BAYEGAN selects Lummus for integrated PDH and PP complex

BAYEGAN selects Lummus for integrated PDH and PP complex

Lummus Technology, a global provider of process technologies and value-driven energy solutions, announced an integrated technology award from BAYEGAN, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

BAYEGAN will license Lummus' CATOFIN technology for a new 450 KTA propane dehydrogenation unit and Lummus' Novolen technology for a new 450 KTA polypropylene unit. The units will be located at BAYEGAN's complex in the Hatay Province of Turkiye and will be Lummus' first integrated PDH and PP complex in the country.

"We are excited to partner with BAYEGAN on this critical investment, which will help Turkiye meet the market demand for high-quality polymers and reduce the country's dependance on polymer imports," said Romain Lemoine, Chief Business Officer of Polymers and Petrochemicals, Lummus Technology. "Integrating our CATOFIN and Novolen technologies will provide reliability and robustness, lower capital and operating expenses, environmental performance, flexibility and broad product capability and simple processes."

Lummus' scope includes the technology license for the PDH and PP technologies, basic design engineering, advisory services and training. Once complete, the PDH unit will produce the propylene feedstock for the PP unit, which will produce semifinished products for a broad spectrum of applications in the consumer and industrial markets.

CATOFIN is an industry-leading method for light paraffin dehydrogenation that delivers excellent annual production output compared to alternative technologies. The process operates at thermodynamically advantaged reactor pressure and temperature to maximize conversion of propane to propylene, while reducing investment and operating costs.

Part of Lummus' polymers portfolio, Novolen is the industry's leading polypropylene technology and can deliver a sustainable route for polymers production, while maximizing the financial benefits of operations through lower CAPEX and OPEX. The technology is highly flexible, robust, energy efficient and allows production of a full grade slate of leading polypropylene products of all product families, including homopolymers, random copolymers and terpolymers.

We remind, Topsoe, a global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies, has been selected by Essar Oil UK, a leading integrated downstream energy company, to be a technology licensor for its carbon capture facility, based in Stanlow, North West England. Topsoe will deliver its SNOX™ technology for the removal of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, dust and other contaminants from the flue gas emitted in the production process. Topsoe’s technology will be one of a number of integrated licensed solutions supporting Essar’s plant, and will contribute to reducing their CO2 footprint.

Dairen Chemical aims to cease VAM production at Mayliao facility in March

Dairen Chemical aims to cease VAM production at Mayliao facility in March

Dairen Chemical, based in Taiwan, is gearing up for a temporary shutdown of its vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant located in Mailiao. The scheduled closure is set to commence on March 11 and will extend until April 30, facilitating essential repairs and maintenance activities, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

This particular facility boasts a production capacity of 120 thousand tons of VAM annually. Notably, the plant has been operating at a reduced capacity of 70% since February 1, as per information from reliable sources.

A precedent for such maintenance endeavors was set by Dairen Chemical on April 10, 2023, when the company temporarily halted production at its Plant No. 1 dedicated to VAM production in Mailiao. The previous maintenance operation, lasting for one month, impacted an enterprise with an annual VAM capacity of 300 thousand tons.

Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) holds significance as the primary raw material for the synthesis of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). Dairen Chemical operates as a joint venture, featuring collaboration between Chang Chun Group entities (Chang Chun Petrochemical and Chang Chun Plastics) and Nan Pao Resins. In the production chain, Dairen Chemical supplies VAM to its parent companies for further processing into polyvinyl acetate.

The inception of VAM production at Dairen Chemical traces back to its licensing agreement with Bayer AG (Germany) for the establishment of the first VAM production plant. This initial facility boasts an annual production capacity of 85 thousand tons.

The strategic decision to undertake maintenance activities on the VAM plant in Mailiao reflects Dairen Chemical's commitment to ensuring operational efficiency and the longevity of its production infrastructure. Maintenance endeavors play a crucial role in sustaining the reliability and performance of industrial facilities, preventing potential issues and ensuring the seamless continuation of production activities.

The temporary reduction in production capacity, initiated since February 1, aligns with Dairen Chemical's proactive approach to manage operations efficiently during the maintenance period. Such measures are essential to balance the impact of maintenance activities on production output while addressing the need for repairs and enhancements.

In the broader context, Dairen Chemical's role as a key player in the VAM production sector contributes to the supply chain for EVA, a versatile polymer used in various industries. The collaboration between Chang Chun Group and Nan Pao Resins underscores the synergy among industry leaders to drive innovation and meet the demands of downstream applications relying on polyvinyl acetate.

As Dairen Chemical undertakes this planned maintenance at its Mailiao facility, the company reinforces its commitment to quality, safety, and environmental responsibility in the production of essential chemicals. The periodic shutdowns for maintenance not only ensure the reliability of the manufacturing infrastructure but also align with industry standards for sustainable and responsible chemical production.

Methanex provides update on Geismar 3 methanol plant in Geismar

Methanex provides update on Geismar 3 methanol plant in Geismar

Methanex Corporation announced that commercial production of its new 1.8 MMt methanol plant, Geismar 3, in Geismar, Louisiana has been delayed due to complications that occurred in the autothermal reformer during the late stages of the initial start-up process, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

This issue required the ATR to be cooled and brought to a safe state where teams could conduct detailed inspections of the vessel.

Upon completing initial inspections, it has been determined that there is significant damage to a large number of supporting refractory bricks in the vessel which will require replacement. The specialty formed refractory bricks require time to procure and, as a result, management believes commercial production could be delayed up to the end of the third quarter of 2024. The investigation and planning to rectify the issue is ongoing and management is exploring all avenues to accelerate the repair time. Based on the preliminary findings of its root cause analysis, management believes that this issue relates to complications in the initial start-up process and is not a plant design or construction issue. Management believes that the total capital cost will not significantly exceed the upper end of the capital cost guidance of $1.30 billion.

Rich Sumner, President and CEO of Methanex commented, “We are disappointed by this delay, and we are actively working with our critical suppliers to expedite delivery to facilitate the start-up of G3. I want to thank our G3 team who are working tirelessly to ensure a safe startup of the plant. Safety remains our top priority followed by our commitment to deliver a quality plant.”

We remind, Methanex (Vancouver, Canada) will idle its 875,000-metric tons/day Titan methanol facility in Couva, Trinidad, “indefinitely” and is restructuring its operations there to support a “one-plant operation,” it says. The company halted production at Titan on 16 March 2020 due to the COVID-19-related downturn in manufacturing activity globally. Today’s announced restructure will result in the loss of approximately 60 jobs for employees and long-term contractors in Trinidad, it says.

Methanex is a Vancouver-based, publicly traded company and is the world’s largest supplier of methanol to major international markets. Methanex shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada under the trading symbol “MX” and on the NASDAQ Global Market in the United States under the trading symbol “MEOH”.

LyondellBasell announces executive committee changes

LyondellBasell announces executive committee changes

LyondellBasell announced changes to its executive committee, effective March 1, 2024. Kimberly (Kim) Foley will assume the role of executive vice president, Global Olefins & Polyolefins (O&P), Refining and Supply Chain, and Aaron Ledet has been promoted to the role of executive vice president, Intermediates and Derivatives (I&D), said the company.

Ledet will join the company's executive committee. These changes follow the departure of Ken Lane, former executive vice president Global O&P, who is leaving the company to pursue another opportunity.

Foley has been executive vice president of Global I&D, Refining and Supply Chain since October 2022. She previously served as senior vice president, Global Engineering, Turnarounds and Health, Safety and Environment for LyondellBasell. She has more than 35 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, including leadership positions in Manufacturing, Strategic Planning, Finance and Supply Chain.

Ledet has been senior vice president of O&P Americas since October 2022, with manufacturing and commercial responsibility for the O&P Americas segment as well as responsibility for developing future options for the Houston refining operation. He previously served as vice president, Olefins & Feedstocks and has held a variety of leadership roles in the Advanced Polymer Solutions (APS) business segment, I&D, and global supply chain, both in the United States and Europe.

"Kim has done an exceptional job leading our I&D and refining businesses, delivering historically high results, and I am thrilled she will continue to execute on our strategy as the global head of O&P, Refining and Supply Chain. Aaron has done a fantastic job leading the O&P Americas business in a challenging environment and has a broad range of leadership experience in each of our strategic business units. I am excited to see him advance the I&D business moving forward," said Peter Vanacker, chief executive officer.

"These changes illustrate a successful succession planning process and our ability to retain and promote key talent within our organization," commented Vanacker. "I know these two executives will bring relentless focus on growing and upgrading our core and will continue to live out our company's commitments and values every day. I want to personally thank Ken for his contributions during his tenure and wish him well in future endeavors."

We remind, LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) announced that China Coal Shaanxi Yulin Energy & Chemical Co., Ltd. (China Coal Shaanxi), will use the LyondellBasell Spherizone, Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (Hostalen ACP) and Lupotech T technology for its new facility. The process technology will be used for a 300,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) Spherizone polypropylene plant, a 300,000-m.t./yr Hostalen ACP high-density polyethylene plant and a 250,000-m.t./yr Lupotech T vinyl acetate copolymer plant, to be built in Yulin City, Shaanxi Province, P.R. China.

SABIC starts construction of $6.4bn petchem complex in China

SABIC starts construction of $6.4bn petchem complex in China

SABIC has started construction of its $6.4bn manufacturing complex in Fujian, southern China, said the company.

The SABIC Fujian Petrochemical Complex is located in Gulei Petrochemical Industrial Park. It will include a mixed-feed steam cracker with up to 1.8m tonne/year ethylene (C2) capacity and various downstream units producing ethylene glycols (EG), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polycarbonate (PC), among other products.

"The project is scheduled to commence the preparation for commissioning and start-up from the second half of 2026," SABIC said in a statement.

SABIC FUJIAN Petrochemicals Company (SFPC) – a 51:49 joint venture between SABIC Industrial Investment Company, a wholly owned SABIC subsidiary, and Fujian Fuhua Gulei Petrochemical – will build and operate the project.

SABIC announced the final investment decision for the project in January this year. China remains as a "very crucial and strategic market for SABIC", SABIC CEO Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh said.

"SABIC will continue to invest in China and collaborat[e] with our local partners to contribute to the country’s high-quality sustainable development,” he said. In addition to the groundbreaking ceremony on 19 February, engineering, procurement and construction contracts as well as a project financing loan agreement for the SABIC Fujian Petrochemical Complex were signed as well.

SABIC’s other major investments in China include three compounding plants in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing; a joint venture with Sinopec in Tianjin; a technology centre in Shanghai and a customer centre office in Guangzhou.