India bans import of petcoke for use as fuel

Indian Government has banned the import of petcoke for use as fuel, but said shipments for use as feedstock in some industries were allowed. Usage of petcoke, a dirtier alternative to coal, in the energy-hungry country has come under scrutiny due to rising pollution levels in major cities. “Import of Petcoke is allowed for only cement, lime kiln, calcium carbide and gasification industries, when used as the feedstock or in the manufacturing process on actual user condition,” the directorate general of foreign trade said. As the world’s largest consumer of petcoke, India imports over half its annual petcoke consumption of about 27 million tonnes, mainly from the United States. Read More

Molson Coors Brewing Company said that its Canadian business unit has entered into an agreement to develop cannabis-infused beverages, following legalization. Marijuana use in Canada will become legal later this year. Molson Coors Canada is teaming with leading Canadian cannabis producer, The Hydropothecary Corporation (HEXO), to form a joint venture, to pursue opportunities to develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages. The joint venture will be structured as a standalone start-up company with its own board of directors and an independent management team. Read More

Invista’s technology and licensing group, Invista Performance Technologies (IPT), and Fujian Billion Petrochemicals Co Ltd have reached agreement to license Invista’s latest purified terephthalic acid (PTA) process technology for a new PTA line. The PTA line will have a design capacity of 2.5 million metric tonnes (mmt) per year and will be installed in Fujian Province, China. The targeted project start-up date would be in August 2020. “We are honoured that our advanced, industry-leading P8 technology has been selected. Our demonstrated ability to deliver a fast schedule and the fact that our technology is proven were key factors in our selection. Read More

Walmart said that it will phase out paint removal products with the chemicals methylene chloride and N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP) from its stores in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America and its website by February 2019. This initiative is consistent with Walmart’s efforts to work with suppliers and the industry to accelerate the adoption and use of sustainable chemistry practices that exceed customers’ expectations. Similar to some of the retailer’s previous work on sustainable chemistry, this initiative also goes above and beyond current legal and regulatory compliances. Last year, Walmart became the first retailer to participate in the Chemical Footprint Project survey. Read More