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The downstream rundown: In case you missed it 7/22

In case you missed any downstream news, here are the top stories from last week.

NRL selects Lummus' Novolen technology

Lummus Technology, a global provider of process technologies and value-driven energy solutions, announced a recent contract award from Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL).

The award is for a new 360 KTA polypropylene (PP) unit using Novolen technology at NRL's refinery in Golaghat, Assam, India. Lummus' scope includes the technology license, basic design engineering, training, technical services and catalyst supply.

Dragos and Emerson announce partnership to bring OT cybersecurity to the industrial plant floor

Dragos and Emerson - one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial automation and control systems with over 16,000 customers worldwide - will announce a significant partnership to strengthen ICS/OT cybersecurity and protect the critical infrastructure of industrial processes at the plant floor. 

Process industries such as oil & gas, chemical, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper, metals & mining, and dozens of others are rich targets for cyberattacks. A security breach on a process control system can have disastrous implications, with the potential to not only impact production and revenue, but to also cause physical harm and disrupt critical services. Yet, thousands of process manufacturers are still at the beginning stages of securing their OT networks.

Technip Energies and National Petroleum Construction Company create joint venture to accelerate energy transition

On the sidelines of UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to Paris, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Catherine Colonna, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs witnessed the signing of an agreement to establish a new joint company between National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), a subsidiary of National Marine Dredging Company and Technip Energies.

The agreement was signed by Eng. Ahmed Al Dhaheri, CEO of NPCC and Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the new joint venture NT ENERGIES LLC aims to support energy transition in the UAE, the broader Middle East region and North Africa by providing added value services in blue and green hydrogen and related decarbonization projects, carbon capture in addition to industrial projects in the fields of waste-to-energy, biorefining, biochemistry, as well as other energy transition related themes.

Boeing and Alder Fuels partner to scale SAF globally

Boeing and Alder Fuels announced a new partnership to expand production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) around the world. Using Boeing airplanes, the companies will test and qualify Alder-derived SAF, advance policies to expedite the transition to renewable energy in aviation, and grow the amount of SAF for the global aerospace market.

Alder Fuels’ proprietary technology enables the efficient conversion of abundant, sustainable forest residues and regenerative biomass into a low-negative carbon “greencrude” for jet fuel conversion. The Alder product is suitable for conversion into drop-in SAF, meaning it can be produced by existing refineries with their current equipment and infrastructure. Alder expects completion of its first plant in 2024.

INNIO Waukesha and Detechtion Technologies announce technology collaboration

INNIO Waukesha Gas Engines Inc, and Detechtion Technologies Inc. announced a technology collaboration that will expand asset connectivity, drive a customer-centric digital ecosystem and empower our customers' transition to decarbonization.

This comprehensive, cloud-based digital solution will support a new depth of remote asset insights and analysis across a fleet of installed natural gas engine and compressor packages. The technology partnership will combine INNIO's Waukesha engine analytics with Detechtion's compression monitoring and optimization technology into a single solution for both new and existing compressor skids. The solution helps customers remotely manage their assets securely and in real-time.

BASF confirms final phase of MDI expansion at Geismar Verbund site

BASF is moving forward with the final phase of the expansion project for the methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) plant at its Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana. With this third step of its multiphase capacity expansion, BASF will increase production capacity to 600,000 mtpy by the middle of the decade and support the ongoing growth of its North American MDI customers.

The company kicked off the expansion project in 2018 with a staggered approach consisting of three investment phases. The investment in the final expansion phase from 2022 to 2025 amounts to $780 MM.

P2X-Europe hits milestone for power-to-liquids project in Portugal

P2X Europethe joint venture between H&R and Mabanaft, is driving forward the path to climate neutrality in mobility and chemicals: One of the project developer’s PtL projects was qualified as a project of potential national interest (Potencial Interesse Nacional – PIN according to Decree-Law 154/2013 November, 5th) by the Portuguese government.

The PIN Award is a qualification reserved for investments that make a significant contribution to the country’s economy. The formal recognition is an official expression of confidence as it endorses overall project design as well as economic, financial, technical, and environmental viability. The PIN Award also confirms the strategic alignment of the PtL project with government climate change policies, in particular Portugal’s Recovery and Resilience Plan as well as the Portuguese Hydrogen Strategy.

Technip Energies wins contract with Neste for renewable products refinery expansion in Rotterdam

Technip Energies has been awarded a significant contract by Neste for the expansion of their renewable products production capacity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as part of the existing Partnership Agreement between Technip Energies and Neste.

The contract covers Engineering, Procurement services and Construction management (EPsCm) for the expansion of Neste’s existing renewables refinery in Rotterdam which will increase Neste’s overall renewable product capacity by 1.3 MMtpy.

Production at Brazil's Petrobras falls; refinery utilization nears 100%

Oil production at Brazil's Petrobras fell in the second quarter as asset divestments and increased work stoppages took their toll, while the company's refinery utilization rate hit a whopping 97%.

In a securities filing, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the state-run firm is formally known, said crude production came to 2.114 MMbpd, down 5.2% from the previous quarter and 5% from the same period a year ago.

American Airlines, Gevo sign agreement for purchase of SAF

American Airlines announced it has finalized an agreement with biofuel company Gevo, Inc. for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Over five years, American has committed to purchasing 500 MM gallons of SAF, the most significant SAF offtake commitment to date for the carrier.

“Today’s announcement is a historic step forward for American and our industry as we work to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Jill Blickstein, American’s Vice President of Sustainability. “The use of SAF is a cornerstone of our strategy to decarbonize air travel. While this landmark investment represents meaningful action by American Airlines, driving progress at the scale and pace we need requires critical policy action in Washington and at the State level. Alongside our oneworld partners, we’re proud to lead the way in the shift to SAF and make progress toward our shared climate goals.”

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