project. This will be the first PPA signed in the country for a wind project of such scale. Located in the Zhambyl region, the project aims to build a 1 GW onshore wind farm combined with a 600 MWh battery energy storage system for a reliable power supply.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. makes strategic investment in Ascension Clean Energy

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. makes strategic investment in Ascension Clean Energy

MOSCOW (MRC) -- MOL Clean Energy, US, LLC, a 100% subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and Clean Hydrogen Works, LLC announce MCE as a Joint Venture shareholder in Ascension Clean Energy, a proposed world-scale, clean hydrogen-ammonia production and export facility in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Other shareholders are CHW, Denbury Carbon Solutions, a world-leading carbon solutions provider with more than two decades of successfully managing carbon dioxide, and Hafnia, one of the world's leading oil product tanker owners and operators.

Expected to produce 7.2 million metric tons of clean hydrogen-ammonia annually, ACE will help meet the rapidly emerging demand for affordable, secure, and low-carbon fuels and feedstock around the world. This clean energy will help decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors including power generation, bunker fuel, heavy transportation, steel processing and industrial applications.

"Clean hydrogen-ammonia is critical to decarbonizing the global energy market," said Tomoaki Ichida, CEO, MCE, "With this innovative project, MOL is investing not only for our future growth, but also helping promote the development and adoption of clean hydrogen-ammonia within our fleet and customer base," Ichida added.

As one of the world's largest shipping companies, MOL is well-positioned to help develop safe, sustainable, and efficient solutions to ship ACE's clean hydrogen-ammonia to emerging clean energy markets across the globe.

"With the rapidly evolving macro-environment, the world's net zero goals must be increasingly coupled with affordability and security of energy supply," said Mitch Silver, CHW Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, "MOL's practical yet visionary approach to decarbonization will add critical capabilities and insights to support ACE in delivering on its mission to provide customers with affordable and large-scale clean energy solutions."

ACE is committed to achieving among the world's lowest lifecycle carbon intensity by capturing up to 98 percent of CO2 emissions from its processes, as well as actively managing upstream CO2 and methane emissions. Helping reduce the world's carbon footprint is a critical component in protecting our environment for future generations.

We remind, Toray Industries, Inc., Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., and Kumagai Co., Ltd., announced that they have jointly developed a revolutionary mono-material film packaging material and manufacturing process that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Carbon dioxide emissions are 80% lower than from conventional counterparts with this new material, which is also recyclable.

Petroperu close to boosting crude supply for Talara refinery

Petroperu close to boosting crude supply for Talara refinery

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Peru's state-owned energy firm Petroperu is negotiating with oil producers in the Americas and Asia to import about 63,000 bpd of crude for its newly modernized Talara refinery, the company's president told Reuters .

Pedro Chira, president of Petroperu's board of directors, said he expects to announce next week the winning companies after a 46% expansion of the refinery to 95,000 bpd. "We are looking at options within Latin America and also in North America and Asia," Chira said at his offices in Lima. "I think that in the next week we would be able to announce who our suppliers will be."

The Talara refinery is currently in a start-up stage after a USD5-B modernization that began in 2014, and the company aims to reach full capacity from mid-July, Chira said. Peru currently produces about 41,000 bpd of crude while national oil demand is 250,000 bpd, according to official data, so it has to import crude for its refinery as well as fuel products for its market.

Chira, who declined to identify the potential crude suppliers, said that with Talara at full capacity the firm would be able to get its financials back on track and return to positive net profit from 2025. The state oil firm lost its investment grade last year from ratings agency S&P, while Fitch downgraded its rating after it took out loans and issued bonds to finance the Talara overhaul.

The executive said Petroperu was evaluating a financing plan of some USD1.2 B, including potential bonds and lines of credit, in case the firm faced any unforeseen cash flow issues.

We remind, in a press conference with members of the Association of Foreign Press in Peru (APEP), the Chairman of the Board of Petroperu, Carlos Vives Suarez, reported that Petroperu has all the corresponding permits for the gradual and progressive start-up period of the New Refinery Talara (NRT) which has been carried out satisfactorily.

CPGC and BASF accelerate onboard CO2 capture system development

CPGC and BASF accelerate onboard CO2 capture system development

MOSCOW (MRC) -- CSSC Power (Group) Co., Ltd. (CPGC) and BASF have formed a solid cooperation to expedite the progress of onboard carbon capture (CO2 capture) system for commercial maritime applications, said the company.

CPGC has always been committed to providing green, low carbon solutions for the shipping industry. Combining CPGC’s leading capabilities in research and development, manufacturing and supply of marine engines and power systems with BASF’s gas treatment expertise, this cooperation helps to achieve sustainable development in the global shipping industry. Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the 2023 Shanghai International Carbon Neutrality Expo in Technologies, Products and Achievements to commemorate the partnership.

The cooperation aims to address the challenges of energy efficiency improvement and emission reduction in the maritime sector to meet the growing demand for vessel decarbonization. The companies will conduct tests against different types of marine fuel and engines to accelerate the development of onboard carbon capture system using BASF’s OASE® blue gas treatment technology.

OASE blue is BASF’s gas treatment technology with low energy consumption, low solvent losses, and an exceptionally flexible operating range. It is developed to tackle unique challenges posed by the contaminants in flue gas sources from fossil power generation plants, steam reformers, waste incinerators, and cement industry.

“Under the guidance of the ‘achieving peak carbon emissions and carbon neutrality’ goal and the trend of ‘green and low-carbon’ transformation in the shipping industry, CPGC is focusing on the development of low-carbon and zero-carbon marine power, energy-saving and environmental protection devices. The cooperation with BASF will help CPGC promote differentiated layout in the low-carbon and green shipping industry and gain an edge.” said Shao Yu, General Manager, CPGC.

Vasilios Galanos, Senior Vice President, Intermediates Asia Pacific, BASF, said, “Interest in carbon capture solutions has evolved rapidly around the world, and we are proud to offer an excellent suite of gas treating solutions under OASE® to meet the growing demand. Through our cooperation with CPGC, we are cruising towards a sustainable maritime industry by bringing onboard our extensive experience in gas treatment, as well as our innovation and dedication to sustainability.”

We remind, BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany) will expand its global alkyl polyglucosides (APG) production capacity with two expansions at its sites in Bangpakong, Thailand, and Cincinnati, Ohio. By expanding in two regions in parallel, BASF, the global market leader for APGs, can strengthen its position and serve customers even faster and more flexible from the regional supply points, while at the same time reducing cross-regional volume flows. The additional capacities are expected to come on stream in 2025.

Another fire breaks out at Calcasieu Refinery

Another fire breaks out at Calcasieu Refinery

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A fire broke out at the Calcasieu Refining Company in Louisiana while crews were working on dismantling an old tank that had previously caught fire, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The incident occurred as repairs were being conducted and some liquid was still left in the tank. The fire, which produced a significant amount of smoke, was quickly contained, and precautionary measures were taken to ensure the safety of nearby individuals. A shelter-in-place order was issued for a one-mile radius but was lifted within half an hour. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries, and unlike the previous fire, no evacuations were necessary.

According to Adam Judice, the controller of Calcasieu Refinery, there remains a possibility of another fire occurring in the next few days as the tank continues to be dismantled. Firefighting teams equipped with foam trucks are present on-site to quickly extinguish any potential fires. Judice emphasized the need for preparedness and stated that the teams would remain until the tank was fully demobilized. To stay informed about shelter-in-place orders, people were encouraged to sign up for Calcashout's emergency alarm system.

We remind, Supervisors at bp's Toledo, Ohio refinery opted to keep the plant running despite a series of malfunctions and a petroleum spill in the hours before an accident that killed two workers last year, The Wall Street Journal reported. The managers at the refinery continued to keep a nearby crude-processing tower running up until a fatal explosion and fire that evening, WSJ said, citing a preliminary report by government investigators.