Chinese dehydrogenation plant starts using Clariant CATOFIN catalyst technology

first_imgThe process uses fixed-bed reactors and operates at optimum pressure and temperature to maximize catalytic dehydrogenation of alkanes for high yields of alkenes at low costs Image: The startup of the Hengli plant marks the 21st CATOFIN unit in operation. Photo: Courtesy of Clariant. Swiss speciality chemicals company Clariant has announced the start-up of its CATOFIN catalyst at Hengli Group’s new mixed-feed dehydrogenation plant in Dalian, China.Clariant said that the new unit combines propane dehydrogenation (PDH) with iso-butane dehydrogenation (BDH) process technologies, and produces more than 1 million tons of olefins per year.Chinese dehydrogenation plant becomes the largest plant to use CATOFIN catalyst technologyThe advanced process combines Clariant’s CATOFIN catalyst together with McDermott’s Lummus process technology and is set to enable enhanced reliability, yield, cost efficiency and simplicity.Clariant said that in addition to the CATOFIN catalyst, the facility also employs its innovative Heat Generating Material (HGM) to produce its on-purpose olefins.Hengli Group’s new dehydrogenation plant in Dalian is designed to process 500KTA of propane and 800KTA of iso-butane feeds to produce propylene and iso-butylene.Hengli Petrochemical Refinery chief engineer Guangqin Peng said: “We are very proud of our achievements on this groundbreaking project. The fast, smooth and successful startup of this world’s largest paraffin dehydrogenation unit would not have been possible without reliable and experienced partners like Clariant.”Clariant said that its CATOFIN catalyst is an extremely reliable technology customised for the production of light paraffin dehydrogenation, and on-purpose production of propylene.CATOFIN technology and catalysts facilitates dehydrogenation of isobutane, n-butane or propane to isobutylene, n-butenes or propylene respectively, based on the Houdry process of catalytic cracking.The process at the new facility depends on a highly selective CATOFIN catalyst and operates at a thermodynamically-advantaged reactor pressure and temperature to maximize yield.The startup of the Hengli plant marks the 21st CATOFIN unit in operation, making Clariant’s total olefin production capacity more than 9million tons.Clariant Catalysts business unit senior vice president & general manager Stefan Heuser said: “We are honored that our CATOFIN catalysts and Heat Generating Material were selected by Hengli for its new production facility. Together with our technology partner, McDermott’s Lummus Technology, we are proving, yet again, the outstanding benefits of CATOFIN for propane and iso-butane dehydrogenation.”last_img read more

SDX Energy starts multi-well drilling campaign in Morocco

first_img Image: The drilling campaign will be undertaken by an advanced North American rig. Photo courtesy of John R Perry from Pixabay. UK-based SDX Energy has commenced a 12 well drilling campaign in its operated Gharb Basin acreage in Morocco.The drilling campaign will target a mean 15 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gross unrisked prospective resources in the acreage.In Morocco, SDX owns a 75% working interest in the Sebou concession, located in the Gharb Basin.Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, the drilling campaign will be undertaken by an advanced North American rig.SDX will test multiple wells back to back in each campaignThe first seven wells in the drilling programme are located in the company’s core producing concessions at Sebou and Gharb Centre. The lower-risk appraisal wells will target prospects that are located near to existing infrastructure.SDX said that the well can be tied in quickly, at a low cost.Further, the wells are said to have the same geological risk to the discoveries that are already made and producing in the area.SDX interim CEO and CFO Mark Reid said: “”SDX is pleased to announce the start of its drilling campaign in Morocco. The 12 wells have three key objectives. The first objective is to drill seven lower risk wells in our existing core producing area. These wells are close to existing infrastructure and will increase reserves for the continued supply of gas to our existing customers.Drilling on the seven appraisal wells will be followed by two step-out exploration wells further to the north in Gharb Centre.The two exploration wells will target prospects that are similar to the discoveries made in the Sebou and Gharb Centre.The wells are located outside the reach of the company’s existing infrastructure.Reid said: “Our second objective is to drill two step-out exploration wells to the north of our core production area which, if successful, would open up new, target-rich acreage for future drilling.The last three wells included in the campaign are expected to be higher-risk exploration wells in the Lalla Mimouna Nord concession.Reid added: “The final objective of the campaign is to test larger but higher-risk prospects in the Lalla Mimouna Nord concession. To do this, we plan to drill up to three wells, however, if the first well does not meet our expectations, we may move the rig back to our core producing area and complete the campaign by drilling two further lower-risk, but smaller, prospects to add additional reserves.“We expect the campaign to complete in Q1 2020 and we look forward to updating the market on progress in due course.”To lessen equipment mobilisation costs, SDX will test multiple wells back to back in each campaign.In February, the company secured exploration rights for the Moulay Bouchta Ouest and Lalla Mimouna Sud onshore blocks in Morocco. The drilling campaign is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020last_img read more

Dry well on Skumnisse near the Draugen field

first_img Image: OKEA completed drilling on Draugen. Photo: Courtesy of OKEA ASA. OKEA has now completed drilling of appraisal well 6407/9-12 on the Skumnisse prospect, north-east of the Draugen field. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned as a dry well.The well targeted an extension of the Upper Jurassic Rogn Formation sandstone which forms the main reservoir of the producing Draugen field. The log data from the well, as published on www.okea.no during the drilling operation, confirm the presence of a number of clay-rich sandstone layers in the expected reservoir interval, thinner and with poorer reservoir quality than expected. No traces of hydrocarbons were observed.Core data have been acquired in the well and wireline log data form the rest of the data acquisition programme. These data will be used to complete the evaluation of the well results and will be important for further exploration activity in the area around Draugen. Key questions about the regional development of the Rogn Formation sandstone and hydrocarbon migration in the area will be addressed.The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1742 m below sea level within the Garn Formation. The water depth at the site is 243 m.The well marks the conclusion of OKEA’s first operated drilling campaign, less than a year after the company took over operatorship of Draugen. The two wells, which were based on a slim, two casing string design, have been drilled safely and cost effectively.The wells were drilled with the Odfjell rig Deepsea Nordkapp, with Halliburton as the main service provider. All companies involved have contributed to the safe and effective operation.OKEA ASA is operator of the Draugen licences PL093 and PL093 D with a 44.56% share. Partner companies are Petoro AS (47.88%) and Neptune Energy Norge AS (7.56%). Source: Company Press Release The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1742 m below sea level within the Garn Formation.last_img read more

Strike Energy discovers 2C resources in West Erregulla-2 well, Australia

first_imgWest Erregulla is located within EP469, in which Strike Energy and Warrego Energy hold a stake of 50% each Image: West Erregulla is situated in exploration permit number EP469. Photo: courtesy of Strike Energy Limited. Strike Energy has completed drilling and flow-testing operations of the West Erregulla-2 well in Australia.The Australia-based oil and gas exploration company has released a 2C contingent gas resource estimate of 1,185bcf (gross) for the West Erregulla.West Erregulla is situated in exploration permit number EP469, an onshore oil and gas asset, which is located in the onshore North Perth basin of Western Australia.Strike Energy managing director and CEO Stuart Nicholls said: “The size of this resource enables the progression of multiple development options with West Erregulla being a highly productive, recoverable gas asset, which is adjacent to major gas transmission infrastructure.”“This resource and its location are the basis and foundation for Strike’s aspirations of being one of the lowest-cost gas producers in Australia.”Strike Energy said that West Erregulla is believed to be one of Australia’s largest onshore conventional gas fields.Strike Energy expects first gas in 2022The company added that it has finished West Erregulla-2 drilling as a producer for the proposed Phase-1 development in the near future. It expects the first gas production from it in 2022.The company is now making preparations for the appraisal drilling campaign expected for the second half of 2020, which may add additional resources or high-grade existing resources.Strike Energy holds a 50% interest in EP469, while Australia’s oil and gas firm Warrego Energy holds the remaining interest. West Erregulla is located within EP469.Warrego Group CEO and managing director Dennis Donald said: “We are very pleased to see these initial estimates following what has been a very successful 2019 programme. While it’s obviously early days and we will continue to review what is an extensive data set, it represents a very good first step in what is becoming Australia’s next gas frontier.”In August, Strike Energy and Warrego Energy made a gas discovery at the West Erregulla prospect in the exploration permit EP469 in Western Australia’s onshore Perth Basin.The gas discovery had been made in the Kingia sandstone as part of the West Erregulla-2 drilling programme.According to Strike Energy, the Kingia formation was intersected at 4753m with gas on rock showing a gross gas column of over 97m.last_img read more

Crescent Point to sell Saskatchewan gas assets to Steel Reef for $500m

first_imgThe sale of the assets enables Cresent Point to monetise nine natural gas gathering and processing facilities and two gas sales pipelines in Saskatchewan Image: The assets do not consist of any oil-related infrastructure. Photo courtesy of John Nyberg/Freeimages. Canada-based oil and gas company Crescent Point Energy has announced the sale of Saskatchewan gas infrastructure assets to Steel Reef Infrastructure for $500m.The sale of the assets enables Cresent Point to monetise nine natural gas gathering and processing facilities and two gas sales pipelines, which have a combined throughput capacity of over 90M cf/day, currently in operation in the province. The assets do not consist of any oil-related infrastructure.The company said it will enter into long-term take-or-pay commitments with Steel Reef in exchange for Steel Reef granting processing rights at the facilities to Crescent Point.Crescent Point president and CEO Craig Bryksa said: “Through the sale of these gas infrastructure assets, we will unlock value for our shareholders and further strengthen our financial position. We have now entered into agreements to sell, or have sold, in aggregate approximately $1.45 billion of assets in 2019.“This sale is also aligned with our strategy, as it allows us to further focus on our core competencies to strengthen our corporate returns.”The anticipated yearly cash flow to the Steel Reef is estimated at nearly $47m, excluding cash flow from third parties.Under the terms of the agreement, Steel Reef has committed to fund the forthcoming 12MMcf/d expansion of one of the gas processing facilities, reducing the capital requirements for Crescent Point.Steel Reef’s cost to build the facility expansion is estimated to be nearly $30mThe midstream company’s expenditure to build the expansion project is estimated to be roughly $30m, which will be in addition to the purchase price of $500m.The expansion of the facility is likely to commence in 2020 and be finished within nearly 12 to 18 months following closing of the asset sale.For the transaction, RBC Capital Markets served as an exclusive financial advisor to Crescent Point, while GMP FirstEnergy served as a strategic advisor.The deal is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.last_img read more

Oil and gas industry has ‘huge opportunity’ to drive low-carbon energy transition

first_imgThe world will need oil and gas for years to comeDespite the focus on transitioning away from fossil fuels and their carbon impact, the IEA director dismissed calls from environmentalists to ban all new oil and gas projects.He said: “It’s wrong to say ‘no’ to new oil and gas production. The world will need oil and gas for several years to come.“But if the industry sincerely wants to be a solution to the problem, it should focus on lowering emissions like methane from its production.“Cutting methane emissions is a very easy win – a big chunk of them can be removed at very little cost.“Around 15% of all energy-related emissions come from oil and gas production operations. We need companies not to be greedy here.”He cautioned, however, that while the world will need oil and gas products for several years to come, “there will not be any company not affected by the clean energy transition”. Speaking at IP Week in London, IEA director Dr Fatih Birol told oil and gas firms to forget their “egos” and use their expertise to accelerate the push for low-carbon energy IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol speaking at IP Week in London The oil and gas industry has a “huge opportunity” in the next 10 years to drive the low-carbon energy transition and earn a social licence to operate – provided it explores all clean technology options with full commitment and “sincerity”.That is according to International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Dr Fatih Birol, who warned industry delegates at London’s IP Week conference today (25 February) that the coming decade will be “critical” to reducing carbon emissions and ensuring “a door to a better future is not closed forever”.He said the oil and gas industry is well-positioned to advance these decarbonisation efforts given its engineering prowess, deep pockets, wealth of skills and know-how – and should concentrate on exploring all means of developing clean energy technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen.Dr Birol added: “It is impossible to reach the desired levels of emissions reduction with only one single solution.“If we take it seriously, we need all clean energy technologies to be implemented. It’s simple arithmetic.“The issue is not to boost our own egos but to lower emissions.”center_img Carbon capture technology will be instrumental to low-carbon energy transitionThe IEA boss stressed that by integrating CCS technology into their portfolios, oil and gas companies have a “huge opportunity” to develop a social licence to operate in a world increasingly committed to decarbonisation.In doing so, the industry would follow past transitional trends, from coal in the last century, to oil and then gas, followed by the growth of nuclear and then renewables.Energy companies account for a significant portion of global carbon emissions, and while recent figures have shown that levels flat-lined in 2019, Dr Birol urged the industry to make sure that future trends follow a path of decline.He said the 2019 figures were the result of a combination of more renewables, the switch from coal to gas and a record-high level of nuclear power generation – evidence of the need to deploy a range of strategies in a push to address climate change.“It is good that emissions didn’t increase, but now it’s the job of the IEA to lead the global clean energy transition and see a big decline in emissions over the next 10 years,” added Dr Birol.last_img read more

Governments of US, Israel and UAE agree to form joint energy strategy

first_imgEnergy strategy aims to drive “innovation and prosperity” for US, Israel and UAEThe statement said the nations recognise that energy collaboration can be a “step toward to a more stable, integrated, and prosperous Middle East” and that the agreement supports the development of a “strategic vision for an energy partnership that drives innovation and prosperity”.It added: “Israel, the UAE, and the US, acknowledging the benefits of focusing on pragmatic steps that have tangible outcomes, agree to encourage greater coordination in the energy sector, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, oil, natural gas resources and related technologies, and water desalination technologies.“Together, our dynamic economies will look to leverage world-leading research and development capacities to meet the needs of current and future generations.”The energy ministers said they will also “seek to find solutions to the energy challenges faced by the Palestinian people” through the “development of energy resources, technologies, and related infrastructure”.To maximize the “global benefits of cooperation”, the countries have committed to exploring collective activities in multilateral settings in coordination with financial institutions and the private sector to “enhance international investment in research and development and the rapid adoption of new energy technologies”. India is aiming to expand its renewable energy capacity from about 93 gigawatts (GW) currently to 450GW by 2030 (Credit: Wikimedia/US Air Force) The US, Israel and UAE governments have agreed to form a joint energy strategy moving forwards.The nations will come together to cooperate in various sectors – including oil and gas, renewables and energy efficiency – after the energy ministers of the three countries released a joint statement on the US Department of Energy’s website on 1 October.The latest development follows the signing of a US-brokered peace agreement between Israel and the UAE at the White House last month. UAE and Israel have ramped up their renewable energy ambitionsThe UAE’s energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said last month that the country may collaborate with Israel on water desalination and solar power projects as it looks to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.On signing the peace agreement with Israel, it became the first member of the Gulf Cooperation Council – which includes Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar – to make such a deal.As part of the UAE’s target to reach a 50% stake in clean energy by 2050, renewables are set to make up 44% of the target, alongside 38% natural gas, 12% clean coal, and 6% nuclear energy.The nation has already ramped up its commitments to lower carbon energy sources this year, after a consortium led by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) and Clean energy company Masdar were handed the contact for the development of the 2-gigawatt (GW) Al Dhafra solar project, near Abu Dhabi city.Elsewhere, the UAE became the first Gulf country to generate power from nuclear energy this year, through the first of four reactors that will come online at the Barakah plant, just off the coast of Qatar.Israel, which currently relies heavily on gas and coal to generate power, has pledged $22bn across the next decade to expand its renewable energy capacity.Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in June that the country is looking to increase its solar capacity to 16GW by 2030 – taking its share in the power mix up from 5% in 2019 to 30% over the next 10 years.Steinitz added that the environmental significance of the solar additions will lead to a 93% fall in air pollution and a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per capita.center_img The nations will come together to cooperate in various sectors – including oil and gas, renewables and energy efficiencylast_img read more

Total To Use Honeywell UOP Technology To Produce Renewable Jet Fuel And Diesel At Its Zero-Crude Platform In France

first_img Honeywell UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, and catalysts for the project. (Credit: SatyaPrem from Pixabay) Honeywell announced Total will use Honeywell UOP Ecofinin process technology to produce renewable fuels, primarily for the aviation industry, at its Grandpuits platform at Seine-et-Marne in north central France.Honeywell UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, and catalysts for the project. Once completed, the bio-refinery will process 400,000 tons of feed per year, producing up to 170,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel, 120,000 tons of renewable diesel and 50,000 tons of renewable naphtha for production of bioplastics.“Total chose UOP’s Ecofining process to increase its renewable jet fuels production in France,” said Ben Owens, VP and general manager of Honeywell’s Sustainable Technology Solutions business. “UOP’s Ecofining process will help Total to convert its Grandpuits refinery into a zero-crude platform that supports government plans to develop fossil fuel substitutes and achieve carbon neutrality.”According to the Ministry for Ecological Transition, the deployment of sustainable aviation fuels is one of the top priorities of the French government and part of its broader national commitment to tackle climate change. Earlier this year, France announced plans to replace 2% of its fossil-based jet fuel with sustainable aviation fuels by 2025, rising to 5% by 2030 and to 50% by 2050.Honeywell pioneered the sustainable aviation fuel market with its UOP Ecofining process. Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced by this process is blended seamlessly with petroleum-based jet fuel at commercial scale. When used in up to a 50% blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight. Source: Company Press Release Honeywell UOP Ecofining process to help deliver sustainable jet fuel and renewable diesel in support of France’s sustainability goalslast_img read more

Two agents investigated by ASA over misleading online property ad complaints

first_imgTwo agents have been investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week for misleading online property ads following complaints from the public.The more serious of the two was a complaint about two digital adverts by Lincoln-based agency Mundys Property Services.One featured the claim that it offered “100% tenant satisfaction – Let with confidence – 100% of our tenants would be happy to let through Mundys again” and a second that included the text “Mundys… A customer survey about our services produced a 100% satisfaction rating”.The claims were based on a 2013 survey of tenants moving into properties let by the company.The complainant challenged whether the “100% satisfaction” claims were misleading because the survey didn’t canvass the tenants about the company’s overall service.After being approached by the ASA, Mundys said they would removed the ads and would not use the claims again – although at the time of publication the ad remains on one of its website home pages (pictured, left).Online property adsIn a less serious case, Reeds Rains Ltd was referred to the watchdog after a complainant spotted a listing on Rightmove for a rented property that featured an expired 50% discount for tenants who moved in before Christmas. Reeds Rains said that the ad had appeared in error and removed it.Mundys Property Services advertising standards authority ASA Reeds Rains ltd January 17, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Two agents investigated by ASA over misleading online property ad complaints previous nextRegulation & LawTwo agents investigated by ASA over misleading online property ad complaintsOne ad in particular reveals the perils of making claims that are out of date or inaccurate, the ASA judgement reveals.Nigel Lewis17th January 201801,258 Viewslast_img read more

New tech to boost estate agency window displays

first_imgHome » News » New tech to boost estate agency window displays previous nextProptechNew tech to boost estate agency window displaysThe Negotiator28th June 20190398 Views A new display product will help estate agents create high impact property displays, according to Mid West Displays. The ceiling hanging, double sided digital screens are the next stage in dynamic property display.Available in two sizes, the slim screens incorporate an HD Android media player. Together with Plug N Play technology this enables estate agents to display high quality video and photographs. The screens are designed to work even in bright direct sunlight and include a ceiling mount for easy installation.The screens are offered with a three year warranty and free lifetime tech support. Mid West Displays has launched the screens with an introductory offer, saving up to £400.Manager Clive Towe said, “These screens are designed to double the impact of estate agents’ digital marketing, displaying dynamic content inside the branch and in windows in one stylish display unit. They certainly deliver the high impact display property listings that clients deserve as well as help agents to stand out from their High Street and internet competitors.”https://midwestdisplays.co. uk/products/hanging-digitaladvertising- screensMid West Displays window display technology slim screen window displays Clive Towe proptech window displays June 28, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more