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Encina, Flint Hills consider renewable aromatics facility in Corpus Christi

February 19/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Encina Development Group (Encina; The Woodlands, Texas) and Flint Hills Resources say they are exploring a collaboration to produce renewable chemicals and fuels from plastic waste, reported Chemweek.

The two have signed a non-binding term sheet that proposes construction of a facility in Corpus Christi, Texas. Flint Hills would market the aromatic products produced at the Encina Corpus Christi facility and work with its affiliates to market renewable aromatic products from other Encina plants in the US.

Our work with Encina is an exciting addition to our growing portfolio of renewable product and technology investments, says Francis Murphy, senior vice president/chemicals at Flint Hills. Renewable aromatics and bioplastics are playing an increasingly import role in the product value chain and reducing environmental impacts while still delivering on all the various products that make modern life possible.

Flint Hills Resources is an excellent partner for Encina, says David Schwedel, executive director at Encina. They have deep domain industry expertise and an aligned focus on delivering highly-valued and sustainable products to the marketplace.

In December 2020, Encina and Braskem announced a collaboration for the production of circular propylene from plastic waste.

As MRC informed previously, in November 2019, Motiva Enterprises, the US refining arm of Saudi Aramco, acquired 100% of Flint Hills Resources chemical plant, adjacent to its Port Arthur, Texas, oil refinery. The Flint Hills plant operates a 1.57 billion-pound-per-year ethylene cracker, a unit producing nylon component cyclohexane, and a network of pipelines and storage caverns.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,220,640 tonnes in 2020, up by 2% year on year. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, polypropylene (PP) shipments to the Russian market reached 1 240,000 tonnes in 2020 (calculated using the formula: production, minus exports, plus imports, excluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply of exclusively PP random copolymer increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, PP random copolymer, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Flint Hills Resources, Motiva Enterprises, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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