TotalEnergies launches green hydrogen tender call

TotalEnergies launches green hydrogen tender call

MOSCOW (MRC) -- TotalEnergies announced a call for tenders for the annual production of 500,000 tonnes of "green" hydrogen on Thursday, as part of the French oil major's plans to decarbonise its European refineries, said Reuters.

Its emissions reduction plan is to use green hydrogen, which is produced using renewable energy, to completely replace "grey" hydrogen in its carbon intensive industrial activities. TotalEnergies said the transition to green hydrogen would reduce emissions by around five million metric tons of CO2 per year from its refineries in Europe, including its three oil refineries and two biorefineries in France.

The call for tenders will complement other smaller, local projects, it added. The group also announced an agreement with Air Liquide to supply the Gonfreville refining platform with up to 15,000 tonnes of green and other low-carbon hydrogen, which is expected to reduce 150,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

"We need electrolyzers in massive quantities. This is also the purpose of this call for tenders: to give a boost to this sector," Jean-Marc Durand, director of petrochemical refining in Europe at TotalEnergies, told journalists during a presentation.

"We talk a lot about green hydrogen, but at some point, players like us need to commit to getting these sectors off the ground via massive calls for tender. There needs to be an effect of scale. Ihat's what this work is all about," he added.

The group is also banking on various regulations and incentives in Europe to obtain "competitive" prices, as green hydrogen normally costs two to three times as much as grey hydrogen, Sebastien Bruna, director of hydrogen in the refining branch of TotalEnergies, said.

European Union lawmakers gave their final approval this week to legally binding targets to expand renewable energy faster this decade, part of which gave a concession to France for nuclear power to be considered in the production of hydrogen.

We remind, TotalEnergies restarted the coker at its 238,000-bpd Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, said people familiar with plant operations. TotalEnergies restarted the 150,000-pd ACU-1 crude distillation unit (CDU) and 60,000-bpd vacuum distillation unit-2 (VDU-2), the sources said. A TotalEnergies spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.

Mitsui Chemicals builds new elastomer project

Mitsui Chemicals builds new elastomer project

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Mitsui Chemicals recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new plant to produce the high-performance elastomer Tafmer at its Singapore-based wholly owned subsidiary Mitsui Elastomers Singapore, as per Process-worldwide.

The ceremony was held on 28 July, 2023. As part of Mitsui Chemicals’ Vision 2030 Long-Term Business Plan, the Mobility Solutions business aims to help solve social challenges and achieve sustainable business growth by providing unique materials, features and services.

Tafmer is used both as a soft molding material and as a resin modifier that dramatically improves resin properties. Its flexibility and lightness have resulted in Tafmer being used across a wide range of fields, including solar cell components, packaging materials, engineering plastic modifiers, sports shoes and automotive parts.

Demand for Tafmer is set to remain strong as the global economy grows, and is expected to rise further on the back of efforts to achieve a circular economy by stepping up the introduction of clean energy. Via the supply of Tafmer, which meets these needs, Mitsui Chemicals aims to become a global solutions company that leads change and contributes to the sustainable societies of the future.

We remind, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. announced that new affiliate Mitsui Chemicals EMS Corporation has begun doing business after its establishment on July 1, 2023. Created to take over the pellicle business acquired from Asahi Kasei Corporation, Mitsui Chemicals EMS is the No. 1 player in the market for FPD pellicles, which are used in the LCD panel exposure process.

Braskem signs with Vitol for supply of pyrolysis oil from WPU

Braskem signs with Vitol for supply of pyrolysis oil from WPU

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Braskem and Vitol S.A. have announced an agreement for circular feedstock derived from plastic waste. Under the agreement, Vitol will start to supply Braskem Netherlands B.V. with pyrolysis oil produced in the chemical recycling process at the facilities of WPU – Waste Plastic Upcycling A/S, in Denmark, said the company.

Chemical recycling is a complementary process to traditional mechanical recycling. It enables plastic waste that is unfit for mechanical recycling to be recovered and turned into valuable raw materials for the chemical industry, an alternative to fossil fuel-based feedstock.

The agreement with Vitol helps Braskem increase the circularity of its products around the world. It is part of the Wenew ecosystem, a concept that represents and consolidates Braskem’s efforts in the circular economy on four pillars – products, education, technology, and circular design. The initiative has a significant impact on the company’s growth strategy and the achievement of plastic waste reduction targets. By 2030, Braskem plans to sell 1 million tons of products with recycled material and recover 1.5 million tons of plastic from the environment.

“The circular economy is an objective linked to Braskem’s business strategy. Adopting initiatives that include plastic waste recovery, and mechanical, and chemical recycling in our production processes is connected to our company’s purpose to provide a more circular and sustainable future. We believe that Vitol’s infrastructure and expertise combined with WPU’s plastic waste recycling technology will enable Braskem to take an important step towards developing sustainable solutions for our clients,” said Walmir Soller, VP of Olefins and Polyolefins at Braskem Europe & Asia.

Global Head of Naphtha trading at Vitol, Tom Baker, said: “We are delighted to supply Braskem with pyrolysis oil from WPU, which complements Braskem’s desire to further the circularity of its products globally. Incorporating waste-derived feedstock into the supply chain is a cost-effective upcycling solution that will ensure Braskem can meet its clients’ sustainable needs.”

For Niels Stielund, chairman of the board at WPU – Waste Plastic Upcycling A/S, the agreement with Braskem is an important step. “We are delighted that we can support Braskem’s efforts to achieve sustainability using the pyrolysis oil we produce at our factories. That a world-renowned actor like Braskem will now use our feedstock is a milestone for us and a stamp of approval for our proprietary technology. It also highlights how end-of-life plastic can be a valuable resource in a circular process instead of ending up in incinerators or landfills, and we are humbled and happy to embark on this journey with Braskem and Vitol,” says Stielund.

We remind, Braskem and the University of Sao Paulo (USP) have announced a partnership to develop lines of research for converting CO2 into other chemical products. CO­2 is one of the greenhouse gases and among the biggest contributors to climate change.

Songwon announces new Leader Business Unit Coatings

Songwon announces new Leader Business Unit Coatings

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of Steffen Dobberstein as the new Leader Business Unit (BU) Coatings effective September 11th, 2023, said Pressreleasefinder.

As Leader BU Coatings, Steffen Dobberstein will play a pivotal role in defining and driving the Coatings strategy and further advancing SONGWON's position in the Coatings industry worldwide. He will directly report to Hans Werhonig, Leader Group Commercial.

A seasoned professional, Steffen Dobberstein brings in-depth expertise in B2B and marketing/pricing strategy as well as extensive leadership experience and 10 years of Coatings industry knowledge to his new role. Prior to joining SONGWON, his past positions included Vice President Strategic Pricing at Dormakaba, Head of International Sales, Geberit AG and Global Business Unit Manager for coatings at Synthomer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Berlin. Working for over 10 years in the Coatings industry.

Steffen Dobberstein takes on the role of Leader BU Coatings from Rosanna Telesca, who successfully built SONGWON's BU Coatings over the past 9 years. The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee thank her for her contribution to SONGWON's success and wish her all the best for her personal and professional future.

We remind, Songwon appoints Omya to represent their PVC stabilizers SONGSTAB in Australia & New Zealand, said the company. This is an expansion of the strategic partnership of Omya with Songwon and also with their other business units, said the company.

SIBUR announces Eurobonds tender offer

SIBUR announces Eurobonds tender offer

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SIBUR has launched an invitation to the holders of the Company’s Eurobonds maturing in 2023, 2024 and 2025 to tender their Notes for purchase, said the company.

Tender offer announcement with all the details is available at EURONEXT website.

Tender Instructions should be sent to the Tender Agent (i2 Capital Markets) by first registering on the website at:

If you need further information about the Offer, please contact the Information Agent (Alliance Advisors), the Tender Agent or SIBUR IR team.

We remind, IBUR has completed its first deal to sell carbon offsets produced as part of a climate project at ZapSibNeftekhim. The deal helped QIWI, a leading provider of new generation payment and financial services, fully offset its 2022 GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2).