The Chemical Engineer / The Chemical Engineer News Feed Mon, 04 Jan 2021 13:37:41 GMT en Stories to read while we are away /news/stories-to-read-while-we-are-away/ ]]> WITH the editorial team having shut down their laptops until 4 January, we wanted to close with a thank you and links to stories that you may have missed and can catch up on while we are away for the holiday break. Fri, 18 Dec 2020 17:40:01 GMT /35287 UK releases plan on net zero transition /news/uk-releases-plan-on-net-zero-transition/ ]]> THE UK Government has released its long-awaited Energy White Paper on how the country’s energy system will transition to net zero by 2050. Fri, 18 Dec 2020 16:56:00 GMT /35290 Numerous countries update climate pledges at summit /news/numerous-countries-update-climate-pledges-at-summit/ ]]> THE Climate Ambition Summit was held on 12 December to mark five years since the Paris Agreement, and saw many world leaders submitting new and updated climate pledges. Fri, 18 Dec 2020 16:47:49 GMT /35289 CCC releases detailed plan to reach UK net zero target /news/ccc-releases-detailed-plan-to-reach-uk-net-zero-target/ ]]> THE Climate Change Committee (CCC), an independent body that advises the UK Government on climate policy, has released its advice on how the UK can reach its short- and long-term targets and reach net zero emissions by 2050. Fri, 18 Dec 2020 16:06:53 GMT /35288 Australia offers A$76.8m support for Portland smelter /news/australia-offers-a-768m-support-for-portland-smelter/ ]]> AUSTRALIA’S Government has agreed to provide A$76.8m (US$59.5m) in funding in a bid to secure the future of Alcoa’s Portland aluminium smelter in Victoria. The move could help save 600 jobs and provide stability to the energy grid. Thu, 17 Dec 2020 16:50:52 GMT /35281 AstraZeneca buys Alexion for US$39bn /news/astrazeneca-buys-alexion-for-us-39bn/ ]]> ASTRAZENECA has agreed to buy US biotech firm Alexion for US$39bn in a move that will expand its foothold in immunology treatments. Wed, 16 Dec 2020 16:07:14 GMT /35276 Lebanon Prime Minister charged with negligence over Beirut explosion /news/lebanon-prime-minister-charged-with-negligence-over-beirut-explosion/ ]]> AN investigating prosecutor has charged Lebanon’s acting Prime Minister Hassan Diab and three former ministers with negligence in connection with the ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut that killed around 200 people. Tue, 15 Dec 2020 16:09:43 GMT /35274 Research and industry sign MoUs for Australian offshore CCS hub /news/research-and-industry-sign-mous-for-australian-offshore-ccs-hub/ ]]> AUSTRALIAN energy company Transborders Energy has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs)with researchers and oil and gas industry leaders to consider co-developing an Australian offshore carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage hub, the deepC Store Project. Mon, 14 Dec 2020 16:15:41 GMT /35271 Worker dies in US chemical plant explosion /news/worker-dies-in-us-chemical-plant-explosion/ ]]> AN explosion at a chemical facility in Belle, West Virginia, US has killed one worker and injured three people. Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:55:29 GMT /35270 IChemE awards engineers who 3D print reactors /news/icheme-awards-engineers-who-3d-print-reactors/ ]]> ENGINEERS from Air Liquide who are 3D printing reactors for the purpose of process intensification have been awarded IChemE’s Hanson Medal. Thu, 10 Dec 2020 13:02:38 GMT /35263 Denmark to end oil and gas production /news/denmark-to-end-oil-and-gas-production/ ]]> THE Danish Government has agreed to end all oil and gas exploration and extraction in the North Sea by 2050. Thu, 10 Dec 2020 10:10:43 GMT /35261 Attention turns to vaccine production following successful trials /news/attention-turns-to-vaccine-production-following-successful-trials-mag/ ]]> FOLLOWING three highly-encouraging Covid-19 vaccine trials, the light at the end of the tunnel suddenly appears brighter and closer. As efforts get underway to manufacture and deliver vaccines across the world, attention now turns to a spiderweb of supply chains, bottleneck threats, and cold-chain challenges. Thu, 10 Dec 2020 10:00:28 GMT /35173 Fire at Texas oil storage tank injures seven /news/fire-at-texas-oil-storage-tank-injures-seven/ ]]> SEVEN contractors were injured after a fire and explosion occurred at a crude oil storage tank in Corpus Christi, Texas. Wed, 09 Dec 2020 11:44:25 GMT /35210 LyondellBasell and SUEZ joint venture expands plastic recycling capacity /news/lyondellbasell-and-suez-joint-venture-expands-plastic-recycling-capacity/ ]]> LYONDELLBASELL and SUEZ have jointly acquired plastics recycling company TIVACO, which will become part of the companies’ plastics recycling joint venture. Tue, 08 Dec 2020 10:27:23 GMT /35158 UK strengthens 2030 climate goals /news/uk-strengthens-2030-climate-goals/ ]]> THE UK Government has announced that it intends to cut emissions by 68% from 1990 levels by 2030, as part of its updated Paris Agreement pledge. Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:52:53 GMT /35116 Four killed in explosion at UK water treatment site /news/four-killed-in-explosion-at-uk-water-treatment-site/ ]]> FOUR people have died and another has been injured in an explosion at a UK water treatment works. Fri, 04 Dec 2020 10:30:28 GMT /35115 Vale opens plant to make mining waste into construction products /news/vale-opens-plant-to-make-mining-waste-into-construction-products/ ]]> MINING company Vale has opened a pilot plant that will make products for civil construction using mining tailings, helping to foster circular economy within local iron ore processing activities. Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:33:20 GMT /35114 Assessing the feasibility of carbon capture in the glass industry /news/assessing-the-feasibility-of-carbon-capture-in-the-glass-industry/ ]]> C-CAPTURE has announced that it will work alongside glass manufacturer Pilkington to assess the possibility of using its technology to capture CO2 emissions from glass production. Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:27:34 GMT /35111 New council to upskill Shell employees in Singapore /news/new-council-to-upskill-shell-employees-in-singapore/ ]]> SHELL has partnered with the Singapore Shell Employees’ Union (SSEU) to set up a council focussed on retraining and upskilling employees for future roles as part of the company’s plans to repurpose its core business to cut emissions. Wed, 02 Dec 2020 15:08:02 GMT /35110 Water UK unveils plan to reach 2030 net zero target /news/water-uk-unveils-plan-to-reach-2030-net-zero-target/ ]]> FOLLOWING its announcement earlier this year that it was setting a target to be net zero by 2030, UK Water has published the details of its plan to reach that goal. Tue, 01 Dec 2020 16:31:59 GMT /35109 ExxonMobil to keep Bass Strait stake /news/exxonmobil-to-keep-bass-strait-stake/ ]]> EXXONMOBIL has abandoned plans to sell its 50% stake in Bass Strait gas fields off Victoria, Australia. Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:16:05 GMT /35108 Petronas aspires to be net zero by 2050 /news/petronas-aspires-to-be-net-zero-by-2050/ ]]> PETRONAS has said it aspires to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, becoming the latest oil and gas major to make an emissions reduction pledge. Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:13:16 GMT /35107 Plastic Energy’s push to close loop on plastics wins top IChemE Award /news/plastic-energy-s-push-to-close-loop-on-plastics-wins-top-icheme-award/ ]]> A PROCESS to chemically recycle plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled won IChemE’s top honour at its annual Global Awards. Fri, 27 Nov 2020 17:16:25 GMT /35102 Partnership forms Australia’s first biomethane-to-gas project /news/partnership-forms-australia-s-first-biomethane-to-gas-project/ ]]> ENERGY infrastructure company Jemena has entered a partnership with Sydney Water to inject biomethane generated from wastewater treatment into the gas distribution network. Thu, 26 Nov 2020 16:58:40 GMT /35101 Suez agrees to explore CCS for energy-to-waste plants /news/suez-agrees-to-explore-ccs-for-energy-to-waste-plants/ ]]> SUEZ will explore developing a modular system to capture carbon dioxide from energy-to-waste plants, with a demonstration project being considered for Teesside, UK. Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:00:42 GMT /35098 UK funding to help SMR programme advance /news/uk-funding-to-help-smr-programme-advance/ ]]> RECENT funding, announced as part of the UK’s ten-point plan for an industrial revolution, will help UK SMR, a consortium for small modular reactor (SMR) development, as it works to build 16 SMR power stations to boost green economic recovery. The effort is expected to create 40,000 jobs over the next 15 years. Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:59:15 GMT /35097 Narrabri project receives environmental approval /news/narrabri-project-receives-environmental-approval/ ]]> SANTOS’ controversial A$3.6bn (US$2.64bn) Narrabri gas project has received environmental approval from the Australian Government, subject to conditions aimed at protecting regional biodiversity, groundwater, and local communities. Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:11:25 GMT /35096 Shell launches ‘blue’ hydrogen technology /news/shell-launches-blue-hydrogen-technology/ ]]> SHELL Catalysts & Technologies, which licenses technologies and brings capabilities to market, has launched Shell Blue Hydrogen Process, which integrates proven technologies to significantly increase the affordability of greenfield “blue” hydrogen projects. Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:10:38 GMT /35093 Partnership to develop AI technologies for industry /news/partnership-to-develop-ai-technologies-for-industry/ ]]> WOOD and industrial software company Cognite have partnered to accelerate industrial transformation by creating AI technologies that will allow heavy-asset infrastructure and industry to achieve more connected, sustainable, and data-driven operations. Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:32:42 GMT /35092 IChemE publishes position on climate change, committing to net zero /news/icheme-publishes-position-on-climate-change-committing-to-net-zero/ ]]> ICHEME has published its position statement on climate change, committing to collaborate in the global push to a net zero future including for its own operations by 2025. Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:55:19 GMT /35091 Project to convert medical waste into hydrogen fuel gets funding from Welsh Government /news/project-to-convert-medical-waste-into-hydrogen-fuel-gets-funding-from-welsh-government/ ]]> A PROCESS being developed by researchers in the UK and India to convert medical waste – such as PPE used during the Covid-19 pandemic – into hydrogen fuel has received £47,000 (US$63,000) from the Welsh Government. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:16:03 GMT /35090 Chemical JV to close BDO plant in Malaysia /news/chemical-jv-to-close-bdo-plant-in-malaysia/ ]]> BASF Petronas Chemical (BPC), a Malaysian-based joint-venture (JV) between BASF and Petronas Chemical Group (PCG), will close its butanediol (BDO) and derivatives plant in Kuantan, Malaysia, in March 2021. This comes as competition in the region increases. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:13:10 GMT /35089 Agreement for £230m UK waste-to-energy plant /news/agreement-for-230m-uk-waste-to-energy-plant/ ]]> MAJOR port group PD Port and Wentworth Clean Power (WCP) have entered an agreement for a project to develop a £230m (US$307.7m) waste-to-energy plant in Teesside, UK. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:08:44 GMT /35088 UK announces funding for five new circular economy R&D centres /news/uk-announces-funding-for-five-new-circular-economy-rd-centres/ ]]> UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced £22.5m (US$29.9m) in funding for five new circular economy R&D centres. Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:57:54 GMT /35084 UK to invest £12bn for a ‘green industrial revolution’ /news/uk-to-invest-12bn-for-a-green-industrial-revolution/ ]]> UK PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has announced £12bn (US$15.87bn) in funding for a ten-point plan to incite a green industrial revolution that could create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled jobs. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 17:27:39 GMT /35080 Micropore Technologies partners with South Korean pharmaceutical company /news/micropore-technologies-partners-with-south-korean-pharmaceutical-company/ ]]> MICROPORE Technologies has announced a licence agreement for its membrane technology with South Korean company G2GBIO. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:07:00 GMT /35079 Linde and Siemens partner to help decarbonise the petrochemicals sector /news/linde-and-siemens-partner-to-help-decarbonise-the-petrochemicals-sector/ ]]> LINDE Engineering and Siemens Energy have entered a strategic partnership with the aim of accelerating decarbonisation efforts in the petrochemical sector, to help meet industry demands. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:24:43 GMT /35078 Swansea University and Tata Steel assess use of waste heat from steel industry /news/swansea-university-and-tata-steel-assess-use-of-waste-heat-from-steel-industry/ ]]> A PROJECT between Swansea University, UK, and Tata Steel will assess if a thermochemical heat storage material developed by the university could be used to recover waste heat in industry. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:53:26 GMT /35075 Fire at Indian gas well extinguished after five months /news/fire-at-indian-gas-well-extinguished-after-five-months/ ]]> A FIRE which broke out at a gas well in India, in June, has now been “doused completely”, according to news reports. Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:16:03 GMT /35074 IChemE welcomes vaccine announcement but calls for engineering focus /news/icheme-welcomes-vaccine-announcement-but-calls-for-engineering-focus/ ]]> ICHEME’s Covid-19 Response Team has welcomed the early results on the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine and called on the Government to focus on the engineering needed to ensure the required number of courses of the vaccine can be delivered. Fri, 13 Nov 2020 16:56:17 GMT /35068 Two killed in Indian reactor explosion /news/two-killed-in-indian-reactor-explosion/ ]]> ON 5 November, in the early hours of the morning, two people were killed as a result of a reactor explosion at a pharmaceutical and specialty chemicals company’s facility in India, reports The Times of India. Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:14:48 GMT /35064 US oil and gas lagging in efforts to achieve net zero, says Carbon Tracker /news/us-oil-and-gas-lagging-in-efforts-to-achieve-net-zero-says-carbon-tracker/ ]]> US OIL and gas majors are lagging behind European rivals as companies seek to transition towards net-zero, according to a report from think tank Carbon Tracker. However, both US and European companies have work to do to ensure they are prepared for the energy transition challenge. Wed, 11 Nov 2020 16:39:57 GMT /35063 Ineos launches new clean hydrogen business /news/ineos-launches-new-clean-hydrogen-business/ ]]> INEOS has launched a new clean hydrogen business to develop capacity for clean hydrogen across Europe. Wed, 11 Nov 2020 14:15:39 GMT /35062 MoU for CO2-free hydrogen production in Malaysia /news/mou-for-co2-free-hydrogen-production-in-malaysia/ ]]> ENEOS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sarawak Economic Development Company (SEDC) Energy and Sumitomo to consider collaborating on establishing a CO2-free hydrogen supply chain using renewable energy. Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:45:15 GMT /35061 UKAEA’s £55m device successfully takes a step closer to fusion power /news/ukaea-s-55m-device-successfully-takes-a-step-closer-to-fusion-power/ ]]> TAKING a step to achieving a fusion power plant, the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA’s) £55m (US$72.2m) Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) Upgrade device has achieved “first plasma”, after a seven-year build. Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:17:44 GMT /35060 ExxonMobil announces 1,900 US job cuts /news/exxonmobil-announces-1-900-us-job-cuts/ ]]> EXXONMOBIL has announced that it will cut 1,900 US jobs as part of ongoing global efforts to achieve efficiency, which have been made more urgent by the impacts of Covid-19. Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:08:54 GMT /35058 CSB releases update on TPC explosion /news/csb-releases-update-on-tpc-explosion/ ]]> THE US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its factual update on the explosion that took place at the Texas Petroleum Chemical (TPC) facility in Port Neches, Texas, on 27 November 2019. Wed, 04 Nov 2020 12:22:17 GMT /35056 Swedish refinery to convert to produce renewable fuels /news/swedish-refinery-to-convert-to-produce-renewable-fuels/ ]]> PREEM’s refinery in Lysekil, Sweden, will be converted to produce renewable fuels. Tue, 03 Nov 2020 15:07:07 GMT /35046 BP to halt production at Kwinana Refinery /news/bp-to-halt-production-at-kwinana-refinery/ ]]> BP will stop fuel production at its Kwinana Refinery in Western Australia and convert it to an import terminal, as the refinery had become uneconomical. Mon, 02 Nov 2020 16:27:26 GMT /35042 UK government will host Brexit webinars to advise chemicals industry /news/uk-government-will-host-brexit-webinars-to-advise-chemicals-industry/ ]]> CHEMICALS companies are being urged to get going on key actions as the UK counts down to its new trading relationship with the EU after 31 December. Mon, 02 Nov 2020 16:20:05 GMT /35041