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October 21, 2014
Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. (SMMI; Chaplin, SK) says it has almost completed installing a dedicated caustic soda and ammonium sulfate demonstration facility at the company's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Saskatchewan-Mining-and-Minerals-nears-completion-of-caustic-soda-ammonium-sulfate-demonstration-plant_64655.html
October 21, 2014
PPG and Henan Billions Chemical (Jiaozuo, China) have opened a titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturing and research facility. The 366,000-sq meter facility is scheduled to begin...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/PPG-Henan-Billions-Chemical-open-TiO2-manufacturing-plant-in-China_64643.html
October 20, 2014

BASF Total Petrochemical’s metathesis-based propylene unit in Port Arthur, TX, has restarted after a catalyst change, according to market sources. LyondellBasell’s two metathesis units at Channelview, TX, are also likely to have restarted, given lower ethylene prices, says IHS Chemical.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/BASF-Totals-propylene-unit-back-online-after-catalyst-change_64622.html
October 20, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical plans to restructure its money-losing purified terephthalic acid (PTA) business, according to Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/Mitsubishi-Chemical-to-restructure-PTA-business_64596.html
October 20, 2014
Euro Chlor (Brussels) says its general assembly has chosen Thomas Wehlage as chair of its management committee. Wehlage was elected for a two-year period. He is currently senior v.p....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Euro-Chlor-selects-Thomas-Wehlage-as-chair-of-its-management-committee_64600.html
October 16, 2014
“Although we identified very significant operational and structural synergies, we were ultimately unable to agree on terms of a transaction that met the requirements of all our respective shareholders,” says Tony Will, CF president and CEO....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/CF-and-Yara-end-merger-talks_64570.html
October 16, 2014
Production of olefins increased in Western Europe in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the corresponding quarter of last year, but output slipped compared with the previous...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Europes-olefins-output-increases-year-on-year-slips-sequentially_64553.html
October 16, 2014
Alpek (Monterrey, Mexico) posted a 17% decline in consolidated Ebitda for the third quarter of 2014 compared with the corresponding period of last year, to $131 million, on sales down...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/PTA-PET-producer-Alpek-posts-lower-results-on-weaker-volume-prices_64547.html
October 15, 2014
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners has shut down the Evangeline ethylene pipeline to repair a leak discovered on 10 October. The leak, which the company describes as a “small pin-hole,” was found in a rural area in Cameron Parish, LA. The company expects the pipeline, which delivers ethylene from Port Neches, TX, to Baton Rouge, LA, to be back in operation next week....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Boardwalk-shuts-Evangeline-ethylene-pipeline-to-fix-leak_64509.html
October 14, 2014

EPA has published a proposed greenhouse gas prevention of significant deterioration (GHG PSD) permit for M&G Chemicals' (Luxembourg) Corpus Christi, TX, polyethylene terephthalate project, which the company first announced in May 2011. M&G Chemicals plans to build a 1.0-million m.t./year PET plant and a 1.2-million m.t./year plant for the production of feedstock purified terephthalic acid.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/EPA-publishes-proposed-GHG-PSD-for-M-and-Gs-Corpus-Christi-PET-project_64500.html
October 14, 2014
Belarusian Potash Co. (BPC; Minsk) has signed a contract with Rocha Terminais Portuários e Logística (Paranaguá, Brazil), covering potash storage and cargo...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Belarusian-Potash-signs-contract-for-storage-and-handling-at-Brazilian-port_64494.html
October 13, 2014
Castleton Commodities International (CCI; Stamford, CT), a global commodities merchant formerly known as Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy, said on Friday that it will invest $1.2...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Castleton-Commodities-to-build-methanol-plant-in-Louisiana_64468.html
October 13, 2014
Yara International says it has appointed Thor Giæver acting CFO. Giæver had been head of investor relations and company secretary at Yara since 2011. Giæver's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Yara-appoints-acting-CFO_64472.html
October 10, 2014
Spot ethylene deals were concluded in Europe as high as €985/m.t. del. ($1,254/m.t.) on Wednesday, following Shell's force majeure declaration ethylene after an incident...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Ethylene-spot-up-in-Europe-on-the-back-of-Shell-Moerdijk-force-majeure_64459.html
October 10, 2014
Nuberg Engineering (Noida, India) says it has been awarded a $15-million chlor-alkali engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract by salt company Al Ghaith Industries...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Indian-firm-awarded-EPC-contract-for-Abu-Dhabi-chlor-alkali-expansion_64457.html
October 10, 2014
Mosaic has named Floris Bielders general manager/Brazil, effective 15 October. Bielders was also recently named v.p./international distribution. In his new role, he will lead the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Mosaic-announces-regional-leadership-changes_64456.html
October 10, 2014
Methanol Holdings Trinidad Ltd. (MHTL), one of the largest global methanol players, is now 100% owned by Consolidated Energy Ltd (CEL), a Trinidad holding company that combines the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Methanol-Holding-Trinidad-has-new-ownership-structure_64455.html
October 10, 2014
The emerging energy framework driven by shale oil and gas in North America is changing the competitive dynamics of the worldwide petrochemical industry, leaving regions such as Europe...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/EPCA-2014-Europe-may-adapt-to-increased-petchem-imports-from-US_64274.html
October 10, 2014
Worldwide demand growth for key petrochemical building blocks is expected to be healthy in the coming years, says Mark Eramo, v.p./chemical industry insights at IHS Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/EPCA-2014-Healthy-outlook-for-petchem-demand-growth-and-industry-profitability_64273.html
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