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Solvay to use renewable gas to power cyclopentanone unit at Melle, France

December 28/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay says it has agreed to buy renewable gas to power the production of cyclopentanone at its plant in Melle, France, as part of a wider decarbonization drive, reporte Chemweek.

The company has committed to use biomethane gas to power the cyclopentanone unit at Melle for the next 15 years from an 18-gigawatt hours/year waste biomass facility built by an agricultural cooperative.

Since cyclopentanone is used as a building block for so many fragrance applications, such as jasmine, we are committed to producing it in the most sustainable way, says Guillaume Meunier, global market director/flavor and fragrance at Solvay's aroma performance business. The commitment to power the plant with renewable gas is part of the companys initiative to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2030, he says.

Solvay commercializes two grades of cyclopentanone, one for the fragrance market and another ultra-high-purity version for the electronics market. Both are manufactured at the Melle facility.

As MRC reported earlier, in August, 2020, through the acquisition of the Solvay polyamide (PA) business, BASF  enhanced its R&D capabilities in Asia Pacific with new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material and part testing services. BASF is planning to integrate the R&D centers from Solvay into its R&D existing facilities in Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. The enhanced capabilities will boost BASFs position as a solution provider to develop advanced material solutions for key industries.

We remind that BASF-YPC, a 50-50 joint venture of BASF and Sinopec, undertook a planned shutdown at its naphtha cracker on 30 April 2020. The company initially planned to start turnaround at the cracker on April 5, 2020. The plant remained under maintenance unitl 18 June, 2020. Located in Jiangsu, China, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 750,000 mt/year and propylene capacity of 400,000 mt/year.

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

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia decreased in January-November 2020 by 17% year on year and reached 569,900 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the greatest reduction in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia increased by 21% year on year to about 202,000 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, bioplastics, PP, PE, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, compounding, gas processing, petrochemistry, poliamid, BASF, Sinopec, Solvay, sustainable development, China, Russia, France.
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