SASA Polyester Sanayi A.S. to build propane dehydrogenation unit In Turkey using Honeywell Oleflex Tech

SASA Polyester Sanayi A.S. to build propane dehydrogenation unit In Turkey using Honeywell Oleflex Tech

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Honeywell announced that SASA Polyester Sanayi A.S. will build the world’s largest Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Yumurtal'k, Turkiye using the latest generation of Honeywell Oleflex technology, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The facility will have the capacity to produce 1 million tons of propylene per year. The Honeywell UOP Oleflex process is used to produce light olefins through the catalytic dehydrogenation of light paraffin and provides users with an on-purpose source of polymer grade propylene and/or isobutylene. The Honeywell UOP Oleflex technology is a low-energy consumption, lower-emission technology that utilizes a catalyst with recyclable platinum with lower environmental impacts relative to comparable alternatives.

The project will take place between 2023 and 2026 and includes the construction of a 1-million-ton capacity PDH production facility and liquid and container port construction.

“SASA is the first and largest polyester and polymer manufacturer of Turkiye, with a sustainable growth perspective, SASA aims to make Turkiye one of the top three polyester manufacturers in the world and to become one of the leading players on a global scale, this vision is now a reality with the help of Honeywell’s OleflexTM technology,” said Ibrahim Erdemoglu, Chairman of the Board of Erdemoglu Holding, SASA’s majority shareholder. “This is SASA’s first technology award for our new crude oil to chemicals development and this project will allow us to develop ourselves continuously as we maintain the spirit of innovation.”

“Our OleflexTM technology enables investors like SASA to participate in the growing propylene market by producing propylene at low cash cost of production utilizing Honeywell UOP’s proprietary highly active, stable, and environmentally friendly catalyst. The OleflexTM technology is backed by more than 75 years of continuous innovation in dehydrogenation technology by Honeywell UOP,” said Bryan Glover, President, Honeywell UOP.”

Since 2011, most dehydrogenation projects globally have been based on Honeywell UOP technology, including projects for propane (C3), isobutane (iC4) and mixed C3/iC4 service. Global production capacity of propylene from OleflexTM technology currently stands at approximately 13.2 million metric tons per year, with more than 42 million metric tons of propylene per year licensed capacity.

We remind, Thyssenkrupp Uhde’s (Dortmund, Germany) subsidiary Uhde Inventa-Fischer signed a contract to build three new world-scale polymer plants for SASA Polyester Sanayi A.S? in Adana, Turkey.

Röhm advances acquisition of Sabic’s polycarbonate films, sheet business

Röhm advances acquisition of Sabic’s polycarbonate films, sheet business

MOSCOW (MRC) -- In June 2023, Rohm signed the Sale and Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of Functional Forms, the polycarbonate-based films and sheet business unit of SABIC, said the company.

Rohm, which is backed by global private equity firm Advent International, had already announced its intention to purchase the unit in December 2022.

“This acquisition is a milestone on our road towards becoming a world-leading multi-materials manufacturer of high quality, transparent films and sheet”, says the CEO of Rohm, Michael Pack. “Our customers will now be able to acquire leading PLEXIGLAS® / ACRYLITE® and LEXAN™ products out of one hand and can draw on unparalleled technical and application expertise.”

Rohm’s PLEXIGLAS® / ACRYLITE® brand is representing one of the world’s highest-quality and most versatile acrylic products. The acquisition of Functional Forms from SABIC not only further strengthens Rohm's leading position in transparent sheets, but also strengthens its position in films and transportation.

The high-quality polycarbonate films and sheets produced by the Functional Forms business unit are primarily sold under the name LEXAN™, a world-leading brand of polycarbonate. “With our strong branded products, expanded product offering and technical expertise, we will become the preferred partner in the market for high-quality transparent sheet and films”, says Pack.

We remind, Rohm GmbH has received the ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) PLUS certification for all methyl methacrylate (MMA)- and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) products at their largest production site in Worms (Germany).

SABIC expands chemically resistant LNP CRX copolymer portfolio

SABIC expands chemically resistant LNP CRX copolymer portfolio

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, introduced three new LNP™ CRX copolymer resins to give customers in the mobility and industrial sectors new material options that can resist both harsh chemicals and challenging environmental conditions, said the company.

The new specialized polycarbonate (PC) copolymer-based LNP CRX products deliver the chemical resistance expected from this portfolio, in combination with exceptional weatherability (UL74C F1 rating, low-temperature ductility and ability to withstand high levels of heat and humidity). These properties may help enhance the durability of components such as charging sockets for electric vehicles (EV) and housings for outdoor battery storage equipment.

In turn, greater durability helps to extend the useful life of parts, thereby advancing sustainability goals through lower demand for raw materials, energy, water and other resources. It also helps customers protect their brand reputation and minimize costly recalls and warranty claims. Because of these durability and sustainability benefits, the new additions to the LNP CRX copolymer resin portfolio can be great options for applications across several market sectors, including healthcare and consumer electronics.

“One important aspect of sustainability is finding new ways to extend the service life of products,” said Joshua Chiaw, Director, Business Management, LNP & NORYL, Specialties, SABIC. “Although durability hasn’t received as much attention as recycling, for example, it could reduce environmental impact across the application lifecycle. SABIC’s sustainability strategy not only focuses on incorporating recycled, upcycled and renewable content in our thermoplastics, but also on the development of highly durable materials that help prevent premature disposal and waste. We continue to expand our LNP CRX family with new products and new target applications to help more customers design for durability.”

We remind, SABIC marked a series of important strides in its sustainable growth in 2022, underpinned by advancements in feedstock optimization, technology, and new partnerships. The company debuted a string of sustainable offerings last year, including its BLUEHERO™ initiative, which helps accelerate the world’s energy transition to electric power and address the global challenge of climate change.

BASF breaks ground on polyethylene plant at Zhanjiang Verbund site in China

BASF breaks ground on polyethylene plant at Zhanjiang Verbund site in China

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF has broken ground on a polyethylene (PE) plant at its Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China. The new plant with a capacity of 500,000 metric tons of PE annually will serve the fast-growing demand in China, said the company.

The plant is scheduled to start up in 2025. “China's demand for PE has experienced rapid growth and is going to outpace the rest of the world,” said Bir Darbar Mehta, Senior Vice President of Petrochemicals Asia Pacific at BASF. “With the groundbreaking ceremony, BASF will enter the PE market in China via a competitive production footprint in its fully integrated production site in Zhanjiang, catering to our customers in the consumer goods, packaging, construction and transportation industries.”

“Strategically located close to our customers, the Zhanjiang Verbund site is fully backward integrated to provide them with high quality and reliable PE products for a wide range of durable applications, including pipes, specialty films and blow molded parts for household and industrial chemical containers, especially in the South China market,” said Bejoy Chandran, Vice President of Basic Business Management & China Sales Management, Petrochemicals Asia Pacific at BASF.

Polyethylene is a light, versatile thermoplastic polymer produced from ethylene. It is used in a wide range of applications from heavy-duty storage tanks and pipelines to flexible packaging and films.

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.

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.