Novozymes posts 9% rise in 2013 net profit; reports positive outlook for 2014

Novozymes posts 9% rise in 2013 net profit; reports positive outlook for 2014

F O C U S (SNG) plant base in Tacheng in Xianjiang autonomous region of China. The plant will use coal from a new mine at the same site as a feedstock...

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F O C U S (SNG) plant base in Tacheng in Xianjiang autonomous region of China. The plant will use coal from a new mine at the same site as a feedstock facility and produce 2 bn cubic metres/y of SNG. The plant is expected to start operating in 2016 and the gas produced will be distributed via the SINOPEC Xianjiang-Guangdong-Zhejiang pipeline. Running between northwest and southeast China, this pipeline will be the largest of its kind in the world once completed. It will play an active role for economic development and energy-saving emission reduction of various provinces along its route. Original Source: Davy Process Technology, 27 Jan 2014, (Website: © Davy Process Technology 2014

Johnson Matthey announces acceptance of first COG to LNG project Johnson Matthey has announced the acceptance of its coke oven gas (COG) to liquefied natural gas (LNG) project with Xinkuang Hengkung near Yinchuan, China. The new plant, using Johnson Matthey’s technology license, engineering, catalysts, and technical services, produces LNG utilizing the offgas from their coke ovens, and has been accepted by Xinkuang Hengkung on the basis of its technical performance following plant commissioning. Xinkuang Hengkung is a major producer of coke with current capacity of over 1.3 M tonne/y. By using the proprietary CRG methanation process available through Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies (JM Davy), the plant is able to convert carbon oxides and hydrogen in the offgases from their coke ovens to methane which is subsequently liquefied to make a valuable energy product. Xinkuang Hengkung confirmed their satisfaction with the performance of the technology in a recent signing ceremony. The project is an important milestone for both companies as it is the first COG to LNG project to be completed using Johnson Matthey’s technology. It is likely to be the first of many similar projects as coke oven operators can now use this proven advanced technology to produce LNG from what might otherwise be a waste stream. Johnson Matthey has already signed contracts for several other




COG to LNG projects through its JM Davy business. In addition, the CRG technology has been licensed to six coal-based substitute natural gas (SNG) plants in China. Original Source: Davy Process Technology, 11 Feb 2014, (Website: © Davy Process Technology 2014

KiOR faces plant revamp KiOR, a cellulosic biofuels producer, has announced that it will temporarily shut down its facility in Columbus, MI. The company noted the installation of upgrades to meet its output goals as the reason for its temporary closure. The facility, which opened in late 2012, utilizes pyrolysis and catalysts to produce gasoline and diesel from wood chips. $10 M will be spent on capital improvements, while $25 M will be spent on developing higher yield catalysts. Original Source: Chemical and Engineering News, 20 Jan 2014, 92 (3), 8 (Website: © American Chemical Society 2014

Novozymes collaborates with Raizen Novozymes has entered into a collaboration agreement with Brazilbased Raizen Energia S/A to supply enzyme technology at the latter’s first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The plant, set to be operational by end-2014, will be a bolt-on to Raizen’s Costa Pinto sugarcane mill and will produce 40 M L/y of cellulosic ethanol from sugarcane bagasse and straw. The agreement also sees Novozymes supplying enzyme technology to Raizen’s second cellulosic ethanol facility, should it materialize. Novozymes is also seeking to construct a new enzyme manufacturing facility in Brazil. Details of this plan have yet to be determined and depend on demand in Brazil. Original Source: Oils and Fats International, Jan 2014, 30 (1), 6 (Website: © Quartz Business Media Ltd 2014

PCAS collaborating with Michelin to develop new uses for used tyres NatureWorks: R&D collaboration for PLA building block A multi-year collaborative project has been entered by NatureWorks LLC and Calysta Energy to R&D a worldscale production process for the fermentation of methane into lactic acid. NatureWork’s Ingeo polylactic acid resins use lactic acid as their building block. Eventually, methane could also be used as the building block for Ingeo products. Carbonbased feedstocks can also be used to produce a wide range of products based on Ingeo. Original Source: Chemical Fibers International, Sep 2013, 63 (3), 148 (Website: © Deutscher Fachverlag GmbH 2013

Novozymes posts 9% rise in 2013 net profit; reports positive outlook for 2014 Denmark-based industrial enzyme producer Novozymes reported a 7% growth in sales and a 9% growth in net profit in 2013. The company also expects positive financial performance in 2014. Original Source: Chemical Weekly, 4 Feb 2014, 183 (Website: © Sevak Publications & Chemical Weekly Database P Ltd 2014

Michelin is looking for new ways to recycle used tyres. It is to participate in the TREC (Tyre Recovery) programme which has a budget of €51 M including public funding of €13.3 M through the Ademe investment programme. It will be associated with CEA, Proteas (PCAS group), and SDTech. The TREC Regeneration project aims to develop a biological process to break down the sulfur bonds in rubber to facilitate its reuse in new tyres. SDTech specializes in analysis and treatment of fine and ultrafine powders. TREC Alcool will bring together Michelin, CEA, and Proteus for a process to produce syngas from used tyres. Proteus will work on a fermentation process to convert the syngas into ethanol. Original Source: Chimie Pharma Hebdo, 3 Feb 2014, (663), (Website: (in French) © ETAI Information 2014

POET-DSM nears start-up of cellulosic ethanol plant in US In the US, several commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants that use enzymes to derive sugar from biomass are set for start-up in 2014. On 18 Feb 2014, Spain-based APRIL 2014