Green tie-ups: Multinational partnership to establish first green e-methanol plant in Singapore; Worley awarded FEED project for Trinseo’s rPS project

Multinational partnership to establish first green e-methanol plant in Singapore

Six leading companies have formed a partnership that aims to establish Asia’s first green e-methanol plant which converts captured biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) into green e-methanol, a low carbon fuel, that could enable a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The pilot plant will be set up in Singapore pending successful conclusion of feasibility studies by the end of 2022.

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP), Air Liquide, YTL PowerSeraya, Oiltanking Asia Pacific, Kenoil Marine Services, and A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a green methanol value chain collaboration to explore the feasibility of establishing a green e-methanol pilot plant, with a minimum capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year, and will be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

This MoU marks a pivotal step towards transforming captured biogenic CO2 and green hydrogen produced from renewable electricity into green e-methanol and making this low carbon fuel commercially accessible for the maritime industry.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) welcomes the formation of this industry partnership and its plan to leverage on Singapore’s hub port and research ecosystems to conduct feasibility studies on the set up of a pilot plant and running of bunkering trials on green e-methanol.

Green e-methanol is being considered as one of the candidates for alternate fuel to meet IMO2030/2050 goals. This project will potentially yield a substantial carbon reduction impact. As one of the world’s premier maritime bunkering hubs, Singapore will serve as an ideal location to take this important step towards exploring alternative future fuel solutions to advance the multi-fuel transition of the global shipping industry.

The collaboration will commence with feasibility studies on technical and economic aspects of the green e-methanol pilot plant which are expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The project has the strong potential to support industry adoption and realization of climate neutrality goals, making a meaningful contribution to the global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Worley awarded FEED project for Trinseo’s rPS project

In other news, Australian firm Worley has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) services contract by Trinseo for its first-of-a-kind chemical recycling plant in Belgium, Europe.

The plant will use gasification technology to depolymerise post-consumer polystyrene waste into pure styrene. It’s a first-of-its-kind project on an industrial scale.

Trinseo’s plant will process 15 kilotonnes/year of recycled polystyrene flakes. These will be transformed into high-quality recycled styrene and used for the production of new polystyrene and/or styrene derivatives, including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and styrene acrylonitrile (SAN).

ABS and SAN are thermoplastics polymers. They’re durable and impact resistant, making them useful in the manufacture of car parts, medical devices, consumer electronics and more.

The FEED scope covers the engineering of the feedstock, storage, condensation and distillation areas, utilities and hot oil unit. It also includes the cost estimate for the project.

Plant construction is planned to begin at the end of 2022.


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