Production of renewable diesel restarted at Neste’s Singapore refinery after operational shutdown

Production of renewable diesel restarted at Neste’s Singapore refinery after operational shutdown

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The production of renewable diesel at Neste’s Singapore refinery expansion has been restarted in early August according to the company’s plans. The production line at the expanded part of the refinery was shut down in June for unexpected equipment repairs, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The ramp-up of the production at the expanded part of the refinery continues and is planned to be completed by the end of the year. SAF production in Singapore is scheduled to start during the third quarter as communicated in Neste’s half-year report in July.

The Singapore refinery expansion doubles Neste’s production capacity in Singapore. With the growth projects in Singapore and Martinez, the company targets to increase its total nameplate capacity of renewable products to 5.5 million tons in early 2024. The expansion of Neste’s Singapore refinery was completed and production at the expanded part of the refinery initially started in April 2023.

We remind, Neste is looking to build capacities at its Porvoo site to process 400,000 tons of liquefied waste plastic per year in the course of project PULSE, which is funded by the EU Innovation Fund. From 2030 onwards, Neste wants to process more than 1 million tons of waste plastic per year.

European Energy opts for Clariant's catalyst for mega e-methanol plant

European Energy opts for Clariant's catalyst for mega e-methanol plant

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant Catalysts continues to drive energy transition lighthouse projects, said the company.

European Energy selected Clariant's methanol synthesis catalyst MegaMax for the world’s largest e-methanol project. Located in Kasso, Denmark, the facility is scheduled to start operations by the end of 2023. It will have the capacity to produce 32,000 tons of e-methanol annually from carbon dioxide using Clariant’s catalyst.

MegaMax was chosen as it is proven to deliver high activity and stability under the challenging conditions of CO2-to-methanol conversion. A large portion of the plant’s annual yield is already allocated to the maritime giant Maersk for powering its first-ever carbon-neutral fleet. The remaining green methanol will be supplied to the Lego Group and Novo Nordisk.

Georg Anfang, Vice President Syngas and Fuels at Clariant Catalysts, commented, “We are proud to be part of this pioneering project with European Energy. Clariant Catalysts has been developing Power-to-X technologies, including green methanol, for over a decade. As a substitute for maritime bunker fuel, green methanol has a huge potential to be a key component of the energy transition to decarbonize the transport sector."

Anders Brendstrup, Vice President at European Energy, added, “We are very pleased to have Clariant on board. Their renowned expertise and advanced products are a perfect match for our vision to drive the green energy transition. We see many advantages in our partnership, not only for this groundbreaking project but also for future ventures.”

European Energy was founded in 2004 with the goal of driving the green transition and developing sustainable, fossil-free energy solutions. The multinational company has major investments in solar and wind energy projects, as well as power-to-x and carbon capture technologies. European Energy builds 1000 MW of renewable energy annually.

We remind, Clariant, a sustainability-focused speciality chemical company, provided on 7 Jul 2023 a trading update based on a preliminary assessment of its 2Q 2023 results and adjusted its expectations for FY 2023, said the company. 2Q 2023 preliminary sales at SFR 1084 M (compared to SFR 1301 M in 2Q 2022 and SFR 1200 M in 1Q 2023) resulting from improved Catalysts sales which partly compensate very weak demand in Care Chemicals and Additives as well as an approximate SFR -30 M net top-line impact from divestments/acquisition and around 10% negative FX translation effects.

Petrobras CEO says no pressure from govt on fuel prices

Petrobras CEO says no pressure from govt on fuel prices

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Brazil's Petrobras was not pressured by the federal government to refrain from raising local fuel prices, its CEO said, after the state-run oil company announced a major hike in gasoline and diesel prices to track an "abrupt" global spike, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The move was welcomed by investors but is likely to upset the government, which has vowed to keep prices at the pump affordable, and brings renewed inflation fears just as the central bank started lowering interest rates.

Petrobras had been operating at discounts to international rates for weeks and until the price hike announced on Tuesday, markets had speculated on government interference. The price increase, which would raise average gasoline and diesel prices by 16.3% and 25.8% respectively, is the first by the oil giant since a new pricing policy was implemented under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in May.

The president took office in January, pledging to change the firm's strategy to prioritize consumers over blockbuster returns for investors. Chief Executive Jean Paul Prates said in an interview with GloboNews late on Tuesday he received no pressure from Lula to avoid adjusting prices.

"It's very important to say that at no time did he urge, influence or suggest any price movement, up or down," Prates said. "When he appointed me to the job, it was a move of absolute trust: 'You know what to do, so go and do it.'"

Prates said the weeks Petrobras spent without increasing prices were to avoid passing international volatility onto customers, as the new policy intended. However, as global oil prices consolidated at higher levels following seven weeks of gains, Petrobras had to hike local prices to avoid losing money, the executive added.

"The new pricing policy has been efficient and already helped us a lot in fighting volatility," Prates said. "It was a fair price adjustment and I think our policy has passed the test, given a lot of people were skeptical about whether Petrobras would raise prices if oil prices went up."

We remind, Petrobras said on Tuesday it will raise gasoline and diesel prices at its refineries starting Wednesday after what it called an "abrupt" increase in global oil prices. Petrobras said in a statement it will hike average gasoline prices by 16.3% to 2.93 reais ($0.5893) per liter, while diesel prices will be raised by an average of 25.8% to 3.80 reais per liter.

No spill after Siberia oil field blasts -environment watchdog

No spill after Siberia oil field blasts -environment watchdog

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Two explosions at an oilfield in western Siberia that killed two people did not lead to an oil spill, the head of Russia's environment watchdog Rosprirodnadzor said on Tuesday, adding that tests would show if the environment was harmed, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Two people were killed and six others injured in the explosions on Monday at the Talinskoye field in Russia's oil-rich Khanty-Mansiisk (Yugra) region, Russian news agencies reported.

The local health ministry said the six wounded were in severe or extremely severe condition and were being treated for burns. The ministry did not say whether anyone had died.

There was no oil spill, but the results of laboratory tests would determine if any harm was done to the environment, Rosprirodnadzor head Svetlana Radionova wrote on the Telegram messenger app.

We remind, Russia's seaborne diesel and gasoil exports rose by 7% to about 1.7 million metric tons in the first 14 days of August from the same period in July on strong production volumes after seasonal refinery maintenance eased, data from traders and Refinitiv Eikon showed. In August so far, Turkey remains the top destination for diesel exports from Russian ports, taking about 42% of total supplies, or nearly 720,000 metric tons, Refinitiv shipping data showed.

Unigel seeks debt payment extension amid financial problems

Unigel seeks debt payment extension amid financial problems

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Brazilian chemicals and fertilizers producer Unigel announced its intention to request a 90-day extension for debt payments from its creditors, as per Fertilizerdaily.

The company, facing financial challenges, has taken this step as part of an ongoing effort to enhance its capital structure. Unigel’s move comes after a series of setbacks, including a delayed release of second-quarter results and credit rating downgrades that pushed its debt commitments into a riskier category.

In June, Unigel engaged the services of a financial advisor to revamp its capital structure following a disappointing Q1 performance and rating downgrades from credit agencies. The company’s financial struggles prompted a suspension of fertilizer production at its Laranjeiras plant due to elevated input costs linked to soaring natural gas prices. Additionally, several chemical production facilities, including styrene and polystryene plants, were temporarily shut down due to unfavorable market conditions.

Unigel has convened a General Debenture Holders Meeting, scheduled for September 5th, to discuss various matters, including the proposed 90-day extension for debt negotiations and the formulation of new debenture terms. The extension, if granted, will allow the company to engage in constructive dialogue with its creditors and chart a path toward financial recovery.

Furthermore, Unigel’s collaboration with Brazil’s energy major Petrobras is poised to play a pivotal role in sustaining fertilizer production within the country. Although specifics regarding the partnership remain undisclosed, it is deemed “essential” to maintaining active fertilizer production in Brazil.

We remind, Thyssenkrupp nucera and Unigel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase the capacity of the green hydrogen plant that Unigel is developing in Bahia, Brazil, from 60 MW to 240 MW of water electrolysis. The signing ceremony was held in Belo Horizonte, during the visit of the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Dr. Robert Habeck.