Nextchem awarded licensing, process design and catalyst supply for biodegradable plastics intermediates in China

Nextchem awarded licensing, process design and catalyst supply for biodegradable plastics intermediates in China

MRC -- Maire announces that Nextchem, through its biodegradable plastics technology licensor CONSER, has been awarded technology licensing and catalyst supply by a prominent client, as part of a larger project located in Northwestern China, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The scope of work entails licensing, process design package for CONSER proprietary Duetto technology and technical assistance during project execution, up to commissioning and start-up. As part of the agreement, CONSER will also supply the hydrogenation catalyst. The Duetto technology offers a valuable solution in terms of CapEx, OpEx and energy efficiency to produce, with the same process, both butanediol and dimethyl-succinate, the two intermediates needed to obtain biodegradable polymers.

Alessandro Bernini, MAIRE CEO, commented: “Since the acquisition of CONSER in April 2023, we have been working to further strengthen our technology package for the production of biodegradable polymers, which now spans from technology licensing and high-value process design services to the supply of catalysts. This award is a further demonstration of our top-class and broad portfolio of leading technologies that support our clients in the energy transition process.”

We remind, MyRechemical, part of the Sustainable Technology Solutions business unit led by NEXTCHEM, and Dimeta B.V. have agreed to carry out a study to explore the feasibility for the development of plants to produce renewable and recycled carbon Dimethyl Ether (DME), a low-carbon sustainable liquid gas from waste, that can be used as a clean-burning fuel, based on MyRechemical’s Waste-to-Chemicals technologies and expertise.

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Norsk e-Fuel enlists Paul Wurth for FEED study on first e-fuel plant with Axens Technologies

Norsk e-Fuel enlists Paul Wurth for FEED study on first e-fuel plant with Axens Technologies

MRC -- Norsk e-Fuel selects SMS group subsidiary Paul Wurth to engineer and design one of the worldwide first industrial sized e-Fuel production sites in Mosjoen, Norway, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Based on an integrated technological set-up provided by Paul Wurth (SMS group) and Axens, the Norwegian project developer Norsk e-Fuel will convert water and CO2 to renewable, synthetic fuel for the aviation industry.

Norsk e-Fuel has engaged SMS group subsidiary Paul Wurth to conduct the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study for the company's first production site for e-Fuels. Norsk e-Fuel will turn water and CO2 into renewable fuels that can be used in existing engines and infrastructures prioritizing the aviation industry. The novel process set-up for the main production stream combines a Reverse-Water-Gas-Shift (RWGS) unit co-developed by Axens and Paul Wurth, a Fischer-Tropsch unit and an upgrading unit (Gasel). Both RWGS and Gasel are under exclusive license of Axens. In addition, the company will integrate a co-electrolysis (Co-SOC) unit, provided by Sunfire, for commercial validation. The combination of the singular technology units of Axens and their optimization for maximized e-Kerosene production are in themselves an innovation. To further push the boundaries, Paul Wurth has designed a unique electrical heating system for the RWGS, avoiding unnecessary burning of fossil fuel or hydrogen. The deep integration of the process scheme allows to minimize the overall energy consumption of the plant.

"Paul Wurth and its parent company SMS group are strongly committed to supporting the worldwide energy transition. The project with Norsk e-Fuel gives us the opportunity to actively demonstrate this ambition in the area of synthetic fuels production. We are delighted to form a strong partnership with Axens and contribute our broad expertise in order to bring this unique project to success", said Thomas Hansmann, CTO of SMS group.

"Axens is pleased to join this adventure with such renowned and trustable partners. The perfect integration between our RWGS Technology, co-developed with Paul Wurth, and our Gasel technology unlocks a competitive e-Fuel scheme ready to support the ambitious production level of SAF required in Europe. Norsk e-Fuel's solid foundations, ambition and strength complete this equation", said Jean Sentenac, CEO of Axens.

We remind, Axens has signed an agreement with KazMunayGas (KMG) to supply the process design package for its proprietary AlphaButol technology for producing high-purity 1-butene, which is required for producing PE. KMG has plans for a 1.2 million t/y PE plant in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. French technology and engineering group Axens has signed an agreement with KazMunayGas (KMG) to supply the process design package for its proprietary AlphaButol technology that produces high-purity 1-butene, which is required for producing PE. KMG plans to build a 1.2 million t/y PE plant in the Atyrau region of Kazakhstan – a timescale for the project has not been disclosed.

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Technip Energies to support Dow's net-zero ethylene cracker in Canada with technology and services

Technip Energies to support Dow's net-zero ethylene cracker in Canada with technology and services

MRC -- Technip Energies has been selected to provide Proprietary Technology, Engineering, and Procurement services for Dow’s net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions integrated ethylene cracker in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Technip Energies provided an Extended Basic Engineering Package for this new ethylene plant, including the cracking furnaces and the downstream separation section. This is the first ethylene plant worldwide to be designed to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions.

The cracker will utilize clean hydrogen, produced from the cracker off-gas, as fuel gas in the cracking furnaces, which will eliminate direct Scope 1 CO2 emissions. The cracker is designed to produce approximately 1,300 kta ethylene with five Technip Energies’ proprietary SMKTM furnaces in phase 1 of the project, to be expanded to 1,800 kta ethylene in a second phase by adding two additional SMKTM furnaces.

Bhaskar Patel, Senior Vice President, Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals & Circularity of Technip Energies, stated: “We are very pleased that Dow selected our technology for their net-zero ethylene cracker in Fort Saskatchewan. By using our proven ethylene technology, combined with clean hydrogen-fueled cracking furnaces design, we demonstrate our ability to decarbonize the ethylene market using innovative technologies and designs.”

Ron Huijsmans, Dow Global MEGA Project Director, and overall responsible for the implementation of the Canadian investment, stated: “Dow is very excited to continue its partnership with Technip Energies, building on decades of joint success. The continuously further optimized SMKTM technology has served.

We remind, Technip Energies announces the creation of Reju, a new company focused on PET recycling of textiles that will leverage the innovative technology co-developed in joint-venture with IBM and Under Armour as well as Technip Energies’ global engineering and technology integration expertise.

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Sika opens technology center in China

Sika opens technology center in China

MRC -- Sika has significantly expanded its research and development capacities in the Asia/Pacific region and opened a new, state-of-the-art Technology Center in Suzhou, China, said the company.

The primary focus of this center is the development of sustainable and high-performance technologies with which Sika makes a significant contribution to the transformation of the construction and automotive industries. The new center of excellence will play a key role in tapping market potential throughout the Asia/Pacific region. The investment volume is in the double-digit millions (CHF).

After the center in Zurich, the new Technology Center Suzhou, near Shanghai, is Sika’s secondlargest technology center, offering roughly 9,000 square meters of usable space. Approximately 150 experts at the center will be actively engaged in developing Sika’s technologies of tomorrow. By strategically expanding its research and development activities across all core technologies, Sika aims to further strengthen its innovation leadership and market presence in the Asia/Pacific region.

We remind, Sika is expanding production capacity for its ViscoCrete-brand superplasticizing concrete admixtures at its Sealy site, in Texas, US, the Swiss construction and specialty chemicals company said. With the expansion, Sika will be able to meet rising demand in the US and Canada amid reshoring efforts and the trend towards sustainable construction, it said.

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Denka JV awards work for acetylene black plant in Thailand

Denka JV awards work for acetylene black plant in Thailand

MRC -- Denka SCGC Advanced Materials has awarded Toyo Engineering an engineering and procurement contract for its planned 11,000 tonne/year acetylene black facility at Map Ta Phut in Thailand’s Rayong province, said the company.

Construction is expected to be completed in H1 2026, Toyo said in a statement on Monday. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Denka SCGC Advanced Materials is a joint venture between Japan’s Denka and Thailand’s SCG Chemicals.

Acetylene black is a type of carbon black that is mainly used for applications such as electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion batteries and high-voltage transmission cables for offshore wind power generation.

We remind, Denka has resumed production of chloroprene rubber at its Omi Plant at Itoigawa in Japan’s Niigata prefecture. Production was suspended following an accident on 14 June that involved a pipe bursting, killing one worker. A final report on the accident is expected to be ready in January 2024, Denka said. Capacity details were not disclosed.

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