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December 21, 2015
Artlant PTA (Sines, Portugal) is prospecting for buyers for the company, IHS Chemical understands. The company's plant, which went onstream in 2012, has not regularly produced purified...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Artlant-PTA-prospecting-for-buyers_75997.html
December 21, 2015
Vopak says it has agreed to sell its assets in the United Kingdom in separate transactions to Macquarie Capital (Sydney) and Greenergy (London). Macquarie will acquire 100% of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Vopak-divests-UK-assets_75995.html
December 21, 2015
CF Industries and OCI (Amsterdam) on Monday announced that they have amended their merger agreement originally announced on 6 August. Under the amendment, the jurisdiction of...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/CF-and-OCI-amend-merger-agreement-move-proposed-HQ-from-UK-to-the-Netherlands_75991.html
December 18, 2015

The combination of Dow Chemical and DuPont, announced 11 December, brings together two American corporate icons that have driven and helped define much of the global chemical industry’s development for more than 100 years.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DowDuPont-1+13_75966.html
December 18, 2015
Chemours, Huntsman, and Tronox have announced global price increases for on all grades of titanium dioxide (TiO2), effective 1 January. Chemours and Tronox both announced a global increase of $150/m.t. Huntsman announced increases of 7 cts/lb ($154/m.t.) in North America; €150/m.t. or $160/m.t. in Europe; and $160/m.t. elsewhere...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Chemours-Huntsman-Tronox-increase-TiO2-prices_75982.html
December 18, 2015
Samsung Engineering on Friday announced that Lotte Chemical has awarded it a contract for a 700,000-m.t./year ethylene glycol (EG) plant at Lake Charles, LA. Samsung earlier received...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lotte-awards-EG-plant-contract-to-Samsung-Engineering_75970.html
December 18, 2015
Dow Chemical said on Friday that its new world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit located at the company’s Oyster Creek site in Freeport, Texas, has begun commercial operations....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Dows-Freeport-TX-PDH-plant-begins-production_75980.html
December 18, 2015
A survey released today by the Alliance of critical Syngenta shareholders found that 79% of respondents support an auction to sell the company, and 98% support change at...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Dissident-shareholder-survey-calls-for-sale-of-Syngenta_75978.html
December 18, 2015
A fire at ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge refinery in Louisiana that began after an explosion early Friday morning has been contained, the company says. The company says it is still meeting all contractual commitments, but did not say if or what damage was done to the refinery. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Fire-at-ExxonMobils-Baton-Rouge-refinery-contained-investigation-underway_75977.html
December 18, 2015
ENI (Rome) is in talks with at least one potential buyer for the company's chemical subsidiary Versalis (Milan), the company has confirmed. Nothing has been decided, however, and the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ENI-in-talks-to-sell-Versalis_75975.html
December 18, 2015
Maire Tecnimont on Friday confirmed that it has been awarded a contract by Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic) to supply polyolefin plants for Orpic’s Liwa...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Tecnimont-GS-Mitsui-and-Co-confirm-Oman-contracts_75973.html
December 18, 2015
BG Group (Reading, UK), an energy group being acquired by Shell, on Friday said that the Lake Charles, LA, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project has received approval...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BG-Group-receives-approval-for-export-oriented-LNG-plant-at-Lake-Charles_75971.html
December 22, 2015
Axiall and Lotte Chemical have made a final investment decision to build a 1 million m.t./year ethane cracker in Lake Charles, LA. Work to clear and prepare the site began in the fourth quarter, the companies say, and construction is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Axiall-Lotte-to-proceed-with-Lake-Charles-LA-ethane-cracker_75940.html
December 22, 2015
Some 400 people, including 80 high-ranking officials from Taiwan and China, attended the ground-breaking ceremony on 14 December for Fujian Gu Lei Petrochemical Corp., a previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Fujian-Gu-Lei-proceeds-with-$15-billion-petchems-project-scope-changes-LCY-withdraws_75902.html
December 17, 2015
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg bill) was passed in the Senate late on 17 December. ACC called the bipartisan passage of the senate...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/TSCA-reform-bill-passes-Senate_75964.html
December 17, 2015
Rosneft and Sinopec have signed a memorandum of understanding covering cooperation in the gas and petrochemical projects to be developed at two sites in eastern Siberia, the companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sinopec-and-Rosneft-sign-MOU-for-large-petchems-JV-projects-in-eastern-Siberia_75932.html
December 17, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has added five substances to the candidate list, a list of substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ECHA-adds-five-substances-to-Reach-candidate-list_75908.html
December 17, 2015
Ineos announced on Thursday that it has won 21 new shale gas licenses in the final part of UK government’s 14th licensing round. The majority of the licenses are in the old...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/UK-awards-21-new-shale-gas-licenses-to-Ineos-starting-shale-revolution-in-the-country_75907.html
December 17, 2015
EuroChem (Zug, Switzerland), a leading global fertilizer producer, and Agrinos (Oslo), a global leader in biological crop nutrition products, say they intend to enter into multi-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/EuroChem-enters-biological-fertilizer-business-through-deal-with-Agrinos_75906.html
December 17, 2015
Sibur, Russia's largest gas processing and petrochemicals company, and Sinopec announced on Thursday the completion of Sinopec’s 10% investment in Sibur with Sinopec becoming a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sinopec-acquires-minority-stake-in-Sibur-may-participate-in-Amur-mega-petchems-project_75905.html
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