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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Perstorp declares force majeure due to power failure in Germany

BRUCHHAUSEN, GERMANY: Due to a power failure at Perstorp’s plant in Bruchhausen, the company has been forced to temporarily close parts of its production. This affects Perstorp's calcium formate production and it has declared force majeure as regards to deliveries of ProPhorce AC200 and calcium formate.
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Air Liquide to sell welding subsidiary to Lincoln Electric

PARIS, FRANCE: Air Liquide SA has signed an agreement with Lincoln Electric France SAS to sell Air Liquide Welding, its subsidiary specialised in the manufacture of welding and cutting technologies.
Both parties expect the transaction to be completed in the second half of 2017.
This agreement follows the exclusive negotiations agreement announced on 2 March with Lincoln Electric, the world leader in design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc-welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment.
Lincoln Electric France SAS is a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc (LECO).
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BASF construction chemicals used to build world's largest solar plant

OUARZAZATE, MOROCCO: BASF said that its construction chemicals are used in the construction of the concentrated solar power system in the Noor solar complex, Morocco, North Africa.
Several BASF products were used in the construction of this project such as concrete admixtures, grout, mortars, sealants, and joint water-resistant sealants.
The requirements for the construction of the world’s largest solar plant were varied and very specific. The material had to conform to construction specifications and provide high early strength development. It was also necessary to take into consideration the desert area where the complex is being built, namely sand, clay, and high temperatures. Additionally, and taking safety into consideration, it was necessary to comply with strict criteria in terms of final strength and durability of the concrete in its hardened state.
With solutions tailored to the requirements of the Noor project, the BASF Construction Chemicals division proposed high-performance concrete products as well as grouting. BASF MasterGlenium Sky 671 superplasticizer provides a new generation of concrete with extended workability at high temperatures and ensures high strength and stability of the mirrors’ structure. Due to the product’s good stability and resistance to exterior conditions and reaction to sand, it maintains the high mechanical performance of the concentrated solar power system.
BASF MasterFlow 765 grout solutions protect the base of the solar panel from vibration and any harsh conditions, providing ultra-high strength, fatigue-resistant cement, making solar energy projects more cost effective during installation, and more durable and secure over the entire lifetime of the solar complex.
In cooperation with BASF, special tests were performed resulting in the selection of the most effective type of concrete and grout as well as the suitable application method for the products used in the construction of the solar complex.
BASF offers unique solutions for the construction of the largest concentrated solar complex in the world in the Moroccan desert and proactively participates in producing enough energy to power over one million homes by 2018 whilst at the same time lowering carbon emissions. By the end of its construction, the complex will cover an area of about 30 km² and produce energy of roughly 500 Megawatt.
“We are proud that we are able to contribute our innovative solutions and know-how to help our customers master the challenges of this complex construction project,” said Andres Monroy, managing director, BASF Northwest Africa.
“These challenges can be mastered extremely effectively using the broad product portfolio and flexible solutions of Master Builders Solutions designed by BASF’s construction chemicals division, products that have proven to be beneficial for complex projects all over the world,” said Christophe Xavier Chuche, Director of BASF construction chemicals Morocco.
“For most of the big projects, customers benefit from the broad experience and connectedness of our experts in Africa and Europe, and they receive a comprehensive package of services and advice. This simplifies the construction process and ensures timely completion even of time-critical projects,” added Adil El Maaiche, BASF’s admixture systems manager in Morocco.
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Innophos appoints new SVP for manufacturing, engineering, EH&S

CRANBURY, US: Innophos Holdings Inc (IPHS) has appointed Mark Santangelo as senior vice president (SVP), manufacturing, engineering, and environment, health & safety (EH&S) effective 1 May. Santangelo will have responsibility for Innophos' global manufacturing, engineering, and EH&S organisations across all business lines.  He will report directly to Innophos' chairman, president and CEO, Kim Ann Mink, PhD.
Most recently he was vice president, global manufacturing and supply chain at Arizona Chemical Company. Prior to Arizona Chemicals, Santangelo spent more than 30 years at Ashland Inc., which was an $8 billion international speciality chemical company.
“Santangelo is an impact-driven executive with strong commercial and market orientation and relevant experience in the food, health and nutrition markets. In addition, his M&A track record further bolsters the depth of due diligence and integration experience on our executive team. I am confident that Mark will be a driving force in our transformation as we continue to execute on our three strategic pillars of operational excellence, commercial excellence and strategic growth.  Mark's experience perfectly aligns with our recently announced Vision 2022,” said Dr Mink.
"I am extremely excited to be joining the Innophos team. My focus will be on ensuring that the Company's manufacturing footprint is optimised to support our strategic mandates of defending our core speciality phosphates business, while we concurrently grow through acquisition in the food, health and nutrition markets. I plan to build upon the strength of the Innophos organisation and leverage my global manufacturing and operational excellence experience,” said Santangelo.
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BP to sell 50 pc stake in SECCO for $1.68 billion

LONDON, UK: BP PLC has agreed to sell its 50 percent stake in Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Company Limited (SECCO) to China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), BP’s joint venture partner, for a total consideration of $1.68 billion.
SECCO is currently owned by BP (50 percent), Sinopec (30 percent) and Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited (20 percent), in which Sinopec holds a majority interest.
Based in Shanghai, China, SECCO is a major producer of olefins - ethylene and propylene - together with polymers and other derivatives including polyethylene, polypropylene, acrylonitrile styrene, polystyrene, butadiene and other products.
The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
“This decision aligns our petrochemicals business in China with our global focus on areas where BP has leading proprietary technologies and competitive advantage. China is a key region for our chemicals business and BP will continue to look for opportunities to build on our position in the country,” said Rita Griffin, chief operating officer, BP global petrochemicals.
“BP has been committed to doing business in China for more than four decades. Looking into the future, we plan to continue to invest in China in areas that provide the best growth opportunities for BP, our Chinese partners and the country,” said Dr Xiaoping Yang, BP China president.
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Total acquires data management company in France

PARIS, FRANCE: Total Energy Ventures (TEV), the venture capital arm of Total SA has acquired an interest in Xee, an open platform that collects, processes and manages data from connected vehicles.
Founded in Lille, France, in 2012, Xee creates value for its clients optimising their operations and suggesting them new offerings. Potential customers include auto service centres and vehicle fleet managers who want to develop predictive maintenance solutions, insurers looking to provide pay-as-you-drive solutions, and businesses interested in real-time marketing.
This funding round will enable Xee to accelerate the commercial deployment of its platform begun in 2016, invest to maintain its technological lead and expand the use of artificial intelligence to manage the data. Total will sit on the company’s board of directors as an observer.
“Acquiring this stake enhances TEV’s portfolio of digital solutions. Connecting cars to the cloud is an important building block for the mobility of the future. Xee stands out from its competitors through the wide range of vehicle models and brands covered by its platform and the quantity of data collected and analysed,” said Philippe Sauquet, executive vice president, strategy & innovation, Total.
“We, therefore, want to support the growth of this data management platform, which both creates new relationships with vehicle owners and improves user experience in the long term,” added Sauquet.
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TechnipFMC bags EPC contract for Zakum sulphate reduction plant

LONDON, UK/ PARIS, FRANCE/ HOUSTON, US: TechnipFMC (FTI) has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPC3 project) by Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) for a sulphate reduction plant on West Island Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The objective of the EPC3 project is the installation of a sulphate reduction plant module (SRP) along with new installations and tie-in to existing facilities in West Island. The SRP module incorporates cutting edge water treatment technologies with advanced filtration and nanofiltration systems. These systems are used for water injection into Upper Zakum western areas reservoir tight structure, which requires high-quality water with less sulphate content and particle size.
“We are extremely proud of this award which demonstrates our long-standing commitment to ZADCO as well as our sustainable development strategy in line with the UAE vision to maximise national content,” said Nello Uccelletti, president of TechnipFMC’s onshore/offshore business.
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