Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Aker Solutions Wins Carbon Capture Study Contracts From Yara and Norcem - 26/04/2017

Aker Solutions Wins Carbon Capture Study Contracts From Yara and Norcem

Aker Solutions won strategically important contracts for concept studies for carbon capture at Yara's ammonia plant on Her√łya and Norcem's cement production facility in Brevik, Norway.

Norcem and Yara are among three companies in the running to receive funding from the Norwegian government to build and operate a full-scale carbon capture plant at their respective facilities. The government aims to fund at least one of the plants, which would be operational by 2022.

"Perfecting carbon capture will be key to meeting global climate goals," said Luis Araujo, chief executive officer at Aker Solutions. "The confidence placed in us by both Yara and Norcem shows we are taking a leading role in this crucial technological push."     

Aker Solutions has previously carried out extensive testing with a pilot capture plant at the factory in Brevik. The results were so promising that Norcem selected Aker Solutions' technology to be used for a potential facility at the cement factory in Southeast Norway.

The study for Norcem will design a carbon capture plant that's integrated with the cement factory, including a process to turn the CO2 into liquid and storage facilities that can be used before shipping. The plant will have a capacity of about 400,000 tons of CO2 a year. The Yara study will design and develop a capture plant for the reformer flue gas and will also include liquefaction. Both concept studies are set to be completed in September this year.

Norway's Gassnova last week announced the kick-off of the concept studies as part of a goal to establish a complete carbon capture and storage (CCS) chain, including capture, transport and permanent storage, by 2022. The concept phase will also seek to establish more accurate cost estimates. The next phase in the process will involve front-end engineering design (FEED) work until around mid-2018 before an investment decision is made by the Norwegian government in the first half of 2019.

Aker Solutions has since 2008 developed and qualified an improved carbon capture technology, investing extensively in research and development, testing and operations. The company has gathered experience through design, construction and two years of operations of the amine plant at Technology Centre Mongstad and carried out extensive tests in the U.S., the UK and Norway using its mobile carbon capture pilot plant. The Paris climate agreement has spurred increased international interest from several industries, including ammonia and cement production.

"Aker Solutions can now offer carbon capture plants at lower costs and with less energy demand using a new non-corrosive and environmentally-friendly solvent that has very low degradation," said Oscar Graff, who heads Aker Solutions' CCS efforts. "The solvent is very robust and can be used for various types of flue gases and gives minimum emissions and waste products."

80:20 welcomes new Director - 26/04/2017

80:20 welcomes new Director

Procurement specialist 80:20, a Peterson company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirk Hoffman as Director for the Americas region.

Based in 80:20’s Houston offices, Kirk is looking to expand the company’s offering in Central and South America as part of his role.

Kirk joins the 80:20 team from Rowan Companies, where he was Director of Logistics. He has previously held posts as Head of Americas for Hansa Heavy Lift, and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Helix Energy Solutions Group and brings with him extensive knowledge of the field as well as an appetite to find improved efficiencies across the supply chain.

Kirk’s business background is also supported by his career in the United States Coast Guard, where he served as an officer for nine years.

Coming out of in-house supply chain leadership roles, Kirk can see the benefit that outsourced procurement can provide companies. 

He explained: “I am delighted to be joining 80:20. The business’ ethos means we meet new challenges with enthusiasm and that is contagious.

“80:20 gladly takes reasonable risk away from the client, and absorb and manage it, so that clients can focus on what they do best. Our client’s success is our success.”

Kirk is confident that the procurement company can relieve the pressure on supply chain groups by taking on much of the higher volume, lower value spend, and deliver it at better prices, passing on cost savings and increased efficiencies to the energy industry.

He added: “80:20’s entrepreneurial spirit and lack of bureaucracy makes it easy to make improvements and deliver value for our clients.  We must save our clients’ money and deliver on our promises.”

80:20 will also handle the receiving, inspection, OS&D, and delivery functions, which are often regarded as major burdens on a supply chain group.  The procurement work carried out is completed with a lower administrative burden and reduced risk than if clients were doing it in-house. 

Kirk explained, “With the supply chain group letting us handle the daily issues, they can then focus on the high value, highly technical, mission critical items that they should be focused on. 

“It is important to note that we are not seeking to take anyone’s job.  We are seeking to free up supply chain personnel to focus on the big tasks while we manage the other tasks.” 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

StocExpo Europe 2017 Hailed a Major Success - 12/04/2017

StocExpo Europe 2017 Hailed a Major Success

StocExpo Europe 2017, the world’s leading international event for the tank terminal industry, celebrated a triumphant return to Rotterdam last month. The show, which successfully launched the inaugural Tank Storage Awards, and unveiled a brand-new conference format, has been hailed a massive success, with an 8 per cent increase in visitor numbers since the 2016 edition in Antwerp.

Nick Powell, Divisional Director for the Easyfairs StocExpo &Tank Storage Portfolio, commented: “What a show. It doesn’t seem possible to have fitted so much into just three days, but somehow, we managed it. By every measure, we had our most successful show to date. We increased visitor numbers, featured over 200 internationally renowned suppliers, hosted over 16 hours of educational content in our revamped conference programme, and had nearly two thirds of exhibitors rebook for next year. I am thrilled with the level of interest from the industry, and the obvious desire for a show like this. We now move onto Dubai for StocExpo Middle East Africa where we expect to see the same level of success.”   

Delegates were treated to a new conference format designed to boost networking. All sessions started with ‘speed networking’, maximising networking opportunities with industry peers. On top of this it featured seven expert panel sessions, hosting over 30 speakers from oil majors, tank terminals and financial institutions. Speaker, Luis Sala, Managing Director at TEPSA, commented on the new conference format: “It is the best programme in Europe focussed on the terminal business.”

Visitors to the Ahoy, Rotterdam, were provided with unique access to over 200 leading suppliers, partners and industry associations, spanning the entire bulk liquid spectrum. With nearly 50 per cent of the showfloor launching new products to the market, there was plenty to see and discuss. The show also introduced a new smart badge system, which enabled visitors to register their interest in an exhibitor’s stand, and then receive a summary email at the end of each day with links to the products and services, thus eliminating the need to carry around heavy brochures.

Visitor, Tony Woodward, Operations Manager at Oikos Storage Limited, explained why he felt the 2017 edition of StocExpo Europe was such a triumph: “It was a well organised event, and the new ‘smart badge’ touch and go system is excellent. The conference was very good, and the venue has great facilities.”

Alwin Held, CEO at Tripl-A Projects, agreed: “I support start-ups in the tank industry and search for innovative ideas. StocExpo Europe was a good show and great for networking.”

The inaugural Global Tank Storage Awards ceremony was held at the end of day two of the show, taking place at the Floating Pavilion. It celebrated the achievements of terminal operators, ports, equipment suppliers and individuals making a difference in the bulk liquid sector. Loadtec Engineered Systems took home ‘Best Technology Provider’, LBC Cepsa won ‘Most Efficient Storage Terminal’, ‘Individual Achievement’ went to Ellen Ruhotas, Managing Director at Ratio Group, and Elios by Flyability was crowned ‘Most Innovative Technology’.

The sold-out ceremony and gala dinner has received critical acclaim from its 180 attendees. Thomas Overbeck, CEO at Timm Elektronik, praised the debut Awards, saying: “Professional organisation, a knowledgeable audience and highly qualified judges made this event high scale, and gave the award winners good recognition and broad acceptance for their individual products and performances. It was an impressive event.”

Other show floor activity included the ‘Best in Show’ awards, designed to recognise StocExpo Europe exhibitors. It saw Agidens pick up the award for Best Stand, Emerson Automation Solutions collect the award for Best Entertainment for their Easter chicken themed party, whilst Implico was selected for Best Pre-Show Marketing Campaign.

Exhibitor, John Delaney, VP at CST Covers, commented on his company’s show experience. “StocExpo Europe had good attendees, with meaningful questions and a genuine interest. It was successful for us, as we have some great meetings and interest out of it.”

Sonia Grijpstra-Muir, Owner at Ragworm by Jetset Hydro International, agreed: “StocExpo Europe 2017 proved yet again to be worthwhile exhibiting at. New connections were made, so compliments to the organisers. See you all next year!”