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December 18, 2015
K+S KALI, a subsidiary of K+S (Kassel, Germany), has obtained authorization from the Kassel regional council to resume, to a limited extent, the injection of saline wastewater from the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/K+S-receives-authorization-for-limited-disposal-of-saline-wastewater-at-Germany-site_75976.html
December 22, 2015
Axiall and Lotte Chemical have made a final investment decision to build a 1 million m.t./year ethane cracker in Lake Charles, LA. Work to clear and prepare the site began in the fourth quarter, the companies say, and construction is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Axiall-Lotte-to-proceed-with-Lake-Charles-LA-ethane-cracker_75940.html
December 22, 2015
Some 400 people, including 80 high-ranking officials from Taiwan and China, attended the ground-breaking ceremony on 14 December for Fujian Gu Lei Petrochemical Corp., a previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Fujian-Gu-Lei-proceeds-with-$15-billion-petchems-project-scope-changes-LCY-withdraws_75902.html
December 17, 2015
Rosneft and Sinopec have signed a memorandum of understanding covering cooperation in the gas and petrochemical projects to be developed at two sites in eastern Siberia, the companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sinopec-and-Rosneft-sign-MOU-for-large-petchems-JV-projects-in-eastern-Siberia_75932.html
December 17, 2015
EuroChem (Zug, Switzerland), a leading global fertilizer producer, and Agrinos (Oslo), a global leader in biological crop nutrition products, say they intend to enter into multi-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/EuroChem-enters-biological-fertilizer-business-through-deal-with-Agrinos_75906.html
December 17, 2015
Alujain Corp., majority owner of propylene and polypropylene (PP) producer NatPet, has announced that a sudden technical problem on 13 December has forced the company to take the Nat...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/NatPet-takes-propylene-PP-complex-offline-due-to-technical-fault_75893.html
December 16, 2015
Gazprom Sulfur and PhosAgro (Moscow) have signed a five-year contract for the supply of liquid sulfur, based on market prices, to PhosAgro-Cherepovets and the Balakovo manufacturing...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Gazprom-signs-five-year-deal-to-supply-sulfur-to-PhosAgro_75895.html
December 16, 2015
Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) said on Wednesday that it has resumed operations at its affiliate, International Methanol Co. (IMC) methanol plant at Jubail, Saudi...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Sipchem-resumes-operations-at-methanol-plant_75894.html
December 16, 2015
The planned expansion of CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Co. (CSPC)—a 50-50 joint venture between China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC; Beijing) and Shell at Huizhou...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-CNOOC-JV-expansion-to-increase-percentage-of-styrene-produced-via-POSM-route-in-Asia-from-2018_75867.html
December 16, 2015
Dong Xiaoli (l.), general manager assistant CNOOC; and Graham van't Hoff (r.), executive v.p. of Shell, at the HOA signing ceremony in China. A subsidiary of Shell; and China...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-CNOOC-sign-nonbinding-agreement-to-expand-capacity-of-China-JV_75836.html
December 15, 2015
Shell Chemicals has asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for permission to expand ethylene production capacity at its Deer Park, TX, facility, according to notices issued by the TCEQ on 14 December. Shell did not immediately respond to a request for comment....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-Chemicals-seeks-permits-for-ethylene-expansion-at-Deer-Park-TX_75850.html
December 15, 2015
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has preliminarily approved Oxea's plans to build a plant with the capacity to produce 119,000 m.t./year 2-ethylhexanol and 68,000 m.t./year of iso- and n-butyraldehyde at Bay City, TX....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/oxoalcohols/Oxeas-2-EH-project-at-Bay-City-TX-gets-preliminary-approval-from-TCEQ_75846.html
December 15, 2015
Benzene exports out of South Korea bounced back in November, according to recent data obtained by IHS Chemical. Total exports from South Korea amounted to 161,781 m.t. compared with...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/South-Korea-benzene-exports-bounce-back-as-US-import-volumes-almost-double_75844.html
December 13, 2015
The 12th Iran Petrochemical Forum opened on Sunday in Tehran with around 2,000 delegates attending.  Petrochemical producers, traders, technology licensors, bankers, engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/IFP-2015-Iran-ready-for-business-in-post-sanctions-era_75812.html
December 14, 2015
MEGlobal has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for an air permit authorizing construction of an ethylene glycol facility in Freeport, TX, according to a notice published by the TCEQ on 10 December....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_glycol/MEGlobal-seeks-permit-to-build-EG-plant-in-Freeport-TX-Updated_75809.html
December 11, 2015
Zuari Agro Chemicals (Goa, India) on Friday informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (Mumbai) that it has acquired the 50% stake of Rotem Amfert Negev (Beer Sheva, Israel), a subsidiary of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Zuari-Agro-Chemicals-buys-out-ICL-subsidiary-in-fertilizer-JV-in-India_75795.html
December 10, 2015
Honeywell has upgraded the controls and safety systems at TogliattiAzot’s (Togliatti, Russia) ammonia production site at Togliatti. The project formed part of a framework...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Honeywell-technology-used-to-upgrade-ammonia-site-in-Russia_75738.html
December 9, 2015
Uralchem (Moscow) has completed upgrading the ammonia production facility of its Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works subsidiary. Work on the unit occurred during a maintenance shutdown in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralchem-completes-ammonia-upgrade_75686.html
December 8, 2015
US prices for toluene and mixed xylenes (MX) could soften next year, in part because the new Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2016, which requires a greater amount of ethanol in the US gasoline pool, reducing demand for other high octane blendstock such as toluene and MX. However, most of the pressure is expected to come from increased imports of toluene, MX, and paraxylene....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/mixedxylenes/New-RFS-may-reduce-aromatics-demand-into-US-gasoline_75704.html
December 8, 2015
Europe's December styrene customer reference price (CRP) has settled for the sixth consecutive month at parity with the region's styrene barge price at €995/m.t. ($1,084), up...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Europe-December-styrene-CRP-settles-at-parity-with-barge-price_75691.html
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