November 27, 2013

November News Roundup

My apologies for the lack of news. Attending three conferences in a month plus a newsletter deadline has taken its toll, and therefore the coughing and sniffling continues (despite trying to cure it with some after-thanksgiving shopping).

I am gathering all information I had from recent conferences and hopefully I can share some of them in the blog although most of it I have already written on the November BioMaterials newsletter (subscription required). In the meantime, here are press releases I have compiled in the month of November/late October excluding earnings reports.

Avantium, CompactGTL partnership
CompactGTL and Avantium announce their successful collaboration in Fischer-Tropsch and syngas-to-products chemistry. The work was done as part of CompactGTL’s programme of continuous improvement and was executed at the laboratories of Avantium in Amsterdam. CompactGTL is a UK based company, backed by Coller Capital, which has developed the world’s only industry approved and operating, small scale, modular GTL technology that handles the problem of associated and stranded gas.

Kemira, Wilmar in dimer wax JV
Kemira Oyj and Wilmar International Limited have, through their subsidiaries, signed a joint venture (JV) agreement for the manufacture of AKD wax in China in two joint ventures. The JV entities in China will be owned 50-50 and will integrate the current facilities of Kemira in Yanzhou and the relevant Wilmar facilities in Lianyungang. Closing of the transaction is currently expected to take place in the third quarter of 2014. Wilmar is a global leading producer of stearic acid, which is the key raw material for AKD production. The JV will be an expansion down the oleochemicals value chain for Wilmar.

Biogas from Sasol, GE wastewater tech
Sasol and General Electric’s GE Power & Water have developed new water technology that will clean waste water, while also providing biogas as a by-product for power generation. This new technology, known as Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Technology (AnMBR), will be further developed at a new demonstration plant at Sasol’s R&D Campus at its Sasol One Site in Sasolburg. Sasol currently uses aerobic microbes to treat GTL and coal-to-liquids (CTL) effluents in ORYX GTL, Qatar and Synfuels, Secunda facilities.

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