Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

Commenting on Shell's announcement of its net-zero strategy,

Professor David Elmes, Head of the Global Enenrgy Research Network at Warwick Business School, said:

“Shell’s new strategy today places the company in the growing group of energy companies committing to net zero emissions and move on from being an oil and gas company.

2021 02 11 111229“It’s ticking all the boxes: emissions from their own operations, their own products they sell, and products from other companies they sell too. 

"The plan comes with milestone reductions along the way that are linked to managers’ pay and an energy transition plan put to a shareholder vote every three years.  This reaches a level of transparency and accountability that not all their rivals have committed to.”

“But as a set of the international oil and gas companies move away from fossil fuels, the questions is can they fund the transition.

"Until about five years ago, profits at these companies varied but were generally high enough to pay significant dividends to shareholders – and into the pension funds we all rely on. 

  "There are some big technology bets in Shell’s plans: carbon capture and storage, more biofuels and replacing natural gas with hydrogen.  These need a lot of investment to deliver volume at affordable prices.  There’s also a shift to focusing more on customers: filling stations that serve EVs and helping customers be more efficient by offering energy as a service.

“Shell is a company with the capability to deliver big technology changes and arguably has always kept more directly in touch with customers.

"Today’s plan is certainly a transformation, the question is can they afford it.  When BP launched their new strategy recently, a discussion among shareholders was can they earn enough profits to invest in the changes while keeping investors happy with dividends. It’s that level of detail that Shell needs to provide.”

A new collaborative agreement has been signed that will see Northern Solutions Alaska LLC represent global completions specialist Tendeka in actively promoting sales, installation, and services of its completion products and technologies in the region. 

The two companies have previously worked together on several projects in Alaska which contributed to the introduction and ongoing success of Tendeka’s FloSure  Autonomous Inflow Control Devices (AICD) and most recently its new PulseEight  Electronic Ambient Valve (EAV) technology in Prudhoe Bay.

Paul Guilfoyle, Tendeka’s business development manager for Canada and Alaska, said: “This mutually beneficial arrangement, although in the works for some time, has even more significance today as we adjust to find new ways of working. Tendeka’s regional team and the combination of local experience and support from within Alaska, will ensure that together we can continue to meet the technology requirements of Alaskan operators.  

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“The Northern Solutions team is widely regarded as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable in the region, holding several patents for coil tubing drilling, work over and intervention. Working in partnership with Northern Solutions is a key part of Tendeka’s continuing goal to provide best in class products and service quality for our clients in Alaska.” 

Candice English, Northern Solutions’ owner commented: “We believe that the innovation driven technologies at the core of Tendeka’s portfolio are well aligned with our own approach to bringing custom solutions to solve clients drilling, completion and production challenges.  

“From design and development, to manufacturing and installation and we are excited to bring our own local experience and values to this collaboration.” 

Northern Solutions have machining, fabrication and workshop facilities in Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay that are already qualified to manufacture, assemble and test a range of Tendeka technologies. With wellsite and classroom-based training already underway we have already made an impact with Alaskan operators recognizing the benefits that this agreement brings. 

About Tendeka 

Tendeka is a global specialist in advanced completions, production solutions and sand management for the oil and gas industry. From simple to complex well designs, the company has an extensive track record in enhancing productivity for clients’ reservoirs offshore and onshore. Tendeka invests in research and development, bringing to market disruptive technologies and offering solutions targeted to operators’ specific production challenges. 

Established in 2009 and headquartered in Aberdeen, UK, Tendeka operates in strategically positioned bases, located at global energy hubs including the North Sea, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and USA. 

To find out more, please visit: www.tendeka.com  

AFRY has been working as the owner’s engineer for the 39 MWp Solar PV Power Plant, located in Serei Saophoan, Banteay Meanchey Province in Cambodia, which entered commercial operation on December 15, 2020. This ground-mounted solar photovoltaics project is one of the first large solar PV projects in Cambodia.

2019 11 25 090513The project is owned by Ray Power Supply Co., Ltd, a company fully owned by B. Grimm Power Public Company Limited, Thailand.

AFRY’s assignment has included assistance in project management, design review, and site supervision services during construction and commissioning, and now continues with warranty period services.

“We are very proud to have been part of this important renewable energy development, and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our client, B.Grimm Power on this great achievement. This project is one of the first large solar PV projects in Cambodia and an important project to increase the share of renewable energy generation in the country”, said Petteri Härkki, Regional Director of AFRY.

Did you know?

  • AFRY has been involved in more than 300 solar PV power projects with over 27,000 MW of generating capacity globally.
  • AFRY is one of the largest power sector consulting engineering companies in South East Asia, involved in over 30,000 MW of on-going thermal, hydro and renewable energy projects in the region.
  • AFRY is one of the leading international power sector consulting engineering companies in the Cambodian market, and has been involved in over 20 power generation projects in the country in the last 10 years alone, covering thermal, hydropower, solar and transmission projects. 

About AFRY

AFRY is an international engineering, design and advisory company. We support our clients to progress in sustainability and digitalisation.

We are 17,000 devoted experts within the fields of infrastructure, industry and energy, operating across the world to create sustainable solutions for future generations.

Making Future

www.afry.com

Technology-driven partnership brings together the complementary expertise of the two companies to capture carbon at LafargeHolcim’s cement plants and store it using Schlumberger technologies.

LafargeHolcim and Schlumberger New Energy will explore the development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) solutions. The two companies will study the feasibility of capturing carbon from two LafargeHolcim cement plants, based in Europe and North America, using Schlumberger’s carbon sequestration technologies. This innovative partnership paves the way for both companies to make strong inroads in carbon solutions.

logo slb headerMagali Anderson, Chief Sustainability Officer, LafargeHolcim, commented: “Today’s announcement is further proof of LafargeHolcim’s environmental leadership and commitment to pioneer new solutions to reduce carbon emissions on our journey to become a net zero company. Our partnership with Schlumberger, the world’s leading provider of technology to the global energy industry, will bring new advances in storage that could be replicated at scale across our sites.”

Ashok Belani, Executive Vice President, Schlumberger New Energy, commented: “Partnering with LafargeHolcim is a unique opportunity to work collaboratively and demonstrate that Carbon Capture and Storage can be done safely and at scale. We are quickly expanding our Schlumberger New Energy activities via strategic partnerships across several industrial sectors. This collaboration is an example of an innovative model that joins the world’s global leader in building solutions and the subsurface domain expert to cover all aspects of the Carbon Capture and Storage value chain.”

This collaboration is a step towards developing a blueprint for large-scale deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage solutions in transformational sectors. Schlumberger New Energy is partnering with leaders in a range of strategic sectors to demonstrate carbon solutions across a wide range of projects. LafargeHolcim is piloting more than twenty Carbon Capture projects across Europe and North America to identify the most promising ventures with scale-up potential.

About LafargeHolcim

As the world’s global leader in building solutions, LafargeHolcim is reinventing how the world builds to make it greener and smarter for all. On its way to becoming a net zero company, LafargeHolcim offers global solutions such as ECOPact, enabling carbon-neutral construction. With its circular business model, the company is a global leader in recycling waste as a source of energy and raw materials through products like Susteno, its leading circular cement. Innovation and digitalization are at the core of the company’s strategy, with more than half of its R&D projects dedicated to greener solutions. LafargeHolcim’s 70,000 employees are committed to improving quality of life across more than 70 markets through its four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

About Schlumberger New Energy

Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology to the global energy industry. Schlumberger New Energy explores new avenues of growth by leveraging Schlumberger’s intellectual and business capital in emerging markets, with a focus on low-carbon and carbon-neutral energy technologies. Its activities include ventures in the domains of hydrogen, lithium, carbon capture and sequestration, geothermal power and geoenergy for heating and cooling buildings.

Combilift officially launched the latest addition to its product portfolio in a virtual press conference on February 3rd. The NEW Aisle Master-OP (AME-OP) is a pioneering stand-on electric powered model that combines the advantages of a narrow aisle articulated forklift and an order picker for versatile operation in warehousing applications.

The development of this model was influenced by customer feedback - as has often been the case with Combilift’s innovations - as well as the recent soaring growth of e-commerce. “Customers already using the Aisle Master for space saving, storage and efficiency in their warehouse asked if we could redevelop the Aisle Master to meet their ever-growing demand for order picking customised orders”, said Combilift CEO Martin McVicar.

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Research & Development carried out in 2019 & 2020 has created the Aisle Master-OP. The main feature of this unit is the step-through operator compartment which has design copyright protection (European Design Registration No. 002676809-0001) across multiple markets worldwide. The low floor height of just 280mm (11”) enables convenient, single step access from both sides of the truck which speeds up order picking compared to the operator having to get on and off from a seated position. The AME-OP truck has all the key advantages of the conventional Aisle Master - indoor/outdoor, for loading/offloading and for stock replenishment at other times during shifts when order picking is complete.

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The Aisle Master-OP is available in a number of variants, with lift capacities from 1,500kg to 2,500kg, lift heights up to 12.1m and can operate in aisles as narrow as 1650mm.  It features a patented chain steering system (EU Patent No. 3008008), which allows the truck to articulate more than 205°, with an inline drive motor and front drive axle assembly, all of which enable narrower aisle operation. The multifunctional programmable joy stick control lever in the operator compartment, which includes controls for the hydraulics and traction, is adjustable to enable comfortable and ergonomic working conditions for operators of all sizes. The Operator Presence Detection floor pad engages the parking brake automatically when the operator steps off the truck to carry out Order Picking.

“Before we officially launch any new model, Combilift carry out extensive field testing on customer’s sites, this was the case with the Aisle Master-OP”, said Martin McVicar. The AME-OP is now a production model within Combilift, with units currently in build for customers in the United States and in New Zealand - one of which is Sorted Logistics based in Christchurch New Zealand, a third-party logistics provider and freight forwarder who will be receiving eight AME-OP units shortly.

“This is a major innovation in the warehousing sector,” added Martin, “and the versatility to use the one Aisle Master for multiple applications - narrow aisle operation, truck to rack handling, bulk picking and item order picking - will result in strong demand for this new product in our home and export markets around the world.”       

Video Link to AME-OP in operation  https://youtu.be/ze5_5D1r3vE

AME-OP Landing page: https://combilift.com/aisle-master-op/

Crowley and Watco are partnering to create a single-source terminal and supply chain management solution to support the emerging offshore wind industry.

With the growing number of wind projects planned for U.S. waters, the partnership brings together industry-leading project management and logistics experts who can provide a “one-stop-shop” for owners, operators, and local port authorities in support of the offshore wind industry.

2021 02 09 150637“This partnership will provide turnkey services for the offshore wind industry in the area of terminal management,” said Lynda Patterson, senior vice president of Logistics, Watco. “Crowley and Watco will work together to leverage our respective expertise in logistics, project management, and energy support to create innovative solutions to meet full lifecycle project needs. “

Watco will use its skillset in onshore wind terminal management and ongoing relationships with OEMs to develop state-of-the-art terminal management offerings for the offshore wind industry. Watco and Crowley will collaborate to provide customized terminal design, project management, warehousing, logistics, supply chain management and equipment maintenance through their commercial expertise and curated supply chain networks.

Crowley will provide its offshore logistics offerings through the utilization of its Jones Act-compliant fleet of vessels, engineering services and cross-over expertise in oil and gas. This includes the design and operation of service operation vessels (SOVs), crew transfer vessels (CTVs), turbine maintenance, offshore substation repair and maintenance, and additional services necessary to sustain offshore wind energy operations.

“Crowley and Watco are partnering to deliver safe, reliable, comprehensive lifecycle services for the offshore wind sector,” said Jeff Andreini, vice president, New Energy division, Crowley. “We understand that wind power companies entering the U.S. market have big needs, including infrastructure and supply chain. We’ve engineered high performing equipment and logistics offerings to answer their needs, anchored by decades of experience to solve the challenges of both.” 

Both Watco and Crowley are proud to be family-owned with uncompromising regard for safety, people, customers, and the environment.

About Crowley

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley Holdings Inc. is the parent company of the 129-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, a privately-held, family- and employee-owned company that provides worldwide logistics, government, marine and energy solutions. Crowley operates with four business units: Crowley Logistics, a supply chain management division that includes logistics and ocean liner cargo transportation services; Crowley Shipping, which encompasses ownership, operations and management of conventional and dual fuel vessels, including tankers, container ships, multipurpose tugboats and barges; sustainable energy solutions for the emerging offshore wind and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sectors; engineering; project management; naval architecture and vessel construction management; Crowley Fuels, a fuel transportation, distribution and sales division in Alaska; and Crowley Solutions, which focuses on global government services and program management including, ship management, expeditionary logistics, technology solutions, energy solutions and freight transportation and logistics services.  Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found at www.crowley.com.

About Watco

Watco Companies, LLC, is a leading transportation service and logistics company. Meeting customer needs on a day-to-day basis has enabled Watco to continually grow throughout our nearly 40-year history. Today, Watco provides transportation; material handling and warehousing; design and development; repair and custom projects for customers throughout North America and Australia. For more information, visit watco.com.

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Coker pump design

Optimizing processing performance and reliability in refineries

Delayed coker units (DCUs) occupy the lower reaches of the oil refining strategy, upgrading the residue from other parts of the plant. Especially important in the processing of heavy crude, these units provide significant revenue for the business by maximizing the amount of saleable products from the original volume of crude oil. Throughout the delayed coker plant, pumps of various designs are used to transport high temperature, corrosive fluids through the process.

Scott Graham, Global Product Portfolio Manager - Oil & Gas for Sulzer, looks at the pumps involved in DCUs and how their design affects process reliability and efficiency.

Of the three main types of coker used in oil refineries, the delayed coker is the most common. It supports a non-catalytic thermal process that converts a wide range of residues into high value liquid products such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), heavy coker gas oil (HCGO), light coker gas oil (LCGO) and almost pure carbon residue, known as coke, which is also further processed for use in other industries.

The feed material for the DCU is typically the residue from the vacuum distillation tower and often includes other heavy oils. It is heated and sent to one of the coke drums at a temperature between 450 and 500 °C (840 and 930 °F), where typical overhead pressures range from 2 to 8 bar (30 to 115 psia). Under these conditions, cracking occurs and the lighter oil fractions are separated into gas, petroleum and other high value liquids.

A solid coke residue is also produced and remains in the drum before being removed by a high pressure water lance. While this process is being completed, the feed material is directed to the second drum and the process is repeated.

A typical coker charge pump would be a 2-stage radially split pump, API 610 type BB2A typical coker charge pump would be a 2-stage radially split pump, API 610 type BB2

Specialist engineering

Within this process each pump has a specific purpose that requires certain characteristics to retain reliable operation. Depending on the application, the pumps need to meet a variety of design criteria and this requires specialist engineering to deliver the necessary durability in arduous conditions.

From the outset, all process pumps operating in a refinery setting are normally required to meet the current edition of API 610 standard. After that, individual applications will dictate the exact specifications. The coker charge pump would typically be a 2-stage radially split pump, API 610 type BB2, capable of operating at around 370 °C (700 °F) and discharge pressure around 42 bar (600 psi). More importantly, the pump needs to be capable of operating over a wide flowrate while maintaining maximum reliability.

Operating at these higher temperatures means that internal wear part clearances are slightly more than those seen in other applications. However, in this situation the power is lost as heat energy to the fluid, reducing load on the furnace.

Material considerations

One of the major challenges for the coker charge pump is the coke particles that are entrained in the liquid. To prevent the larger particles from choking the eye of the impeller, pumps can be equipped with coke crushers, which reduce the size of the particles and allow them to pass through the impeller.

Predominantly, coker charge pumps are manufactured using API C-6 and A-8 materials, but for naphthenic crudes, 317L stainless steel can be used for its high strength and corrosion resistance. However, 317L is not dimensionally stable when pressurized at high temperatures, allowing wear ring clearances and other toleranced dimensions to become distorted.

An experienced pump manufacturer can resolve this shortcoming by implementing a dimensional stabilizing heat treatment process on 317L casings and pump case covers that are destined for high temperature service.

Close cooperation between the refinery, the engineering procurement construction (EPC) provider and the pump supplier is essential to establish the most effective design of coker charge pump. Agreeing on materials, abrasive service levels, specialized coatings and bearing systems is a vital aspect to developing the most appropriate pump design.

Jet cutting pump

The coke that remains in the drum is periodically removed and during this process the feed material is directed to another drum. Once the coke has been steamed and cooled, high pressure water jets are used to loosen the coke and wash it out of the bottom of the drum.

Jet cutting pumps are high pressure units, around 4’300 psi (300 bar) with a flow rate typically 150 m3/hr (660 GPM) to 300 m3/hr (1320 GPM) and therefore require multi-stage, barrel type diffuser design, API 610 type BB5. All the impellers are stacked in a row and the axial thrust is balanced by a large diameter balance drum.

The water that is used to remove the coke is filtered and recycled back to the jet cutting pump. This means it is possible for some coke particles to pass through the pump, causing accelerated wear, especially on the balance drum, which can dramatically affect efficiency and axial thrust.

Remedial actions

One of the primary indicators of balance drum wear is the temperature of the thrust bearing; a reading over 240 °F (115 °C) indicates that action is required and that coke cutting efficiency has been reduced. Maintenance can be needed every few months. However, this interval can be significantly extended by working with an expert in specialized coatings.

By installing hard-facing coatings in high velocity areas, it is possible to extend this maintenance period to years, rather than months. But, the process of preparing the base material and applying these coatings requires considerable expertise and knowledge of materials science.

A specialized coating enhances the performance of a component, but each one is different and the processes to apply them vary as well. Only through years of experience and expertise in the metallurgical properties, the application technology and quality control procedures, can a reliable and durable protective system be realized.

Performance through partnership

Every pumping application within the setting of a refinery has unique challenges. By working in partnership with an experienced manufacturer, such as Sulzer, it is possible to optimize the performance of existing assets and streamline the process to design and deliver replacements. Furthermore, as a specialist maintenance provider, Sulzer can also provide expert support for a wide variety of rotating equipment, improving reliability and efficiency.

With a wide range of API 610 pump designs, Sulzer engineers each pump to suit an individual application, ensuring optimized efficiency and reliability. With a worldwide network of manufacturing and maintenance centers, the company offers unrivalled support the oil and gas sector.

About Sulzer

Sulzer is a global leader in fluid engineering. We specialize in pumping, agitation, mixing, separation and application technologies for fluids of all types. Our customers benefit from our commitment to innovation, performance and quality and from our responsive network of 180 world-class production facilities and service centers across the globe. Sulzer has been headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since 1834. In 2019, our 16’500 employees delivered revenues of CHF 3.7 billion. Our shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: SUN). www.sulzer.com.

The first UNTHA XR mobil-e waste shredder is now in operation in Poland, following an investment by the ever-expanding scrap metal specialist, Polcopper (S4F).

The 37-tonne mobile machine made the 1000km journey from UNTHA’s innovation centre in Salzburg, Austria, to Śmigiel, back in the summer, when it was used for a series of live shredding trials. And the family-run Polcopper (S4F) team was so impressed with the technology’s capabilities, that they immediately purchased the demonstration unit.

During this test period, they put the XR3000C mobil-e through its paces, shredding copper cables at a rate of 21 tonnes per hour, and achieving throughput rates of 25 tonnes per hour when handling auto interiors. But the machine’s ability to process the notoriously difficult tyre waste stream also caught their attention.

Polcopper (S4F) shredded large volumes of car and truck tyres, per hour, with a 90mm screen. And having now invested in the machine on a permanent basis, the business hopes to continually transform end-of-life tyres for recycling or energy recovery.

With rapidly evolving demand from its global trade partners, Polcopper (S4F) also has the ability to handle a range of wider commercial and industrial waste streams, including high value scrap metal applications.

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Commenting on the investment, UNTHA Polska’s business development manager Taner Topcu said: “There are currently more than 200 XR waste shredders in operation globally, and many customers opt for the mobile version due to the added flexibility – and movability – it offers. But Polcopper (S4F) has proven its reputation as an industry ground-breaker, by being the first company in Poland to invest in this world-renowned machine.

“We know that ‘seeing is believing’ and this trial evidenced this. Polcopper (S4F) colleagues were able to experience our slow-speed, high performance single shaft shredder in action, and they could see how easy it was to switch applications and achieve different output sizes according to customer specifications. They could hear that it ran with low noise too, which is particularly important as operators strive to better protect employee health and safety. And they could speak to our own engineers about the purposefully-designed low maintenance and energy efficiency of the machine.”

Following the summer trial, the XR returned to UNTHA’s Austrian HQ to be fully refurbished and returned to the customer for commissioning. But supplied on tracks with an in-built discharge conveyor, overband magnet and two 132kW motors, this electric-driven shredder was operational following little more than a ‘plug and play’ set-up.

“Everything about the XR is designed with the customer in mind,” continued Taner. “High throughputs, low wear, maximum operational flexibility and low whole life running costs, lead to maximum ease of use, environmental progress and – ultimately – greater profitability. Many of our machines pay for themselves in as little as 18 months.”

UNTHA’s head of global sales, Peter Streinik, added: “2020 has shown us just how hard the waste and recycling industry works, worldwide, so everything we do is designed to improve our customers’ operations, so that they can concentrate on running their business – safe in the knowledge they will avoid costly downtime, while achieving an on-specification shred, every time, with minimal fuss.”

Mr Piotr Rusiecki, the owner of Polcopper (S4F) elaborated: “I decided to buy the UNTHA XR as this machine is one of the few on the market which is mobile and universally capable of processing a range of materials – usually in one pass operation without pre-treatment.”

The XR waste shredder – currently available with four key cutting concepts and hundreds of individual cutting configurations – was launched to the market in 2015, to help customers turn more ‘wastes’ into valuable resources.

This diversion of waste from landfill strategy has seen the team help convert municipal solid wastes (MSW), plus commercial and industrial (C&I) wastes into alternative fuels for the global Energy from Waste market.

But ongoing engineering advancements at UNTHA’s innovation centre means the XR has gone on to achieve far more. For example, its metal separation capabilities and the sophisticated liberation of ferrous materials that would often otherwise remain ‘locked’ within wastes such as tyres and WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), have seen the XR excel in the scrap industry too. It can also effectively shred waste wood for biomass, green waste, hazardous waste, mattresses, textiles, carpets, production waste, pulper ropes, MRF residue and more.

The UNTHA XR mobil-e is available for trials and reference visits worldwide. Please visit https://www.untha.com/pl for more information.

Polcopper is a world-renowned brand within the scrap metal sector, combining traditional family values with a true appetite for innovation. The group company employs 200 people across 27 brand offices and commercial sites throughout Poland. S4F is the subsidiary business operating the new XR.

As part of a strategic partnership, BASF and Siemens Energy plan to accelerate commercial implementation of new technologies designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions. By combining BASF’s technological expertise with Siemens Energy’s innovative product and services portfolio, BASF aims to extend its leading role in lowering CO2 emissions in chemical production. Several pilot projects at its Ludwigshafen site are under discussion. BASF’s headquarters is one of the largest chemical production sites in the world.

  • Strategic partnership for industrial use of low-CO2 technologies
  • Study of concrete projects for BASF’s Ludwigshafen site
  • Focus on hydrogen production, heat pumps and power grid upgrade

2014 08 15 071746 basf red logoPossible pilot projects include the construction of a PEM (proton exchange membrane) electrolyzer for hydrogen production with an output of 50 megawatts with the possibility of modular capacity expansions  and the installation of a high-temperature 50 megawatts thermal heat pump for generating process steam from waste heat in a production plant. In addition, a modernization of the power grid at the Ludwigshafen site using digital and CO2-optimized products from Siemens Energy is being evaluated. Furthermore, a study is underway to assess the potential for common system and catalytic converter development in an effort to boost the efficiency of electrolysis plants (PEM electrolysis) and for collaboration in generating electricity from wind energy.

Dr. Christian Bruch, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Energy AG: “BASF is in a leading position in the chemical industry and is a pioneer in the area of innovation for climate-compatible production of chemicals. Numerous future technologies are still at an early stage of development. By joining forces with BASF, we want to exploit the experience gained in pilot projects as a basis for implementation of new technologies and concepts and thus play an active role in shaping the energy transition in the process industry. Our strategic objective, in our role as a reliable and experienced partner for all types of energy systems, is to help address the growing demand for goods and services and at the same time contribute towards achieving the climate protection targets on our path to a more sustainable world.”

Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE: “By cooperating with Siemens Energy, we stand to benefit from the expertise of a first-class partner for implementing our carbon management, a partner with whom we can accomplish projects of a commercial scale. At BASF, we want to develop and implement new low-CO2 technologies as quickly as possible. If we want to use such technologies on a large scale, we will need appropriate regulatory framework conditions and targeted support. We need renewable electricity in large quantities for this, and we need it at competitive prices.”

BASF has sought further reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the scope of its Carbon Management since 2018. Until the year 2030, the absolute level of BASF’s emissions is targeted not to exceed that of 2018. With a planned substantial increase in production volumes, this means a further reduction of the emission intensity by around 30% in this period. In tandem with the availability of newly developed technologies and the increased use of renewable energies, BASF also aims to further reduce its emissions in absolute terms beyond the year 2030. This will lead to a significant increase in BASF’s demand for electricity from renewable sources.

BASF and Siemens Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding for their strategic partnership, which will focus above all on supporting the chemical company in achieving its ambitious climate targets. For Siemens Energy, the partnership represents a further key step toward pursuing its strategic goals, namely low-emission or emission-free generation of electricity and heat, transmission and storage of electricity, a smaller carbon footprint and lower energy consumption in industrial processes as well as shaping a sustainable hydrogen economy.

BASF and Siemens Energy will strive to study the pilot projects identified for technical and commercial feasibility as soon as possible in order to be able to reliably quantify the investments needed and to launch the implementation of the pilot projects within the scope of the currently prevailing framework conditions.

Emerson Users Exchange Live 2021 EMEA online conference offers new insights and innovations that are driving performance improvements for manufacturers

Emerson Users Exchange Live 2021 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will highlight practical innovations and solutions to help industrial manufacturers achieve performance improvements by running their operations smarter, safer and more sustainably. With the 2021 event being held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of delegates will be able to attend more than 120 online presentations taking place live over three days, from March 29 to 31.

The conference will feature more than 70 case studies presented by end users. These will provide vital insights into how Emerson customers have achieved measurable business value, increased safety and enhanced their environmental sustainability through the adoption of easily scalable innovations such as remote collaboration, predictive maintenance and personnel safety-focused monitoring. In addition, there will also be deep-dive perspectives and the latest insights from automation and software experts and manufacturing leaders on how to rethink processes, identify new efficiencies, reduce costs and reach higher levels of performance.

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Keynote speakers will include Jos Berkien, automation technology manager at global specialty chemicals company Nouryon; Richard Mortimer, vice-president of engineering at BP; and Frank Wouters, global lead for green hydrogen at engineering company Worley. Emerson keynote presenters include Roel van Doren, president, Emerson Europe, and Vidya Ramnath, president, Emerson Middle East and Africa.

“At Emerson, our goal is to drive innovation that makes the world healthier, safer, smarter and more sustainable, and this objective will be reflected across the content of Emerson Users Exchange Live,” said Roel van Doren. “The global health crisis has accelerated the need for digital transformation strategies and technologies to keep the process and manufacturing industries running safely, and Emerson Users Exchange will focus on how these strategies and technologies can be leveraged to optimise operational performance.”

Free to Emerson customers, Emerson Users Exchange Live offers both live and on-demand product technology roadmaps, meet the expert sessions, subject matter expert office hours, user case studies, industry forums and product demonstrations, all offering opportunities for Emerson customers to stay engaged and up to date on the company’s latest technologies and services, as well as future innovations.

The Emerson Users Exchange Live follows the company’s recent users event in the Americas, Exchange Virtual Series, which began in November 2020 and continues through to March 2021. For more information and to register for the Emerson Users Exchange Live go to EmersonExchange.org/EMEA.

About Emerson 
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets. Our Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid and discrete manufacturers maximise production, protect personnel and the environment while optimising their energy and operating costs. Our Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit Emerson.com.

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