Preparing for IMO 2020

The international Maritime Organisation IMO has decided that the current global emission limit of 3.5 % sulphur dioxide in maritime bunkers will be reduced to 0.5 % from 1 January 2020.

It is estimated that this will result in the proportion of global air pollution caused by shipping to fall from 5 % to 1.4 %. This transition will also affect refineries and consequently the bitumen industry.

The European bitumen market is likely to be affected in some way in terms of both regional and overall supply-demand balances, the types of bitumen that will be available, the availability of certain grades, the transport costs for both crude oil and bitumen and last, but not least how bitumen is priced.

During the autumn of 2018 we will meet with our customers to go through the Nynas view of these effects. You will also be able to read more about this issue on the Bitumen Matters microsite, as well as on Nynas Bitumen’s Twitter and LinkedIn. In the next issue of Bitumen Matters we will have a longer article about the effects of IMO 2020 on the European bitumen market.

Projects

Sätaröd-Vä, Sweden

European route 22 (E22) is no less than 5,320 km long, from Holyhead in the UK via the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Latvia to Ishim in Russia. The part of the E22 that runs through Sweden plays a major role for the country’s southern region, not least because of the link to the Copenhagen area. The problem is that the road is very busy and accident-prone, and is also close to residential areas that are affected by noise.

Projects

The Rotebro Link, Sweden

County road 267 in northern Stockholm is an important, busy link between the E4 and the E18. To improve the traffic flow on this section, the contractor Svevia has been hired by the Swedish Transport Administration to widen a 6 km section from one to two lanes in each direction.

Projects

Punt Val Mulinaun, Switzerland

High-quality waterproofing of a bridge is generally carried out using mastic asphalt. This is all the more true if there are increased stresses due to climatic conditions or traffic loads. One example is the Punt-Val-Mulinaun arch bridge on the Oberalpstrasse H19 in Graubünden, Switzerland.

Projects

Asphalt in High Cross Slope, Germany

In summer 2017, Nynas delivered a carefully chosen PMB grade, Nypol 25, for asphalt layers of a test track.

Noted

The score for quality is lower

Roberto Crotti, World Economic Forum (WEF), on the state of the European road network.

Interview on the link between roads and competitiveness


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