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Baker Hughes signs agreement to acquire Compact Carbon Capture technology to advance industrial decarbonization

November 20/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Baker Hughes has announced it is acquiring Compact Carbon Capture (3C), a pioneering technology development company specializing in carbon capture solutions, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The acquisition underpins Baker Hughes strategic commitment to lead in the energy transition by providing decarbonization solutions for carbon-intensive industries, including oil and gas and broader industrial operations.

The advancement of carbon capture technology solutions is widely considered critical to delivering the additional CO2 emissions reduction needed to meet global 2050 climate targets. In the energy and industrial sectors, carbon capture technology is among the most viable decarbonization paths for both retrofitting existing assets as well as for greenfield projects. 3Cs technology can address CO2 capture from different emission sources and can contribute significantly to the decarbonization of customers operations.

3Cs technology differs from traditional carbon capture solvent-based solutions by using rotating beds instead of static columns, effectively distributing solvents in a compact and modularized format. The rotating bed technology enhances the carbon capture process resulting in up to 75% smaller footprint and lower capital expenditures. In addition, 3Cs modular and scalable configuration can be easily deployed into existing brownfield applications and can be optimized for a broad range of capacity and applications, including offshore and industrial emitters.

Baker Hughes 100+ years of rotating equipment expertise, including in modularized and decarbonization process solutions, will provide an unmatched opportunity to scale and commercialize 3Cs technology. As part of the agreement, Baker Hughes will accelerate the development of the technology, leading to commercial deployment for customers globally.

"The addition of 3C to our energy technology portfolio complements our strategy, technology and manufacturing strengths in the area of carbon capture, said Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes. This agreement highlights our deliberate and disciplined approach to invest in the energy transition. We are positioning our portfolio for new energy frontiers, and we believe there will be strong growth potential of carbon capture for both industrial applications and oil and gas projects. By incubating 3Cs technology, we can develop a roadmap to provide one of the industrys lowest cost per ton carbon capture solutions."

Our technology plays an important role in the energy transition, and we believe this agreement with Baker Hughes is the right step to grow, said Torleif Madsen, CEO of 3C. As we focus on our long-term vision to develop the worlds leading carbon capture offerings, we will leverage Baker Hughes strong brand and technology position in the energy industry to further expand our solution by complementing it with world-class turbomachinery and process solutions and access to a global customer base. This is an immense opportunity and we are proud to join the Baker Hughes team."

The acquisition further complements the existing Baker Hughes CCUS portfolio offering, which includes turbomachinery, solvent-based state of the art capture processes (CAP), well construction and management for CO2 storage, and advanced digital monitoring solutions. The agreement includes all intellectual property, personnel and commercial agreements. ABG Sundal Collier acted as advisors to 3C.

As MRC informed earlier, crude prices rose in mid-morning trade in Asia Nov. 16, as the market was comforted by the strong possibility that any new lockdowns in the US will be less severe than the nationwide lockdowns seen in spring, with the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) also providing a boost to sentiment.

As MRC informed previously, global oil demand may have already peaked, according to BP's latest long-term energy outlook, as the COVID-19 pandemic kicks the world economy onto a weaker growth trajectory and accelerates the shift to cleaner fuels.

Earlier this year, BP said the deadly coronavirus outbreak could cut global oil demand growth by 40 per cent in 2020, putting pressure on Opec producers and Russia to curb supplies to keep prices in check.

And in September 2019, six world's major petrochemical companies in Flanders, Belgium, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and the Netherlands (Trilateral Region) announced the creation of a consortium to jointly investigate how naphtha or gas steam crackers could be operated using renewable electricity instead of fossil fuels. The Cracker of the Future consortium, which includes BASF, Borealis, BP, LyondellBasell, SABIC and Total, aims to produce base chemicals while also significantly reducing carbon emissions. The companies agreed to invest in R&D and knowledge sharing as they assess the possibility of transitioning their base chemical production to renewable electricity.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,594,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2020, up by 1% year on year. Only high denstiy polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 880,130 tonnes in the nine months of 2020 (calculated using the formula: production minus exports plus imports, exluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.


mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, PP, PE, neftegaz, petrochemistry.
Category:General News
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