Up until the later half of the twentieth century, there was little or no use of diesel fuel additives but with the increasing fuel demand, and changing demand of the refining processes necessitates the use of fuel additives. Fuel additives are compounds formulated to enhance the quality and efficiency of fuel by increasing the octane rating and acting as corrosion inhibitors or lubricants.
As the quality of fuel is deteriorating day by day, magnesium- based fuel additives have become the need of the hour and are gaining relevance in power plants, refineries and desalination plants. Fuel additives are used to alleviate the adverse effect of fuel burning that releases undesirable contents into the atmosphere like SO2 and CO2. The industry is small, customized and specialized and requires frequent trial tests to ensure safer products are delivered to the customers. Sun Chemical is one of the leading suppliers of fuel additives in GCC market and is well positioned in the market for the past fifty years. It has worked with all the leading OEMs from Europe, Japan and Korea in the field of additive supplier to boiler and gas turbine manufacturers.
The organization was established in 1956 in Hiroshima, Japan and then for overseas business opened an office in Hong Kong in 1975 and established a plant and office in 2009 for GCC countries in the UAE, due to the huge demand of additives in GCC countries where most of the power is generated by using fuel oil. The importance of fuel additives is gaining relevance since the plants are trying to reduce the downturn time and also become economical. Other factors are eco-friendly products which are environment friendly and reduce pollution, since GCC has strict laws pertaining to pollution.
Sun Chemical is a company specializing in fuel additives research and development with the objective to provide products that are customized according to the need of its customers at both domestic and international markets. The company is involved in various power plant projects using heavy fuel oil, coal and gas and provides fuel additives for boiler, gas turbines and diesel engines and aims to reduces environment pollutions through its constant effort in fuel additives R&D.
Customers in Fuel additive field are interested in cost reductions, increased efficiency, easily usable product and non-hazardous environmentally friendly products. Sun Chemical is trying to develop products which are locally manufactured in GCC to promote localization.
Sun Chemical has a range of Magnesium based products based on the usage for boilers, Gas turbine, Engines, compressors cleaners and fuel viscosity reducers. “Due to heavy fuel lot of contaminants are emitted like sodium, potassium, lead which cause the turbine to lose efficiency after certain period. These magnesium-based products safeguard and increase the life of equipment by protecting the material against corrosion, erosion and other negative effects encountered under extreme hot conditions of boiler in presence of vanadium, sodium and lead which are cleaned using water wash after shutdowns, which is a loss for power generation industry.” explains Mohamed Aquil, CEO.
In gas turbines there is a loss of efficiency due to deposition of contaminants from fuel and corrosion of blades hence, the compressors need regular cleaning. Earlier compressor cleaners were solvent based which were hazardous to ground water but Sun Chemical has managed to introduce the water-based cleaners which has the cleaning efficiency better than solvent based cleaners. This also prevents the ground water from being affected and polluted since the waste is discharged in treatment plants.
What differentiates Sun Chemical from others is the cost and quality along with the availability of products, for the additives that we manufacture. Apart from this the company also has in-house quality control tests for additives and the ash generated in the power plants are dispersed in the fields to reduce pollution. “The company also offers Dosing System that is designed based on the specification of the product and is capable of injecting additives even at high pressure. The engineers at Sun Chemical are experts in the field of Designing and manufacturing the dosing skids.” adds Mohamed Aquil, CEO.
What differentiates Sun Chemical from others is the cost & quality along with the availability of products, for the additives that we manufacture
Sun Chemical has seen tremendous growth in partnership with KSA Boraq Chemicals and partners in other countries covering GCC. The company aims to expand its horizon to develop products that may help alleviate pollution in power industry. The organization is expanding into North Africa, South Africa and other Asian countries where coal is used mainly to generate power and is in a process to supply additives to these regions on a large scale.
Sun Chemical through its efficient R&D team tries to develop products that are locally sourced and manufactured in GCC to help with cost minimization and also focus on ensuring the availability of the products locally. The organization also provides non-hazardous environmentally friendly products to minimize pollution.
The organization looks forward to continue serving its customers with advanced products, higher performance, and less usage cost to solve their operational and maintenance issues related to type of fuel they are using, for that Sun Chemical is putting roadmap for each region based on its need, related regulations, and economy of usage. The company is also trying to introduce water oil emulsion for diesel engines to reduce the toxic unburnt carbon which is harming the forest and green cover. The water oil emulsion reduces the SOX, NOX and CO emission considerably and hence aids in reducing pollution.