TotalEnergies and Air Liquide | November 23, 2022
TotalEnergie and Air Liquide are innovating to produce and valorize renewable, low carbon hydrogen at the Grandpuits zero crude platform. Under a long-term contract committing TotalEnergies to purchase the hydrogen produced for the needs of its platform, Air Liquide will invest over €130 million in the construction and operation of a new unit producing hydrogen. This unit will partly use biogas from the biorefinery built by TotalEnergies and will be delivered with Air Liquide’s carbon capture technology CryocapTM. These innovations will prevent emissions amounting to 150,000 tons of CO2 a year compared to current processes. TotalEnergies’ biorefinery will use the unit’s hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuel.
In line with the two companies’ shared ambition to get to net zero by 2050, the project includes sustainable and circular innovations
The new hydrogen production unit, with the capacity to produce over 20,000 tons a year will produce hydrogen that is partly renewable, thanks to the recycling of residual biogas from the Grandpuits biorefinery, in place of the natural gas that is normally used.
This unit will be delivered with a carbon capture technology, allowing it to help reduce the platform’s carbon footprint, by capturing over 110,000 tons of CO2 a year for reuse in food and industrial applications.
Most of the unit’s renewable, low carbon hydrogen will be used by the biorefinery itself, to produce sustainable aviation fuel, but it could also be used to support sustainable mobility in the Ile-de-France region.
"By recycling the biogas produced by the biorefinery into renewable hydrogen, this innovative project makes full use of the conversion of the Grandpuits refinery into a zero crude platform harnessing the potential of biomass, especially in the production of sustainable aviation fuel,” said Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining & Chemicals, TotalEnergies. "Combined with the production of low carbon hydrogen and the capture of CO2, this project contributes to TotalEnergies’ ambition to decarbonize all of the hydrogen used by its European refineries by 2030."
"This innovative project is characterized by the combination of several solutions in order to produce renewable and low-carbon hydrogen,and contribute to the decarbonization of TotalEnergies’ Grandpuits site. It also provides the opportunity to recycle CO2 as part of a circular economy approach while securing its supply for agri-food applications. This project illustrates Air Liquide’s expertise in working with its customers on customized solutions to help them reduce their carbon footprint and actively participate in the fight against global warming. It provides yet another example of the key role that hydrogen will play to succeed in the energy transition"," added Pascal Vinet, Senior Vice President and member of the Executive Committee, Air Liquide, in charge of Europe Industries activities.
About TotalEnergies in Grandpuits
Commissioned in 1966, Total's Grandpuits-Bailly-Carrois refinery was for a long time the only refinery in the Paris region. In September 2020, TotalEnergies launched a project to convert the site, in line with its strategy to become carbon neutral by 2050. This zero-crude project, with a total investment of more than 500 million euros, is based on the development of several future-oriented activities in the field of biomass, renewable energies, and the circular economy: chemical recycling of plastic waste, production of biosourced and biodegradable bioplastics, production of biofuels for the aviation sector, construction of a solar farm and electricity storage by batteries. The start-up of these new units will begin in 2022, and they should all be operational by 2025.
TotalEnergies and renewable & low-carbon hydrogen
TotalEnergies is convinced that renewable and low-carbon hydrogen will play a major role in the energy transition. The Company is working with its suppliers and partners to decarbonize all the hydrogen used in its European refineries by 2030. This represents a reduction in CO2 emissions of 3 million tons per year. Further out, TotalEnergies aims to pioneer the mass production of renewable and low carbon hydrogen to meet demand for hydrogen fuel as soon as the market takes off, notably to help decarbonize heavy transport. The renewable hydrogen production capacity currently under development in Europe and India will contribute to TotalEnergies' ambition for new molecules - biofuels, biogas, hydrogen, and e-fuels- to reach 25% of its energy production and sales mix by 2050.
TotalEnergies and Sustainable Aviation Fuels
TotalEnergies is developing Sustainable Aviation Fuels. These are biofuels produced from waste and residues from the circular economy and "e-jets", synthetic fuels for aviation. These sustainable aviation fuels will significantly reduce CO2 emissions from air transport
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our more than 100,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.
About Air Liquide
A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 75 countries with approximately 66,400 employees and serves more than 3.8 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES, MARKET OUTLOOK
Horizon Petroleum Ltd. | December 06, 2022
Horizon Petroleum Ltd. is pleased to report the results of a recent independent reserve and resource evaluation on the Lachowice conventional natural gas field in the Bielsko-Biala concession in southern Poland. The Reserves Report has an effective date as of October 01, 2022 and was prepared in compliance with the standards set out in National Instrument 51-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook.
Discussion of Reserves and Resources
Horizon holds the rights to a 100% interest in two conventional oil & natural gas concessions in Poland known as Bielsko-Biala and Cieszyn through two wholly owned Polish subsidiary companies which the Company acquired from San Leon Energy. The full details of the acquisition are described in our Annual Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis. The Company has also re-engaged with the Polish Ministry of the Environment to complete the Transformation Process as described in the Annual Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis. In summary a transformation of the concessions to the new Polish concession laws ("Transformation Process") is required by the Polish government as a result of the implementation of amendments to Poland's geological and mining laws. An application for the Transformation Process was submitted to the Polish government in December of 2016 for the Primary Concessions, however, it is not yet complete. The licenses for the Primary Concessions expired in April and August of 2018, however, as the Transformation Process for the Primary Concessions had already commenced they are effectively in suspension pending a decision by the Polish government on the Transformation Process. The timing of completing the Transformation Process has been severely impacted by travel and work restrictions imposed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as by the Company's lack of financial resources. Completing the Transformation Process will involve negotiations with the Polish Government to finalise: (i) the work programs to be conducted, and (ii) the value of the concession fees and guarantees that will be paid to the Polish government.
APEX Global Engineering Inc. prepared the Reserves Report with an effective date of October 01, 2022. APEX assigned the Probable Reserves and Contingent and Prospective Resources to the Lachowice field, which at 10,561 acres represents approximately 4% of the total lands to be held under the concessions (see Table 1 below). The reserves and resources assigned are subject to significant risks. Please refer to the Risks section at the end of this press release.
History and Development Plan
The Lachowice field is at an early stage of conventional natural gas development. Lachowice-1, Lachowice-7 and Stryszawa-2K are the primary wells of interest on the field and, despite being essentially vertical in their design and utilizing sub-optimal drilling and completion methods for naturally fractured formations, tested at rates of up to 5.8 MMcf/d, 8.9 MMcf/d, and 2.5 MMcf/d, respectively. Each of these wells was drilled and tested, with reservoir depths of 3,000-4,000 meters targeting a naturally fractured carbonate reservoir of Middle Devonian age. The natural gas is sweet, with up to 91% methane and 7 bbls/MMcf of condensate.
Following receipt of the Reserves Report, Horizon is currently in the process of finalizing its development plan. In general, it is currently anticipated that the development plan would begin with the re-entry of an existing wellbore. Provided Horizon successfully closes the Acquisition and is successful with the Transformation Process, it is targeting to re-enter and test a well in the first half of 2024, with first production to occur into a temporary compressed natural gas unit Q2, 2024, with natural gas sales initially facilities constrained at approximately 1.5 MMcfe/d. If well capability is higher, incremental production and sales can be realized with the addition of more temporary facilities and trucking. The wells will produce natural gas under primary drive via the natural fractures and the matrix porosity within the reservoir. The project is considered pre-development and is expected to cost approximately US$7.5 million to first production.
CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES
Aduro Clean Technologies Inc. | December 05, 2022
Aduro Clean Technologies Inc. a Canadian developer of patented water-based technologies to chemically recycle plastics and transform heavy crude and renewable oils into new-era resources and higher-value fuels, announces it has completed construction and mechanical assembly of its pilot-scale Hydrochemolytic™ continuous flow plastic reactor.
Plans for testing and certifications are in place and final certification by the Technical Standard and Safety Authority is progressing with registration expected later this month. Once certified, the reactor unit will be moved to the newly expanded laboratory in London, Ontario for final testing and commissioning.
The R2 Plastic unit is the Company’s customer engagement unit and is designed to handle various plastic feedstocks such as polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene as single-stream materials, followed by a mixture of these feedstock streams. The R2 Plastic will also be used to evaluate the impact of materials found in multilayer plastics, such as paper, paper board, polymeric materials, metalized layers, and aluminum foil, effectively advancing Aduro’s plans of processing higher contaminated materials which are currently rejected by existing technologies. This is important data that will support the Company’s established scale-up and optimization program for the scaled-up pilot: R3 Plastic.
In 2022, the Company undertook several projects including the construction of both the plastic upcycling and bitumen upgrading reactor units, the construction of a flash drum unit for pre-processing bitumen feedstock, and the expansion of laboratory facilities and laboratory capabilities that will centralize the Company’s resources for more efficient execution of our R&D, scale-up and commercialization plans.
Completion of these projects positions the Company to execute in 2023 the R2 Reactor research and testing optimization program, the implementation of the customer engagement program and the delivery of reactor unit design, equipment procurement, fabrication, and commissioning of the scaled-up pre-commercial R3 Reactor unit.
About Aduro Clean Technologies
Aduro Clean Technologies is a developer of patented water-based technologies to chemically recycle waste plastics; convert heavy crude and bitumen into lighter, more valuable oil; and transform renewable oils into higher-value fuels or renewable chemicals. The Company’s Hydrochemolytic™ technology activates unique properties of water in a chemistry platform that operates at relatively low temperatures and cost, a game-changing approach that converts low-value feedstocks into 21st-century resources.