Contract Wins: Smart & Final, Ecova, Rolls-Royce, Daimler, Sapphire Energy
Warehouse grocery store Smart & Final has expanded its range of services with Ecova, selecting the company to provide waste management services at about 150 grocery and foodservice stores. Ecova already provides energy management services to the grocer. As an independent third party, Ecova says it will help Smart & Final negotiate the best terms for service agreements with waste haulers, obtain the lowest rates available and ensure compliance with negotiated rates. In addition to helping companies identify the most cost-effective waste haulers, Ecova‚Äôs waste management services also streamline bill payments and can help businesses create zero-waste programs.
Rolls-Royce has signed a contract for the delivery of its efficient Azipull propulsion and control system for a battery-powered ferry (pictured) being built at the Fjellstrand yard in Norway. Norwegian transport company Norled will operate the vessel, once it‚Äôs in service, between Lavik and Oppedal. The new ‚Äúferry of the future‚ÄĚ is designed to be 15 to 20 percent more energy-efficient than existing vessels. The Rolls-Royce Azipull propulsion system, which utilizes pulling propellers as opposed to conventional azimuth thrusters, will help the battery powered, aluminum catamaran meet these standards.
Cheniere Energy Partners‚Äô subsidiary, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, has entered into a liquefied natural gas sale and purchase agreement with UK energy company Centrica under which Centrica has agreed to purchase 91,250,000 mmbtu of annual LNG volumes for export from the Sabine Pass liquefaction plant in Louisiana. This amounts to approximately 1.75 million metric tons per annum. Under the 20-year agreement, Centrica will purchase LNG on an ‚ÄúFree on Board‚ÄĚ basis, under which LNG will be loaded onto Centrica‚Äôs vessels, for a purchase price indexed to the monthly Henry Hub price plus a fixed component. Deliveries are expected to start as early as 2018.
The Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO) has awarded a contract to water purification technology company Aquatech to provide a water treatment facility that includes the first integrated zero liquid discharge (ZLD) plant in Egypt. Aquatech will install the ZLD plant at ETHYDCO‚Äôs petroleum derivatives manufacturing site in Alexandria. A subsidiary of Egyptian Holding Co. for Petrochemical, ETHYDCO produces ethylene and other petroleum derivatives at this site. The plant will treat wastewater from this facility and cooling tower blowdown to get cooling tower makeup water, boiler feed water and achieve ZLD. Aquatech expects the project to be completed in 13 months.
Daimler and the University of Stuttgart have signed an additional long-term cooperation agreement to conduct joint research into new design, simulation and process techniques in FRP/CRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic/carbon reinforced plastic) lightweight construction components. Daimler says the research will help it reach its goal to reduce the body weight of all Mercedes-Benz vehicles by approximately 10 percent compared with the predecessor models.
Algae-based oil production company Sapphire Energy has entered into a commercial agreement with Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Tesoro Corporation, under which Tesoro will purchase crude oil from Sapphire‚Äôs Green Crude farm in Columbus, NM. Tesoro is Sapphire‚Äôs first commercial customer. In initial testing by Sapphire, Green Crude oil was refined into on-spec ASTM 975 diesel fuel, proving its compatibility with the existing network of pipelines, refineries and transport systems.
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