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August 27, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries plans to build a world-scale propylene oxide (PO)–tert-butyl alcohol (TBA) plant on the Texas Gulf Coast, with start-up planned for 2019. PO from the plant will support growing demand for polyurethanes, while TBA and derivatives will supply producers of high-octane gasoline, synthetic rubber, and lubricant additives....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/LyondellBasell-plans-world-scale-PO-TBA-plant-for-US-Gulf-Coast_63368.html
August 27, 2014
Reliance Industries (Mumbai) said today that its Hazira, India, ethylene plant will be shut down for a planned turnaround. The plant, currently Reliance’s largest ethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Reliance-Industries-plans-turnaround-at-its-largest-cracker_63413.html
August 27, 2014
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santiago) reports a net profit of $71.1 million for the second quarter, down almost 35% year-on-year (YOY). Pretax profit also fell, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/SQMs-second-quarter-net-profit-drops-almost-35-percent_63410.html
August 27, 2014
Loveland Products, a subsidiary of Agrium, has acquired a controlling interest in Agricen (Frisco,TX), an agricultural biotechnology firm, the company said on Tuesday. Agricen produces...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Agrium-acquires-agricultural-biotech-firm-Agricen_63409.html
August 27, 2014
Methanex says that it anticipates gas curtailments in Trinidad in the second half of 2014 to be higher than those experienced in the first half. The National Gas Company (NGC; Couva...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lower-gas-supply-to-reduce-production-at-Methanex-plants-in-Trinidad_63407.html
August 27, 2014
BHP Billiton (Melbourne) today gave more information relating to the spinoff of some of its assets into a new metals and mining company dubbed NewCo. BHP, as previously announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BHP-Billiton-details-spinoff-plans_63304.html
August 27, 2014
Kemira and Wilmar International (Singapore) today said that they have decided to terminate their joint venture agreement to produce alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) wax in China. The companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Kemira-and-Wilmar-terminate-AKD-joint-venture-agreement_63289.html
August 26, 2014
CB&I has been awarded a contract by Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group (Beijing) for the license and engineering design of a grassroots petrochemicals complex to be built at...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/CB-and-I-awarded-technology-engineering-contract-for-coal-to-chemicals-plant-in-China_63405.html
August 26, 2014

Cyanco Holding (Houston) has expanded the capacity of its sodium cyanide solution plant in Winnemucca, NV, by 17,000 m.t./year, bringing the plant’s capacity to 110,000 m.t./year and Cyanco’s total sodium cyanide capacity to 165,000 m.t./year.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Cyanco-completes-Nevada-cyanide-expansion_63394.html
August 26, 2014
OxyChem has successfully started up a new $49.5-million hydrochloric acid unit at its Niagara Falls, NY, chlor-alkali facility....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/OxyChem-starts-up-$49-5-million-hydrochloric-acid-unit-at-Niagara-Falls_63334.html
August 26, 2014
The Galveston County Economic Alliance announced on Tuesday that Fund Connell USA Energy and Chemical Investment Corp. is exploring plans to build a large methanol production and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Chinese-group-plans-$4-5-billion-methanol-complex-at-Texas-City_62657.html
August 26, 2014
ACC today released its monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB), showing moderate growth over July. Measured on a three-month moving average basis, the CAB increased 0.2% over July, a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ACC-CAB-inches-up-over-July_63391.html
August 26, 2014
Materials technology and recycling group Umicore (Brussels) says it has agreed to acquire the business and assets of CP Chemicals in Wickliffe, OH. CP Chemicals is a refiner and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Umicore-to-buy-business-in-the-US_63388.html
August 26, 2014
China’s Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom; Beijing) says it has imposed antidumping duties on imports of tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) from India for five years starting 22 August...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/China-slaps-antidumping-duties-on-tert-butylhydroquinone-from-India_63390.html
August 26, 2014
Haldor Topsoe is providing its novel Topsoe Improved Gasoline Synthesis (Tigas) technology to Turkmengas (Ashgabad) for a natural gas-to-gasoline plant being constructed at...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Turkmengas-breaks-ground-on-gas-to-gasoline-plant-based-on-novel-technology_63387.html
August 26, 2014
Pertamina (Jakarta) and PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok) have launched Indo Thai Trading (ITT; Jakarta), a first step in their proposed petrochemical manufacturing collaboration...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PTTGC-and-Pertamina-form-Indo-Thai-Trading-joint-petchem-project-delayed-until-2020_63386.html
August 26, 2014
China's Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom; Beijing) says it will terminate the antidumping measures for phthalic anhydride imported from India, Japan, and South Korea, starting 30 August...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/China-to-terminate-antidumping-duties-on-phthalic-anhydride-from-India-Japan-and-South-Korea_63385.html
August 26, 2014
Sinopec’s chemicals business reports an operating loss of 3.96 billion renminbi ($645 million) in the first six months of 2014 compared with a loss of Rmb409 million in the first...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sinopecs-chemicals-business-loss-widens_63384.html
August 25, 2014
The first batch of crop protection products coming off the production line of BASF’s new formulation and packaging plant at Rudong. BASF says that it has opened its previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-opens-crop-protection-products-plant-in-China_63381.html
August 25, 2014
Roche (Basel) said today that it has agreed to acquire InterMune (Brisbane, CA), a biotech company focused on R&D and commercializing therapies in pulmonology and orphan fibrotic...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Roche-to-buy-US-biotech-firm-InterMune-for-$8-3-billion_63366.html
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