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December 15, 2014
US ethylene prices continue to fall despite production issues over the weekend at Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, TX; and Dow Chemical’s Freeport, TX, facility. According to IHS Chemical, ethylene was trading Monday morning at 39.5 cts/lb del US Gulf Coast, down from Friday’s notional value of 41–42 cts/lb...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/US-ethylene-declines-despite-production-issues-at-CPChem-and-Dow_66185.html
December 15, 2014
Cepsa (Madrid) declared force majeure on phenol and acetone production at its site in Huelva, Spain, a company source confirmed Monday. It was understood that customers would be put on...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetone/Cepsa-declares-force-majeure-on-phenol-at-Spanish-site_66184.html
December 15, 2014
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City) says its Cherokee, AL, facility will be off-line until late December for unplanned maintenance. The company expects to supply most of its customers’ demand for urea ammonium nitrate, ammonium nitrate solution, and ammonia from inventory....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/LSB-Industries-takes-Cherokee-AL-facility-off-line-for-unplanned-maintenance_66178.html
December 12, 2014
Olin plans to close permanently the portion of the company's Becancour, PQ, chlor-alkali facility that has been idle since late June, when an explosion occurred at the site. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Olin-to-close-part-of-its-Canada-chlor-alkali-production-site_66151.html
December 12, 2014
Brazil's antitrust authority, Cade, has unanimously approved, albeit with restrictions, Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL) acquiring Vale’s stake in Fosbrasil, a joint venture producing...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Brazils-antitrust-authority-approves-ICLs-acquisition-of-Vales-share-in-Fosbrasil_66153.html
December 12, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries has begun to ramp up operating rates at its Maasvlakte, Netherlands, propylene oxide–styrene monomer (POSM) unit today after a resolution for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/LyondellBasell-lifts-force-majeure-on-benzene-at-Netherlands-site_66149.html
December 11, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has completed the installation of a tenth furnace to ethylene unit 33 at its Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, TX. The company expects the new furnace to increase Sweeny’s ethylene production capacity by 90,000 m.t./year to a total of 1.95 million m.t./year.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Chevron-Phillips-completes-Sweeny-ethylene-expansion_66083.html
December 11, 2014
Indian mining company NMDC (Hyderabad) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Acron (Velikiy Novgorod, Russia) today to take a stake in a potash project in Russia. The deal...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Indian-firm-signs-MOU-to-take-stake-in-Russian-potash-project-during-presidents-visit_66079.html
December 11, 2014
Yeochun NCC (YNCC; Seoul) plans to start feeding up to 10% liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into the company's No. 1 naphtha cracker at Yeosu, South Korea, from early January, a source...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Yeochun-NCC-plans-to-use-LPG-at-Korea-cracker-from-early-January_66074.html
December 11, 2014
Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) began upgrade works on the ammonia plant at the company's petrochemical site at Camargo in the state of Chihuahua, northwestern Mexico, this week...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Pemex-begins-upgrade-works-at-idle-ammonia-plant_66081.html
December 10, 2014
Benzene prices fell below $800/m.t. cif Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) on 9 December, trading at $770-780/m.t., and benzene was notionally pegged at $740-765/m.t. today—the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Benzene-reaches-five-year-low-in-Europe-on-continued-crude-weakness-oversupply_66066.html
December 10, 2014
Sohar Port and Freezone (Sohar, Oman) has struck a deal with Oman International Petrochemical Industry Co. (Ompet; Muscat) for a facility that will manufacture purified terephthalic...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/Ompet-reaches-agreement-for-PTA-PET-project-in-Oman_66020.html
December 10, 2014
Global Bioenergies has produced bio-sourced propylene via fermentation. The company says it has created a proprietary prototype strain that is able to convert glucose into...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Global-Bioenergies-succeeds-in-making-bio-sourced-propylene_65981.html
December 10, 2014
Poland has notified that European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) that it intends to submit an intention dossier on methanol to the Registry of Intentions (RoI). A previous intention...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Methanol-to-be-submitted-to-RoI-under-Reach_66036.html
December 10, 2014
Sirius Minerals (London), a potash development company with properties in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom; and North Dakota, said today that Rachel Rhodes, CFO, will leave the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Sirius-Minerals-appoints-new-CFO_66013.html
December 10, 2014
India plans to impose an antidumping duty of $79.75/m.t. on acetone from South Korea, a notification from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (New Delhi) says. The tariffs result...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetone/-India-to-slap-antidumping-duty-on-acetone-from-South-Korea-_66011.html
December 10, 2014
Japan's ethylene production totaled 588,400 m.t. in November, down 1.7% year-on-year from 598,600 m.t., according to figures released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Japans-ethylene-output-down-1-7-percent-in-November_66038.html
December 10, 2014
A sinkhole that appeared east of Uralkali's (Berezniki, Russia) Solikamsk-2 potash mine has grown to 50 meters by 80 meters, the company said in an update today. The sinkhole, when...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Sinkhole-near-Uralkali-mine-has-grown-efforts-to-minimize-impact-ongoing_66030.html
December 8, 2014
National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee; Riyadh) said on Sunday that on 4 December it signed an agreement to purchase an additional 13% stake in titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Cristal...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Tasnee-signs-deal-to-raise-stake-in-TiO2-producer-Cristal_65945.html
December 8, 2014
PhosAgro (Moscow), a leading fertilizer producer, said today that it has signed a contract with GEA Messo for the design, delivery, and assembly of equipment for a new ammonium sulfate...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-to-build-ammonium-sulfate-plant-as-part-of-2020-growth-strategy_65951.html
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