Air Liquide and Sasol sign long-term contracts to supply an additional 110 MW of renewable energy to the Secunda site

Air Liquide and Sasol have signed new Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Enel Green Power RSA for the long term supply of an additional capacity of 110 MW of renewable power to Sasol’s Secunda site in South Africa, said the company.

This is the fourth set of PPAs signed by Air Liquide and Sasol after those announced in 2023. Together, these PPAs represent a total renewable power capacity of around 690 MW. For Air Liquide, these contracts will represent an annual reduction in its CO2 emissions of approximately 1.2 million tonnes, and contribute to Air Liquide’s targeted reduction by 30% to 40% of the CO2 emissions associated with oxygen production in Secunda by 2031.

Within the framework of this agreement, Enel Green Power will create a local company with strong socio-economic development commitments which will build a wind farm located in the Eastern Cape province. This renewable energy production facility is scheduled to be operational by 2026.

We remind, Sasol North America, a subsidiary of the renowned Sasol conglomerate, recently undertook an unexpected shutdown of its olefins production facility located in Lake Charles. The abrupt halt in operations was necessitated by the adverse impact of freezing temperatures in the region. Commencing on January 15, the company made the decision to suspend the production of key elements such as ethylene, ethylene oxide, propylene, and ethylene glycol, a hiatus expected to extend until the conclusion of the current week. The extreme weather conditions not only disrupted Sasol's industrial operations but also posed challenges to personnel and logistics across the affected region.

Arlanxeo announced the planned construction of HNBR plant in China

Arlanxeo, a global leader in performance elastomers, today announced the planned construction of a hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) plant in Changzhou, China, said the company.

With a nameplate annual production capacity of 5,000 tons, the first phase of construction will allow for the production of 2,500 tons of high-quality rubber per year. The plant is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2025.

“Arlanxeo continues to invest in high-growth markets, and today we are delighted to announce our plans for a new Therban® plant in China. This announcement marks a significant step toward meeting the growing global demand for advanced synthetic rubber products,” said Stephan van Santbrink, CEO, Arlanxeo.

Arlanxeo produces and markets HNBR grades under the Therban® brand. Therban® is renowned for its resilience to extreme temperatures, chemicals, and abrasion, and is widely used in demanding applications in automotive systems, oil exploration, mechanical engineering, aerospace, and batteries for new mobility solutions.

“Arlanxeo new Therban® plant in Changzhou will allow us to serve the growing market demand for HNBR with high-quality, locally produced synthetic rubber. We look forward to collaborating with our customers and business partners as we continue to explore the considerable application potential of Therban®,” said Hong Sun, Managing Director, Arlanxeo China.

We remind, Arlanxeo, a leading global manufacturer of synthetic elastomers, has present its new terpolymer Therban ST 3107 VP, as per the company's press release. The fully hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR) has a new, innovative termonomer, which has never been used before with HNBR rubbers.

Idemitsu joins JV for clean ammonia production project in Lake Charles

Idemitsu joins JV for clean ammonia production project in Lake Charles

Idemitsu Kosan has agreed with Mitsubishi Corporation and Proman to participate in the development of the proposed clean ammonia production project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, (U.S.), said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The Project targets to produce approximately 1.2 MMt of ultra-low carbon clean ammonia per year by FY2030 and will adopt the SynCOR of Topsoe A/S and the Advanced KM CDR Process developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. in collaboration with Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc, which is state-of-the-art low-carbon technology of Japanese company.

Idemitsu aims to establish an ammonia import terminal utilizing the existing infrastructure at the Tokuyama plant (Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture), and supply over 1 MMt of the clean ammonia by 2030 to various industrial companies, including those that produce and supply materials in the chemicals and steel sectors.

Mitsubishi Corporation aims to turn its part of the LPG terminal located in Namikata-cho, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, into an ammonia terminal and supply clean ammonia for various industrial applications, mainly in the Shikoku and Chugoku regions.

Both Idemitsu and Mitsubishi Corporation intend to supply clean ammonia produced by the Project to Japan through these terminals.

As ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide during combustion and can be transported and stored by existing facilities, it is expected to contribute positively to the low-carbon and decarbonization targets of customers in various industries.

Mitsubishi Corporation, Proman, and Idemitsu will continue to study the feasibility of establishing a robust, large-scale clean ammonia supply chain.

We remind, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor International Corporation will supply critical turbomachinery packages to Dow for their Fort Saskatchewan Path2Zero Project – the world’s first net-zero scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions ethylene cracker. The Path2Zero Project, which supports the drive for industrial decarbonization, is projected to decarbonize approximately 20 percent of Dow’s global ethylene capacity.

ADNOC closes acquisition of 24.9% stake in OMV

ADNOC closes acquisition of 24.9% stake in OMV

ADNOC announced that it has formally closed the acquisition of a 24.9% shareholding in OMV AG, a global energy and chemicals group, headquartered and listed in Vienna, Austria, from Mubadala Investment Company, said Reuters.

The transaction accelerates delivery of ADNOC’s global chemicals growth strategy, and reinforces its status as a responsible, long-term partner and growth-oriented investor. Financial details were not disclosed.

Following the successful completion of the transaction, ADNOC owns 24.9% of OMV, while Osterreichische Beteiligungs AG, an Austrian independent holding company, holds 31.5%, with the remaining share capital in free float. Through this strategic investment in OMV, ADNOC has increased its shareholdings in both Borealis AG (Borealis) and Borouge plc (Borouge), further bolstering its footprint in the chemicals sector, enabling synergies and unlocking significant growth opportunities across its broader chemicals portfolio, in particular at Borouge.

ADNOC intends to nominate two representatives to the OMV Supervisory Board in due course, in line with OMV’s governance processes.

Commenting on the successful closing, Khaled Salmeen, Executive Director, Downstream Industry, Marketing & Trading at ADNOC said: “ADNOC is proud to become a shareholder in OMV, a leading international energy and chemicals company, with whom we share a long-standing strategic partnership. Together, we have created significant value through our joint venture Borouge, and today’s investment will unlock further value and future growth opportunities for both companies. Building on our 25% shareholding in Borealis, this transaction marks the next transformative step as we accelerate our ambitious chemicals growth strategy, unlocking significant growth and value creation opportunities for ADNOC, OMV and their respective shareholders.”

This transaction represents the latest milestone in ADNOC’s ongoing value creation and international growth journey. Further cementing the strong ties between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Austria, the transaction reinforces ADNOC’s role as a primary catalyst for responsible, sustainable investment and value creation for Abu Dhabi, the UAE and its shareholders and partners.

ADNOC and OMV also continue to be engaged in open-ended negotiations about the potential creation of a new combined petrochemicals holding entity, through the proposed merger of their respective existing shareholdings in Borouge and Borealis.

We remind, GAIL Limited, India's largest Natural Gas company, has successfully concluded a long-term LNG purchase agreement for purchase of around 0.5 MMTPA LNG from ADNOC Gas. This is pursuant to an MoU dated 30.10.2022 between GAIL and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) P.J.S.C wherein Parties agreed that, in potential areas of collaboration both parties shall explore opportunities including purchase of LNG by GAIL from ADNOC for a tenure ranging from short term to medium and long-term.

Linde Engineering to deliver world-scale coastal CO2 Liquefaction Plant to Yara

Linde Engineering to deliver world-scale coastal CO2 Liquefaction Plant to Yara

Linde Engineering has signed a contract with global fertilizer manufacturer Yara to build a world-scale CO2 liquefaction plant in Sluiskil, the Netherlands, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The Sluiskil project forms a key part of Yara’s clean ammonia initiative, in which each year 800,000 tons of CO2 will be captured, liquefied, loaded onto special ships, and then subsequently locked away permanently below the seabed off the coast of western Norway. The CO2 liquefaction plant will be built on-site next to Yara’s existing ammonia plant. After start-up in 2026, it will be a part of one of the first commercial carbon-capture storage (CCS) ventures in Europe.

Recovering CO2 and injecting it into deep geological storage repositories is an important measure to reduce global warming caused by fertilizer production, which is inherently hard to abate.

“This collaboration with Yara confirms Linde Engineering’s leading position in terms of technology and execution know-how for projects of this scale. It is also an important step on the path to net-zero for the fertilizer industry. Coastal CO2 hubs, which load liquid CO2 into ships for sequestration, are an asset in Europe’s decarbonization strategy with many more facilities in the planning stage,“ says Juergen Nowicki, Executive Vice President Linde plc and CEO of Linde Engineering.

“Yara, as a frontrunner, has found the project to be complex yet incredibly valuable,” states Michael Schlaug, Vice President of Yara Netherlands. “The energy we’ve invested in it is more than worth it because we’re paving the way for CCS as a technology in Europe and giving impetus to a clean hydrogen economy. Additionally, this investment signifies that the parent company sees our Sluiskil plant as a key asset within Europe. The investment also ensures the preservation of ammonia production and technological knowledge, decarbonization of the food chain, thus securing strategic autonomy for Europe.”

The plant to be supplied by Linde will prepare the CO2 from Yara's ammonia plants for transportation. This will be achieved through processes including compressing, drying and liquefying using a refrigerant. The liquid CO2 will be stored in horizontal tanks with a total storage volume of about 15,000 m3, before shipping for sequestration. As the CO2 source is not connected to the final storage location by pipeline, the processing and liquefaction of the CO2 by a corresponding Linde plant make economical transport possible in the first place – in general possible by ship, train, or truck.

Yara’s Sluiskil site has operated since 1929 and is Europe’s largest ammonia and mineral fertilizer production site. It currently produces around 3.2 million tons of CO2 each year, of which 1.4 million tons finds application in commercial greenhouses, carbonated drinks, and urea for NOx removal in diesel engines. Currently approximately 1.8 MMtpy of CO2 are emitted to the atmosphere. Linde’s plant will liquify roughly 50 percent of the total CO2 emissions that are not utilized elsewhere.

We remind, Linde announced it has signed two new long-term power purchase agreements for the supply of renewable energy in China. Linde has signed separate 25-year agreements with Guangdong Energy Group (GEG) and China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) to secure a total of 320 gigawatt hours per year of renewable energy. The renewable power will be generated by solar projects located in the provinces of Guangdong and Jiangsu, and supply is due to start in the first quarter of 2024.