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January 6, 2014
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer La Seda de Barcelona (El Prat de Llobregat, Spain) has filed for liquidation pursuant to a resolution adopted by its board, the company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PET-producer-La-Seda-files-for-liquidation_57749.html
January 3, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it expects, in 2014, to receive about twice the number of applications for authorization to use substances of very high concern...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ECHA-expects-applications-to-authorize-SVHCs-will-double-in-2014_57731.html
January 3, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries says it has completed the previously announced restart of the company's methanol plant at Channelview, TX. The plant was placed back into service in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/LyondellBasell-restarts-methanol-plant-in-Texas_57716.html
January 3, 2014
Berkshire Hathaway (Omaha, NE) is acquiring Phillips Specialty Products Inc. (PSPI; Houston), a flow improver business, from Phillips 66 (Houston), Phillips 66 announced. In exchange...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Berkshire-Hathaway-to-acquire-specialty-polymers-business-from-Phillips-66_57699.html
January 3, 2014
Harold Simmons, chairman of the board of directors at NL Holdings—which comprises several titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturers, including NL Industries (Dallas) and Kronos...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/NL-Holdings-and-Kronos-chairman-dies_57686.html
January 3, 2014
Oxiteno (São Paulo) has initiated a project to expand its R&D activities for products serving the oil and gas sector. The project aims to foster the development of...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Oxiteno-to-expand-R-and-D-activities-serving-oil-and-gas-sector_57730.html
January 2, 2014
Initial reports indicated that a power outage resulted in a loss of cooling. The company will be required to submit a comprehensive list of necessary repairs and modifications to the court and to complete the work before the plant, which produces phenol, can return to production, according to Illinois District Attorney Lisa Madigan....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Blue-Island-Phenol-ordered-to-remain-offline-until-investigation-completed_57719.html
January 2, 2014
Food safety firm Neogen Corporation (Lansing, MI) announced today that it has acquired Chem-Tech Ltd., a Pleasantville, IA-based manufacturer of insecticides for the animal and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Neogen-acquires-Chem-Tech_57717.html
December 30, 2013
Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels' (Sioux Falls, SD) first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant—at  Emmetsburg, IA—is on schedule for start-up in early 2014, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Parts-of-Poet-DSM-cellulosic-ethanol-plant-to-be-commissioned-in-January_57680.html
December 30, 2013
Rosneft (Moscow), Oil Techno (Yerevan, Armenia), and tire manufacturer Pirelli have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for joint R&D related to synthetic rubber, in...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Rosneft-Pirelli-sign-deal-for-rubber-R-and-D-partnership-in-Armenia_57682.html
December 27, 2013
Sinopec Engineering and Zhong Tian He Chuang Energy, on 27 December, have entered into an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for the development of a new...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sinopec-Engineering-awarded-$3-08-billion-contract-for-coal-to-chemicals-project-in-China_57667.html
December 27, 2013
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says it has signed a joint venture agreement on 26 December with Abu Dhabi National Chemicals Co. (ChemaWEyaat; Abu Dhabi), to build a previously announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ChemaWEyaat-and-Indorama-form-JV-for-aromatics-project-in-Abu-Dhabi_57666.html
December 26, 2013
Shell Chemical has agreed to fund demolition at a Monaca, PA industrial site it has been evaluating for a potential world-scale ethane cracker since March 2012, according to a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Shell-extends-option-on-proposed-cracker-site-agrees-to-fund-demolition_57658.html
December 24, 2013
W.R. Grace has reached a deal to settle the final appeal still pending in its 12-year old Chapter 11 proceedings, clearing the way for the company to emerge from bankruptcy protection in early 2014....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/W-R-Grace-settles-final-bankruptcy-appeal-expects-late-January-exit_57655.html
December 24, 2013
Methanol and ammonia maker OCI Partners has acquired a 20,000-m.t. ammonia tank from Lucite International for additional on-site ammonia storage capacity at Beaumont, TX. OCI, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/OCI-Partners-acquires-ammonia-storage-capacity-at-Beaumont-from-Lucite_57647.html
December 24, 2013
Sibur (Moscow) and Gazprom Neft announced today that they have signed an agreement for the construction of a new gas processing plant (GPP) to process 900 million cubic meters/year of...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sibur-and-Gazprom-sign-gas-processing-agreement-to-boost-petchem-feedstock-supply_57646.html
December 24, 2013
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), a leading global producer of potash, has announced that a board meeting held on 23 December confirmed Dmitry Osipov as its new CEO, effective 24 December...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Appointment-of-new-Uralkali-CEO-heightens-speculation-about-revival-of-potash-cartel_57645.html
December 23, 2013
Nova Chemicals has pushed back plans for a new Advanced Sclairtech (AST) polyethylene facility because of the increasing uncertainty surrounding project resources in North America, says Chris Bezaire, senior vp/polyethylene at Nova....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Nova-postponed-PE-project-on-resource-crunch_57619.html
December 23, 2013
Qatar will shortly launch an initial public offering of shares in Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding, a unit of Qatar Petroleum, the first of a new wave of companies that it intends to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Qatar-to-list-Mesaieed-Petrochemical-Holding-on-the-stock-exchange_57621.html
December 23, 2013
Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden; Riyadh) announced today that it has awarded three engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts for its previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Maaden-awards-three-large-EPC-contracts-for-its-phosphate-project-in-Saudi-Arabia_57632.html
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