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.

Safety

Safety assessment at asphalt plant

Nynas visits an asphalt plant operated by NCC, a construction company in the Nordic region, to assess its safe handling of bitumen.

Mats Wendel
Interview

Sustainable Development driving innovation

It is important to have both incentives and clear requirements to drive developments forwards and to make sure that the industry is making a positive contribution to sustainable development.

A90 Dundee
Projects

In good shape

Most local authorities in the UK think of cold mix asphalt as a new and relatively untested road construction material. But it has been used successfully in the UK for more than 10 years, including a section of trunk road in Scotland built with a cold mix asphalt base course in 2008.

Safety

Knowledge key to safe deliveries

Bitumen is delivered hot and therefore precise procedures are needed in order to minimise safety risks such as burn injuries. Safety is something on which the transport company Kördel maintains a constant focus.

Noted

A road so smart it will be able to charge your car.

Bloomberg on the development of intelligent highways in China.
More at: bloomberg.com


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