Technip Energies and Versalis Join Forces to Integrate Plastic Waste Recycling Technologies

Technip Energies and Versalis Join Forces to Integrate Plastic Waste Recycling Technologies

Technip Energies, a leading engineering and technology company for the energy transition, and Versalis, Eni's chemical company, have signed an agreement aimed at integrating Versalis' Hoop and Technip Energies' Pure.rOilTM and Pure.rGasTM purification technologies by developing a technological platform for the advanced chemical recycling of plastic waste, said the company

This project aims to create a theoretically endless plastic recycling loop, producing new virgin polymers suitable for all applications and that are identical to polymers that come from fossil raw materials.

Versalis will bring its Hoop® technology, a pyrolysis process that enables the recovery of mixed plastic waste with high performance in term of yield, recovery and flexibility in managing different types of feedstocks.

Technip Energies will bring its ethylene furnace and steam cracker design expertise, with more than 700 steam crackers worldwide operating under its own licence, along with the preparation and its proprietary purification technologies, Pure.rGasTM and Pure.rOilTM, which ensure safe, reliable and optimized integration with both existing and new crackers.

The integrated technologies by Versalis and T.EN will contribute to supporting a circular economy by reducing the overall carbon footprint of the polymer value chain.

Marco Villa, Chief Operating Officer of Technip Energies, stated: “We are pleased to join forces with Versalis to bring our combined technologies for plastic waste recycling to commercialization. This alliance will help strengthen Versalis' and T.EN’s leadership in the transformation of traditional basic chemicals and polymers into sustainable and decarbonized products and facilitate the transition to the circular economy.”

We remind, TotalEnergies, Baker Hughes, Technip Energies, Azimut and other investors have signed preliminary agreement to invest in Zhero Europe in order to develop large scale renewable energies projects in Europe and Africa spanning across renewable power generation, power interconnections and green molecules.

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Venezuela's president appoints new head for state petrochemical company Pequiven

Venezuela's president appoints new head for state petrochemical company Pequiven

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday appointed Ninoska La Concha as new head of state petrochemical company Pequiven, replacing oil minister Pedro Tellechea, who since March had held three key positions supervising the country's energy industry, as per Reuters.

Following a wide anti-corruption effort in the energy sector that led to the arrest of some 40 officials and businessmen, Maduro accepted the resignation of then powerful oil minister Tareck El Aissami, appointing Tellechea as minister and keeping him also as president of state companies Pequiven and PDVSA.

La Concha's appointment, which was published in the Official Gazette and announced by Tellechea on social media, limits the scope of Tellechea's role, whose main target is to double the OPEC nation's crude output to some 1.7 million barrels per day by 2024.

Pequiven is key for Venezuela's cash flow by providing proceeds from exports of petrochemical products, including methanol, urea and ammonia. La Concha was previously the head of one of Pequiven's subsidiaries, the Barranquilla-based Monomeros Colombo Venezolanos.

We remind, Venezuela is not willing to halt productive operations during contract audits that have led to the arrest of businessmen and officials, and to disputes with customers and partners of state company PDVSA. In June, a contract between PDVSA and Maroil Trading, a Geneva-based company owned by Venezuelan tycoon Wilmer Ruperti, became entangled in a dispute over payments, triggering the suspension of most exports of petroleum coke from the South American country.

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Colombia's Ecopetrol to invest in cleaner, better fuels

Colombia's Ecopetrol to invest in cleaner, better fuels

Colombia's majority state-owned oil company Ecopetrol will invest between USD1.2 B and USD1.3 B over the next seven years in cleaner and better fuels, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

"The goal is, in the next seven years from now to 2030, to make investments of close to USD1.3 B or USD1.2 B to have clean gasoline," Roa said at a debate before the fifth commission of the chamber of representatives. The investment will help cut the sulfur content in gasoline produced by Ecopetrol. High levels of sulfur in gasoline and diesel fuel have been blamed for serious health problems, increased mortality, and property damage.

Ecopetrol has already invested close to USD450 MM in recent years to bring the sulfur content in its gasoline down to 45 parts per million, Roa said.

The new investment is aimed at cutting the sulfur content in gasoline produced by Ecopetrol to fewer than 10 parts per million, he added.

Ecopetrol previously reported it will invest between around USD6.1 B and USD7.2 B this year to speed the transition toward renewable energies and help Colombian maintain energy self-sufficiency, among other investments.

We remind, Ecopetrol is managing to sustain sales to Asia at about 45% of its crude oil production though rivalry from Russian oil is forcing it to offer deeper discounts. It has maintained long-term supply contracts with key customers especially in China and is diversifying its sales to buyers in South Korea, India and the Gulf of Mexico, Ecopetrol Chief Financial Officer Jaime Caballero Uribe told Reuters on the sideline of the Energy Asia conference.

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All Borealis polyolefin and polyolefin compounding sites in Europe ISCC PLUS certified

All Borealis polyolefin and polyolefin compounding sites in Europe ISCC PLUS certified

In July 2023, our polyolefin (PO) compounding site in Monza, Italy received International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC PLUS), said the company.

With this latest certification, we have achieved the milestone of having all our European PO and PO compounding sites as well as our recycling sites in Oostende, Belgium, and in Austria ISCC PLUS certified.

ISCC PLUS is a global certification that covers the entire supply chain based on mass balance accounting, from raw material to final product, guaranteeing compliance with highest environmental and social standards. By establishing a chain of custody, it ensures traceability for both recyclate-based and renewable-based materials. It also verifies that the mass balance accounting follows predefined and transparent rules.

With the certification of our Monza site, we are now able to offer circular PO products manufactured with renewable feedstocks () and grades based on chemically recycled feedstock () as part of our Monza PO compounds portfolio.

We remind, Borealis will acquire Italian mechanical recycled polypropylene (R-PP) compounder Rialti. Rialti has a nameplate output capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year of compounded R-PP. The announcement comes amid tough trading conditions for flake and pellet producers and compounders in the R-PP chain. As a result of tough trading conditions, players across recycled polymers have been predicting consolidation would occur in the chain since Q4 - either through mergers and acquisitions or through bankruptcy.

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Celanese to Unveil Latest Solutions Portfolio for Advanced Mobility at 2023 Battery Show North America

Celanese to Unveil Latest Solutions Portfolio for Advanced Mobility at 2023 Battery Show North America

Celanese Corporation will showcase its full range of engineered material solutions for advanced mobility at the 2023 Battery Show North America taking place September 12-14 in Novi, Michigan, said the company.

These offerings are helping to accelerate innovation for advanced mobility applications, many of which rely heavily on engineering thermoplastics.

• New Overmolding Materials: Three new Fortron® PPS grades with excellent thermal shock resistance, formulated for metal over-molding applications to mitigate part fracture or loss of function are ideal for developing electric vehicle (EV) components, such as busbars, fluid pumps, sealed systems and electrical connectors. Both Forton® PPS and Zytel™ HTN are also featured in a Celanese material-process-service solution for overmolding busbars to reduce manufacturing time and cost while maintaining performance and safety standards.

• Battery Demonstrator: This EV battery replica with cutaway sections shows numerous assemblies and components produced with Celanese materials, including thermal management, structural components and energy and electrical systems.

• All-in-1 EV Battery Module Prototype: Based on tab cooling, structural thermoplastic cooling channels and an electrical connection plate, this concept can increase energy density through functional integration of parts, subsequently extending vehicle range and boosting thermal management.

We remind, Celanese is delaying the start-up of its new acetic acid plant in Clear Lake, Texas. Celanese had mechanically completed the project and had begun commissioning when it discovered defects in some of the high-metallurgy components from the manufacturing process of its supplier, the company said. These parts must be replaced before start-up.

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