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Cepsa and Bio-Oils begin construction on the largest 2G biofuels plant in southern Europe with investment of 1.2 billion euros

Cepsa and Bio-Oils, a subsidiary of Apical, are beginning construction of the largest second-generation biofuels plant in southern Europe. This facility, which will flexibly produce 500,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (hydrogenated vegetable oil or HVO) annually, will allow the joint venture formed by both companies to double its current production capacity. The new 2G biofuels plant, along with the existing facilities operated by Cepsa and Bio-Oils in Huelva, Spain, will form the second largest renewable fuel complex in Europe, with a total production capacity of 1 million tons per annum.

Nextchem (Maire) Awarded a Licensing and Equipment Supply Contract Based on its Proprietary Technology for a New Urea Melt and Granulation Plant in Egypt.

MAIRE announces that NEXTCHEM (Sustainable Technology Solutions), through its nitrogen technology licensor Stamicarbon, has been awarded a licensing and equipment supply contract for a state-of-the-art urea melt and granulation plant in Egypt for El-Nasr Company for Intermediate Chemicals (NCIC). The plant is expected to have a production capacity of 1,050 metric tons per day of urea and will be located in an area 100 km southeast of Cairo.

His Highness the Amir Lays the Foundation Stone for the Ras Laffan Petrochemical Complex

His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, laid the foundation stone for the Ras Laffan Petrochemical Complex, one of the largest in the world, which will raise Qatar’s overall petrochemical production capacity to about 14 million tons per annum by the end of 2026.

Shell Pulls Out of Talks on Significant Petrochemical Project in Iraq

After nearly a decade of working to get the large Nebras petrochemical project up and going, Shell has chosen to cease its talks with the Oil Ministry of Iraq.

Regulatory change threatens US LNG

A potential policy shift has thrown the fate of c.100mt/yr of new US liquefaction capacity into doubt

New Map: Energy Map of India 2024

The Energy Map of India 2024 is a collaborative digital energy map, made possible by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) with the renowned energy information and market intelligence providers Petroleum Economist and Global Energy Infrastructure. This dynamic platform unveils a comprehensive visualization of India's oil and gas resources and features renewable energy resources such as wind and solar.

Eni Moves Ahead with Conversion of the Livorno Refinery into a Bio-refinery

Today, Eni confirms its decision to build Italy's third bio-refinery in Livorno. The project, first announced in October 2022 and followed by an application for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in November 2022, is awaiting official authorisations and includes the construction of three new facilities for the production of hydrogenated biofuels: a biogenic feedstock pre-treatment unit; a 500,000 tonnes/year Ecofining™ plant; and a facility to produce hydrogen from methane gas.

Shell invests to repurpose German Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland

Shell Deutschland GmbH has taken a final investment decision (FID) to convert the hydrocracker of the Wesseling site at the Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland into a production unit for Group III base oils, used in making high-quality lubricants such as engine and transmission oils. Crude oil processing will end at the Wesseling site by 2025 but will continue at the Godorf site.

Técnicas Reunidas and Sinopec awarded two contracts by Saudi Aramco for more than 3.3 billion USD

Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest energy companies, has awarded a joint venture formed by the Spanish company Técnicas Reunidas and the Chinese Sinopec Engineering Group the development of new Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) fractionation facilities in Saudi Arabia. The works will be developed on the basis of two EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracts for the execution of Riyas NGL Fractionation Trains (Package 1) and Riyas NGL Common Facilities (Package 2), which includes utilities, storage and export facilities. Total investment arising from these two contracts amounts to more than 3.3 billion USD. Since the joint venture is 65% owned by Técnicas Reunidas and 35% by Sinopec Engineering Group, the Spanish company is entitled to more than 2.15 billion USD of this total amount.

Acelen Renewables Selects Honeywell For SAF And Renewable Diesel Fuel Production

Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) announced that Acelen Renewables has selected its Ecofining™ technology to help support the efficient production of a targeted 20,000 barrels per day of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel. The fuels will be processed at Acelen's facility in Bahia, Brazil, from a blend of inedible seed and waste oils. With this agreement, Acelen Renewables becomes the 50th site to license Honeywell's renewable fuels technology.

Topsoe Selected as Technology Provider for Preem's Renewable Fuels Plant in Sweden

Topsoe, a global technology and solutions provider for the energy transition, has signed a licensing and engineering agreement with Preem, Sweden’s largest fuel company, to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel, using Topsoe’s HydroFlex™ technology.

SABIC’s $6.4 Billion Dollar Petrochemical Plant in China Gets Go Ahead for Construction

Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) announced in a recent company exchange filing that it will proceed with building a new petrochemical complex in southeastern China's Fujian province. This $6.4 billion dollar project will be developed as a joint venture of SABIC and China state owned Fujian Fuhua Gulei Petrochemical Company.

Petronas Moving Forward with its RNEST Train One Expansion to Complete Early Next Year

A representative of Petronas of Brazil stated on January 17 that the company is intending to complete its expansion plans for Train One at its long-lived Abreu e Lima Refinery in the first quarter of 2025. This plan had begun years ago but was delayed due to a corruption scandal that began in 2014.

Chevron Lummus Global Awarded New Licensing Contract for HPCL's Integrated Hydrocracker and Catalytic Dewaxing Unit

Chevron Lummus Global LLC (CLG) announced the award of a new licensing contract by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) for the development of a grassroots integrated hydrocracker and catalytic dewaxing unit and a full catalyst reload of their existing lube oil upgrading program (LOUP) at the Mumbai Refinery in India.

Nigeria’s Dangote Refinery Begins Production After Multiple Delays

The Dangote oil refinery in Lagos, Nigeria has begun production of diesel and jet fuel after many years of delayed construction, according to Dangote company officials on social media. With this startup, test runs are expected to continue with an eventual move to full capacity potentially reached as early as the end of 2024.

Ringing in the New Year with Energy Intelligence!

The team at Global Energy Infrastructure (GEI) are thrilled to share what makes us your resource hub for international energy market intelligence in 2024. In the coming months we have exciting plans to expand our intelligence and data offerings.   Data Knowledge Hub for the Energy World GEI is yo..

Mexico's New Olmeca Oil Refinery Now Expected to reach 243,000 bpd in 2024

Pemex CEO Octavio Romero has estimated that the Dos Bocas (AKA Olmeca) refinery will process 243,000 bpd of crude in 2024, with a full peak of 340,000 bpd in 2025.

Azure Announces Plans to Develop an SAF Production Facility in Kansas

Azure 2023 Inc. , a leading developer in the sustainable aviation fuel ("SAF") industry, today announces its planned development of an SAF production facility in Cherryvale, Kansas.

Technip Energies has been selected to provide Proprietary Technology, Engineering, and Procurement services for Dow’s net-zero ethylene cracker in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada.

Technip Energies has been selected to provide Proprietary Technology, Engineering, and Procurement services for Dow’s net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions integrated ethylene cracker in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. Technip Energies provided an Extended Basic Engineering Package for this new ethylene plant, including the cracking furnaces and the downstream separation section.

US LNG: The next wave?

The LNG build-out gaining momentum in the US since 2022 is unprecedented in its size, but as risks grow it will reach its peak in 2024

Dow's Board of Directors Approves Final Investment Decision for Path2Zero Project

Dow (NYSE: DOW) today announced that its board of directors has declared Final Investment Decision on the Company's Fort Saskatchewan Path2Zero investment to build the world's first net-zeroi Scope 1 and 2 emissionsii integrated ethylene cracker and derivatives facility in Alberta, Canada.

Topsoe Selected by Santa Maria Renewable Resources LLC to Deliver Technology for Renewable Fuels Project In Texas

Topsoe has signed licensing and engineering agreements with Santa Maria Renewable Resources LLC (Santa Maria) to provide its HydroFlex™ and H2bridge™ technologies to produce renewable fuels. Santa Maria will build a grassroots plant to produce 3,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of renewable diesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Clariant’s SynDane® catalyst chosen for Shenghong’s new world-scale biodegradable plastics project

Clariant, a sustainability-focused specialty chemical company, today announced that it has been awarded a major contract by Jiangsu Shenghong Petrochemical Co., Ltd, to use Clariant’s SynDane 3142 LA catalyst for its new maleic anhydride (MA) production plant in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China. With a production capacity of 200,000 tons per year, the new plant slated for start of production in 2025, will be one of the largest production plants for MA worldwide.

Petrobras Technology Enables Riograndense Refinery to Process 100% Renewable Feedstocks

The Riograndense Petroleum Refinery (RPR) has accomplished a historic achievement by successfully processing 100% soybean oil in a Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Unit at the Refinery. This milestone was made possible through innovative technology developed by the Petrobras' Research, Development, and Innovation Center (CENPES), processing 100% renewable feedstocks, adopting process and catalyst innovations, and generating fully renewable petrochemical products. This trial represents a groundbreaking achievement, marking the first of its kind worldwide.

Eni and Saipem: Agreement to Develop New Biorefineries

Eni and Saipem have signed an agreement for the development of biorefining. It was signed today by Giuseppe Ricci, Chief Operating Officer for Energy Evolution at Eni, and Alessandro Puliti, Chief Executive Officer at Saipem, to support the transformation path of traditional refineries and the development of new Eni biorefineries.

The future of H₂: A regional outlook—Part 3: The Middle East and the US

Nations around the world are investing in new technologies and pathways to limit carbon emissions and adhere to ambitious net-zero goals. Part of this strategy includes the massive scale-up of H₂ production capacity, primarily green routes that use renewable energy for production. Part 1 of this work detailed current and future H2 demand, active H2 project numbers and capital spending globally in Africa, Asia and Canada. Part 2 focused on Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and Central and South America. This final article will examine major H2 developments in the Middle East and the US.

Hydrogen Pipelines now live on Global Energy Infrastructure

by Peregrine Bush, Senior Director - Data and Technology   The Global Energy Infrastructure (GEI) hydrogen pipeline database is a comprehensive database of hydrogen pipelines in operation, under construction, planned, or proposed worldwide. It is an authoritative source of information on hydrogen ..

Haldia Selects Multiple Lummus Technologies for India’s First On-Purpose Propylene Plant and Largest Cumene and Phenol Plant

Lummus Technology, a global provider of process technologies and value-driven energy solutions, announced Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd. (HPL) will license its olefins conversion technology (OCT) and the Lummus/Versalis cumene and phenol technologies for a new plant in West Bengal, India.

The future of H2: A regional outlook - Part 2: Europe, Russia, the CIS and Latin America

by Lee Nichols, Vice President Content and Editor-in-Chief, Hydrocarbon Processing & H2Tech  Nations around the world are investing in new technologies and pathways to limit carbon emissions and adhere to ambitious net-zero goals. Part of this strategy includes the massive scale-up of H₂ production..

The future of H2: A regional outlook - Part 1: Africa, Asia and Canada

by Lee Nichols, Vice President, Content/Editor-in-Chief, Hydrocarbon Processing   Over the past several years, the world has been engaged in an energy transition. According to the UN, more than 70 countries have set ambitious net-zero emissions goals,1 and many have enacted new regulations and ini..