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Chevron Lummus Global announces successful startup of biofuels project

August 20/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) and Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) announced the successful startup of euglena Co., Ltd. (euglena Co.)'s integrated Biofuels ISOCONVERSION unit in Yokohama, Japan, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
The 5 BPD, first-of-its-kind demonstration unit, employs the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION technology, jointly developed by CLG and ARA, to produce renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel out of an algae oil blend and waste vegetable oil. euglena Co. has successfully started up the demo-unit in 2020, and its renewable diesel products have met all specifications of a Japanese standard of diesel fuel JIS K2204. They have started supplying a renewable diesel to local bus services for passenger transportation in Japan. euglena Co. also plans to produce a renewable jet fuel that meets the ASTM D7566 Annex 6 specifications and supply it to commercial flights in Japan.
Biofuels ISOCONVERSION technology consists of hydrothermal conversion and hydroprocessing operations that convert waste fats, oils, and greases into jet fuel and diesel that are virtually indistinguishable from their petroleum counterparts. This will result in an over 80% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum, once it is commercialized. ReadiJet and ReadiDiesel, produced from the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION technology, contain a uniform distribution of all hydrocarbon types observed in petroleum fuels, including aromatic, cycloparaffin, isoparaffin, and normal paraffin compounds, and are able to be directly blended with petroleum fuels.
ASTM International has approved the new production pathway for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) called Catalytic Hydrothermolysis Jet, or CHJ.  euglena Co. intends to deliver CHJ for commercial flights in the coming years through the use of the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION technology.
CLG is proud to be a part of the successful demonstration of the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION technology at euglena Co. and looks forward to implementing it at larger scale at several other locations around the world, said Thad Sauvain, CLGs Director of Global Sales and Licensing.
We are excited to see euglena Co. take this meaningful step forward in its bold quest to become a leader in the production of low carbon intensity sustainable aviation fuel from algae and waste fats, oils, and greases, said Chuck Red, ARAs Vice President of Fuels Development.

As MRC wrote before, in early July, 2020, Haldia Petrochemicals (HPL), a flagship company of The Chatt­erjee Group (TCG), alo­ng with its international partner Rhone Capital has acquired US-based Lummus Technology at an enterprise value (EV) of USD2.725 billion (around Rs 20,590 crore) from McDermott International. In the joint acquisition, HPLs share is at 57 per cent, the balance would be held by Rhone Capital. Under the new dispensation, Lummus Technology wou­ld function as a standalone autonomous entity.

We remind that in late March 2020, India's private-sector Haldia Petrochemicals (HPL) shut its naphtha cracker after ports in the country declared force majeure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia dropped in January-June 2020 by 7% year on year to 328,000 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia rose in the first six months of 2020 by 21% year on year to 105,300 tonnes. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:bioplastics, PP, PE, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Chevron, Haldia Petrochemicals, Lummus Technology, India, Russia, USA, Japan.
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