BASF introduces two new flotation reagent brands for the mining industry

BASF introduces two new flotation reagent brands for the mining industry

MRC -- BASF mining solutions is excited to announce the launch of its two new product brands: Luprofroth™, for our growing frothers portfolio, and Luproset, tailored for flotation modifiers, said the company.

In recent years, BASF’s flotation business has expanded from niche applications to a broad range of flotation solutions. By introducing two distinct brands for frothers and modifiers, BASF can now communicate its flotation portfolio in a clear and consistent way. This reinforces our commitment to continuous innovation and marks a major step towards becoming a full solution provider for the mining industry.

The launch of the Luprofroth brand comes with the introduction of a brand-new range of sulfidic frothers carefully formulated to enhance the overall flotation circuit performance. Graeme Stewart, Sulfide Flotation Specialist for BASF, explains, “Our new sulfidic frother portfolio comes with a wide spectrum of products suitable for diverse process conditions, such as bubble size, bubble coalescence, presence of fine and coarse particles, induction time and froth stability. A key feature of the new range is its enhanced EHS profile, with lower toxicity and ecotoxicity values and reduced flammability risks, which are often major concerns for our customers.”

The Luproset portfolio consists of multiple innovative technologies designed to improve mineral recovery, maximize concentrate grades, and reduce reagent consumption with clear downstream benefits. “Because BASF recognizes the challenges and transformation in the mining industry, our priority is to develop solutions that enable our customers to achieve more with less. An example I particularly like is the Gold Activator Luproset A 1127, an innovative technology that improves gold recovery at low dosage rates,” says Benjamin Hepe, Head of Global Segment Flotation, BASF Mining Solutions.

One of the key advantages of Luprofroth and Luproset is BASF’s extensive integrated chemical value chain. As a result of the backward integration, along with BASF’s global scale operations, we are able to utilize resources more efficiently and expand our mining portfolio continuously through innovation.

We remind, BASF has broken ground on a new polyethylene (PE) unit at its Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China. The 500,000-tonne/y facility, set to open in 2025, will be backward integrated. It will serve fast-growing demand in the area for products like films and pipes.

Vietnam seeks Saudi Aramco's investment in petrochemicals, oil refining

Vietnam seeks Saudi Aramco's investment in petrochemicals, oil refining

MRC -- Vietnam is seeking investment from oil giant Saudi Aramco in its petrochemical and oil refinery projects, the Southeast Asian country's government said, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met on Thursday with Aramco's Yasser M. Mufti, its vice president of production and customers, on the sidelines of a summit of Southeast Asian and Gulf countries in Riyadh.

Chinh suggested arranging a meeting between Aramco and Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam to discuss details of the investment projects, according to a government statement released late on Thursday.

"Aramco is interested in exploring opportunities to invest in Vietnam, particularly in petrochemical and refinery projects," the statement said. Saudi Aramco did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The company has been selling crude oil to Vietnam but has yet to make any investment in the country, according to the statement.

We remind, Vietnam's largest refinery Nghi Son completed major maintenance at the facility on Wednesday, one week ahead of schedule. The 200,000-barrel-per-day Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical will resume sales of refined fuels from Thursday, the company said in a statement. Nghi Son is 35.1% owned by Japan's Idemitsu Kosan Co , 35.1% by Kuwait Petroleum, 25.1% by Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam and 4.7% by Mitsui Chemicals Inc.

Sika’s Americas sales rise 14%

Sika’s Americas sales rise 14%

MRC -- Sika’s sales in the Americas rose 14.0% year on year in local currency terms in the first nine months of 2023 – although rising rates of inflation, high interest rates, and an increasing shortage of specialist labour weighed on construction markets, said the company.

Sentiment in the region’s largest market, the US, has improved generally as a result of infrastructure projects, supported by state subsidy programmes and projects planned in the context of reshoring of manufacturing facilities and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Sika said.

In July, Sika acquired Thiessen Team USA, a manufacturer of shotcrete and mortar products for the US mining sector. Thiessen supplies mining companies in the west of the US, which among others supply the growing electro-mobility industry with critical minerals.

The takeover of Thiessen should open up “significant cross-selling potential”, Sika said.

Overall, the company’s nine-month sales rose by 12.4% in local currencies, with double-digit growth in all regions, driven by the newly acquired MBCC business, as well as the company’s “innovative products and solutions”, it said.

For the full 12 months of 2023, Sika expects its total sales, in local currencies, to rise by more than 15%.

We remnd, Sika disclosed a new “Strategy 2028”, with 6-9% annual sales growth, in local currencies. For a comparison, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected global GDP growth of only 3% for 2023 and 2024 and signalled that growth may be muted through to 2028. Sika’s sales growth target until 2023 was 6-8%.

Emirates expands collaboration with Neste for the supply of SAF in 2024 and 2025

Emirates expands collaboration with Neste for the supply of SAF in 2024 and 2025

MRC -- Emirates and Neste have expanded their partnership by solidifying their collaboration for the supply of over 3 million gallons of blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in 2024 and 2025, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which will be blended with conventional jet fuel, will be supplied over the course of 2024 and 2025 for Emirates’ flights departing from Amsterdam Schiphol and Singapore Changi airports.

Emirates’ expanded partnership with Neste represents the largest volume of SAF to be uplifted of any airline based in the Middle East and Africa to date. The blended SAF will be comprised of over one million gallons of neat SAF. This represents a blended ratio of over 30% neat SAF combined with conventional Jet A-1 fuel.

Before the end of this year, the airline will also uplift SAF for the first time from its Dubai hub. SAF reduces carbon emissions of air travel by up to 80%* over the fuel’s life cycle when compared to using conventional jet fuel.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Today’s announcement is a milestone for Emirates and represents the acceleration of SAF procurement for our operations. It’s also one of the many initiatives we are focused on to reduce our carbon emissions, which includes operating fuel-efficient aircraft, stepping up our fleet renewal from 2024, in addition to driving operational fuel efficiency. Our ongoing partnership with Neste also demonstrates our active engagement and support of the rapidly developing SAF industry, and we hope that the robust demand coming from Emirates and other airlines encourages the scaling up of SAF and other emerging clean propulsion technologies.”

Alexander Kueper, Vice President EMEA from the Renewable Aviation business unit at Neste said: “Sustainable aviation fuel is a readily available solution for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. We are proud to expand our existing cooperation with Emirates into 2024 as we are ramping up our global SAF production and continue to support their commitment to reduce emissions by supplying our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel.”

Earlier this year, Emirates, in partnership with Neste and other industry stakeholders, successfully completed the first 100% SAF-powered demonstration flight in the region, utilizing a Boeing 777-300ER operating on 100% SAF in one engine. The airline has made significant strides along with its industry partners around the technical analysis and certification requirements that support standardization and future approval of 100% SAF flying.

The airline’s first flight powered by SAF blended with jet fuel took place in 2017 from Chicago. Since then, the airline has also uplifted SAF for flights from Stockholm, and currently operates flights from Paris, Lyon and Oslo with blended SAF.

We remind, Navigator CO2 Ventures has canceled its Heartland Greenway pipeline project aimed at capturing 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from Midwest ethanol plants and storing it permanently underground, the company said on Friday, citing "unpredictable" state regulatory processes. The cancellation of one of the biggest projects of its kind is a setback to the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in the U.S., which are a pillar of President Joe Biden's climate strategy. It is also a blow to the ethanol industry, which sees CCS as key to cutting emissions from producing the fuel.

Stockholm to ban gasoline, diesel cars from city center

Stockholm to ban gasoline, diesel cars from city center

MRC -- Stockholm will ban gasoline and diesel-powered cars from key parts of the city center from 2025 as it seeks to improve air quality and reduce traffic noise, the Swedish capital's vice mayor for transport said, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The plan introduces an environmental zone across 20 blocks of Stockholm's inner city, covering high-end shopping streets and some of Sweden's most expensive office real estate.

The Green Party, part of the Stockholm City Council's ruling coalition of left-wing and environmentally-focused parties, hopes this will boost the speed at which people exchange combustion-engine cars for electric ones.

"Nowadays, the air in Stockholm causes babies to have lung conditions and the elderly to die prematurely. It is a completely unacceptable situation," Green Party Vice Mayor for Transport Lars Stromgren said in a statement.

A so-called class-three environmental zone primarily allows fully electric cars to drive. Exceptions apply for bigger vans, where plug-in hybrid vehicles will be allowed under the regulation. Some vehicles are exempt from the regulation, including ambulances and police vehicles as well as cars where the driver or a passenger has a documented disability.

The plan is to further expand the environmental zone after the initial introduction, the Green Party said. Companies in the transport sector said the plan went too far and that the city should instead focus on investing more in electric charging points to bring about voluntary change.

"Since 2010, we have reduced emissions by 34%. But the Green Party and their colleagues in the city of Stockholm are now in far too much of a hurry," the Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises said in a statement. Stockholm will be the first city in Sweden to introduce the class-three environmental zone.

We remind, Navigator CO2 Ventures has canceled its Heartland Greenway pipeline project aimed at capturing 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from Midwest ethanol plants and storing it permanently underground, the company said on Friday, citing "unpredictable" state regulatory processes.