Feature articles in key industry trade journals include case histories, processing/technology updates, regulatory issues and many other subjects.
Bradford Cook, Sabin Metal Corp., USA,
Over the past few years many APAC hydrocarbon
and petrochemical processing industries
planned for significant growth with
new upstream and downstream projects to
add domestic capacity.
Bradford Cook, Sabin Metal Corp., USA,
Maximize precious metals returns from spent process catalysts
What you think you know, what you do not know and what you should know…
How spent precious metal bearing catalysts can be moved around the globe quickly and cost effectively
Bradford Cook, Sabin Metal Corp., USA, and Marcy Kurtz, Sabin International Logistics Corporation (SILC), USA,
discuss how spent precious metal bearing catalysts can be moved around the globe quickly and cost effectively.
Kevin M. Beirne, Sabin Metal Corp., USA Kevin answers questions about himself, the industry and about Sabin Metal Corp.
Bradford M. Cook, Sabin Metal Corp., USA, outlines how to enhance platinum group metals and rhenium returns from spent hydrocarbon and petrochemical process catalysts.
Robert T. Jacobsen, Sabin Metal Corp., USA, discusses how rhenium in spent precious metals bearing process catalysts can prove a hidden asset, enhancing hydrocarbon processing profits.
Speciality chemicals & processing catalysts Recovering precious metals from spent catalysts can help enhance profits says Kevin M. Beirne, Sabin Metal Corp., USA Many speciality chemicals and pharmaceuticals are produced with the aid of precious metal-bearing catalysts that incorporate platinum group metals (PGMs), i.e. platinum, palladium, rhodium and ruthenium, possibly with other precious metals like rhenium, gold or silver, depending on the application. The fine chemicals that are used in the production of pharmaceuticals and some speciality chemicals are also produced with these catalysts which help to facilitate and/or speed up chemical processes. As the global economy climbs out of its economic doldrums, albeit slowly, the cost of the raw materials for fine and speciality chemicals will rise and the chances are that processing costs will also rise for labour, energy, plant, equipment and other overhead factors. For this reason, it is worth examining the precious metal-bearing catalysts that help produce many of these chemicals.
Kevin M. Beirne, Sabin Metal Corp., USA In round numbers, there are over 100 Gulf-region hydrocarbon refiners. These organizations are state owned, joint ventures, original concessions, or independent, foreign owned businesses. Mideast refineries convert more than eleven billion barrels per year of crude oil into commercially marketable products. While they compete against each other in one form or another, they also share a common trait: that is, the consumption of thousands of tons of precious metal-bearing catalysts used to facilitate and/or speed hydrogenation during the refining process, and also for controlling end-of-pipe process discharges to comply with pollution abatement regulations.
Kevin M. Beirne, Sabin Metal Corp., USA Most hydrocarbon and petrochemical processors operate precious metals recovery or asset recovery departments in one form or another. These are typically managed as independent profit centers, which, because of global economic uncertainties, have assumed more important roles in the past few years. Finding and working with the right refiner can make a significant difference in returns, thus enhancing profitability.
Kevin M. Beirne, Sabin Metal Corp., USA, Catalyst regeneration in a cyclic, continuous comments on how advanced catalysts enhance hydrocracking processes, showing that profits can be advanced by platinum group metals recovery and refining.
Virtually all refining, petrochemical, and chemical processors throughout the Middle East use precious metal-bearing catalysts to facilitate reactions and for controlling or abating toxic or noxious emissions.
Catalyst Recovery Part 1 When Selecting a precious metals refiner, it’s important to first understand the basics of sampling, assaying and environmental issues, as well as the concept of leasing metal.
Catalyst Recovery Part 2 Sampling is the key to determining the precious-metals content of spent catalysts, and ultimately the value of the metals.
Catalyst Recovery Part 3 Pre-burning prior to recovery/refining enhances sampling accuracy for higher returns of the remaining precious metals.
It is not especially noteworthy that 80% of the world’s readily accessible oil reserves are located in the Middle East, with approximately 62% of those reserves in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iraq, Qatar and Kuwait. However, what should be considered newsworthy is the slow shifting of Middle East cracker capacity towards increased petrochemical/chemical processing and production to satisfy a growing global market.
Hydrocarbon and petrochemical refining represent a major sector of the EU economy, accounting for as much as 1.5% of the EU GDP. In round numbers, approximately 100 EU crude oil refiners (including those in Switzerland and Norway) produce 90% of transport enengy fuel for the EU and 77% of the feedstock for petrochemical processing. This represents nearly 715 million tpy of refining capacity. EU hydrocarbon processors contribute approximately 18% or global capacity and import 82% of their crude, nearly half of this from the Middle East.
ASSESSES THE IMPACT OF PLATINUM GROUP METAL VALUES ON THE PROFIT MARGINS OF PRECIOUS METAL CATALYST USERS.
The global economic crisis of the past few years has been rough on virtually all sectors, although there are notable exceptions. One such anomaly is the precious metals commodities market, within which prices are booming. The current high cost of precious metals (specifically platinum group metals (PGMs) including platinum, palladium, rhodium and ruthenium) is having a direct affect on refining profit margins, as these materials are widely used in hydrocarbon and petrochemical processing applications. Due to high PGM values, users of PGMs (or other precious metals such as rhenium, gold and
A look at the art and science of recovering precious metals from spent hydrocarbon processing catalysts. When precious metal bearingcatalysts in hydrocarbon processing applications lose their efficacy, they must be recycled and replaced by fresh catalysts.
Many catalysts used in chemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical process reactions contain valuable precious metals. When these catalysts lose their activity, their precious metals content must be recovered for economy and reuse in new catalytic materials. Given the value of those precious metals, they must be recovered and refined with the highest yields possible and in a timely manner.
Recovering precious metals from spent pharmaceutical and chemical processing catalysts can pay big dividends if it’s done right.
Regular recovery of platinum and rhodium losses in nitric acid plants has become a significant factor in overall plant economics. Alan E. Heywood of Sabin Metal Corp. presents a general overview of the causes of PGM losses, the recovery of these valuable precious metals, andthe sampling and refining procedures used to maximise their recovery
Obtaining maximum value for remaining PGMs from spent hydrocarbon processing catalysts is a worthwhile goal that requires due diligence. It is essential to choose one’s precious metals refiner carefully as the relationship is one that can be compared to a partnership.This article proposes to show how to choose and effectively complement a precious metals refiner.
Kevin M. Beirne,Sabin Metal Corp, USA, examines how metal scavenging techniques help deliver added value when recovering PGMs fromspent hydrocarbon processing catalysts.
Catalysts are important tools in the synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Recovery of precious-metal catalysts from a pharmaceutical manufacturing process is a factor in cost control and environmental compliance. Part of this process may involve the selection of a precious- metal refiner that partners with a pharmaceutical company to perform the recovery process. The author identifies the selection criteria for a precious-metal refiner and best practices for precious-metal catalyst recovery.
Here are guidelines for maximizing the reclamation of valuable byproducts to ensure the highest possible return on investment. Precious-metal-bearing catalysts, particularly those containing platinum group metals (PGMs)—such as platinum, palladium, rhodium andruthenium—play a vital role in the hydrocarbon processing industry, both for facilitating or speeding chemical
INCREASING YIELDS FOR PRODUCERS AND USERS OF HYBRID MICROELECTRONIC materials, circuits, and packages will likely always be a major concern. There are many ways to maximize yields, including reducing waste at the materials formulation stage, during printing and firing, or by producing hybrid packages that always meet precise performance specifications. Since these cannot always be achieved in practice, a real solution is to increase your return of precious metals generated by parts rejects from hybrid circuits, ICs, interconnects, ceramic packages, and thick- and thin-film materials. This article discusses how you can achieve this goal, mainly by learning about the processes and procedures used at your precious metals refiner for refining and recovering precious metals, and being aware of environmental concerns associated with the processes.
CHEMICAL OR PETROCHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS THAT USE FIXED-BED REACTION CATALYSTS to produce products depend on precious metals refiners to reclaim PGMs, gold, silver, and other valuable metals from spent catalysts. Knowing how to select the right refiner, and the legal implications associated with refining and recovery procedures, can make a big difference to your bottom line. This article discusses avoiding fines and legal fees when reclaiming precious metals.
SABIN METAL CORP. IS THE LARGEST PRIVATELY OWNED PRECIOUS METALS REFINER in the United States. In the past 55 years the company has grown to an international organization that recovers and refines precious metals that include gold, silver, platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, and other exotic metals. This article profiles the company, providing a brief history as well as insightful comments by its president, who has a very strong commitment to environmental protection, devoting much of his spare time to a variety of environmental protection and conservation organizations.
METAL PLATERS FACE A NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS and are under increasing pressure from many directions, including environmental enforcement agencies and their concern for proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. Virtually all metal platers have relationships with refiners who recover precious metals from plated parts, fixtures, solutions, and other materials. This article discusses the legal implications associated with selecting and working with a refiner, and includes a case history of how a productive, mutually rewarding precious metal recovery program works for a manufacturer of electronics and electrical products.
SMC CANADA’S McALPINE MILL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sabin Metal Corp. works closely with Northern College’s Haileybury School of Mines on its student co-op program for the mining industry. This article discusses the opportunities offered students at the college (Mining Engineering Technician and Technology Program and Instrumentation Program) where about 150 students each semesterparticipate in the program which ultimately places them in key technical and management positions in the Canadian mining industry.
“Pre-burning” prior to recovery/refining enhances sampling accuracy for higher returns of remaining precious metals
How to select—and work with—the right refiner to help maximize returns and assure environmental compliance