Total, NIOC sign contract to expand world’s largest gas field


PARIS, FRANCE: Total SA and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) have signed a contract for the development and production of phase 11 of South Pars (SP11), the world’s largest gas field. The project will have a production capacity of 2 billion cubic feet per day or 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day including condensate. The produced gas will supply the Iranian domestic market starting in 2021. This contract, which has a 20-year duration, is the first Iranian Petroleum Contract (IPC) and is based on the technical, contractual and commercial terms as per the Heads of Agreement signed on November 8, 2016.

Patrick Mullen assumes CEO role at CB&I


THE WOODLANDS, US: Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI) said that Patrick Mullen has assumed the role of CB&I’s president and CEO, effective 1 July. “It is an honour to have been chosen to lead CB&I. While I recognise this is a challenging cycle for our industry, I have a great deal of confidence in CB&I’s employees and capabilities and in our ability to create long-term value for all of our stakeholders,” said Mullen.

Liquid nitrogen cocktail leaves Delhi man with a hole in stomach


NEW DELHI, INDIA: A 30-year-old man in Delhi was left with a hole in his stomach and had to get that part removed after he drank down a cocktail laced with liquid nitrogen. The man was partying at a Gurgaon pub with friends. They ordered the pub’s latest offering – a cocktail with liquid nitrogen. He drank it before the smoke coming out of the drink could evaporate. What followed was extremely restlessness, abdomen swelling and breathing difficulty. The man was rushed to a nearby hospital, where blood tests revealed severe lactic acidosis – high level of lactic acid in the blood which commonly results from oxygen deprivation in the body. Read more. 

Kemira acquires Aqsens’ liquid fingerprinting technology


HELSINKI, FINLAND: Kemira Oyj acquires liquid fingerprinting technology for qualitative and quantitative liquid analyses from start-up Aqsens Oy, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. This technology utilises enhanced time resolved fluorescence (E-TRF) method that enables high sensitivity and selectivity to monitor various liquid samples. The first application where this technology has been used is Kemira KemConnect SI system, which measures residual polymeric scale inhibitor concentration from oil field waters in a few minutes.

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AkzoNobel extends marine coatings portfolio with Alkyd Primer


AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel NV announced the launch of Interstores Alkyd Primer, its latest addition to the Interstores marine coatings product range. Ship owners and operators can now enjoy a new level of flexibility and expand the options available for cost-effective onboard maintenance. Specifically created with the needs of crew in mind, it is specially formulated for brush and roller application and is suitable for all substrates above the waterline.    Read more.

Lanxess launches three new Lewabrane products for water treatment


COLOGNE, GERMANY: Lanxess AG expands its range of membrane elements for reverse osmosis (RO), with new Lewabrane RO ULP line, which has three product grades for water treatment. They display higher water permeability than the standard elements while offering the similar high level of rejection of critical substances. The operating pressure required in the pressure vessel is 40 percent lower, which reduces operating costs. Furthermore, the new membranes are a good option for removing trace elements from wastewater and drinking water. Read more. 

AMAC, MaruHachi enters into strategic partnership


AACHEN, GERMANY/ FUKUI, JAPAN: MaruHachi Group, a Japan-based thermoplastic composites material developer and manufacturer expands its activities into the European market in a strategic partnership with AMAC GmbH, who will advise and support the company. AMAC GmbH is an industrial and business consulting company in the field of lightweight construction materials based in Aachen, Germany. The established, family-owned MaruHachi Group has a strong history in automotive and medical textiles and has been active in the innovative composites market for more than 10 years. Read more.