Kraton expands manufacturing capabilities for styrenic block copolymers in France

Kraton expands manufacturing capabilities for styrenic block copolymers in France

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Kraton Corp. (Houston) announced the expansion of its manufacturing capabilities in Berre, France, to produce up to 100% ISCC PLUS certified renewable Styrenic Block Copolymers (SBC) as part of the CirKular+ ReNew Series via mass balance approach, said Chemengonline.

CirKular+ ReNew Series enables up to 85% cradle-to-gate carbon footprint reduction* (including biogenic carbon) compared to fossil-based products manufactured at Berre. This significant advancement reinforces Kraton’s commitment to the circular economy and offers customers sustainable, innovative solutions.

International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) is an independent multi-stakeholder initiative and leading certification system. ISCC employs a mass balance approach that tracks the amount of recycled or bio-based raw material in a value chain and attributes the amount based on verifiable bookkeeping to a given end product. This approach allows companies and consumers to evaluate the sustainability requirements of materials and products quantitatively.

The CirKular+ ReNew Series are ISCC PLUS Certified renewable polymers, further expanding Kraton’s existing suite of solutions designed to advance the circular economy. In 2022, Kraton successfully produced CirKular+ ReNew Series SBCs at the Berre plant using certified renewable butadiene to enable up to 70% ISCC PLUS certified content. With the recently expanded capability, the ReNew Series can offer up to 100% certified renewable content, including certified renewable styrene, and continues to enable customers to use the mass balance approach to produce renewable products.

We remind, Kraton plans a “significant expansion” of styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymers (SBS) capacity at its plant in Belpre, Ohio, starting in 2024. By 2025, SBS production capacity is expected to increase by 24,000/year.

Novatek launches hydrocracking unit at Ust-Luga complex

Novatek launches hydrocracking unit at Ust-Luga complex

MOSCOW (MRC) -- PAO Novatek has launched its hydrocracking unit at the Ust-Luga complex at the port of Ust-Luga on the Baltic Sea, said Ogj.

The unit was built under an agreement between the company and the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation to develop new processing infrastructure.

With the hydrocracker in operation, Novatek will be able to process heavy fractionation residuals (fuel oil) at its gas condensate fractionation infrastructure in Ust-Luga to reach a 99% yield of marketable light petroleum products, the company said in a release last week.

The Ust-Luga complex processes stable gas condensate into light and heavy naphtha, jet fuel, ship fuel component (fuel oil) and gasoil to ship to international markets. The Ust-Luga complex also allows for transshipment of stable gas condensate to the export markets.

In 2022, the complex processed 6,943 metric tonnes of stable gas condensate into 6,825 metric tonnes of end products, including 4,208 metric tonnes of light and heavy naphtha, 1,052 metric tonnes of jet fuel, and 1,487 metric tonnes of ship fuel component (fuel oil) and gasoil, 78,000 tons of LPG.

We remind, PAO Novatek, Russia’s second largest gas producer, signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India’s Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corp. Ltd. for supply of LNG and low-carbon ammonia.

BASF opens biodegradation, microplastics center in Michigan

BASF opens biodegradation, microplastics center in Michigan

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF has officially opened its new Biodegradation and Microplastics Center of Excellence at its site in Wyandotte, Michigan. The new centre includes a biodegradation laboratory, which BASF inaugurated at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by BASF representatives from across North America within research and business divisions, said the company.

BASF said the centre had been established to ‘help customers across North America achieve their circularity and sustainability goals’. “The Wyandotte site houses a broad range of business, manufacturing and R&D activities within BASF. I’m excited to see the center at the site furthering BASF’s support to our customers and our company’s goals toward a sustainable future,” said Benjamin Knudsen, vice president of Research North America. The Wyandotte site has an interdisciplinary setup, and has a broad R&D portfolio including chemicals, materials, formulations, analytics, and piloting.

The Wyandotte labs are expected to yield valuable information on processes ranging from the disintegration performance of compostable materials to biodegradation performance of novel chemistries, as well as insights into microplastics and the behaviour of plastics through their life cycles.

“By advancing our understanding of current materials and the characterization techniques needed to examine next generation materials, we help pave the way for a more sustainable future,” said Dr. Jeanne Hankett, Leader for the Center of Excellence and the Microplastics Research Liaison for North America.

The biodegradation laboratory will work closely with customers to address the end-of-life performance of their products. It will enable BASF to directly support its customers ‘by accelerating their product development processes with measurable data they would not have had access to in-house’, according to Dr. Jeanette Hanna, Biopolymers Market Development Manager for North America.

The new laboratory will support biodegradable product development primarily in food service and packaging, agriculture, detergents, cleaning, and cosmetics industries. Furthermore, the lab will have the capability to assess rates of disintegration for novel compostable products designed to divert food waste to composting facilities. It is part of a broader network of similar labs at BASF globally.

We remind, 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.

Explosion at Braskem’s Petrochemical Complex leaves workers injured in the ABC region of São Paulo

Explosion at Braskem’s Petrochemical Complex leaves workers injured in the ABC region of São Paulo

MOSCOW (MRC) -- An explosion at a chemical plant belonging to Braskem, in ABC, left at least four people injured this Thursday morning (22). The Capuava Petrochemical Complex, as it is known, is located on the border between the cities of Maua (SP) and Santo Andre (SP), in Greater Sao Paulo, as per Perlid.

According to the Fire Department, the outbreak began around 9:21 am. The fire has now been brought under control. The first victim is in serious condition, with 90% of his body burned. The second victim had airway burns. Two other injured workers were confirmed by the ABC Chemists’ Union, affiliated with the Single Workers’ Union of Sao Paulo (CUT-SP).

The company works with ethyl acetate derivatives, a flammable product that is harmful if inhaled. “There was an explosion in a toluene storage tank, which was without the product, because it was being painted. The service was external and had a worker on the roof. We confirmed four victims, one in serious condition”, says coordinator of the regional Santo Andre from the ABC Chemists Union, Joel Santana de Souza.

We remind, Braskem's Q1 main chemicals sales in Brazil fell 15%, year on year, while resin sales were stable, the Brazilian petrochemicals major said. Braskem puts under the main chemicals umbrella the following: ethylene, propylene, butadiene, cumene, gasoline, benzene, toluene and paraxylene. Main chemicals sales volume compared with 1Q 2022 decreased 15% due to lower demand in the period, which reflected in the utilisation rate of petrochemical crackers, the company said.

ExxonMobil Catalysts, Axens Enter into Exclusive Licensing Alliance Agreement

ExxonMobil Catalysts, Axens Enter into Exclusive Licensing Alliance Agreement

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Exxonmobil Catalysts and Licensing and Axens have signed an exclusive licensing alliance agreement allowing Axens to include Exxonmobil’s MTBE Decomposition Technology for high purity isobutylene in its portfolio, as per Process-worldwide.

Used in the production of high-reactivity polyisobutylene and butyl rubber, this technology enables Axens’ customers to better address the growing demand for petrochemical intermediates over the next decade.

Under the agreement, Axens is granted a worldwide right to market, license and provide engineering work and technical support for the design, construction and start-up of new MTBE Decomposition units. This alliance builds on collective expertise to provide customers with isobutylene purity of at least 99.99 wt % via an integrated unit with MTBE and MTBE Decomposition technologies or through a standalone unit using MTBE Decomposition technology.

We remind, ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC and Axens have signed an exclusive licensing alliance agreement allowing Axens to include ExxonMobil’s MTBE Decomposition Technology for high purity isobutylene in its portfolio.