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Wacker Invests in New Production Line for Silicone Specialties at Nünchritz Site

Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany) is to begin construction on a new production line for silane-terminated polymers at its site in Nünchritz, Germany, this year. Such hybrid polymers are used as binders for formulating high-quality adhesives and sealants, liquid waterproofing…

DuPont to expand silicone-tubing manufacturing capacity in Michigan

DuPont (Wilmington, Del.) is making significant investments in both capital and resources to strengthen strategic capabilities of its Liveo brand healthcare silicone solutions. Underscoring its long-term commitment to the healthcare industry – and confidence in its growth potential – DuPont is…

Lummus to supply 14 ethylene cracking furnaces to Baltic Chemical Plant

Lummus Technology, LLC (Houston) announced that it will supply 14 cracking furnaces for a Gas Chemical Complex that is part of the Ethane-rich Gas Processing Complex (GCC EGPC) located near Ust-Luga, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, on the Gulf of Finland. The…

Major petroleum refinery under construction in Angola

Angola’s national oil company, Sonangol Group, announced that Gemcorp, a trade and investment group in emerging markets, in alignment with the national oil company, took the final investment decision for the construction of the Cabinda Refinery project. The refinery, which…

Lubrizol and Grasim Industries partner for India’s largest CPVC resin plant

To meet growing demand for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipe and fittings in India, Lubrizol Advanced Materials (Wickliffe, Ohio) and Grasim Industries Ltd., a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, have entered into a definitive agreement to manufacture and…

BP to cease production at Kwinana Refinery and convert to fuel ‎import terminal

bp Australia announced that it will cease fuel production at its Kwinana Refinery and ‎convert it to an import terminal, helping to ensure ongoing security of fuel supply for Western ‎Australia. The refinery, near Fremantle, has provided fuels for Western Australia…

A sandwich catalyst boosts H2 production

Platinum has been the main catalyst for hydrogen-producing reactions, but it has a low affinity for water molecules. This results in a slow rate of water electrolysis. Attempts have been made to combine metal-sulfide with platinum nanoparticles that promote water…

Thermodynamics of Gas Piping Systems

Understanding the implications of adiabatic and isothermal flow assumptions is necessary to have confidence in when to use such assumptions Every engineer uses assumptions because every analysis has an overabundance of variables to consider. Often, there are just too many…

First full integration of hydrogen production, distribution, storage and use is underway

The recently launched H2@Scale project is integrating a number of elements necessary for the commercial-scale integrated production and use of renewable hydrogen. Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin (www.utexas.edu) and funded through the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy…

Airset regulators for On/Off Valve Applications

Airset regulators are seemingly simple devices, but care must be taken to ensure the right devices are specified, particularly in safety instrumented systems Chemical plants and other heavy industrial facilities typically contain many pneumatically controlled valves, actuators and instruments. Airset…