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October 14, 2015
KazMunayGas’s (Almaty, Kazakhstan) aromatics complex at Atyrau, Kazakhstan, which started up last week and with a capacity of 496,000 m.t./year, is one of the biggest producers...
October 13, 2015
Ineos said Tuesday that it expects ethylene unit #2 at its Chocolate Bayou facility in Alvin, TX, to be back online within the next couple of weeks, following an outage in mid-September....
October 13, 2015
KazMunayGas (Almaty, Kazakhstan) has begun production at a new aromatics complex at the company's Atyrau, Kazakhstan, refinery site. An official ceremony was held earlier this month to...
October 16, 2015
Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW; Kalama, WA), a company owned by Chinese investors, has significantly scaled up its investment and planned methanol capacity in the US Pacific...
October 12, 2015
Bluestar Silicones has add custom compounding elastomer capabilities at its York, SC silicones plant. Karen O’Keefe, Bluestar’s US elastomers business director, says that...
October 12, 2015
Aberdeen International (Toronto), a resource investment corporation and merchant bank, says it has entered into a share-purchase agreement with Rodinia Lithium (Toronto) to purchase...
October 12, 2015
Ethylene XXI, the 75-25 joint venture project between Braskem and Idesa at Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, will be completed by end of November, with full capacity expected to be reached next...
October 8, 2015
US imports and exports of benzene were down in August, based on data provided by Global Trade Information Services (GTIS) this week....
October 8, 2015
OCI on Thursday announced that it has restarted producing ammonia at a calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) plant at Geleen, Netherlands, after stopping production because of a fire in the...
October 8, 2015
Salalah Methanol Co. (SMC) has prequalified eight engineering & construction firms to build a previously announced ammonia plant in the Salalah Free Zone of Oman. The facility will...
October 7, 2015
Western Potash Corp. (Vancouver) and Beijing Tairui Innovation Capital Management (Beijing) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperating with China Development Bank...
October 7, 2015
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the largest potash producers, says it produced 3.0 million m.t. of potassium chloride (KCl) in the third quarter of this year, 6% down on the...
October 7, 2015
Trinseo (Berwyn, PA) has made several leadership changes “to add depth to the executive team” and support governance and succession planning,” says the company. The moves include the creation of a new COO position, which has been filled by Martin Pugh....
October 6, 2015
Invista says it is restructuring its Orange, TX, site to improve its competitiveness. The company’s plans include shutting down the site’s 215,000-m.t./year adipic acid plant and laying off 75 of the site’s 600 workers....
October 6, 2015
BASF will more than double its chlorine capacity based on membrane-cell technology. The company will add 250,000 m.t./year capacity to the existing membrane-cell process plant at the...
October 20, 2015

Olin announced on Monday that it has completed its merger with Dow’s chlorine products businesses. Two Dow veterans, William H. Weideman and Carol A. Williams, have been elected to Olin’s board of directors, says the company.


October 9, 2015
Production at Total's Carling, France, naphtha cracker is scheduled to end on 5 October—the culmination of a previously announced program to close the plant, says Philippe...
October 5, 2015
PotashCorp on Sunday said that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire German potash producer K+S. The private proposal of €41/share ($46.09) on 31 May, valuing the offer...
October 2, 2015
Oxea (Dallas) says detailed engineering continues on a world-scale propanol plant that is to be built at Bay City, TX. The company expects to bring the plant on stream in late 2017, one year later than planned when the project was first announced in March 2014. A 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) plant announced at the same time has also been postponed....
October 2, 2015
European October toluene contracts are settling within a range of $605-$607/m.t. FOB Rotterdam, down $15-$18/m.t. from September levels. Not all participants have confirmed the level...
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