Best practice in Italy: GE’s total gas plant services solutions to increase Novel S.p.A.’s competitiveness in the Italian Electricity Market
In alignment with the trend of decoupling steam production from power production in cogeneration applications in combined-cycle plants, Novel S.p.A. turned to GE Power to modernize its power station in Novara, Italy. Novel is a joint venture between the Swiss energy company Alpiq and Geogreen, owned by Radici Group. Radicigroup Novel SpA Electricity Mark
“We’re excited that GE’s hardware and software solutions will help us improve plant competitiveness in the Italian ‘Electricity Market’ and modernize this asset, which is a strategic move for Alpiq and Radici shareholders“, said Massimiliano Bignami, CEO of Novel S.p.A. “We trust GE’s solutions will give our 100-megawatt combined-cycle power plant more flexibility, reliability and output with lower emissions, matching the sustainability targets of the company.“
GE will upgrade its GE gas turbine with an array of Fleet360 total gas plant services to increase power and steam for the industrial process at Radici Chimica’s chemical plant. The surplus power will be sold to the Italian “Electricity Market”.
Radici Chimica Novara
GE also will install its Asset Performance Management (APM) software solution—a first-of-its-kind digital solution for Novel—that includes predictive maintenance capabilities and 24/7 remote monitoring from GE’s global Monitoring & Diagnostics Center in Atlanta.
GE also will provide its DLN 2.6 combustion system with Mark VIe solutions, which will expand the power station’s operational flexibility to meet its power demands while reducing costs. Radicigroup Novel SpA Electricity Market
“We look forward to taking our facility into the future with GE’s powerful predictive maintenance digital solutions that will help us decrease our operating expenses and increase overall power reliability“, said Maurizio Radici, vice president of Novel S.p.A.
Maurizio Radici, vice president of Novel S.p.A.
These modernizations will improve asset management, enhance the Novara plant’s performance and ultimately help Radici Group be more competitive in the chemical industry at a global level.
“Today, additional flexibility to decouple steam production from power production is ‘the’ trend in cogeneration applications at combined-cycle plants“, said Michael Rechsteiner, CEO of GE’s Power Services business in Europe. “Novel’s choice to upgrade its gas turbine with GE’s APM software solution and DLN 2.6 pre-combustor system should be considered an industry best practice.“
Hyosung Advanced Materials Corporation is to invest 46.8 billion won (US$ 41.5 million) in a PAN carbon fibre production expansion at its plant in JeonJu, South Korea.
The JeonJu plant expansion will produce an additional 2,000 metric tons annually of carbon fibre resulting in a total production yearly capacity of 4,000 metric tons by the first half of 2020.
The new production line will produce high-performance PAN carbon fibres, which provide some of the highest tensile strengths available on the market.
This expansion will support growth in industrial markets such as CNG (compressed natural gas) pressure vessels and hydrogen fuel tanks.
Hyosung will also target the aerospace market by producing intermediate modulus and ultra-high strength carbon fibres developed for next-generation primary and secondary aerospace structures.Hyosung carbon fibre manufacturing
“The aerospace community and our industrial customers have wanted to see Hyosung carbon fibre capacity increased and this expansion will support their growth,” said Kwang Seok (Kenny) Han, vice president of Hyosung’s Carbon Fibre Division. “Our customers have also requested the production of unsized carbon fibres which we have introduced to support their efforts in high temperature thermoplastic applications for aerospace and oil and gas.” Hyosung carbon fibre manufacturing
Hyosung developed the Tansome brand of carbon fibre in 2007 and in 2013 was the first to commercially produce PAN carbon fibres in South Korea. Since May 2013, Hyosung has manufactured carbon fibres at its JeonJu, South Korea Eco-friendly Industrial Complex.
“The adoption of Tansome fibres by our North American customers for critical high-performance industrial applications has been amazing,” said Paul Kennedy director of sales and marketing for North America. Our customers are impressed with our fibre quality, its processing, and its mechanical performance.” Stated
HAMC is one of four subsidiaries of Hyosung Holding Company based in Seoul, South Korea. As an advanced fibre manufacturer it is the largest supplier of textile tyre-cord, seatbelt yarns and airbag fabrics worldwide. In addition, HAMC is recognised as a quality supplier of automotive carpeting, aramid fibres and carbon fibres. Hyosung has a global network in over 65 countries with over 19,000 employees, with annual sales of over US$ 13US billion.
Spanish films manufacturer closes down main factory
Poligal’s films plant in Narón is to be shuttered (Photo: Poligal)
BOPP and CPP films manufacturer Poligal (Narón / Spain; www.poligal.com) is to shut down the plant at its headquarters. The company is restructuring since production in Narón and its margins have had to sustain tough market conditions, including high raw material prices and overcapacity. Its customers will be served from Poligal’s other facilities.
In addition to the Narón plant, the company operates another in Portugal. In 2018, Poligal also opened a factory in Poland with a capacity of 40,000 t/y – see Plasteurope.com of 26.02.2018. Spanish films BOPP Poligal manufacturer
The company is part of family-owned Grup Peralada (Barcelona / Spain; www.grupperalada.com), which has lines of business in viticulture, casinos, hotels, gastronomy as well as art and culture. Spanish films BOPP Poligal manufacturer
In alignment with the trend of decoupling steam production from power production in cogeneration applications in combined-cycle plants, Novel S.p.A. turned to GE Power to modernize its power station in Novara, Italy. Novel is a joint venture between the Swiss energy company Alpiq and Geogreen, owned by Radici Group.
BOPP and CPP films manufacturer Poligal (Narón / Spain; www.poligal.com) is to shut down the plant at its headquarters.
The company is restructuring since production in Narón and its margins have had to sustain tough market conditions, including high raw material prices and overcapacity. Its customers will be served from Poligal’s other facilities.
Anellotech and its joint development partners IFPEN and Axens have processed renewably-sourced aromatics made at Anellotech’s TCat-8® pilot plant to successfully recover high-purity bio-based paraxylene – a key component for making 100 per cent biobased PET bottles a reality.
This is a key development milestone for Anellotech and global consumer beverage company Suntory, as the two partners will collaborate to produce the bottles. Anellotech, IFPEN and Axens will now purify additional paraxylene to create pilot sample 100 per cent bioPET beverage bottles – as well as sample quantities of bio-based benzene whose derivatives (nylon, ABS, polycarbonate, linear alkyl benzene) are used in clothing, toys, mobile phones and laundry detergent.
As part of its sustainability initiative, the Gabriel-Chemie Group is implementing several strategy programs. One of the first modules is the introduction of a colour range based on Post Consumer Recycled polypropylene.
Gabriel-Chemie has been working for some time on the reduction of virgin materials, i.e. the native, fossil raw materials in plastic or masterbatch processing. With a first colourful masterbatch offer from Post Consumer Recycled polypropylene, a milestone in the market has been achieved.
The suppliers collect their polymer from post-consumer waste such as the so called “Yellow Bag“(“Gelber Sack”), which serves as a base material. The creation of a large variety of colours is already possible. Lighter and effect colours, as well as e.g. the combination with laser marking additives, can also be realized depending on customer requirements and demands.
OPEC and its allies will stick with their agreement to cut oil supply, pushing for more adherence despite a demand by U.S. President Donald Trump that the producer group ease its efforts to boost crude prices, a Gulf OPEC source said on Tuesday.
Based on current market data, the so-called OPEC+ group is “likely to continue with the production cuts until the end of the year”, the source told Reuters.
Trump, in the latest in a series of tweets about oil prices since April 2018, wrote on Monday: “Oil prices getting too high. OPEC, please relax and take it easy. World cannot take a price hike – fragile!”
Following the tweet, oil prices registered their largest daily percentage drop this year, with Brent crude losing 3.5 percent on Monday. Brent edged up on Tuesday.
More than eight million barrels of Venezuelan crude oil is sitting in tankers as U.S. sanctions are preventing the country from selling the commodity worth about half a billion dollars, Bloomberg reports, adding this is happening amid dwindling heavy crude supply globally that has seen the traditional premium of light crude to heavy dissipate.
The cargoes, distributed among 16 tankers off the Venezuelan coast, hold crude oil belonging to PDVSA but also to Chevron, Valero Energy, and Rosneft: all PDVSA partners in production joint ventures.
The crude had to be moved to tankers, sources told Bloomberg, to clear up storage space at the JVs upgraders that convert the heavy crude into liquid that can be utilized in refineries.
Ring Container Barrier Guard clear PET bottles Ring Container Technologies (Memphis, TN) launched a patent-pending, proprietary and customizable technology platform, BarrierGuard. The company is disrupting the traditional balance of protection and value with the initial application of this technology, BarrierGuard OxygenSmart, that is already being used by a major food company, PlasticsToday is told.
“BarrierGuard represents a customer solution philosophy rooted in improved efficiency and customizable performance,” said Brian Smith, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Supply Chain at Ring Container Technologies. “Ring is thrilled to grow its portfolio of innovative proprietary technologies, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with both current and prospective customers on solutions that optimize their packaging and profits.”
Spot resin continued to transact at a rapid pace last week, reports the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update. Completed volumes remained high, favoring once again polyethylene (PE) over polypropylene (PP).
Good trading activity was spread among all commodity resins, with film grades reigning supreme. Most prime materials were accessible at a fair price, making transactions relatively easy to complete.
Nicely discounted off-grade deals also came and went, snapped up by savvy buyers.
PE contracts are rolling flat in February, according to the PlasticsExchange.
The initial $0.06/lb nomination was split into two $0.03 parcels for February and March, but then the plan just sputtered. Processors might call steady a win, while producers can celebrate standing their ground . . . at least officially.
UK-based natural plastics producer Biome Bioplastics has partnered with compostable packaging films maker Futamura to present a range of bio-based and compostable multilayer films.
The films combine Biome’s biodegradable sealant resins with compostable NatureFlex cellulose films from Futamura to generate various laminated flexible structures.
Biome Bioplastics sales manager Myriam Moeyersons said: “This range of multilayer films allows brand owners to move away from non-recyclable packaging and show that they are at the forefront of the drive to create a circular economy for plastics.
Chemicals giant BASF has put its pigments business up for sale as it continues to divest lower-margin businesses. The news came during the company’s full-year results, which included a drop in earnings for 2018.
A deal for the business unit, which posts sales of about €1 billion ($1.1bn), is expected by the end of 2020, according to chief executive Martin Brudermüller.
The news comes a month after Swiss competitor Clariant put its pigments business up for sale, with an estimated value of around $820 million, on the back of intense competition from Asian companies.
Despite this, BASF is targeting an acceleration of its organic growth and the strengthening of its position in Asia – particularly China – the key market for the chemical industry.
A project aimed at creating a solution for hard-to-recycle black plastic that places recycled content into food-grade packaging has been awarded £800,000 under the UK Government’s Innovate UK grant scheme, in order to bring the technology to market.
Called PolyMet, the technology uses a chemical process to remove the dark pigment from coloured, rigid plastics without compromising their structure. With the pigment removed, the material can be more easily detected by traditional recycling machines and, therefore, re-incorporated into future plastic manufacturing processes.
Sorting machines typically cannot detect black plastics because of the carbon pigment, which mean they generally get sent to landfill or incineration. Overall, the UK is estimated to send more than one million tonnes of black plastics to landfill every year – largely because most Material Recycling Facilities (MRF’s) view them as contaminants which are expensive to recycle.
Demand for biodegradable plastics may be soaring, but as Bunzl’s Joanna Gilroy argues they are far from being a quick fix for the plastic waste challenge
The term biodegradable is certainly the buzz word of the moment when it comes to finding environmentally responsible alternatives to everyday disposable plastics. Rapid growth in the biodegradable plastics market is largely being driven by conscientious consumers demanding environmentally friendly products. Consequently, the global bio-based plastics market grew at around the 20 per cent mark in 2018, and this year the European bio-plastics market is projected to grow by 12 per cent.
It is very easy to understand this sudden demand and the appeal of biodegradable plastic. It sounds environmentally friendly. The very term, biodegradable, strongly suggests that the material will just disappear after use. However, before we all buy into this solution, we need to challenge assumptions and ask the question: What makes biodegradable plastics a credible, long-term, sustainable option?
Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), a global chemical producer, announced the completion of its acquisition of M&G Fibras Brasil, in Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil. The Cabo plant manufactures and supplies Polyester Staple Fiber, with total polymerization capacity of 75,000 tonnes/annum.
Indorama Ventures had previously announced its agreement to acquire M&G Fibras Brasil on 2 November 2018, following the acquisition of Brazil’s largest PET asset announced in the first quarter of 2018. This acquisition is the Company’s debut into the fiber business in Brazil and is a strategic step forward. It provides IVL a unique opportunity to add capacity in fibers and establish its presence in South America’s largest economy, Brazil.