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January 22, 2015
Varo Energy (Zug, Switzerland) will invest more than 50 million Swiss Francs ($57.6 million) for a turnaround and other projects at the company's Cressier, Switzerland, refinery. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Varo-Energy-to-invest-in-Switzerland-refinery-announces-new-CEO_67084.html
January 22, 2015
The European Commission has decided that UK plans to provide financial support for the building of a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant at Teesside, UK are in line with EU state aid...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-authorizes-UK-state-aid-for-biomass-based-combined-heat-and-power-plant_67086.html
January 22, 2015
LyondellBasell says three senior executives – Timothy D. Roberts, Patrick D. Quarles and Kevin W. Brown – have assumed expanded roles within the company....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/LyondellBasell-expands-role-of-three-senior-executives_67007.html
January 22, 2015
Teesside Collective, a cluster of energy-intensive industries, has laid out a carbon capture and storage (CCS) vision for the Tees Valley region of the United Kingdom. Four firms with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Energy-intensive-industries-launch-carbon-capture-storage-initiative-in-the-UK_67048.html
January 22, 2015
Solvay said today that it will build a new manufacturing and filling facility in the Netherlands to produce hydrogen peroxide grades that are used as disinfection and decontamination...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-to-build-pharma-grade-hydrogen-peroxide-facility-in-Netherlands_67079.html
January 22, 2015
BASF said today that it plans to invest up to €56 million ($64.9 million) to expand capacity of its polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) value chain over the next four years. PVP is used in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-plans-worldwide-expansion-of-polyvinylpyrrolidone-production_67070.html
January 21, 2015
The management of specialty chemicals distributor Safic-Alcan (Paris), together with private equity firms Sagard and Euromezzanine, have completed the acquisition of Safic-Alcan from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Management-buys-majority-of-specialties-distributor-Safic-Alcan_67067.html
January 21, 2015
Anellotech (Pearl River, NY), a green innovation and technology company, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and its subsidiary Axens today announced a strategic alliance to develop and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Anellotech-IFP-and-Axens-form-alliance-to-commercialize-biobased-aromatics-technology_66965.html
January 21, 2015
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity. EFSA concludes that “BPA poses...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EFSA-Bisphenol-A-exposure-does-not-pose-a-health-risk-for-consumers_67042.html
January 21, 2015
Göteborg Energi, one of Sweden’s leading energy companies, has announced that its Gothenburg Biomass Gasification Project (GoBiGas), the world’s first large-scale...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/First-large-biogas-demonstration-plant-goes-onstream-in-Sweden_67041.html
January 21, 2015
Lonza recorded net profits of 237.0 million Swiss francs ($274.9 million) for 2014 compared with profits of SF87.0 million in 2013. Sales for 2014 increased by 1.6%, to SF3.64 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lonza-reports-huge-rise-in-profits_67040.html
January 21, 2015
Russia is cutting its export duty on benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX), as well as for crude oil and other derivatives, effective February, the Ministry of Economy (Moscow)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Russia-cuts-export-duties-on-aromatics_67044.html
January 20, 2015
Thomas Swan (Consett, UK) says it is collaborating with the Graphene Engineering Innovation Center (GEIC) at the University of Manchester in the design of a graphene research center...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Thomas-Swan-University-of-Manchester-collaborate-in-design-of-graphene-research-center_67004.html
January 20, 2015
The Port Authority of Antwerp, in a review of chemicals-related investments, says that LBC Tank Terminals (Mechelen, Belgium) has added storage capacity at the port, allowing bunker...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Port-of-Antwerp-updates-on-storage-production-projects_67001.html
January 20, 2015
Novozymes (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) today announced a new corporate strategy, Partnering for Impact, accompanied by a revised set of long-term financial, environmental, and social targets...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Novozymes-updates-financial-targets-for-2015-20-announces-new-strategy_66999.html
January 20, 2015
Latest figures from the British Coatings Federation (BCF; Leatherhead, UK) show that for the second consecutive year, paint sales have outperformed GDP, increasing 5.0% in volume...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UK-paint-sales-outperform-the-economy-for-second-year_66998.html
January 20, 2015
Poligal (Barcelona) has started constructing biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) plant at Skarbimierz, Poland. The new plant will require an investment of €32.0 million ($37.1...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/poland/Spanish-firm-starts-construction-of-BOPP-plant-in-Poland_66997.html
January 20, 2015
M&G Chemicals (Luxembourg), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mossi Ghisolfi Group (Tortona, Italy), has completed issuing $300.0 million in new equity to TPG Opportunities Partners...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/TPG-completes-acquisition-of-stake-in-M-and-G-Chemicals_66996.html
January 20, 2015
Highfield Resources (Pamplona, Spain) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Port Authority of Bilbao, Spain. The MOU confirms the availability of 25,000 sq...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Highfield-Resources-signs-MOU-with-a-second-Spanish-port_66995.html
January 20, 2015
The discussion in Germany about shale gas during the last three years is preventing approval of projects that require the use of hydraulic fracturing—or fracking, a controversial...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Wintershall-exec-shale-gas-discussion-blocks-development-of-natural-gas-in-Germany-$1-billion-of-investment-on-hold_67005.html
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