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Dymapak, a Global Packaging Solutions Leader, Collaborates with Plastic Bank

Dymapak | July 23, 2021

Dymapak, the world's leading manufacturer of innovative child-resistant packaging solutions for many applications and industries, has announced a new initiative and collaboration with the social enterprise Plastic Bank.

Plastic Bank reduces ocean plastic by constructing ethical recycling ecosystems and reprocessing plastic-based materials for reintroduction into the global supply chain. In addition, it improves the lives of collectors in coastal communities.

The global packaging industry's market value is projected to reach 1.6 trillion by 2027, posing significant environmental challenges and genuine opportunities for change. Dymapak's significant action to reduce its plastic footprint already includes recyclable and post-consumer recycled goods. It is now reinforced by a commitment to stop ocean plastic in collaboration with Plastic Bank. Already this year, Dymapak will keep over 6,524,275 plastic bottles out of the ocean.

Working with Dymapak means doing business with companies that stand behind the quality of its goods and the environment in which they are made. As each bag is purchased, future partners of this initiative will pledge to collect ocean-bound plastic pollution.

The Dymapak promise is based on security, quality, and service, and the company will continue to offer continuous support for the environment's health, safety, and well-being. In addition, plastic Bank collectors are paid a premium for the materials they collect, enabling them to buy groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition, and health insurance.

The Dymapak suite of child-resistant bags and packaging solutions, which are highly compatible with pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, consumer goods, and cannabis applications, address the ever-increasing demand for safety packaging while minimizing waste, emissions and materials.

About Dymapak
Dymapak, founded in 2010, is the world's leading manufacturer of innovative child-resistant packaging solutions developed and designed for a wide range of applications and industries. Dymapak's notable Secure Sack solution is the world's first resealable press-to-close zipper system, with four utility patents and numerous lab certifications as child-resistant under CPSC 16

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CITGO Receives Multiple Awards for Safety Excellence

CITGO Corporation | June 16, 2022

CITGO Petroleum Corporation recently received three safety awards recognizing outstanding safety results in both its terminals and refining operations CITGO terminals received the Safety Excellence Award from the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) in recognition of standout safety performance in 2021. This is the most recent such award from ILTA, which has recognized CITGO for safety performance multiple times over the past decade. CITGO refineries in Lemont, Illinois and Corpus Christi, Texas both received the Safety Achievement Award from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). The award recognizes excellent safety performance across the oil and gas industry. This was the third consecutive year AFPM has recognized safety performance at CITGO refineries. "Safety is the cornerstone of our operational excellence. We are honored to receive these distinguished awards as testament to our efforts in maintaining the highest standards of operational safety at our refineries and terminals." CITGO President and CEO Carlos Jordá CITGO operates three refineries with a combined crude capacity of 769,000 barrels-per day and wholly and/or jointly owns 38 active terminals and six pipelines, one of the largest distribution networks in the country. "We strive to build a resilient safety culture throughout our operations," added Shane Moser, CITGO Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment. "ILTA and AFPM are champions of our industry, and their continued recognition of our safety culture is tremendously gratifying." ILTA, representing companies and partnerships that operate bulk liquid storage terminals worldwide, advocates on behalf of the liquid terminal industry and maintains close working relationships with other organizations that interact with the tank storage industry. AFPM is the leading national trade association representing fuel and petrochemical manufacturers. AFPM members make and transport the fuels that keep Americans moving and the petrochemicals that are essential building blocks for modern life. About CITGO Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Lake Charles, La.; Lemont, Ill.; and Corpus Christi, Texas, and wholly and/or jointly owns 38 active terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,300 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 769,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 4,400 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.

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Lummus Technology Launches Next Generation of Breech-Lock High-Pressure Heat Exchanger Closure

Lummus Technology, LLC | June 18, 2022

Lummus Technology, a global provider of process technologies and value-driven solutions, announced the launch of its Polaris™ breech-lock closure, a new technological upgrade applicable to its high-pressure heat exchanger equipment. This advanced design of breech-lock closure provides a host of operational benefits including safe, reliable and secure sealing under all conditions, a simplified assembly and easier maintenance. "The Polaris breech-lock heat exchanger exemplifies our dedication to deliver innovation and operational performance for customers requiring new or retrofitted heat exchangers. The new closure system allows for a wider range of operating conditions, increased unit sizes and capacities and reduces shut down times due to ease of use, while delivering the high reliability and safety our customers expect from Lummus." Rutger Theunissen, Chief Business Officer of Services and Supplies, Lummus Technology To preview this technology and its benefits, Lummus will participate in a live webcast hosted by Hydrocarbon Processing on Tuesday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CDT. You can attend the webcast by registering here. The Polaris breech-lock design incorporates two new advanced features that elevate its performance above traditional breech-lock closures under today's stringent operational environments. The ProSeal™ system, a new gasket loading design, requires no internal split ring, flange or bolts for simplified fabrication, assembly and disassembly. The load to the seal is efficiently distributed and maintained under a wider range of operating conditions. The ProSeal system further protects the components from damage and deformation caused by plant upsets and differential thermal expansion. Complementing the new sealing system is the ProLock™ closure system, an advanced securing mechanism using a special appliance that is simpler and safer to operate. The design allows easy access to all threads for maintenance, lubrication and repair, and significantly reduces the time when inserting and removing the closing plug. High-pressure exchangers with breech-lock or screw-plug type closures are used in the hydroprocessing industry, primarily for hydrocracking, hydrotreating, lube oil, slurry and residue upgrade processing. Applications include use in reactor feeds and effluent exchangers, recycle gas exchangers, effluent recovery and gas recovery exchangers and other applications in gas compression and fertilizer processes. Lummus Technology has supplied heat transfer equipment to the process and power industries worldwide for more than 75 years. Specializing in heat transfer systems for critical process environments, Lummus has produced industry leading technology for fired heaters, including the SRT™ pyrolysis furnace, and heat exchangers, including the HELIXCHANGER™ heat exchanger and LABLEX™ Lummus advanced breech-lock exchanger. About Lummus Technology Lummus Technology is the global leader in developing process technologies that make modern life possible and focus on a more sustainable, low carbon future. Lummus is a master licensor of clean energy, petrochemical, refining, gas processing and renewable technologies, and a supplier of catalysts, proprietary equipment, digitalization and related lifecycle services to customers worldwide.

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Sempra Infrastructure and RWE Sign Heads of Agreement for U.S. LNG Supply

Sempra Infrastructure | May 26, 2022

Sempra Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Sempra announced it has entered into a heads of agreement with RWE Supply & Trading, a subsidiary of RWE for the purchase of approximately 2.25 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of liquefied natural gas. The LNG is to be supplied on a long-term, free-on-board basis from the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project under development in Jefferson County, Texas. "Sempra Infrastructure's LNG projects are uniquely positioned to help provide U.S. LNG to support the energy security of America's allies in Europe, while also accelerating the transition to a lower carbon future. We are excited about the opportunity to work with one of Germany's top power producers to achieve these dual goals. We see opportunities to work together with RWE across the energy transition, including LNG, hydrogen and renewables. With today's agreement, we make significant progress toward the development of our Port Arthur LNG project and remain committed to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the LNG value chain through the use of new technologies and the improvement of key processes." Justin Bird, CEO of Sempra Infrastructure Andree Stracke, CEO of RWE Supply & Trading said, "As RWE, we are very pleased to join forces with Sempra Infrastructure. Our partnership can contribute largely to securing significant LNG volumes for the RWE portfolio on a long-term basis while building the basis for supplying low carbon gas in the future." The HOA contemplates the negotiation and finalization of a definitive 15-year LNG sale and purchase agreement for 2.25 Mtpa to be delivered from the Port Arthur LNG project. Additionally, Sempra Infrastructure and RWE have agreed to work toward a broad framework for the reduction, mitigation, and reporting of GHG emissions associated with deliveries of LNG from the Port Arthur LNG project, including addressing the use of responsibly sourced natural gas as part of the project's feed gas supply and renewable energy as part of the project power mix. Phase 1 of the Port Arthur LNG project is fully permitted and is expected to include two liquefaction trains and LNG storage tanks, as well as associated facilities capable of producing, under optimal conditions, up to approximately 13.5 Mtpa of LNG. The referenced HOAs are preliminary, non-binding arrangements, and the development of the Port Arthur LNG project remains subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, among others, reaching definitive agreements, maintaining all necessary permits, finalizing engineering and construction arrangements, obtaining financing and incentives, and reaching a final investment decision. Sempra Infrastructure is one of the top renewable energy producers in Mexico and is currently exceeding its goal of operating its existing LNG infrastructure at a GHG emissions intensity that is 20% below its 2020 baseline, having achieved a 28% reduction in 2021. In addition to continuing to reduce emissions through operational excellence, Sempra Infrastructure is actively developing lower emissions technologies for existing and future infrastructure assets. Sempra Infrastructure has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Entergy Louisiana, a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation to develop options to accelerate the deployment of cost-effective renewable energy to power its infrastructure located in vicinity of the Gulf Coast. Additionally, Sempra Infrastructure is developing Hackberry Carbon Sequestration, a proposed carbon sequestration facility located in Southwest Louisiana expected to have the potential to sequester up to 2 Mtpa of carbon dioxide from LNG and other industrial facilities in the region and is developing opportunities to co-locate low-carbon hydrogen production at or near existing Sempra Infrastructure facilities. In addition to lowering emissions at its own facilities, Sempra Infrastructure is working with other companies to reduce GHG emissions across the U.S. natural gas value chain, consistent with Sempra's aim to have net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. Sempra is a founding member of Veritas, a GTI Energy Differentiated Gas Measurement and Verification Initiative, supporting Sempra Infrastructure and other customers' desires for responsibly sourced natural gas that is produced and transported using proven technologies that minimize GHG emissions. Sempra Infrastructure is also a sponsor of The Collaboratory to Advance Methane Science, a research collaboration to advance technological solutions to enable methane emission reductions. About Sempra Infrastructure Sempra Infrastructure delivers energy for a better world. Through the combined strength of its assets in North America, the company is dedicated to enabling the energy transition and beyond. With a continued focus on sustainability, innovation, world-class safety, championing people, resilient operations and social responsibility, its more than 2,000 employees develop, build and operate clean power, energy networks and LNG and net-zero solutions, that are expected to play a crucial role in the energy systems of the future.

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Polymers Made from Emissions: The Plastics Industry May Become a Carbon-Capture Leader, says IDTechEx

IDTechEx | July 06, 2022

One of the major environmental issues facing the planet is the rising levels of plastic consumption and waste. According to a recent OECD study, the world produced 460 million tonnes (Mt) of plastics in 2019 and consumption will continue to rise despite an expected increase in recycling technologies deployment. As carbon dioxide emissions also soar, the emerging carbon capture and utilization industry propose a solution for both issues: creating lower-carbon, degradable polymers using CO2 emissions as the feedstock. The recent IDTechEx report "Carbon Dioxide Utilization 2022-2042: Technologies, Market Forecasts, and Players" analyzes the opportunities and challenges of creating this proposed circular carbon economy. How to make polymers from CO2? There are at least three major pathways to convert CO2 into polymers: electrochemistry, biological conversion, and thermocatalysis. The latter is the most mature CO2 utilization technology, where CO2 can either be utilized directly to yield CO2-based polymers, most notably biodegradable linear-chain polycarbonates (LPCs), or indirectly, through the production of chemical precursors (building blocks such as methanol, ethanol, acrylate derivatives, or mono-ethylene glycol [MEG]) for polymerization reactions. LPCs made from CO2 include polypropylene carbonate polyethylene carbonate and polyurethanes PUR being a major market for CO2-based polymers, with applications in electronics, mulch films, foams, and in the biomedical and healthcare sectors. CO2 can comprise up to 50% (in weight) of a polyol, one of the main components in PUR. CO2-derived polyols are made by combining CO2 with cyclic ethers The polyol is then combined with an isocyanate component to make PUR. Companies such as Econic, Covestro, and Aramco Performance Materials have developed novel catalysts to facilitate CO2-based polyol manufacturing. Fossil inputs are still necessary through this thermochemical pathway, but manufacturers can replace part of it with waste CO2, potentially saving on raw material costs. In the realm of emerging technologies, chemical precursors for CO2-based polymers can be obtained through electrochemistry or microbial synthesis. Although electrochemical conversion of CO2 into chemicals is at an earlier stage of development, biological pathways are more mature, having reached the early-commercialization stage. Recent advances in genetic engineering and process optimization have led to the use of chemoautotrophic microorganisms in synthetic biological routes to convert CO2 into chemicals, fuels, and even proteins. Unlike thermochemical synthesis, these biological pathways generally use conditions approaching ambient temperature and pressure, with the potential to be less energy-intensive and costly at scale. Notably, the California-based start-up Newlight is bringing into market a direct biological route to polymers, where its microbe turns captured CO2, air, and methane into polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), an enzymatically degradable polymer. Currently, the scale of CO2-based polymer manufacturing is still minor compared to the incumbent petrochemical industry, but there are already successful commercial examples. One of the largest volumes available is aromatic polycarbonates (PC) made from CO2, being developed by Asahi Kasei in Taiwan since 2012. More recently, the US-based company LanzaTech has successfully established partnerships with major brands such as Unilever, L'Oréal, On, Danone, Zara, and Lulumelon to use microbes to convert captured carbon emissions from industrial processes into polymer precursors – ethanol and MEG – for manufacturing of packaging items, shoes, and textiles. About IDTechEx IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its Research, Subscription and Consultancy products, helping you profit from emerging technologies.

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