Final LDPE Unit at Sasol’s Lake Charles Complex Reaches Beneficial Operation

Sasol’s low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit at the Lake Charles Chemicals Complex (LCCP) at Louisiana, USA, reached beneficial operation on November 15. The LDPE unit is the seventh and final LCCP unit to come on line. The LCCP is now 100% complete with total capital expenditure forecast to be within the previously communicated guidance of $12.8-billion. … Read more

WR Grace Licenses Unipol PP Tech to Rosneft, Pertmania JV in Indonesia

W. R. Grace & Co. has licensed its UNIPOL PP Process Technology to PT Pertamina Rosneft Pengolahan dan Petrokimia (PRPP), a joint venture between Indonesia’s PT Pertamina and Russia’s Rosneft Oil Company. The UNIPOL PP facility, located in Tuban, Indonesia, will include two lines, each designed to produce 580 000 ton per year for a … Read more

INEOS Launches a New Clean Hydrogen Business in Europe

INEOS has launched a new business to develop and build clean hydrogen capacity across Europe, in support of the drive towards a zero-carbon future. INEOS currently produces 300,000 ton per year of hydrogen mainly as a co-product from its chemical manufacturing operations. Through its subsidiary INOVYN, INEOS is Europe’s largest existing operator of electrolysis, the … Read more

Oriental Energy of China Selects Honeywell’s UOP Technology for PDH Plant

Honeywell has announced Oriental Energy Company Ltd. will use Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex™ technology for propane dehydrogenation to meet growing demand for the production of polymer-grade propylene. The Oleflex unit is scheduled to start up in Maoming, Guangdong in 2022. UOP will provide services, equipment, catalysts and adsorbents for the Maoming plant. The project marks … Read more

Monolith Materials to Invest $1B on a Large-Scale Carbon-Free Ammonia Plant

Monolith Materials announced it plans to use its proprietary process to produce approximately 275,000 metric tons per year of carbon-free anhydrous ammonia in the United States. The company will invest $1 billion to build the new ammonia plant. Current ammonia production practices account for approximately 1% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, or roughly the … Read more

Thyssenkrupp to Build Second Bioplastics Plant in China

Thyssenkrupp’s plant engineering business recently won another order to build a bioplastics plant based on the patented PLAneo technology. The plant will be built in South China and will produce 30,000 tons of polylactide (PLA) annually. PLA is a compostable bioplastic made from 100% renewable biomass, making it an eco-friendly, low-CO2 and economic alternative to … Read more

BASF Acquires Crop Protection Technology from AgriMetis

BASF Agricultural Solutions acquired the proprietary Glu-L technology for L-glufosinate ammonium from AgriMetis, an industry leader in biotechnological innovations for crop protection. With this technology, BASF will provide farmers with a more efficient solution and improved formulation to protect against troublesome weeds. “The Glu-L technology builds on BASF’s continued commitment to innovative solutions that help … Read more

Johnson Matthey, KBR Sign Strategic Alliance for Ammonia-Methanol Coproduction Process

Johnson Matthey (JM), (London, UK), a leader in sustainable technologies, and KBR, (Houston, USA) announced that they have signed a global strategic alliance agreement to license a ground-breaking ammonia-methanol coproduction process that combines the company’s market leading ammonia and methanol process technologies. Under the collaboration the JM and KBR coproduction process makes the most of … Read more

Lukoil Selects Lummus Novolen Technology for its New PP Plant in Russia

Lummus Technology announced that its Novolen business has been awarded a contract by Lukoil NNOS for a petrochemical facility in Kstovo, Russia. Lummus’ scope includes the technology license for a polypropylene unit, as well as basic design engi-neering, training and services, and catalyst supply. The plant’s capacity is 500,000 metric tons per year. “This award … Read more

LyondellBasell PP/HDPE technology Selected for Duqm’s Oman plant

LyondellBasell announced that Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company LLC (DRPIC) has selected LyondellBasell’s world-leading polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) technologies for a new facility. The new plants will comprise of a polypropylene (PP) plant that will utilize LyondellBasell’s Spheripol PP process technology to produce 280,000 metric tons per year of PP and a … Read more

Chemetry and Braskem to Build Ethylene Dichloride Plant

Chemetry and Braskem will construct and operate a Demonstration Plant using Chemetry’s eShuttle technology for the production of ethylene dichloride (EDC) in Brazil. The eShuttle technology has been pioneered in Chemetry’s laboratories and fully integrated pilot plant in Moss Landing, California. The eShuttle EDC Process uses a unique metal halide ion process to produce high … Read more

L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Signs MoU for CO2-to-Methanol Plant in India

L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro (L&T), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with state-run power utility major NTPC on 19 August 2020. As per the MoU, L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE) will be the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management partner to build CO2 to Methanol demonstration Plant in NTPC … Read more

Clariant and Chemtex Partner to Boost Biofuel Production in China

Clariant’s Business Line Biofuels and Derivatives announced that a strategic partnership has been formed with Chemtex Global Corporation for the realization of second-generation biofuel projects. Under the partnership, the two parties will collaborate to market and sell Clariant’s sunliquid technology licenses, as well as services and supplies for advanced biofuel plants in China. As the … Read more

Sasol Updates on the Progress of Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP)

The Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) continued operations with its exceptional safety record with a recordable case rate (RCR) of 0.11, according to the Company.   After the ethoxylates (ETO) expansion achieved beneficial operation in January 2020, the alcohol expansion and the alumina expansion, as well as the new Guerbet unit, achieved beneficial operation in … Read more

UPL Opens New R&D Center in North Carolina

UPL Ltd. announced the opening of a new, state-of-the-art research and development hub in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. The OpenAg Center, located in the Alexandria Center for AgTech – Research Triangle at 5 Laboratory Drive, will enable UPL to leverage its advanced R&D capabilities in partnership with other innovation based companies to characterize, develop … Read more

Linde Signs MoU with China Power to Develop Green Hydrogen Energy

Linde announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Beijing Green Hydrogen Technology Development Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Power International Development Ltd., to jointly promote the application and development of green hydrogen in China. Under the terms of the MoU both companies will collaborate on a variety of green hydrogen … Read more

Air Liquide to Invest $114M in NLMK’s Site in Russia

Air Liquide, a French industrial gas producer entered a new long-term partnership with Russian steel producer NLMK to construct a state-of-the-art air separation unit (ASU).  Under the agreement, Air Liquide will make an investment of nearly €100 million ($114 million) in NLMK’s flagship site in Lipetsk, Russia.  In addition, it will build an air separation … Read more

KBR to Provide Nitrobenzene Tech to Kutch Specialities, India

KBR has been awarded a contract for its proprietary Plinke Adiabatic Nitrobenzene solutions by Kutch Specialities Pvt Ltd, India. Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide basic and detailed engineering design, equipment, and related advisory services to Kutch Specialities Pvt Ltd for its grassroots nitrobenzene project in India. KBR’s proven process, patented equipment … Read more

Air Liquide to Invest $100M for Gas Supply to SDI in Texas

Air Liquide has signed a long-term agreement with Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI), one of the largest steel producers and metals recyclers in the United States, to supply gaseous oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to SDI’s new Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) steel mill in Sinton, Texas. To support the new agreement, Air Liquide plans to invest over … Read more

Clariant Collaborates with Ineratec to Develop Renewable Fuels, Chemicals

Munich, July 9, 2020 – Clariant has joined forces with Ineratec in the challenge for a greener future. The companies have entered a partnership to develop and commercialize novel technologies for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. Clariant will provide its extensive catalysis expertise and broad portfolio of syngas conditioning and upgrading catalysts to … Read more