China's September oil refinery throughput surges to record daily rate

China's September oil refinery throughput surges to record daily rate

MRC -- China's oil refinery throughput in September hit a record daily rate, data showed on Wednesday, up 12% from a year earlier as refiners increased run rates to cater for strong demand for transport fuel over the Golden Week holiday and improving manufacturing, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Total refinery throughput in the world's second-largest oil consumer was 63.62 million metric tons last month, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed. That was equivalent to 15.48 million barrels per day (bpd), the highest on record. Processing rates rose month-on-month from August's 15.23 million bpd, which had been the highest on record.

Run rates were particularly strong at state-owned refiners, analysts said before the data was released. Refiners had been widely expected to build stocks ahead of the Golden Week travel period, which started at the end of September and ran through the first week of October.

Domestic travel over the holiday was resurgent, with 826 million trips made within mainland China, up 71.3% from a year ago and 4.1% higher than in 2019, according to data released by the Xinhua state media outlet. International travel picked up to 85% of pre-pandemic levels, according to data from the National Immigration Administration, helping to drive demand for jet fuel.

Improving manufacturing activity in September will also have supported demand for fuels such as diesel. The September manufacturing PMI edged up to 50.2, above the 50-point level demarcating a contraction in activity from expansion.

Customs data last week showed solid crude imports into China in September, which though down month-on-month were still well above 2022 levels. The NBS data also showed that domestic crude oil production in September was 16.87 million metric tons, or 4.1 million bpd, up 0.3% from 16.8 million tons in 2022. Natural gas production was up 9.3% from a year earlier to 17.9 bcm, from 16.4 bcm last year.

We remind, Proman has signed an MoU with Mitsubishi Corporation to explore building a world-scale ultra low-carbon ammonia facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The proposed plant would produce approximately 1.2 million tonnes per year of clean ammonia by incorporating state-of-the-art carbon capture and sequestration technology.

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Honeywell Engine using 100% SAF successfully tested on Embraer business jet

Honeywell Engine using 100% SAF successfully tested on Embraer business jet

MRC -- Honeywell announced today that Embraer has successfully tested Honeywell's HTF7500 turbofan engine on its Praetor 600 aircraft using 100% SAF, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The test marks a major milestone, as this is the first time 100% SAF has been flown in Honeywell's business jet engines.

The test, with one engine using 100% SAF and the other using traditional jet fuel, was performed at the Embraer campus in Melbourne, Florida, and provided new insights into how the engine performs when utilizing a 100% SAF formulation. It successfully demonstrated that the HTF7500 engine running on 100% SAF performed just as flawlessly as when running on traditional jet fuel.

"We are pleased to be creating a more sustainable future for aviation with industry leaders like Embraer," said Dave Marinick, president, Engines and Power Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. "This testing milestone with our engine demonstrates the viability of SAF for Embraer and the overall aviation industry, as they work to meet carbon reduction commitments. Additionally, as we develop SAF solutions, we will be using these innovations in our own engines and APUs."

Honeywell's HTF7500 engine powers both the Embraer Praetor 600 and Praetor 500 aircraft models. The engine brings a combination of best-in-class dispatch reliability and a relentless focus on reducing noise and improving fuel efficiency.

We remind, KBR announced that it has developed an advanced green methanol technology, PureM, augmenting its leading portfolio of clean ammonia and hydrogen technologies. Utilizing bio or captured carbon-dioxide and green hydrogen as primary feed components, PureM provides a cleaner pathway for downstream production of fuels or high-value chemicals, which are key ingredients in sustainable coatings, adhesives, and other materials that support a net-zero transition.

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KBR launches PureM, an advanced green methanol technology

KBR launches PureM, an advanced green methanol technology

MRC -- KBR announced that it has developed an advanced green methanol technology, PureM, augmenting its leading portfolio of clean ammonia and hydrogen technologies, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Utilizing bio or captured carbon-dioxide and green hydrogen as primary feed components, PureM provides a cleaner pathway for downstream production of fuels or high-value chemicals, which are key ingredients in sustainable coatings, adhesives, and other materials that support a net-zero transition.

“We are excited to add PureM to our suite of sustainable process solutions and provide greater flexibility to our clients for CO2 capture while diversifying their value chains”, said Doug Kelly, KBR President, Technology. “Our proven technology will provide the much-needed capability of converting bio or captured carbon dioxide into green methanol and ultimately other high-value downstream products.”

KBR is a world leader in ammonia technology with approximately 50% market share of licensed capacity. Since 1943, KBR has licensed, engineered, or constructed over 250 grassroot ammonia plants worldwide.

We remind, Honeywell announced today that Embraer has successfully tested Honeywell's HTF7500 turbofan engine on its Praetor 600 aircraft using 100% SAF. The test marks a major milestone, as this is the first time 100% SAF has been flown in Honeywell's business jet engines. The test, with one engine using 100% SAF and the other using traditional jet fuel, was performed at the Embraer campus in Melbourne, Florida, and provided new insights into how the engine performs when utilizing a 100% SAF formulation. It successfully demonstrated that the HTF7500 engine running on 100% SAF performed just as flawlessly as when running on traditional jet fuel.

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Clariant’s new Ceridust 8170 M PTFE-free texturing agent for powder coatings

Clariant’s new Ceridust 8170 M PTFE-free texturing agent for powder coatings

MRC -- Rising concerns about the impact of PFAS on human health and the environment have led to a growing demand for PTFE alternatives, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

As part of this trend, Clariant has launched Ceridust 8170 M, a PFAS/PTFE-free agent with texturing effects for Architectural Powder Coatings. For use on window frame and fence surfaces to furniture and bicycle rims, the new additive delivers excellent performance in dark and light colors with no extrudate swelling, and with the ability for gloss and texturing levels to be adjusted.

Ceridust 8170 M complies with the European Union’s REACH legislation. It can also help to lower energy consumption during the extrusion process.

Regulations around the world are increasingly targeting PFAS-related compounds. Currently under public consultation, the European Union has developed legislation to further restrict or ban PFAS products from as early as 2026. Japan’s environment agency has approved a ban on the manufacture, import and use of 56 PFOA- related compounds under the country’s Chemical Substance and Control Law while the U.S. EPA wants to designate PFOAs and PFOS as “hazardous substances” under the federal Superfund law.

“As a sustainability front-runner, Clariant is taking a proactive, pro-safety and pro-environment approach to help customers navigate this uncertain and fast-moving landscape. With Ceridust 8170 M, the challenge was to create a product for texturing effects in powder coatings that was PTFE-free and that offered equal performance to PTFE-containing predecessors,” said Simon Bodendorfer, Technical Business Development Manager at Clariant.

We remind, Clariant, a sustainability focused specialty chemical company, today marks another milestone in its China Strategy with the official opening of its new state-of-the-art production facility for halogen-free flame retardants in Daya Bay, Huizhou.

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Proman, Mitsubishi sign MoU to develop world-scale ultra low-carbon ammonia plant in Lake Charles

Proman, Mitsubishi sign MoU to develop world-scale ultra low-carbon ammonia plant in Lake Charles

MRC -- Proman has signed an MoU with Mitsubishi Corporation to explore building a world-scale ultra low-carbon ammonia facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The proposed plant would produce approximately 1.2 million tonnes per year of clean ammonia by incorporating state-of-the-art carbon capture and sequestration technology. The proposed ultra low-carbon ammonia facility will be located on Proman's existing site in Lake Charles, adjacent to Proman's natural gas to methanol plant which is also under development.

Welcoming the agreement, Proman Chief Executive David Cassidy said, "We are delighted to be developing this world-scale ultra low-carbon ammonia facility with Mitsubishi Corporation. Proman is already a leading fertilizer producer, and we are committed to expanding our global production to drive forward ammonia's critical role as a fertilizer, fuel and decarbonised future energy source. Once completed, this state-of-the-art plant with industry-leading carbon capture technology will be a major step towards meeting the growing demand for ammonia as a clean fuel. We are honoured to be partnering with Mitsubishi on this."

The Signing Ceremony between Proman and Mitsubishi Corporation took place at the Third International Conference on Fuel Ammonia (CFA), organised by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Ammonia produced at the facility will be primarily exported to Japan as a clean fuel to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants, in line with Japan's national strategy to grow domestic ammonia consumption to help achieve its decarbonisation goals.

We remind, KBR announced that it has developed an advanced green methanol technology, PureM, augmenting its leading portfolio of clean ammonia and hydrogen technologies. Utilizing bio or captured carbon-dioxide and green hydrogen as primary feed components, PureM provides a cleaner pathway for downstream production of fuels or high-value chemicals, which are key ingredients in sustainable coatings, adhesives, and other materials that support a net-zero transition.

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