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Ineos, Engie team up for hydrogen pilot project at phenol plant in Belgium

March 03/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ineos and French power company Engie have announced a pilot project to partially replace natural gas feed with hydrogen at Ineoss phenol plant in Doel near Antwerp, Belgium, said Chemweek.

No investment figure has been given. Hydrogen will be used in a commercial-scale cogeneration plant designed to generate electricity and heat from natural gas. About 10% of the cogeneration plant's gas feed will initially be replaced by hydrogen, with this to then be increased to 20% in a gradual process. This is the first time that such tests have been carried out on an industrial scale in Belgium, says Ineos. The cogeneration plant at the phenol site has the ideal profile to realize this test," it says.

Engie will be responsible for the design, installation, and operation of the technology at the site in Doel, says Ineos, which adds that its phenol business has experience in handling hydrogen as a raw material for its production processes and also has the necessary permits for the hydrogen project." The project will provide practical insights and data in the use of hydrogen in industrial facilities, including monitoring efficiency and measuring emissions during combustion.

Ineos and Engie are both already participating in a potential power-to-methanol project consortium at Port of Antwerp, which aims to produce green methanol by reusing captured carbon dioxide (CO2) in combination with sustainably generated hydrogen. Ineos subsidiary Inovyn plans to operate an 8,000-metric tons/year demonstration plant at the companys Lillo manufacturing site in Belgium, with the unit operational by 2022.

Ineos currently produces 300,000 metric tons/year of hydrogen as a coproduct of its chemical processes. The hydrogen is used largely as a low-carbon fuel and raw material in the companys production processes, it says. The pilot project at Doel will demonstrate the potential for conversion of existing installations to hydrogen, as a springboard for further industrial upscaling," it adds.

As per MRC, Ineos Styrolution, a subsidiary of Ineos, a major European manufacturer of petrochemical products, has announced force majeure for the supply of polystyrene (PS) in North America. The company's operations in Altamira, Mexico, Chanakhon, Illinois and Decatur, Alabama have been severely affected by the recent winter storms in Texas.

According to MRC's ScanPlast, the estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics at the end of 2020 amounted to 502,630 tonnes, which corresponds to the consumption indicator a year earlier. Estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics in December increased by 5% compared to the same month in 2019 and amounted to 47,490 tonnes.

Styrolution, the world's leading manufacturer of styrene monomer, polystyrene and styrene-based products, was founded in October 2011 by BASF and Ineos, who held equal shares in a joint venture. In June 2014, Ineos closed the deal to acquire a 50% stake in BASF in a joint venture between the two companies - Styrolution. The deal was valued at EUR1.1 billion. Thus, upon completion of the deal, Ineos became the sovereign owner of Styrolution. The sale of BASF's stake in Styrolution is part of a 2011 shareholder agreement. In January 2016 Styrolution made the decision to change its name to Ineos Styrolution.


mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PS, EPS, GPPS, styrene, HIPS, Ineos, Ineos Styrolution.
Category:General News
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