News and views from across North America

Waste-to-gas plant completed
BTA International GmbH, a specialist for the wet-mechanical pre-treatment and subsequent digestion of organic waste containing impurities, and its North American partner CCI BioEnergy Inc. have completed a major waste to gas facility in Varennes, Quebec.

The facility is owned by the Canadian Société d’économie mixte de l’est de la couronne sud (SÉMECS), a public-private partnership between Biogaz EG and regional county municipalities (MRCs) of La Vallée-du-Richelieu, Marguerite-D’Youville and Rouville, a group of 27 area municipalities. The facility was commissioned on 30th July 2018.

BTA International GmbH (BTA) and CCI BioEnergy Inc. (CCI) were selected by SÉMECS to design and supply the BTA® Process for the project. BTA & CCI delivered a services package, which provided the facility and process design, key process equipment, the software components for the plant, and a training/start up package through to daily operations phase.

The plant treats household organic waste generated by residents. It also receives and processes commercial organic material from various sources and converts it into biogas. The biogas is used to fuel the boilers which provide the required heat for the facility and the biological processes.

New US facility
Smurfit Kappa is continuing to extend its global Bag-in-Box® footprint by acquiring a new facility in Texas, US. The packaging leader has strengthened its Vitop® tap manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of an injection facility in San Antonio. The Vitop® tap occupies the No. 1 position in the world for wine taps and has revolutionised the Bag-in-Box® system due to its tamper-proof design and extended shelf life.

The new plant will play an important part in the US market. Premium bag-in-box wines are a rapidly growing segment in the North America beverage sector. Smurfit Kappa has also seen increased demand for liquid packaging solutions for olive oil, water, fruit juice and motor oil.

A series of investments will be made to equip the new 100,000 sq ft facility with additional technology to provide a number of Bag-in-Box® solutions including the new Delta tap for rigid packaging.

Didier Pontcharraud, CEO of [Smurfit Kappa] Vitop® noted: “The new plant will support the growth we’re seeing in both the wine and non-food markets in the Americas and will facilitate the development of state-of-the-art new dispensing technologies.”

End-to-end approach
Tecsys Inc. an industry-leading supply chain management software company, has announced that its warehouse management system (WMS) has been extended with top-tier distributed order management (DOM) capabilities following its acquisition of market leader OrderDynamics, providing newfound omnichannel efficiency benefits for customers. This end-to-end technology approach enables 3PL companies, distributors, and retailers, including brand managers, to handle the complexities of multi-faceted fulfilment demands like never before. This is critical as organizations increasingly strive to simplify their operations network wide while meeting the volatile demands of their customers.

Forrester, IDC, IHL, and Gartner have all recognized the standalone DOM system as a performant solution underscored by its high capacity of more than 1.6 million single line orders per hour. Using rule-based procedures to determine how best to fulfil customer orders, the system streamlines the fulfilment process across a wide spectrum of inventory locations and balances cost with customer expectations for orders to be fulfilled on time and in full.

The new integration between Tecsys’ warehouse management and DOM systems enables distributors to source inventory from the most cost-effective locations, a remarkable and essential capability in today’s fast-moving omnichannel environment. Effective order orchestration functionality ensures optimal order routing that draws on the most appropriate inventory. Real-time inventory visibility makes this possible by unifying inventory pools across many channels to provide a single, enterprise-wide view of available goods.

Turbine order secured
Siemens has secured an order in the US for the re-powering of Cooperative Energy’s R.D. Morrow, Sr. Generating Station facility in Purvis, Mississippi. The customer will use Siemens’ cutting-edge HL gas turbine technology to re-power the facility’s existing coal-powered steam turbines. This is the third order that the company has received for its new HL-class gas turbine. The natural gas-fueled combined cycle power plant will have an installed capacity of approximately 550 megawatts and will supply reliable electricity to Cooperative Energy’s Member cooperatives, which serve approximately 430,000 homes and businesses across the state.

Cooperative Energy will re-power one of its existing coal-fired generation units with a Siemens SGT6-9000HL gas turbine. The scope of supply also includes an SGen6-3000W generator and the SPPA-T3000 control system. Siemens has also been awarded a long-term service agreement, which will help support the gas turbine and generator’s optimal operating efficiency during the life cycle of the project. The contract includes service on parts, repairs, field services, program management, and offerings from Siemens’ Omnivise Digital Services portfolio, including remote monitoring and diagnostics.

Louisiana project comes online
Fluor Corporation’s joint venture with TechnipFMC has successfully completed its engineering, procurement and construction management services scope of work on Sasol’s world-scale petrochemical complex in Westlake, Louisiana. The joint venture will continue to provide assistance to the Sasol team with remaining activities by working with Sasol in parallel on transition plans for each unit and system. The joint venture team will also assist in performance testing for the complex.

A 1.5-million-ton-per-year ethane cracker is at the heart of the complex, which also includes six downstream chemical units and associated utilities, infrastructure and offsites.

“This milestone is the culmination of nearly seven years of hard work by Fluor’s project team and we are proud to have successfully delivered our scope,” said Mark Fields, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in the Americas. “We brought our extensive U.S. Gulf Coast construction and megaproject expertise using our integrated solutions approach, and we are proud of the lasting positive impact this project will have on Southwest Louisiana.”

The project achieved first steam in August 2018. Utilities to support the early process units were fully operational by the end of November 2018 and the linear low-density polyethylene unit achieved beneficial operations in February 2019.

New Ohio Aerospace Technology Center
DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers (DuPont) has opened its new Aerospace Technology Center at the DuPont™ Vespel® manufacturing site in Valley View, Ohio. DuPont leaders were joined at a celebration event by customers, suppliers, government officials, employees and company leadership.

“Innovation and collaboration are the keys to meeting the rapid pace of change and growth in the aerospace industry,” said Randy Stone, President, DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers. “We are excited to welcome our customers and suppliers to this new Technology Center to help them experience firsthand how new advances in technology can help us all capitalize on new opportunities and drive industry growth.”

The new Technology Center will showcase technology advancements that support current and future aerospace designs with products for wear, friction and sealing applications. The Center will also feature unique collaborative work spaces that will enable demonstrations and technical training for current and future customers and suppliers.

“We are excited that the new Technology Center will help strengthen the state-of-the art operations at our Valley View facility,” said Jana Green, DuPont Valley View Plant Manager. “The investment we are making in our people and at our site help build pride and confidence in our commitment to safely produce composite parts for aerospace and specialty industrial applications now and in the future.” |