ADNOC, Ravago to explore collaboration opportunities in UAE

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ravago Group (Ravago), to explore opportunities for cooperation at the Ruwais Industrial Complex in the UAE. Ravago is a leading service solutions provider in the global polymers and chemicals market. As part of ADNOC’s efforts to maximize value across its value chain, Ravago and ADNOC will explore ways to upgrade and commercialize the non-prime product generated at Borouge, the joint venture between ADNOC and Austria-based Borealis. Read more

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) will set up its second LPG bottling plant in Odisha in Balangir district, an official said. The BPCL plant costing Rs 103 crore will be located at Barkhani, BPCLRegional Manager (East) Atul Kumar said. Expected to be commissioned by March 2020, the new plant spread over 23 acres will have a bottling capacity of 42 lakh cylinders per year. The company already has an LPG bottling plant in Khurda. The Balangir plant will supply LPG cylinders to consumers in Balangir, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Sonepur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Boudh, Kandhamal, Rayagada and Nuapada districts. Read More


Sabic said that it will introduce its latest materials and solutions for drink, food and non-food packaging caps and closures. Sabic has developed a new multi-modal grade of HDPE with excellent organoleptics for this major application. It combines an excellent environmental stress cracking resistance (ESCR) with good flow, allowing cap manufacturers to design very lightweight closures.Sabic HDPE CCX027C polymer exhibits strong shear thinning, which means that even though it has a relatively low MFI (0.8 g/10 min, 2.16 kg), its flow characteristics during injection moulding are similar to those of a unimodal HDPE with an MFI more than three times higher. Read More


Innospec Inc (IOSP) said that it has broken ground on its new facility to manufacture drag reducing agents (DRAs). The site is at Pleasanton, Texas, and is an extension of the existing Innospec site. The project is well advanced and the company expects beneficial production later in the second half of 2018. “DRAs are a fast growing, exciting, cutting-edge technology which has the dual benefit of both improving productivity and cutting costs for our customers. We are delighted to have developed our own proprietary products and manufacturing process, which will be very complementary to our existing portfolio and will allow us to serve our customers globally,” said Patrick Williams, president and CEO, Innospec. Read More


Today, paints & coatings are used virtually in every structure and nearly every manufactured product, to maintain their appearance, functionality and longevity. The functional aspects have increased over decades.

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BASF inaugurates first construction chemicals plant in Myanmar

BASF has inaugurated its first production plant in East Dagon Township. Myanmar. The state-of-the-art facility will produce high quality, tailor-made concrete admixtures to meet increasing demand for construction chemicals in Myanmar. The new plant is equipped with production units, warehousing facilities and a laboratory for quality control. BASF produces standard and custom-made performance admixtures under the Master Builders Solutions brand, including product lines such as MasterEase, MasterGlenium, MasterRheobuild, MasterPozzolith and MasterKure. Read more


BigRep, a 3D printing company has presented the world’s first 3D-printed, full-scale airless bicycle tire. BigRep Product Designer Marco Mattia Cristofori shared how he used the flexible properties of the company’s new Pro FLEX filament to bring the tire prototype to life. Printed on the BigRep ONE large-scale 3D printer, the tire prototype utilizes the full potential of BigRep’s latest filament: Pro FLEX. What separates the Pro FLEX from other 3D printing filaments is its unique flexible properties, coupled with high-temperature resistance and durability. Read more


Songwon Industrial Co Ltd said that it will introduce the latest addition to its range of antioxidants for fuels and lubricants. Songnox L570 complements Songwon’s broad aminic, phenol, phosphite and thioester antioxidant product range, further extending its breadth and depth. Songnox L570 is manufactured in Songwon’s world-class facility in South Korea, where industry standard aminic (Songnox L670) and phenolic (Songnox L135) antioxidants are already produced, adding further economic value through production efficiency and scale. Read more


Corrosion of reinforced concrete structure with steel rebars is a matter of greatconcern. In RCC structure, reinforced steel bars undergo distress due to embedded steel bars. Though, initially, when steel bars are reinforced, steel does not corrode as the concrete aggregates which consists of oxides of calcium, has alkaline condition (pH between 10-12.5). In this pH range, the steel forms a passive layer and hence does not corrode. However, as the time passes moisture (from rain or high humid conditions) and pollutants such as chlorides (from coastal environment), carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide (urban environment). Read more

Healthy snacking

If you have been counting calories while eating your favourite snack, then stop, ’cause the food industry is making your snacking experience deliciously healthy!! By Debarati Das:Let’s begin with a quiz. What tops the list of being lip-smackingly delicious but finds itself at the bottom of health parameters? A snack !!A food entity which is equally loved by all age categories but is finding itself at the fringes of discretion by health-conscious buyers. Health and snacks do not usually fit in a same sentence and the increased awareness on health and healthy living is further driving snack items off the bucket list of many buyers as people are looking for natural, healthy, authentic snacking options to fill their palate. Read More


Rusan’s Double Cone Blender is an efficient and versatile machine for mixing dry powder and granules homogeneously. All contact parts are made out of stainless 304 or 316 quality material. Two third of the volume of the Double Cone Blender is filled to ensure proper mixing. The conical shape at both ends of the blender enables uniform mixing and easy discharge. Suitable size of butterfly valve at one end and hole with openable cover at other end. Hand wheel will be provided for manual tilting of cone. Read More


Picarro Inc introduces Picarro G2307 formaldehyde gas concentration analyzer for field or laboratory deployment. The G2307 formaldehyde gas concentration analyzer guarantees an impressive drift specification of ±1.5 parts-per-billion (ppb) over 24 hours of continuous operation. Additionally, the Picarro device shatters previous measurement specifications with a new world-class low-detection limit of 300 parts-per-trillion (ppt). It provides long-term stability, continuous, real-time measurement of formaldehyde gas requiring infrequent calibration and low maintenance. Read More

Peak Scientific has unveiled a new addition to its Solaris Nitrogen range – new Solaris XE. It can deliver up to 35 L/min, at purity levels of up to 99.5 percent making it the ideal gas solution for LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry).With variable purity in relation to outlet flow and pressure, the Solaris XE is also capable of supplying Compact MS instruments or multiple ELSD (Evaporative Light Scattering Detector) instruments simultaneously. Read More


Corrosion issues in power plants stretches maintenance, material losses, increases operating costs, reduces efficiency, critical downtimes and poses safety risks to workers. To optimize power-generating equipment, corrosion prevention is vital.

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Corrosion Technology Forum 2018

Maintenance is a part of corrosion management which can be minimized by using better corrosion control technologies. Almost all three technologies viz., protection by coatings, use of cathodic protection and use of chemical inhibitors are being used in chemical industry.

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ExxonMobil, BASF to jointly develop gas processing technologies

ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC and BASF Corporation have signed an alliance agreement to jointly develop new gas treating solvents and process technologies. For use in natural gas processing and petroleum refining. Under this new agreement, BASF will market, and license technologies developed from this collaboration, along with FLEXSORBTM and OASE technologies. ExxonMobil has been offering its unique selective gas processing technology under the FLEXSORB brand since 1983, including the proprietary FLEXSORB SE and FLEXSORB SE PLUS solvents. Read more


The flavour of an e-cigarette may affect more than a consumer’s taste buds, according to Penn State researchers who say the chemicals that make up different flavours also produce different levels of free radicals, toxins often associated with cancer and other diseases. The researchers analyzed popular e-cigarette flavours and the number of free radicals they produced and found that many of the chemicals used to flavour e-cigarettes increased the production of free radicals, while a few actually lowered it. Read more


Emissions of one of the chemicals that can cause a hole in the ozone layer are on the rise, despite an international treaty that required an end to its production in 2010, a new study says. What is even more troubling is that scientists are not sure at present why emissions of this gas are increasing. This gas, Trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, is a member of the family of chemicals most responsible for the giant hole in the ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September. Once widely used as a foaming agent, production of CFC-11 was phased out by the Montreal Protocol in 2010. Read more


West Virginia University researchers are leading commercial-scale research and development of two new innovations at the country’s most efficient coal-fired power plant in Maidsville. The devices, a corrosion sensor invented at WVU and a gas sensor invented at Los Alamos National Laboratory, could make coal combustion more efficient with fewer emissions and fewer unplanned outages saving millions of dollars. The WVU Electrochemical Systems Research Center, directed by Xingbo Liu, plans to conduct experiments of the sensors at Longview Power, LLC’s 700 net megawatt power plant under two projects that total $1.8 million. Read more