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Dow and PETRONAS collaborate to cut carbon emissions

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Dow has signed an agreement with PETRONAS Chemicals Glycols, a subsidiary of PETRONAS’ petrochemical arm and Malaysia’s leading chemicals producer, PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad, to collaborate on a carbon project at PETRONAS’ world-scale ethylene oxide (EO) production facility in support of the Dow-International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Official Carbon Partnership. EO is one of the world’s most important chemical raw materials, essential in consumer product manufacturing, including textiles, detergents, insulation and more.

PETRONAS Chemicals Glycols reduced its operating costs, energy consumption, and CO2 emissions whilst increasing selectivity and process reliability at its Kertih, Malaysia, EO plant when it deployed a Dow proprietary EO catalyst. As part of the carbon project, Dow and PETRONAS Chemicals Glycols will be working together to quantify and obtain third-party verification of the climate benefits following the methodology of the Dow Climate Solutions Framework. This will help enable a positive climate legacy and balance the operational carbon footprint of the IOC.

“The goal of the Dow-IOC partnership is to advance the adoption of better technologies and processes and demonstrate resource efficiency and more sustainable practices across different industries and markets,” said Dr. Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, Global Technology and Sustainability Director, Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions. “This first collaboration is a significant milestone for our program within the industrial market and we celebrate PETRONAS Chemicals Glycols as a trailblazer. We hope this inspires other plants to do the same and work with Dow to advance the economic and environmental efficiency of their production processes. We look forward to seeing the many benefits that will stem from this partnership.”

Elaborating on this agreement, PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad’s Managing Director/CEO, Datuk Sazali Hamzah said, “Our participation in this carbon project is in line with our commitment towards improvement in operational efficiency while reducing environmental footprint. We have seen enhanced results from the change in catalyst, not only in operational excellence due to the higher catalyst selectivity resulting in higher production, but also in cost savings from reduced energy consumption. We are determined to continuously minimise our impact to the environment by adopting best practices for energy consumption through leveraging on leading edge technology.”

Faye J. Miller, product director for licensing & catalyst, Dow Industrial Solutions, said, “Energy intensive industrial processes that create direct carbon emissions offer excellent opportunities for transformative technologies to make an impact on a plant’s sustainability profile. Dow’s METEOR RETRO family of EO catalysts enables plants using any EO process technology to realise operating cost reductions while delivering an increase in plant performance, showing that advantaged catalysts can help plants to improve both business and environmental performance.”

This carbon project agreement between Dow and PETRONAS Chemicals Glycols is among the first of many similar joint efforts that will result from the Collaborative Blueprint for unlocking carbon reductions announced last year by Dow. The Blueprint underpins the Dow-IOC Official Carbon Partnership, initiated in 2017 to encourage organisations outside the Olympic movement to collaborate on projects that lead to verified climate benefits while stimulating change across value chains.

Read the article online at: https://www.hydrocarbonengineering.com/the-environment/12042019/dow-and-petronas-collaborate-to-cut-carbon-emissions/

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