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March 25, 2014
Sinopec said on Monday that it has made significant breakthroughs in the exploration and development of shale gas in China and is planning to develop the Fuling shale gas field in...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Chinas-first-large-scale-shale-gas-field-enters-commercial-production_59814.html
March 25, 2014
BASF Total Petrochemicals, a 60-40 joint venture between BASF and Total, on Monday announced the start-up of its 10th furnace at its steam cracker facility at Port Arthur, TX. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-Total-Petrochemicals-commissions-new-cracker-furnace-at-Port-Arthur-TX_59813.html
March 24, 2014
The oil spill that has closed Galveston Bay and stopped traffic in and out of the ports of Houston, Texas City, and Galveston is unlikely to have a serious impact on chemical production or shipping, say analysts at IHS . They expect the channel to re-open today, at least partially. In the event of an extended closure, however, aromatics and methanol derivatives could be affected....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/IHS-Houston-oil-spill-unlikely-to-affect-chemical-markets_59811.html
March 24, 2014
Honeywell is to supply a new integrated control and safety system to Qatar Fuel Additives Co. (Qafac; Doha). The overhaul will help the Mesaieed, Qatar–based complex reduce...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Honeywell-to-help-improve-operations-at-Qafacs-methanol-and-MTBE-plants-in-Qatar_59779.html
March 24, 2014
Bayer CropScience said today that it will spend approximately €18 million ($24.8 million) to substantially expand its site at Wismar, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State, Germany, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-to-expand-production-of-biological-crop-protection-products-in-Germany_59792.html
March 24, 2014
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) has selected CB&I to carry out front-end engineering and design (FEED) on its previously announced $3.6-billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Oman-selects-CB-and-I-for-FEED-and-cracker-technology-Engineers-India-for-project-management_59789.html
March 24, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), a major global producer of potash fertilizers, announced today that the head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, has joined Uralkali's...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Uralkali-elects-Putins-ally-to-board-of-directors_59788.html
March 24, 2014
Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative (Iffco; New Delhi) is advancing plans for a previously announced nitrogen fertilizer complex in Canada. Ganotech, the main engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Indian-fertilizer-producer-advances-ammonia-urea-project-in-Canada_59787.html
March 24, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience broke ground today for a new hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) plant at Shanghai. The company first announced the project in 2011. The plant, with capacity for...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-MaterialScience-holds-groundbreaking-ceremony-for-new-HDI-plant-at-Shanghai_59786.html
March 24, 2014
JGC (Yokohama) said today that it, together with partners GS Engineering & Construction (Seoul) and SK Engineering & Construction (Seoul), has received an award...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/JGC-consortium-awarded-large-order-for-clean-fuels-project-in-Kuwait_59785.html
March 24, 2014
Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd. (GMEL; Subiaco, Australia) says it has made a significant step towards the establishment of an integrated, global, rare earth supply business with...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Greenland-Minerals-signs-deal-with-Chinas-NFC-to-form-rare-earth-supply-chain_59783.html
March 24, 2014
Sinopec’s chemicals segment reports a 6.2% increase in revenues in 2013 compared with 2012, to 437.6 billion renminbi ($70.3 billion). Sales volume of chemical products grew by...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sinopecs-chemicals-business-reports-lower-earnings_59782.html
March 23, 2014
U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA; Washington) says it has awarded a grant to the Nigerian conglomerate Honeywell Group (Lagos) for a project that will assess different product...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/US-funds-study-for-Nigerian-gas-based-petchems-and-fertilizer-projects_59780.html
March 21, 2014
Uralchem (Moscow), a major fertilizer producer, said today that it had raised its investments by 5.5% last year, to $174 million. Of that total, 48% was spent on investment projects...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Uralchem-ups-spending-on-capital-projects_59755.html
March 21, 2014
PetroChina’s refining and chemicals business reports an operating loss of 24.4 billion renminbi ($3.9 billion) in 2013 compared with an operating loss of Rmb43.51 billion in...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PetroChinas-chemicals-business-loss-widens_59754.html
March 21, 2014
Ineos announced today that it is taking legal action against Sinopec and Sinopec subsidiaries, including Sinopec Ningbo Engineering Co. (SNEC), for breach of contract and/or misuse of trade secrets. Sinopec has denied the charge...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Ineos-sues-Sinopec-over-misuse-of-acrylonitrile-technology_59752.html
March 21, 2014
Mosaic says that its president and CEO James Prokopanko has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mosaic-CEO-diagnosed-with-cancer-plans-to-continue-working_59760.html
March 21, 2014
Specialty chemicals group Altana today reported higher sales and earnings and said it plans to double the size of its business by 2020. Last year's Ebitda was 4% higher, at €336...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Altana-reports-higher-sales-and-earnings-plans-to-double-in-size-by-2020_59753.html
March 21, 2014
ACC today released its monthly chemical production regional index (CPRI), which measures production by global region, up 0.5% on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis in February...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ACC-regional-production-index-up-in-February_59761.html
March 21, 2014

Oxea has begun basic engineering for a 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) unit and a propanol unit at its Bay City, TX, facility. Both are scheduled to start up in late 2016, the company says. The new units are additional to an ongoing expansion that will increase the Bay City plant’s output of butanol and propanol by 25% in the second half of 2014.

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