UAE to introduce new Marine FUEL Regulations

16 January 2020

Chem Chat

The UAE has indicated that it will exercise leniency as new marine fuel regulations come into effect on January 1st 2020, causing oil tanker companies across the globe to breathe a sigh of relief. The announcement was made by the chairman of the UAE’s Federal Transport Authority (FTA) Abdullah Al Nuaimi, who intimated that the new rules would be enforced gradually.

The news is significant gi...

How does OPEC plan to boost OIL PRICES

08 January 2020

Chem Chat

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is hoping to stabilise oil prices and safeguard them against a predicted supply glut by enforcing further production cuts among its members and other oil-producing nations. In December, OPEC announced it would be paring back oil production by an additional 500,000 barrels per day in an attempt to avoid a surplus of supplies on the mar...

UAE announces new OIL & GAS discoveries

19 December 2019

Chem Chat

The UAE has revealed that it has discovered substantial new reserves of oil and gas in the country. Already one of the leading producers of fossil fuels in the world, the discoveries have lifted the UAE into sixth place on the list of countries with the most oil and gas deposits, leapfrogging seventh-placed Kuwait.

The news was broken by the Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC), which acts as the...

How to work safely in a LAMINAR FLOW CABINET

17 December 2019

Chem Chat

Contamination by the Human Body

Aside from the ambient environment and dirty equipment, the human body is one of the greatest sources of contamination inside the laboratory. Although the operator is using the latest laminar flow cabinet, the product protection that it can provide is only as effective as the operator's proper working procedure.

The human body can generate from hundred thou...


15 December 2019

Chem Chat

With the world beset by a host of environmental problems, including global warming, food scarcity and dwindling resources, scientists have been researching new and inventive methods of agriculture for decades. One of these, hydroponics, may well be suited to increasing food independence in a location like the UAE.

Due to a climate that’s unfavourable for farming, the UAE has been forced to i...

BP interest in ADNOC projects

28 November 2019

Chem Chat

British Petroleum (BP) is considering investment into the new oil and petrochemicals projects of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), according to the former company’s UAE manager. BP already has a 10% stake in ADNOC LNG, which is the only producer of that type of gas in the country.

The news comes as ADNOC is reshuffling its corporate strategy in an effort to become completely self-suffi...

Abu Dhabi combine OIL & CLEAN ENERGY

11 November 2019

Chem Chat

This month, the UAE announced plans to build the biggest single-site solar power facility in the world, cementing its reputation as one of the leaders in renewable energy across the globe. However, that news was tempered somewhat by the revelation that it will continue to increase oil production in the meantime.

As one of the world’s largest oil producers, the UAE (and the surrounding Middle...

Are Gulf Countries the solution to “INDIA’S REFINERY SHORTAGE”?

22 September 2019

Chem Chat

At present, India has a population of approximately 1.3 billion people. By 2025, that figure is expected to swell to 1.4 billion, surpassing China as the most populous country on the planet. This, coupled with an improving economy and an increasingly large middle class with disposable income, will inevitably lead to demand for energy outstripping its supply by some distance.

In a bid to meet...

National Strategy for Integrated CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

01 September 2019

Chem Chat

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been preparing a strategy to better manage chemicals since 2017. Known as the ‘National Strategy for Integrated Chemicals Management’, it will cover the circulation of chemicals in the country, along with imports, trafficking, capacities and disposal.

First meeting for the strategy

Two years on from the initial launch of the plans, the strategy was offic...

What Chemicals does “BLACK HENNA” contain?

25 July 2019

Chem Chat

For centuries, henna has been used as a natural dye to tint skin, fingernails and hair, as well as different kinds of fabrics and materials. In its natural form, henna is made from the henna plant, known as Lawsonia inermis in Latin, and has no unwanted side effects.

However, over recent years there has surfaced a growing market for “black henna”, which is not created solely with the henna p...

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