Green-hydrogen – Food-packaging 10-05-2022

Green-hydrogen – Food-packaging

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-New pumped hydro and green hydrogen project planned for Queensland, Australia

Australian renewable energy firm Sunshine Hydro has announced details of its plans to build a $2 billion pumped hydro and green hydrogen project within the Central Queensland Renewable Energy Zone.

The ‘Flavian’ project is expected to start generating from 2028, powering local industry with renewable energy and heavy trucks with green hydrogen to help decarbonise the Queensland economy.

The project will apply Sunshine Hydro’s closed loop hydropower model as part of a Superhybrid™ to generate reliable green power and green hydrogen.  It will be located near Miriam Vale, which has been described as having the ideal topography for the project.

Sunshine Hydro Chair, Michael Myer, said the company are partnering with Energy Estate, an Australian renewable energy and green hydrogen developer, to co-develop and provide green energy to power the Flavian project. It has also put in place valuable partnerships with Burnett Mary Regional Group BMRG, and the traditional owners, the Gidarjil Development Corporation. Green-hydrogen – Food-packaging

“Through these strong partnerships, we will deliver one of the world’s most sustainable renewable energy projects, with extensive conservation and biodiversity outcomes across the site,” Myer said. “The Flavian Superhybrid will abate on average 4 million tonnes of carbon p.a., which is around 2.5% of the Queensland’s current level of annual carbon emissions, while generating cheaper energy to place downward pressure on energy prices.”

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-Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil exporter, has cut prices from record highs for Asia – but not for the US

  • Saudi Aramco — the world’s top oil exporter — has cut June prices for buyers in Asia and Europe.
  • The move comes amid strict COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions in China, a major oil consumer.
  • Oil prices have surged thanks to concerns about supply disruption from Russia due to the Ukraine war.

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Saudi Aramco, the world’s top oil exporter, has cut prices for buyers in Asia for the first time in four months, according to reports citing a Sunday pricing document from the state-controlled firm.

Aramco cut its June selling price for its major export grade, the Arab Light crude, to $4.40 a barrel above a benchmark price for cargoes, according to Reuters, Bloomberg and S&P Global. This premium for buyers in Asia is less than half the $9.35 per barrel — an all-time high — it had set in May, the outlets reported.

The price cut comes amid strict COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions in Beijing and Shanghai. Recent economic indicators out of China — the world’s second-largest oil consumer — show manufacturing and services activity in the country contracting, which is in turn expected to hit energy consumption.

The faltering demand outlook stands in contrast to fears about supply disruption to Russian supply a month ago, which prompted Saudi Aramco to hike crude oil prices for all regions for May.

Aramco also cut its June price for Arab Light crude Europe, pricing it at $2.10 a barrel above Brent crude oil — down from a premium of $4.60 in May, according to the media outlets.

Aramco’s selling price to the US was unchanged. The company declined to comment about the price moves to Insider.

Saudi Arabia accounted for 6% of US crude oil imports in 2021, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Canada is the US’ top source of crude oil imports, supplying about 60% of the shipments, per the EIA.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said after a meeting last week that current supply-demand indicators pointed to a balanced market, according to a statement from the group led by Saudi Arabia.

 

-New pumped hydro and green-hydrogen project planned for Queensland, Australia

Saudi-Aramco, the world’s largest oil-exporter, has cut prices from record highs for Asia – but not for the US

Sinochem-International‘s nylon66-HMDA project completes “intermediate handover”

Digital-controlof-yarns for less waste

LyondellBasell licenses Lupotech-T-technology to Jiangsu Hongjing-New-Material Co. Ltd.

Covestro implements sustainability through circular-economy

Pal-Packaging and INEOS-Styrolution to develop food-packaging

BWF acquires Spanish long-term partner

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-Sinochem International’s nylon 66-HMDA project completes “intermediate handover”

On April 6, Sinochem International Corporation announced the completion of “intermediate handover”  for the Nylon 66-HMDA project, invested by Sinochem and constructed by Ruitai Materials Technology Co., Ltd. (subsidiary of Yangnong Chemical Group). The project is about to enter the commissioning stage

The project is designed of an annual output of 40,000 tons of nylon 66 polymer and 25,000 tons of intermediate hexamethylene diamine (HMDA), with a total investment of 978 million yuan  (around 148 million USD). It is about to enter the commissioning stage, and is expected to achieve steady production by June 2022.

The project is based on innovative production technology and will effectively break through the “short board” in nylon 66 and its key intermediates supply in China.

It is expected to provide high-quality nylon 66 materials and key intermediate hexamethylene diamine for the Chinese market, and improve the controlling capability and security of supply of nylon 66 industrial chain in Chinese market.

Nylon 66 has a bright market prospect in China. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

After the project is put into production and effective, it is expected to achieve an annual sales income of 886 million yuan (around 134 million USD), which will bring new growth points for the company.

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-Digital control of yarns for less waste

Apart from many traditionally woven carpets on the RCE+ carpet weaving machine, Vandewiele will also promote the digitally controlled RCF machine with Fast Creel, cut-loop machines, and specific machines for weaving light carpets at the Domotex Turkey 2022. All will be illustrated by carpet samples at the trade fair from May 14-17, 2022 in Gaziantep/Turkey.

The digital control of yarns allows the development of new qualities, a higher production efficiency and a closer follow-up of the machine park. Yarn waste is reduced at the highest production speed.  Combinations of cut pile carpets with flatweave as well as sisal look carpets will be presented.

In tufting, the digital control of pile yarns (active yarn feed, also called IPD) has allowed Vandewiele NV, Marke/Belgium, the development of high definition Colortec 1/10” tufting carpet in 8 colors – or 1/7” gauge, competing with the traditional Axminster carpets.  Solutions for plain carpets, artificial grass and the Myriad machines for tiles and other applications will also be highlighted. The new autonomous shearing machine, ATSH, will be presented in detail. For the back coating the focus will be on energy saving. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

Superba SAS, Moulhouse Cedex/France, a leader in heat-setting with saturated steam under pressure, is now offering the hot-air heat-setting solution with the DHS3 line. This triple-layer heat-setting process provides a very high level of evenness and a highly homogenous fixation characteristic to the yarn, as well as stain resistance or enhanced bulk. The DHS3 line offers a high energy saving process in a reduced floor-space.

To complete their range, Superba, a brand of Vandewiele, is also introducing their new B403 automatic winder. This machine has an individual spindle motorization drive; it enables a constant tension winding process, an accurate bobbin length measuring as well as a unique quality control for each yarn position.

Finally, with the BXE extrusion line from Vandewiele, the MF400 texturizing machine and the MCD3 space-dyeing machine as complementary processes before heat-setting, with Superba lines, the carpet industry is offered all the necessary equipment to produce innovative yarn types.

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-LyondellBasell licenses Lupotech T technology to Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Co. Ltd.

LyondellBasell announced that Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Co. Ltd. will use its Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology at a new facility. The process technology will be used for two 200 kiloton per year (KTA) vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) lines. The facility will be located in the Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, P.R. of China. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

“Demand for both EVA and low density polyethylene (LDPE) remains strong in the current dynamic market. In particular, higher value applications such as for solar panel lamination and encapsulant are in strong demand, driven mainly by the on-going energy transition,” said Neil Nadalin, Director Global Licensing and Services at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added, “The Lupotech T process, offering both lowest operating and balanced investment cost, is the technology of choice for our customers to produce both EVA and LDPE grades”.

Mr. Bai Wei, Chairman of Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Co., Ltd stated, “We gained within the Jiangsu Shenghong group companies a very pleasant experience with the LyondellBasell polyolefin technology offer in the field of high pressure technology. This is already the 4th and 5th polyolefin line based on LyondellBasell proprietary technology allowing us to produce superior polyolefin grades in high demand. Therefore, selecting LyondellBasell technology was a natural choice for expanding our production capacity with this additional project.”

Decades of experience in high-pressure application design makes the Lupotech T process the preferred technology for LDPE/EVA plant operators. High conversion rates, demonstrated high plant availability, and effective process heat integration are key attributes of the Lupotech T process, designed to ensure this technology’s on-going energy efficiency.

More than 13 million KTA of the Lupotech T process for LDPE/EVA production capacity has been licensed by LyondellBasell in over 70 lines around the world.

New licensees can take advantage of LyondellBasell’s in-house expertise of continuous production improvement, product development according to the latest environmental regulations and our knowhow in high pressure design, by optionally joining our Technical Service program.

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-Covestro implements sustainability through circular economy

Roy Cheung from Covestro discusses circular economies and how they apply to plastic production, during his talk on the Sustainability LIVE digital stage

Based on consumer sentiments around microplastics, the plastic production industry has a lot of work to do before it can call itself sustainable. More organisations are looking at ways in which they can adapt their operations—a seemingly impossible task for a plastic producer—and Covestro is one of those that are taking on this challenge. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

At Sustainability LIVE, Roy Cheung, Global Head of Sustainability Solutions, Engineering Plastics at Covestro, joined us to discuss this rather difficult subject, but with the optimistic approach of circularity.

Can plastics be sustainable through a circular economy?

Cheung addresses the precedence that has been set by the use of plastic and the throw-away culture that has arisen as a result of it. After acknowledging the difficulties the industry faces, he explains how Covestro will manage its waste and follow a circular approach to bring plastics back into the manufacturing process.

“80% of the circular model can be contributed with material-related strategies,” says Cheung.

“From material recirculation—recycling and recovering materials—to, what we call, the product material efficiency. How do you choose the right material to make the product or applications more efficient?”

Covestro’s materials have served many industries over the years, which Cheung takes into account during his presentation. This includes the automotive industry, construction, wood and furniture, and electronics.

Cheung also goes into detail about the company’s operations for recycling materials, which can be separated into two different methods to serve varying needs, one of them being the mechanical approach—for non-critical components—and the drop-in solution.

-Pal Packaging and INEOS Styrolution to develop food packaging

Pal Packaging will integrate INEOS Styrolution’s Styrolution PS ECO into its food packaging following successful trials.

Greece-based food packaging manufacturer Pal Packaging has partnered with styrenics supplier INEOS Styrolution to develop styrenics-based sustainable packaging for the food industry. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

As part of the partnership, Pal Packaging will integrate INEOS Styrolution’s Styrolution PS ECO into its new food packaging.

The Styrolution PS ECO solution is made from fully recycled polystyrene (PS) and will initially be used for poultry and mushroom packaging.

Pal Packaging has agreed to implement the new recycled material on its products following successful trials.

The packaging material is designed to be easy to process and complies with food contact regulations.

Palamidis quality and research and development (R&D) manager Konstantinos Roumpos said: “INEOS Styrolution made it a seamless transition for us to offer our customers a sustainable packaging solution.

“We are eager to go ahead with sustainable packaging solutions, starting with poultry and mushroom packaging.”

INEOS Styrolution said the partnership represents a ‘milestone’ towards a circular economy for PS.

It comes after Pal Packaging launched a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production line for use in post-industrial and post-consumer recycled materials in 2019.

A division of Greece-based company Palamidis, Pal Packaging claims to be an ‘innovative’ and ‘reliable’ supplier of packers, processors and supermarkets across Europe.

INEOS Styrolution standard business project specialist Louie Mackee said: “At INEOS Styrolution, we are excited working with Pal Packaging.

“The company is committed to providing high-quality products and dedicated to new sustainable solutions. In fact, our two companies share the same vision in terms of sustainability and innovation.” Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

Pal Packaging and INEOS Styrolution to develop food packaging

-BWF acquires Spanish long-term partner

BWF Envirotec, the filter division of Germany’s BWF Group which specialises in needlepunched nonwoven roll goods, filter bags and filter elements, has this year acquired its long-time partner, ACMA, to further expand its leading market position in the global growth market of air pollution control.

ACMA was established in 1995 and provides individual filtration solutions from Badalona, a Catalan industrial town about ten kilometres north-east of Barcelona.

Filter bags for industrial filtration are produced with a flexible fleet of machinery with an annual capacity of 120,000 units. Services such as the inspection of filter systems, technical advice, filter bag installation and filter exchange are offered by ACMA, as well as filter bag inspections, carried out at an in-house R & D lab. The company’s production portfolio is supplemented by filter cartridges and accessory parts such as supporting cages, valves, hose pipes, pressure tanks, electronic controls or emissions control probes. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

There are solid synergies between the two companies in the supply of materials to equipment manufacturers and operators of flue gas cleaning plants

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