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Using bromine to make renewable hydrogen from biowaste

By Gerald Ondrey

A process that produces renewable hydrogen from organic biowaste and reduces the economic and environmental burden of wastewater treatment is being developed by Chemergy, Inc. (Miami Fla.; www.chemergy.com). Introduced at last month’s AIChE Spring Meeting (April 22–26; Orlando, Fla.), Chemergy’s HyBrTec technology offers an alternative method for processing sewage, manure, wood and agricultural residues, paper, plastics and municipal solid waste. Depending on the feedstock, the process can recover up to 420 lb of H2 per dry ton of biowaste, says CEO Robin Parker.

HyBrTec utilizes two established steps (diagram) that are scalable to tons per minute with commercially available equipment, says Parker. First, cellulosic biowaste and wastewater are oxidized with bromine to produce HBr, CO2 and heat. The HBr reacts with unreacted water, forming concentrated hydrobromic acid (HBraq). The HBraq is then electrolyzed into H2 and recyclable Br2 reagent.

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The heat released in the bromination step is recovered and used to concentrate the water content of the feedstock to 50 vol.%. Electro-osmotic water transfer from the Br2 anode to the H2 cathode produces 4–6 gal of potable water per kilogram of H2 and increases the acid concentration at the anode, which lowers cell voltage below 1 V, which is more than half the 2 V required for water electrolysis. In addition, the electrolyzer is reversible (2HBr ↔ H2 + Br2), affording an efficient energy-storage capability, points out Parker.

The HyBrTec process has been demonstrated at bench-scale, with funding from the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the Florida Hydrogen Initiative. Since 2013, the California Energy Commission has funded Chemergy in a cost-sharing program to design a pilot demonstration and to perform an economic analysis of a commercial system. The pilot plant will be housed in a 40-ft ISO container, and be capable of processing 3–5 wet-tons of biowaste per 8-h operating day.

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Starlinger acquires Barmag Spinnzwirn from Oerlikon – The Austrian Starlinger Group takes over the business unit Barmag Spinnzwirn based in Chemnitz (Germany) from Oerlikon – Starlinger Barmag Spinnzwirn Oerlikon

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Starlinger acquires Barmag Spinnzwirn from Oerlikon

The Austrian Starlinger Group takes over the business unit Barmag Spinnzwirn based in Chemnitz (Germany) from Oerlikon.

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Angelika Huemer, Managing Partner of Starlinger & Co. GmbH, and Georg Stausberg, CEO of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment.

The integration of the related technologies for spinning lines for the production of tapes, monofilaments, yarns, and twisted yarns as well as texturing machines into the existing product portfolio holds significant potential for synergy effects in service, engineering, and sales.

The business unit known as Barmag Spinnzwirn is a part of the Oerlikon segment Manmade Fibers that specializes in turnkey extrusion plants for the production of tapes and monofilaments such as artificial grass, baler twine, carpet backing, or geotextiles as well as in high speed winders and precision winding machines for textile and technical yarns and twisted yarns as well as texturing machines. This field of activity ideally complements the activities of the company’s new owner: Starlinger & Co. GmbH is a worldwide leading supplier of machinery and complete lines for the manufacturing of woven plastic sacks, lines for the recycling and refinement of a wide range of plastics, and rPET sheet extrusion lines. The Starlinger Group already includes the company Georg Sahm GmbH & Co. KG from Eschwege (Germany) – a winding specialist and technology leader for high performance fibers, carbon fibers and cut film tapes for the converting industry.

The acquisition of Barmag Spinnzwirn means that we can extend our portfolio and offer even more individual solutions to producers of technical textiles,” explains Starlinger’s Managing Partner Angelika Huemer. “We expect synergy effects and advantages for our customers not only with regard to technology, but also through our well-developed sales and service network.” Georg Stausberg, CEO of Oerlikon’s segment Manmade Fibers, shares this view: “We are convinced that through broader market access and greater synergies, Barmag Spinnzwirn can be developed better under the new owner as it would be possible within the context of our segment in the medium and long term.” The site in Chemnitz now becomes part of the family-run Starlinger Group. The final transfer will take place end of the third quarter of this year; the first joined solutions will be presented at the textile machinery fair ITMA 2019 in Barcelona and the plastics fair K 2019 in Düsseldorf.

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Analysis: NWE polyethylene terephthalate market set for a supply drought amid feedstock purified terephthalic – NWE polyethylene terephthalate market purified terephthalic

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Analysis: NWE polyethylene terephthalate market set for a supply drought amid feedstock purified terephthalic

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NWE polyethylene terephthalate market purified terephthalic The European polyethylene terephthalate market is set to face a supply drought in the foreseeable future amid lingering scarcity of feedstock purified terephthalic acid in the region.

 

 

 

  • BP’s PTA force majeure remains amid power failure
  • PET producers at 20% allocations on PTA from BP
  • Opportunity for Indorama as PTA, PET crisis unfolds

This developed after a force majeure was declared April 4 by BP on PTA supplies from its PTA plant in Geel, Belgium, which is now taking a toll on the downstream PET production chain.

“Anyone who is not integrated is going to struggle,” a PET producer said. “BP’s gap [is] too large to fill.”

The supply tightness unfolded ahead of the peak summer demand season for bottled beverages in Europe.

“[It] coincides with a strong period of demand, could not have happened at a worse time,” a converter said.

BP’S PTA WORRIES

With a force majeure remaining since April 4, BP had initially put customers at allocations of 70%. However, in the second half of May, the allocations had dropped to a mere 20% as the demand-supply deficit intensified, numerous PET producers said this week, who source PTA from BP.

A second source mentioned that the plant outage had been caused by an explosion at the facility’s powerhouse, which led to power supply disruptions to the PTA and paraxylene plants.

A BP spokesperson confirmed Thursday that force majeure remained in place, but declined to comment further on operational matters.

BP is the largest PTA producer in Europe, with a nameplate capacity of over 1.3 million mt/year at the Geel facility.

This represented nearly a third of the total PTA production capacity in the EU. However, BP accounted for over two-thirds of the PTA production, which was not for captive use in integrated downstream PET units.

With no end in sight, market participants now expect the European PET output to be reduced in the coming weeks.

PET PRODUCER DYNAMICS

With only Indorama in Europe having integrated PTA production plants, the PTA supply crisis is expected to be felt widely across the market.

Some European PET producers have already been experiencing difficulties. JBF has declared force majeure on PET supplies, while others have reduced their output in response to the BP incident. June output is expected to be affected across the board, another PET producer said.

“[It is] a really big struggle with [sourcing] PTA, [I’m] not sure if we will be able to run [our PET plants] properly in July,” a third PET producer said.

Other PET producers were more optimistic, opting for a wait-and-see stance before deciding whether to lower their PET production rates.

“For the time being, we are surviving,” a fourth PET producer said.

Some of these producers were also sourcing PTA via imports from South Korea and Mexico, which acted as a supply hedge in this situation.

However, PTA supplies also appeared to be tightening on the import horizon amid an outage at a South Korean plant.

South Korea’s Hanwha General Chemical declared force majeure May 21. This could lead to a reduction in loadings from the East around end-of-May dates and could further limit loadings in June.

With lead time of nearly three months, European PET producers dependent on PTA imports may be faced with feedstock scarcity in the second half of August. This would likely extend the tightness in the European PET market in the future, beyond the point of resumption of full operations at BP’s Geel facility.

“I don’t think the situation will change by August, unless there are big changes in Asia,” the third PET producer added.

INDORAMA: THE ULTIMATE WINNER?

While the majority of the PET market comes to terms with BP’s disruption, Singapore-headquartered Indorama appears to be the only company to have a minimal impact on production from the event.

Some market sources suggested Indorama also covered a some of its PTA requirements by procurement from BP.

However, the bulk of Indorama’s feedstock PTA requirement is met by captive production capacity.

Indorama is also likely to restart its PTA plant in Sines, Portugal, around end-May/early-June dates, market sources told S&P Global Platts earlier in May.

Indorama began the acquisition of the former Artlant plant in November, 2017. The PTA plant has been idled since November 2015, having previously restarted for just a month in October that year after remaining shut for around 16 months.

An aromatics trader said Indorama would need 50 clips of feedstock PX annually for the plant’s operations, with each clip being of 10,000 mt.

According to shipping sources, a 5,000 mt PX parcel was fixed in in the second half of May, for an Aliaga, Turkey, loading and discharge at Sines. With Indorama’s asset being the only related facility in Sines, this suggested a likely run-up to a timely restart of the PTA plant.

With the prospect of increased internal PTA availability in a market environment of drought, it appears likely that Indorama will be the exception among European PET producers in its ability to meet contractual obligations with little difficulty.

However, it remains to be seen whether Indorama’s Artlant plant restarts on schedule and hits production targets. This in turn would also decide whether Indorama is able to turn the PTA supply crisis into an opportunity for reinforcing its market position in Europe.

–Sam Hashmi, sam.hashmi@spglobal.com
–Emmanuel Latham, emmanuel.latham@spglobal.com
–Edited by Jonathan Loades-Carter, jonathan.carter@spglobal.com

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Thai Indorama completes acquisition of Brazil PET plant – Thai Indorama acquisition Brazil PET plant

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Thai Indorama completes acquisition of Brazil PET plant

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HOUSTON (ICIS)–Indorama Ventures Public Co Limited (IVL) has completed the acquisition of Mossi & Ghisolfi’s (M&G) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in Brazil, the company said on Friday.

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IVL completed all of the closing formalities and took control of the operations on Thursday, the company said in a filing with the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

The plant is in Ipojuca, Pernambuco state, and it has a PET capacity of 550,000 tonne/year.

M&G operated the plant under M&G Polimeros Brazil.

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Shandong Tianhong Chemical chooses Honeywell’s technology – Shandong Tianhong Chemical Co., Ltd. has chosen Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex™ propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology to produce 250,000 metric tons per year of polymer-grade propylene at its facility at Dongying in China’s Shandong Province – Shandong Tianhong Chemical Honeywell technology

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Shandong Tianhong Chemical chooses Honeywell’s technology

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China’s Shandong Tianhong Chemical becomes the 32nd company in China to license Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology.

Shandong Tianhong Chemical Co., Ltd. has chosen Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex™ propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology to produce 250,000 metric tons per year of polymer-grade propylene at its facility at Dongying in China’s Shandong Province.

Honeywell will provide licensing, the process design package, proprietary and non-proprietary equipment, on-site operator training, technical services for startup and continuing operation, and key catalysts and adsorbents for the project. The announcement marks Honeywell’s 32nd award in China for Oleflex technology.

Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology uses catalytic dehydrogenation to convert propane to propylene and is designed to have a lower cash cost of production and higher return on investment compared with competing technologies. Its low energy consumption, low emissions and fully recyclable, platinum-alumina-based catalyst system minimizes its impact on the environment. The independent reaction and regeneration sections enable steady-state operations, improved operating flexibility, and a high on-stream factor and reliability.

Honeywell UOP also licenses C4 Oleflex technology, which converts butanes to butylenes, the primary ingredient for making high-octane fuel additives and synthetic rubber. Including this project, Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology has been selected for 52 out of 64 propane and isobutane dehydrogenation projects globally since 2011.

Since the Oleflex technology was first commercialized in 1990, Honeywell UOP has commissioned 29units for on-purpose propylene and isobutylene production. Global production capacity of propylene from Oleflex technology now stands at approximately 6.8 million metric tons per year.

Shandong Tianhong Chemical Co. Ltd. manufactures specialized chemical products, including methyl methacrylate (MMA). A subsidiary of China Wanda Group, Shandong Tianhong Chemical markets its products for the tire, acrylonitrile, chemical and carbon black industries.

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Crude oil may derail economy – India’s macro-economic indicators are expected to take a hit this year, with crude oil expected to remain elevated at $75 a barrel – Crude oil economy Opec

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Crude oil may derail economy

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 Crude oil prices have remained high in the recent past due to production cuts by Opec and a gradual recovery in the global economic growth.

New Delhi: India’s macro-economic indicators are expected to take a hit this year, with crude oil expected to remain elevated at $75 a barrel.

“A rise in crude oil prices would tend to increase total imports, resulting in a dampening impact on growth. However, there is only a marginal downward revision, as the growth is expected to be supported by twin engines of consumption and gradual recovery in capex cycle in FY19,” a report by Yes Bank said.

Crude oil prices have remained high in the recent past due to production cuts by Opec and a gradual recovery in the global economic growth.

Though the resumption of shale oil production could soften the impact of the Opec supply cut, the shale oil production too has remained slow to pick up pace.

Due to this India is now expected to grow by 7.3 per cent in 2018-19 against earlier forecast of 7.5 per cent, it said. Apart from the slowdown in the economic growth, Yes Bank said it expects net FPI inflows to slowdown from $21 billion in FY18 to zero in FY19, due to investors concerns on risks facing fiscal.

“Indeed, in the current fiscal year net FPI outflows of $6.4 billion have been seen till May,” said the bank.

Yes Bank revised its FY19 current account deficit (CAD) to 2.6 per cent of GDP, reflecting a stronger pick-up in trade deficit, which is partly balanced by stronger performance in services exports and a rise in remittances.

“India is a net importer of crude oil, accounting for 45 per cent share in net merchandise imports. We estimate that an increase of $10 per barrel in crude oil prices would result in petroleum trade deficit rising by $14 billion,” it said.

However, it said that some of the upside risk to CAD could be moderated by higher remittance inflows, which tend to pick-up when oil prices rise.

“As per our estimates, a $10 per barrel rise in crude oil prices would result in around 12 per cent rise in remittances. Crude oil is also likely to push up the retail inflation. We marginally revise up our FY19 CPI inflation estimate to 4.9 per cent (from 4.7 per cent previously), reflecting a stronger rise in fuel inflation,” it said.

Fuel accounts for 9.2 per cent weight in the CPI index and the rise in crude oil prices (along with impact of rupee depreciation) have been partially passed on to consumers.

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UShydrations chooses Sidel for their complete PET packaging line – UShydrations Sidel PET packaging line

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UShydrations recently acquired a complete pet line from Sidel, equipped with a Matrix™ combi, for their company’s headquarters in Pittston, Pennsylvania (USA). Installation of the line began in April 2018 and it will be able to bottle soft drinks and water, both still and carbonated, at a speed of 36,000 bottles per hour (bph). Technology, innovation, and services support capabilities in the North American region, combined with the global expertise of the Sidel Group, were the driving factors for this premium beverage manufacturer to select Sidel as their equipment supplier.

Strong leadership and focus on quality to serve global brands

USHydrations was founded in 1996 serving Northeastern Pennsylvania in home delivery service. Four years later, they moved to a much larger facility and fully renewed their production equipment. Thanks to this investment and strong leadership, USHydrations expanded its market reach, establishing itself as a global contract manufacturer.

Today, USHydrations operates in the premium beverage category and produces over a million bottles a day. Their facility in Pittston has easy access to several major interstates and many large distribution centres: while reaching over 100 million consumers in the area, it also allows for reduced shipping costs to Eastern U.S. locations.

Premium water, strong performance in a growing market

The global bottled water market has enjoyed stable annual volume growth of 6% during the last five years, reaching 214 billion litres in 2015. Growth has been driven by increased consumption in emerging markets including Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East as well as a positive trajectory in other markets, such as North America and Western Europe.

Factors influencing growth in packaged water sales include an improvement in the economic performance of a number of countries and corresponding higher levels of consumer confidence, driving people to start purchasing products that were previously sacrificed. Additionally, other growth drivers include an increasing awareness of good health, encouraging consumers to switch from carbonated soft drinks and fruit juice to low-calorie alternatives, such as still and flavoured water. Increased demand for convenient ‘on-the-go’ products has also benefitted bottled water in small formats.

Within the global packaged water market, the premium segment performed well, growing by 6.0% to 10.7 billion litres. With a value of almost US$15 billion, it sees North America and Western European regions dominating the global volume.[1]

A partnership built on innovative technology, flexible solutions and great service support

A key factor behind the success of a premium brand is its price positioning, when compared to mainstream offerings. The added benefit offered by a top brand must be immediately recognised by the end consumer, be it superior taste, more attractive packaging, or simply its origins from a safe source. The last one is certainly the case for USHydrations, which leverages natural springs from the pristine mountains of Pennsylvania.

Prashant Shitut, USHydrations’ President and CEO, explains what convinced him to choose Sidel for their most recent complete PET line: “What attracted us to the Sidel Group was their reputation, innovative technology, and flexible solutions, combined with the strong service support in North America.”

To support this global contract manufacturer, the Sidel Group supplied a complete line solution as well as a data management system to measure the performance of the line and help identify causes of downtime, which will ultimately maintain or increase the uptime. The complete line offers full flexibility and is able to bottle different formats, bottle designs and products, such as water and carbonated beverages. The Sidel Group offered an optimal and ergonomic line design with a reduced footprint adapted to USHydrations’ needs. Prashant Shitut continues: “More and more, beverage brands are looking for extensive packaging options. They require solutions able to handle single and multi-pack configurations for greater versatility. Sidel’s complete line will clearly allow us to tackle this opportunity in a very efficient way.”

Fabien Charbonnier is the Sidel Account Manager North America, and as such handles the business relationship with this customer. He comments: “It is particularly pleasing to help the company grow and prosper in pursuit of its business ambitions. By providing the advantage of a low total cost of ownership, flexible packaging capabilities, and global expertise, our solutions are perfectly established to support USHydrations on its journey.”

The President and CEO of USHydrations concludes: “The last few years have been fantastic for the company, from a financial and operational perspective. In 2019, the plan is to produce around two million bottles a day and Sidel will help us accomplish this mission.”

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[1] Zenith Global Premium Water Report

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