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April 2, 2014
Delegates to today’s sessions of the Euro Chlor Technology conference in Madrid were given a glimpse into what the chlor-alkali and vinyls industries may look like in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Euro-Chlor-9th-Technology-Conference-European-chlor-alkali-and-vinyls-industry-in-transition_60008.html
April 2, 2014
Kem One (Lyon, France) has launched a project to convert the electrolysis technology at the company's Lavéra, France, chlor-alkali plant from mercury-cell and diaphragm, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Kem-One-launches-technology-conversion-for-Lavera-chlor-alkali-plant_60002.html
April 2, 2014
The US FDA issued a warning letter on 18 March to the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK; London) located at Carrigaline in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/FDA-issues-warning-letter-to-GlaxoSmithKlines-API-plant-in-Ireland_60001.html
April 2, 2014
Agricultural chemical company UPL (Mumbai), which was known as United Phosphorus until last October, informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (Mumbai) on 1 April that it has entered into an...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Indias-UPL-exits-Brazil-agchem-JV-with-Sipcam_60000.html
April 1, 2014
Synthos (Oswiecim, Poland) has announced plans to invest about $170 million in a new synthetic rubber plant at Triunfo, Brazil. The plant will produce neodymium catalyzed polybutadiene...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Synthos-to-build-Nd-polybutadiene-rubber-plant-in-Brazil_59995.html
April 1, 2014
Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem; Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia) said today that it is stopping its butanediol manufacturing complex as of today for expansion and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sipchem-stops-butanediol-plant-for-expansion-and-improvements_59977.html
April 1, 2014
Saudi Aramco said today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company (ATC) has begun trading chemical products from Petro Rabigh (Rabigh, Saudi Arabia), a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Aramco-begins-trading-chemical-products-from-Petro-Rabigh_59976.html
April 1, 2014
Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat (Salavat, Russia) has commissioned a new ethylene furnace at its Salavat based petrochemical complex. The new generation SRT-VI furnace was delivered by...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Russian-petchem-producer-commissions-ethylene-furnace_59974.html
April 1, 2014
Euro Chlor's 9th Technology Conference and Exhibition, which kicked off in Madrid today, is reviewing numerous new processes and improvements in the chlor-alkali industry. The newest...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Euro-Chlor-9th-Technology-Conference-Clock-starts-ticking-for-mandatory-plant-conversion-in-Europe_59965.html
April 1, 2014
Brenntag says it will acquire Gafor Distribuidora, a distributor of specialty solvents in Latin America. Gafor Distribuidora is part of Grupo Gafor (São Paulo). Financial terms...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Brenntag-acquires-specialty-solvents-distributor-in-Brazil_59962.html
March 31, 2014
Magellan Midstream Partners announced on Monday that it plans to construct a condensate splitter at its Corpus Christi, TX terminal under a fee-based, take-or-pay agreement with...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Magellan-Midstream-Partners-to-build-condensate-splitter-at-Corpus-Christi_59957.html
March 31, 2014
Conditions supporting shale gas production in the US are unique, and other countries will not easily replicate them, say Kenneth Medlock III, professor at Rice University, and Hugh Tucker, partner at Baker Botts....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/AFPM-IPC-2014-Market-legal-issues-slow-shale-development-outside-of-United-States_59941.html
March 31, 2014
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; Geneva) says, in a report published today, the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/IPCC-report-on-climate-change-stronger-focus-on-adaptation-to-past-events-versus-preparing-for-future-change_59940.html
March 31, 2014
Dow Chemical announced today that its joint venture chlor-alkali facility with Mitsui & Co. has started full-scale commercial production at Freeport, TX. The facility has capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Dow-Mitsui-start-up-chlor-alkali-jv-plant_59934.html
March 31, 2014
CB&I today detailed its contract award by Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat). CB&I’s contract, valued in excess of $40 million, covers the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/CB-and-I-details-Orpics-petchems-project-award-in-Oman_59933.html
March 31, 2014
Samsung Engineering announced today that it has been awarded a contract for the ENI Zubair oil field development project, worth $840 million. The signing ceremony was attended by...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Samsung-awarded-gas-and-oil-separation-plant-contract-in-Iraq_59928.html
March 31, 2014
FutureCarbon (Bayreuth, Germany) has agreed to acquire the bulk of Bayer MaterialScience's intellectual property (IP), patents, and technology  for carbon nanotubes (CNT) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-divests-IP-patents-and-technology-for-carbon-nanotubes-and-graphenes_59924.html
March 31, 2014
Tata Chemicals (Mumbai) and agribusiness company Olam International (Singapore) say that Tata Chemicals will not proceed with its proposed 25.1% equity participation in the greenfield...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Tata-Chemicals-exits-Gabon-fertilizer-project_59922.html
March 30, 2014
Repsol’s (Madrid) shareholders’ meeting on Friday approved the company’s $5 billion settlement with Argentina over the 2012 seizure of YPF. The meeting also...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Pemex-denies-it-wants-to-split-Repsol-to-gain-control-of-upstream-assets_59919.html
March 28, 2014
With feedstock para-xylene (p-xylene) increasingly oversupplied, China’s producers of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) are gaining leverage over feedstock costs, and p-xylene margins are consequently in decline, says Duncan Clark, sr. director/aromatics and glycols at IHS Chemical. “It’s similar to the PTA industry, where there were very good margins a few years ago, and that was the business to be in.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/IHS-WPC-2014-Chinas-PTA-producers-gaining-leverage-over-p-xylene-costs_59918.html
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