Total starts gas exports from second train of Yamal LNG project

Total SA said that the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the second train of the Yamal LNG project in Northern Russia is ready to leave Sabetta. This train adds an additional 5.5 million tons per year of LNG capacity to the facility, bringing the total capacity in operation to 11 million tons per year. At full capacity, the three-train facility will supply 16.5 million tons of LNG per year to Asian and European markets. The third train is expected to start up in early 2019. Last May, Novatek and Total also agreed that Total will have the opportunity to acquire a 10 to 15 percent direct interest in Novatek’s future LNG projects in Yamal and Gydan. Read More

PQ Group Holdings Inc (PQG) has appointed Belgacem Chariag (55), as president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. He will also become a member of PQ’s board of directors. Chariag succeeds Jim Gentilcore (66), following Gentilcore’s successful tenure as president and CEO during which he led the company’s initial public offering. Gentilcore will remain on PQ’s board as executive chairman. Chariag has led a distinguished career marked by nearly three decades of experience in the industrial sector. He most recently served as chief global operations officer at Baker Hughes, a GE company, after Baker Hughes’ merger with GE Oil & Gas, until January 2018. Read More

Our lives today are fast paced. Everything around us needs to be lighter, faster, safer and packed with features and comforts. Today, the automotive industry is continuously seeking ways to build more fuel-efficient cars. Changing times call for the transformation of cars and trucks, bringing the manufacturing technology at the forefront of this unprecedented change. Our world is one of screens and smart devices that are getting even smarter and slimmer. Everything needs to be held together, withstand the rigors of everyday life and still be durable. With changing times, our practices of consuming food and beverages have also been changing. Read More

Sal Spada, Research Director, ARC Advisory has a candid conversation with Chemical Today magazine about the evolving digitization environment in the global market. By Debarati Das- Changing role of digitization.: It all comes down to creating data, taking data from your operations and people and moving it up to the data store to analyse it much more quickly. The whole evolution behind digitization is the fact that earlier we never had the computing resources available to analyse this type of data magnitude. So, we talked about data collection but we were no where near to the computing resources to analyse. That technology is available today and that is bringing in the transformation in the industry today. Read More